Le Carre, only in real life
Got a case of the Mondays? Here’s just what you need: “Thrilling read and great reporting by WSJ on a US-China story that deserves more attention stateside,” tweets Gerry Shih, referring to China’s Hunt for Guo Wengui, a Fugitive Businessman, Kicks off Manhattan Caper Worthy of Spy Thriller, by Kate O’Keeffe, Aruna Viswanatha and Cezary Podkul at The Wall Street Journal. It’s like “Le Carre, only in real life,” as Matthew Rose puts it. Julie Bykowicz calls it an “Amazing tale by @Kate_OKeeffe et al. One detail: Wynn, RNC $ chair, slipped Trump a note. It almost became policy.” “A terrific read. Feet up and enjoy,” tweets Paul Beckett.
The best media job of all time
Or maybe you need to get away from it all. Well, “This is it. The best media job of all time. Guessing this will get 1k plus applicants,” as Robin Wigglesworth tweets: The New York Times wants to hire a journalist to travel the world. “NYT dreams up a wild new travel writing job that I might just apply for -- 52 times,” tweets Jesse Pesta. “This job posting makes me want to pack a small suitcase, kiss my sleeping children and slip away in the night…” says Leah McLaren. Tweets James Longman, ‘Yes, the best job in the world exists. And you can APPLY!” “Might want to quit your job for this no matter what your job is,” says Sam Dolnick.
The Chris Christie exit interview
You could also check out “The Chris Christie exit interview w/@zengerle! On getting yelled at by Trump, getting screwed by Bridgegate & more,” tweets Geoffrey Gagnon, who links to Jason Zengerle’s piece in GQ, Chris Christie's Last Fight. Josh Dawsey calls it “A great read on the diminished but still-punching-away governor by @zengerle.”
Elizabeth Warren tries a novel approach
In the GQ interview, Christie says, “I don't see myself running for office again.” But Elizabeth Warren? “She’s running,” tweet both Charles Johnson and David Weigel, who link to Elizabeth Warren warms up to the press, by Victoria McGrane of The Boston Globe. Tweets Aaron Blake, “Elizabeth Warren tries a novel approach: Actually taking questions from reporters.” Tony Romm’s take? “area senator does what area senators generally are supposed to do.”
Making lots of headlines over the weekend, More than 30 women come forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment (35,000+ shares), reports Glenn Whipp of The Los Angeles Times. He tweets, “UPDATE: 38 women contacted me for this story. That number has now doubled since it was published.” “Another predator, another group of women that no longer shut up,” tweets Annalisa Merelli.
Also not shutting up: the 25 women who say John Besh restaurants fostered culture of sexual harassment. That’s the result of a months-long investigation by restaurant critic Brett Anderson of nola.com. Tweets Lee Zurick, “Great respect for @BrettEats. Not often you see a Restaurant Critic spend 8 months on an investigative project.” Anthony Bourdain calls it “The beginning of the end of institutionalized Meathead Culture in the restaurant business.”
And At Fidelity, New Fallout From Claims of Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Sarah Krouse and Kirsten Grind report for The Wall Street Journal. Tweets @WSJ, “Complaints about inappropriate conduct at a Fidelity stock-picking unit prompted an emergency employee meeting.”
Teach the children
Meanwhile, “A Cub Scout is thrown out for asking a politician about (sensible) gun control,” tweets Brent Staples, who links to Cub Scout Is Exiled After Pressing Legislator on Guns and Race (32,000+ shares), by Christine Hauser of The New York Times. Tweets @nytimes: “‘Why on earth would you want somebody who beats their wife to have access to a gun?’ the Cub Scout, 11, had asked.” “By all means let’s teach our children to shut up, not rock the boat and not question authority. #Fascism,” tweets Michael Balter.
Couldn’t get more absurd
A “surreal update this morning from @AndrewKramerNYT on the Russia/Browder/Magnitsky story,” tweets Scott Rose, of Turning Tables in Magnitsky Case, Russia Accuses a Nemesis of Murder, by Andrew Kramer of The New York Times. Tweets @nytimesworld, “After sanctions, bitter feuds and a noteworthy meeting in Trump Tower, a tragic case is entering the realm of farce.” “Utterly bizarre,” says Jessica Lussenhop. And Bill Browder tweets, “Couldn’t get more absurd. Russian authorities are accusing me & unknown MI6 agent of murdering Sergei Magnitsky.”
At the National Review, Jay Nordlinger asks, Why Is Bill Browder Banned from America? Tweets Browder, “Not only did Putin add me to the Interpol list, but the US simultaneously revoked my visa. @jaynordlinger explains.” “Clerical error? Probably not. In which case this stinks @Billbrowder #TrumpRussia,” tweets Rupert Allman.
Mueller doesn’t mess around
New from NBC News’s Tom Winter and Julia Edwards Ainsley, Mueller Now Investigating Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta. “The probe of Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm grew out of Mueller's inquiry into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to the sources,” they write. “Robert Mueller doesn’t mess around, apparently,” says Mike Madden.
The United States of climate denial
Josh Robin tweets, “I will be talking about #ClimateChange & Sandy all week @NY1. Meanwhile, over at the @EPA....” He links to the scoop from Lisa Friedman of The New York Times, E.P.A. Cancels Talk on Climate Change by Agency Scientists (33,000+ shares). “EPA gives global warming cold shoulder,” says Matt Purdy. “The United States of climate denial,“ tweets Maddie Stone.
Grab some tissues
But “For all the bad in this world we get great stories like this. This is why I love sports. #TheDutchDestroyer,” tweets Justin Prince, who links to the ESPN SC Featured video: ‘The Dutch Destroyer,’ from Tom Rinaldi. “Really didn't want to start today with a Rinaldi-enduced cry, but here we are. Man, happy I did #DutchDestroyer,” tweets Tess Quinlan. “There's a lot of news about NFL players and bad behavior. But, there's also guys like @cj_wentz. Grab some tissues,” Ralph Garman advises.
The shrink steals the show
For a few laughs, though, we still have Letterman. Geoff Edgers of The Washington Post reports on how David Letterman’s friends - and shrink - make his Twain ceremony as funny as his late-night legacy. Spoiler: “The shrink steals Dave's show,” Edgers tweets. Read more coverage from USA Today’s Cara Kelly, David Letterman (and his beard) get a hilarious roasting at the Mark Twain Awards, and Scott Neuman of NPR, David Letterman Honored With Twain Award For American Comedy.