The Day’s Reading, 1/24/17

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White House vs. Congress?

Robert Costa, The Washington Post, Trump’s latest hire alarms allies of Ryan — and bolsters Bannon — the diversity on the Trump team, in the sense that some of them are happily overt racists and thugs and some are more traditional covert racists and thugs, could be a good thing or a bad thing for us, depending on whether Trump is pulled every which way or whether he manages the cacophony and pulls the best (worst) ideas from each side.

Karoun Demirjian & Sean Sullivan, The Washington Post, Republicans’ cautious embrace of Tillerson marks hawks’ unlikely marriage with Trump

Trump Organization

Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post, Trump files paperwork handing corporate offices of company he still owns to his sons — I guess another thing is I don’t get why it took so long. Was he not sure whether he’d actually be sworn in and therefore didn’t want to resign until after he was in office? Why couldn’t this all have happened, including with releases to the public, at least a few days before the inauguration?

Jonathan O’Connell, The Washington Post, Democrats say Trump’s Washington hotel lost money before the election, push for GSA action — “he hasn’t violated the lease yet” was always a hot garbage excuse for not having a plan in place for day 1 of the presidency.

Trump the Person

Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post, The real President Trump revealed himself at the CIA — maybe this was obvious, but maybe not: this is who the man is

Impunity

Kate Mather, James Queally, Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times, No charges against LAPD officers who shot and killed Ezell Ford, D.A. says

The Election

Mike DeBonis & Abby Phillip, The Washington Post, Without evidence, Trump tells lawmakers 3 million to 5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote — even in private he can’t not defend his tiny dic — I mean, tiny victory.

Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times, Trump’s unproven claims of widespread voter fraud trip up White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer — good statement by Alex Padilla at the end

Trade

Anna Fifield & Emily Rauhala, The Washington Post, Trump TPP move seen as win for China, but Beijing isn’t celebrating

Scalia 2

David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, Conservative Colorado judge emerges as a top contender to fill Scalia’s Supreme Court seat

Protest Art

Richard Just, The Washington Post, Why Phil Ochs is the obscure ’60s folk singer America needs in 2017

In the Streets

David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, When L.A. takes to the streets, it defines itself as a city

Regulation

Melody Petersen, Los Angeles Times, California fails to inspect several dozen hospitals with high infection rates

FCC

Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times, Trump names new FCC chairman: Ajit Pai, who wants to take a ‘weed whacker’ to net neutrality

Pipelines

Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times, Trump opens Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines to construction again

Belligerence

Simon Denyer, The Washington Post, Is Trump ready for war in the South China Sea, or is his team just not being clear?

Healthcare

Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, Showing panic over Obamacare repeal, GOP senators release replacement plan that (almost) makes sense — they tried!

Rita Lewis, The Washington Post, I’m a nurse. And I’m terrified of what Republicans are planning to do to Medicaid.

Basketball

Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, Lakers’ Luke Walton says he doesn’t believe in tanking