Stories I skimmed today

JOHN LEWIS, DONALD TRUMP, AND THE MEANING OF LEGITIMACY
Trump avoided the draft by citing bone spurs in his feet. He has said he has made “a lot of sacrifices” for his country because he has created jobs and “built great structures.” The sacrifices that Lewis has made for his country and for the cause of justice are manifest in the scars on his skull. It is a safe bet that he will not be wounded by any tweet. And there are those who know well what he has done to advance the cause of justice and human rights. Eight years ago, at a lunch following the inaugural ceremonies, the new President signed a piece of paper for him with the inscription “Because of you, John. Barack Obama.” John Lewis surely believes in the orderly transfer of power as a tenet of democracy, but asking him to keep quiet and sit through the inaugural ceremonies this time is asking too much.

Rand Paul raises ‘big question’ of Medicaid rollback
“We have had six years to complain. And we have complained. I have been one of those complaining about Obamacare,” Paul said. “Replacement should be the same day.”

Trump Is Making Journalism Great Again
In his own way, Trump has set us free. Reporters must treat Inauguration Day as a kind of Liberation Day to explore news outside the usual Washington circles. He has been explicit in his disdain for the press and his dislike for press conferences, prickly to the nth degree about being challenged and known for his vindictive way with those who cross him. So, forget about the White House press room. It’s time to circle behind enemy lines.

Help Us Map TrumpWorld
Now we are asking the public to use our data to find connections we may have missed, and to give us context we don’t currently understand. We hope you will help us — and the public — learn more about TrumpWorld and how this unprecedented array of businesses might affect public policy.

High-rollers, risk-takers and rule-benders: Donald Trump’s unorthodox roster of overseas business partners
Here are closer looks at some of Trump’s overseas business partners.

Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan
President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid.

10 ways the media can fight back
In sum, Trump has gotten by on bluster and lies his whole career. Now his press secretary Sean Spicer demands “decorum” from the press. That’s rich. Rather than marvel at his skill in running circles around them (“Boy did he beat us again!”) the media should track his lies, point out his evasions, force him to answer specific queries and resolve to expose his financial conflicts, his foreign relationships and his policy blunders. Their job requires them to show the American people when and how he’s not doing his.

The Koch network’s new agenda: Familiar ideas and much higher expectations
“We’ve had promises, especially on controlling spending, from Republicans, and it’s time for them to really keep their word,” AFP President Tim Phillips said in an interview Friday. “Before, they had a reasonable point when they would say, ‘Well, we don’t control the White House.’ There was a time when they only had the House and not the Senate. They have all three now, and so the ability to genuinely get these actions, take these actions, get this agenda done — now they have that opportunity.”

In Trump’s Feud With John Lewis, Blacks Perceive a Callous Rival
“I don’t think we have ever had a president so publicly condescending to what black politics means,” said Mark Anthony Neal, an African and African-American studies professor at Duke University.

Mr. Neal added that while other presidents, like Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, may have imposed policies that hurt black communities, they were more sensitive to issues of race. Mr. Trump, through Twitter, is giving the world access in real time to his unvarnished thoughts, which Mr. Neal called “raw, unsophisticated, ignorant and uninformed.”

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books
Mr. Obama says he is hoping to eventually use his presidential center website “to widen the audience for good books” — something he’s already done with regular lists of book recommendations — and then encourage a public “conversation about books.”

“At a time,” he says, “when so much of our politics is trying to manage this clash of cultures brought about by globalization and technology and migration, the role of stories to unify — as opposed to divide, to engage rather than to marginalize — is more important than ever.”

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