Blockbuster o'clock came early today
That’s Nicholas Riccardi, referring to Top Trump Organization executive asked Putin aide for help on business deal, by The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig, Tom Hamburger and Rosalind Helderman. “Wow: Top Trump Org executive Michael Cohen asked Putin's spokesman for help on a business deal during the campaign,” tweets Christina Wilkie. Ari Melber notes, “Huge story, legally important b/c evidence of: A top Trump aide *proactively* contacting Kremlin for $ reasons.” And Leonnig tweets, “Readers got 3 fab scoops on #Russia probe in last 18 hours in @washingtonpost & @nytimes. All pushing to get truth.”
Yes, in addition to the other scoop from Leonnig, Hamburger and Helderman that we shared yesterday (Trump’s business sought deal on a Trump Tower in Moscow while he ran for president), there’s this: “NEW: @mattapuzzo + @maggieNYT have the actual emails between Sater and Cohen re: Russia tower deal,” tweets Nick Confessore, who links to Trump Associate Boasted That Moscow Deal ‘Will Get Donald Elected’, by The New York Times’ Matt Apuzzo and Maggie Haberman.
Next, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk of ABC News report, Trump knew of Moscow tower proposal during campaign, lawyer says. Tweets Kyle Griffin, “ABC confirms WaPo: Trump signed a ‘letter of intent’ to pursue a Trump Tower Moscow deal 4 months into the campaign.”
And then The Wall Street Journal weighs in with Rebecca Ballhaus’ report, Trump Attorney Says They Discussed Moscow Tower Deal During Campaign. She tweets, “NEW: Michael Cohen says he discussed proposed Moscow deal w/Trump 3X during campaign, as Trump was praising Putin.”
Also: “NEW DETAILS about how a WV man reached out to a Trump official (via a senator) to set up a Russian mtg. Our story,” tweets CNN’s Manu Raju of his exclusive, How a request about Russians made its way from West Virginia to Trump's team. Tweets CNN, “Russian intelligence sought to court conservatives, including religious groups, to build alliances in the US.”
Meanwhile, at NBC News, Julia Edwards Ainsley and Tom Winter are reporting, Mueller Team Asking If Trump Tried to Hide Purpose of Donald Jr.’s Trump Tower Meeting.
And now this: Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) is floating a measure to kill Mueller probe after 6 months, as Austin Wright of POLITICO reports. Tweets John McQuaid, “The Mueller investigation is the only thing allowing Congress to operate semi-normally (emphasis on semi). But YOLO.”
So, “Why does Trump have such foggy memories of his deals with Felix Sater? And why might Mueller care? My column,” tweets Timothy L. O'Brien, who links to his piece in Bloomberg, Felix Sater Is a Lean, Mean Trump-Russia Machine.
Off with his head
“Now entering the Trump doghouse: longtime aide George Gigicos! Scoop by @JenniferJJacobs + @kevcirilli,” tweets Alex Wayne. He’s referring to Trump Punishes Longtime Aide After Angry Phoenix Speech, Sources Say, by Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs and Kevin Cirilli. “Off with his head. @POTUS fired long-serving, experienced advance man b/c of Phoenix event crowd size,” tweets Alexis Simendinger. Or as Jacob Weisberg puts it, “Trump has his private thug send another aide to Siberia.”
Today in “Why journalistic standards actually matter”
“Whatever you are, you are not surprised by this story,” says Sopan Deb. The Guardian’s Jon Swaine has the report, Lurid Trump allegations made by Louise Mensch and co-writer came from hoaxer. “Today in ‘Why journalistic standards actually matter,’” says Phil Davis. “You’re telling me that LOUISE MENSCH was fooled by a hoaxer??????? COULD IT BE TRUE,” asks Philip Bump. Also: “Never listen to Louise Mensch about anything,” advises K. Thor Jensen.
Harvey is the new normal
Most Harvey flood victims uninsured, face big bills alone, report Bernard Condon and Ken Sweet of The Associated Press. Tweets AP, “Only two of 10 homeowners hit by Harvey have flood insurance so most will have pay for repairs themselves.” Meanwhile, Alana Rocha of the Texas Tribune explains why a New Texas law means Harvey victims have good reason to file claims by Friday.
At The New York Times, Matthew Haag reports, Saving Pets Is Paramount for Many Fleeing Tropical Storm Harvey. He tweets, “For many in Houston, leaving their pets behind was not an option.” The piece quotes one resident, who says, “Every situation is different, but for us, it was not an option to leave our pets behind. They are my best friends.”
Michael Luo tweets, “Astute analysis of Houston's vulnerability by @jiatolentino but also an ode to its spirit.” He links to Hurricane Harvey, and Public and Private Disaster in Houston, by The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino.
In a new piece for POLITICO Magazine, Eric Holthaus writes, Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like. Tweets Nicholas Jackson, “Harvey is the new normal. Harvey is what climate change looks like. Harvey is what happens when you refuse to listen,” and POLITICO Magazine tweets, “It’s time to open our eyes and prepare for the world that’s coming.” At The New York Times, David Leonhardt writes of Harvey, the Storm That Humans Helped Cause, while BuzzFeed’s Anup Kaphle reports that South Asia Is Also Experiencing The Worst Flooding In Decades And The Photos Are Horrifying.
Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post takes a look at Ted Cruz’s claim that two-thirds of the Hurricane Sandy bill ‘had nothing to do with Sandy’. Tweets Sopan Deb, “A fact check on the Sandy aid bill being filled with pork via @GlennKesslerWP. (Spoiler: No).”
And once again, No, the shark picture isn’t real: a running list of Harvey’s viral hoaxes. That’s by The Washington Post’s Abby Ohlheiser. Oh, did you fall for it? Well, as Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed reports, The Guy Who Tweeted The Fake Viral Street Shark Photo Says It's Your Fault For Believing It.
So Glenn Thrush of The New York Times says, Harvey Gives Trump a Chance to Reclaim the Presidential High Ground. To which Gabriel Snyder tweets, “No, guys, for real this time, he's gonna Pivot!” “I see we're still in search of a Trump pivot,” says David Uberti. “No, he doesn't. He never does. He never has,” tweets Jeff Jarvis, while Alexander Zalben says simply, “Nope.” “Reclaim? I think you mean find, discover,” David Lepeska says. “Trump displays genuine empathy... for buildings,” tweets David Klion. “Written 3 weeks after Charlottesville + 4 days after Arpaio pardon. ‘Liberal media.’ Stockholm syndrome,” notes Britt Robson. Last word goes to Luke O’Neil: “shut da fuck up.”
What the hell is this?
WIRED’s Andy Greenberg goes Inside an Epic Hotel Room Hacking Spree. Tweets Nicholas Thompson, “2012: Huge security flaw in hotel keys revealed to public 2012-2016: Crime spree! 2017?: Time to fix it?”
“What a strange story: critics of AmTrust Financial Services Inc. are being approached by mysterious strangers,” tweets Austen Hufford. “What the hell is this?” asks Joshua Brown. They’re referring to Critics of Controversial Insurer Dogged by Mysterious Strangers, by The Wall Street Journal’s Mark Maremont, which reveals, “In battle against short sellers, critics are questioned by alluring women and others who aren't what they seem,” as Jacquie McNish tweets.
As CNBC’s Christine Wang reports, “North Korea has fired a ballistic missile that passed over Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters early Tuesday.” CNBC tweets, “BREAKING: North Korean missile that flew over Japan broke into 3 pieces and fell into waters off Hokkaido - NHK.” Writes Wang, “Dow Jones industrial average futures opened more than 100 points lower following the news, and was down more than 100 points in premarket trading Tuesday morning.”
Why words aren't as valuable to publishers anymore
Newseum’s president steps down as financial review begins, Margaret Sullivan writes for The Washington Post. “That could mean the sale of the landmark DC building,” she tweets.
In an attempt to figure out how Facebook’s censorship policies really work, ProPublica is asking, Have You Experienced Hate Speech on Facebook? We Want To Hear From You. That’s the piece from Julia Angwin, Ariana Tobin and Madeleine Varner. Tweets Angwin, “Tell us about it through our new ‘hate investigator bot.’"
And finally, here’s “What ‘pivot to video’ really means for the media industry,” says Jordyn Holman. According to the latest from Bloomberg’s Gerry Smith, Publishers Are Making More Video-Whether You Want It or Not. Tweets Smith, “I wrote some words on the ‘pivot to video’ and why words aren't as valuable to publishers anymore.” “Holy hell: Americans are expected to spend 81 minutes a day watching digital video in 2019,” tweets Anne Riley.