A major case of the Fridays
"The Clinton Foundation has to go. It's a magnet for those seeking undue influence," tweets USA Today's Ray Locker, summarizing Jonathan Chait's case that Hillary Clinton’s ethics problems are worse than she understands. "This from @jonathanchait captures the core argument 4 shutting down the Clinton foundation," agrees Abby Phillip at the Washington Post, as does Vox's Matthew Yglesias: "There's nothing you can do to make the Clinton Foundation not smack of impropriety." As Chait himself shares on Twitter and within the article, "Clinton's problem with young voters isn't ideology, it's character."
Meanwhile, over in her opponent's camp:
- Donald Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned after a tumultuous run as the feds investigate Manafort's firm as part of Ukraine probe.
- And Trump’s new chief Steve Bannon wasted no time attracting his own brewing scandal, as word gets out he called Republican leaders a certain word that starts with a "C." "If the Trump campaign becomes as leaky as Breitbart, it could be a few 80 days," realizes The Atlantic's David A. Graham.
- A teen Trump fan says racial profiling was behind his ejection from a Charlotte rally for his dude, and now he's a fan no more.
What also broke today:
- Ryan Lochte, the champion swimmer caught in a riptide of self-absorption, took to Instagram to apologize for his fabrications, but it was too late, and you should click that link to see Sally Jenkins give him the tongue-lashing he deserves. "Can someone translate this @sallyjenx column into Portuguese so all Brazilians can see how harsh it is on #Lochte?" asks Will Carless at PRI and BBC.
- The Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons.
- An auditor found that the U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, a.k.a., "The army has been SERIOUSLY cooking its books," observes Quartz's Kira Bindrim.
- Snowden documents confirm the NSA was hacked. The Intercept's Sam Biddle shares, "docs inside Snowden archive show ShadowBrokers leak is legit AND the exploits were used to attack Pakistan, Lebanon."