Hurricane Harvey update
“BREAKING: Docs show Texas GOP lawmakers helped Arkema successfully block EPA's chemical safety plant rules,” David Sirota tweeted. He’s talking about news that Republicans Helped Chemical Plant That Exploded Lobby Against Safety Rules in the International Business Times, reported by himself, Alex Kotch, Jay Cassano, and Josh Keefe. “Owner of chemical plant exploding in Houston pressed Trump & GOP to block chemical plant safety rule,” Sirota added.
Also reporting from the devastation in Texas, Stephanie McCrummen at the Washington Post writes: With floodwaters rising and a rescue boat waiting, the urgent question: What to bring? Joel Achenbach called it, “the Harvey story you need to read.” While Beth Reinhard tweeted the story with, “The Things They Carried.”
What’s Trump up to
According to the Washington Post, during a summer of crisis, Trump chafes against criticism and new controls. Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker really lay into him: “Trump appears to pine for the days when the Oval Office was a bustling hub of visitors and gossip, over which he presided as impresario.”
“Trump expected to halt Obama’s program but allow some Dreamers to stay,” Franco Ordoñez tweeted. He’s talking about his piece in McClatchy about Trump ending the program that protects Dreamers from deportation written with Anita Kumar.
“Breaking: Trump is slashing Obamacare’s advertising budget by 90% Was $100M last year, will be $10M this year,” Sarah Kliff tweeted. Her piece on this latest undoing of the Affordable Healthcare Act is in Vox. “The surest way to kill the exchanges is to keep them secret,” Dylan Scott shared from Kliff’s piece.
From Indianapolis, the AP reports that Former aides say GOP lawmaker Todd Rokita yelled at staff and docked pay. That story from Brian Slodysko.
The Trump Energy official who said his controversial comments were the result of hacking has resigned. He is William C. Bradford and was a Trump administration appointee who headed the Energy Department's Office of Indian Energy. The news on his departure is brought to us by Andrew Kaczynski at CNN.
David A. Clarke Jr. has also resigned as Milwaukee County sheriff, Daniel Bice writes in the Journal Sentinel.
And if you’re wondering what that has to do with our president, Politico reports Clarke is expected to take job in the Trump administration.
“Waiting for that moment you get in every profile of a right-wing fanatic... ah there it is,” Jonathan Chait tweeted while reading this profile on Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s budget director, in Politico Magazine.
Let’s not forget about Russia
“Manafort's Notes from Russian Meeting: Word 'Donations' Near RNC,” Ken Dilanian tweeted. For the full piece, read Manafort Notes From Russian Meet Contain Cryptic Reference to 'Donations' which Dilanian wrote for NBC News.
Meanwhile, Betsy Woodruff at the Daily Beast has the exclusive that Mueller Enlists the IRS for His Trump-Russia Investigation. “Is any reporter breaking as much crucial news as @woodruffbets this week???” Spencer Ackerman wondered aloud.
And Trump Attorneys Lay Out Arguments Against Obstruction-of-Justice Probe to Mueller, Washington Post’s Peter Nicholas, Erica Orden, Paul Sonne, and Geoffrey Fowler report. “NEW: Trump lawyers have met multiple times w/ Mueller's team & have submitted TWO memos outlining legal arguments,” Orden explained on Twitter.
Elsewhere in Washington
John McCain says It’s time Congress returns to regular order and wrote just that in a Washington Post op-ed (not to be confused with the New York Times op-ed meme that’s blowing up the twitterverse this week.) But back to McCain, there’s this bit in his piece where he says Trump "is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct."
Here’s a fun one: “SCOOP: Tim Kaine still doesn't know what a dad joke is,” Ben Terris tweeted. He’s referring to his piece in the Washington Post: Romney, Clinton and others counsel a panicked political reporter on fatherhood. “I read this adorbs story and then immediately emailed my dad: ‘I just realized you are Tim Kaine,’” Kate Elizabeth Queram shared.
In Utah, a hospital nurse sobs as cop roughs her up and arrests her for doing her job as she says, “This is crazy.” You can read all about the bizarre incident from Derek Hawkins in the Washington Post.
Over at the LA Times, reports that Investigators seek photos and videos of former USC medical school dean with drugs written by Paul Pringle, Harriet Ryan, Matt Hamilton, and Adam Elmahrek.
New York City is mourning the downsizing of the Village Voice. “Cutting print out to save money--no paper, no ink, no trucks, no press--yet somehow, reporters still get laid off,” Jillian Jorgensen tweeted. She’s talking about the Village Voice, which just laid off 13 of 17 union employees, Colin Moynihan reports in the New York Times. Anna Merlan wrote, “Not even showing up to comment after you lay off most of your staff is not a classy move.” Joel Siegel added this quote from the story: "To throw out almost all of the union members goes against the grain of the Voice we love and cherish.”
On Berkley, Rachael Larimore tweeted: “Still queasy from all those glowing profiles of the antifa after Charlottesville? MATT LABASH has your antidote.” Indeed, Labash wrote A Beating in Berkeley for the Weekly Standard and you should give it a read.
Apple apparently wants to buy the iconic studio where Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind and E.T were shot. It’s meant to be their base for a Hollywood push, according to a scoop in the Financial Times.
Around the world
Across the pond, Guy Verhofstadt writes in the Telegraph: For years the EU bent over backwards to please Britain. Now you ask for 'flexibility'? Peter Fister called it, “@GuyVerhofstadt voices EU frustration in @Telegraph Worth reading.” Luke McGee simply tweeted: “Ouch.”
Judges annulled Kenya’s presidential election, according to BBC News. The decision was due to irregularities they say harmed the vote. A new poll has been ordered.
And on the internet
Yes, Google Uses Its Power to Quash Ideas It Doesn’t Like-I Know Because It Happened to Me, Kashmir Hill writes in Gizmodo. “This is a story I've long told at bars about the time Google's power really frightened me,” Hill tweeted. @SpecialProjects at Gizmodo shared the piece with: “Google has been silencing critics for years: @kashhill on how it pressured @Forbes to unpublish a story she reported.” “Wow,” Paul Blumenthal replied.