The Day’s Reading, 1/12/17
I’m going to put the sections in order again, rather than just the order I read things in. Also tomorrow is Friday and it’s raining like hell here.
Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times, An awkward phone call between Trump and the director of national intelligence — what I can’t tell is whether Trump hears what he wants to hear or says what he wants to say; that is, does he genuinely think that the purpose of Clapper’s call was to “denounce” the report (vs. Clapper saying it was more to assure Trump that it wasn’t an intelligence document) or did he hear Clapper fully and correctly and then just lie about it? Both things are bad!
Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times, Joe Biden calls Donald Trump’s criticism of intelligence community ‘damaging’ — aw, Uncle Joe, you’re not running, or running for, anything anymore, you don’t have to kowtow to the intelligence people. (Which is not to say denigrating their work while being utterly uninformed about said work is the way to go either, but, like, let’s not pretend that the foundation of all that is Good & Holy in America resides in the halls of the CIA et al.)
Anna Merlan, The Slot, A Rundown of Donald Trump’s Incredibly Messy First Press Conference as President-Elect
David Corn, Mother Jones, Russia allegations provoke Donald Trump’s dumbest tweet ever
Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Revising the Worst President Ever List
Paranoia & Conspiracy
Paul Musgrave, The Washington Post, Donald Trump has brought us the American style in paranoid politics — “For many on both sides, motivated reasoning is beginning to eclipse reasonable standards of judging new claims.” I think I agree with this.
Aviva Shen, ThinkProgress, The conflict of interest at the heart of New Orleans’ courts
Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post, Nation’s first Latina senator: GOP congressman’s claims of Mexican election influence are ‘immature’
Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Subtext: A Quaint Idea of the Past
Matt Zapotosky & Sari Horwitz, The Washington Post, Justice Department inspector general to investigate pre-election actions by department and FBI — Comey’s screwed, right?
Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Comey (And the Media) Threw the Election to the Worst President Ever
David Weigel, The Washington Post, Ben Carson’s prepared HUD testimony included accidental plagiarism — but he didn’t use it — SHOW ME THE FOOTNOTES
Robert Costa & Philip Rucker, The Washington Post, Anthony Scaramucci is hired for a top job in Trump’s White House
Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, What happened to Kellyanne Conway?
Abby Phillip, The Washington Post, Trump names Rudy Giuliani as cybersecurity adviser
Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times, Trump’s pick for CIA chief could be caught between career spies and the president who mocked them
Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, The Philosophy of the New Gilded Age — no, Shapiro is clearly correct, the reason you can’t get cancer treatments for $15 is because of Too Much Regulation and the reason for Too Much Regulation is that people have misperceived healthcare as a right rather than a simple commodity like chairs. This is all very sensible and makes for a well-ordered and happy society.
Ellie Shechet, The Slot, For Some Reason, Cory Booker and 12 Other Dems Helped Kill a Bill That Would Lower Drug Prices [Updated] — Booker (and Robert Casey) have statements at the end about their votes. Me, who knows.
Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, Why the Supreme Court special education case about a boy with autism is so sickening — a good example of the absurdity and futility of words in law
Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, Mexico’s president warns that if Trump wants to talk trade, he’ll have to talk security, too
Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, Cursing like a sailor, John Burton helped steer California into deep blue waters
Graham Vyse, The New Republic, Can Kamala Harris Live Up to the Hype?
John Myers, Los Angeles Times, Gov. Jerry Brown laments the ‘political language’ of the times in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.
Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Booker
Ned Resnikoff, ThinkProgress, Trump shouted down CNN’s Jim Acosta as ‘fake news’ then took a question from Breitbart — superb question from Breitbart, very good, well done
Callum Borchers, The Washington Post, Why so many journalists are mad at BuzzFeed — it’s because of the credibility of the whole industry
Lies and the Lying etc.
Stephen Kearse, The Baffler, After Truth?
Justin Clark, The Baffler, Shameless Liars
Laird Hunt, Los Angeles Times, In ‘Transit,’ Rachel Cusk continues to slyly blur the lines that surround fiction
Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times, Han Kang’s ‘Human Acts’ is a fractured fictional reckoning with the Gwangju massacre
Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, Ottessa Moshfegh’s Ordinary Monsters
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Betsy Brandt captures a bereft wife’s confusion and grief in ‘Claire in Motion’
Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Flawed techno-thriller ‘The Crash’ is ripped prematurely from tomorrow’s headlines
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Not even Idris Elba can elevate the pedestrian ensemble drama ‘100 Streets’
Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, Seedy thriller ’48 Hours to Live’ grooves better than it tells a story
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, ‘Top Coat Cash’ beats tough-guy cliches into the ground
Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, ‘Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies’ doesn’t remotely live up to its title
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Belgian crime drama ‘The Ardennes’ veers off course
Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times, ‘The Roommate’: When an ‘Odd Couple’ story shifts toward ‘Breaking Bad’
Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, Lakers can’t slow down the Spurs and fall, 134–94 — that’s a lot of points
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Jezebel, Fuck Your ‘Pen’ — no, like, pens and handwriting are good, but not the fucking Bic Cristal, Jesus.
Gene Marks, The Washington Post, Finally…a new Google Voice is coming