Is there literally nothing that can shame you?

Dec 13, 2016

My President Was Black

Ta-Nehisi Coates' expansive post-mortem on the Barack Obama presidency is the cover story of the Atlantic's January issue, and it's a total must-read. (60,000 shares).

"This from @tanehisicoates is beyond good," tweets the Atlantic's Vann R. Newkirk II. "With a month left, it's time to reflect on what Obama meant to us and 'us.'"

Coates has a lot of good things to say about the first black president but is also clear-eyed in his criticism: "In his optimism about America, Obama underestimated the hatred of those bent on destroying him," tweets the New York Times' Brent Staples, paraphrasing one of the central themes of the article.

Elsewhere, Nell Gluckman of American Laywer says, "I wish everybody could all get just a little time off work to finish reading this."

And finally, Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch has a telling remark amid an insanely packed day of news (as we'll see in a moment): "Pretty remarkable that this @tanehisicoates piece can cut through everything and trend today."

A Complete Meltown of Humanity

That's how Nick Cumming-Bruce and Anne Barnard of the New York Times characterize the horrific conditions in the Syrian rebel stronghold of Aleppo as it falls to President Assad's forces. (35,000 shares).

"'The deaths... included at least 11 women and 13 children, some of them shot in the streets as they tried to escape,'" tweets Jean Marbella of the Baltimore Sun, quoting the piece.

Here's Jon Williams of ABC News: "Massacre in #Aleppo, reports of chemical attack in Hama. #Syria's suffering knows no end. Still world does nothing."

"Let's stop with how bad 2016 was for a minute to recognize that Assad and Russia are committing serious war crimes," tweets Ren LaForme of Poynter.

And finally, one of the most shared social media posts today is a video uploaded by Channel 4 News featuring the U.S.'s Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, who had strong words for the international community the wake of the massacre:

"Is there literally nothing that can shame you?"

The perfect weapon

That's how the New York Times' Eric Lipton, David Sanger, and Scott Shane describe Russia's cyberpower efforts which, according to sources inside and outside the U.S. government, was utilized with the goal of tilting the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump. (20,000 shares).

"Anyone who cares about democracy, regardless of party, should shake with rage upon reading this stunning NYT scoop," tweets Lydia Polgreen.

"Only now with election over did all the key players targeted in Russian hack agree to tell their stories," tweets Lipton himself. "Here it is."

The New York Times' Julia Davis calls the story a "modern-day Watergate."

Meanwhile, Bloomberg'a David Kocieniewski calls it "a heartbreaking story of missed opportunities."

In other news:

"Something that seemed a little paranoid to me before all of a sudden seems potentially realistic," says one source in Brady Dennis' latest Washington Post piece that's alarming journalists and scientists alike on Twitter: "Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearingi it might vanish under Trump."

More from the New York Times' Shane and Lipton, the latter of whom calls it "The undercovered story of the 2016 election hacks": Democratic House candidates were also the targets of Russian hacks, the duo report.

"Corrup af" is how The Rumpus' Lyz Lenz responds to Kurt Eichenwald's latest piece at Newsweek: "How Donald Trump's Business Ties Are Already Jeopardizing U.S. Interests."

"Mark Zuckerberg has nio backbone," tweets Kate Knibbs of The Ringer in response to Nitasha Tiku's Buzzfeed scoop that a Facebook spokesperson has called Trump's rumored Muslim registry—which many Silicon Valley engineers have vowed not to build—is merely a "straw man," implying that reporters' questions on the issue should not be answered.

According to the Washington Post's Joe Davidson, the U.S. Department of Energy will not be complying with Donald Trump's requests for the names of climate change workers, "who remain worried," writes Davidson.

According to the Los Angeles Times, "Growing Pains" star Alan Thicke has passed away at the age of 69. He suffered a fatal heart attack while playing hockey with his son. "2016 is just the worst," tweets Joe Solomon of CBS Sports.

Tonight there was an video AMA conversation between Reddit cofounders Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman, joined by Twitch cofounders Justin Kan and Emmett Shear. Watch it here on Twitch.

And finally, on a (somewhat) lighter note, read Gizmodo's Alana Levinson on the latest in Things That Aren't Unreasonable For Men To Stop Doing: "Manthreading."

About the author

reporter covering music tech + politics. bylines @FastCompany @Guardian @thedailybeast @Stereogum I wrote @propublica's fracking song

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