The Trump effect
Yesterday we told you all about President Donald Trump Signing An Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies, as reported by Coral Davenport at the New York Times. Brendan O'Connor tweeted that news with: “Republicans want to kill poor people.”
Today, we hear that China Is Poised to Take Lead on Climate After Trump’s Move to Undo Policies, from Edward Wong at the New York Times. Charlie Wells tweeted, “Never ever did I... ever think I'd be reading this headline.”
Out Magazine’s Glenn Garner shared breaking news that the Trump Administration Removed LGBTQ People from 2020 Census.
Trump's business network apparently reached alleged Russian mobsters, USA Today’s Oren Dorell writes.
Accounts in Cyprus associated with Paul Manafort raised a red flag, according to Aggelos Petropoulos, Richard Engel at NBC News.
Devin Nunes Could Be Facing an Ethics Probe for Spilling Secrets, write Tim Mak and Brett Kappel at Daily Beast.
Speaking of spilling, it turns out Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock's staffer was an FBI informant, according to court filings and reported by Megan R. Wilson at The Hill. Ben Pershing pointed out, “Having a staffer wear a wire in a congressional office raises some interesting/thorny legal issues.”
Amid All This White House Tumult, Pence Offers Trump a Steady Hand, Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman write in the New York Times.
Over at the Washington Post, Ashley Parker tells us about Karen Pence - the vice president’s ‘prayer warrior,’ gut check and shield.
But don’t worry about Trump because as Joshua Green tells us in Bloomberg: With Trump Struggling, Wealthy Backers Rush in to Shore Him Up. Green added on Twitter: “Rebekah Mercer and her dark money group launching 10-state ad blitz to prop up reeling Trump.” Jennifer Jacobs pointed out they’re spending “$1.3M in TV and digital ads in DC and 10 states to give him PR boost.” John Lauerman kept it simple: “ABC: Always Be Campaigning.”
And things aren’t so great for the Democrats either. NBC News’ Alex Seitz-Wald writes that an Embattled DNC Asks All Staffers For Resignation Letters. John Becker reacted simply with “Holy shit / BREAKING.”
‘Tough luck for the rest of us’
If you’re wondering How the Republicans Sold Your Privacy to Internet Providers, Tom Wheeler has an answer in the New York Times. This quote from the piece made the rounds among Muck Rackers: "I understand network executives want to sell consumers’ information. The problem is...it doesn’t belong to them." Stephen Vargha put it this way,” What is good business for powerful cable and phone companies is just tough luck for the rest of us. Thank the GOP.”
Ticked off about the vote, The Verge names The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and lists how much it cost to buy them. T.C. Sottek pointed out, “Clay Higgins of Louisiana did it for 300 bucks.”
Brexit to the left
Now that ‘Brexit’ Is Official, The U.K. Wades Into a Thorny Thicket explains Stephen Castle at the New York Times. Michelangelo Signorile described it as, “Another disaster people are regretting.”
Or as The Guardian’s Daniel Boffey reports: First EU response to article 50 takes tough line on transitional deal. Jessica Elgot explains: “Leaked European parliament resolution puts 3-yr limit on transition & says no to free trade agreement in 2yrs.”
‘Enjoy the nightmares’
Wall Street Journal staffers signed a letter criticizing the control white men have over the newsroom, Nathan McAlone writes in Business Insider. It includes this line: "Nearly all the people at high levels at the paper deciding what we cover and how are white men."
And just this headline: Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year. Thank Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post for that. Brad Hicks said, “Enjoy the nightmares.” Doug Mataconis was more calm about it: “I for one welcome our new Spider Overlords.”