Saturday Morning Tabs and Takes
- Via Politico, Rich Lowry opines on Who Donald Trump Should — and Shouldn’t — Pick for Vice President. The list is fairly unsurprising. What strikes me is the way in which Lowry is treating the Trump presidency as utterly normal in this piece.
- Via Front Office Sports: Sports Illustrated’s Publisher Guts Staff. Future Unclear. I had noted some rumblings about SI earlier in the week, but have to confess that the real Sports Illustrated died many years ago. This is just an echo of its past finally fading into oblivion. What are they going to tell me next, that Newsweek is folding for good?
- Via NBC News: Venezuelan immigrants boost right-wing candidates across the Americas, U.S. This is not surprising (and includes the US). Shockingly, Latin American immigrants end up not being a monolith who are all coming to the US to vote for Democrats.
- From Dan Fromkin: My proposed additions to the New York Times style guide to improve its political coverage. I could quibble with some, but he makes some strong points.
- Via Politico yet another example of how where the lines are drawn is so central to our politics: Louisiana Legislature spurns Johnson, enacts new House map he opposed. I will casually note that even modest proportional representation would alleviate this issue and shift the attention from lines on the map to voters themselves as being paramount. (And yes, expanding the House would be a help, but still not the solution the PR would be). Also worth noting is that ranked-choice voting does not alleviate the problems of single-seat districts privileging line-drawing over actual voter preference.
- Via The Guardian: S&P 500 hits new record high amid signs of easing US economic gloom.