"Nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck"

“Pretty sure a major American paper hasn't gone this far since the 70's,” Russ Mitchell says of the Los Angeles Times’ editorial board’s series, Our Dishonest President (96,000+ shares for part one). Yes, series, because, as Mary Pols points out, “The @latimes editorial board requires multiple days to thoroughly air its ire with the President.” Anita Creamer retweets California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome, who says, “this headline is harsh, but so is the reality we are living in. Must read.” With the “train wreck” quote getting lots of retweets, Steve Herman calls it a “Scathing opinion piece,” and Bill Mann says it’s “superbly written.” Steven Porter offers “Bonus points for the @latimes editorial board working ‘cockamamie’ into this caustic piece.” Looking for the bright side, Matt DeRienzo says, “Well at least Trump is improving the legacy of Andrew Johnson and George W. Bush.”

“The fine folks at @ProPublica are reading the fine print so you don't have to,” says Steven Rich of Derek Kravitz and Al Shaw's reporting in ProPublica that Trump Can Pull Money From His Businesses Whenever He Wants - Without Ever Telling Us. Putting it mildly, Shaw tweets, “We found something interesting buried in that GSA hotel doc dump.” Jake Bernstein bottom-lines it: “Trump's trust a fake. He can draw money from his more than 400 businesses, at any time, without disclosing it.”

More creepster details about the enterprise that is Uber

A good reminder from Ray Pride that we haven’t talked about Uber lately, and here’s something a little different: In The New York Times, Noam Scheiber tells us How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons. As Scheiber tweets, “To promote more driving, Uber adapted a feature that leads to binge-watching on Netflix. It worked too well.” Says Jodi Kantor, “What if your boss was an app that played psychological tricks on you? Amazing new detail on how Uber manages drivers.” As Christopher Mims explains, “Uber is using behavioral economics and gamification to keep drivers on the road and surges to a minimum.” Gerry Doyle tweets that the piece is “a fascinating interactive look at how uber steers its drivers to work in certain ways.” And Andrew Ross says it’s “From the ‘truth-catching-up-with-fiction’ file.” Notes Margarita Noriega, “There's gonna be some Ivy-sponsored leadership summit next year about teaching c-suite execs how to do this.”

Twin blasts hit St. Petersburg metro station, killing at least 10

At least 10 people are dead in twin explosions that rocked the Sennaya Ploshad subway station in St. Petersburg, Russia, reports the Russian state news agency TASS. CNN International tweets, “Putin was in St. Petersburg speaking at an event earlier but it was not clear if he was still in the city.” Matt Volz offers some perspective on the location: “I used to ride the subway every day from this station many years ago. A major hub in Dostoevsky's old neighborhood.”

BREAKING: actual politician performing competently at her job

Daniel Drezner is referring to the piece by Eliana Johnson in POLITICO, Haley eclipses Tillerson on Trump's foreign policy ladder. In it, we learn that Trump originally asked Nikki Haley to serve as secretary of state, but she turned him down. Now, as POLITICO tweets, she “emerges as shadow secretary of state.” “Rex who?” says Edward-Isaac Dovere. “@elianayjohnson on Nikki Haley moving hard and apparently unfettered to grab Trump's foreign portfolio.” Johnson adds, “Haley's tenure noteworthy for how quotidian it would be in any other GOP admin - which is earning her plaudits.”

Your mileage may vary

David Firestone calls it a “Great piece by @paulbmoses on the decline of local news coverage in NYC, particularly outside Manhattan,” while Adam Carlson says, “This is — like all examples of its genre — the Worst Thing I've Ever Read in My Life.” They’re referring to Paul Moses' piece in The Daily Beast, In New York City, Local Coverage Declines-and Takes Accountability With It. Says Dan Glaun, “This is important and depressing, but I wish @PaulBMoses had talked to folks at @QNS and @timesledger as well.”

Disappointing, but a great read

Lenny Bernstein tweets, “Our latest story on the DEA's effort to rein in abuse of prescription painkillers.” That’s This company’s drugs helped fuel Florida’s opioid crisis. But the government struggled to hold them accountable, Bernstein and Scott Higham's new piece in the Washington Post. Says Terrence McCoy, “Want to know how the opiate epidemic became what it is -- and who is to blame? Read this.” Aine Cryts calls it “Disappointing, but a great read.” Joel Achenbach tweets, “Company sends 500 MILLION opioid pills to Florida, DEA slaps wrist. Big story.” And Emma Ockerman notes, “Six years later, after multiple investigations, the government has taken no legal action against Mallinckrodt.”

My God, Clyde

“Amazing piece about budget effects on rural government services,” says Dan Gentile of Jenna Johnson's piece in the Washington Post, Trump’s budget would hit rural towns especially hard - but they’re willing to trust him. As Johnson tweets, “In southern Oklahoma, I talked with residents of Durant who are trying to make sense of President Trump's budget.” “Good @wpjenna story on all the ways Trump's budget would hurt a rural Oklahoma county that went 76% for him,” says Daniel Dale. Julia Black sums it up for us by quoting one of the residents of Durant: “We are all Bert Briedwell saying, ‘My God, Clyde.’”

Time to cash in

“Your guy in the Oval?” asks Trip Gabriel. “OK! Time to cash in w foreign countries seeking to buy influence. Never mind yr pledge not to.” Gabriel’s tweeting about the new piece by Theodoric Meyer, Kenneth Vogel and Josh Dawsey in POLITICO, Former Trump staffers hunt for foreign lobbying work. As Borzou Daragahi explains, “Draining the swamp: Former Trump staffers scurry about DC in search of lobbying work for cruddy foreign govts.” Says Joshua Holland, “Our swamp overfloweth…”

And in The New York Times, Steve Eder, Eric Lipton and Andrew W. Lehren report on how, as Lipton tweets, “Politics, in Dark Money Era, is Making DC an Even-More Moneyed Town, Trump aides' disclosures show.” In Trump Aides’ Disclosures Reveal Explosion in Lucrative Political Work, we learn that, as Robert Faturechi tweets, “The people working for politicians, who can limit $$ in politics, are getting rich off fewer limits on $ in politics.” The story reveals “How consultants are embedded in the DC political system --and making a fortune,” says Danielle Ivory. Lachlan Markay says it’s “Probably the best thing written about Trump administration financial disclosures so far.”

Blimey

Meanwhile, at CNN Money, Brian Stelter writes that Fox braces for fallout from Bill O'Reilly scandal. Tweets Stelter, “Fox execs expect that more women will come forward with allegations against Bill O'Reilly...” Rory Cellan-Jones wonders, “Big problems at Murdoch's US empire - could the fallout have an impact on the Sky takeover?”

For another take on the O’Reilly story, see if you can figure out how Erik Wemple really feels in his new opinion piece for the Washington Post, Bill O’Reilly: An awful, awful man. Bella Mackie's analysis: “Headline excellence.” And David Munk says simply, “Blimey.”

Yet still no Bass-O-Matic

Switching gears, we have this: Veg-O-Matic Maker Files to Go Public. But Wait, There’s More… As Ruth Simon writes in The Wall Street Journal, “Ronco Brands Inc., a gadget maker best known for its late-night commercials peddling the Veg-O-Matic and the Pocket Fisherman, has a new product to sell: its own stock.” Says Herb Greenberg, “Ronco going public…again? Here's what I wrote in 1984 when it was on the brink of bankruptcy archives.chicagotribune.com/1984/01/22/pag.” But how can you pass up a deal as tempting as this? As Joseph Adinolfi points out, “Ronco Brands is offering a free chicken roaster to anyone who buys $5,000 worth of its stock.” And Andrew Ackerman says, “Act now! By buying more than $1,000 in shares, you’ll get 20% off on http://Ronco.com.” Sadly, as Joe Mathieu notes, “Yet still no Bass-O-Matic.”
 

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