Your daily dose of investigations
"Weird and possibly illegal: Republicans used anonymous Tweets to circumnavigate campaign finance rule," realizes Guardian Washington correspondent Paul Lewis, citing Chris Moody's first big scoop for CNN on how the GOP used Twitter to stretch election laws (3,953 shares and climbing). "One of the accounts was named after Bruno Gianelli, an operative on the West Wing," Moody shared, to the delight of many. "And here I thought political Twitter was just @JustinBarasky and @BDayspring tweet-dueling," Washington Examiner's Rebecca Berg muses. "After I contacted GOP groups for this story, the accounts were deleted. (I had screenshots)," Moody adds. "Technical term: co-inky-dink," suggests Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere.
In other recent breaking news, federal drug agents just launched surprise inspections of NFL teams following recent games, based on the hunch that the teams were using drugs illegally to "keep players on the field" (10,021 shares). "NFL's difficult year continues," reflects Ron Sirak with Golf World. "Somehow, during 'America's Game of the Week' bet Philly-Green Bay, Fox commentators have managed not to mention this," notices Gregg Birnbaum at Politico. "Roger Goodell, please call your office. Also, call the league's attorneys. You're gonna need all of them," predicts Nolan Hicks of the New York Daily News.
The NFL doesn't look any better, either, in this latest story from Steve Eder at the New York Times: An Accusation of Abuse, Then Special Treatment for N.F.L. Player.
Ebola comes hurtling back into the headlines with news that a doctor being treated for Ebola in Nebraska has died, marking a second U.S. Ebola fatality (2,956 shares). Relatedly, Kaci Hickox wants you to stop calling her "the Ebola nurse."
Many today are also mourning 26-year-old American aid worker Peter Kassig, whose beheading was confirmed yesterday in another video released by ISIS. Now a young woman of the same age is their last American hostage, the Daily Beast reports. This must-read post pinpoints one big difference, however, that may spell hope for her future.
In much lighter investigations, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio was 30 minutes late for boat to Flight 587 ceremony, and his excuses aren't holding up. Meanwhile, The Atlantic's Rose Eveleth has managed to make a probe into the speculum interesting. "The speculum’s history is steeped in racism & misogyny. But it's design is unbeatable. Amazing @roseveleth piece," freelance journalist Ed Yong praises. Finally, the Wall Street Journal reveals Japan is falling into a recession--again. Currencies and Bonds editor Katie Martin surmises, "Japan is the new Japan."