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Do Kanye West’s Politics Matter? - The Ringer
Fans tend to abstract Kanye’s agency whenever he does or says anything bad, attributing his reactionary politics to his being “unwell” or else his classic commitment to trolling. It’s a strange way to talk about a 40-year-old man whom people otherwise make a point of taking very seriously. Seemingly, it cannot occur to anyone that Kanye West is, authentically, a self-obsessed dipshit.
the-ringer  politics  kanye-west  donald-trump  rob-harvilla  justin-charity  candace-owens 
yesterday by yolandaenoch
Lawsplainer: Michael Cohen's Attempt To Delay The Stormy Daniels Litigation
"Here, Essential Consultants (supported by Trump) moved the case from California state court to United States District Court for the Central District of California, because Clifford is from Texas, Trump lives in DC, and Essential Consultants is a Delaware company. The notice of removal is here."
"Was that a good idea?"
"No it was not. Conventional wisdom is that federal courts are better for the defense and more likely to enforce arbitration agreements. However, federal judges move faster and abide by deadlines and rules more closely, and are substantially less tolerant of bullshit than state judges. If substantial portions of your defense are premised on bullshit and delay, don't remove to federal court."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:Popehat★★★  d:2018.04.16  w:2500  explainer  law  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
6 days ago by bankbryan
There's a simple reason companies are becoming more publicly left-wing on social issues
"Think about who companies most want to advertise to: people who have a lot of disposable income and aren't too old. This advertiser preference is why television ratings are reported in terms of adults 25 to 54 (or sometimes even 18 to 49) and it's why networks like Bravo tout their unusually upscale viewer base to prospective advertisers. Appealing to senior citizens is a good way to win an election, but it's not a good way to sell most consumer products and services."
a:Josh-Barro  p:Business-Insider★  d:2018.03.01  w:500  business  politics  Donald-Trump 
9 days ago by bankbryan
Why the F.B.I. Raid Is Perilous for Michael Cohen — and Trump
"It’s significant that Mr. Mueller sent this matter to the federal attorney’s office in New York for it to pursue. Mr. Mueller is empowered to investigate both alleged coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign and any matters 'that arose or may arise directly from the investigation'. Mr. Mueller’s referral of the Stormy Daniels matter to New York suggests he believes it is outside that scope of his investigation. Perhaps it arose from press coverage of Ms. Daniels’s incendiary claims and from the bumbling and inconsistent public responses of Mr. Cohen and President Trump. In other words, this could be an own goal by the president and Mr. Cohen."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.04.10  w:1000  Donald-Trump  law-enforcement  law  from iphone
11 days ago by bankbryan
Paul Ryan Gave Up One Of The Most Powerful Jobs In Politics. It Totally Makes Sense.
"Institutionally, Ryan has supported Trump. There are enough controversies in the Trump administration that the House could hold investigative and oversight hearings 24 hours a day. It hasn’t, in part because Ryan has basically decided that the House will ally itself with a president from his party. But Ryan’s job requires him to consistently either defend or downplay Trump’s behavior. I doubt he loves that."
a:Perry-Bacon-Jr  p:FiveThirtyEight★★  d:2018.04.11  w:1000  politics  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
13 days ago by bankbryan
What It Means That Trump Is "Only A Subject"
"There's a benefit to knowing you're a target — there's no ambiguity and you can focus on going to the mattresses. It's trickier if you're a subject. Clients — and some lawyers — will clamor to talk to the prosecutors to convince them that they shouldn't be a subject, that they should only be a witness. They see the 'subject' designation as an opportunity to talk their way out of it. But for more cautious federal defense attorneys, the 'subject' classification doesn't change the strategy very much. The client can still become a target at any time. Talking to the government may well provide the information they need to make that decision. Furthermore, talking to the government often generates its own new crimes, as we've seen again and again in Mueller's investigation as defendants have been charged (and in several cases pleaded guilty) to lying to the government. The situation is still one of intense danger, and no experienced defense attorney is relieved to hear their client is 'only a subject'."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:Popehat★★★  d:2018.04.04  w:1000  law-enforcement  Donald-Trump  from iphone
16 days ago by bankbryan
"Abolish ICE," explained
"McElwee doesn’t expect Democrats to start calling for an end to deportations permanently — he describes it as a '30-year' goal. But he does expect to help push the Overton window far enough to the left that the Obama administration’s position, of a fully matured but targeted ICE regime, is seen as the center-right position — and Democrats embrace a new center left."
a:Dara-Lind  p:Vox★★  d:2018.03.19  w:2500  explainer  immigration  Donald-Trump  2020-election  DHS  Democrats  from instapaper
25 days ago by bankbryan
Affirmative Action for Reactionaries
"Williamson doesn’t really represent a 'side'. His ideas — with their combination of laissez-faire capitalism and harsh moralism — are fairly marginal. If they’re going to be defended, they should be defended on their own terms, not as representing an important tendency in our civic life. But on their own terms, they are very hard to defend. Editors can’t escape the fact that, even when they want to broaden the conversation, their choices make a statement about where the parameters of acceptable argument lie. I’d have thought that supporting the execution or mass incarceration of women by the millions would put a writer, even one capable of enjoyably caustic prose, well outside those boundaries. I’d like to hear a serious argument about why it doesn’t."
a:Michelle-Goldberg  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.03.30  w:1000  Donald-Trump  media  ideas  from instapaper
25 days ago by bankbryan
Trump’s Hard-Line Take on Trade Plays Into China’s Hands
"Suddenly we’re discussing possible trade wars between the U.S. and some of its most reliable allies. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker adopted some of Trump’s bravado in a talk in Germany on March 2. 'We will now impose tariffs on motorcycles, Harley-Davidson, on blue jeans, Levi’s, on bourbon. We can also do stupid. We also have to be this stupid,' the European Union’s highest-ranking official said."
a:Peter-Coy  p:Bloomberg-Businessweek★★  d:2018.03.08  w:1500  international-trade  Donald-Trump  Europe  China  from twitter
5 weeks ago by bankbryan

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