The good news is it's Friday. The bad news is...everything else
Perhaps the biggest news today is that the FBI agrees with the CIA that Russia did indeed want to help Trump win. This from Ken Dilanian at NBC News.
Also at the Washington Post, John Podesta wrote Something is deeply broken at the FBI. John, of course, was chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. AJ Vicens writes, “John Podesta goes hard at the FBI, calls for declassification, and an independent investigation.” Steve LeVine explained, “Obama is rushing the hacking probe out of fear that Trump actually intends to behave like an arm of the Kremlin.” But Marcy Wheeler had some questions: “In which John Podesta claims he never knew FBI didn't nag DNC abt hack (which was reported long ago).”
Hillary herself also responded, or as the New York Times’ Amy Chozick reported: Hillary Clinton Ties Loss to Russian Hacking and Comey Letter. Amy also tweeted, “Clinton unleashed on Russia at NYC event last night, said Putin had “personal beef" against her. Here's the audio.”
And it gets worse
There’s more though because North Carolina’s governor signed laws restricting his successor's power, according to Kevin Robillard at Politico. Anthony Duignan-Cabrera wondered, “Are there any patriots left in the #GOP? #resist.”
Matt Viser’s tweet on the matter gained some steam. He said, “What is happening in North Carolina right now — in a public building, by public officials — is a disgrace for transparency.”
The Huffington Post’s Dana Liebelson writes that the White Nationalist Who Yelled 'Hail Trump!' Is Thinking About Congressional Run. Dana called it a “Montana scoop.” Sam said, “Richard Spencer thinking abt running for the soon-to-be-vacant House seat of Trump's Interior nom.”
Speaking of the Huffington Post, there’s news their union blasted management over talks on pay. Erik Wemple, who wrote the article for the Washington Post, tweeted, “Huffington Posties are really pissed about management's no-raise contract proposal.” Elise Foley said, “Good piece by @ErikWemple on our #huffpostunion bargaining over salary.”
Over at Reuters, Dustin Volz reports that the U.S. will disclose an estimate of surveilled Americans by early 2017.
Oh yeah and as if stuff wasn’t nutty enough already, here’s this headline from Reuters: China's Navy seizes American underwater drone in South China Sea.
Then a follow-up in the New York Times: U.S. Demands Return of Drone Seized by Chinese Warship. Read the accompanying piece from Helene Cooper please. Jonathan Martin said, “Pentagon issues formal protest to Beijing demanding the return of an underwater drone seized by a Chinese warship.”
Today in Trump
According to Bob Bryan at Business Insider, the official GOP biography of Trump's pick for Treasury secretary completely leaves out his 17 years at Goldman Sachs. Bob added, “Things GOP wants you to know about Steve Mnuchin: funded X-Men! Don't want you to know: worked at Goldman Sachs.”
From Recode, Kara Swisher gives us: Who said what inside the Trump tech meeting: Immigration, maternity leave, the grid and becoming the “software president”. Matt Drange tweeted this quote: “It was what it was, which was a public show of truce...We’ll see what comes next.”
There’s at least one good thing to come out of Trump’s Twitter insults…Vanity Fair breaks subscription record after Trump attack on Twitter. That from Paulina Firozi at The Hill.
If you, like the rest of the world, find Trump’s tweets a big suspect, there’s hope: Now you can fact-check Trump’s tweets - in the tweets themselves, reports Philip Bump at the Washington Post. Philip explained on Twitter, “So I made a Chrome extension that slips context and corrections into Trump's tweets themselves.” Masterful shade if there ever was such.
For more on the Trumps, the New York Times has a report that Available to the Highest Bidder is Coffee With Ivanka Trump. Credit to Eric Lipton and Maggie Haberman for that write-up. Michael Tackett tweeted, “Donors to charity were willing to pay big for coffee with Ivanka & chance to talk policy.” He also added, “He was willing to pay $60,000 for coffee with Ivanka Trump to talk about policy that could affect investments.”
And to round out our Trump news today, please check out this question courtesy of Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt in the New York Times - Is Donald Trump a Threat to Democracy? Ron Fournier reacted with this tweet, “Loaded question, maybe?”
Your weekend longreads
Make sure you read Graeme Wood’s The American Leader in the Islamic State from The Atlantic. Jeffrey Goldberg explained, “Amazing @gcaw piece on an American in the senior ranks of ISIS.” Yoni Appelbaum added, “I’ll read anything @gcaw writes about ISIS—but this, in particular, is an unbelievable story.” And one more compliment from Catherine Green: “@gcaw’s reporting on the American man who’s risen through the Islamic State ranks totally blew me away.”
For another longread this weekend, check out The Children of Agent Orange. It’s a piece from Mike Hixenbaugh, Charles Ornstein, and Hannah Fresques at ProPublica. Charles wrote, “New ProPublica analysis finds link between Agent Orange exposure and birth defects in children of Vietnam vets.” While Robert Faturechi explained, “Vietnam vets have long suspected Agent Orange harmed even their kids. @ProPublica finds birth defect odds 1/3 higher.”