Political journalism has been profoundly shaped by men like Leon Wieseltier and Mark Halperin – Vox

Frankly? It means a whole helluva lot.

What does it mean that these men — and so many others liked them — held the power to literally shape America’s political narrative? What does it mean, as New York magazine’s Rebecca Traister noted on Twitter, that the story of, say, Hillary Clinton’s public career was told by these sorts of men?

Source: Political journalism has been profoundly shaped by men like Leon Wieseltier and Mark Halperin – Vox

Our Narratives Are Still Being Shaped by Lecherous Men

This is, I kid you not, the most powerful, no-holds-barred piece I’ve ever read on the subject. If it were any more on fire, I’m quite certain I could heat my house with it. Don’t believe me? Read the quote below.

Lots of people still strain against the argument that gendered power structures helped determine Hillary Clinton’s (and thus our nation’s) fate, but when they do they are too often thinking of gender as an attribute that belongs only to her, the woman, and not to the men whose gender-afforded power ensured that she would have to work around and against so many dicks — by which I mean literal penises — in her efforts to become the first woman president.

Source: Our Narratives Are Still Being Shaped by Lecherous Men

Unrolled Twitter story from @renato_mariotti (9 tweets)

There’s really no better source for understanding the legal aspects of all the Mueller activities than Renato Mariotti. He’s on Facebook as well as Twitter now. I really just kinda want to tell you to go follow him and read everything he posts.

For instance, two hours ago, when Chris Hayes announced that Carter Page would be on his show to discuss today’s events, Mariotti said, “Carter Page is about to make one of the biggest mistakes of his life. Everything he says on will be recorded by the FBI.”

1/ I just finished reviewing the plea agreement of George Papadopaulos as well as the transcript of his court hearing today. 2/ You can read the plea agreement here: 3/ As I expected as soon as I saw the charging document, he is cooperating with the

Source: Unrolled Twitter story from @renato_mariotti (9 tweets)

Skin in the Game: How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism | Political Research Associates

I know I say this all the time, but just read this. Really. It’s long. It’ll take you a while. But if we’re going to say that we’re for justice and equality, and really mean it, we can’t keep ignoring what’s right in our faces.

…the fact that many of us have long recognized that the country we live in is not the one we are told exists doesn’t mean we always understand the one that does. Within social and economic justice movements committed to equality, we have not yet collectively come to terms with the centrality of antisemitism to White nationalist ideology, and until we do we will fail to understand this virulent form of racism rapidly growing in the U.S. today.

Source: Skin in the Game: How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism | Political Research Associates

More from Renato Mariotti on Papadopolous

This one’s not neatly rolled up, so you’ll have to scroll up from this link to get the whole picture. But the highlighted tweet below is, IMHO, the most important of the bunch. Mueller doesn’t leak. His team doesn’t leak. Anyone who says otherwise is blowing smoke.

Renato Mariotti on George Papadopolous’s guilty plea

Mariotti’s latest thread, all on one page. If you’re wondering about how the process of “flipping” someone works for federal prosecution, here’s your answer.

THREAD: What does news that George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI mean? (Hint: He’s flipping.) 1/ Today Trump Advisor George Padadopoulos pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI. The charge is here: 2/ Unlike the charges agai

Source: Unrolled Twitter story from @renato_mariotti (24 tweets)

Why Did Paul Manafort Go To Work for Trump – Talking Points Memo

What an excellent, excellent question. Especially–though certainly not only–since Manafort worked for the campaign for free.

It was an extremely bad idea for Paul Manafort to get involved in a presidential campaign on the way to the nomination when he was sitting atop so much dirty laundry.

Unless of course, he had no choice.

This is not simply a nasty comment. Even based on what is publicly known, what was publicly known a year ago, that Manafort has been involved in highly questionable foreign representation for decades and a lot of financial transactions that look like money laundering. As I said last night about President Trump, lots of people slip through for years or decades without getting in trouble for their financial crimes. Some never get caught. Going to the white hot center of the US political process is a really good way to get caught.

Why would Manafort do that?

Source: Why Did Paul Manafort Go To Work for Trump – Talking Points Memo

There’s precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn’t end well.

I have so many mixed feelings about Amazon. I caved for Prime a few years ago, and in many ways I love it–but I’m also very, very aware of how it’s changed my shopping habits so that most of what I buy comes from Amazon because it’s cheaper, more convenient, or both. It saves me a ton of time, since I don’t have to run the errands myself, which is the thing I really love. But where’s the balance between making things work best for my own life and supporting Jeff Bezos’s takeover of the world? That’s a question I regularly ask myself, and I still haven’t come up with an answer.

Amazon is falling into the same trap as GE. Or is it?

Source: There’s precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn’t end well.