Disobedience

A look at Trump's new hires; Flynn's Turkey connections put op-ed in new light; and more.


  • The Los Angeles Times has a good roundup by Alexandra Zavis, Laura King, Jenny Jarvie, and Barbara Demick about International Women’s Day and “Day Without a Woman” events around the world. Many women, as had already been observed by several outlets, felt that they couldn’t protest for one reason or another, like call center worker Tonya Murray who said, “I guess we didn’t get the memo. We have 60 people working, and only two guys.”

  • But she didn’t seem put out by not knowing about it or not being able to participate. She added, “Women are the backbone of this country…We do it all — we are the most organized and compassionate workers — and we do it knowing our counterparts are paid more.”

  • Iman Smith of PBS Newshour has more on how school closures in parts of the country were received (mixed); and Whitney Filloon has more on how some restaurants accommodated striking workers.

  • Trump watch: ProPublica published a list of more than 400 Trump administration hires pulled from right-wing websites, think tanks, and the Trump campaign—as well as lobbyists hired for positions in the field in which they lobbied, including a former Palantir “evangelist” (yes, that was his title Justin Elliott, Derek Fravitz, and Al Shaw report) now at the Department of Defense.

  • The executive director of Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington Noah Bookbinder and others have asked U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to investigate Trump for violating the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Jim Zarroli reports for NPR.

  • The second and third most-viewed bills on Congress.gov last week? A bill to terminate the Department of Education and a bill to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency, which John Herrman pointed out on Twitter and you can see for yourself here.

  • Former CIA and NSA head Michael Hayden explains in The New York Times opinion pages how Donald Trump undermines intelligence gathering.

  • Last November, Former National Security Advisor to Donald Trump Michael Flynn wrote an opinion piece in The Hill in support of Turkey’s government; yesterday, an Editor’s Note was appended at the end (why it’s not mentioned up top is beyond me):

    On March 8, 2017, four months after this article was published, General Flynn filed documents with the Federal government indicating that he earned $530,000 last fall for consulting work that might have aided the government of Turkey. In the filings, Flynn disclosed that he had received payments from Inovo BV, a Dutch company owned by a Turkish businessman with ties to Turkey’s president and that Inovo reviewed the draft before it was submitted to The Hill. Neither General Flynn nor his representatives disclosed this information when the essay was submitted.

  • Uber’s Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan shares in the Uber Newsroom that the use of the “greyballing” feature will be restricted going forward. “We are expressly prohibiting its use to target action by local regulators going forward,” he writes. “Given the way our systems are configured, it will take some time to ensure this prohibition is fully enforced.”

  • The Dallas Mavericks-owning, “Shark Tank” starring billionaire Mark Cuban has pitched his own idea for replacing the Affordable Care Act, Allan Smith reports for Business Insider. “Whether it’s Medicaid or a new program, every single person in this country should be covered 100% for chronic physical or mental illness and for any life-threatening injury,” Cuban writes.

  • With support from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, I went to Detroit to report on a civic tech company using open data to try to solve the city’s foreclosure problem, and why some community organizers say they’re likely doing more harm than good. Read it here on Civicist or at CityLab.

  • Yesterday DNAinfo, a news org owned by a right-wing billionaire named Joe Ricketts, bought Gothamist and its related sites; around the same time, critical coverage of Ricketts was deleted from Gothamist’s websites, Brendan O’Connor reports for Jezebel.

  • The MIT Media Lab is looking to reward “disobedience for the benefit of society” with a $250k cash prize. Learn more and nominate an individual or a group between now and May 1.

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