Scott Lemieux, LG&M

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  • LG&M
Past:
  • Reuters Top News
  • NBC News
  • American Prospect
  • The Week
  • The New Republic
  • Mic
  • The Guardian
  • Slate

Recent articles by Scott:

Speaking of the Trump Death Cult

74 year-old-man gives himself COVID-19 to hear a demented old racist rant about random nonsense to own the libs: Herman Cain, the former pizza chain executive who ran in the Republican presidential primary in 2012, has been hospitalized with covid-19 less than two weeks after attending President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa. Cain, 74, learned … → Read More

Trump Concludes He Hasn't Been Racist Enough

After consultations with Tucker Carlson’s White Power Hour, Donald Trump has decided what the marginal voter is looking for at this point in American history is open racism and plenty of it: That last bit isn’t mere conjecture. On Wednesday, three Trump confidants told Axios that the president regrets heeding Jared Kushner’s advice to broaden his appeal … → Read More

The Mitch McConnell Concern Trolling Hour

LOL: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a message for Democrats: Don’t end the legislative filibuster if you win control, or you’ll regret it. “The important thing for our Democratic friends to remember is you may not be in total control in the future. And any time you start fiddling around with the rules of … → Read More

In-person college instruction in Fall 2020 would be senseless

Echoing Dan and Paul, I can’t see any serious case for a return to in-person post-secondary instruction for the fall, and I think the Post piece Dan linked to earlier today is dispositive. I’d like to highlight some of its points in more detail: It’s true that college-age students are at relatively less risk, but … → Read More

Senate GOP: Please ratfuck this election!

Let us dispel with the idea that Little Marco doesn’t know how to stop Donald Trump from being held accountable for anything. He knows exactly how to stop Donald Trump from being held accountable for anything: Earlier this month, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved an amendment on an 8-7 vote from Warner and GOP Sen. … → Read More

Oklahoma Hearts Obamacare

Oklahoma voters have amended their constitution to accept the Medicaid expansion: Oklahoma voters on Tuesday narrowly approved a ballot measure to extend Medicaid to tens of thousands of poor adults, making their state the first to expand government-backed health insurance during the pandemic. The vote, which passed with 50.5 percent support, also throws a wrench … → Read More

Shorter John Roberts: The Establishment clause violates the free exercise clause

Despite the 3 recent partial or total victories in important cases, the Roberts Court is really awful, and today brought us one of its lower points. The constitution in that famous hotbed of elite coastal secularism, Montana, has a provision that bars state funds from being used to subsidize religious organizations. Based on that clause, … → Read More

Mueller Whiffed - Lawyers, Guns & Money

In his careful and detailed examination of the process behind the Mueller Report, Jeffrey Toobin concludes that Mueller compiled extensive evidence that Trump had obstructed justice but then abjured his responsibility by refusing to say so: Mueller had uncovered extensive evidence that Trump had repeatedly committed the crime of obstruction of justice. To take just … → Read More

1.5 Cheers For June Medical

I have a piece up at NBC News about today’s decision striking down Louisiana’s abortion law. It’s tricky to convey the import of an outcome that is certainly better than any plausible alternative going forward and yet still pretty ominous. To expand on this a little, this is the key passages from the Roberts concurrence: … → Read More

Roberts Sticks it to the Neoconfederates again

Albeit with a narrow opinion concurring in the judgment only — and hence open to revision in a case in which the being challenged isn’t functionally identical to one the Court has already held, leaving abortion rights still vulnerable — but this is the best outcome that could be hoped for. Lousiana’s de facto ban … → Read More

A Most Kavanaugh Kover-Up

If the Washington Post were to set up a special investigative unit to put what one might call a “spotlight” on the bad behavior of powerful elites being covered up by other powerful elites, boy do I have a story for them: Almost anyone who works in the Washington Post newsroom can look inside its … → Read More

COVID Security Theater

This is an excellent point: Really not sure what to make of employers requiring service workers to be doing all this constant (toxic?) disinfecting (not just restaurants but motel lobbies and so much more) when there is growing evidence the issue is airborne not surface transmission. — Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) June 28, 2020 Constant disinfection … → Read More

Close the Damned Bars

Who could have predicted that opening up bars in college towns would be an abject disaster except everybody with the slightest familiarity with the scientific evidence? All it took was one packed bar. An infected patron. And a wild party afterward. This is the toxic combination that has led to a new wave of COVID-19 cases … → Read More

COVID-19 and the Prison Overcrowding Crisis

Prison overcrowding remains a series problem. Even in states that are reducing their prison populations as recognition about the failures of mass incarceration become more mainstream, prison capacity is often falling even more quickly. Combine that with a deadly virus, and… “Prison is not designed for social distancing,” said Thompson, who is serving a de … → Read More

Nobody Holds Trump Supporters in Greater Contempt Than Donald Trump

What a sociopath: In the hours before his rally in Tulsa, President Trump’s campaign directed the removal of thousands of “Do Not Sit Here, Please!” stickers from seats in the arena that were intended to establish social distance between rallygoers, according to video and photos obtained by The Washington Post and a person familiar with … → Read More

Outflanked XXI: A Pre-existing Outflankening

A reminder that Trump thinks that the Supreme Court should take health insurance away from tens of millions of people, allow insurers to permanently exclude people who contract the deadly virus Trump is exposing them to from coverage, etc. etc.: The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court late Thursday to overturn the Affordable Care Act … → Read More

Outflanked XX: A Most Nixonian Outflanking

Stunningly enough, the president who still thinks five innocent African-American men should be executed is not going to run to Joe Biden’s left on criminal justice reform: Over the past week, President Trump has signed an executive order to protect public monuments and statues from vandalism. He accused a Black Lives Matter leader of committing … → Read More

Now he worships at an altar of a stagnant pool and when he sees his reflection, he’s fulfilled

It’s almost impossible to overstate what an sociopathic narcissist Donald Trump is: The return of the televised task force news conference — at which reporters were limited to only a handful of questions — revived the deep disconnect between Washington and the states where local officials spent Friday sounding the alarm and, in some cases, … → Read More

Living in Barry Goldwater's State

Of all the completely bungled COVID responses in the U.S., Arizona’s might be the single most catastrophic: Arizona has emerged as an epicenter of the early summer coronavirus crisis as the outbreak has expanded, flaring across new parts of the country and, notably, infecting more young people. Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, is recording as … → Read More

Outflanked XIX: The Air Siren, Not a Dog Whistle Outflankening

On the question of the future of the GOP, Tom Cotton (Harvard B.A., J.D) would seem to indicate that it will be very Trumpy indeed: Sen. Tom Cotton on #DCstatehood: “Would you trust Mayor Bowser to keep Washington safe if she were given the powers of a governor? Would you trust Marion Barry?” pic.twitter.com/e2PDM5IySQ — … → Read More