We begin today by telling you that the GOP baseball shooting is the 154th mass shooting in 2017, according to Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post. “Also: sixth such incident this week,” Susan Levine tweeted.
Oh yeah, Trump news
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe has expanded to include whether Trump's decision to fire Comey obstructed justice, according to Del Quentin Wilber, Shane Harris, Paul Sonne at the Wall Street Journal. “Trump in a phone call with the NSA director questioned whether Russia hacked US,” Justin Miller wrote. While Rick Wilson tweeted: “The wheels of justice, turning.”
To give you some context, most people in the U.S. think Trump meddled in the Russia probe, according to a new AP-NORC poll.
Elsewhere in the Trump administration, Rick Perry has shut down the Energy Department's climate office, which worked with other countries on clean tech, Brad Plumer wrote in the New York Times.
Trump’s Administration Also Quietly Rolled Back Civil Rights Efforts Across The Federal Government, Jessica Huseman and Annie Waldman report in Propublica. “Here are some quiet ways the Trump admin is gutting civil rights enforcement,” Jesse Eisinger said.
And Paul Manafort, who’s at the center of the FBI investigation into ties between Trump’s team and Russians, is still doing international work, according to some reporting from Kenneth Vogel at Politico. “Manafort still ‘doing business with international figures & companies, partly by claiming continued access to Trump,’” Bradd Jaffy tweeted.
“The Logo returns to LA, the other LA,” Chris Stone tweeted. That’s in response to news that Jerry West is leaving the Warriors to join the Clippers, as Jack McCallum reported in Sports Illustrated.
Over in college basketball, the NCAA says Louisville’s former operations director acted unethically, and the head coach failed to monitor the situation.
Apple CEO Tim Cook gave an interview to Bloomberg’s Megan Murphy and they talked about everything from Donald Trump, to the HomePod, and the Legacy of Steve Jobs. Rob Price tweeted, “Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's so excited about augmented reality, he wants to ‘yell out and scream.’”
Late night scoop from Bloomberg: Amazon has shown interest in acquiring Slack. “Price tag around $9b. No assurances a deal happens,” Alex Sherman tweeted. He wrote the piece with Eric Newcomer and Alex Barinka. “/giphy whoa,” Mark Bergen wrote.
Around the world
At least The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. “For us, climate change is beyond ideology,” one quote reads in this very lengthy piece in the New York Times. “Loading…” Andres Ilves tweeted of the extensive feature.
In other news that’ll make you cock your head and go “hmmm” there’s this piece from NBC News that U.S. sold Qatar F-15s just days after Trump says country funds terror.
What’s happening in America?
Well, good you asked: Rural America Is Stranded in the Dial-Up Age and it’s “as unacceptable as paying $60/mo for pokey service,” Brian Fitzgerald tweeted. For perspective: “40% of rural residents have poor broadband access. In cities, it's 4%,” according to Becky Bowers.
Speaking of rural, a Maine woman who was being attacked by a raccoon drowned the rabid animal in a puddle. “... with her bare hands,” Bill Trotter pointed out. “Oh my god,” was Dylan Martin’s very natural response. Alex Acquisto wrote that wild tale for the Bangor Daily News.
Oh and Caitlin Dewey in the Washington Post found out that there’s a surprising number of American adults who think chocolate milk comes from brown cows. “Huh,” Farhad Manjoo tweeted of the story, and honestly, we can’t think of a different reaction.
News about news
The Universal Phenomenon of Men Interrupting Women is a fascinating, amazing piece in the New York Times from Susan Chira. She tweeted it with a simple “Here we go again.” “For women in business and beyond, it was an I-told-you-so day,” Colleen Kelly wrote. “Can someone please #mansplain this to me? #stopinterrupting,” Susan Arbetter jested. And Holly Edgell pointed out, “This also happens with men who would otherwise self-identify as feminists.” So yeah, check yourself.
“My latest silly @WSJ story involves a grammatically correct time lord and a 1,224 year old mummy,” Spencer Jakab tweeted about the word “whom.” You might think it’s unimportant, but according to his piece (The Bell Tolls for ‘Whom’), the grammar mistakes abound. “As 'whom' is neglected and scorned in popular culture, die-hard grammarians fight to save it,” Kate Milani explained. While Michael Driscoll simply tweeted: “Whom ya gonna call?”/“Whom Do You Love?”
In less silly news, Fox News Is Dropping Its “Fair & Balanced” Slogan, according to Gabriel Sherman at New York Magazine. “Just another awesome scoop,” Jebediah Reed wrote. “Fox News to no longer pretend it’s fair and balanced,” Dana Rubinstein tweeted. And Tim Donnelly just had this to say: “lol great.”
Tributes are flowing for Michael Gordon, “a giant of journalism and the most decent of men,” who’s leaving The Age in Australia.
And Bloomberg peeps are celebrating the re-launch of their new BusinessWeek - it includes new app, new website, new magazine, everything. Congrats to Megan Murphy, Peter Coy, Max Chafkin, Yaacov Benmeleh, and the rest of the team there!