F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia – The New York Times

  In the months before the 2016 election, the F.B.I. was also already investigating four of Mr. Trump’s associates over their ties to Russia. The constellation of events disquieted F.B.I. officials who were simultaneously watching as Russia’s campaign unfolded to undermine the presidential election by exploiting existing divisions among Americans. Source: F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into… Continue reading F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia – The New York Times

Opinion | Trump’s Big Libertarian Experiment – The New York Times

the philosophy of the party’s base is, in essence, big government for me but not for thee. Stick it to the bums on welfare, but don’t touch those farm subsidies. Tellingly, the centerpiece of the long G.O.P. jihad against Obamacare was the false claim that it would hurt Medicare. … if you have libertarian leanings… Continue reading Opinion | Trump’s Big Libertarian Experiment – The New York Times

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s. Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father If the… Continue reading Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Duke Energy Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River

Duke Energy shut down a power plant in Wilmington, N.C., after a dam at the site breached and allowed coal ash to enter the nearby Cape Fear River. Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Duke Energy Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River Look at all that CLEAN COAL washing over that pristine forest. That’s what… Continue reading Florence’s Floodwaters Breach Defenses at Duke Energy Plant, Sending Toxic Coal Ash Into River

The problem with Twitter, as shown by the Sarah Jeong fracas

At National Review, Jonah Goldberg has a column on the Sarah Jeong fracas that is wrong in, I think, a useful way. He begins with an anecdote: When I was a youngish teenager, I went to the bank one day. (This was pre-ATM machines, kids. via The problem with Twitter, as shown by the Sarah… Continue reading The problem with Twitter, as shown by the Sarah Jeong fracas

David Brooks is still an idiot.

The Democrats are emphasizing fighting grit these days, not compassion or technocratic expertise. via What Is the Democratic Story? If you google “david brooks profiles in timidity” you’ll see he often makes the exact oppisite argument. That the dems lack courage of conviction and lean on technocratic policy arguments. David Brooks doesn’t care what dems… Continue reading David Brooks is still an idiot.

America First, America Hated, America Alone

Trump intends to bring about the collapse of the liberal international order, in its commitment to open societies and its institutions. Some near-forgotten anniversaries are worth commemorating. via America First, America Hated, America Alone This is a must read.

As Critics Assail Trump, His Supporters Dig In Deeper

“He’s not a perfect guy; he does some stupid stuff,” said Tony Schrantz, 50, of Lino Lakes, Minn., the owner of a water systems leak detection business. “But when they’re hounding him all the time it just gets old. Give the guy a little.” via As Critics Assail Trump, His Supporters Dig In Deeper The… Continue reading As Critics Assail Trump, His Supporters Dig In Deeper