Just wow (and not in the good way)
The big news yesterday was President Trump’s tweets about Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. Well today, Scarborough himself wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post titled: Donald Trump is not well.
Mika, meanwhile, called the whole thing Fascinating, frightening and sad for the US on MSNBC.
Let's get back in track
“1. Trump's tweets are outrageous and worthy of your derision but this is the most important story of the day. 2. The White House is laying the groundwork for a systematic, nationwide voter suppression campaign,” Judd Legum outlines over two back-to-back tweets. In both, he’s referring to what Kira Lerner, Joshua Eaton wrote in Think Progress: that Trump’s voter fraud commission is “laying the groundwork for voter suppression.” “As expected, the Trump administration is gearing up to commit some aggressive voter suppression,” Ned Resnikoff tweeted. Roberta Bernstein deemed it “an urgent matter.”
In case you were wondering about a different piece of Trump legislation: The travel ban going into effect would have saved zero lives from terrorist attacks in the last 20 years, Philip Bump explained in the Washington Post. “Looked at terror attacks over the past 20 years. Travel ban might have prevented two in which no one died,” Bump explained.
Axios has the exclusive on Trump allegedly plotting trade wars.
And Tara Palmeri report for Politico that The White House Council For Women And Girls Has Gone Dark Under Trump.
Elsewhere, a GOP Operative Apparently Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn, Shane Harris, Geoffrey Fowler, Christopher Mims, Joanna Stern report in the Wall Street Journal.
The GOP health-care debate turns to stark question: help vulnerable Americans, or help the rich? Kelsey Snell asks in the Washington Post. “CBO will release an update today on the long-term effects of the GOP bill,” Amy Gardner explained.
For some “Important porcupine lovemaking details,” as Emily Swanson puts it, check out the AP fact check from Calvin Woodward, Jim Drinkard on the warped reality in the health debate. “Whatever it takes to get some porcupine natural history into the news cycle,” Carl Zimmer wrote. While Vera Maria Bergengruen deemed it the “Best thing I read today.”
And on a more serious note, "In the US childbirth has been growing more dangerous," reads a quote from Brian Resnick’s twitter feed. There is good news though: as Julia Belluz at Vox explains, California is quietly solving America's appalling tragedy of moms dying in childbirth.
Interesting to note
Ben Collins at Daily Beast got NASA to deny the InfoWars Report Claiming It's Running a Child Slave Colony on Mars.
Speaking of Infowars, did you know they sell the same exact pseudoscientific "wellness" products as Goop? Props to Nikhil Sonnad at Quartz for figuring that out.
“Niko Kollias is one of the strongest people I have interviewed,” Tisha Thompson at ESPN tweeted. Along with colleague Robby Klein, they wrote about the University of Rochester football player who was kidnapped and tortured for 40 hours. “Crazy. How being unable to transfer money from his account likely saved a football player's life,” Joey Wahler teased on Twitter.
New York Times journalists walked out yesterday to protest the copy editor layoffs.
Jordan Sargent wrote a “very long” piece for Spin about MTV News, or what he calls the good, the bad, and the contradictory of an ill-fated experiment.