This is becoming an art form

Another day, another transcript. This time, it’s the transcript of Friday’s Oval Office interview with President Donald Trump by the Associated Press’s Julie Pace, and as Daniel Dale tweets, “Like almost all Trump transcripts, this Trump-AP transcript is bonkers.” David Corrigan introduces it this way: “Some highlights from a long, weirdly frank, and frankly weird interview with the President of the United States.”

Some choice quotes, widely tweeted: "Whatever. Whatever. In the meantime, I'm here and they're not." Trump’s complimenting Priebus for doing an "excellent job" in a "very tough environment, not caused necessarily by me." "You know, back when they did NATO there was no such thing as terrorism." "I never thought I had the ability to not watch what is unpleasant, if it's about me." “One of the best chemistries I had was with Merkel." And, "Well, in business, you don't necessarily need heart, whereas here, almost everything affects people." Says Max Fawcett, “This is becoming an art form.”

Very afraid of the wrath of Apple

Here’s something else to jolt you back into reality on a Monday. Says Damon Darlin, “Woah, you gotta read this. There are some jaw droppers in here.” In Uber’s C.E.O. Plays With Fire, Mike Isaac of The New York Times writes that “Travis Kalanick’s drive to win in life has led to a pattern of risk-taking that has at times put his ride-hailing company on the brink of implosion.” Carla Lalli Music says, “Well, if you haven't gotten around to deleting @uber from your phone, you will now.” Steven Aquino calls it “terrific reporting by @MikeIsaac, on Uber and its CEO, Travis Kalanick. The part about Apple is nuts.” As Matt Rosoff explains, “So Uber tracked iPhone users even after its app was deleted. Tim Cook personally told Travis to knock it off.” Says Nicholas Thompson, “Uber: not afraid of the wrath of governments; very afraid of the wrath of Apple.” “Tim Cook like The Godfather right here,” says Heidi Moore. And Roy Bragg tweets, “Uber seems less like a ride-sharing service and more like an interstate criminal enterprise.” Or “sociopathic surveillance capitalism?” offers Jonny Evans. Also worth mentioning, as Ben Bergman points out, “So...Uber’s C.E.O. no longer uses Uber.”

The TV president

Placing bets on whether or not Sean Spicer’s going to get fired? Then make sure you read the new piece by Ashley Parker and Robert Costa in the Washington Post, ‘Everyone tunes in.’ Inside Trump’s obsession with cable TV. In it, we learn of this exchange, which occurred at a working lunch at the White House last month: “I’m not firing Sean Spicer,” [Trump] said, according to someone familiar with the encounter. “That guy gets great ratings.” We also discover, of Trump, “Sometimes, at night, he hate-watches cable shows critical of him, while chatting on the phone with friends,” Costa tweets, to which Jonathan Wald adds, "Who doesn't?” Says Philip Rucker, “Really great read on Trump as the TV president. Lotsa details on his viewing habits," while David Hopkins notes, “This story is written as an implicit indictment of Trump, but it's also about the flaws in TV coverage of politics.”

Deep state strikes back

“Politico's investigation into hidden aspects of Obama’s Iran deal is going to make a lot of noise,” says Noga TarnopolskyPOLITICO's Josh Meyer brings the scoop on Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway, in which “The deep state strikes back at Obama,” as Jack Shafer puts it. Carrie Budoff Brown explains, “New @joshmeyerdc investigation: Obama admin didn’t tell full story behind its Iran deal concessions, prisoner swap.” And Jake Tapper describes it like this: “How the Obama administration threw a monkey wrench into its own Justice Department-led counterproliferation effort.”

Questionable authority

Here’s something you might not be aware of. “So The Anne Frank Center: a) isn't Jewish b) isn't a Holocaust organization c) has nothing to do with Anne Frank,” tweets Alex Griswold, linking to Emma Green’s reporting in The Atlantic, What Is the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect? The piece concludes, “because it talks a big game and wields the name of Anne Frank, the media has awarded it authority it never earned,” and Green herself tweets, “Hey journos -- if you're considering quoting the Anne Frank Center, read this first.” Mike Sacks calls it an “excellent corrective.”

Even more pathetic

Let’s check in to see how things are going with the Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Oh wait, on second thought, maybe we’d rather not. Senate Russia probe flounders amid partisan bickering, reports Michael Isikoff for Yahoo, who tweets, “Anybody who thinks Senate intel Russia probe will get to the bottom of things should read this…” And over at The Daily Beast, Tim Mak reports, Senate Trump-Russia Probe Has No Full-Time Staff, No Key Witnesses. Tweets Mak, “Given fiasco on House Intel probe, Senate intel was supposed to be the credible investigation. Reason to doubt that.” Says Noah Shachtman, “The Senate's Russia probe is supposed to be the serious one. Too bad it has only 7 part-time staffers working on it.” As Jonathan Chait tweets, “Wow, per @timkmak, the Senate's Trump-Russia investigation is actually even more pathetic than the House's.” Adds Mak, “Bottom line: With House Trump-Russia probe, it’s been a public fiasco. With the Senate, it’s been a private tragedy.”

Taking bad driving to a new dimension

“We're going to need a new nomenclature soon -- what is a flying car? A personal plane? A carrier drone?” The reason for Prashant Rao’s question: As John Markoff reports in The New York Times, No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car. Tweets Pui-Wing Tam, “The flying vehicle from Google's Larry Page debuts. @markoff saw it in action and you can see it here too.” Says Lee Romney, “Now I know when I'll leave the Bay Area. When these come out.” But how could this possibly go wrong? Says Alex Guillen, “Lots of people are already bad drivers in 2 dimensions... so yeah, let's invent flying cars!” But then again, “Maybe the Jetsons were really on to something,” says Catherine Catalane.

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