All the headlines you can handle
"The madness of one-man government: PMO staff were vetting Syrian refugee claims," realizes Policy Options' Dan Gardner, after the Globe and Mail dropped this bomb that the Canadian Prime Minister's Office ordered a halt to refugee processing last spring until they received approval from the Prime Minister himself (news that's nearing 10,000 shares right now). Gardner also points out, "Note that PMO staff are (highly) political staff. With no expertise, no sane government would have them vet refugee claims." "The level of micro-managing revealed here is just off the charts," reacts National Post's Andrew Coyne. "Very compassionate," snarks Toronto Star's Bruce Arthur. "So this is why Chris Alexander wouldn't tell CBC how many refugees had been brought to Canada," concludes Jody White at Globe and Mail. "This Globe scoop on the PMO's involvement with the Syrian refugee crisis is astounding, but...where did it come from?" wonders VICE's Justin Ling.
In other egg-on-an-executive's-face moments, the FBI's director is calling law enforcement's dearth of data on police shootings "ridiculous" and "embarrassing," not to put too fine a point on it. "You got that right," chimes in Rui Kaneya with the Honolulu Civil Beat. That article's co-author Wesley Lowery puts it this way: "In which the FBI director admits WaPo & @thecounted keep better track of who police kill than the federal government." Elsewhere in outrage, Garbage Time's Katie Nolan tears into Greg Hardy and why his return to the NFL is a problem. "Normally, @GarbageTime with @katienolan is a hilarious 30 minutes of TV. Tonight, it's more important than that," acknowledges Patrick Muldowney with Fox Sports.
As for your absolute must-read of the day, it's a tie between this BuzzFeed exposé on Texas, where apparently it's a crime to be poor, and this ProPublica piece on how collection suits are squeezing black neighborhoods. "Where debt collection has become so rampant, even the mayor was sued over a sewer bill," Amanda Zamora elaborates on the latter. FiveThirtyEight ain't helpin' our mood on finance, either, in revealing it’s getting harder to move beyond a minimum-wage job. "As workers lose bargaining power, many are staying in minimum-wage jobs for much longer," explains David Firestone there.
Well, here's a positive news note to end on: the Nobel Prize for Literature just went to a journalist for the first time ever: congratulations to Svetlana Alexievich.