The Day’s Reading, 12/6/16

Today I add some categorization.


Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, Five takeaways from the Lakers 107–101 loss to the Utah Jazz

Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, Lakers assistant Brian Keefe helps school young pros, and Kevin Durant sings his praises — I wonder what activities they’re doing on the road to expand their cultural understanding


David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, Supreme Court affirms broad reach of insider-trading laws — no mercy for white-collar criminals

Local politics

The Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, Supervisors try a new twist on a perpetual problem — an elected County Executive might not be such a bad idea

Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times, The LAPD’s watchdog group is being investigated over a claim that it broke city ethics rules — is political infighting supposed to be this clumsy?

Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Mejia, a 26-year-old self-proclaimed ‘Berniecrat,’ joins the fray in 34th Congressional District — mmmmm

Los Angeles Times, Former Assembly speaker nabs endorsement from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in race to replace Becerra — this seems unnecessarily early

Good opinions

THR Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, Van Jones Says Trump Is “Much Worse” Than People Think But His Voters Are “Much Better” — Van’s, not the piece, which is basically an edited transcript of his conversation with Trevor Noah

Jonah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, Take Trump seriously but not literally? How, exactly? — Trump’s got me agreeing with Jonah Goldberg now

Richard Cohen, The Washington Post, Trump must dump Michael Flynn — this would be a good start


Cora Lewis, Buzzfeed, Fast Food Worker Groups Could Get A Big Financial Boost In NYC — what we have to be careful of, in our antiunion environment, is that the worker centers and worker groups that will benefit from this law don’t get labeled “unions” by the NLRB or the courts, because then this type of deduction is probably preempted by the NLRA.

California politics

Dennis Romero, LA Weekly, Jail Is Often for People Who Can’t Afford Bail. A New Law Would Change That — there is almost no reform to the criminal justice system that wouldn’t do at least some good; it’s so awful.

Patrick McGreevy, Jazmine Ulloa, Los Angeles Times, California’s new legislative session begins with a message: We’re ready to fight Trump — they passed a resolution calling for immigration reform and some asshole from San Diego called it racist because … it differentiates … between undocumented and documented immigrants? That’s a race now?


Christian Davenport, Checkpoint, Citing high cost, Trump says Boeing’s contract to build Air Force One should be canceled — “he sold the shares in June”

Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Spokesman says Trump sold all his stocks in June — Oh. Huh.

Philip Bump, The Fix, Did Donald Trump tank Boeing’s stock because he was mad about a news article? — with literally anyone else, you’d say “nah,” which means that, for Trump, yes, this is the most likely explanation

Drew Harwell & Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post, Trump’s unpredictable style unnerves corporate America — normally I’d say “haha, eat a dick, corporate America,” but they always seem to find a way to pass the costs on to the workers and the consumers, and we’ll have even fewer ways to stop them in the coming years, so …

Danielle Paquette, Wonkblog, He ‘lied his a– off’: Carrier union leader on Trump’s big deal — I read some whining about how the Carrier union wasn’t speaking up. Maybe it’s because Trump cut them out of the process and then lied his … aardvark off so they didn’t know which way was up to have any statements to make.

Ned Resnikoff, ThinkProgress, The details of the Carrier deal have finally been released. Trump exaggerated big league. — the earlier headline of this was basically “Trump cut the union out.”

Megan Reynolds, Jezebel, Good Gravy, the Trump Transition Team Signed a Pretty Intense Non-Disclosure Agreement — insecurity.

Greg Sargent, The Washington Post, Two top Republicans just vowed aggressive oversight of Trump. Yeah, right. — I’m with the last two words.

Paul Waldman, The Washington Post, Donald Trump’s most terrifying appointment — it’s Flynn. You already knew that.

Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Will Trump Continue the Centuries Long Policy of Stealing from Native Americans? — probably!


Brian Phillips, MTV News, The Year Of The Alt-Right — this is really good, and I think I’m with him that we shouldn’t stop calling them “alt-right” just because they’re also Nazis or white nationalists or what have you. They’re not regular-ass KKK, so let’s mark them for who they are, which is a bunch of fascists with other characteristics as well.

Philip Bump, The Fix, Ben Carson did not grow up living in public housing — he wasn’t exactly in the lap of luxury, but if the right wants to make some weak claim that his growing up in public housing makes him qualified to run HUD, they should maybe fact-check the premise of that claim first.


Ben Lindbergh, The Ringer, The Red Sox Just Became Prohibitive American League Favorites — Ben’s great as always. The Red Sox are too.

Joseph Flynn, Vice Sports, Minor League Baseball Sets Up PAC to Fund Opposition to Paying Players a Living Wage — baseball, by contrast, is as bad as always.

Steve Adams, MLB Trade Rumors, Trade Rumors: Straily, Reds, McCutchen, Rays, Twins, Wilson, Davis — DAN STRAILY

Sam Miller, ESPN, If you want to win the World Series having home-field advantage does matter — the best part of this story is how mad Sam got at me a few years ago when I got pissy about the A’s getting screwed in 2012 by the change in Division Series home-road alignment, where they made the A’s play two on the road first despite having “home-field advantage.” Here he finds that it might be Game 1 that is the real home-field advantage, not Game 7. I will now take to Twitter to yell at him about this.

Health care

Amy Goldstein, The Washington Post, Hospitals warn Trump, Congress of massive losses with Affordable Care Act repeal — see similar to above where I don’t particularly care about the bottom lines of these hospitals except again how we’ll pay for that as consumers, how health care workers will pay for that as employees, and how the poor will pay for that in access to health care. God knows the Republicans aren’t going to listen to consumers, workers, or the poor, so hopefully the insurance companies and hospitals can do our talking for us.

The Democrats

Jeremy Ben-Ami, The Washington Post, Stop smearing Keith Ellison — the president of J Street.

Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Let Us Celebrate the Unimpeachable Nonpartisan Integrity of James Comey — wasn’t sure where to put this, so I put it in The Democrats because that’s who James Comey tried to sign the death warrant of with his election season actions.

World (All the Bad News That’s Fit to Print)

Associated Press, The Washington Post, Mexico: 20 gunmen killed in shootouts in Veracruz

Associated Press, The Washington Post, AP reporter deported from South Sudan

Jim Gomez | AP, The Washington Post, Philippine probe: police murdered drug-linked mayor in jail — almost like free rein with the guns leads to deadly abuses

Michael Astor | AP, The Washington Post, UN: gains against Libya terrorism real but not irreversible

Ellie Shechet, The Slot, Angela Merkel is Out Here Advocating a Burqa Ban — Austen and I have spent a lot of time lately praising Merkel as the last sane one left. Oh well.

The Arts

Owen Gleiberman, Variety, Film Review: ‘Frank & Lola’ — sounds good!

Randall Colburn, Consequence of Sound, Film Review: Miss Sloane — sounds okay

Clint Worthington, Consequence of Sound, Film Review: Always Shine — sounds weird

Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice, An Afghan Goes Mystery-Solving in the Wobbily Eccentric Noir ‘Burn Country’ — sounds bad

Teddy Wayne, The Millions, A Year in Reading: Teddy Wayne — on Kent Haruf


Robert O’Connell, Vice Sports, Klay Thompson Goes off for 60, Still “Not Sacrificing Shit” — one of my favorite internet sportswriters

Zito Madu, SB Nation, Klay Thompson will embarrass your team when you least expect it — another

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