Back in business
It’s been a busy first weekend on the job for new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. First up, a little tidying up. Anthony Scaramucci deleted old pro-Hillary, anti-Trump tweets, reports The Washington Post’s Kristine Phillips, who also noted, Anthony Scaramucci said he wants Sarah Sanders ‘to continue to use the hair and makeup’.
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski finds that Scaramucci wrote ‘America deserves better’ than ‘unbridled demagoguery’ in early 2016 op-ed aimed at Trump, and Kaczynski’s colleague Eli Watkins has the recap of Scaramucci’s appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union”: Scaramucci: Trump still doesn't accept intelligence conclusion on Russia. Also, seconds after quoting an anonymous source, Anthony Scaramucci admits the source was Donald Trump, as Adam Peck writes for ThinkProgress. Tweets Mark Harris, “This is working out nicely so far.” And then there’s this: As Kishore Hari points out, “We don't have to wait until the year 3000.” Twitter Has Decided Trump's New Communications Director Is The Boneitis Guy From “Futurama.” “good job twitter,” says Inkoo Kang.
Meanwhile, “CNN's Brian Stelter told White House counselor Kellyanne Conway during a heated interview on Sunday that it is not the cable news network’s job to do public relations for the White House,” writes The Hill’s Julia Manchester, in CNN's Stelter to Conway: 'It's not our job to do your PR.'
Adding insult to… insult?
In the wake of Scaramucci’s hiring, Trump wishes Reince would take the hint, according to Axios’ Jonathan Swan. Tweets Reid Wilson, “Good point from @jonathanvswan: The guy whose tagline was ‘you’re fired’ actually hates to fire people.” The question is, says Joshua Holland, “How much humiliation will Reince tolerate?”
At POLITICO Susan Glasser reports on The Trump White House’s War Within, writing “His national security team wants a stepped-up fight in Afghanistan. There's just one problem: A president who doesn't want to be there.” She tweets, “Reporting on Trump WH’s Afghan policy review, one phrase kept coming up: ‘s*** show.’”
And now comes the exclusive from Mike Allen of Axios, Trump ponders Rudy Giuliani for attorney general. “Adding insult to… insult?” suggests Andrew Couts. All this AND, Trump’s DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana, reports The Hill’s Lydia Wheeler.
Thank your (Ken) Starrs
The New York Times’ Charlie Savage tweets, “Look what I FOIA'd out of the National Archives”: Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes. Or “No, Trump is not immune from prosecution while in office - thanks to Kenneth Starr,” as Dmitry Zaks tweets.
But today all eyes are on Jared, and “Jared is somehow all the Bluths rolled into one,” tweets Ana Marie Cox. This morning, we got Jared Kushner's statement on Russia: full text, which CNN’s Jeremy Diamond discusses here. Matt Apuzzo and Maggie Haberman have the story for The New York Times, ‘I Did Not Collude,’ Kushner Says in Prepared Remarks to Senators, Rebecca Ballhaus takes a look for The Wall Street Journal in Jared Kushner Releases Details on Previously Undisclosed Meeting With Russian Ambassador, The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker files Kushner to detail four meetings with Russian officials in congressional testimony, and at Bloomberg, Margaret Talev and Shannon Pettypiece report, Kushner Says His Russian Contacts Were Few And Insignificant.
At The Guardian Wendy Dent, Ed Pilkington and Shaun Walker are reporting, Jared Kushner sealed Manhattan real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case.
Sorry not sorry
“No, the @nytimes didn’t ‘foil’ a chance to capture al-Baghdadi, as Trump said. @gordonnyt checked the tapes,” tweets Amy Fiscus. She links to Michael Gordon’s reporting in The New York Times, How Trump Got It Wrong in Saying The Times ‘Foiled’ ISIS Leader’s Capture. And as The Times’ Hadas Gold and David Cohen report, New York Times requests apology from Fox on ISIS story. However, Aaron Rupar of ThinkProgress reports, Fox & Friends is not sorry about false attack on New York Times that inspired Trump tweet, writing, “Instead, host Steve Doocy merely offered ‘an update to a story we reported over the weekend’ and directed viewers to read ‘a lengthy statement’ from the Times on the Fox News website.
The moneyman of the alt-right
He's Spent Almost 20 Years Funding The Racist Right. It Finally Paid Off. That’s the story from BuzzFeed’s Aram Roston and Joel Anderson. Tweets Mark Schoofs, “?? This reclusive millionaire brought you the alt-right. Next up: his plan for racial segregation.” Schoofs adds that William Regnery II is “The most influential racist you've never heard of, the moneyman of the alt-right.”
And now...Senator Kid Rock?
Don’t Laugh, say POLITICO’s Tim Alberta and Zack Stanton. They quote Dennis Lennox, a Republican political consultant in Michigan, who says, “Presuming Kid Rock doesn’t get caught in bed with a little boy, or beat up a woman between now and August 2018, he’s going to win the nomination if he gets in.”
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, especially on a Monday, but here it is: Microsoft is planning to kill off Paint after 32 years, as Samuel Gibbs reports for The Guardian. “I'm gonna need some counseling,” says Megan Garvey. “Oh God no,” tweets Scot Petersen. “And to think it had just occurred to me the internet needed a good reason to rally,” says Brian Fitzgerald.
Noah Bierman refers you to the “Detailed dissection of an institution resisting scrutiny.” That’s USC received more than a year of questions about former medical school dean's conduct before scandal broke, new reporting from Paul Pringle, Adam Elmahrek, Matt Hamilton and Sarah Parvini of The Los Angeles Times.
Girls Trip Tops Box Office and Proves Black Women Can Bring the Funny and Money, as Yesha Callahan writes for The Root.
“Great, visceral essay from @SopanDeb on ‘The Big Sick’: Rejecting arranged marriage meant rejecting my Indian roots,” tweets Ellen Barry, of ‘The Big Sick,’ South Asian Identity, and Marriage, by The New York Times’ Sopan Deb.
“This is incredible,” says Robin Hilton. NPR is Turning The Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women.
An AP exclusive from Mitch Weiss, Holbrook Mohr and Peter Prengaman finds Brazilians funneled as slaves by US church, ex-members say.
Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, & Trump: A Love Story. That’s Olivia Nuzzi’s new piece for New York Magazine.
Jordan Spieth puts together incredible finish to win British Open. Steve DiMeglio covers it for USA Today.