The Day’s Reading, 2/3/17

Another day in “America”

ISIS

Greg Jaffe & Adam Entous & Missy Ryan, The Washington Post, Obama’s White House worked for months on a plan to seize Raqqa. Trump’s team took a brief look and decided not to pull the trigger.

Movies

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Martian melodrama ‘The Space Between Us’ crashes to Earth

Education

Emma Brown, The Washington Post, John King, Obama’s education secretary, to head advocacy group for disadvantaged students — if the story accurately describes the Education Trust, then this isn’t the worst, i.e. he didn’t wind up at some rich pro-charter shittank

Emma Brown, The Washington Post, The popular uprising that threatens the Betsy DeVos nomination

Yemen

Dan Lamothe, The Washington Post, The White House says a deadly raid in Yemen was long planned in Washington. Not true, say officials who served Obama. — the part at the end about some people thinking Spicer shouldn’t have said anything about the moonless night is weird; do we think the people we’re attacking are so unsophisticated as not to know that moonless nights are ideal for nighttime raids?

CIA

Greg Miller, The Washington Post, CIA officer with ties to ‘black sites’ named deputy director

Israel

Karen DeYoung & Abby Phillip, The Washington Post, Trump warns Israel that new settlements ‘may not help’ achieve Middle East peace

Gorsuch

Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post, Fighting Gorsuch is hopeless. Democrats should do it anyway. — I think Robinson’s argument should be, at best, the second consideration for Senate Democrats. The first is that Gorsuch will take our country backwards, and therefore he should be opposed with all the tools we have. Then comes the fact that the left in the streets and at the polls will not forget Senate cowardice.

Louvre Incident

Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Soldier shoots machete-wielding attacker near the Louvre

Iran

Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Responding to Trump, Tehran bans travel of U.S. wrestlers to Iran

Regulation

Jim Puzzanghera, Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times, Trump to order review of Dodd-Frank financial regulations, suspend retirement advisor rule — the fiduciary rule is such an obvious good, and such an attack on millionaires and billionaires who got their money at the expense of people who matter, that of course Republicans have been against it, and of course Donald would take aim at it.

Ukraine

Edith M. Lederer | AP, The Washington Post, US condemns Russia’s ‘aggressive actions’ in eastern Ukraine

El Chapo

Matt Hansen, Los Angeles Times, He’s known for his escapes from Mexican prisons, but lawyers for ‘El Chapo’ say NYC jail conditions are too strict — he’s being represented by public defenders! This is so weird.

Bowling Green Massacre

Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, Kellyanne Conway concedes error: ‘Honest mistakes abound’ — I guess, sure, “massacre” and “terrorist” are similar words. And that every time you say you make a mistake you should definitely point out all the mistakes you think other people made.

Philip Bump, The Washington Post, What’s interesting about Conway’s ‘Bowling Green massacre’ is what came next

Workers

David Ng, Los Angeles Times, MTV News staff votes to unionize under Writers Guild of America, East — “voted” isn’t really the word

The Neighborhood

Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, Latino gang member accused of targeting African Americans in Highland Park is captured — 15 years later

The Ban

Justin Jouvenal & Lori Aratani & Matt Zapotosky, The Washington Post, Federal judge temporarily blocks Trump’s entry order nationwide

Conflicts

Dan Lamothe, The Washington Post, Vincent Viola, Trump’s nominee to run the Army, withdraws from consideration

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