What a story
“i think i was just reading about the wsj taking it easy on trump,” says Chris Krewson, and we thought so, too, but new scoop from Peter Nicholas, Rebecca Ballhaus and Erica Orden at The Wall Street Journal reveals, Some Trump Lawyers Wanted Kushner Out. Tweets @WSJPolitics, “Trump lawyers concluded in June that Kushner should step down due to possible legal complications from Russia probe.” And, as Annie Karni tweets, “There exists, or there existed, a drafted statement explaining Kushner's departure from the WH.”
“Be it noted,” says Kenneth Silber. In their Daily Beast exclusive, Ben Collins, Kevin Poulsen and Spencer Ackerman report that Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on U.S. Soil. “What a story - part of the $100,000 Russian FB ad spend was to promote an anti-Muslim rally,” says Tom Gara.
In other Russia-related news, Axios’s Becca Rotenberg has the story, Russian politician says on live TV that Russia stole U.S. presidency. At The Washington Post, Joby Warrick explains How Russia quietly undercuts sanctions intended to stop North Korea’s nuclear program. David Corn of Mother Jones reports, How Donald Trump Lied to Conceal His Moscow Business Partner. He tweets, “This should be a major Trump scandal in and of itself.” And Susan Page has the exclusive for USA Today, Hillary Clinton says Trump associates helped Russia meddle in the 2016 election. “I’m convinced of it,” she said.
I’m buying it. I’m reading it.
Speaking of Hillary. “Lede of the morning: ‘Hillary Clinton has written a book. Have you heard?’” tweets David Joachim. Here’s “.@JenSeniorNY on @HillaryClinton's candid, blackly funny, multitasking memoir,” as Radhika Jones puts it. They’re talking about Hillary Clinton Opens Up About ‘What Happened,’ With Candor, Defiance and Dark Humor, the review by Jennifer Senior for The New York Times. Tweets John Williams, “I got to spend a good part of today talking to @JenSeniorNY about her great review of ‘What Happened.’ I'm lucky.” Susan Dominus calls it, “One fascinating woman's take on another fascinating women's take on recent history.” Says Patti Solis Doyle, “I'm buying it. I'm reading it. It chronicles a fascinating and disturbing moment in our history.”
At Vogue, Michelle Ruiz writes, No, Hillary Clinton, the First Woman to Win a Major-Party Presidential Nomination, Does Not Need to Shut Up About It. "You know, @hillaryclinton is actually the best person to talk about what happened to Hillary Clinton," Alessandra Codinha explains. “.@voguemagazine knows what's up. ♀” tweets Allison Babka.
Ed O'Keefe is referring to Lisa Rein’s piece in The Washington Post, After nine months, federal offices are still waiting to hang Trump’s picture. Vanessa Williams highlights, “Some agencies missing @RealDonaldTrump’s portrait have downloaded an unofficial one that shows him scowling.” Yes, “The president who loves his own image is missing from many federal buildings - or scowling,” tweets Dan Eggen.
Also, “Trump still lacks a tax plan, but does have a big roadshow planned to sell a cut,” tweets Tim O'Brien, referring to reporting from Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs and Justin Sink, Trump Is Said to Plan Aggressive Road Show to Sell Tax Overhaul. The story also notes that Hope Hicks will lead the communications team on a permanent basis. Tweets Jacobs, “New White House strategy on tax reform serving as live-fire exercise on how a WH press shop should work.” “stop me if you’ve heard this before …” tweets Jake Sherman.
Tell us how you really feel
Meanwhile, “Trump keeps finding new ways to piss off Mexico,” tweets Mitchell Landsberg, who links to the story from Kate Linthicum at The Los Angeles Times, After an earthquake and a hurricane - and Trump's failure to send condolences - Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.
At The Atlantic, Jack Goldsmith asks, Will Donald Trump Destroy the Presidency? Daniel Drezner says, “Tell us how you really feel in your opening paragraph, @jacklgoldsmith.” You’ll have to read it for yourself, but here’s a teaser: “Trump is a Frankenstein’s monster of past presidents’ worst attributes.”
And in case you were wondering, Steve Bannon Says He Talks to Donald Trump Frequently, Julie Steinberg reports for The Wall Street Journal. As Erica Orden tweets, “Bannon said today in Hong Kong that he talks to Trump every 2-3 days & that they last spoke last night for an hour.”
Lots in here
Jake Sherman has “a bunch of thoughts on this terrific @hillhulse McConnell interview,” including, “So good from McConnell to @hillhulse: ‘One of the advantages of being the majority leader is you control the paper.’” He’s referring to McConnell Says Democrats’ Glee on Debt Limit Deal Was Premature, by Carl Hulse of The New York Times. Tweets Ben Walsh, “You can't spike the ball early *in the end zone*.” “Lots in here,” says Kai Ryssdal.
“CDC wants employees to stop helping press with data requests for some reason, @sam_baker reports,” tweets Zachary Tracer. He links to HELP hits a roadblock on state waivers, from Axios’s Sam Baker. “This is appalling. CDC cracks down on its communications staff,” tweets Charles Ornstein.
The era of extreme rainstorms
David Ovalle, Kyra Gurney, Daniel Chang and Nicholas Nehamas of the Miami Herald report on the ‘Devastation’ in the Florida Keys: Here’s what happened when Irma struck. NASA’s Earth Observatory shows how Hurricane Irma Turns Caribbean Islands Brown. The New York Times’ David Leonhardt takes a look at Irma, and the Rise of Extreme Rain. He tweets, “Warm air can carry more water. The air is warmer than it used to be. Welcome to the era of extreme rainstorms.” Back in Houston, Sheila Kaplan and Jack Healy of The New York Times are reporting Houston’s Floodwaters Are Tainted With Toxins, Testing Shows.
As we mentioned yesterday, Hemingway’s Six-Toed Cats Ride Out Hurricane Irma in Key West. Maggie Astor has the full story for The New York Times. Also at The Times, Jeremy Ashkenas provides the view of Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Katia From 22,000 Miles Above Earth. “Hats off to the NYT visuals team for this, it's mesmerising,” says Ian Prior. And in “the misadventures of @MarcACaputo,” as Blake Hounshell puts it, POLITICO’s Marc Caputo reveals, This Is What It’s Like to Ride Out a Hurricane.
Sure, but can he top this: “The Amazing Randi escaped Hurricane Irma in part thanks to @uber,” tweets Nick Gillespie, who links to An Eighty-Nine-Year-Old Escape Artist Trapped by Hurricane Irma, by Daniel Gross in The New Yorker.
Do not miss this story
“good news, there was a Fyre Festival of pizza.” Steven Perlberg refers you to Furious Foodies Call Brooklyn Pizza Festival The 'Fyre Festival' Of NYC Food Events, by Gothamist’s Nell Casey. “you might miss this story (h/t @perlberg, because I almost did) but do not miss this story,” says Caroline Moss. Aleksander Chan calls it “perfection.” “We live in a golden age of fraud,” tweets Richard Whittall.
“Oh hell yeah,” says Jessica Suerth. She’s talking about Blago: His Life in Prison, by David Bernstein for Chicago magazine. Says Kurt Erickson, “Here's a long read about a goofy narcissist I once covered who went to prison.” “This interview was f—ing golden,” says John Puterbaugh.