1. Lots of interesting stuff in these indictments of the Russian hackers.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 13, 2018
My "if you read only one thing" pick this week is actually a recommendation for something to listen to. Ezra Klein had another chat with Susan Hennessey about the Russia investigation, Mueller, and the general state of play right now and it is once again very useful.
Some things to read:
I've seen many arguments that Democrats must not match Republican hardball tactics or we risk destroying our Republic. Jamelle Bouie essentially argues the opposite, and I find his argument the most convincing one yet for abandoning what I've seen called "normcore" politics. Here's an earlier Matt Yglesias essay on the same topic. (For what it's worth, I don't think statehood for DC is all that radical, and nor is statehood for Puerto Rico. I support those suggestions right now. No taxation without representation, right? Court-packing schemes seem far more radical to me, and I'm not at all convinced on those yet.)
If you're uncomfortable with the arguments for Democrats to change to hardball tactics, you might find it helpful to think about what happens if they don't, and we enter an era of persistent minority-rule by the Republicans. This short article by Seth Masket outlines three ways a minority party can govern. The Republicans have essentially done all three at this point. Look around and notice the mounting legitimacy crisis. How long do you think our government will continue to be seen as legitimate by the majority? What happens when the majority no longer sees a government as legitimate?
Then read Fintan O'Toole on trial runs for fascism.
And read about efforts to denaturalize a Miami woman.
Delighted children in Thai cave rescued but please don't forget, 3,000+ children still locked in cages here.— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) July 11, 2018
Remain hopeful for release & continue to work as hard as possible but govt has made it practically impossible.
Desperately need your help to keep putting pressure on. pic.twitter.com/HA9jU9TLBP
We're in a scary place right now. I know I keep saying it, but the 2018 midterms are the most important elections of my lifetime. Please vote. Please think hard about all the implications of your vote this year. If you're as worried as I am, please try to find a way to get involved in the effort to turn things around.
I'm thinking of adding gubernatorial races to my list of races to consider sending money to:
Progressives looking to maximize their impact in the fight against Republican gerrymandering can help by supporting 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidates in these 10 key states https://t.co/F2HkWysS9R pic.twitter.com/jxPCw1T1Z4— Stephen Wolf (@PoliticsWolf) July 10, 2018
Some good news: my state has met our greenhouse gas emission reduction goals for 2020 two years early. We'll have a much harder time meeting our 2030 goals, but I think we're up to the challenge.
And here is a good thread about stories that are actually climate change stories:
Science journalists can't be the only ones covering climate change. This is EVERYONE'S beat. It affects every aspect of life. Please PLEASE report on how climate change impacts social justice, politics, money and markets, every aspect of life. We can't tell this story this alone. https://t.co/qugtRu7TZw— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) July 9, 2018
Your feel-good story of the day: A woman rescues a stranger's rained out beach wedding.
This made me smile:
This headline really could have been written during any one of my 38 years alive pic.twitter.com/tBSFZ93ogP— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 12, 2018
And so did this:
whoever owns this rules pic.twitter.com/neTE8XboQN— respecter of some birds (not all) (@AnthraxJones) July 11, 2018
Oh hey, plenty of room under here if anyone else wants to hide from the storm pic.twitter.com/vPKnesUoLd— Cobweb The Bunny (@Cobwebthebunny) July 6, 2018
I'm going to be absent from this blog for a couple of weeks. I don't want this just to be a weekly list of links, but when I've sat down to write something more, it hasn't worked out. I am going to take a short break to try to get my writing mojo back.
Have a good couple of weeks, everyone! I hope to be back writing actual posts soon.