News this Tues
"Clinton's cloud-to-silver lining ratio today: not ideal," posits Rebecca Sinderbrand with the Washington Post, where colleague Chris Cillizza is arguing that Hillary Clinton’s email problems might be even worse than we thought (at 12,000+ shares). That take from the Washington Post piece comes, of course, as a response to the statement by FBI Director James B. Comey in which the FBI recommended no charges be made against Clinton for her use of personal email. But Cillizza points out that despite this decision not to indict, it's "hard to read Comey’s statement as anything other than a wholesale rebuke of the story Clinton and her campaign team have been telling ever since the existence of her private email server came to light in spring 2015." Elsewhere in the press, media members also appear split on the decision. National Review's Andrew McCarthy describes it as the FBI rewriting federal law to let Hillary off the hook and The Street's Bret Jensen calls it the "Biggest miscarriage of jtce since OJ," but MTV's Jamil Smith takes a different stance: "She f***ed up. She got scolded for it by a guy who says the Ferguson Effect is real. It's all a bad look. Moving on." Blogger Greg Mitchell rebills the news as "Bernie or Busters devastated" while freelance journalist Salil Tripathi observes, "This should be the end of that road ... but something tells me that Trump will persist...."
Anyway, for the TL;DR crowd, here's Comey's decision boiled down to one key paragraph.
In other investigations, The Observer reports a Chris Christie mentor who was appointed by the governor will plead guilty to a single felony charge later this week. "Hmmm...this story by Kushner family friend sourced to 'former prosecutor with intimate knowledge of Bridgegate,'" muses NYT's Michael Barbaro. "The Observer is giving us lots of interesting things today…notice byline, consider relationships behind the scenes," advises Politico's Hadas Gold. In case you missed it, Gold is making a reference to the open letter The Observer posted to publisher Jared Kushner, "from one of your Jewish employees" after Kushner's father-in-law Donald Trump made some unfortunate tweet imagery decisions, to put it lightly. Meanwhile, Fortune's Carol J. Loomis spent her Fourth of July trading emails with an irritable Elon Musk, who's claiming Tesla's recent autopilot death is "not material" to shareholders. "Should @elonmusk have told shareholders about fatal autopilot crash? Seems material to me," tweets Fortune colleague Alan Murray. And at The Guardian, Rafael Behr takes one more look at "how 'remain' failed" with an inside story of a doomed campaign. "This deep article about the Brexit Remain campaign failed is also an indictment of UK 'journalism'," columnist Dan Gillmor concludes.