The United States is good and truly fucked
"This article normalizes a kook."
"I went to the DC jail and interviewed Edgar Welch," tweets Adam Goldman of the New York Times, linking to his story on the man who entered Comet Pizza armed with two guns and a knife to "self investigate" baseless claims of a pedophilia ring being run out of the restaurant by Hillary Clinton and her inner circle.
Elsewhere, National Review's Jim Geraghty weighs in: "Ah, so the Comet Ping Pong shooter finds Alex Jones 'a bit eccentric.'" (For context, among the more "eccetric" quotes from Jones is the line, "When I think about all the children Hillary Clinton has personally murdered and chopped up and raped, I have zero fear standing up against her.”)
And TIME's "Person of the Year" is...
You guessed it: Donald Trump.
Some of the takeaways of Michael Scherer's exclusive interview with the president-elect include Trump saying he "still maintains Russia was not behind Wikileaks/DNC hacks" as TIME's Zeke Miller points out, that he plans to "bring down drug prices" as BuzzFeed's Stephanie Lee writes, and that with regard to immigration and the DREAM Act he wants to "work something out that's going to make everyone happy" according to a tweet from Bloomberg's Laura Litvan.
(Care for analysis that's longer than 140 characters? For a deep smart dive discussing this year's pick in the context of past controversial "Man of the Year" selections, read Anne Helen Petersen's excellent BuzzFeed piece, "Donald Trump and the End of 'Time'")
"Heart wrenching. Illuminating. Beautifully written."
In other news:
"They are slaughtering us like animals," reads the headline of Daniel Berehulak's New York Times piece which features "powerful photos and stories from Manila, where summary executions by drug police appear to be the norm now," tweets Randal Archibold of the Times.
Also at the New York Times, Trump has picked Scott Pruitt, an "ally of the fossil fuel industry," to head up the EPA. "Head fake," tweets Trip Gabriel of the Times. "2 days ago Trump meets Al Gore. Today his EPA head is architect of battle against Obama's climate actions."
"Lock them in. Bill their insurer. Kick them out." That's how BuzzFeed's Mark Schoofs characterizes "America's largest psychiatric chain" and the subject of a disturbing investigative piece by his colleague Rosalind Adams.
"This is incredibly sad," tweets the Washington Post's Christopher Ingraham, linking to his colleague Danielle Paquette's article documenting the latest in the verbal sparring between Carrier union leader Chuck Jones and Donald Trump. "Trump bullies union guy on Twitter, 30 minutes later he starts getting threats via phone."
According to Reuters' Philip Pullella, the Pope advises that spreading fake news is a "sin," proving "once again that he’s the most punk-rock pope in my lifetime," tweets Casey Seiler of the Albany Times.
And because after a day (a week? a year?) of bad news, you need something to cheer you up so check out this clip (1,700 shares) from Deadspin's Barry Petchesky who writes, "The sports highlight of the day is this dog."