Welcome back to the Daily Molotov, all the news that’s fit to make you hate the state. As a quick refresher for new readers following our month-long leave of absence, the Daily Molotov is a roundup of the news and various views from anarchist and non-anarchist sources alike. Here’s today’s top news.
RIP Bill Paxton. I wanted to be a storm chaser before I became an anarchist.
From the New York Times
Donald Trump is going to be speaking in front of a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, but before he does, he will be asking for a marked increase in Defense Department spending at the expense of nonmilitary departments like the EPA. That’s super tight. It’s good to know that the prez is adhering to that really nice anti-interventionism Justin Raimondo recently lauded him for. In somewhat-related news, Philip Bilden, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Navy, has withdrawn due to potential conflicts of interest with various business ventures. Bilden is following former Army Secretary nominee Vincent Viola’s lead in withdrawing before congressional hearings can take place.
In other news, Trump apparently has a “soft spot” for DREAMers – children of undocumented immigrants who qualified for amnesty under Obama’s DACA program. Yeah we’ll see. Finally, Trump’s been on some Stalinist shit with his whole “enemy of the people” schtick he’s been using with the media.
From the Washington Post
First of all I need to point out that the Washington Post’s current subhead on their website says “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” which is kind of aesthetically rad. I’ve been away too long and I’m too easily amused. ANYWAY: Some Iowans who voted for Trump… are kind of pissed at Trump. Mostly it’s because the trade policies he’s ordered – that he was completely transparent about wanting – are kind of shitty. Also, related to the story about Trump’s soft spot for DACA applicants, immigration activists are warning dreamers to lay low for the foreseeable future. Basically, nobody trusts the tangerine nightmare as far as they can throw him, which is a solid policy in my book.
Finally, Margaret Sullivan asks: Daniel Ellsberg asks: who will be the next Snowden? And Congress is still having trouble coming up with an ACA replacement.
From the Los Angeles Times
There is a detente in Mosul, Iraq as the Islamic State digs in its heels in the western half of the city. Also, in a weird twist of fate, deportees from the United States are carving out a middle class in El Salvador – and attempting to diffuse the stress from new arrivals. Egyptian Christians are fleeing from ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula. Scientists are trying to find ways to preserve World Heritage Sites in war-torn areas.
And finally, Trump supporters rallied against the Oscars on Friday. Womp womp.
From the Wire Services
AP: Trump toasts nation’s governors ahead of healthcare talks.
Reuters: South Korean graft investigators say they won’t be able to question President Park.
AFP: India’s top diplomat to visit US after Kansas killing.
UPI: French historian detained for 10 hours by US Customs.
From the blogosphere
Politico: Sean Spicer targets own staff in leak crackdown.
Politico: Father of SEAL killed in Yemen blasts White House: Don’t hide behind my son’s death.
Slate: Moonlight wins Best Picture despite gaffe.
Slate: Romanian Fascist Corneliu Zelea Codreanu denied facts and evidence.
Vox: Meet the 16-year-old Canadian girl who took down Milo Yiannopoulos.
Salon: Trump takes the “shackles” off: Mass deportations begin as the world looks on in outrage.
Boing Boing: Three kinds of propaganda, and what to do about them.
From the (radical) blogosphere
Counterpunch: Media Ban! Making sense of the war between Trump and the press.
Truthout: Double Punishment: After prison, moms face legal battles to reunite with kids.
Truthdig: The return of American race laws.
The Nation: “Where did you get your name from?” Muhammad Ali, Jr. is detained by immigration officials.
From the (anarchist) blogosphere
It’s Going Down: Community campaign continues against Richard “Trust-Fund Hitler” Spencer’s HQ.
CrimethInc.: Preparing for Round Two: Coming to blows with the Trump regime.
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