Trending on Twitter this Tuesday
"So the Deflategate punishment was a lifetime achievement award in cheating more than anything," realizes Business Insider's Tony Manfred, having been enlightened by this trending look by ESPN inside what split the NFL and New England Patriots apart (newly published but at 8,900+ shares already). "Fans have asked: Why is Brady being smeared over footballs? @DVNJr and I investigated it, and it goes back to 2007," explains co-author Seth Wickersham. Washington Post's Dan Lamothe describes it thusly: "That moment when sources on Spygate materialize right after the Patriots win Deflategate. The Shield is angry." Matthew Zeitlin at BuzzFeed praises, "unleashing don van natta on sports was such a wonderful thing that happened to the world." Bob Kravitz with WTHR.com calls it "A must read, unless you're a New Englander." Or in the simplest terms possible, as tweeted by freelance journalist Chris O'Shea: "Patriots gonna Patriot."
Displaying more than a shade of irony, Hillary Clinton's aides say they have plans to make her a more spontaneous, fun candidate. "Maybe @amychozick is just kick ass reporter who got a scoop. If HRC campaign purposely laid this out, pretty dumb," one reader muses. That announcement comes at the same time as a second review that says classified information was indeed to be found in Hillary Clinton’s emails, including details about North Korea. "It was more important to protect the secrets of the Clinton Foundation than of the United States," points out David Frum with The Atlantic. And while all of that is going on, Apple and other tech companies continue to tangle with the DOJ over access to their encrypted data.
Checking in on Europe's migrant crisis, Maher Mughrabi with the Sydney Morning Herald writes that if you turn your back on Syria's Muslims, you can just forget about "Team Australia." "Strong stuff from SMH's Foreign Editor, Maher Mughrabi, on preferencing Christian over Muslim refugees," reflects his colleague Simon Morris. In response to complaints over the discomfiting photos of little Aylan Kurdi, German newspaper Bild removed all of its photos. All of them. "We need to see the truth. Refugees and asylum seekers have the right to be seen. And their pain must be shared," argues Charles Livingstone.
Other headlines to know: Baltimore just reached a $6.4 million settlement with Freddie Gray's family, U.S. President Barack Obama secured 41 votes in support of his Iran deal and the U.S. embassy in South Africa just issued a terrorism warning there, claiming US interests and citizens are under potential threat. Watch for updates on that developing story.