The Day’s Reading, 2/14–15/17

Happy Valentine’s Day to those who observe.

Labor

Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, This Day in Labor History: February 14, 1940

Jim Puzzanghera, Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times, Andy Puzder withdraws as Labor secretary nominee amid Republican opposition — another one

Ed O’Keefe & Jonnelle Marte, The Washington Post, Andrew Puzder withdraws labor nomination, throwing White House into more turmoil

Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, L.A. City Council votes unanimously to decriminalize street vending

Russ Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, Elon Musk has a lot riding on Tesla’s Model 3 — what will a unionization effort in California mean?

Flynn

Andrew Roth, The Washington Post, Russian lawmakers rush to the defense of Trump’s ex-national security adviser — Flynn right now: “NOT HELPING”

Greg Sargent, The Washington Post, In a remarkable interview, Kellyanne Conway’s spin about Mike Flynn crashes and burns

Mike DeBonis, The Washington Post, FBI needs to explain why Flynn was recorded, Intelligence Committee chairman says — keep trying to distract and distract and distract, yeah? Go look up Devin Nunes’ record on wiretaps. You won’t be surprised.

Michael A. Memoli, Del Quentin Wilber, Los Angeles Times, White House says Trump knew three weeks ago that Flynn misled on contacts with Russia

Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times, While the White House tries to contain fallout over Flynn’s resignation, Trump starts tweeting again

Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times, Trump is showing a reluctance to take responsibility for White House chaos — his response to an inability to govern is to fucking run a reelection campaign. He’s delusional.

Karoun Demirjian & Sean Sullivan, The Washington Post, Flynn saga shifts balance of power between president, Congress

Greg Sargent, The Washington Post, Donald Trump is suddenly looking like a very weak autocrat

Health Care in 2017

Sophie Quinton, Politico, Health care’s new majority — on challenges and solutions related to languages and cultures in a continually diversifying America

Theater

Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Randall Arney to step down

Israel-Palestine

Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, White House backs away from two-state solution for Israel and Palestinians

DACA

Matt Pearce, Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times, Federal immigration agents arrest a DACA-eligible ‘Dreamer’ near Seattle, lawsuit says

Basketball

Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times, Lou Williams’ big effort isn’t in enough as Lakers fall to Kings, 97–96

Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times, Five takeaways from the Lakers’ 97–96 loss to Sacramento

Tania Ganguli, Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times, Mitch Kupchak says trade talks could be more meaningful this year because of increased Lakers talent

Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times, Lakers blown out again, this time by lowly Suns, 137–101 — to me it seems this team isn’t actually very good

Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, Brandon Ingram is a raw rookie but also a window to a bright Lakers future

TV

Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, Katherine Heigl, with an assist from a stellar supporting cast, tries again with ‘Doubt’

The Environment

Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, Trump’s vow to scrap the Paris climate change accord faces skepticism from corporations, GOP moderates — would it be great if we could do good things regardless of what the corporations want? Of course. Is having the corporations recognize what the good things are a next-best on the way to that larger goal? Sure.

Catching Up on ThinkProgress

Jack Jenkins, ThinkProgress, Trump is creating a new form of Christian nationalism centered on himself

Aaron Rupar, ThinkProgress, Trump and congressional Republicans share a laugh about murders in Chicago

Ryan Koronowski, ThinkProgress, Trump punks media, fools them into reporting he kept a promise he actually just broke

Alan Pyke, ThinkProgress, Democrats will never lead the resistance against Trump, but they can join it — this says everything it says four times, but at least it says good things

LEFTIST VIOLENCE

Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is angry a staffer was hurt during a protest at his office, but protesters dispute the account — I am sympathetic to the staffer, by the way; it sounds like an accident happened and she knocked her head because of it. Doing that hard enough to lose consciousness isn’t something I’ll laugh off. What’s shameful is Rohrabacher trying to turn it into “mob violence” or what have you.

Hiding

Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, Federal prosecutors are probing sexual harassment settlements paid out by Fox News — it’s over not reporting the payments to shareholders

Measure S

Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, Garcetti accuses Measure S campaign of ‘dirty trick’ — I don’t usually get that upset about “dirty tricks” but using Garcetti’s face and a quote taken out of context to imply he supports the Measure is, I’d agree, pretty dirty. It also feels a little desperate.

Russians: They’re Just Like Us

Adam Taylor, The Washington Post, Positive views of Stalin among Russians reach 16-year high, poll shows

Mulvaney

Max Ehrenfreund, The Washington Post, Trump’s pick for budget director just lost a crucial backer in the Senate — I don’t think I would have predicted McCain actually voting “no.”

Pruitt

Brady Dennis, The Washington Post, Susan Collins says she will vote against Trump’s EPA nominee — nor this, though as the article notes, Joe Manchin will make up for Colllins’ defection. Sigh.

Comey

James Downie, The Washington Post, James Comey’s behavior looks worse and worse

Conway

Callum Borchers, The Washington Post, ‘Morning Joe’ has blacklisted Kellyanne Conway. And that’s not all.