The Day’s Reading, 1/10/17

I have a thing tomorrow. I’m nervous!


Kate Mather, David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, A proposal to give civilians more say in LAPD’s disciplinary system could end up more lenient on officers


Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, The magnetic Tom Hardy anchors the darkly compelling ‘Taboo’


Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times, Two GOP senators want Trump to remove consumer bureau chief Richard Cordray — reverse every last good idea the Democrats had!


Del Quentin Wilber, Los Angeles Times, Sessions says allegations against him are ‘damnably false’ — not sure that phrasing is going to help dispel the notion that you’re an old southern racist, Jeff

Del Quentin Wilber, Los Angeles Times, Jeff Sessions says he will recuse himself from Clinton-related investigations if confirmed as attorney general — IMO he should promise to recuse from everything he’s ever taken a stupid position on

Matt Zapotosky & Sari Horwitz & Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post, Sessions emphasizes the primacy of the law over his political views


Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times, Assemblyman contends it’s against the law for the Legislature to hire its own outside counsel — hate to take the Republican’s side here, but … there is an AG’s office for a reason


Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, Opposition grows over Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education nominee

Nominations Generally

Andrew Rudalevige, The Washington Post, The Cabinet was the easy part. Staffing (and steering) the bureaucracy takes much more work.

Myths vs. Actual Oppression

Mychal Denzel Smith, The Washington Post, The dangerous myth of the ‘missing black father’


Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, Rocky confirmation hearing expected for Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick for America’s top diplomat


David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times, Trump’s pick for Homeland Security chief says border wall ‘will not do the job’


Joe Davidson, The Washington Post, Beware: Chaffetz committee plans broad agenda affecting federal workers — there are, I will say about exactly one of Chaffetz’s ideas, worse notions than cracking down on sexual harassment


Dan Lamothe, The Washington Post, Experts back Mattis as defense secretary, but say a general shouldn’t run the Pentagon again for years

W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times, Senate committee debates civilian control of the military before Mattis hearings — Kirsten Gillibrand still ain’t wrong


Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times, Trump wants Robert F. Kennedy, who warned of disproved link between immunization and autism, to lead a panel on vaccines — for the love of pete

Fragile-Ass White Folks (Different From All The Ones Listed Above)

Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, California’s Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is latest lawmaker to pull down painting in Capitol depicting police as pigs — baby-ass bullshit


Del Quentin Wilber, Los Angeles Times, Trump is hit with allegations that Russia gathered compromising information on him

Greg Miller & Rosalind S. Helderman & Tom Hamburger & Steven Mufson, The Washington Post, Intelligence chiefs briefed Trump and Obama on unconfirmed claims Russia has compromising information on president-elect

Erik Wemple, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed’s ridiculous rationale for publishing the Trump-Russia dossier — to me the answer to the question at the end is “because the document exists and speaks for itself.” It’s not as if the story published is “this stuff happened.” The story is “this document was compiled.” I’d rather have the document at that point. That said I’ve probably not thought this through enough and would be outraged if the same type of unverified document were published about Barack Obama.


David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post, Eric Trump changes plans, says he will resign from his foundation — but allow it to keep running — kind of a weird one. Journalism matters?


Aaron Blake, The Washington Post, Monica Crowley, Joe Biden, and when plagiarism is a capital political crime

John Wagner, The Washington Post, Trump aide Monica Crowley’s book sales suspended amid plagiarism allegations — how come Crowley’s advisers let her get away with putting two colons in her dissertation title?


Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, Lakers’ poor shooting in second half leads to 108–87 loss to Trail Blazers