We’ve got several good reads this morning, but two good ones in particular are from TPM’s Editor’s Blog and the Vanity Fair article.
Josh Marshall of TPM talks about antifa and whether punching nazis is a good idea. He comes down basically where I do: I’m all for popping a nazi in the mouth when opportunity and ability align, but science says non-violent protest works better. So, if your goal is to wear all black commando gear and start street fights then by all means, join up with antifa assholes. But if you’re looking to actually accomplish something, non-violent protest is the way to go.
The Vanity Fair article talks about poor shunned babies Ivanka and Jared who miss New York where people pretended harder to like them. Imagine the mountains of sympathy I must be feeling for them.
TPM Edblog: Should We Be Punching Nazis?
“But I want to focus narrowly on what we should think of groups that not only protest racist groups or come prepared to defend themselves against violence from racist groups but see it as their goal to confront these groups on equal terms in street confrontations. In other words, groups that go looking for confrontations and want to get into street brawls.”
Lawfare: It’s Time: Congress Needs to Open a Formal Impeachment Inquiry
“The time for musing has passed. It’s now time to begin a serious conversation about the impeachment and removal of President Trump by opening a formal impeachment inquiry.”
NPR: Why Didn’t Officials Order The Evacuation Of Houston?
“People outside the city, watching this unfold, have wondered why — some quietly, some loudly. Why were all those people home in the first place? Why were officials wary of calling an evacuation?”
The Atlantic: What Does It Mean for North Korea to Fly a Missile Over Japan?
“North Korea staged its 18th, and perhaps most provocative, missile test of the year Monday night Eastern Time over Japan’s northernmost main island, following a month in which North Korean and American leaders have traded threats.”
Vanity Fair: Exiles on Pennsylvania Avenue: How Jared and Ivanka Were Repelled by Washington’s Elite
“‘What is off-putting about them,’ one political veteran told me, ‘is they do not grasp their essential irrelevance. They think they are special.'”