It’s been many raccoons’ ages since DB has done a good old fashioned amalgamation of good reporting and recommended reading. If we grant that the national media tends to be a flock/herd of creatures all fascinated by the latest shiny objects, it would be highly unfair to extend this critique to local and state reporters who are covering stories which may never travel beyond the borders but are essential to understanding real issues facing real people. Recommended reading from Nevada reporters:
Nevada: On the gubernatorial race — Nevada Independent article on Steve Sisolak and his position on so-called Sanctuary Cities. Those who want to keep up with Nevada political news, and Clark County politics will want to bookmark this source. “GOP bid for control in Nevada raises fear of endless recalls,” in the Reno Gazette Journal is an essential read for the week. The Las Vegas Review Journal business section has a link to its coverage of the saga of Steve Wynn which is a good reference for his travails. Michael Roberson will be visiting Elko, NV with his “sanctuary cities” petition as part of his latest political machinations in the state. The Las Vegas Sun editorial says it’s time to put tracer ammunition in the cross-hairs.
Women’s Corner: “Top White House Officials Knew of Abuse Allegations Against Top Aides for Months”, Washington Post. This excerpt summarizes the hypocrisy nicely:
“McGahn and other West Wing officials are under increasing pressure to explain why Porter was kept in a key role in which he had access to classified information and helped determine which articles and policy proposals made it to the president’s desk while top Trump officials were aware for months of at least some of the serious allegations against him.”
Let this sink in. A political campaign that railed day after day about spurious allegations of major misconduct and mismanagement of a few classified e-mails, some classified well after their initial release, has an individual who handled all manner of classified materials — some so classified that the classifications themselves are classified — who cannot get a security clearance because of his potential for compromise due to his attempts to cover past domestic abuse incidents. The White House excuse for slow authorizations appears to be “lots of people are new to government, and therefore take longer,” however — when most background checks take four to six weeks to have some going on for a year seems beyond the pale.
A New York Times editorial asks what the President* might do if he really cared about violence against women? Maybe fill the of White House Adviser on violence against women (which has been vacant for over a year now) or maybe appoint a Department of Justice head of the Violence Against Women section, or maybe appoint a State Department ambassador at large on global women’s issues? Advocate fully funding and implementing the provisions of the Violence Against Women Act? Encourage federal contributions to research on family violence?