Comey Comey chameleon
“Good morning everyone, and welcome to a blockbuster day of testimony in Congress by James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director who was abruptly fired by President Trump last month,” writes Julie Davis in The New York Times’ live streaming update, Comey’s Testimony Before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Yes, all eyes are on Comey today, beginning with C-SPAN’s Stakeout Feed: James Comey's Home. Maybe you’re in the DC bar that’s offering free drinks for every Trump tweet during Comey testimony, as reported by The Hill’s Aida Chavez, or somewhere else for this 'Must-See TV’, as Mike Grynbaum and Katie Rogers report in The New York Times. Either way, you might want to check out some of these stories making the rounds.
Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post provides A viewer’s guide to the James B. Comey hearing: Who are the senators asking him questions? Benjamin Wittes offers his Initial Comments on James Comey’s Written Testimony (24,000+ shares) on the LawFare blog, where the Brookings fellow and friend of Comey writes, “it is the most shocking single document compiled about the official conduct of the public duties of any President since the release of the Watergate tapes.” And in an op-ed for the Washington Post, Philip Lacovara writes, I helped prosecute Watergate. Comey’s statement is sufficient evidence for an obstruction of justice case. Kyle Griffin points to the “Killer ending”: “The ball now is in Mueller’s court to decide whether he has (or will have) enough evidence...and, if so, whether to reach the same conclusion that I reached in the Nixon investigation — that, like everyone else in our system, a president is accountable for committing a federal crime.” Says Troy Bramston, “Anyone who thinks #JamesComeyTestimony is a damp squib should read this from a #Watergate prosecutor @washingtonpost.”
POLITICO’s Matthew Nussbaum, Josh Dawsey, Darren Samuelsohn and Tara Palmeri report, West Wing aides fearful of directly attacking Comey. Sarah Lacy notes this choice quote: “‘But if he wants to watch it, it's not like we can say, ‘oh, the TV doesn't work,’ said abt THE PRESIDENT.” Meanwhile, Michael Bender and Peter Nicholas of The Wall Street Journal report that the RNC to Lead Trump’s Offensive Against Comey. Tweets Bender, “60-some RNC staffers—including some in windowless room in HQ clipping video—to lead anti-Comey push for White House.”
But maybe you’re looking for something a little different. In that case, head over to McSweeney’s and see if you can figure out whether these excerpts are from James Comey’s Opening Statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee or from Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. Says Rebecca Traister, “I love this extremely perfect thing.”
Nothing to see here
So, what’s the House up to? As Donna Borak reports for CNNMoney, it’s voting on killing Dodd-Frank today. Or as Corey Seymour says, “Hey wait while everybody's looking over there let's kill the most effective financial regulation in existence.”
Election in the UK
The other big news today is the election in the UK. Claire Phipps and Haroon Siddique have been bringing the updates at The Guardian, while Ashley Kirk and Patrick Scott have the final tracker and odds for The Telegraph. Meanwhile, in The British election: The middle has fallen out of British politics (33,300+ shares), The Economist explains why they endorsed the Liberal Democrats.
What it takes to top Trump news
Ginia Bellafante links to Fossils Found in Morocco Reset the Clock on the Origin of Humans (38,000+ shares), Carl Zimmer’s new piece in The New York Times. “These beautiful bones are challenging the idea of a single “Cradle of Humankind’,” tweets Rachel Gross, and Charles C. Mann says, “Fascinating, if true: fossils of 5 ancient humans push emergence of H. sapiens back to ~300k yrs.” As Quentin Hardy puts it, “Ethiopia, once Cradle of Mankind, becomes Children's Bunk Bed of Mankind.” Bob McGough calls it a “Revolutionary find.” Says Patricia Cohen, “Amidst rapid-fire news, the long view.”
Here’s the new worst
Seems like we say this a lot these days, but “Wow. This is unbelievable,” tweets Colin Lecher. And “If you think you've read the worst anecdotes about Uber, here's the new worst,” says Shira Ovide. They’re referring to Uber executive, who obtained medical records of customer who was a rape victim, is fired, the scoop by Kara Swisher and Johana Bhuiyan of Recode. Explains Lauren Goode, “Uber exec obtained medical recs of customer who was a rape victim; execs reportedly did not fully believe incident.” Kadhim Shubber says, “It is impossible to see how Kalanick can remain chief executive following this story,” and Aimee Rawlins puts it best: “This is so beyond gross.”
“Dear Brazilian Government, thanks for the contracts,” tweets Bloomberg. In the new cover by Michael A. Smith, Sabrina Valle and Blake Schmidt, No One Has Ever Made a Corruption Machine Like This One, we learn that “There’s graft, and then there’s Odebrecht.” Dom Phillips calls it a “Great in-depth story on the Odebrecht bribery machine,” and John O'Neil says, “While waiting for Comey, read this remarkable picture of construction corruption in Latam.”
We have work to do
“Food for thought on journalism hiring practices by @rschallom, who interviewed for 6 mo, 2 days before landing @WSJ," tweets Brad Peniston, linking to Rachel Schallom’s An Open Letter to Newsroom Hiring Managers. Tweets Schallom, “I wrote about all the ways journalism’s hiring practices are broken.” Meghan Morris says, “Good read on how to improve newsroom hiring practices, much of which is applicable across industries,” and Brian Boyer asks, “So. How can we get newsroom hiring managers and HR departments to read this post by @rschallom?” Says Jeremy Bowers, “Moving and thought-provoking article from @rschallom. We have work to do.”
Other stories you’re missing while you watch the Comey testimony
Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng of The Daily Beast report that White House Staff, Congress Blindsided By FBI Pick Announcement.
In The Guardian, Julia Wong reports Greg Gianforte pays $50,000 to press group in civil settlement for assaulting reporter.
At The New York Times, Anne Hidalgo and William Peduto reveal The Mayors of Pittsburgh and Paris: We Have Our Own Climate Deal.
Apple’s Siri, Once an Original, Now Struggles to Be Heard Above the Crowd, reports Tripp Mickle for The Wall Street Journal.
Also at The Wall Street Journal, Li Yuan reports Behind the Great Firewall, the Chinese Internet Is Booming. She tweets, “What you need to know to understand the Chinese internet. Most Chinese really aren't interested in Facebook &YouTube.”