Ian Millhiser

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it is impossible to bomb people back to the stone age. it is eminently possible to bomb the families of people into an early grave, leaving behind fully modern people with a clear understanding of who wronged them and fewer social ties keeping them from seeking revenge.
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Remember that time when Josh Hawley used his own son as a prop to lie about the fact that he was suing the federal government to strip legal protections from people with preexisting conditions? youtu.be/XKpY8PCut2A
Perhaps the biggest fallacy in foreign policy debates is this: that there must be a better alternative to a bad situation
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Good. Gerrymandering should be banned nationwide. But until that day comes, Democrats cannot unilaterally disarm. twitter.com/alexburnsnyt/s…
Democrats appear to be waking up to the threat of a Republican governor in the middle of a pandemic. twitter.com/ChangePolls/st…
Which Trump judge will be the first one to order Biden to resign?
FYI, if you voted in the WGAE election this morning, there was a technical glitch & you may have to recast your ballot. I received an email telling me as much, but it went to my spam filter. Please make sure your vote counted if you're a member. And please vote Solidarity Slate.
Hello! WGAE Council elections open today. I will be voting for the Solidarity Slate, and as someone 1) whose union membership comes from TV writing, and 2) who has been out of that role for a few years now, I wanted to go a bit into why.
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This is just insanely dishonest. The reasons that there had been no US service deaths since February 2020 — that very specific date he chose — is *because the US had a deal with the Taliban*. commentary.org/john-podhoretz…
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Hey, has anyone interviewed someone who was wrong about the Afghanistan war for 20 years to get their opinion of how Biden should have withdrawn from Afghanistan? Because if no one has done that yet, I’m sure that it would be an important journalistic contribution.
I'm sure that, if Republicans keep passing racist election laws, they will soon achieve their utopia where no white person is ever accused of being a "racist" ever again. twitter.com/srl/status/143…
One of the most important structural asymmetries in American politics is that Republicans have a mass media ecosystem that always supports them, while Democrats don't nymag.com/intelligencer/…
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Excellent thread laying out all the empirical reasons why we should abolish the Senate. twitter.com/owasow/status/…
I genuinely don't understand what the rules are governing "objective" journalism. Why is it okay to cheerlead for more war in Afghanistan, but not to, say, endorse a presidential candidate or advocate for Biden's infrastructure bill?
As a @WGAEast member, I just had the immense pleasure of voting for the Solidarity Slate in our 2021 Council Election. If you believe that unions should represent their members rather than vilifying them as freeloaders, I urge you to do the same. solidarityslate.com
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Please vote for the Solidarity Slate of Josh Gondelman, Liz Hynes, Ben Rosenblum, Sara David, Kim Kelly, Hamilton Nolan, and Sasha Stewart. Our union should stand united to support all of its members. And it should reject candidates who seek to divide us and make us weaker.
I want a strong union that serves all of its members, not just the favored class preferred by the candidates who resent many of the union's own members. If you are a member of @WGAEast you received an email with the subject "WGAE 2021 Council Election." It tells you how to vote.
I just voted for the Solidarity Slate in the @WGAEast election. If you are a member, I encourage you to do the same. solidarityslate.com
Good morning. I believe that the war in Afghanistan is a failed policy, and I am grateful that President Biden decided to end it.
Is there a structural explanation for why employees of legacy newspapers are overwhelmingly more likely to be enthusiastic proponents of the Afghanistan War than any other American?
What are the best books/articles that I can read on the state of the freedom of the press in the Jim Crow South prior to New York Times v. Sullivan?
Vaccines aren’t an emolument. They are an exchange established by the State. twitter.com/s_mouritsen/st…
I am grateful that the United States is ending a war.
The problem of SCOTUS vacating a Biden reg for lack of "reasoned analysis" without SCOTUS giving any reasoned analysis itself twitter.com/imillhiser/sta…
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How likely is it that Cyber Ninjas peace out to the Cayman Islands with suitcases full of Republican money and no final report? twitter.com/maryjpitzl/sta…
You can be an incumbent who gets 49% of the vote and is replaced by someone who gets 20% of the vote!
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This is a tremendous victory. I hope that all members of @WGAEast agree that it is a good thing when our union is strong and has many members -- and that they vote accordingly when the WGAE election ballots go out tomorrow. solidarityslate.com twitter.com/MSNBCunion/sta…
Big moment: House Dems just fired a missile at the GOP's fortress of minority rule. The John Lewis Act includes provisions limiting SCOTUS rulings against voting rights. That reflects a big idea: Court reform is central to protecting democracy. My latest: washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/…
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This is a really good piece by @imillhiser on last night's Revenge Decision by Republicans on SCOTUS. vox.com/2021/8/24/2264…
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I can't wait to see how Jennifer Elrod orders Biden to conduct the Afghanistan withdraw.
I have a different read on Trump rescinding DACA vs Biden rescinding MPP. Trump’s problem in DACA was his admin didn’t own the decision; they based it entirely on DACA’s purported unconstitutionality. Biden actually explained why MPP is bad policy that he wants gone. twitter.com/imillhiser/sta…
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So, anyways, Texas and Regents are not the same. It's the difference between having a court say "you must anoint all your policy memos with rose water or they don't count" and "I'm thinking of a secret fragrance, and until you guess that fragrance, you can't make policy changes."
The Court's order in Texas, by contrast, puts Biden in a terrible position. Technically, the Biden admin can try to reinstate its preferred policy by writing a new memo, but the Biden admin has no idea what to say in that memo because SCOTUS refuses to tell them.
The point is this: whether you agree with Regents or not, it didn't really do anything to diminish Trump's power. It told him that one of his subordinates had to file the appropriate paperwork AND it instructed Trump on exactly what that paperwork needed to say.
Like Regents, the Texas order dings the Biden administration for failing to adequately explain its policy change. But very much unlike Regents, the Texas order offers Biden no guidance whatsoever on how he can correct this supposed error. Biden is forced to guess what to do.
Meanwhile, here is the entire text of the Supreme Court's order in Biden v. Texas -- the Remain in Mexico case:
Regents goes on like this for a while, getting really deep into the weeds on what the Trump admin needed to do to fix its paperwork error. The details of this explanation don't really matter. The point is that SCOTUS told Trump everything he needed to know to correct the error.
Yet, while Regents dinged the Trump administration for a paperwork error, it also provided a very detailed explanation of what the Trump administration did wrong and how it could fix this error. That explanation stretches on for pages of the opinion. Here's a small taste:
Courts often use the term "arbitrary and capricious" when the government fails to adequately explain itself. It's a scary sounding term! But it often doesn't mean much more than "you need to fix a paperwork error before you can do this thing." That's what happened in Regents.
When a federal agency makes a policy change, it typically must provide a "reasoned analysis" explaining why it made this change. Regents held that the Trump administration's memos explaining why it ended DACA offered an inadequate explanation.
So, I'm seeing a few Republicans, including the Republicans on the Supreme Court, claim that last night's Remain in Mexico order was justified under the same rule that the Court applied in Regents -- the Trump era DACA decision. A quick thread on why this comparison is wrong.
tfw you’re still losing by five in your blatant push poll twitter.com/samstein/statu…
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The House voted to pass one resolution that Pelosi wanted to pass, and it also agreed to hold a vote on a different bill that Pelosi also wants to pass. Unimaginable! twitter.com/politico/statu…
If Republicans have decided that a clean debt ceiling increase to prevent economic calamity is going to be a pure partisan vote, the rational response is for Democrats to eliminate it altogether. (I realize some Democrats won't go for this for stupid reasons)
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I feel like the legal world (lawyers, judges, legal academics, etc.) don’t have a good conceptual framework for what to do when the Court itself is one of the biggest threats to the rule of law. twitter.com/donmoyn/status…
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One of the three should’ve actually written a dissent and pointed out what a huge deal this is. I didn’t go to Harvard or Yale, but I know that.
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Why not? Judges just took over our foreign policy. twitter.com/OrinKerr/statu…
Good and cool legal system we have, where the Supreme Court gives GOP Presidents wide latitude to dream up new ways of restricting immigration in ways that violate international law but says that Dem Presidents don’t have the power to rescind those policies. twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/st…
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We’re in the phase of the Biden presidency where the Trump judges are testing what they can get away with. The Supreme Court just told them “push harder.”
This is all true and extremely bad…AND the Admininstration absolutely can and must terminate Remain in Mexico through a different process. If they don’t make clear they will do that, there is no end to this nightmare express elevator from these courts in Texas to SCOTUS. twitter.com/imillhiser/sta…
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