Recommended Reading: THU/2 February 2017

Neal Baumann: Virginia Just Filed A Contempt Motion Against Trump Over Immigration Order (Huffington Post)

The Commonwealth of Virginia asked a federal judge late Wednesday night to force President Donald Trump, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and top government officials to show why they shouldn’t be held in contempt for failing to obey a lawful court order.

Nick Visser: “Trump Accuses Australia Of Trying To Send U.S. The ‘Next Boston Bombers’: Report” (Huffington Post)

The president reportedly berated Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and hung up a half-hour ahead of schedule.

Tierney Sneed: Sorry Spicer! There’s No Walking Back Calling Trump’s Order A ‘Ban’ Now (TPM)

“When he first announced it, he said Muslim ban,” Giuliani said. “He called me up, he said ‘Put a commission together, show me the right way to do it legally.'”

Elliot Hannon: “Trump Tells Mexican President Perhaps He’ll Send Troops to Mexico to Take Care of ‘Bad Hombres’” (Slate)

To say Donald Trump is a binary thinker is to give the president of the United States too much credit for the complexity of his views. Trump is a cartoonish thinker. Terrorist Muslims are storming the gate, conniving criminal Mexicans are doing the same, inner-city Chicago is worse than Afghanistan, and it goes on and on and on. It’s a school of thought cultivated by a steady diet of Fox News with a helping of Breitbart on cheat days.

Suzanne Moore: Anxiety is numbing – but if we’re going to beat Trump we need a survival strategy (Guardian)

It’s easy to dismiss self-care as trite but in unstable times we need to think about how we all get through this.

Zoe Williams: Totalitarianism in the age of Trump: lessons from Hannah Arendt (Guardian)

The political theorist who wrote about the Nazis and ‘the banality of evil’ in the 60s has become a surprise bestseller. Should we heed her warning that protesting just feeds the chaos?

Tom Danehy: Tom turns to some local Catholic cemetery facts to heal from Trump alt-facts and Kellyanne’s super cool deflection skills (Tucson Weekly)

Back in the day, the Oakland Raiders employed a sinister strategy to give themselves a competitive advantage. In the early stages of each game, they would commit penalties on every play. The refs working the games would dutifully call each penalty, slowing the game down to a crawl. After a while, human nature would kick in. The refs would come to realize that, at the current pace, the game would get over at half-past Wednesday. They might miss their flight home and not get back in time for their Monday-Friday gig as a lawyer or a school administrator. So they’d stop calling stuff and the Raiders would keep on committing penalties, but now without any punishment.

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