Friday Links

by Chris Sturr | December 12, 2014

Quick links–some new, some long overdue:

(1) On the so-called “CRomnibus” and the provision that would “add numerous additional exemptions to the section’s ban on Federal government bailouts of large derivatives dealers”:

(2) On the Bad Grand Jury Decisions:

Speaking of “offending” the cops, here’s The New York Times‘ fail on this topic: New Twist in Lynch’s Confirmation After New York Grand Jury Decision, about how the confirmation hearings for nominee to replace Eric Holder will supposedly be complicated by the fact that she’s heading up the civil rights investigation of Eric Garner’s choking death. The Times tells us: “One Democratic official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is involved in advancing the nomination, said Ms. Lynch would have to carefully navigate community demands for action, in New York and Missouri, and the sensibilities of the law enforcement officers she would represent if confirmed to lead the Justice Department.” Come again? I guess maybe there’s some sense in which the Attorney General, the chief law enforcement official of the United States, “represents” law enforcement officers (though it makes more sense to think of her as their (future) boss); in the context of allegations of illegal police conduct (murder), this is a pretty outrageous framing. (I’ll pass over the usual outrage of the Times‘ use of anonymous sources (usually leakers trying to use the Times reporter to shape the story).

(3) Antonio Weiss nomination: 

The Yves Smith piece, and various recent Bill Black pieces criticizing Dealbook and Andrew Ross Sorkin’s shameless coziness with his Wall Street funders and sources inspired me to check in to see whether the Times‘ Public Editor has had anything critical to say about Sorkin. I found that the current Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, seems to be easy on Sorkin (she brought up criticisms people have had of his coziness with sources here, but instead of actually investigating and assessing the charges, she just gets a quote from Sorkin: “The criticism of him as an insider is, Mr. Sorkin says, ‘an old meme,’ and simply untrue.” Her predecessor, Arthur Brisbane, seems to have been harder on Sorkin, e.g., here.

Ok, that’s it for now.

–Chris Sturr

 

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New Issue! Plus: Links

by Chris Sturr | November 25, 2014

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(1) New Issue! We have finally finished layout for our November/December issue, which is our 40th-anniversary issue (see retrospective cover above). Two articles are posted: Arthur MacEwan’s “Ask Dr. Dollar” column on global inequality, and John Miller’s “Up Against the Wall Street Journal” column on climate change. Table of contents here. Look for more great articles from this issue online soon, including D&S collective member and economist Zoe Sherman’s piece, “Are We Better Off Than 40 Years Ago?” But why not subscribe?

(2) LA Hotel workers:  An inspiring story of a minimum-wage victory for hotel workers in Los Angeles (hat-tip: Jerry Friedman):  The Fight for $15.37 an Hour, by Steven Greenhouse.

(3) GOP Immigration plan:  Hilarious Andy Borowitz piece from The New Yorker about the GOP’s comprehensive immigration plan:  GOP Unveils Immigration Plan.

(4) Gruber-gate:  Naked Capitalism had good coverage of Obamacare shill Jonathan Gruber’s several anti-democratic/technocratic/econo-arrogant gaffes: It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Shill

Ok, that’s it for now.

–Chris Sturr

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