Better late than never. As Sunday draws to a close, light a fire, grab a whiskey and tuck in for a few good reads.
- Dissecting the biggest news of the week: a fascinating backroom look at how the Trump/Ryan healthcare plan failed, from the fake-newsers over at CNN. | And another excellent Trumpcare post-mortem from Tim Alberta at Politico. | A beautiful and sad piece about Trump voters who rely on Obamacare from Jessica Contrera in the Washington Post.
- More on this administration’s priorities, politics, and principles (such as they are): Trump’s Cabinet is a terrifying group. We all know that. But let’s keep reminding ourselves. | A case study of Trump’s light diplomatic touch, in the Independent. Nice. | From Time Magazine, an interview with Donald Trump about truth and falsehoods. Don’t read on an empty stomach–his syntax may cause nausea or vertigo. | A New Yorker article about why Constitutionalists across America should be very concerned right now. | Michael Tomasky surveys the most recent events and struggles within the Republican party. | And while this Robert Reich article about Trump’s wiretapping claims is a couple of weeks old, it’s as relevant as ever.
- On Trump’s threats to cut public funding for the arts and humanities: The LA Times on why this is a ridiculous gesture. | Another take on the impact of cuts to arts funding, from Quartz. | Why cutting the NEA will hit Trump voters the hardest. | Mike Huckabee’s “A conservative plea for the National Endowment for the Arts.” Read it, and share it with the Trump voters in your life. (And phone your legislators to beg for the preservation of the NEA, the NEH, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.)
- While we’re at it, missionary LaMonte Fowler issues some pertinent advice for the right-wingers in your lives. Funny-not-funny. | Environmental writer Bill McKibben on why dissenting voices are key to effective education and protest. | Finger worn out from dialing your legislators? Eric Harris, one of the voices at the other end of the line, tells us why you should keep up the fight. | Timothy Snyder on guarding against fascism’s rise.
- More on media in the Trump era: New research from the Columbia Journalism Review finds that the political polarization of the media is primarily a right-wing phenomenon. | Trevor Noah on the Daily Show introduces a new segment called “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That” which chronicles the crazy pace of news these days. | On the other hand, Fox News. A lot of people, apparently, got time for that.
- A few worthy odds and ends: Tracy Ullman takes on rape in a brilliant new sketch from the BBC. | Billy Baker gives us a long-form exploration of the isolation and loneliness of middle-aged men, and the dangers of this trend. An important read. | By Alexxa Gotthardt at Artsy, a welcome survey of eleven female abstract expressionists. | What happens when the Queen dies? A whole lot, writes Sam Knight in the Guardian–and it’s morbidly fascinating. | And this lovely piece by Jen A. Miller, writing in the NYT about the loss of a beloved pooch.
- Finally, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking Intelligence Committee member, lays down with remarkable clarity the reasons for the House investigation into Russian collusion and interference. Watch it in full, and then keep pushing for an independent investigation: