The Days’ Reading, 2/18–20/17

It’s Valentine’s Day Observed here at House Rachowski. We had a lovely dinner at The Bellwether in Studio City.

Here are the four best tweets of all time:

  1. It’s Got Anxiety
  2. Liquid Swords
  3. Clowns
  4. Goku


Emma Brown, The Washington Post, DeVos criticized teachers at D.C. school she visited — and they are not having it — I’m flummoxed at DeVos’s presumption. The notion that she can identify what a good teacher is from five minutes in a classroom with no training and no experience in any of this is so absurd. I would add that she’s not wrong that teacher need to be empowered to teach, and I would further add that to the extent some teachers out there are in “receive” mode, it might be because of centuries of the widgetization of education and the treatment of schools as factories, with production standards placed on the factory workers. Charter and parochial schools aren’t going to fix the factory model.

Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, Former D.C. schools chief takes on DeVos: ‘Sorry lady…. this is so amateur and unprofessional’ — there’s a paragraph in here that’s basically exactly what I said above.

sarah miller, The Awl, Grizzly Nihilism


Kate Dries, The Muse, Riverdale Might Not Be About ‘Twincest,’ But It’s Still Super Campy Fun

Kara Brown, The Muse, Let’s Talk About the Very Good Season Finale of The Good Place

Madeleine Davies, Jezebel, The Bastards Cannot Grind The Handmaid’s Tale Down (or Get It Off the Best Sellers List) — I’m putting this in TV because I already had a TV category, but it’s really about the book. WHATEVER.

Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, The New New Wave of European Crime Drama on Netflix

Inkoo Kang, MTV News, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: To Life, To Life, To Suffering

Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, The familiar takes a few twists in ‘The Good Fight’

The Democrats

David Weigel, The Washington Post, Why John McCain’s #resistance is bad for Democrats

David Weigel, The Washington Post, Ellison endorsed by rival in DNC race

David Watkins, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Manchin


Gabrielle Bluestone, Jezebel, Donald Trump Can Absolutely Walk Up and Down the Stairs Like a Big Boy — comprehensive


Ellie Shechet, The Slot, Did Paul Ryan Just Call This Press Conference a ‘Waste of My Fucking Time’? [Updated]

Joan Acocella, The New York Review of Books, ‘Fuck’-ing Around


Tim Murphy, Mother Jones, “The women are in my grill no matter where I go”

Other Lies

Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, Donald Trump lied to us about his health


Bobby Finger, Jezebel, Nikki Finke Is Returning to Deadline, Baby!

The Blind Sheikh

Matt Schudel, The Washington Post, Omar Abdel Rahman, ‘blind sheik’ convicted in 1993 World Trade Center attack, dies at 78


Brendan O’Connor, Jezebel, Guess Who Is Never Gonna Fuck Again?


Sam Kriss, The Baffler, Pissologies

John Wagner & Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post, Trump attempts a reset with a rally, new staff and a renewed fight with the media

Prachi Gupta, The Slot, Omarosa ‘Physically Intimidated’ Reporter, Said Administration Keeps Dossiers on Black Journalists

Aaron Rupar, ThinkProgress, Trump got caught in a lie. Instead of owning it, he blamed somebody else. — “someone told me” is also certainly a lie

Alan Pyke, ThinkProgress, One of the only black people in Trump’s team has been fired for criticizing Trump — “deprived Carson of a trusted staffer” is a bit much; the guy is 26 — I hope he wasn’t who Carson was going to rely on to create a functioning office

W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times, Defense Secretary Mattis breaks with Trump on declaring that media are ‘enemy of the American people’

David Weigel & Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post, Trump supporters see a successful president — and are frustrated with critics who don’t

Philip Bump, The Washington Post, President Trump attended a private Mar-a-Lago event Saturday night — without telling the media

Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post, The Trump White House is already cooking the books

Matti Huuhtanen | AP, The Washington Post, Trump says remark about Sweden referred to something on TV

Edward Price, The Washington Post, I didn’t think I’d ever leave the CIA. But because of Trump, I quit.


Ellie Shechet, Jezebel, Check Out These Dribbling Nazi Milkboys

Hannah Gold, The Slot, Audio Reveals Trump Encouraged Golf Club Guests to Sit in on Cabinet Member Interviews

Don’t Let Them On Live TV, Ever

Daniel Nexon, Lawyers, Guns & Money, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Stephen Miller?


Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, Iowa Public Safety Union Solidarity


Alan Pyke, ThinkProgress, Who is Alex Acosta? — worth noting that Democratic Senators may find themselves more able to attack Acosta for the same type of bullshit over which they didn’t attack Jeff Sessions because Acosta isn’t their colleague and doesn’t fall under the Senate’s traditions of being super duper nice to each other all the time

Fuck ICE

Tara Culp-Ressler, ThinkProgress, ICE agents lied about how they arrested a domestic violence victim


Rich Juzwiak, The Muse, Violence Is the Answer in Marvel’s Most Brutal Film Yet, Logan


Jane Coaston, MTV News, A Tale Of Two GOPs


Michael Baumann, The Ringer, It Takes Forever to Get Into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times, Whether on the mound or for refugees in need, relief is a calling for the A’s’ Sean Doolittle


Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times, U.S. Transportation department executive approved grant days before taking job with rail contractor — granted that the Republicans seem to be looking for any way they can find to stop the ObamaTrains from happening, this sure looks like a legitimate gripe. I mean, less than two weeks between grant approval and the job switch? Recusal should have been an easy call.


Anh Do, Los Angeles Times, Trump widens a generation gap in Vietnamese community: Older hard-liners vs. liberal youths

Bernie Book Tour

Javier Panzar, Los Angeles Times, Bernie Sanders in Los Angeles: ‘We are looking at a totally new political world’

National Security

Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times, Trump names H.R. McMaster, an Army strategist, as his new national security advisor — the main surprise is that a guy named “H.R. McMaster” wasn’t already national security advisor

Michael A. Memoli, Laura King, Los Angeles Times, Trump’s new national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, is temperamentally a shift from the ousted Flynn — the sneaking Bolton in under the cover of McMaster is pretty gross; I hope we don’t forget about that asshole


Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Conservative group cancels speech by Milo Yiannopoulos after comments seemed to condone pedophilia — the sooner this clown stops being able to make waves, the better


Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post, With Priebus overwhelmed, chaos ensues


Tony Barboza, Richard Winton, Maya Lau, Los Angeles Times, Gunman who killed Whittier officer had fatally shot another man hours earlier, police say


Greg Jaffe, The Washington Post, For a Trump adviser, an odyssey from the fringes of Washington to the center of power

Federal Employees

Lisa Rein, The Washington Post, Bobbleheads, yes. Official tweets, no. Federal workers wonder where the lines are in the Trump era.

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