Headline of the day: Republicans know they’re bowing to a false idol in Trump.
Brooke Nasser wonders whether Donald Trump has mastered short attention span theatre. A snippet:
Is his success a result of modern attention spans? Look at social media, at Twitter and Facebook memes, at circulating media stories: lots of bold headlines and catchy lead paragraphs, not a lot of actual information. We retweet and repost articles with short, pithy tags, but never actually get around to reading the articles. Sometimes those articles have nothing to do with the headline: Sometimes those headlines are deliberately misleading. Nobody knows because tl;dr (too long; didn’t read). And now we’ve got a crafty businessman who’s figured out that this is how lazy America interprets information, and he’s banking the presidency on it.”
At Above the Law, Joe Patrice notes Donald Trump’s lawyer attempts to silence Tony Schwartz, Trump’s Art of the Deal “co-writer.” A snippet:
At that point, we all synchronized our Swatches to countdown the inevitable Trump Organization cease and desist letter. Jason D. Greenblatt, the Trump Organization’s chief legal officer, had the letter out the door within hours. Now that’s efficiency — the kind of efficiency we need to bring back to our shores to make America great again!
But I digress.
In any event, Greenblatt’s letter is as brash as his client, demanding millions for defamation and being “very disloyal.”
Patrice proceeds to delight in Schwartz’s lawyer’s response. Follow the link and enjoy.
Honest to Pete, you can’t make this stuff up.
Will Bunch points out that we already have lots of walls.
America’s already built the wall. Lots of them, in fact – especially here in Cleveland. Just look out your hotel window, or if you’re Mr. Trump, just glance down on the insect-like masses and our streets from your posh helicopter.
To mark the arrival of the greatest show of democracy on earth, the streets of downtown Cleveland are criss-crossed with several miles of white concrete barriers and black metal fencing. It looks like the central city is hosting a giant Grand Prix race – occasionally I look up expecting to see Michael Schumacher rounding a curve at 175 mph.
Status quo ante:
The four-week moving average decreased to 257,750 last week, from 259,000, the report showed.
The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits fell by 25,000 to 2.13 million in the week ended July 9. The unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits dropped to 1.5 percent from 1.6 percent. These data are reported with a one-week lag.
In other news of the Status quo ante, Bloomberg’s experts blew it ag–never mind.