Hurricane Florence

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There are two new blog posts:


Updates

  1. Originally published, September 12, 1:23 am.
  2. September 12, 6:02 pm:
    • It seems that Donald Trump thinks his administration did a great job with Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. He said this at a briefing in anticipation of Hurricane Florence which appears to be taking direct aim at North Carolina.[1]
  3. September 13, 4:41 am:
    • How do you know that the Philippines are one of those “other” places, where human lives and property don’t matter as much? I’m only now finding out about Super Typhoon Mangkhut.
  4. September 13, 12:54 pm:
    • CNN stopped just short of calling Donald Trump a liar for denying that about 3,000 people died in Hurricane Maria.[2] But apparently, this is how Trump deals with failure.[3]
    • Hurricane Florence has begun already moving onshore in North Carolina. But it will only make landfall in the next few hours. The New York Times explains some hurricane-related terminology.[4]
    • Jennifer Rubin utters the I-word.[5] (Hurricane Maria)
  5. September 14, 4:04 pm:
    • After making a beeline that seemed directly aimed at my friend’s house, Florence made a hard left turn, skimming the North Carolina coast, finally making landfall very near to Wilmington (figure 1).
    • Paul Manafort is “flipping”[6] and Jennifer Rubin thinks she already knows what he knows,[7] but then, so does everybody else. And who knows? Maybe they’re all right. But I’m beginning to suspect we’re all getting way ahead of the evidence. (James Comey)
  6. September 14, 9:55 pm:
    • So Robert Mueller is going to a lot of effort, all to write a report that Rudy Giuliani says the Trump administration will likely seek to bury. Some legal experts want to offer Mueller a road map from the Watergate era for getting his report out.[8] (James Comey)
  7. September 15, 4:51 am:
    • Florence isn’t done yet (figure 2). The center of the storm has nudged over into South Carolina and back toward shore. It looks to me like it might head back to sea where, I guess, it could regain strength.
  8. September 15, 5:21 am:
    • Saved an image of Mangkhut crossing the Philippines (figure 3). I’m still hearing a lot less about this storm but, for now, I’m keeping the latest available immediately below figure 3.
    • Niall Stanage is a little better on the significance of Paul Manafort “flipping.”[9] I just think we need to slow down here and wait to see what Robert Mueller actually gets, that is, assuming we can.[10] (James Comey)
  9. September 16, 12:38 am:
    • The latest imagery seems to show Florence has now, after a feint toward the South Carolina coast, moved a bit inland. It looks to me like it is still drenching North Carolina.
    • Deanna Paul is a reporter for the Washington Post. But apparently before she was a reporter, she was a prosecutor in New York City. She thinks Paul Manafort flipped because he was facing a “functional life sentence.” She doesn’t appear to take into account that Donald Trump was dangling a pardon.[11] (James Comey)
  10. September 16, 6:54 am:
    • While this probably says at least as much about my own coverage (which has rarely focused on ‘natural’ disasters and relies heavily on English sources) as it does the mainstream media, Typhoon Mangkhut finally hit my news radar as it reached China (figure 4). The Washington Post story includes mention of the damage and casualties in the Philippines and mention of it reaching mainland China[12] (where it looks to me is where the eye is) but focuses Hong Kong. The Guardian does a little better, giving the Philippines its own story[13] in addition to including mention in its story on the impact on Hong Kong.[14]

Florence

You won’t find this link on my Weather Satellite Photos page because I haven’t updated that page. But I finally went through and tried to refresh some of the stale links I’d been using to download weather satellite photos. In fact the one for the U.S. East Coast is still live, but the photographs uniformly have roughly the rightmost third blacked out. So I started a new series for the east coast.

In fact, I have a childhood friend who now lives directly in the path the hurricane now seems to be taking (which now seems unusually straight). She and her husband have evacuated, but of course, they couldn’t take their house with them.

Fig. 1. From the run on September 14 at 7:00 am: After making a beeline that seemed directly aimed at my friend’s house, Florence made a hard left turn, skimming the North Carolina coast before making landfall at or very near to Wilmington.


Fig. 2. From the run on September 15 at 4:00 am: Florence has edged over into South Carolina and back toward the coast. It looks to me like it might be headed back out to sea, where, presumably, it might regain at least some strength. In the meantime, North Carolina continues to feel the effects.


Karen Zraick and Christina Caron, “Landfall, Storm Surge and the Waffle House Index: Hurricane Terms and What They Mean,” New York Times, September 13, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/us/hurricane-season-terms.html


Hurricane Maria

The Whiner-In-Chief, also known as the delusional, raging Narcissist-In-Chief, is at it again. As if he ever stops.

Trump’s outburst should remind us of several troubling facts. First, whether he is lying (or is simply a victim of his own self-delusion that he is incapable of error) is beside the point. He’s not functioning as a president or any other officeholder should. He cannot comprehend facts, process them and take appropriate action. He is, in a word, non-functional.[15]

And yes, I’m wondering what to make of a so-called leader who, instead of emphasizing a need to do better than Puerto Rico, focuses on, not merely defending, but actually implausibly praising an indefensible past performance,[16] even as catastrophe looms in the Carolinas.

Josh Dawsey, “‘Never give an inch’: Trump keeps touting perceived failures as successes,” Washington Post, September 12, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/never-give-an-inch-trump-keeps-touting-perceived-failures-as-successes/2018/09/12/12801b80-b6a9-11e8-94eb-3bd52dfe917b_story.html

Jen Kirby, “Trump keeps trying to rewrite reality on his Hurricane Maria response,” Vox, September 12, 2018, https://www.vox.com/2018/9/12/17851122/trump-comments-puerto-rico-response-hurricane-florence

Betsy Klein, “Trump falsely claims nearly 3,000 Americans in Puerto Rico ‘did not die,’” CNN, September 13, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/13/politics/trump-puerto-rico-death-toll/index.html

Jennifer Rubin, “What we learn when Trump says crazy stuff,” Washington Post, September 13, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/09/13/what-we-learn-when-trump-says-crazy-stuff/


Typhoon Mangkhut

This link hadn’t gone stale, so the 72-hour gif was available as soon as I found out about this storm.

Fig. 3. From the run on September 15, 4:00 am: Mangkhut crossed the northern edge of one of the Philippines’ main islands.


Fig. 4. From the run at 5:00 am on September 16. Typhoon Mangkhut has reached China.

Lynzy Billing, “‘Wiped out’: Philippine region in direct path of Typhoon Mangkhut counts cost,” Guardian, September 16, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/16/completely-wiped-out-philippine-region-in-direct-path-of-typhoon-mangkhut-counts-cost-httpsviewergutoolscoukpreviewworld2018sep16completely-wiped-out-philippine-region-in-direct-path-of-typhoon-mangkhut-counts-cost-tuguegarao-city

Shibani Mahtani, “Severe typhoon hits Hong Kong, Southern China after taking at least 30 lives in the Philippines,” Washington Post, September 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/severe-typhoon-hits-hong-kong-southern-china-after-taking-at-least-30-lives-in-the-philippines/2018/09/16/c042c372-b973-11e8-b79f-f6e31e555258_story.html


Golden Showers

Jennifer Rubin, “Not even Republicans trust Trump on Russia,” Washington Post, September 13, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/09/13/not-even-republicans-trust-trump-on-russia/


James Comey

Spencer S. Hsu and Devlin Barrett, “Manafort will cooperate with Mueller as part of guilty plea, prosecutor says,” Washington Post, September 14, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/manafort-plans-to-plead-guilty-to-second-set-of-charges/2018/09/14/a1541068-b5c9-11e8-a7b5-adaaa5b2a57f_story.html

Jennifer Rubin, “Trump can start panicking now: Manafort will cooperate with the special counsel,” Washington Post, September 14, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/09/14/trump-can-start-panicking-now-manafort-will-cooperate-with-the-special-counsel/

Niall Stanage, “Manafort pulls surprise on Trump with Mueller deal,” Hill, September 15, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/the-memo/406813-the-memo-manafort-pulls-surprise-on-trump-with-mueller-deal

  1. [1]Jen Kirby, “Trump keeps trying to rewrite reality on his Hurricane Maria response,” Vox, September 12, 2018, https://www.vox.com/2018/9/12/17851122/trump-comments-puerto-rico-response-hurricane-florence
  2. [2]Betsy Klein, “Trump falsely claims nearly 3,000 Americans in Puerto Rico ‘did not die,’” CNN, September 13, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/13/politics/trump-puerto-rico-death-toll/index.html
  3. [3]Josh Dawsey, “‘Never give an inch’: Trump keeps touting perceived failures as successes,” Washington Post, September 12, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/never-give-an-inch-trump-keeps-touting-perceived-failures-as-successes/2018/09/12/12801b80-b6a9-11e8-94eb-3bd52dfe917b_story.html
  4. [4]Karen Zraick and Christina Caron, “Landfall, Storm Surge and the Waffle House Index: Hurricane Terms and What They Mean,” New York Times, September 13, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/us/hurricane-season-terms.html
  5. [5]Jennifer Rubin, “What we learn when Trump says crazy stuff,” Washington Post, September 13, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/09/13/what-we-learn-when-trump-says-crazy-stuff/
  6. [6]Spencer S. Hsu and Devlin Barrett, “Manafort will cooperate with Mueller as part of guilty plea, prosecutor says,” Washington Post, September 14, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/manafort-plans-to-plead-guilty-to-second-set-of-charges/2018/09/14/a1541068-b5c9-11e8-a7b5-adaaa5b2a57f_story.html
  7. [7]Jennifer Rubin, “Trump can start panicking now: Manafort will cooperate with the special counsel,” Washington Post, September 14, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/09/14/trump-can-start-panicking-now-manafort-will-cooperate-with-the-special-counsel/
  8. [8]Charlie Savage, “Legal Experts Urge Release of Watergate Report to Offer Mueller a Road Map,” New York Times, September 14, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/14/us/politics/mueller-report-grand-jury-watergate.html
  9. [9]Niall Stanage, “Manafort pulls surprise on Trump with Mueller deal,” Hill, September 15, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/the-memo/406813-the-memo-manafort-pulls-surprise-on-trump-with-mueller-deal
  10. [10]Charlie Savage, “Legal Experts Urge Release of Watergate Report to Offer Mueller a Road Map,” New York Times, September 14, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/14/us/politics/mueller-report-grand-jury-watergate.html
  11. [11]Deanna Paul, “I was a prosecutor. Here’s what stands out to me about Manafort’s deal with Mueller,” Washington Post, September 15, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/15/i-was-prosecutor-heres-what-stands-out-me-about-manaforts-deal-with-mueller/
  12. [12]Shibani Mahtani, “Severe typhoon hits Hong Kong, Southern China after taking at least 30 lives in the Philippines,” Washington Post, September 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/severe-typhoon-hits-hong-kong-southern-china-after-taking-at-least-30-lives-in-the-philippines/2018/09/16/c042c372-b973-11e8-b79f-f6e31e555258_story.html
  13. [13]Lynzy Billing, “‘Wiped out’: Philippine region in direct path of Typhoon Mangkhut counts cost,” Guardian, September 16, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/16/completely-wiped-out-philippine-region-in-direct-path-of-typhoon-mangkhut-counts-cost-httpsviewergutoolscoukpreviewworld2018sep16completely-wiped-out-philippine-region-in-direct-path-of-typhoon-mangkhut-counts-cost-tuguegarao-city
  14. [14]Hannah Ellis-Petersen, “Typhoon Mangkhut: more than 100 injured in Hong Kong,” Guardian, September 16, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/weather/2018/sep/16/typhoon-mangkhut-to-china-as-philippines-death-toll-rises
  15. [15]Jennifer Rubin, “What we learn when Trump says crazy stuff,” Washington Post, September 13, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/09/13/what-we-learn-when-trump-says-crazy-stuff/
  16. [16]Jen Kirby, “Trump keeps trying to rewrite reality on his Hurricane Maria response,” Vox, September 12, 2018, https://www.vox.com/2018/9/12/17851122/trump-comments-puerto-rico-response-hurricane-florence; Betsy Klein, “Trump falsely claims nearly 3,000 Americans in Puerto Rico ‘did not die,’” CNN, September 13, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/13/politics/trump-puerto-rico-death-toll/index.html

If Bob Woodward is right, then why aren’t all these White House malcontents invoking the 25th amendment?

Updates

  1. Originally published, September 5, 8:59 pm.
  2. September 5, 11:25 pm:
    • So you can see my critique of that anonymous op-ed in the New York Times below. Now here’s David Frum with an entirely different but no less harsh take.[1] (Donald Trump)
    • Meanwhile, and mostly for the record, the White House reaction.[2] (Donald Trump)

Donald Trump

Funny how no one is talking about the 25th Amendment, which provides for this contingency. The argument that “[w]e want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous[3]” only makes sense if Mike Pence is not a more reliable conservative than Donald Trump. But, also according to this unnamed opinion writer, allegedly a senior White House official, “the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.” Further, we are to understand, “[t]here are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more. But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.”[4] Would Pence have a worse “leadership style?” And finally, if you claim that “there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president” but that “no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis,”[5] what exactly would this official call what (s)he and his or her unelected colleagues are doing when they subvert an elected official’s will? (Hint: David Frum has a clue.[6])

I think Matthew Yglesias has this right:

And come to think of it, here’s someone we haven’t heard from in a while either:

I’ve said before that if it doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t make sense, and it cannot last. My problem is that with Donald Trump, we are now so far beyond that point, that I have to question my understanding of what makes sense.

David Frum, “This Is a Constitutional Crisis,” Atlantic, September 5, 2018, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/09/this-is-a-constitutional-crisis/569443/

Jeremy Herb, Jamie Gangel, and Dan Merica, “Bob Woodward: Trump’s aides stole his papers ‘to protect the country,'” CNN, September 5, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/04/politics/bob-woodward-book-donald-trump-fear/index.html

Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, and Josh Dawsey, “‘The sleeper cells have awoken’: Trump and aides shaken by ‘resistance’ op-ed,” Washington Post, September 5, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-sleeper-cells-have-awoken-trump-and-aides-shaken-by-resistance-op-ed/2018/09/05/ecdf423c-b14b-11e8-a20b-5f4f84429666_story.html

“I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” New York Times, September 5, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/opinion/trump-white-house-anonymous-resistance.html


  1. [1]David Frum, “This Is a Constitutional Crisis,” Atlantic, September 5, 2018, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/09/this-is-a-constitutional-crisis/569443/
  2. [2]Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, and Josh Dawsey, “‘The sleeper cells have awoken’: Trump and aides shaken by ‘resistance’ op-ed,” Washington Post, September 5, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-sleeper-cells-have-awoken-trump-and-aides-shaken-by-resistance-op-ed/2018/09/05/ecdf423c-b14b-11e8-a20b-5f4f84429666_story.html
  3. [3]“I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” New York Times, September 5, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/opinion/trump-white-house-anonymous-resistance.html
  4. [4]“I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” New York Times, September 5, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/opinion/trump-white-house-anonymous-resistance.html
  5. [5]“I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” New York Times, September 5, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/opinion/trump-white-house-anonymous-resistance.html
  6. [6]David Frum, “This Is a Constitutional Crisis,” Atlantic, September 5, 2018, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/09/this-is-a-constitutional-crisis/569443/

Thank you, Verizon. In part due to your sheer rapacity, we may get net neutrality in California

Mendocino Complex

Don Thompson, “Verizon makes changes as lawmakers decry firefighters’ woes,” SFGate, August 26, 2018, https://www.sfgate.com/business/technology/article/Verizon-No-internet-speed-restrictions-for-first-13179865.php

Jon Brodkin, “Verizon throttling could trigger FTC investigation of deceptive practices,” Ars Technica, August 27, 2018, https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/verizon-throttling-could-trigger-ftc-investigation-of-deceptive-practices/


Net neutrality

Brian Fung, “California lawmakers vote to pass toughest net neutrality law in the nation,” Washington Post, August 31, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/california-lawmakers-pass-toughest-net-neutrality-law-in-the-nation/2018/08/31/f67fd3d0-ca93-498a-ac9a-46703c87583e_story.html

Taryn Luna, “Californians’ internet speed protected in bill sent to Jerry Brown,” Sacramento Bee, August 31, 2018, https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article217410335.html


Unemployment

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, “Public May Not Trust Higher Ed, but Employers Do,” Inside Higher Education, August 28, 2018, https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/28/survey-business-leaders-believe-students-are-learning-skills-not-those-needed


Donald Trump

Greg Sargent, “Trump’s rage-tweets about Google reveal a frightening truth about the midterms,” Washington Post, August 28, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/08/28/trump-rage-googles-himself-and-reveals-a-frightening-truth-about-the-midterms/


James Comey

Aaron Blake’s article[1] prompted a new blog post entitled, “Donald Trump and the elite quest for freedom.”

Aaron Blake, “Did Trump just admit that he tried to fire Mueller and Sessions?” Washington Post, August 30, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/08/30/did-trump-just-admit-that-he-tried-fire-mueller-sessions/


Golden Showers

Jeremy Herb, “Ohr says Steele told him Russian intel believed they had Trump ‘over a barrel,'” CNN, August 31, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/31/politics/bruce-ohr-christopher-steele-donald-trump/index.html


Kyriarchy

Jim Geraghty, “America Was Meant to Overcome Identity Politics,” National Review, August 29, 2018, https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/america-made-to-overcome-identity-politics/


  1. [1]Aaron Blake, “Did Trump just admit that he tried to fire Mueller and Sessions?” Washington Post, August 30, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/08/30/did-trump-just-admit-that-he-tried-fire-mueller-sessions/

Verizon burns firefighters fighting the Mendocino Complex fire

Updates

  1. Originally published, August 22, 3:13 pm.
  2. August 22, 6:43 pm:
    • We’re probably just at the beginning of the reaction to Paul Manafort’s conviction and Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, but the Hill has coverage of the battle thus far.[1] (Donald Trump)
    • I forgot to mention, because it’s been a couple days, a new blog post, entitled, “Ethos and appropriation: On the use of certain words and phrases.” There have been two updates already and I now even more emphatically reject the usage of the term dogwhistling in defense against attacks on the rich and powerful.
  3. August 22, 7:26 pm:
    • It would appear that Bill Kristol is forecasting that Donald Trump will somehow leave office by next year. See the tweet added under Donald Trump.
  4. August 22, 10:48 pm:
    • Had Barack Obama ever been beset with legal difficulties like those Donald Trump now faces, it is not difficult to imagine what the Republican reaction would have been: Congress would have impeached Obama so fast that, had you blinked, you would have missed it. In the absence of such difficulties, they focused on obstructing him in every way possible. With Trump, and his very real legal difficulties, their attitude is strikingly different.[2]
    • Added a tweet, which included a forecast map (figure 1), from the National Weather Service about Hurricane Lane.
  5. August 23, 12:47 pm:
  6. August 23, 6:32 pm:
    • Jennifer Rubin sifts through and discards apologists’ defenses for Donald Trump in the wake of Michael Cohen’s guilty plea and Paul Manafort’s conviction[4] and Adam Serwer looks at the legal road ahead. (Just one spoiler: It is not 100 percent certain that the Southern District will abide by Justice Department policy against indicting a sitting president.)[5]
  7. August 24, 12:11 pm:
    • You knew this was coming, right? Or maybe you didn’t care. Donald Trump lashed back at Jeff Sessions.[6]
    • Hurricane Lane is moving slowly. I have saved a 72-hour gif as figure 2. I expect to replace what is now figure 3 with another one later.
    • That the sleazy National Enquirer purchased stories about sleazy Donald Trump’s sleazy extramarital affairs is a strand of the story so deep in sleaze that I’ve been repulsed and inclined not to bother with it. But apparently this was their game.[7] Now the Chief Executive Officer of the tabloid’s publisher and a Trump organization executive have been granted immunity.[8] And if Melania Trump has any self-respect whatsoever, she takes her son and gets the fuck out.
  8. August 24, 2:48 pm:
    • Verizon has lifted data caps on its allegedly unlimited plans for firefighters in California and for first responders dealing with Hurricane Lane in Hawaii.[9]
  9. August 24, 10:59 pm:
    • Replaced the earlier saved 72-hour gif in figure 2 with one ending August 25, at 04:30 Zulu (or 4:30 am, Greenwich Mean Time or Universal Coordinated Time). I think the replacement is a bit more useful. As before, you may need to open the gif in a separate window or tab and reload it. I’m still expecting to replace figure 3 later.
  10. August 24, 11:43 pm:
    • Replaced the earlier saved 72-hour gif in figure 2 with one ending August 25, at 05:30 Zulu (or 5:30 am, Greenwich Mean Time or Universal Coordinated Time). I think this pretty much covers it, so I’m deleting what was figure 3.
  11. August 25, 5:43 am:
    • Where’s my bailout? California legislators are considering allowing Pacific Gas and Electric and other California utilities to issue revenue bonds that would be paid by ratepayers for wildfire liabilities.[10] So, I repeat: Where’s my bailout? Until you all answer that or even get me a real job, I’m really not interested in hearing about how we can’t allow PG&E to go bankrupt. Because what you’re saying is that a corporation has more human rights—is more human—than I am. (Mendocino Complex)

Hawaii

The relevant National Weather Service page is here.

National Weather Service Fig. 1. The National Weather Service tweet above included this forecast map.

Fig. 2. Hawaii infrared satellite photo as of August 25, 5:30 Zulu (or 5:30 am, Greenwich Mean Time or Universal Coordinated Time).

More imagery is available here.

Mendocino Complex

That climate change and wildlands management are issues in the Mendocino Complex fire is not a surprise.[11] But net neutrality, as a fire department blames the Federal Communication Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules for Verizon’s throttling of firefighters,[12] most certainly is. Be sure to read the promoted comments on the Ars Technica stories; some are absolutely priceless.

Rong-Gong Lin, II, Joseph Serna, and Louis Sahagun, “143-mph ‘fire tornado’ that cut a path of destruction is an ominous sign of the future,” Los Angeles Times, August 3, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-redding-tornado-destruction-20180802-story.html

Dana Nuccitelli, “Trump reignited his war with California, but his bizarre tweet got burned,” Guardian, August 13, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/aug/13/trump-reignited-his-war-with-california-but-his-tweet-got-burned

John Myers, “California lawmakers will abandon effort to loosen wildfire liability rules for utility companies,” Los Angeles Times, August 18, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-may-2018-california-lawmakers-will-abandon-effort-1534615963-htmlstory.html

William Finnegan, “California Burning,” review of Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8, by Heather Hansen, Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future, by Edward Struzik, and Burning Planet: The Story of Fire Through Time, by Andrew C. Scott, New York Review of Books, August 16, 2018, https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/08/16/wildfires-california-burning/

Jon Brodkin, “Verizon throttled fire department’s ‘unlimited’ data during Calif. wildfire,” Ars Technica, August 21, 2018, https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/verizon-throttled-fire-departments-unlimited-data-during-calif-wildfire/

Ina Fried, “Verizon admits error in throttling California firefighters’ service,” Axios, August 21, 2018, https://www.axios.com/verizon-responds-to-allagations-it-throttled-fire-departments-wireless-connection-1534890751-04a282b1-e369-40c9-b8bf-779d8c7999b7.html

Jon Brodkin, “Fire dept. rejects Verizon’s “customer support mistake” excuse for throttling,” Ars Technica, August 22, 2018, https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/fire-dept-rejects-verizons-customer-support-mistake-excuse-for-throttling/

Dale Kasler, “Stung by criticism over wildfire response, Verizon lifts data ‘cap’ on first responders,” Sacramento Bee, August 24, 2018, https://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/article217296475.html


Donald Trump

New Yorker Fig. 3. A screenshot from the New Yorker Daily Humor newsletter.

Megan Keller, “Hayden: Relationship between Trump, national security community ‘dangerously close to being permanently broken,'” Hill, August 19, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/402515-ex-cia-director-relationship-between-trump-national-security

Devlin Barrett et al., “Michael Cohen says he worked to silence two women ‘in coordination’ with Trump to influence 2016 election,” Washington Post, August 21, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trumps-longtime-lawyer-michael-cohen-is-in-plea-discussions-with-federal-prosecutors-according-to-a-person-familiar-with-the-matter/2018/08/21/5fbd7f34-8510-11e8-8553-a3ce89036c78_story.html

Jennifer Rubin, “Michael Cohen: Trump’s greatest fear comes true,” Washington Post, August 21, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/08/21/michael-cohen-trumps-greatest-fear-comes-true/

Gerald F. Seib, “Michael Cohen Deals a Blow to His Former Boss,” Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/michael-cohen-deals-grievous-blow-to-former-boss-1534892391

Burgess Everett and Nolan D. McCaskill, “‘It is what it is’: Republicans shrug off Trump’s legal meltdown,” Politico, August 22, 2018, https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/22/republicans-senators-react-manafort-cohen-trump-791530

Isaac Stanley-Becker, “In Trump’s right-wing media universe, it was a day like any other,” Washington Post, August 22, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/08/22/how-right-wing-media-dealt-with-a-devastating-day-for-trump/

Jeff Horwitz, “National Enquirer hid damaging Trump stories in a safe,” Yahoo, August 23, 2018, https://www.yahoo.com/news/reports-immunity-tabloid-ceo-trump-hush-money-probe-183131025.html

Peter Nicholas and Sadie Gurman, “Sessions Defends Himself After Trump Slams DOJ and Decries ‘Flipping,’” Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-decries-law-enforcement-tactic-of-flipping-criminal-defendants-1535033248

Jennifer Rubin, “Speaking of collusion . . .,” Washington Post, August 23, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/08/23/speaking-of-collusion/

Adam Serwer, “Trump’s Troubles Are Just Getting Started,” Atlantic, August 23, 2018, https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/trumps-troubles-are-just-getting-started/568246/

Aaron Blake, “This may be the biggest flip yet in the Trump-Cohen saga,” Washington Post, August 24, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/07/26/this-may-be-the-biggest-shoe-to-drop-from-the-trump-michael-cohen-tape/

Nicole Hong and Lukas I. Alpert, “David Pecker, CEO of National Enquirer Publisher, Granted Immunity in Michael Cohen Case,” Wall Street Journal, August 24, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/pecker-granted-immunity-in-cohen-case-1535041976

Carol D. Leonnig, Devlin Barrett, and Rosalind S. Helderman, “Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg, who allegedly helped arrange hush-money reimbursement to Cohen, receives immunity,” Washington Post, August 24, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-organization-executive-allen-weisselberg-who-allegedly-helped-arrange-hush-money-reimbursement-to-cohen-granted-immunity/2018/08/24/404ebdf2-a7b1-11e8-97ce-cc9042272f07_story.html

Veronica Stracqualursi, “Trump responds to Sessions: Go investigate Dems and critics,” CNN, August 24, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/24/politics/trump-continues-jeff-sessions-criticism/index.html


  1. [1]Niall Stanage, “Team Trump fights back,” Hill, August 22, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/403154-the-memo-team-trump-fights-back
  2. [2]Burgess Everett and Nolan D. McCaskill, “‘It is what it is’: Republicans shrug off Trump’s legal meltdown,” Politico, August 22, 2018, https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/22/republicans-senators-react-manafort-cohen-trump-791530
  3. [3]Peter Nicholas and Sadie Gurman, “Sessions Defends Himself After Trump Slams DOJ and Decries ‘Flipping,’” Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-decries-law-enforcement-tactic-of-flipping-criminal-defendants-1535033248
  4. [4]Jennifer Rubin, “Speaking of collusion . . .,” Washington Post, August 23, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/08/23/speaking-of-collusion/
  5. [5]Adam Serwer, “Trump’s Troubles Are Just Getting Started,” Atlantic, August 23, 2018, https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/trumps-troubles-are-just-getting-started/568246/
  6. [6]Veronica Stracqualursi, “Trump responds to Sessions: Go investigate Dems and critics,” CNN, August 24, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/24/politics/trump-continues-jeff-sessions-criticism/index.html
  7. [7]Jeff Horwitz, “National Enquirer hid damaging Trump stories in a safe,” Yahoo, August 23, 2018, https://www.yahoo.com/news/reports-immunity-tabloid-ceo-trump-hush-money-probe-183131025.html
  8. [8]Aaron Blake, “This may be the biggest flip yet in the Trump-Cohen saga,” Washington Post, August 24, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/07/26/this-may-be-the-biggest-shoe-to-drop-from-the-trump-michael-cohen-tape/; Nicole Hong and Lukas I. Alpert, “David Pecker, CEO of National Enquirer Publisher, Granted Immunity in Michael Cohen Case,” Wall Street Journal, August 24, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/pecker-granted-immunity-in-cohen-case-1535041976; Carol D. Leonnig, Devlin Barrett, and Rosalind S. Helderman, “Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg, who allegedly helped arrange hush-money reimbursement to Cohen, receives immunity,” Washington Post, August 24, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-organization-executive-allen-weisselberg-who-allegedly-helped-arrange-hush-money-reimbursement-to-cohen-granted-immunity/2018/08/24/404ebdf2-a7b1-11e8-97ce-cc9042272f07_story.html
  9. [9]Dale Kasler, “Stung by criticism over wildfire response, Verizon lifts data ‘cap’ on first responders,” Sacramento Bee, August 24, 2018, https://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/article217296475.html (Mendocino Complex)
  10. [10]Adam Ashton, “Ratepayers would help pay off utilities’ fire debts under Legislature’s proposal,” Sacramento Bee, August 25, 2018, https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article217307900.html
  11. [11]William Finnegan, “California Burning,” review of Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8, by Heather Hansen, Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future, by Edward Struzik, and Burning Planet: The Story of Fire Through Time, by Andrew C. Scott, New York Review of Books, August 16, 2018, https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/08/16/wildfires-california-burning/; Rong-Gong Lin, II, Joseph Serna, and Louis Sahagun, “143-mph ‘fire tornado’ that cut a path of destruction is an ominous sign of the future,” Los Angeles Times, August 3, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-redding-tornado-destruction-20180802-story.html; Dana Nuccitelli, “Trump reignited his war with California, but his bizarre tweet got burned,” Guardian, August 13, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/aug/13/trump-reignited-his-war-with-california-but-his-tweet-got-burned
  12. [12]Jon Brodkin, “Verizon throttled fire department’s ‘unlimited’ data during Calif. wildfire,” Ars Technica, August 21, 2018, https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/verizon-throttled-fire-departments-unlimited-data-during-calif-wildfire/; Jon Brodkin, “Fire dept. rejects Verizon’s “customer support mistake” excuse for throttling,” Ars Technica, August 22, 2018, https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/fire-dept-rejects-verizons-customer-support-mistake-excuse-for-throttling/; Ina Fried, “Verizon admits error in throttling California firefighters’ service,” Axios, August 21, 2018, https://www.axios.com/verizon-responds-to-allagations-it-throttled-fire-departments-wireless-connection-1534890751-04a282b1-e369-40c9-b8bf-779d8c7999b7.html

When a judge becomes “co-counsel for the [filthy rich] defense”

Fig. 1. Donald Trump is depicted in a space suit colored in an earth camouflage style. I doubt, though the question did occur to me, that were he indeed to appear in uniform, this would make him a legitimate military target. Still, the thought of letting the air out of that gas bag surely has to tempt. Via Ozy, fair use.


Updates

  1. Originally published, August 11, 8:03 am.
  2. August 13, 7:03 am:
  3. August 13, 3:30 pm:
  4. August 13, 10:45 pm:
    • Worked some more on the commentary under James Comey.
  5. August 14, 6:37 am:
    • More than 50 percent of Lake County has burned since 2012.[2] The graphic (figure 2) is jaw-dropping. (Mendocino Complex)

James Comey

So, okay, it’s been a couple days, but Elie Mystal at Above The Law at least helps me to know that yes, the judge really is being weird in Robert Mueller’s prosecution of Paul Manafort.[3] And now, a couple days after that, Jonathan Turley weighs in, with yet more criticism.[4] They’re lawyers and I’m not, but each of us has our own criticisms.

As to other points in the above, verbal communication is, of course, only a part of the sum of communication. When I was in that field (my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are in Communication), the word was that over half—maybe even 90 percent—of communication is nonverbal and it’s pretty unreasonable to think that the folks who invented open courtroom trials weren’t well aware that nonverbal communication is a factor.

The point of having the accused confront their accuser in front of a jury is in large part about enabling them to see facial reactions to judge who is more credible. There’s nothing radical here. This is simply how it works. But Judge T. S. Ellis, III, had demanded counsel constrain their facial reactions.

Some of this is a judgment call. I can certainly understand Ellis not wanting a trial to be a contest to see who can make the greatest face of disbelief. And there is an issue in that nonverbal expressions cannot easily be rendered in court transcripts. But the sense I’m gathering is that Ellis went well beyond that; hence my question as to whether he would prefer proceedings be conducted in writing.

Further, Ellis sought to limit the prosecution’s presentation of evidence of Manafort’s lavish lifestyle, which was allegedly funded at least in part by through the means for which Manafort has been charged. Facially, this seems valid: Prosecuting a rich man for being rich is, at least, an ad hominem attack. But carry the countermand too far—which it sounds to me like Ellis may have done—and you weaken the prosecution’s ability to question how that lifestyle was funded. Mystal does not raise these specific points here. What he does do is assure me that the appearance that Ellis is favoring, at least for the moment, the defense wasn’t just my misperception based on left-of-Donald-Trump journalism.[5]

Finally, as to class and the system of injustice, Jeffrey Reiman has that covered.[6] And it’s not like he’s the only one.[7]

Elie Mystal, “Should Manafort Prosecutors Request A Mistrial?” Above The Law, August 10, 2018, https://abovethelaw.com/2018/08/should-manafort-prosecutors-request-a-mistrial/

Jonathan Turley, “Judge in the Manafort trial is creating some big problems,” Hill, August 12, 2018, http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/401443-judge-in-the-manafort-trial-is-creating-some-big-problems


Mendocino Complex

Fig. 2. Los Angeles Times, fair use.


Alejandra Reyes-Velarde and Priya Krishnakumar, “More than 50% of this California county has burned since 2012. Some residents have had enough,” Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-lake-county-fire-epicenter-20180814-story.html


  1. [1]Jonathan Turley, “Judge in the Manafort trial is creating some big problems,” Hill, August 12, 2018, http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/401443-judge-in-the-manafort-trial-is-creating-some-big-problems
  2. [2]Alejandra Reyes-Velarde and Priya Krishnakumar, “More than 50% of this California county has burned since 2012. Some residents have had enough,” Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-lake-county-fire-epicenter-20180814-story.html
  3. [3]Elie Mystal, “Should Manafort Prosecutors Request A Mistrial?” Above The Law, August 10, 2018, https://abovethelaw.com/2018/08/should-manafort-prosecutors-request-a-mistrial/
  4. [4]Jonathan Turley, “Judge in the Manafort trial is creating some big problems,” Hill, August 12, 2018, http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/401443-judge-in-the-manafort-trial-is-creating-some-big-problems
  5. [5]Elie Mystal, “Should Manafort Prosecutors Request A Mistrial?” Above The Law, August 10, 2018, https://abovethelaw.com/2018/08/should-manafort-prosecutors-request-a-mistrial/
  6. [6]Jeffrey Reiman, The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison, 7th ed. (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2004).
  7. [7]Steven E. Barkan, Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, 3rd ed. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006).

A hot August

Updates

    1. Originally published, August 7, 12:59 am.
    2. August 8, 7:28 am:
      • Obviously, the Statue of Liberty is just a European plot.[1] (Legal immigration)
      • The article is long. Gawd, it is long. It rambles. Gawd, it rambles. It whines. Gawd, it whines. And it seems like there’s a fucking ad after every god-damned paragraph. But if you want to see what I’m up against when I drive for Uber and Lyft, you could do a lot worse than this article by Ryan Felton. One thing to notice: We see no defense here of how Uber and Lyft treat their drivers; the companies defend themselves by threatening a return to having to stand on a corner to hail a cab.[2] (Ridesharing)
    3. August 8, 8:20 pm:
      • New York City responded to the conditions described by Ryan Felton (see update at August 8, 7:28 am) by passing a temporary cap on the number of Ridesharing vehicles in the city and clearing the way to a minimum wage.[3]
      • I am not caught up.
    4. August 8, 10:30 pm:
      • Added Corte Madera sunset photograph under California wildfires.
      • Added a cute photograph (figure 5) from the Atlantic. Scroll all the way down to see it.
      • I am now caught up.
    5. August 9, 8:42 pm:
      • Added another smoky sunset photograph (figure 2) and two screenshots showing 1) the location of burned areas in the Mendocino Complex fire (figure 3) and 2) a zoomed out version that includes the Carr fire (figure 4) under California wildfires.
    6. August 9, 11:46 pm:
      • The Trump administration attempted to deport a mother and daughter even as a court hearing appealing that deportation was under way. The judge was not amused.[4] (Unauthorized migration)

Donald Trump

It should be no surprise to anyone who read Susan McWilliams’ review of Hunter S. Thompson[5] that bikers at a rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, support Donald Trump, even at the expense of their favorite brands of motorcycles.[6] Nor should it surprise anyone that these bikers are pretty well off.[7] Nor should we be surprised that there is a tyranny of the masses at this rally against dissenting views because those masses of asses supporting Trump “often decline to interpret political conflict as a struggle among interest groups or a good-faith clash of opinion.” Instead, just as Kim Messick observed of authoritarian populists he encountered a few years ago, “they tend to identify the country as a whole with an idealized version of themselves, and to equate any dissent from their values with disloyalty by alien, ‘un-American’ forces.”[8] Still, it’s confirmation of a particular picture I’ve been putting together.[9]

Bill Weir, “Bikers salute leader of their pack: Donald Trump,” CNN, August 6, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/05/politics/sturgis-biker-rally-supports-trump/index.html


James Comey

For those of us, including me, too young to remember all the sordid details, William D. Ruckelshaus was the deputy attorney general whom Richard Nixon fired in the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre, Nixon’s attempt to stop a special prosecutor’s investigation.[10]

William D. Ruckelshaus, “Only one other president has ever acted this desperate,” Washington Post, August 6, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/opinions/only-one-other-president-has-ever-acted-this-desperate/2018/08/06/7eed964e-9994-11e8-b55e-5002300ef004_story.html


California wildfires

Fig. 1. Sunset in Corte Madera, August 8, 2018. Mount Tamalpais is at left. The sky is smoky from numerous wildfires burning in Northern California.

Fig. 2. This is along Highway 116, west of Cotati, looking west towards Stony Point Road, August 9, 2018. The marine layer (fog) can be seen intruding at left. The onshore flow that brings that layer likely accounts for the thin appearance of blue sky between it and the smoky rest of the sky.

Fig. 3. This is a screenshot, taken August 9, 2018, at 5:34 pm, from a Google foundation map showing both the extent of the Mendocino Complex fire and its location relative to landmarks that may be familiar.

Fig. 4. This screenshot, taken August 9, 2018, at 8:27 pm, is zoomed out to include the Carr fire near Redding and a bit more of the coast as a reference. San Francisco is off the map, along the coast to the south. I live near Sebastopol, which is west of Santa Rosa, near the bottom extent of the map.

Paige St. John, Alene Tchekmedyian, and Rong-Gong Lin, II, “Mendocino Complex fire racing at unprecedented speed into the record books,” Los Angeles Times, August 6, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-wildfires-danger-level-20180806-story.html


Ridesharing

Ryan Felton, “How New York Became the Center of the Fight Against Uber and the Gig Economy Lie,” Jalopnik, August 7, 2018, https://jalopnik.com/how-new-york-became-the-center-of-the-fight-against-ube-1827871915

Ryan Felton, “NYC Becomes First Major City to Cap Uber Cars and Can Set Minimum Wage for Drivers,” Jalopnik, August 8, 2018, https://jalopnik.com/nyc-becomes-first-major-city-to-cap-uber-cars-and-can-s-1828201521


Legal immigration

Chris Sommerfeldt, “Trump administration reportedly plans to limit citizenship for millions of legal immigrants, outraging advocates,” New York Daily News, August 7, 2018, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-news-advocates-trump-citizenship-immigrants-20180807-story.html


Unauthorized migration

Arelis R. Hernández, “Judge halts mother-daughter deportation, threatens to hold Sessions in contempt,” Washington Post, August 9, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/judge-halts-mother-daughter-deportation-threatens-to-hold-sessions-in-contempt/2018/08/09/a23a0580-9bd6-11e8-8d5e-c6c594024954_story.html


International Cat Day

Yeah, I miss having a cat. This photograph is just a little bit older than I am. I found it in the Atlantic in their International Cat Day collection.

Fig. 5. Quoting from the Atlantic, where I found this: “The original photo caption from March 23, 1959: ‘Hep cat. A real live kitten on the keys, this music-loving feline lends vocal accompaniment to his mistress in Worcester Park, England. As Marion Holland 15, plays the piano, Money the cat joins in the singing.’”


  1. [1]Chris Sommerfeldt, “Trump administration reportedly plans to limit citizenship for millions of legal immigrants, outraging advocates,” New York Daily News, August 7, 2018, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-news-advocates-trump-citizenship-immigrants-20180807-story.html
  2. [2]Ryan Felton, “How New York Became the Center of the Fight Against Uber and the Gig Economy Lie,” Jalopnik, August 7, 2018, https://jalopnik.com/how-new-york-became-the-center-of-the-fight-against-ube-1827871915
  3. [3]Ryan Felton, “NYC Becomes First Major City to Cap Uber Cars and Can Set Minimum Wage for Drivers,” Jalopnik, August 8, 2018, https://jalopnik.com/nyc-becomes-first-major-city-to-cap-uber-cars-and-can-s-1828201521
  4. [4]Arelis R. Hernández, “Judge halts mother-daughter deportation, threatens to hold Sessions in contempt,” Washington Post, August 9, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/judge-halts-mother-daughter-deportation-threatens-to-hold-sessions-in-contempt/2018/08/09/a23a0580-9bd6-11e8-8d5e-c6c594024954_story.html
  5. [5]Susan McWilliams, “This Political Theorist Predicted the Rise of Trumpism. His Name Was Hunter S. Thompson,” review of Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, by Hunter S. Thompson, Nation, December 15, 2016, https://www.thenation.com/article/this-political-theorist-predicted-the-rise-of-trumpism-his-name-was-hunter-s-thompson/
  6. [6]Bill Weir, “Bikers salute leader of their pack: Donald Trump,” CNN, August 6, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/05/politics/sturgis-biker-rally-supports-trump/index.html
  7. [7]Diana C. Mutz, “Status threat, not economic hardship, explains the 2016 presidential vote,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, April 23, 2018, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1718155115
  8. [8]Kim Messick, “Modern GOP is still the party of Dixie,” Salon, October 12, 2013, http://www.salon.com/2013/10/12/modern_gop_is_still_the_party_of_dixie/
  9. [9]David Benfell, “Conservative Views on Undocumented Migration” (doctoral dissertation, Saybrook, 2016). ProQuest (1765416126); David Benfell, “How Donald Trump captured the Republican Party,” Not Housebroken, July 1, 2018, https://disunitedstates.org/2018/07/01/how-donald-trump-captured-the-republican-party/
  10. [10]William D. Ruckelshaus, “Only one other president has ever acted this desperate,” Washington Post, August 6, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/opinions/only-one-other-president-has-ever-acted-this-desperate/2018/08/06/7eed964e-9994-11e8-b55e-5002300ef004_story.html

It might be getting too hot in the kitchen. But if it’s just the whiner-in-chief whining, how would we know?

My contact information has been revised. Mainly, this is about swapping the primary and secondary contact numbers. Both are cell phones but I’m finding that in a majority of places—this includes Sonoma County, Marin County, the East Bay, and the Peninsula—where I go often, AT&T offers better mobile data coverage overall than Verizon. It’s not 100 percent by any means. If you fail to reach me on one number, by all means, try the other.


Updates

  1. Originally published, August 2, 8:54 pm.
  2. August 3, 7:05 pm:
    • A federal judge has ordered the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program fully restored.[1] (Unauthorized migration)
  3. August 5, 12:51 am:
    • “[A] federal judge in Washington issued a tome on why [Robert] Mueller’s appointment was rock-solid in the first place.” Evidently meaning Donald Trump’s attorneys and supporters should give up any hope of legally overturning Mueller’s appointment.[2] (James Comey)
  4. August 5, 2:16 pm:
    • If I were a Republican, I’d be thinking very hard about a president who brags about destroying the careers of people in my party.[3] (Donald Trump)
    • Donald Trump has thrown his son under a bus, admitting that the latter attempted to collude with Russia.[4] (James Comey)
    • Reproduced Donald Trump’s tweet in which—see above.

James Comey

Donald Trump (did not) really order(ed) Jeff Sessions to terminate the Robert Mueller probe.[5]

Chris Cillizza, “Donald Trump just tweeted something new about the Russia investigation — and it’s huge,” CNN, August 1, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/01/politics/donald-trump-jeff-sessions/index.html

Stephen Collinson, “Trump’s Sessions eruption hints at concern over direction of Mueller probe,” CNN, August 2, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/02/politics/mueller-investigation-jeff-sessions-tweet/index.html

Jennifer Rubin, “Why Trump is so freaked out by the Manafort trial,” Washington Post, August 1, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2018/08/01/how-the-manafort-trial-may-hurt-trump/

Laura Jarrett, “As questions swirl over Trump interview, judge guts potential defense strategy,” CNN, August 4, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/04/politics/judge-beryl-howell-mueller-appointment-trump-subpoena/index.html

Adam Davidson, “The Day Trump Told Us There Was Attempted Collusion with Russia,” New Yorker, August 5, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/news-desk/swamp-chronicles/the-day-trump-told-us-there-was-attempted-collusion-with-russia


‘White Trash’

Leah Donnella is asking, not answering, the question “Why Is It Still OK To ‘Trash’ Poor White People?” and arguing that it’s an important question to ask.[6]

Leah Donnella, “Why Is It Still OK To ‘Trash’ Poor White People?” National Public Radio, August 1, 2018, https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2018/08/01/605084163/why-its-still-ok-to-trash-poor-white-people


Unauthorized migration

Maura Dolan, “Appeals court rules Trump can’t withhold funds from California ‘sanctuary’ cities,” Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-sanctuary-9th-circuit-20180801-story.html

Aris Folley, “Federal judge says Trump must fully restore DACA,” Hill, August 3, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/400332-federal-judge-says-trump-must-fully-restore-daca


Donald Trump

Morgan Gstalter, “Trump: I ‘destroy’ careers of Republicans who say bad things about me,” Hill, August 4, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/400423-trump-i-destroy-careers-of-republicans-who-say-bad-things-about-me


  1. [1]Aris Folley, “Federal judge says Trump must fully restore DACA,” Hill, August 3, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/400332-federal-judge-says-trump-must-fully-restore-daca
  2. [2]Laura Jarrett, “As questions swirl over Trump interview, judge guts potential defense strategy,” CNN, August 4, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/04/politics/judge-beryl-howell-mueller-appointment-trump-subpoena/index.html
  3. [3]Morgan Gstalter, “Trump: I ‘destroy’ careers of Republicans who say bad things about me,” Hill, August 4, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/400423-trump-i-destroy-careers-of-republicans-who-say-bad-things-about-me
  4. [4]Adam Davidson, “The Day Trump Told Us There Was Attempted Collusion with Russia,” New Yorker, August 5, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/news-desk/swamp-chronicles/the-day-trump-told-us-there-was-attempted-collusion-with-russia
  5. [5]Chris Cillizza, “Donald Trump just tweeted something new about the Russia investigation — and it’s huge,” CNN, August 1, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/01/politics/donald-trump-jeff-sessions/index.html; Stephen Collinson, “Trump’s Sessions eruption hints at concern over direction of Mueller probe,” CNN, August 2, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/02/politics/mueller-investigation-jeff-sessions-tweet/index.html
  6. [6]Leah Donnella, “Why Is It Still OK To ‘Trash’ Poor White People?” National Public Radio, August 1, 2018, https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2018/08/01/605084163/why-its-still-ok-to-trash-poor-white-people

The shitshow must go on

There is a new blog post, “Our last chance.”


Updates

  1. Originally published, July 24, 3:19 pm.
  2. July 24, 10:55 pm:
    • In the space of Donald Trump paying off porn stars to cover up his adultery with them, I thought the Stormy Daniels saga was sufficient. It appears I may have been wrong about that.[1]
  3. July 25, 8:22 am:
    • Added tweets from Adam Schiff and Michael Avenatti under Donald Trump. Schiff distills this story nicely while Avenatti is saying things no one else is saying—and I just don’t know what to make of the latter. I’ve also further developed the commentary (which now covers two angles of the Trump story).
    • Here’s another study showing that Uber and Lyft are making traffic worse.[2] This is consistent with previous reporting.[3] (Ridesharing)
  4. July 25, 1:10 pm:
    • Timothy O’Brien, the author of TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald, spots the name of Allen Weisselberg in the recording of Michael Cohen and Donald Trump. He apparently participated in the scheme to suppress the story of the Playboy Playmate’s affair with Trump but would know much, much more about Trump’s nefarious dealings than Cohen.[4]
    • I am not caught up.
  5. July 25, 2:21 pm:
    • I am now caught up.
  6. July 25, 8:30 pm:
    • After the Senate Foreign Relations Committee grilled Mike Pompeo about Donald Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, there remain many unanswered questions about what was agreed, with Pompeo insisting that the meeting was private.[5]
  7. July 26, 4:51 pm (corrected):
    • I’m deeply skeptical how significant this is, and Stephen Collinson more than admits there are good reasons to be so skeptical, but he thinks it’s worth noting that Donald Trump actually backed down on a couple things on July 25.[6] This would be significant if reality is somehow finally catching up with our delusional raging narcissist-in-chief. Just don’t hold your breath. Really don’t hold your breath.
    • House Republican leadership has no plan to bring an impeachment bill against Rod Rosenstein up for a vote[7] and has apparently persuaded Mark Meadows, who initiated the effort, to at least make it look like this is about subpoenaed documents,[8] rather than about getting a replacement in who would terminate Robert Mueller’s investigation. (James Comey)
    • Oh, this should be good. Speaking of Robert Mueller’s investigation, it appears Mueller is looking over Donald Trump’s tweets as part of his obstruction of justice investigation. Supposedly, “Trump’s lawyers told the Times that none of what was under review amounted to obstruction of justice, although the report said privately some of those lawyers had expressed concern about what Mueller would be able to argue when taking many efforts and messages together.”[9] And, formally or otherwise, if you don’t believe Trump is a ‘target’ of Mueller’s investigation, I still have that big beautiful bridge to sell you. (James Comey)
    • Whether or not Timothy O’Brien is right to think the surfacing of Allen Weisselberg is significant[10] remains to be seen. But Weisselberg has been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury.[11] (Donald Trump)
    • I am not caught up.
  8. July 26, 7:00 pm:
    • It would seem that trade and the Putin invitation aren’t the only things Donald Trump caved on under pressure from congressional Republicans.[12] Add funding for the border wall, which would now be brought up after the midterm elections.[13] (Donald Trump)
    • Hundreds of children still have not been reunited with their parents despite a court-ordered deadline. In over 400 cases, the parents have been deported.[14] (Unauthorized migration)
    • I am now caught up.
  9. July 27, 7:16 am:
    • I’m mostly picking this up because it’s getting picked up widely. Michael Cohen now, apparently, claims that Donald Trump had advance knowledge of a meeting with Russians to get “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. What you make of this story depends largely on your pre-existing proclivities because the only new “evidence” here is Cohen’s claim and Cohen doesn’t seem particularly credible. But folks who are convinced Trump knew are jumping on this as (more?) proof of what they’ve known all along and folks who claim Trump didn’t know are impugning Cohen’s credibility.[15] Intellectually, this is garbage. Way, way too much is being made of this and I’m not buying any of it, not on this “evidence” anyway. (Golden Showers)
    • Here’s another one with low merit. See my comment on Joe Scarborough’s column under Donald Trump.
  10. July 27, 9:03 pm:
    • A judge has struck down as unconstitutional a law that Jeff Sessions relied on in suing local governments over ‘sanctuary city’ policies.[16] (Unauthorized migration)
  11. July 27, 11:11 pm:
    • There is no excuse for this. I screwed up. I should have picked up this story with the previous update: A judge is ordering an independent audit of conditions children who have been separated from their parents are being kept in.[17] (Unauthorized migration)
  12. July 28, 11:03 pm:
    • Federal government databases were never designed to facilitate the reunification of children with their parents after they were separated by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.[18] (Unauthorized migration)
  13. July 31, 12:35 am:
    • I meant to update this in the wee hours yesterday, July 30. But apparently the update never got published. Further, it appears there may have been an editing error with the last update, on July 28, at 11:03 pm, that may have obliterated text. It is all fixed or incorporated here.
    • Donald Trump is climbing back up on his hill to die for, threatening a government shutdown if he doesn’t get the money he wants for his border wall[19] and repeating this threat with, if anything, even more emphasis the following day.[20] This undoes one relatively small (it’d be huge for other folks not so far away) move toward sanity. He’d also climbed back up on Russia.[21] And as for trade and ally-bashing, he’d really just subdued his rhetoric, at least for the moment. So I think we’re safe in saying that Donald Trump remains secure in his delusion(s). (Unauthorized migration)
    • So, if Rudy Giuliani claims collusion is not a crime, does that mean he’s admitting that Donald Trump colluded with Russia?[22] (James Comey)
  14. July 31, 10:33 am:
    • It really is a shitshow. Chris Cillizza explains that largely because “Robert Mueller, who is running the investigation, doesn’t seem to believe a sitting President can be indicted,” “ultimately, this isn’t a legal fight, it’s a public relations one.” Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani understand this, Cillizza argues, and are acting accordingly. What’s worse is that Republicans are highly likely to continue to support them.[23] (James Comey)
    • “U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles ordered the Trump administration to obtain consent or a court order before administering any psychotropic medications to migrant children, except in cases of dire emergencies. She also ordered that the government move all children out of a Texas facility, Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Manvel, except for children deemed by a licensed professional to pose a ‘risk of harm’ to themselves or others.”[24] (Unauthorized migration)
  15. July 31, 11:21 am:
    • Michael Avenatti has reacted to Chris Cillizza’s analysis (see the update of July 31, 10:33 am) in a tweet, reproduced under James Comey.
  16. July 31, 1:25 pm:
    • I don’t know if Mark Perry is making too much of what happened at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City.[25] But this does seem like the sort of thing that could fracture Donald Trump’s authoritarian populist base.

Trade

Burgess Everett, “‘Like a Soviet-type economy’: GOP free traders unload on Trump,” Politico, July 24, 2018, https://www.politico.com/amp/story/2018/07/24/trump-farmers-bailout-reaction-republicans-congress-737517


Donald Trump

Read Paul Waldman’s article if you’re looking for writing that drips contempt for Donald Trump with every word. Read it even if you aren’t because this is how anybody who knows anything about anything feels when Trump treads on their area of expertise. It’s how I feel when I see Trump on unauthorized migration. It’s how pro-trade Republicans feel about Trump’s tariffs, and worse, his plan to bail out adversely affected farmers.[26] It shows up again and again and again; one can’t even wrap one’s mind all the ways that Trump is not merely incompetent but adamantly delusional.

As to the recording of Trump and Michael Cohen,[27]

Meanwhile, Michael Avenatti says of Michael Cohen,

Here, apparently, is what Avenatti wants:

The whole angle of Michael Cohen is bizarre in ways that certainly reflect poorly on Trump but are also simply bizarre in their own way. Jonathan Turley argues that Cohen repeatedly put his client (Trump) in the worst possible legal position.[28] This seems to be part of another thread that keeps coming up here where Trump often, if not reliably, hires terrible lawyers. This seems completely over the top to me even for a delusional raging narcissist, let alone delusional raging narcissist-in-chief. And umm, meanwhile, be sure to read Stephanie McCrummen’s article on a pastor wrestling with how to address the commandment against adultery for a flock that strongly supports Trump.[29]

I’ve backtracked on this now,[30] but the original reason I thought that Trump would somehow be gone by August was a life lesson I took from the dot-com crash: If it doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t make sense, and it cannot last. Trump is certainly putting that to the test and, to be honest, I’m amazed that, so far at least, that lesson seems inapplicable. I’m still left really wondering how this can be.

On that note, Joe Scarborough first builds up his own credibility by impugning the credibility of 1) those who thought Barry Goldwater’s defeat meant the end of conservatism, 2) those who thought the 21st century would be a conservative epoch, and 3) those who failed to predict Trump’s victory in 2016. That’s actually a non sequitur, but let’s move on. His next move is to pull some “laws” of politics out of his ass and to declare that Trump is finally feeling the effects of gravity. It’s certainly true that Trump has been skating by scandals that would have taken down any other politician for a while, but this looks . . . I’m tempted to call it post hoc but it hasn’t actually materialized yet. Yes, Trump has had to back down on three things,[31] but what’s really needed here is something that satisfactorily explains how Trump gets to remain president despite breathtaking corruption.

They called Ronald Reagan the “teflon president” but where you might—I certainly did—disagree with Reagan’s morality, at least you could discern that it existed. With Trump, there isn’t even the pretense of morality and, largely because social conservatives think they are already losing the culture war to Satan, many—I need to emphasize here, not all—social conservatives refuse to even blink as they continue to support a man who would, if Satan exists, be Satan’s president.[32] And morality is far from Trump’s only liability—I’ve been calling him a delusional raging narcissist, in part based on a psychological description of narcissistic rage,[33] for a while now. By any non-authoritarian populist standard, the man is almost certainly a criminal and is certainly a self-absorbed and arrogant idiot. But mainstream Democrats refuse to breathe the word impeachment and even those elected Republicans who don’t fully embrace the shitshow live in terror of his base, a base that demonstrates a determination to support him come hell (which arguably has already arrived) or high water (rising sea levels).

Stephanie McCrummen, “Judgment days,” Washington Post, July 21, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2018/07/21/feature/god-trump-and-the-meaning-of-morality/

Chris Cuomo, Kara Scannell, and Eli Watkins, “CNN obtains secret Trump-Cohen tape,” CNN, July 24, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/24/politics/michael-cohen-donald-trump-tape/index.html

Jonathan Turley, “Michael Cohen’s Trump tape problem,” Hill, July 24, 2018, http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/398520-michael-cohens-trump-tape-problem

Paul Waldman, “Is this the administration’s dumbest idea yet?” Washington Post, July 24, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/07/24/is-this-the-administrations-dumbest-and-most-trumpian-idea-yet/

Burgess Everett, “McConnell, Ryan pitch Trump on plan to avoid shutdown,” Politico, July 25, 2018, https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/25/mcconnell-ryan-trump-shutdown-741266

Timothy L. O’Brien, “New Cohen Tape Surfaces a Bigger Trump Fish,” Bloomberg, July 25, 2018, https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-07-25/new-cohen-recording-surfaces-a-bigger-catch

Stephen Collinson, “Why Trump blinked,” CNN, July 26, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/26/politics/donald-trump-tariffs-putin/index.html

Rebecca Davis O’Brien et al., “Trump Organization Finance Chief Called to Testify Before Federal Grand Jury,” Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-organization-finance-chief-called-to-testify-before-federal-grand-jury-1532622947

Evan Osnos, “The G.O.P. Stands By as Trump Upends American Security,” New Yorker, July 30, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/07/30/the-gop-stands-by-as-trump-upends-american-security

Mark Perry, “Veterans Hit a Breaking Point With Trump,” American Conservative, July 31, 2018, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/veterans-hit-a-breaking-point-with-trump/


Golden Showers

We still don’t know much about what the fuck Donald Trump agreed to with Vladimir Putin.[34] During a grilling by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,

[Mike] Pompeo said there’s an agreement to establish business-to-business exchanges between Russia and the United States that had existed in the past but had faded in recent years.

He said there was also talk about “re-establishing a counterterrorism counsel that was held at the level of the deputy secretary of many years” but eventually stopped functioning.

The leaders also agreed to see what can be done in Syria to resettle million of displaced refugees who have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and other countries, according to Pompeo. He said they decided that should be done “through the political process in Geneva.”[35]

But nothing about sanctions or any other “important verbal agreements” that Russians allege to have been made. Senators also complained about Trump’s decreasing transparency on conversations he holds with foreign leaders.[36]

I am reminded of the ascent of capitalists who insisted on breaching a wall of secrecy that royalty maintained around their foreign policies, insisting that ordinary people were not competent to comprehend what transpired. The kings did not win that conflict,[37] and I am skeptical that Trump can long prevail here.

Adam Davidson, “A Theory of Trump Kompromat,” New Yorker, July 19, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/news-desk/swamp-chronicles/a-theory-of-trump-kompromat

Alexander Bolton, “GOP to White House: End summit mystery,” Hill, July 21, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/398131-gop-to-white-house-end-summit-mystery

Eugene Scott, “Trump has now walked back his walk-back on U.S. intelligence and Russia,” Washington Post, July 23, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/07/23/trump-has-now-walked-back-his-walk-back-on-u-s-intelligence-and-russia/

Alexander Bolton, “Pompeo spars with senators at testy hearing,” Hill, July 25, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/398916-pompeo-spars-with-senators-at-testy-hearing

Jim Sciutto, Carl Bernstein, and Marshall Cohen, “Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting,” CNN, July 27, 2018, https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/26/politics/michael-cohen-donald-trump-june-2016-meeting-knowledge/index.html


James Comey

Referring to Chris Cillizza’s analysis,

Philip Ewing, “Rosenstein Impeachment Sputters On Capitol Hill, But Political War Likely Will Rage On,” National Public Radio, July 26, 2018, https://www.npr.org/2018/07/26/632660199/rosenstein-impeachment-sputters-on-capitol-hill-but-political-war-likely-will-ra

Eli Watkins, “NYT: Mueller looking through Trump’s tweets,” CNN, July 26, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/26/politics/trump-twitter-mueller/index.html

Aaron Blake, “Rudy Giuliani just obliterated the goal posts on Trump-Russia collusion,” Washington Post, July 30, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-fix/wp/2018/07/30/rudy-giuliani-obliterates-the-goal-posts-on-trump-russia-collusion/

Chris Cillizza, “The secret Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani know about the Russia probe,” CNN, July 31, 2018, https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/07/31/politics/donald-trump-rudy-giuliani/index.html


Ridesharing

Faiz Siddiqui, “A new study says services like UberPool are making traffic worse,” Washington Post, July 25, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2018/07/25/a-new-study-says-services-like-uberpool-are-making-traffic-worse/


Unauthorized migration

Tal Kopan, “Hundreds of separated children not reunited by court-ordered deadline,” CNN, July 26, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/26/politics/family-separations-deadline/index.html

Andrea Castillo, “Judge demands independent audit of conditions at detention centers for migrant children,” Los Angeles Times, July 27, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-flores-ruling-20180727-story.html

Tal Kopan, “Judge strikes down law underpinning Sessions’ anti-sanctuary city push,” CNN, July 27, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/27/politics/trump-sessions-defeat-sanctuary-cities/index.html

Nick Miroff, Amy Goldstein, and Maria Sacchetti, “Nick Miroff, Amy Goldstein and Maria Sacchetti,” Washington Post, July 28, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/deleted-families-what-went-wrong-with-trumps-family-separation-effort/2018/07/28/54bcdcc6-90cb-11e8-8322-b5482bf5e0f5_story.html

Doina Chiacu, “Trump threatens U.S. government shutdown over border wall,” Reuters, July 29, 2018, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-trump/trump-threatens-u-s-government-shutdown-over-immigration-idUSKBN1KJ0H7

Rebecca Morin, “Trump: ‘I would have no problem doing a shutdown,’” Politico, July 30, 2018, https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/30/trump-government-shutdown-2018-749760

Samantha Schmidt, “Trump administration must stop giving psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent, judge rules,” Washington Post, July 31, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/07/31/trump-administration-must-seek-consent-before-giving-drugs-to-migrant-children-judge-rules/


  1. [1]Chris Cuomo, Kara Scannell, and Eli Watkins, “CNN obtains secret Trump-Cohen tape,” CNN, July 24, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/24/politics/michael-cohen-donald-trump-tape/index.html; Jonathan Turley, “Michael Cohen’s Trump tape problem,” Hill, July 24, 2018, http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/398520-michael-cohens-trump-tape-problem
  2. [2]Faiz Siddiqui, “A new study says services like UberPool are making traffic worse,” Washington Post, July 25, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2018/07/25/a-new-study-says-services-like-uberpool-are-making-traffic-worse/
  3. [3]Emily Badger, “Is Uber Helping or Hurting Mass Transit?” New York Times, October 16, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/16/upshot/is-uber-helping-or-hurting-mass-transit.html; Katie Dowd, “Why is San Francisco traffic so bad? Uber and Lyft are to blame, says city,” SFGate, December 13, 2016, http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/San-Francisco-traffic-Uber-Lyft-SFMTA-blame-10791265.php; Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, “SFPD: Uber, Lyft account for two-thirds of congestion-related traffic violations downtown,” San Francisco Examiner, September 25, 2017, http://www.sfexaminer.com/sfpd-uber-lyft-account-two-thirds-congestion-related-traffic-violations-downtown/; Heather Somerville, “San Francisco investigating whether Uber, Lyft are public nuisances,” Reuters, June 5, 2017, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-san-francisco-rideservices-idUSKBN18W2F3
  4. [4]Timothy L. O’Brien, “New Cohen Tape Surfaces a Bigger Trump Fish,” Bloomberg, July 25, 2018, https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-07-25/new-cohen-recording-surfaces-a-bigger-catch
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Interesting times

I’ll be out of pocket much of the day (actually this happened both July 19 and 20). I need to burn and/or clean some carbon out of the engine in my new Camry hybrid before next week and this weekend is looking a little busy.


Updates

  1. Originally published, July 19, 12:29 pm.
  2. July 19, 11:48 pm:
    • Okay, I’m a fool. I really thought there’d be some reaction to that New York Times story.[1] Silence can sometimes be deceptive and I’ll keep watching. But so far, crickets.
  3. July 20, 12:53 am:
    • Donald Trump invited Vladimir Putin to Washington, D.C., this fall even as the Helsinki summit continues to reverberate. Lots of other folks in Washington are pretty unhappy about this.[2] (Golden Showers)
  4. July 20, 7:19 am:
    • There’s still no reaction per se to that New York Times story.[3] But there is a tone now in which the president and would-be emperor has no clothes. There is a distinction to be drawn among falsehoods that arise from delusion, those which arise from omission and are thus classifiable as deception, and those in which falsehoods are willfully told and are thus classifiable as lying.[4] Folks aren’t always clear on those distinctions in themselves and it is often hard, even if they were, to be sure at any given point which we are hearing. But we know and now say openly that they are falsehoods, which I guess is progress of a sort. (Golden Showers)
  5. July 20, 10:48 pm:
    • There is a new blog entry entitled, “The post-truth society.” I guess this is my response to the lack of reaction to that New York Times story.[5] But it’s also a response to an essay in Atlantic by Megan Garber—probably not the right word here—marvelling at Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders privileging of victory for the Trump team over truth.[6] It sickens me, which is why I was slow to add it here, but yes, you should read it.
    • There has been fallout from the Helsinki summit I haven’t covered here (including figure 1). I’m sorry, but I guess I can only take so much of Donald Trump’s idiocy. And my god, what a fucking idiot delusional raging narcissist he is.
  6. July 21, 7:56 am:
    • It’s been a few days now, but apparently still nobody knows what the fuck Donald Trump agreed to with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.[7] (Golden Showers)
  7. July 21, 4:44 pm:
    • It appears that Julian Assange’s asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London is about to be revoked and that he will be handed over to British authorities.[8]
    • Donald Trump expressed shock that his scumbag “fixer” lawyer recorded a conversation with him about possibly buying out the rights to a Playboy Playmate’s story of her affair with him.[9]
    • Are you ready for President Paul Ryan? William Rivers Pitt wants Donald Trump to “resign, and take his band of brigands — among them Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton and Sarah Huckabee Sanders — with him.”[10] Paul Ryan would be next in the order of succession.

Golden Showers

 Original caption: “They’re doing another summit? I’m so sick of cash-grab sequels.” Brendan Loper, New Yorker, July 21, 2018, fair use.

Fig. 1. Original caption: “They’re doing another summit? I’m so sick of cash-grab sequels.” Brendan Loper, New Yorker, July 21, 2018, fair use.

So the previous issue was getting too long, this story hasn’t reached a breaking point, but we do seem—well, I’ve been burned saying something like this before, on the final night of that last issue, in fact—to have reached something of a pause. Maybe folks are just taking a moment to inhale.

To quote the beginning of my (now) second-to-most recent blog post (there were two written during the course of that issue),

In Donald Trump’s latest fiasco, . . . to virtually unanimous condemnation, he preferred Vladimir Putin’s claim that the Russians had not interfered in the 2016 U.S. election over claims from U.S. intelligence services that they in fact had[11] (he partly, but not really, recanted on his return to the White House[12]).[13]

It has only gotten worse for Trump since I wrote that. Senate Republicans, seeing their control of the Senate at risk emphasized that they believed that Russia had interfered.[14] But Trump nonetheless basically returned to denying that Russia was solely culpable[15] even as folks started, much more openly than before, wondering just what it is that Putin has on Trump,[16] with Senator Jeff Merkley responding to the suspected existence of a “pee tape” saying, “Something close to that. Something close to that.”[17]

And late last night, the New York Times published a story that Donald Trump had, two weeks prior to his inauguration, been briefed of an intelligence service consensus that Russia had interfered in the U.S. 2016 election and that Vladimir Putin was involved.[18] He has of course been in denial and on-again-off-again denying it to the country ever since.

One thing to notice:

The pseudonymous @dick_nixon (actually a scholar who wants us to take a second look at the president whom I grew up thinking of as the ultimate in evil—boy, did I have another thing coming) gets that from this in the New York Times story:

The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. [Vladimir] Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation. . . .

And ultimately, several human sources had confirmed Mr. Putin’s own role.

That included one particularly valuable source, who was considered so sensitive that Mr. Brennan had declined to refer to it in any way in the Presidential Daily Brief during the final months of the Obama administration, as the Russia investigation intensified.[19]

So there are two things here: First, Trump has been deceptive and/or delusional—based partly on this article,[20] I’ve been calling him the delusional raging narcissist-in-chief for a while now—about Russian interference. It’s going to be interesting to see how this goes down in Faux News world. But here’s an early clue (figure 2):

“Trump recognized Russian Meddling MANY TIMES”

Fig. 2. Screenshot of tweet from Donald Trump, July 19, 2018. Embedded in this tweet is a video from the Fox News show, ‘Fox and Friends.’

Second, the U.S. intelligence community is getting fed up. Referring to Trump and his—to Republican senators—infuriating performance in Helsinki, Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn was quoted saying, “He’s what, 71 years old? I don’t think it’s likely to change.”[21] Which is to say that we now see that Trump is on a collision course with folks—the same folks often and widely suspected of killing John F. Kennedy—whom no U.S. president should want to be on a collision course with.

Adding to that will be that it very much appears that Trump made some agreements with Putin that no one else on the U.S. side knows about.[22]

We most certainly do live in interesting times.

Karen DeYoung, Missy Ryan, and Anton Troianovski, “As Russians describe ‘verbal agreements’ at summit, U.S. officials scramble for clarity,” Washington Post, July 18, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/as-russians-describe-verbal-agreements-at-summit-us-officials-scramble-for-clarity/2018/07/18/8bb1e96c-8aa7-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html

Alexander Bolton, “Senate GOP attempts to wave Trump off second Putin summit,” Hill, July 19, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/397976-senate-gop-attempts-to-wave-trump-off-second-putin-summit

Stephen Collinson, “Putin invite sends Washington into Russian twilight zone,” CNN, July 20, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/20/politics/president-trump-putin-visit-washington-white-house/index.html

Alexander Bolton, “GOP to White House: End summit mystery,” Hill, July 21, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/398131-gop-to-white-house-end-summit-mystery


Julian Assange

Glenn Greenwald, “Ecuador Will Imminently Withdraw Asylum for Julian Assange and Hand Him Over to the UK. What Comes Next?” Intercept, July 21, 2018, https://static.theintercept.com/amp/ecuador-will-imminently-withdraw-asylum-for-julian-assange-and-hand-him-over-to-the-uk-what-comes-next.html


Donald Trump

Veronica Stracqualursi, Gloria Borger, and Evan Perez, “Trump says ‘inconceivable’ that Cohen recorded conversation about ex-Playmate payment,” CNN, July 21, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/21/politics/donald-trump-michael-cohen-taping/index.html

William Rivers Pitt, “Here’s an Incredible Offer, Donald: Resign,” Truthout, July 21, 2018, https://truthout.org/articles/heres-an-incredible-offer-donald-resign/


  1. [1]David E. Sanger and Matthew Rosenberg, “From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered,” New York Times, July 18, 2018,https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/world/europe/trump-intelligence-russian-election-meddling-.html
  2. [2]Alexander Bolton, “Senate GOP attempts to wave Trump off second Putin summit,” Hill, July 19, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/397976-senate-gop-attempts-to-wave-trump-off-second-putin-summit; Stephen Collinson, “Putin invite sends Washington into Russian twilight zone,” CNN, July 20, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/20/politics/president-trump-putin-visit-washington-white-house/index.html
  3. [3]David E. Sanger and Matthew Rosenberg, “From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered,” New York Times, July 18, 2018,https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/world/europe/trump-intelligence-russian-election-meddling-.html
  4. [4]Sissela Bok, Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life (New York: Vintage, 1999).
  5. [5]David E. Sanger and Matthew Rosenberg, “From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered,” New York Times, July 18, 2018,https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/world/europe/trump-intelligence-russian-election-meddling-.html
  6. [6]Megan Garber, “The World Burns. Sarah Sanders Says This Is Fine,” Atlantic, July 19, 2018, https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/07/sarah-sanders-russia-and-the-absolution-of-chaos/565610/
  7. [7]Alexander Bolton, “GOP to White House: End summit mystery,” Hill, July 21, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/398131-gop-to-white-house-end-summit-mystery
  8. [8]Glenn Greenwald, “Ecuador Will Imminently Withdraw Asylum for Julian Assange and Hand Him Over to the UK. What Comes Next?” Intercept, July 21, 2018, https://static.theintercept.com/amp/ecuador-will-imminently-withdraw-asylum-for-julian-assange-and-hand-him-over-to-the-uk-what-comes-next.html
  9. [9]Veronica Stracqualursi, Gloria Borger, and Evan Perez, “Trump says ‘inconceivable’ that Cohen recorded conversation about ex-Playmate payment,” CNN, July 21, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/21/politics/donald-trump-michael-cohen-taping/index.html
  10. [10]William Rivers Pitt, “Here’s an Incredible Offer, Donald: Resign,” Truthout, July 21, 2018, https://truthout.org/articles/heres-an-incredible-offer-donald-resign/
  11. [11]Rebecca Ballhaus, “Trump Questions Finding of Russia’s 2016 Meddling as He Appears With Putin,” Wall Street Journal, July 16, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-blames-u-s-for-poor-relations-with-moscow-1531732220; Dan Balz, “The moment called for Trump to stand up for America. He chose to bow,” Washington Post, July 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-a-jaw-dropping-news-conference-what-does-america-first-really-mean/2018/07/16/2b728b12-892e-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html; Rod Dreher, “Trump Capitulates To Putin,” American Conservative, July 16, 2018, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trump-capitulates-to-putin/; David M. Herszenhorn, “Putin preens while Trump settles old scores,” Politico, July 17, 2018, https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/17/putin-trump-agenda-summit-725964; Michael Scherer, “Trump’s defense of Putin finds few supporters in Congress,” Washington Post, July 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-defense-of-putin-finds-few-supporters-in-congress/2018/07/16/2610b3a2-8914-11e8-8aea-86e88ae760d8_story.html; David Smith, “Trump ‘treasonous’ after siding with Putin on election meddling,” Guardian, July 16, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/16/trump-finds-putin-denial-of-election-meddling-powerful; Felicia Sonmez, “Trump’s defense of Russia prompts outrage from some Republicans,” Washington Post, July 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-defense-of-russia-prompts-outrage-from-some-republicans/2018/07/16/adc9c52c-8914-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html
  12. [12]Associated Press, “Trump says he misspoke on Russia meddling,” Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-essential-washington-updates-trump-says-he-misspoke-on-russia-1531853292-htmlstory.html; Jordan Fabian, “Trump says he accepts US intel on Russia — then adds it ‘could be other people also,’” Hill, July 17, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/397481-trump-says-he-accepts-us-intel-on-russia-then-adds-it-could-be-other; Vivian Salama, “Trump Reverses Course, Says Russia Meddled in 2016 Election,” Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-stands-by-his-positive-read-of-putin-summit-amid-criticism-1531847452; John Wagner and Felicia Sonmez, “Trump says he accepts U.S. intelligence on Russian interference in 2016 election but denies collusion,” Washington Post, July 17, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/growing-number-in-gop-call-for-trump-to-fix-the-damage-from-helsinki-news-conference/2018/07/17/7ea15178-8902-11e8-8aea-86e88ae760d8_story.html
  13. [13]David Benfell, “The binary empire strikes back,” Not Housebroken, July 18, 2018, https://disunitedstates.org/2018/07/18/the-binary-empire-strikes-back/
  14. [14]Alexander Bolton, “Helsinki summit becomes new flashpoint for GOP anger,” Hill, July 18, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/397562-helsinki-summit-becomes-new-flashpoint-for-gop-anger
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  16. [16]Aaron Blake, “The growing Trump-Putin kompromat question,” Washington Post, July 17, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/07/17/does-putin-have-kompromat-on-trump-suddenly-its-no-longer-such-a-taboo-question-thanks-to-trump/
  17. [17]Jeff Merkley, quoted in Aaron Blake, “The growing Trump-Putin kompromat question,” Washington Post, July 17, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/07/17/does-putin-have-kompromat-on-trump-suddenly-its-no-longer-such-a-taboo-question-thanks-to-trump/
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  20. [20]George Simon, “Understanding and Dealing with Narcissistic Rage,” Counseling Resource, July 24, 2017, http://counsellingresource.com/features/2017/07/24/understanding-narcissistic-rage/
  21. [21]John Cornyn, quoted in Alexander Bolton, “Helsinki summit becomes new flashpoint for GOP anger,” Hill, July 18, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/397562-helsinki-summit-becomes-new-flashpoint-for-gop-anger
  22. [22]Karen DeYoung, Missy Ryan, and Anton Troianovski, “As Russians describe ‘verbal agreements’ at summit, U.S. officials scramble for clarity,” Washington Post, July 18, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/as-russians-describe-verbal-agreements-at-summit-us-officials-scramble-for-clarity/2018/07/18/8bb1e96c-8aa7-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html

If you don’t like the electoral college now, wait ’til you see this

Updates

  1. Originally published, July 14, 4:58 pm.
  2. July 15, 1:37 am:
    • Theresa May has warned that Brexit might not happen if Tory rebels don’t get on board with her plan.[1]
    • I beefed up the commentary under Democratic deficit (link and title updated, see July 15, 6:40 pm). I might develop this into a blog post.
    • Susan Glasser points out that Robert Mueller has forced an agenda onto Donald Trump for his one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin that he did not want.[2] (Golden Showers)
  3. July 15, 2:23 pm:
    • I have to admit I was so deeply skeptical of this Politico article purporting to explain Donald Trump’s refusal to cancel his upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin[3] that I almost didn’t read it. After all, I figured, there is something deeply sick about Trump’s attitude toward Putin, in which he is venomous to nearly anyone else, but utterly obsequious to Putin. I was dreading an attempt to rationalize the irrational. But actually, the article is pretty good. If you feel as I did, sit yourself down and read it anyway. (Golden Showers)
  4. July 15, 6:40 pm:
    • As I was contemplating converting the commentary under what is now titled Democratic deficit, I searched my archive for similar articles. I found some. I have combined the resulting citations here.
  5. July 15, 11:29 pm:
  6. July 16, 5:12 am:
    • The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake analyzes an interview Donald Trump gave CBS News and detects a remarkably defensive tone: “About the most innocent explanation you can offer for Trump’s muted attitude toward Russia’s and Vladimir Putin’s 2016 actions is that he doesn’t like to talk about it — that he feels the whole thing undermines his legitimacy as president.”[4] It might be helpful to recall that Trump exhibits what looks very much like narcissistic rage,[5] which is part of why I call him the delusional raging narcissist-in-chief, but more to the point, offers a lens through which to understand his defensive reaction. (Golden Showers)
  7. July 16, 1:07 pm:
    • There were a few reasons I didn’t rely on Political psychology research in my dissertation. One thing I noticed was that it was all quantitative research[6] which, of course, all falls under the positivist paradigm and its alleged ‘objectivity.’ So guess what? It turns out all that supposed objectivity might not actually be objective.[7] Here’s a clue: It never is. But yes, conservatism is authoritarian, as I found in my preliminary work;[8] it also always substitutes some ideology, be it religion, “tradition,” a “theory” (like capitalism), for empirical research, as I discovered in my dissertation itself;[9] and, in fact, the latter supports the former. Here’s another surprise, except that it was covered in my Ph.D. coursework: Positivism does all this as well and, indeed, this is how it supports colonialism.
    • Paul Ryan is less than impressed by Donald Trump’s and Vladimir Putin’s denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election at their lovefest today. Oh, and, um, he’s not alone.[10] What remains to be seen is whether any of these extraordinarily harsh words will be followed by action. (Golden Showers)
  8. July 16, 6:50 pm:
    • Added a tweet from Dan Rather under Golden Showers. Rather doesn’t go this far, but other folks, including the New York Daily News (figure 1), are now openly accusing Donald Trump of treason following his performance with Vladimir Putin today (also see update for July 16, 8:15 pm).
    • The judge who previously ordered unauthorized migrant families reunited has ordered a temporary halt to family deportations.[11] (Unauthorized migration)
  9. July 16, 8:15 pm:
    • The Guardian has more reaction to the press conference Donald Trump held with Vladimir Putin, including accusations of treason.[12] (Golden Showers)
  10. July 17, 10:14 am:
    • More coverage of the meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin and ensuing criticism of the former from the Wall Street Journal,[13] Washington Post,[14] Politico,[15] and the New York Times.[16] It is still early for substantive consequences—an article in the Guardian seems skeptical that such will materialize[17]—but Trump clearly set fire to his own credibility and the smoke is spectacular. (Golden Showers)
    • I now have the original tweet from John Brennan and a few more under Golden Showers.
  11. July 17, 5:08 pm:
    • If you believe this, I have a bridge to sell you. Not that dingy bridge in Brooklyn either, but a big, beautiful bridge: Donald Trump “told reporters that he said he meant he doesn’t see why Russia ‘wouldn’t’ be responsible.”[18] (Golden Showers)
    • Greg Sargent wants us to remember two things he thinks Republicans would like us to overlook: 1) At the time, Donald Trump encouraged the Russians to interfere in the election and knew or should have known that that interference was in fact occurring; and 2) Donald Trump was the beneficiary of this interference.[19] I’m still waiting for the pee tape. And so, it would seem, are other folks.[20] (Golden Showers)
  12. July 18, 1:44 pm:
    • This issue is getting rather long. But the Golden Showers story hasn’t yet reached a breaking point.
    • If you thought—okay, I’ll admit I entertained the idea—that Donald Trump might emerge from the Helsinki summit fiasco somehow chastened, that he might be a bit more circumspect in the future, that he might finally realize that there are limits to what the support from his base might let him get away with, well, I guess it was a nice thought.[21] (Golden Showers)
    • Robert Hansen opened a discussion on what folks working in the U.S. intelligence community should do now that Donald Trump is disrespecting their efforts and taking Vladimir Putin’s side. I have participated to some degree, including a rather long response on the ethics of the situation. It’s worth at least a skim. (Golden Showers)
    • I am not caught up. I am seeking someplace near the ocean where I can continue to work.
  13. July 18, 6:40 pm:
    • I am in a place where there is fog and mobile data, but not, alas, a place to plug in. We’ll see how my batteries hold up.
    • There is a new blog post up, entitled, “The binary empire strikes back.” (Golden Showers)
    • Republicans, especially in the Senate, are unhappy with Donald Trump’s Helsinki performance, but not—it appears—to a breaking point.[22] (Golden Showers)
    • Add David Remnick of the New Yorker to the chorus of criticism of Donald Trump’s performance in Helsinki.[23] (Golden Showers)
    • California’s Supreme Court has ruled that Tim Draper’s plan to break California up into three states cannot be put on the ballot, at least temporarily.[24]
    • The battery is looking low. I am not yet caught up.
  14. July 18, 10:26 pm:
    • I am back at home and am now caught up. I’m thinking we’re finally at a breaking point on Golden Showers, but of course now that I’ve said it . . .
  15. July 18, 11:08 pm:
    • Well, gee, that didn’t take very long at all. Not even a little bit. Expect the shit to hit the fan tomorrow (the 19th) about a New York Times story that Donald Trump has known since two weeks prior to his inauguration of an intelligence service consensus that Russia had interfered in the U.S. 2016 election and that Vladimir Putin was involved.[25] (Golden Showers)

Democratic deficit

The odd thing about Philip Bump’s article is that he doesn’t mention the electoral college.[26] With conservative nominees already occasionally winning the presidency on the electoral college vote, but while losing the popular vote, and Democratic partisans wailing accordingly, it will be imperative to make fundamental changes.

[The text previously here has been incorporated into a new blog entry, “Mitigating the democratic deficit in the United States.”]

Philip Bump, “In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states,” Washington Post, July 12, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/07/12/in-about-20-years-half-the-population-will-live-in-eight-states/


Donald Trump

Very much in line with my last blog post,[27] it turns out there’s a study confirming that many folks in Donald Trump’s base feel displaced.[28] I do find some fault with this author’s analysis; see the updated post for details.

Diana C. Mutz, “Status threat, not economic hardship, explains the 2016 presidential vote,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, April 23, 2018, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1718155115


Golden Showers

New York Daily News cover, July 17, 2018, via Judd Legum on Twitter, fair use.

Fig. 1. New York Daily News cover, July 17, 2018, via Judd Legum on Twitter, fair use.

Paul Waldman, “The Peter Strzok fiasco wrecks the GOP’s bogus conspiracy theory,” Washington Post, July 12, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/07/12/the-peter-strzok-fiasco-wrecks-the-gops-bogus-conspiracy-theory/

Susan B. Glasser, “Thanks to Robert Mueller, Trump and Putin Now Have a Summit Agenda,” New Yorker, July 13, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/thanks-to-robert-mueller-trump-and-putin-now-have-a-summit-agenda

Michael Crowley and Annie Karni, “Why Trump won’t cancel the Putin summit,” Politico, July 15, 2018, https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/15/trump-putin-russia-summit-helsinki-722255

Rebecca Ballhaus, “Trump Questions Finding of Russia’s 2016 Meddling as He Appears With Putin,” Wall Street Journal, July 16, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-blames-u-s-for-poor-relations-with-moscow-1531732220

Dan Balz, “The moment called for Trump to stand up for America. He chose to bow,” Washington Post, July 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-a-jaw-dropping-news-conference-what-does-america-first-really-mean/2018/07/16/2b728b12-892e-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html

Aaron Blake, “Trump’s extremely defensive interview about Russia and Putin,” Washington Post, July 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/07/16/trumps-extremely-defensive-interview-about-russia-and-putin/

Rod Dreher, “Trump Capitulates To Putin,” American Conservative, July 16, 2018, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trump-capitulates-to-putin/

Mark Landler, “Trump Sheds All Notions of How a President Should Conduct Himself Abroad,” New York Times, July 16, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/16/us/politics/trump-putin-summit.html

Michael Scherer, “Trump’s defense of Putin finds few supporters in Congress,” Washington Post, July 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-defense-of-putin-finds-few-supporters-in-congress/2018/07/16/2610b3a2-8914-11e8-8aea-86e88ae760d8_story.html

David Smith, “Trump ‘treasonous’ after siding with Putin on election meddling,” Guardian, July 16, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/16/trump-finds-putin-denial-of-election-meddling-powerful

Felicia Sonmez, “Trump’s defense of Russia prompts outrage from some Republicans,” Washington Post, July 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-defense-of-russia-prompts-outrage-from-some-republicans/2018/07/16/adc9c52c-8914-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html

Associated Press, “Trump says he misspoke on Russia meddling,” Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-essential-washington-updates-trump-says-he-misspoke-on-russia-1531853292-htmlstory.html

Aaron Blake, “The growing Trump-Putin kompromat question,” Washington Post, July 17, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/07/17/does-putin-have-kompromat-on-trump-suddenly-its-no-longer-such-a-taboo-question-thanks-to-trump/

Jordan Fabian, “Trump says he accepts US intel on Russia — then adds it ‘could be other people also,’” Hill, July 17, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/397481-trump-says-he-accepts-us-intel-on-russia-then-adds-it-could-be-other

Lauren Gambino, “Will Republicans punish Trump for his performance with Putin?” Guardian, July 17, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/17/donald-trump-putin-russia-summit-how-will-republicans-react

David M. Herszenhorn, “Putin preens while Trump settles old scores,” Politico, July 17, 2018, https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/17/putin-trump-agenda-summit-725964

David Remnick, “The Unwinding of Donald Trump,” New Yorker, July 17, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-unwinding-of-donald-trump

Vivian Salama, “Trump Reverses Course, Says Russia Meddled in 2016 Election,” Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-stands-by-his-positive-read-of-putin-summit-amid-criticism-1531847452

Greg Sargent, “The truth about Trump and Russia that Republicans cannot say out loud,” Washington Post, July 17, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/07/17/the-truth-about-trump-and-russia-that-republicans-cannot-say-out-loud/

John Wagner and Felicia Sonmez, “Trump says he accepts U.S. intelligence on Russian interference in 2016 election but denies collusion,” Washington Post, July 17, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/growing-number-in-gop-call-for-trump-to-fix-the-damage-from-helsinki-news-conference/2018/07/17/7ea15178-8902-11e8-8aea-86e88ae760d8_story.html

Alexander Bolton, “Helsinki summit becomes new flashpoint for GOP anger,” Hill, July 18, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/397562-helsinki-summit-becomes-new-flashpoint-for-gop-anger

Louis Nelson and Andrew Restuccia, “Trump again defiant after rare mea culpa on Russia,” Politico, July 18, 2018, https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/18/trump-putin-tweets-729068

David E. Sanger and Matthew Rosenberg, “From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered,” New York Times, July 18, 2018,https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/world/europe/trump-intelligence-russian-election-meddling-.html


James Comey

Rachel Weiner, “Paul Manafort to be moved from jail where prosecutors say he has ‘VIP’ treatment,” Washington Post, July 11, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/paul-manafort-has-phone-email-vip-treatment-in-jail-prosecutors-say/2018/07/11/2b7201b6-851d-11e8-8f6c-46cb43e3f306_story.html

Autumn Brewington et al., “The Russia Connection,” Lawfare, July 13, 2018, https://www.lawfareblog.com/russia-indictment-20-what-make-muellers-hacking-indictment


Hillary Clinton

The Lawfare article archived under James Comey offers a detailed legal and technical analysis[29] of Robert Mueller’s indictment of Russians for breaking into Democratic National Committee computers.[30]

Philip Ewing and Carrie Johnson, “Justice Department Charges Russian Cyberspies With Attack On 2016 Election,” National Public Radio, July 13, 2018, https://www.npr.org/2018/07/13/628773789/deputy-attorney-general-rod-rosenstein-unveils-new-hacking-charges-in-dnc-case


Nancy Pelosi

Katherine Timpf, “It Is Actually Not Sexist to Want Pelosi to Step Down,” National Review, July 12, 2018, https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/07/nancy-pelosi-resignation-calls-not-sexist/


Unauthorized migration

It is rather eye-catching—and, to me, suspect—that so many children were found ineligible for reunion.[31]

Brittny Mejia, “Trump administration reunites just over half of migrant children under 5 with parents, says others are ‘ineligible,’” Los Angeles Times, July 12, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-eligible-children-reunited-20180712-story.html


Brexit

John Cassidy’s article[32] did not make it into my last newsletter. Not mentioned here is the difficulty of the Irish border.[33]

John Cassidy, “Boris Johnson’s Resignation Can’t Disguise the Harsh Reality of Brexit,” New Yorker, July 9, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/boris-johnsons-resignation-cant-disguise-the-harsh-reality-of-brexit

Gavin Cordon, “Brexit: Theresa May warns EU exit may not happen ‘at all’ if rebel Tories don’t play ball,” Independent, July 15, 2018, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-brexit-tory-rebels-trade-chequers-donald-trump-a8447776.html


Political psychology

Jesse Singal, “How Social Science Might Be Misunderstanding Conservatives,” New York, July 15, 2018, http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/07/how-social-science-might-be-misunderstanding-conservatives.html


California

Taryn Luna, “Remove three Californias plan from the ballot, Supreme Court says,” Sacramento Bee, July 18, 2018, https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article214600215.html


  1. [1]Gavin Cordon, “Brexit: Theresa May warns EU exit may not happen ‘at all’ if rebel Tories don’t play ball,” Independent, July 15, 2018, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-brexit-tory-rebels-trade-chequers-donald-trump-a8447776.html
  2. [2]Susan B. Glasser, “Thanks to Robert Mueller, Trump and Putin Now Have a Summit Agenda,” New Yorker, July 13, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/thanks-to-robert-mueller-trump-and-putin-now-have-a-summit-agenda
  3. [3]Michael Crowley and Annie Karni, “Why Trump won’t cancel the Putin summit,” Politico, July 15, 2018, https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/15/trump-putin-russia-summit-helsinki-722255
  4. [4]Aaron Blake, “Trump’s extremely defensive interview about Russia and Putin,” Washington Post, July 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/07/16/trumps-extremely-defensive-interview-about-russia-and-putin/
  5. [5]George Simon, “Understanding and Dealing with Narcissistic Rage,” Counseling Resource, July 24, 2017, http://counsellingresource.com/features/2017/07/24/understanding-narcissistic-rage/
  6. [6]David Benfell, “Conservative Views on Undocumented Migration” (doctoral dissertation, Saybrook, 2016). ProQuest (1765416126).
  7. [7]Jesse Singal, “How Social Science Might Be Misunderstanding Conservatives,” New York, July 15, 2018, http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/07/how-social-science-might-be-misunderstanding-conservatives.html
  8. [8]David Benfell, “Defining conservatism,” April 12, 2013, https://parts-unknown.org/drupal7/journal/2013/04/12/defining-conservatism
  9. [9]David Benfell, “Conservative Views on Undocumented Migration” (doctoral dissertation, Saybrook, 2016). ProQuest (1765416126).
  10. [10]Rod Dreher, “Trump Capitulates To Putin,” American Conservative, July 16, 2018, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trump-capitulates-to-putin/; Felicia Sonmez, “Trump’s defense of Russia prompts outrage from some Republicans,” Washington Post, July 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-defense-of-russia-prompts-outrage-from-some-republicans/2018/07/16/adc9c52c-8914-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html
  11. [11]Joel Rose, “Judge Halts Family Deportations For Now,” National Public Radio, July 16, 2018, https://www.npr.org/2018/07/16/629568352/judge-halts-family-deportations-for-now
  12. [12]David Smith, “Trump ‘treasonous’ after siding with Putin on election meddling,” Guardian, July 16, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/16/trump-finds-putin-denial-of-election-meddling-powerful
  13. [13]Rebecca Ballhaus, “Trump Questions Finding of Russia’s 2016 Meddling as He Appears With Putin,” Wall Street Journal, July 16, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-blames-u-s-for-poor-relations-with-moscow-1531732220
  14. [14]Dan Balz, “The moment called for Trump to stand up for America. He chose to bow,” Washington Post, July 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-a-jaw-dropping-news-conference-what-does-america-first-really-mean/2018/07/16/2b728b12-892e-11e8-a345-a1bf7847b375_story.html; Michael Scherer, “Trump’s defense of Putin finds few supporters in Congress,” Washington Post, July 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-defense-of-putin-finds-few-supporters-in-congress/2018/07/16/2610b3a2-8914-11e8-8aea-86e88ae760d8_story.html
  15. [15]David M. Herszenhorn, “Putin preens while Trump settles old scores,” Politico, July 17, 2018, https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/17/putin-trump-agenda-summit-725964
  16. [16]Mark Landler, “Trump Sheds All Notions of How a President Should Conduct Himself Abroad,” New York Times, July 16, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/16/us/politics/trump-putin-summit.html
  17. [17]Lauren Gambino, “Will Republicans punish Trump for his performance with Putin?” Guardian, July 17, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/17/donald-trump-putin-russia-summit-how-will-republicans-react
  18. [18]Associated Press, “Trump says he misspoke on Russia meddling,” Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-essential-washington-updates-trump-says-he-misspoke-on-russia-1531853292-htmlstory.html; see also Jordan Fabian, “Trump says he accepts US intel on Russia — then adds it ‘could be other people also,’” Hill, July 17, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/397481-trump-says-he-accepts-us-intel-on-russia-then-adds-it-could-be-other; Vivian Salama, “Trump Reverses Course, Says Russia Meddled in 2016 Election,” Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-stands-by-his-positive-read-of-putin-summit-amid-criticism-1531847452; John Wagner and Felicia Sonmez, “Trump says he accepts U.S. intelligence on Russian interference in 2016 election but denies collusion,” Washington Post, July 17, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/growing-number-in-gop-call-for-trump-to-fix-the-damage-from-helsinki-news-conference/2018/07/17/7ea15178-8902-11e8-8aea-86e88ae760d8_story.html
  19. [19]Greg Sargent, “The truth about Trump and Russia that Republicans cannot say out loud,” Washington Post, July 17, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/07/17/the-truth-about-trump-and-russia-that-republicans-cannot-say-out-loud/
  20. [20]Aaron Blake, “The growing Trump-Putin kompromat question,” Washington Post, July 17, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/07/17/does-putin-have-kompromat-on-trump-suddenly-its-no-longer-such-a-taboo-question-thanks-to-trump/
  21. [21]Louis Nelson and Andrew Restuccia, “Trump again defiant after rare mea culpa on Russia,” Politico, July 18, 2018, https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/18/trump-putin-tweets-729068
  22. [22]Alexander Bolton, “Helsinki summit becomes new flashpoint for GOP anger,” Hill, July 18, 2018, http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/397562-helsinki-summit-becomes-new-flashpoint-for-gop-anger
  23. [23]David Remnick, “The Unwinding of Donald Trump,” New Yorker, July 17, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-unwinding-of-donald-trump
  24. [24]Taryn Luna, “Remove three Californias plan from the ballot, Supreme Court says,” Sacramento Bee, July 18, 2018, https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article214600215.html
  25. [25]David E. Sanger and Matthew Rosenberg, “From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered,” New York Times, July 18, 2018,https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/world/europe/trump-intelligence-russian-election-meddling-.html
  26. [26]Philip Bump, “In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states,” Washington Post, July 12, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/07/12/in-about-20-years-half-the-population-will-live-in-eight-states/
  27. [27]David Benfell, “How Donald Trump captured the Republican Party,” Not Housebroken, July 12, 2018, https://disunitedstates.org/2018/07/01/how-donald-trump-captured-the-republican-party/
  28. [28]Diana C. Mutz, “Status threat, not economic hardship, explains the 2016 presidential vote,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, April 23, 2018, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1718155115
  29. [29]Autumn Brewington et al., “The Russia Connection,” Lawfare, July 13, 2018, https://www.lawfareblog.com/russia-indictment-20-what-make-muellers-hacking-indictment
  30. [30]Philip Ewing and Carrie Johnson, “Justice Department Charges Russian Cyberspies With Attack On 2016 Election,” National Public Radio, July 13, 2018, https://www.npr.org/2018/07/13/628773789/deputy-attorney-general-rod-rosenstein-unveils-new-hacking-charges-in-dnc-case
  31. [31]Brittny Mejia, “Trump administration reunites just over half of migrant children under 5 with parents, says others are ‘ineligible,’” Los Angeles Times, July 12, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-eligible-children-reunited-20180712-story.html
  32. [32]John Cassidy, “Boris Johnson’s Resignation Can’t Disguise the Harsh Reality of Brexit,” New Yorker, July 9, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/boris-johnsons-resignation-cant-disguise-the-harsh-reality-of-brexit
  33. [33]Conor Humphries and Amanda Ferguson, “How Brexit has suddenly made the prospect of a united Ireland thinkable,” Independent, July 3, 2016, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-what-it-means-forthern-ireland-united-eu-referendum-result-irish-passport-a7117166.html; Philip Jenkins, “How Brexit is Turning into a Disaster for Ireland,” American Conservative, December 13, 2017, http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-brexit-is-turning-into-a-disaster-for-ireland/