It’s All a Bad Dream

In Decline and Fall by John Cole

To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018 Make it stop.

Retired Senior National Security Leaders and Their Clearances: These are Their Stories…

In America, Domestic Affairs, Election 2016, Election 2018, Election 2020, Foreign Affairs, Military, Not Normal, Open Thread, Politics, Popular Culture, Post-racial America, Silverman on Security by Adam L Silverman

In response to a significant number of now retired military and civilian senior national security leaders speaking out regarding the President’s actions, behaviors, apparent campaign connections to a variety of Russian oligarchs and/or intelligence operatives, Senator Paul decided it was time to take decisive action to protect the Republic. Sen. Rand Paul says he will ask President Trump to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan https://t.co/ru2QTCkkPy pic.twitter.com/VAUoibqMNW — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 23, 2018 From CNN: Republican Sen. Rand Paul tweeted Monday that he will ask …

Working on Ipad Mobile Site Issue

In Open Thread, Site Maintenance by Alain the site fixer

Folks, I’m hopefully getting the iPad issue solved with the help of the good folks who make the mobile site plug-in, so please bear with me a bit longer. To top things off, I hurt my back almost two weeks ago and am using what little time I can spend sitting at my computer taking care of must-do’s. Luckily I had some time open up so I hope to have a solution later today, though it may end up being tomorrow. That said, I’m trying to solve a number of …

Shelter from the Storm (Open Thread)

In Domestic Affairs, Election 2018, Election 2020, General Stupidity, Open Thread, Politics by Betty Cracker

The demented Twitter troll in the West Wing is having another meltdown. It began last night with an all-caps threat to Iran and continued this morning with a high pitched, Fox News-fueled demand to end the “Mueller Witch Hunt” blah blah blah. In normal times, there would be three or four posts up on this topic. In these times, it’s just another Monday. Good lord, having a crazy person in the White House is exhausting. Let’s speak of other things. I am back home after a long weekend in Savannah, …

Defensive medicine is 4% or 5%

In Mayhew On Insurance by David Anderson

One of my Duke Margolis colleagues, the economist Michael Frakes in conjunction with Jonathan Gruber at MIT took advantage of a really interesting identification opportunity to estimate the impact of defensive medicine.  Their results are at NBER.  A key question surrounding this debate, however, is just how large these costs really are. Some have argued that defensive medicine is the major driver of excessive health care spending in the U.S. Former Congressman (and former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services) Tom Price suggested in 2010 that as …

Monday Morning Open Thread: Good Cop / Lousy Cop

In Daydream Believers, Election 2018, Open Thread, Proud to Be A Democrat, Readership Capture by Anne Laurie

    Across the aisle… To put it as bluntly as possible, but also as gently as possible, I’m irritated at the prospect of James Comey urging anyone not to lose their minds in a sensitive political situation. — David Waldman, LLC (@KagroX) July 22, 2018 Haven’t you helped enough? https://t.co/eDXGaDsalu — Morgan Harris (@mharris621) July 22, 2018 Look, man. Become a Democrat and embrace liberal values if you want to dispense advice to Dems. There is no "his Republican Party." There's one Republican Party, it's led by Donald Trump …

On the Road and In Your Backyard

In On The Road, Open Thread, Readership Capture, Travel by Alain the site fixer

Good Morning All, This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to …

Late Night Criminal Stupidity Open Thread: #Helstinki Summ-It-Up

In Dolt 45, Foreign Affairs, Fucked-up-edness, Open Thread, Republican Stupidity, Repubs in Disarray!, Russiagate by Anne Laurie

Just FYI no one can know if you had a great meeting with Putin because YOU EXCLUDED ALL NOTE-TAKERS FROM THE ROOM. Brilliant move, Sherlock. Also, let’s be blunt, your credibility on this stuff is not the greatest. https://t.co/SRLLa1KtZH — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 22, 2018 Since Trump likes to compare himself to Abraham Lincoln, I guess this misbegotten meeting would be his version of “The world will little note, nor long remember… “ NEW: Though never fearful of going it alone, Trump after Helsinki found himself perilously isolated …

Late Night Open Thread

In Dog Blogging by John Cole

I am pleased to report that even though it rained much of yesterday and all day today, the grass and willow tree are DOING THEIR JOB and there is only a slight bit of standing water: Lily has been very playful today, which is odd because normally a day after chemo is a slow day. Regardless, here she is demonstrating a proper sploot(Tammy just taught me this is called a sploot, we always just called it froggy dogs): And here goofus is making her bed and then acting sheepish when …

Rococo ‘Conservatism’ Open Thread: The Ultimate Ross Doubthat Column

In Assholes, C.R.E.A.M., Clown Shoes, Glibertarianism, Grifters Gonna Grift, Open Thread, Our Awesome Meritocracy by Anne Laurie

As someone who was actually educated by the Church, Doubthat’s “I’m a devout Catholic, but defend libertarianism, because freedom!” makes as much sense to me as would “I’m a strict vegetarian, but I defend cannibalism, because long pig is so delicious!” But this *particular* divertissement should be preserved under a glass vitrine, as an exemplar of how “American Thought Leadership” collapsed at the beginning of the new millenium: … Like most interesting churches, libertarianism is a diverse and fractious faith, and FreedomFest brings together all its different sects: the think-tankers …

We Still Don’t Know

In All Too Normal, Blatant Liars and the Lies They Tell, Dolt 45, Nobody could have predicted, Russiagate by Cheryl Rofer

  It is almost a week, and we have no reliable information about the meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Trump and Putin spent two and a half hours together in Helsinki with no note-takers, no expert advice, only their interpreters. We have no record of what happened during those two and a half hours, no record of what either man said or may have promised. The standard practice to have note-takers in such a meeting is because the president is not representing himself, but rather the country. It’s …