Absolutely devastating

“Last night, I sat down and tried to describe what Hurricane Harvey is like,” Matt Pearce of The Los Angeles Times tweets. The result: On the road in Texas, where all the roads look like rivers. Says Alex MacPherson, “This, from @mattdpearce, is absolutely devastating.” “The writing in this story. Just wow,” tweets Lauren Abbate. Emma McIntosh calls it a “Breathtaking, terrifying dispatch from flood-stricken Texas.”

“I wrote about the drowning of Houston, another predictable manmade disaster,” tweets POLITICO’s Michael Grunwald, who links to A Storm Made in Washington. And from Kiah Collier and Neena Satija of the Texas Tribune and Al Shaw and Lisa Song of ProPublica: Houston’s Big Dams Won’t Fail. But Many Neighborhoods Will Have to Be Flooded to Save Them. Tweets Andy Uhler, “More great stuff from @neenareports et al on #HurricaneHarvey.”

The Houston Chronicle’s St. John Barned-Smith reports that a Houston Police officer has drowned in Harvey floodwaters. And Julia Horowitz and Jill Disis at CNN are reporting that the Nation's largest oil refinery has been forced to shut down as Harvey floods Port Arthur.

CNN’s Sonia Moghe and Kelly Marshall Smoot have the story on a Houston Gallery Furniture store that is letting about 300 Harvey evacuees sleep in its showroom. But as agencies respond to the storm, some face cuts under Trump budget proposal, reports The Washington Post’s Lisa Rein.

And it’s official: Harvey marks the most extreme rain event in U.S. history, as Jason Samenow reports in The Washington Post.

Meanwhile, “This lede,” says David Shepardson. He’s referring to “It was a presidential trip to a deluged state where the president didn’t meet a single storm victim, see an inch of rain or get near a flooded street,” from Josh Dawsey's piece in POLITICO, Trump relishes role as chief executive of Harvey response. And at The Washington Post, Jenna Johnson writes, Even in visiting hurricane-ravaged Texas, Trump keeps the focus on himself.

So take THAT!

Go ahead and “Start the countdown for a Trump tweet critical of the United Nations,” advises Mark Jacob. At Reuters, Stephanie Nebehay reports, Freedom of the press under attack from Trump: U.N. rights boss. She quotes Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, who says, “It’s really quite amazing when you think that freedom of the press, not only sort of a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution but very much something that the United States defended over the years is now itself under attack from the President.” David Rutz suggests, “U.N. committee statements should always end with, ‘so take THAT!’”

“I love the judiciary!” tweets Dana Priest. Arizona Central’s Michael Kiefer and Yvonne Sanchez are reporting, Judge won't vacate former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's contempt conviction without oral arguments.

And breaking news from Tom Vanden Brook in USA Today, Mattis orders Pentagon to allow transgender troops to continue serving, pending study. More on the story from Dan Lamothe at The Washington Post: Pentagon chief Mattis freezes Trump’s ban on transgender troops, calls for more study.

Ratcheting up the pressure

“MUELLER ratchets up pressure on MANAFORT; subpoenas sent to former lawyer and spokesman, per @evanperez,” tweets Manu Raju. He links to the scoop from CNN’s Evan Perez, Special counsel subpoenas Manafort's former attorney and spokesman. Also, Trump Jr. agrees to transcribed interview with Senate panel. That’s from CNN’s Raju, Tom LoBianco and Pamela Brown. And today, The Associated Press is reporting, Kremlin confirms Trump's lawyer reached out about deal.

Axios’ Mike Allen writes of The incredible shrinking president. “Brutal but spot-on,” says Jim Roberts. “Trump, atrophied. Highlights: No Muslim ban, no wall, no trans ban, no Trumpcare, no corporate tax cut, no POTUS,” tweets Virginia Heffernan.

Mucking through the swamp

In The New York Times Magazine, Nicholas Confessore explains How to Get Rich in Trump’s Washington. He tweets “Trump pledged to drain the swamp. Instead, he gave it a lucrative new business model. Inside the K Street gold rush.” “Today's must-read,” says Wayne K. Spear. “Impeccable and tenacious @nickconfessore mucks his way through new swamp. Great piece on lobbying in Trumplandia,” tweets Jake Silverstein.

Before we move on, “A weird one.” Kyle Blaine is referring to Trump appointee: Comment calling Obama's mother a 'w@!re' result of 'Internet crimes' against me, by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski and Paul LeBlanc. “Sure, ok,” says William Turton.

This is quite big media news

That’s Scott Bryan’s reaction to Sky to stop broadcasting rightwing US channel Fox News in UK, which Mark Sweney reports for The Guardian. “Generated a lot of Ofcom headaches for not much audience, so can see why they'd do it in current climate…” says James Ball. CNN’s Charles Riley and Dylan Byers have more: Fox News pulled off the air in Britain.

“Here's my story on Palin/NYT, which ends with a federal judge offering a defense of press freedom,” says Tom Kludt, referring to his CNN piece, Judge dismisses Sarah Palin's lawsuit against New York Times.

On Medium, Meredith Talusan writes, On Mic.com and Minority Life in Startup Media. “Or, how my name got erased from an award for my work,” as she tweets. Says Adrianne Jeffries, “This is a must-read complement to my story on Mic.”

Libby Watson tweets, “LMAO WHAT THE FUCK," and that seems to be the general reaction to Erik Prince’s op-ed in The New York Times, Contractors, Not Troops, Will Save Afghanistan. “The NYT letting Erik Prince to use the Op Ed page to argue for a strategy that would enrich him is an odd choice,” says Dan Pfeiffer. “Wait, this actually ran?! It's not just a bad Twitter hoax?” asks Dan Drezner.

This is awkward

“In which an IMAGINARY MAN gets more respect than two real-life women,” tweets Kayla Epstein. She’s referring to the Fast Company piece by John Titlow, These Women Entrepreneurs Created A Fake Male Cofounder To Dodge Startup Sexism. “‘Homme de plume’ is genius but I admit I'll pine for ‘remingtonsteeling.’” says Adam Rogers.

“This is awkward: How the @NewAmerica think tank squashed independent thinkers,” tweets Marc Gunther who links to Google Critic Ousted From Think Tank Funded by the Tech Giant, by Kenneth Vogel in The New York Times. Tweets Noah Weiland, “Extraordinary @kenvogel reporting on the choke hold big tech has on research and scholarship at New America.”

“Latest fallout from our Rigged investigation: Costco drops port trucking company after pressure from senators.” That’s Brett Murphy, who links to his piece in USA Today, Costco drops trucking company accused of labor violations.

It's an August recess miracle!

Ed Hornick is referring to Sean Spicer finally gets to meet Pope Francis, as Michael O’Loughlin reports in American Magazine.

And finally today, “do read this amazing @JDuboff 10th anniversary oral history of gossip girl,” tweets Maya Kosoff. She links to *Gossip Girl* 10 Years Later: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, and More Reflect on the Zeitgeist They Created, by Josh Duboff in Vanity Fair. Kelsey McKinney says, “wow this @JDuboff Gossip Girl piece is basically the birthday present I didn't know I wanted!!!!” “Obsessively reading this Gossip Girl 10 year anniversary oral history,” says Jillian Sederholm. “Oh my God. SEE YOU ALL IN AN HOUR,” says Anthony Ha.

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