Today in outrage
"How, how, how is this real," demands RedEye's Megan Crepeau, which is a very good question to ask about this next story. We thought we'd mix things up today with a lighter piece of fuel for the daily outrage machine, and this DNAInfo headline should do the trick: "Upset Gold Coast Residents Say New Gelato Spot Isn't Good Enough For Them." Or as Eater's Helen Rosner describes it, "Rich people who can't spell are demanding discounts on their gelato! Every sentence of this is a gem." "If you think this story is about gelato, you're missing the point," argues DNAInfo's Justin Breen. "It's a shame that Studs did not live to see Chicago succumb to rampaging mobs of gelato snobs," notes freelancer John Dugan. "I need Tom Wolfe to turn this into a novel ASAP," concludes Joe Ward, also at DNAInfo. But freelancer Matt Kirouac offers the best takeaway, quoting in part from the story: "'We don't deserve what is being offered right now as dessert.' Correct, you deserve nothing."
Time to get serious again.
Today's blockbuster read is "Juanita Broaddrick Wants To Be Believed," c/o BuzzFeed's Katie J.M. Baker: "I profiled Clinton rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick, as seen from 2016." The story highlights both "The woman who still accuses Bill Clinton of raping her and the thin line between validation and appropriation," shares Chicago Tribune's Charles Johnson. "Juanita Broaddrick accused Bill Clinton of rape decades ago. Liberals still don't know what to make of the claim," remarks Mashable's Rebecca Ruiz. As Baker explains in her piece, "No one can objectively look at Juanita's story and not be troubled."
In other politics you need to know:
- The NY Times got wind of a secret ledger in Ukraine that lists millions in potentially dirty cash going to Trump’s campaign chief Paul Manafort. "Speaking as someone who has a story coming this week: This is just the beginning for Manafort. It gets worse," reveals Adam Weinstein with Fusion. For some reason, former Trump right-hand man Corey Lewandowski retweeted that post.
- According to Washington Post's Greg Miller, nearly the entire national security establishment has rejected Donald Trump ... except for this man. "Flynn, who has said Clinton should be locked up for e-mail, was reprimanded for showing intel to Pakistan in 09/10," Miller reports.
- Republican consultants are pleading with Trump that Black Votes Matter. "Trump making no effort to reach black voters & declining invites from community leaders. Omarosa sounds stressed," notices Boston Globe's Amanda Katz.
- The New Yorker's Jelani Cobb berates The Appalling Last Act of Rudy Giuliani. "We say we'll 'never forget' 9/11, but it looks like Rudy Giuliani, the mayor of New York of that time, well, forgot," reacts Martin Kramer.
- Pennsylvania's attorney general Kathleen Kane was convicted today of perjury, obstruction and other crimes, "squandering her once bright political future on an illegal vendetta against an enemy." Here were the closing arguments.
- Horrible: ABC News' report on the rampaging South Sudan troops who raped foreigners and killed a local journalist, "as UN force less than 1mi away ignored calls for help," points out NBC's Cassandra Vinograd.
Also, we highly recommend you check out this New York Times digital look at how Usain Bolt came from behind (again!) to win the gold.