Trump and the Trumpworld players
A Government watchdog is said to review Trump’s use of Mar-a-Lago, Jonathan O'Connell writes at the Washington Post.
But it won’t be that easy since Mar-a-Lago can't release their visitor logs - because it doesn't keep them, Darren Samuelsohn at Politico tells us. The exact quote, as tweeted by Gregg Carlstrom, is: "Mar-a-Lago doesn’t keep tabs on the identity of guests who come and go... while the president is in residence."
In a repeat from yesterday, Muck Rack journalists are still sharing the Washington Post piece from Philip Rucker about Donald Trump tapping Jared Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas.
Meanwhile, a Senate Committee will Question Jared Kushner Over his Meetings With Russians, the New York Times’ Jo Becker, Matthew Rosenberg, and Maggie Haberman say.
Ilya Marritz at WNYC turns attention to Paul Manafort's Puzzling New York Real Estate Purchases.
An exclusive report from Reuters’ Dan Levine says As Democratic attorneys general target Trump, Republican AGs target them.
The Turk in Iran Sanctions Case Adds Rudy Giuliani to their Legal Team, according to Benjamin Weiser, Maggie Haberman at the New York TImes. Haberman added on Twitter: “NEW - Giuliani and Mukasey flew to Turkey for Erdogan meeting last month as Iran-related case pends in SDNY.”
‘Drip, drip, drip…’
Also from the New York Times, Kate Zernike, Abby Goodnough, Pam Belluck write that In Health Bill’s Defeat, Medicaid Comes of Age. @NYTHealth explained, “Medicaid started out as a small program to cover poor people's medical bills. Now it covers 1 in 5 Americans.”
The State Department Press Room Went Dark - At Least for Now, Felicia Schwartz writes in the Wall Street Journal. Chris Geidner explains, “State Dep't is stopping on-the-record briefings for the time being.”
The All-Male Photo Op Isn’t a Gaffe. It’s a Strategy, according to Jill Filipovic at the New York Times. Steve Silberman tweeted: “What if those photos of GOP men slashing women's health care are not ‘gaffes,’ but the party's message?”
Washington Post’s Devlin Barrett says the Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia. John Taylor reacted with “Drip, drip, drip…”
For a look at how all of this is affecting Trump, you needn’t look further than yesterday’s Gallup poll, which says that the president’s public approval is at 36%. But NBC’s Mark Murray also put Trump's 36% approval into perspective, showing us where other presidents were at this same point in time.
‘Good news: They're hard to repeal’
Vox’s Brad Plumer explains Trump’s big new executive order to tear up Obama’s climate policies. Plumer added on Twitter, “Though given all the legal battles ahead, it's hard to say how many Obama climate policies Trump can actually erase.” Eliza Barclay added, “Bad news: Trump's going after Obama’s greenhouse gas regs. Good news: They're hard to repeal.”
In The Guardian, Victoria Herrmann writes I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations. David Meyer said, “Anyone deleting climate data like this should be done for crimes against humanity.” Meirion Jones added, “It is not just #Arctic sea ice that's melting - so is accurate data - and guess who's melting it @realDonaldTrump.”
And at the Washington Post: Trump moves decisively to wipe out Obama’s climate-change record, writes Brady Dennis. Michelangelo Signorile called him a “Monster →” Dan Zak tweeted simply: “Bye.”
Coral Davenport at the New York Times puts it another way: Planned Rollback of Climate Rules Unlikely to Achieve All Trump’s Goals. Tierney Sneed did not hold back, tweeting, “Trump will sign an EO that sends us towards the climate "danger zone" And it won't bring back jobs. Great.”
Despite The Trump Move, Utilities’ Shift From Coal Is Set to Continue, according to Cassandra Sweet at the Wall Street Journal.
‘Okay, maybe not you personally…’
Facebook launches stories to complete its all-out assault on Snapchat, Casey Newton writes for Vox. Newton tweeted: “Facebook stories are here — and they’re a huge deal.” Sally Shin added, “Facebook just rolled out a straight copy of Snap's features.”
And Elon Musk Launched Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers, writes Rolfe Winkler for the Wall Street Journal. Ethan Smith added, “You're not paranoid. Elon Musk really is trying to put a chip in your brain. (Okay, maybe not you personally...)”
For a look inside still another business, Michael Powell writes in the New York Times about The N.F.L. and the Business of Ripping Out the Heart of Oakland.
From Jay Rosen in Nieman Lab: This is what a news organization built on reader trust looks like. Joon Ian Wong wondered, “A news model optimised for trust; but does trust scale?”
Also, NPR's Michael Oreskes and Mark Memmott released this Statement about WUTC and the employment of reporter Jacqui Helbert.