Life as an episode of Punk'd
Chief Brexiteer Boris Johnson has been named foreign secretary in the cabinet reshuffling of the newly anointed prime minister Theresa May, securing our belief that this year is just one long series of facepalms (at 4,100+ shares so far). Or as The Guardian put it, May "makes a bold statement" by appointing Johnson. And what a statement it was. In the U.S., the State Department's spokesman almost lost it when he learned of Johnson's new job ("You can almost hear the internal screams and/or laughter," snarks BuzzFeed's Lisa Tozzi). Germans seemed equally confused ("Just informed two German diplomat friends of Boris Johnson's appointment. Both thought I was joking. ... This isn't a good start," asserts The Economist's Jeremy Cliffe). And then, of course, there was the reaction from within England itself, especially that of one Labour MP Angela Eagle. "Angela Eagle's basilisk stare on being told Boris has been made Foreign Secretary is /almost/ as good as mine," points out one user. To better understand why everyone is so incredulous, please enjoy this short history of Johnson insulting foreign leaders.
Continuing the fun, Metro beautifully skewers the everyday sexism of spousal media coverage with their headline Theresa May's hubby steals the show in a sexy navy suit as he begins life as First Man. "This is how we're suppose to talk about political spouses, right?" muses Ora Szekely.
Checking in on American politics, The New York Times surprised pretty much everyone by reluctantly agreeing that Donald Trump is right about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "This must have been tough for the Times ed board to write, since it amounts to: RBG is bad — just as Trump now," concludes LinkedIn's John Abell. "More generally this @nytimes editorial makes an excellent read on the relation between judges and politics," argues Ferdinando Giugliano at La Repubblica. Parodying those who were quick to side with Notorious R.B.G., Chicago Tribune's Charles Johnson tweets, "Yah but she is so badass get it girl lol i have no legal training." Meanwhile, BuzzFeed boasts one hell of a get in an exposé on documents raising disturbing questions about detainee abuse under Obama. "If you think BuzzFeed is just cat gifs and listicles, kindly go f**k yourself," advises ZDNet's Zack Whittaker. At the same time, CNN reveals that Sean Hannity flew Newt Gingrich to a Trump meeting whereas Politico tells us Donald Trump visited Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's home this morning. "As Trump mulls VP pick, his top advisers are split. Manafort wants Pence (anyone but Newt); Kushner pushes Newt," reports Eli Stokols at Politico.