February 23, 2018 Must Reads

1. Does the bizarre idea of arming school teachers tell us something important about who we are, or what Trump would have us become, as a society? In an excellent opinion piece in Thursday’s New York Times, economist Paul Krugman argues that the fearsome brutality of the Trump / NRA / Republican vision reflects a broad Hobbesian philosophy of an ugly, dangerous,…

February 16, 2018 Must Reads

* **BREAKING NEWS – THIRTEEN RUSSIAN NATIONALS INDICTED FOR ELECTION INTERFERENCE We will address in detail next week, but for now, see https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/us/politics/russians-indicted-mueller-election-interference.html ***   1. For the latest on the Florida school shooting we point you to a couple of sources, one domestic, one foreign. First, The Miami Herald has been offering up-to-the-minute information.…

February 9, 2018 Must Reads

**************BREAKING: Read this story in The New York Times this morning: “President Trump on Friday morning signed into law a far-reaching budget deal that will boost spending by hundreds of billions of dollars and allow the federal government to reopen after a brief shutdown.” Details are still being reported, but this is the overview as of 9 a.m.: “[The bill] includes about…

February 2, 2018 Must Reads

*******BREAKING NEWS: Republicans release their secret memo accusing the FBI of political bias in seeking surveillance of a member of the Trump campaign and of generally favoring Democrats. See number 3 below. Full story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/02/us/politics/trump-fbi-memo.html.******** 1. We will report on Trump’s State of the Union Address, since it did dominate the early-week news cycle.…