For your perusal, choice morsels from the past week. Decline-and-fall, Brexit, poetry…something for everyone.
- In Trumplandia, more recoils, critiques, and calls to action: the LA Times issues the first of a four-part editorial decrying Trump’s presidency. Check back Monday – Wednesday this week for more. | Foreign Policy weighs in on how Trump’s solipsism is pulling American foreign policy off-course. | ProPublica, NYT, and the AP are asking for public help analyzing Trump staffers’ financial disclosures. Highlights and appeal here; database of all disclosures here. | In Portland, as in cities across America, religious institutions weigh how, and how far, to offer sanctuary against ICE raids.
- Some reactions to Trump’s executive order to ease restrictions on fossil fuels: From Amy Davidson, Trump’s war on the EPA and climate science. | A depressingly entertaining PR mistake from the EPA after Trump’s executive order. | A heartening statement of #resistance from West Coast governors and mayors against Trump’s energy agenda.
- More on the Russian inquiry debacle: A make-no-bones-about-it piece in the conservative National Review calling for Devin Nunes’ resignation, and upbraiding Trump for exacerbating a climate of hysteria and devolving ethics. | From the New Yorker, an analysis of implosion of the House hearings on Russia. | Gen. Mike Flynn wants immunity in exchange for testifying at the Russia hearings. Here’s a fun video reminding us of Flynn’s 2016 thoughts on immunity.
- The diversity of American rural voices: From WaPo, an excellent piece on the rural America no one’s talking about — the growing number of rural residents of color.
- For Anglophiles (or Anglophobes, depending on your perspective), the BBC profiles those responsible for negotiating Brexit‘s terms. | And on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, MEP Esteban González Pons issues a rousing reminder of what the EU stands for, and what Brexit means:
- Some wonderful bits and pieces to close out this week and begin the new one: An oldish-ie but goodie from Caitlin Moran writing in Esquire about 12 Things About Being a Woman That Women Won’t Tell You. | For dog-prosthelytizers out there, bad news. Cats are nicer than your dogs. | For sheer loveliness, “I Want to Be Here,” from case/lang/viers. | A poem for spring’s births and cruelties: “Fell Year” by Kelly Sullivan.
- Finally, on the one-year anniversary of Wiyot artist Rick Bartow’s death, a chance to revisit the 2012 video by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian celebrating “We Were Always Here,” his installation overlooking the Mall. It’s worth the short watch: