Topical this Tuesday
"My dispatch from Tver: Dozens in Russia imprisoned for social media likes [and] reposts (from @AP) (54 last year)," reports the AP's Nataliya Vasilyeva, sharing her latest. "Putin going the way of [Turkey's] Erdogan," observes Christopher Miller with Radio Free Europe. "A great article by @NatVasilyevaAP on Russia's war on social media on the day Twitter suspends @DarthPutinKGB," points out NYT's Steven Lee Myers. Which prompts Ed Zitron to realize, "one day our posts about feet will get us the same fate."
NYT's LA bureau chief Adam Nagourney hit the streets of Skid Row to shine a light on America's increasingly aging homeless. "There’s nothing like Skid Row. Skid Row is another world," Nagourney writes. "One place you don't want as your rest home," concludes colleague Jim Rutenberg. "People over 50 now make up 31 percent of the nation’s homeless population," Danielle Ivory details from the piece. Also gaining traction in trending sections today: Stephen Marche's admission that he stands with Gawker, despite having found himself once in 62nd place on its "worst 100 white men" list, which included Judas Iscariot, by the way. "Je Suis Gawker?" wonders NYT's Stuart Emmrich. MIT Technology Review's Jason Pontin doesn't think so: "This is wrong. There is no cirumstance where publishing a sex tape is blow for empowering the little man or woman."
In an open letter to California Democrats and independents, Gov. Jerry Brown offered an endorsement of Hillary Clinton that was really more an anti-endorsement of Donald Trump. "Jerry Brown's endorsement of Hillary Clinton is tepid at best. Best they could hope for after 25 yrs of bad blood?" suggests Morning Consult's Reid Wilson. "'What's Latin for "Suck it up, Bernie Bros, she's the last thing standing between Donald Trump and the Oval Office'?" wonders AP's Nicolas Riccardi. Meanwhile, Rebecca Traister asks "Did Hillary’s Campaign Have to Be This Hard?" in which she presents another pointed question: "It’s worth asking to what degree charisma, as we have defined it, is a masculine trait." Checking in on The Donald beat, Politico alleges that shady accounting underpins Trump’s wealth, the Washington Post reveals one group Trump donated to benefits fundraisers, not veterans, and North Korean state media offer their ringing endorsement of "wise politician" Donald Trump. Daily Beast's Gideon Resnick reacts, "North Korean state media supports Trump because of course."