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For the Compton Cowboys, Horseback Riding Is a Legacy, and Protection

Meet the campaign connecting affluent techies with progressive candidates around the country

The Great Slate, from Pinboard’s Maciej Ceglowski

How the White House’s Tolerance for Wife-Beaters Exposed That It Was Harboring Counterintelligence Threats – emptywheel

Behold, Steve Bannon’s Hip-Hop Shakespeare Rewrite: ‘Coriolanus’

What.

This is how nuclear war with North Korea would unfold

Richard Painter says the DOJ demands on AT&T and CNN are ‘impeachable offense’

“ATT – Time Warner should take DOJ to court ASAP. Demand discovery of all Trump/WH communications on this deal,” Painter, an outspoken Trump critic, wrote, adding, “Use of antitrust enforcement power to punish CNN for exercise of First Amendment rights is an impeachable offense. The time is now.”

“I Hate Everyone in the White House!”: Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling”

Wow

Eric Reid: Why Colin Kaepernick and I Decided to Take a Knee

Should We Be Punching Nazis?

Josh Marshall:

Nazis deserve to get punched. A few sucker punches here and there probably send a salutary message. But it’s not always wise to give people what they deserve.

Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run

Trump’s Council of C.E.O.s in Disarray Following Remarks on Protest

Was just spouting off to y about how I expected all of his CEOs on advisory councils to have resigned by now, and at least that is in motion.

Warning: disturbing (thanks, y)

How the CIA Came to Doubt the Official Story of JFK’s Murder 

A bunch of JFK files have been recently declassified and they paint a strange picture; not what you’d expect. However, many more are still secret and intelligence agencies are lobbying Trump to keep them so. (thanks y!)

‘The moment when it really started to feel insane’: An oral history of the Scaramucci era

Via Funkaoshi. Looks like I picked a heck of a ten days to go on vacation and then get sick. My favourite part is “Pickle”.

Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon

Wow. Trump hires the top people.

Goodnight, sweet wince.

The Dirtbag Left and the Problem of Dominance Politics

Jeet Heer on Chapo and how they want moderate Democrats to “bend the knee” to the Sanders wing. He ties it to Trump-style dominance politics and argues it’s doomed to fail for the left. It’s an interesting take, but I’m not sold. I think some measure of browbeating could work well if paired with a more inclusive outreach effort. Which obviously should not be left to Chapo. (And is it me or is Chapo getting a lot of press these days?)

What Mark Zuckerberg Gets Wrong About Universal Basic Income

How Congress dismantled federal Internet privacy rules

After lobbying from nice organizations like the major telecoms, advertisers, Facebook and Google, while everyone else was distracted by the Trump shitshow, Republicans gutted Obama-era laws preventing ISPs from selling your browsing history. Because clearly what the world needs is more creepy microtargeted psychometric manipulation

11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida

You can marry a child in 38 US states. WTF

Canadian Colleges See Surge of Foreign Students

This makes me happy

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

This is an article from January about Cambridge Analytica using psychometrics for the Trump in 2016 – the same company that worked for the Brexit campaign, and is tied to both Bannon and Robert Mercer.

The one little number that — so far — is all the protection Donald Trump needs

That number is 84 percent, Trump’s job approval rating among Republicans in the most recent weekly average from Gallup.

This will keep Hill Republicans behind him until those numbers start to sag.

Jeff Sessions is in deep trouble, and here’s why

He could be disbarred for being involved in the Comey firing after he refused himself.