Weeks Fourteen & Fifteen | Readings

Given the quantity of 100-day summaries still floating around, here’s a shorter list of reads for this week.

  • This exceptional long-form piece by Evan Osnos in The New Yorker about how Trump could be forced out of office.
  • A few pieces about Trump’s 100 day milestone: his 100 day anxiety, from The Atlantic.  |  The Guardian‘s 100 day tracker. Metres of wall built? 0.  |  David Remnick in The New Yorker“with his nativist and purely transactional view of politics, he threatens to be democracy’s most reckless caretaker.”  |  The Simpsons troll Trump’s first 100 days.  |  The Onion jumps on the bandwagon.  |  Oh, and if you want the White House version, um, it’s, well, creative.
  • Along similar lines, from the NYT, side-by-side headlines from Bush’s, Obama’s, and Trump’s first 100 days in office. A useful confirmation that no, previous administrations have not been this chaotic and crazed.
  • On May 8th, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates gave pretty heroic testimony to the Senate Russia investigation. Some highlights here, and a couple of short clips here and here (screw you, Ted Cruz). Turns out a lot of people knew Michael Flynn knew he was a security risk, including President Trump.
  • Useful tips for preserving mental sanity in an age of insanity. Worth the time.
  • A lovely piece by Jason Stanley in the NYT about the dangerous slippery slope of linking immigration to criminality.
  • A Salon interview by Chauncey Devega of Timothy Snyder, in which he opines on the likely endpoint of a Trump administration: a military coup.
  • Jared Kushner. Quite a problematic and likely corrupt piece of work. (Cf. his family’s recent pitches in Shanghai.)
  • In a short summary of economist Peter Temin’s work, The Atlantic shows that the odds of escaping poverty are against nearly everyone suffering from it.By Corinne Segal for PBS, a brief and fascinating history of knitting and activism.
  • This less-than-a-minute-long video nicely highlights why immigrants are essential to the American economy. Share it with those less well-informed than you.
  • Help preserve internet neutrality (again). It’s easy, and important. For more info and for the rallying cry, check out John Oliver’s video below. To “Express” your views, click here for the direct link to the FCC comment form: tell FCC director Ajit Pai that you support internet neutrality.
  • Want to hold your legislators accountable? Go to their town halls–more info here.
  • So much to read about Trumpcare’s devastating potential, and ways to stop it. For example, Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of Medicaid, Medicare, and the ACA under Obama, has offered to go to congressional districts and help you hold your congressional representative accountable for his or her vote on AHCA. More here. Whatever route you take, hold your reps accountable, and remind your senators that this decision could be their last.