Much news to watch, and many calls to make. A shorter reading list this week accordingly:
- In the Huffington Post‘s Highline, David Wood shares a chilling long-form exploration of the Russia/Putin crisis and how the next world war might start. Grounded in history, this is worth your time. | Jonathan Chait writes in New York Magazine about how Republicans will soon wish Hillary had won. Be on guard: this piece might fill you with some small shards of hope. No taking a break yet! | Trump can take money from his businesses whenever he wants. So much for blind trust. | Parts Two, Three, and Four of the LA Times’ editorial series on Trump are out. Read them here. | And Alex Pareene writes about how right-wing commercialized politics are finally taking their toll on the world.
- A few important bits and pieces: Jeff Sessions is a threat to racial equity; his policies suggest backward movement on police reform. An NYT opinion piece explains. | Twitter sues to protect free speech. | A great profile of Senator Jeff Merkley. Keep your eyes on this guy: you may be hearing a lot more about him in the coming years. | An impassioned plea from retired General Stanley McChrystal to save PBS. | Dutch men hold hands in solidarity with attacked gay couple. Some lovely photos. | From the Guardian, Dina Nayeri’s long-form “An Ungrateful Refugee”. | And Alexandra Petri’s interesting piece on Trump supporters as his approval rating continues to tank.
- These seldom seen images from Dorothea Lange of Japanese interment seem more topical now than ever. | From the James Weldon Johnson collection at Yale, a new exhibition on the Harlem Renaissance. Anyone even remotely nearby should get over to check this out. | The Banksy of punctuation: a rogue grammarian graffito launches campaign to correct Bristol’s commercial signage. | Quite an interesting piece on a Mycenean archeological find, from the Smithsonian Magazine.
- Finally, PBS’ Frontline is doing some excellent work about the divisions in America that led to Trump’s election. Their Divided States of America is superb; so are three short recently-released videos surveying Trump voters on three key issues: Water, Coal, and Jobs. These vox-pop pieces are each about ten minutes long, and should be required viewing for those who want to understand, and reach out to, those across the aisle.
- On a lighter note, Samantha Bee showcases not-so-new developments on Russian hacking: