The Day’s Reading, 1/27/17

I fell asleep!

It’s Not Abstract

Kevin Sieff & Louisa Loveluck & Sudarsan Raghavan, The Washington Post, Trump’s order to ban refugees and immigrants triggers fears across the globe


Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, Rep. Ted Lieu is trolling Donald Trump, and he hopes you’re watching

Deficits Are A One-Sided Political Tool

Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times, Speaker Paul Ryan promises funds for Trump’s border wall; can’t guarantee it won’t add to deficit


Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times, How a ‘rain shadow’ left this reservoir parched even after all those storms

“People Like Me” Is An Alternative Fact

Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post, In his first major TV interview as president, Trump is obsessed with his popularity

“It Was A Mutual Decision” Is An Alternative Fact

Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times, Trump says meeting with Mexican president would have been ‘fruitless’

I Think He’s Dividing Us

Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Actor Shia LaBeouf arrested outside New York City museum

Griff Witte, The Washington Post, British lawmakers tell their prime minister: Your groveling in front of Trump is embarrassing

Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times, Border Patrol chief is abruptly out after being brought in as a reformer

David Weigel, The Washington Post, Senators Warren and Booker try to answer Democratic anger at votes for Trump nominees — this is basically just a summary of Facebook comments. Don’t click.

Aaron Blake, The Washington Post, State Department’s mass departures confirm everything you believe about Trump — no matter what it is

Abby Phillip, The Washington Post, Trump’s statement marking Holocaust remembrance leaves out mention of Jews

Anthony Faiola & James McAuley, The Washington Post, Trump’s first official calls to German, French leaders set to be awkward exchanges

Vampire Trump Is Afraid of Sunlight

Joe Davidson, The Washington Post, Gingrich joins Trump’s war on media ‘mortal enemies’

… And Science

Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post, The nation’s top scientists can’t get through to Trump — and they’re alarmed

… And Protests

David Weigel, The Washington Post, Republicans who once mocked ‘safe spaces’ are feeling sensitive over protests

… And Muslims

Carol Morello, The Washington Post, Trump signs order temporarily halting admission of refugees, promises priority for Christians


David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, Thomas Hardiman, under consideration for Supreme Court, is a champion of gun rights

Sanctuary Cities

Ilya Somin, The Washington Post, Why Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities is unconstitutional

Evan Halper, Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times, With California’s ‘sanctuary cities,’ Trump might be starting a fight he can’t win

Cynical or Stupid?

Mike DeBonis, The Washington Post, In private meeting, Pence vows ‘full evaluation of voting rolls’ over claims of voting fraud — the fact that Mo Brooks thinks, in a private meeting, that 25 percent of voting machines were rigged by Democrats in 1982, and that the IRS is politically targeting, really makes me question my beliefs that the vast majority of politicians are cynical rather than stupid. Then again, you have to figure they knew that someone could leak the statements in the meeting, so they can’t be heard to say something different in “private” from what they say in public. Still, though.

2018 Governor

Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, Will they run or won’t they? The undecideds could wreak havoc on California’s governor race


Valentina Valentini, Los Angeles Times, How I figured out I was dating a drug dealer — this seems very harsh?

James Queally, Rong-Gong Lin II, Richard Winton, Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times, Suspect arrested in double killing at Chinatown social club


Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times, Asghar Farhadi’s new film goes deep into shame and vengeance in Iran

Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Dark comedy-thriller ‘Get the Girl’ is a misfire from the get-go

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Beyond the ever-energetic Matthew McConaughey, there’s no payoff in treasure-hunt drama ‘Gold’


Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, Christina Ricci is the reason to watch Amazon Prime’s new biographical drama ‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’