March 30, 2018 Must Reads

1.  Scott Pruitt to California: “Learn not to breathe.”  No, that is not a headline in The Onion. It is the latest shocker in a string of proposed attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency itself, where the “Protection” part seems to be offensive to the administration. Scott Pruitt has proposed rolling back Obama-era rules for auto fuel economy standards…

March 23, 2018 Must Reads

BREAKING NEWS: BOLTON APPOINTED NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR TO REPLACE MCMASTER   We reprint below portions of the story we covered just last week. We advise our readers to read the articles below carefully to assess the great danger posed by this appointment.    But first, for a report just yesterday on the Bolton appointment, see The Huffington Post for March 22: “Trump’s…

March 16, 2018 Must Reads

 ☞Important developing story: Trump is considering John Bolton for National Security Advisor. Would fire McMaster. This is both very very important and very very bad. Several news outlets this week reported, reliably, that President Trump has interviewed John Bolton in the Oval Office and wants him on board. Here is how Vanity Fair reported on Wednesday: “Last Tuesday, Trump met with ultra-hawkish former U.N. ambassador John…

March 9, 2018 Must Reads

1. The announced direct nuclear talks between Kim Jong Un and President Trump seem to be a major victory for Trump’s bellicose style of “diplomacy.” Right-wing (and maybe mainstream) media will certainly credit him with statesman-like success after decades of stalemate. But today’s Washington Post urges caution: “But in the afterglow of the surprise announcement — hinted by Trump in a…

March 2, 2018 Must Reads

1. We begin with a hopeful piece this week, from the same Paul Krugman who last week we quoted as warning of a growing brutishness in our society and our polity. Krugman on Feb. 26 writes that, “The Force of Decency Awakens,” as everything from #MeToo to the anti-gun agitation of the young to the broad anti-Republican activism seems to indicate…