Trump Administration rescinds Obama Administration's guidance on transgender folks using the bathroom of the gender they identify with. The Times reports that Education Secretary DeVos initially resisted, and while I'd love to believe that's true, I don't -- I believe, of course, that the report of her initial opposition exists to lull us into a false sense of security about how well the Trump Machine is running, when it's running exactly the way Our Glorious Elites want it to run.
The incomparable David Dayen informs us that banksters want to reduce federal reporting requirements on suspected money-laundering -- you know, the kind of thing that helps catch drug kingpins, tax evaders, and terrorists. Banksters' apparent inability to comply with federal law on this matter might suggest that the reporting requirements are onerous, but they're not, and with banksters, of course, you have to ask how their notorious incompetence in following the law might be intentional. Read the whole thing, though, because the banksters' bad arguments just get worse and worse. And if Mr. Trump wants to be a law and order President, he should be paying attention.
Sue Sturgis at Facing South explores another way to dilute minority voting power in a region: make all the representatives "at-large." She's talking specifically about the Board of Commissioners of Jones County in North Carolina, and I guess defenders of the "at-large" nature of the five Commissioners will happily explain how Commissioners aren't "representatives" per se. But I'm equally happy to call such an explanation pedantry, since federal courts have ruled against County Commissioners on Voting Rights Act grounds before.
Issie Lapowsky at Wired writes that "The Internet Gave Us Milo" Yiannopoulos, and "The Internet Can Take Him Away." But as Ms. Lapowsky acknowledges, he wouldn't have gotten anywhere without mainstream media coverage of his internet shenanigans, and he may find he made a major mistake taking his book to a major publisher, when, you know, he could have self-published the thing and made a lot of sales. Think maybe he didn't go full-indy because he wanted to be legit? And think maybe he's regretting that now?
Wellesley College's Davis Museum removes works created by immigrants -- in effort to highlight contributions made by immigrants to American culture. I can already hear right-wingers squealing that they can't imagine any immigrant Muslims making such contributions, oblivious to the fact that folks once said that about Germans, Irish, and Italians. And a lot of the right-wingers who squeal about such matters have German, Irish, and Italian blood, too.
Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court allows convicted murderer Duane Buck to ask for a new sentence, given that one of the reasons prosecutors gave in arguing for his death sentence in 1997 was that he'd be more likely to commit crimes in the future because he was black. This one was easy enough that Chief Justice Roberts wrote the majority opinion; one day I may regard his compulsive literalism as an idiosyncrasy rather than a flaw, but he's firmly anti-racist when the evidence is obvious enough or the forces of evil sloppy enough, and I guess that's not nothing.