Your weekly mood piece.
“Did anyone really think that Tuesday Teleprompter Trump would endure?” That’s a good question, Frank Bruni. It’s been a busy weekend, and there’s no easing our way into this. “Nothing in this story is in any way comforting,” says Daniel Drezner. He’s referring to Inside Trump’s fury: The president rages at leaks, setbacks and accusations, the new Washington Post piece by Robert Costa, Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker (19,000+ shares). It’s “Your weekly mood piece,” says Les Perreaux, with choice quotes such as this one, tweeted by Eddy Elfenbein: "Trump was mad — steaming, raging mad." Another tidbit? “Marco Rubio, ungrateful hitchhiker,” tweets Michelle Dean, referring to the report that “Trump unhappy with RUBIO for hitching a ride on Air Force One, then offering muted comments Sunday on Trump's claims,” Costa says. Steve Kopack emphasizes that “SEVENTEEN sources have detailed to The @WashingtonPost an account of the raging furor inside Trump World right now.” Or as Bianna Golodryga tweets, “My God, 17 sources!!” Says David Fahrenthold, “Fantastic story. Incredible how much time the @realDonaldTrump admin spends trying to shape media coverage of itself.”
Sudden feelings of dread about this news week.
Again, we (and Gabriel Snyder) have to ask, “How is that Great Pivot going?” Well, there’s this: Michael Shear reports in The New York Times that Trump Seeks Inquiry Into Allegations That Obama Tapped His Phones (59,000+ shares). As Ned Resnikoff tweets, “This could very well end up turning into a world-historical self own.” And then: “Oh, Jeff Sessions ... Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim,” notes Jonathan Alan, prompting Lydia Polgreen to tweet, “Scoop from NYT: Comey asked DOJ to refute Obama wiretapping claim, but DOJ hasn’t. Crazy times.”
Wayne Slater explains it all this way: “Projection: When someone sees your hand is in the cookie jar, you say your accuser has his hand in the cookie jar.“ Or how about this metaphor: “No further WH comment until inquiry happens, Spicer adds. So they're setting a fire & then running away from it,” says Connie Schultz. It all adds up to “Sudden feelings of dread about this news week,” tweets Kat Stromquist.
This is sublime.
The news isn’t all bad, Kat. “This interview by @david_marchese is an A++. Read it for yourself,” suggests Ramin Setoodeh. As Jason Gay tweets, “Letterman seldom talks, but when he does, whoa nelly. This is sublime,” linking to David Marchese’s interview with David Letterman—“Late-night’s greatest ironist and most ornery host,” as Chris Black puts it—in Vulture. “It is really good to hear from David Letterman again,” says Dan Devine. Adds J.A. Adande, “David Letterman is off the rails. And he's never been more fascinating.” Michael S. Derby highlights this quote, “David Letterman on Trump, as a TV guest: ‘He was big and doughy, and you could beat him up.’” Tweets John Branch, “(Sigh.) Retweet, retweet, retweet.”
Hackers gonna hack.
Still, in what’s surely an understatement, “This is going to be an interesting day,” tweets Andrea Peterson. Michael A. Riley reports in an exclusive for Bloomberg that Russian Hackers Said to Seek Hush Money From Liberal U.S. Groups. David Frum’s take: “Criminals? State actors? Both together? Important story.” Says Alyssa Katz, “Hackers gonna hack. Targeting Trump-critical organizations, of course.”
What a time to be a political reporter.
“There is quite a bit of great journalism on the internet tonight,” tweets Josh Dawsey. In The New York Times, Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman take a closer look at An Unfounded Claim’s Journey From Talk Radio to Trump’s Twitter. “Nice tick-tock of how Mark Levin's wiretapping claims found their way to Trump's Twitter feed,” says Steve Mullis. “What a time to be a political reporter,” tweets Dan Lambert, linking to pieces in the Washington Post, The New York Times and POLITICO. Also linking to those pieces, Josh Kraushaar, who tweets: “AS THE TRUMP TURNS.” And about that POLITICO piece by Alex Isenstadt and Josh Dawsey, Knives are out for Reince: “Bring em out, bring em out,” tweets Heather Caygle.
Alternative version of great.
While that drama continues, Eric Lipton and Binyamin Appelbaum of The New York Times don’t want you to overlook the fact that, Leashes Come Off Wall Street, Gun Sellers, Polluters and More. As Appelbaum tweets, “The Trump admin's ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’ is off to a quick start.” Says Danielle Ivory, “Congress is considering 46 resolutions to eliminate regulations on issues from air pollution to debit card fees,” adding, “A major rollback of regulations in the Trump era is already having implications for tens of thousands of citizens.” Lorraine Ali puts it this way: “Alternative version of great.”
IT REALLY IS THAT CRAZY.
Also not to be missed in all the Trump drama over the weekend, Mike Isaac reported on Friday in The New York Times on How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide (32,000+ shares). As Isaac tweets, “here is a story on Greyball, a tool Uber used to systematically evade law enforcement in cities across the world.” Says Erin Blakemore, “I know that everyone is posting this article and saying it’s crazy but IT REALLY IS THAT CRAZY.” Adds Scott Rosenberg, “Man next we’ll be reading about the Uber/Russia connection.”
And now we’ve come full circle.