- Can Obama Sue Trump for Libel? "With Trump in office, the question is: Were the tweets sent out in Trump’s official capacity as president? If so, he’s immune from suit."
- How Nixonian is Trump? "Nixon knew this wasn’t true—he had access to the intelligence records from 1968—but saying your predecessor was spying on you can make a compelling story, especially when you have something to hide yourself." Another article, same subject.
- Trump’s Backup Plan: Let Health-Care System Explode, Blame Democrats
- DC Restaurant Owners Sue Trump, Saying His Hotel Has An Unfair Advantage "Khalid Pitts and Diane Gross, who own Cork Wine Bar and the Cork Market & Tasting Room, aren’t asking the D.C. Superior Court for money to compensate for their alleged lost business. Instead, they’re asking the court to force Trump to remedy the situation himself by either fully divesting from his hotel, shuttering it while he is in office—or, dramatically, resigning as president of the United States."
- “It’s impossible to predict what Trump could tweet about this,” economic strategist David Smick, told Politico. “I can’t imagine the economic and finance-types in the Trump administration would go to public war with Janet Yellen. But you never know with Trump. He might do exactly that.”
- Nobody Is Buying Apartments in Trump Tower
At first it seemed as if it might be heaven.
You could walk down the street and attend school free from the uncomfortable presence of a woman who had chosen distracting attire. There were no women in sweatpants or yoga pants or skirts of any length, with hair covered or with hair uncovered — or women, indeed, of any kind at all. Finally, you did not have to worry about feelings. The world was one big locker room.
There was no one to talk over. But also there was no one to stare rapt at you when you talked, no one who had been encouraged all her life to make you feel smart and interesting and to not take up too much space.
There was no one to yell at on the sidewalk and urge to smile. You had to catcall actual cats, and cats never answer. Objectification became sadly restricted to actual objects. And whose appearance could you criticize? Men’s? Suddenly you began to say mean things about Jude Law.
Many things, I regret to say — indeed, a suspicious number of things — went on without a hitch for a brief time. Most movies lost only a scene or two and it was barely noticeable, although ticket sales plummeted. The Cabinet was almost entirely unaffected. Wall Street and Silicon Valley largely went about their business as if nothing had occurred.
Statehouses began to feel bereft without women to regulate, whether on the subject of what bathrooms they could use or where they could go for reproductive care. There were no organs to restrict that the legislators did not, themselves, possess. And what was the fun of putting limitations on those? They looked for consolation to those fetuses who for many years they had ranked as full persons, but, inexplicably, they were nowhere to be found.
You began to be concerned.
If women were so vital, surely you would have heard more about them. But when you turned to history, it seemed largely devoid of women. There were hardly any chapters that starred them. They fought in few great battles and they were not presidents and seldom even queens. Had they been behind the scenes all along, making all of it possible? The thought began to occur that perhaps their footsteps were missing because they were carrying you.
And now things were falling apart. How were you possibly to achieve all your dreams and goals when also you had to keep the world from grinding to a halt on a daily basis? Suddenly you had to do all this emotional and domestic labor that no one was paying you for, and then your job on top of that. Suddenly things began to seem unfair. All you needed was a room of your own and a moment’s peace. When would you ever have time to write your very important novel about a middle-aged professor who was Going Through a Crisis? You were just a person, not a worker of miracles. Why was all of this expected of you?
You were used to having no one share the reward but now there was no one to share the work, either.
And there was more work than you had anticipated. What did women do, after all? Just everything, and then some.
But by the time you noticed that, it was too late.
- "I’ve made my best effort to construct a political scenario in which Obamacare repeal and replace does pass. While technically not all of these things would have to happen to bring about that outcome, my guess is that most of them would. If these things start happening soon, it’s good news for AHCA; if they don’t, well, the state of Obamacare looks strong."
- "Maybe Democrats have been right all along, maybe the GOP really is the party of stupid. Only a group of idiots could roll out such a poorly-crafted piece of legislation that it actually makes the old Obamacare look good. Ryan’s not standing in the corner with a dunce cap on, he’s proudly wearing it and smiling in front of the American people."
- We stayed up all night with the Republicans rushing to replace Obamacare: "They forced Energy and Commerce staff to read 120 pages of legislative text out loud. At around 9 pm, Democrats in that committee introduced the amendment to rename the American Health Care Act the “Republican Pay More for Less Care Act.”
- New VoxCare newsletter.
The Evil Empire:
- This is awkward! So much for security measures.
- The Softening Of Kellyanne Conway: How do you create sympathy for Trump’s spin doctor?
- Ivanka Trump And The Aesthetics Of Denial: Ivanka only wields her power where no one can see it.
- "As long as the White House continues to stonewall—and Congress continues to sit on the sidelines—it’s not clear exactly what else the OGE can do."
- "It turns out Flynn’s ties to foreign governments don’t stop at Russia." "That's nobody's business but the Turks!"
- EPA's Environmental Justice Head Resigned After 24 Years. He Wants to Explain Why.
- Oh noes! No egg roll?! "As of this week, the first step in the process, the complex ticket lottery, has not yet happened. Though Easter was earlier last year, the ticket lottery had been completed by late February. Whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll states simply: "Thank you for your interest in this subject. STAY TUNED AS WE CONTINUE TO UPDATE WHITEHOUSE.GOV." (Update 3/8: The White House announced that the Egg Roll is officially scheduled for April 17th. No details about the lottery have yet been released.) ...Wells Wood Turning, a Maine company that produced as many as 75,000 to 100,000 wooden eggs for most of the last 10 White House rolls, has tweeted at President and First Lady as well as Ivanka Trump, with a plaintive request for news. "FYI manufacturing deadlines for the Easter eggs are near. Please reach out!" read one on Feb. 20."
- "I’ve been told by staff for independent regulators that candidates for jobs have been asked to hand over their Facebook passwords so that old posts can be scrutinized for criticism of Trump."
- This is confusing. Bannon is...fine with DACA?
Looking forward to our future!
- "We think that because we're America, everything will work itself out. This is exactly what the founders refused to believe. They thought human nature is such that you have to constrain it by institutions."
Russia Russia Russia!
- ACLU Lawyer Files Ethics Complaint Against Jeff Sessions Over Russia Testimony
- "When meeting an ambassador is a problem, we’re in trouble."
Fear and loathing:
- “Teams who qualify for a World Cup need to have access to the country, otherwise there is no World Cup. That is obvious,” Somehow I doubt Trump has a problem with no World Cup.
- Late night hosts without women.
- Trevor Noah on slavery.
- Trevor Noah on Trump as comedian.
- Samantha Bee without women (ish).
- Colbert on TrumpCare.
- Jimmy Fallon pressured to be more political to compete with Stephen Colbert: "Everyone is feeling the pressure to be “more political” because, quite understandably, it seems to be all anyone can think about. Even here at The A.V. Club, our political coverage (as it were) routinely outdraws everything else by thousands of pageviews; there’s the pervasive sense that right now audiences are only interested in things that directly engage with the world—whose incipient collapse they can’t take their eyes off for a minute—because everything else just feels irrelevant. Fallon would surely also love to get back to just goofing on movies and playing celebrity games full time. Reassuringly, one way or another, the current fevered pitch of political abominations eventually has to slow down or crater out, leaving a shellshocked nation once again gratefully turning to inconsequential silliness. But in the meantime, just like the rest of us, it seems Fallon has to adapt, at least until Mike Pence finally takes over and begins practicing a far more banal form of evil."
Podcast: Truth, Politics and Power
Really don't know how to categorize this: Ethan Coen demands that Trump name him poet laureate in open letter: “The Obama poet laureates were, quite frankly, a disaster,” Coen writes, pulling a clear, predecessor-bashing page from the Trump playbook. “Under their leadership, very weak, much American poetry has failed even to rhyme. That’s like a chicken dinner failing to have chicken. My poetry, on the other hand, always rhymes—and that’s one reason why, when current Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera is deported, I should be considered to replace him.” He's also the author of Where Did Your Balls Go, Paul Ryan?
The Resistance, Special Sign Edition:
- “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor,”"The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with very few objections or acts of vandalism. A few people have objected that it's just a sign, not an action. And everyone agrees on that point.
"Does a sign change anything on its own? No, it doesn't," Schneider, who has helped distribute signs in D.C., says. "But it expresses that this is a person who believes this, and that's a great sign, literally and figuratively. It shows that it's a community that's caring, not apathetic."
"That's the thing with a symbol," Bucher says. "A symbol is something that stands for something else. ... The sign is this symbol to us, of how we live."
- Hate has no home here.
- All are welcome here.
- Libraries are for everyone.
- Digital Privacy at the U.S Border: A New How-To Guide from EFF