Quick hits (part I)-

1) Everything is connected.  How people foolishly letting their pet pythons loose into the everglades has no unleashed more mosquito-borne illness in Florida.

2) Gabriel Sherman on the adult day-care center that is the White House.

3) My one-time co-author Eric McGhee on how Alito deliberately mis-used his research.

4) Nothing divides Americans like owning a gun (and plenty of other cool maps, too).

5) Professor makes a case for, “Conservatives are the real campus thought police squashing academic freedom.”

6) How HBO’s “The Night Of” should be the model for single-season TV.

7) Fred Kaplan on Trump’s no-good, horrible, awful, Iran speech (and the no-good, horrible ideas behind it):

President Trump’s statement Friday on the Iran nuclear deal may be the most dishonest speech he has ever given from the White House—and, depending what happens next, it could be his most damaging. It flagrantly misrepresents what the deal was meant to do, the extent of Iran’s compliance, and the need for corrective measures. If he gets his way, he will blow up one of the most striking diplomatic triumphs of recent years, aggravate tensions in the Middle East, make it even harder to settle the North Korean crisis peacefully, and make it all but impossible for allies and adversaries to trust anything the United States says for as long as Trump is in office.

It is well known that Trump hates the Iran nuclear deal, which is formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. During the election campaign, and again in Friday’s speech, he has called it “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions” in U.S. history. And yet, all of his advisers, all the European allies who co-signed the deal, and even the vast majority of Israeli military and intelligence officers—including some who opposed the deal in the first place—have urged him not to pull out.

8) Personally, I love the idea of flat-out limiting the number of guns you can own, and two sounds like plenty to me.

9) Yes, even white supremacists should have freedom of speech.  And for BLM to try and deny freedom of speech to the ACLU for believing that everybody gets freedom of speech is a real stain on the William & Mary chapter that did this.

10) All those people who complain about how much teachers unions protect bad teachers should maybe focus on police unions.  Bad teachers don’t lead to dead people.  Bad cops who get reinstated, though…

11) Linda Greenhouse on Trump, birth control, and church over state:

The real point is that the Trump administration has outsourced a crucially important building block of national health care policy, enabling a fanatical fringe of the Republican base to exercise raw political power, clothed in religiosity under cover of the grandiloquently named Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That 1993 law, passed by overwhelming bipartisan majorities and signed by President Bill Clinton, is the object of growing buyer’s remorse on the part of liberal and moderate Americans — and should be…

The Trump administration’s rescission of the government’s birth control mandate, not only for these organizations but also for others that never even got around to asking for it, is thus a reward for intransigence matched only by the Senate’s blockade of the Supreme Court vacancy intended for Merrick Garland that it eventually handed to Neil Gorsuch…

I used to think — in fact, I wrote last year — that the resistance to the contraception mandate was fueled by cultural conservatives’ determination not to let federal policy normalize birth control. But now I think it’s deeper than that. Conservatives, even the publicly pious ones, don’t seem to have a problem with limiting the size of their families. (Vice President Mike Pence has two children, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has three. Need I say more?) The problem they have is with what birth control signifies: empowering women — in school, on the job, in the home — to determine their life course. That’s what they don’t want to normalize. It comes as no surprise which side Donald Trump is on; his administration’s action last week makes perfect sense. Or none at all.

12) I love this simple rule for men to avoid sexual harassment, “It’s as clear cut as this: Treat all women like you would treat Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.”  Really.

13) The California couple who barely survived the wildfires by hiding in their neighbors’ swimming pool.

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