End of the Week Tab-Clearing
- I know there are far graver examples of the stupidity and pettiness of our politics, but still. Via Politico: Cheney releases concession call audio in tit-for-tat with her primary foe.
- Because the strategy is always about slinging BS. Via the NYT: Trump’s Shifting Explanations Follow a Familiar Playbook.
- Via RawStory: Andrew Yang backpedals on Mar-a-Lago search tweets as CNN’s Jim Acosta tries to get a straight answer.
- Via the NYT: Polio Is Worrying Parents. Doctors Say Vaccination Is the Answer.
- This is a truly amazing story and yet another example of democratic institutions being assailed by leaders who don’t conform to norms. Via the NYT: The Secret Powers of an Australian Prime Minister, Now Revealed
The baffling arrangement apparently began with Mr. Morrison’s realization in 2020 that his government’s declaration of a “human biosecurity emergency” would give the health minister extraordinary powers to direct any citizen in the country to do anything to control the spread of Covid-19. The laws of public health essentially put the health minister above the prime minister.
So, according to a new book excerpted in the newspaper The Australian, Mr. Morrison and the country’s attorney general, Christian Porter, came up with an administrative workaround. Finding there was no constitutional block on having two ministers in charge of the same portfolio, Mr. Morrison promptly appointed himself health minister, then finance minister, to make sure he could also have a say over emergency spending.