The Day’s Reading, 12/5/16

Associated Press, Police use ‘fake news’ in gang ruse; media criticize tactics as dishonest — I don’t know who’s right!

Tom Kington, Los Angeles Times, Another populist victory: Italian prime minister says he’s resigning after referendum defeat

Erik Kirschbaum, Los Angeles Times, Austrian right-wing populist loses again in presidential race — largely ceremonial office!

Jonathan Kaiman & Jessica Meyers, Los Angeles Times, China struggles to make sense of Trump and his phone call with Taiwan

Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, Calderon out as Lakers’ guard woes continue — my vote is for the Lakers to get healthy.

Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, Five takeaways from the Lakers’ 103–100 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies

Anne Gearan & Philip Rucker & Simon Denyer, The Washington Post, Trump’s Taiwan phone call was long planned, say people who were involved — just the routine, every-day lying is going to get old fast.

Sarah Kurchak, Consequence of Sound, Film Review: La La Land

Jared Wyllys & Matthew Trueblood, Baseball Prospectus, Transaction Analysis: Nationals Nab Norris — I’m going to say this quietly here: where has the em-dash gone at BP and why has it been replaced so often with an en-dash or, far more often, the dreaded double-hyphen?

Steven Pearlstein, Wonkblog, Under Trump, red states are finally going to be able to turn themselves into poor, unhealthy paradises — substantively, yes, we can in the states replace much of what the feds say they’ll cut, but I could do without “the satisfaction of watching Trump’s voters stew in their own political juices as Red State America finally frees itself from the evil grip of global elites and big government and turns itself into a low-tax, low-wage, low health paradise where it’s every man for himself.” The entire point of our political program is for people not to suffer. Decades of being duped and spat on by the political and business elites has left people feeling there’s no way out, and some, unfortunately, turned to Trump in their desperation. But they’re still people, and they still feel pain, and it is still our job to reduce that pain.

Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Direct Action Protest: It Works

Nick Perry | AP, The Washington Post, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years — he seem nice.

Michael Birnbaum & Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post, Italian prime minister resigns in populist revolt

Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, Fake U.S. embassy operated in Ghana for a decade, issued bogus visas — this is crazy shit.

Mark Polishuk, MLB Trade Rumors, Rays Notes: Archer, Odorizzi, Castillo, Pearce, Alvarez

Mark Polishuk, MLB Trade Rumors, Outfield Notes: Fowler, Dyson, Soler, Herrera, Revere

Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, Step by step, Trump is assembling an administration far more conservative than his campaign — nice of the person at the end to identify “the concern” with Carson at HUD. I’d say there are about 17,000 concerns.

Lisa Rein & Elise Viebeck, The Washington Post, HUD job to pit Carson ideology against long-standing housing policy

Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times, GOP congressional leaders struggle to balance Republican principles in Trump era — glad to see Kevin McCarthy remains a dickwagon.

David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, Supreme Court appears in favor of ruling against racial gerrymandering in GOP-controlled states — in which the fate of the free world hinges on Anthony Kennedy.

Shan Li, Los Angeles Times, American Apparel warns 3,500 Southern California workers of possible layoffs

Ian Miller, Teen Archer, Top 25 (35) Of 2016

Robert Barnes, The Washington Post, High court hears arguments in two redistricting cases

Aaron Blake, The Fix, Donald Trump’s team is trying to have it both ways on its Taiwan controversy

Kelsey Snell & Karoun Demirjian & Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post, Republicans look to make it easier to install Mattis as defense secretary — by putting in a “you can’t filibuster” clause into the year-end spending bill. Luckily there’s at least one Republican dissenter from this idea. I think we should just start over. The whole thing. Try again.

Philip Bump, The Fix, Ivanka Trump’s meeting with Al Gore highlights the questionable role she’ll play in Washington — my cynicism says that Ivanka is intentionally cozying up to the progressive issues because it will make it harder for us to argue that she shouldn’t be involved in the administration as the operator of the Trump companies. Why would we want to keep the most sane voice out of the White House?

Editorial Board, The Washington Post, Tweets are a dangerous way to deal with China — the last paragraph grabbed me. Trump’s out here all “fuck China” but then when North Korea gets a bee in its bonnet about some shit or other, who’s Trump going to ask to rein them in? China? The dudes whom he just said to fuck?

Editorial Board, The Washington Post, Trump’s pick of Ben Carson is beyond baffling — this was good right up until the “not brain surgery” joke at the end

Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, Lou Williams’ 38 points not enough against Jazz as Lakers fall 107–101 — that’s an amazing starting lineup

Adam Taylor, The Washington Post, Liberland, a country that may not exist, says it hopes to build close ties to Trump White House — sure, what the hell

Mark Polishuk, MLB Trade Rumors, AL West Notes: Hernandez, Utley, A’s, Mariners

Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post, How to treat Trump’s nominees — this could feel like sort of concern trolling, but I think it’s not wrong

Associated Press, The Washington Post, Thailand’s new king appoints a smaller council of advisers — 11 is “almost half” of 16?

Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, Does the Pentagon really waste $125 billion on pencil pushers? — I haven’t read the big-deal article yet (soon!) but Drum’s got the cold water all set for me anyway

Drew Garrison, Silver Screen & Roll, Lakers vs. Jazz Final Score: Bizarro Lakers comeback falls short in 107–101 loss

Paul Waldman, The Washington Post, Republicans are already making it clear: Trump can do whatever he wants

Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post, This is how Republicans deliver domestic disaster

Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post, Trump’s Taiwan call wasn’t a blunder. It was brilliant. — why would I listen to/believe anyone who writes with this kind of “I have a tiny penis and I want America to make up for that” bluster?

Daniel W. Drezner, The Washington Post, My concern with Trump’s team of generals — I don’t think it’s a stupid argument

Craig Whitlock & Bob Woodward, The Washington Post, Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste — I think I’m with Drum after all: this is something less than stunning.

Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns & Money, I guess it’s not brain surgery

Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns & Money, The Unlamented Political Demise of an Asshole

Patricia Luna | AP, The Washington Post, Chile court OK’s extradition in 1976 car bombing in US — this is to do with the Orlando Letelier murder

Annie Gowen, The Washington Post, As Trump vows to stop flow of jobs overseas, U.S. plans to make fighter jets in India

Associated Press, The Washington Post, Ex-Israeli mayor convicted for naming street after mistress — if you’re gonna get caught, get caught extremely small and petty, that’s what I always say

Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post, Austria’s ‘Trump’ lost the presidential election. But liberals shouldn’t be celebrating.

Adam Taylor, The Washington Post, Boris Johnson, Britain’s top diplomat, flees live interview after being asked to name South Korean president — “tell him to shut up” is a great insult because it means the insultee is so far beneath you that you can’t even bother to tell them to shut up yourself

Associated Press, The Washington Post, Greece rejects extradition of Turkish servicemen over coup

Rama Lakshmi, The Washington Post, Trump can resolve Kashmir impasse with ‘dealmaking skills,’ his running mate claims. It won’t be easy. — sure, sure, that’s credible, Mike Pence

Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, On Obamacare repeal, GOP ideology is colliding with reality

Maximillian Alvarez, The Baffler, Failing the Empathy Exams — saved the best thing I’d read all day for last, it seems.