Catalans declare independence from Spain
“We are watching the established global order crumble in real time,” tweets Will Heilpern, of the report from the BBC News, Catalans declare independence from Spain. “There will be a lot of Scots and Kurds cheering them on - this is far larger than just Spain,” notes Martin Patience. Adds Kenneth Rapoza, “this might be the beginning of the end of the european union. $VGK who's next? Greece? Maybe other parts of Spain…” “Globalism is dead,” says Arthur Christopher Schaper.
The non-release of the JFK files
The New York Times writes, J.F.K. Assassination Files Released, but Trump Lets Some Stay Secret. Tweets Randeep Ramesh, “Says it all > Few seem as excited about the release of the JFK documents as the current occupant of the Oval Office.” And then there’s “@JamesHohmann on the non release of the JFK files @PowerPost,” as Mary Jordan tweets, linking to James Hohmann’s “Daily 202” analysis in The Washington Post, Trump bowing to CIA on JFK files is a reminder of how the presidency changes people. Tweets Jenna Johnson, “On Trump and the JFK docs, @jameshohmann notes: ‘The world looks different when you sit behind the Resolute desk.’” Politico’s Christiano Lima and Akela Lacy highlight 7 new findings from the latest JFK files.
The dreaded ‘voice-o’
Before we move on, let’s take a moment out for some comments: “Oh my god this is amazing,” tweets Yasmeen Khan. She’s referring to So This Happened in Our Comments Section Today, posted by Nancy Wartik of The New York Times. “THEY WROTE ABOUT THE BEST COMMENT EVER!” tweets Gene Park. “2017 keeps coming up with new ways to 2017,” notes Adam Weinstein. Tweets Eli Kintisch, “The dreaded ‘voice-o’ (like typo).”
Citing election meddling, Twitter Bans Russian Networks RT, Sputnik From Buying Ads, reports TIME’s David Ingram.
Meanwhile, “The Trump administration was three weeks late on a Russia sanctions deadline. But it’s killed the office that coordinates them,” write Foreign Policy’s Robbie Gramer and Dan De Luce in State Department Scraps Sanctions Office. “Odd! Why did Rex Tillerson scrap Sanctions Dept? It undermines ability to execute Russian sanctions!” tweets Jeanine Barone. “Very bad news. US State Department disbands sanctions office. How will they implement Magnitsky sanctions in future,” tweets Bill Browder.
What Did Cambridge Analytica Really Do for Trump's Campaign? WIRED’s Issie Lapowsky takes a look, and the “Upshot of new @Wired piece is that Cambridge Analytica's role in the Trump campaign was bigger than people realize,” tweets Joshua Green. Aron Pilhofer’s take: “Please, someone point to the scandal here? Anyone. Please, I’m serious about this.”
New details from Niger attack
“Lots of new detail about the Niger attack here. US soldiers were lightly armed, wearing 'tshirts and baseball caps,’” tweets Matt Wells, linking to US officials and Nigerien soldier: Convoy separated during ambush in Niger, by CNN’s Arwa Damon and Brent Swails. The report from Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt at The New York Times, U.S. Soldiers Were Separated From Unit in Niger Ambush, Officials Say. “NIGER AMBUSH: When French rescue helicopters took off with 7 Americans, they left 4 MIA — & possibly still alive,” tweets Kenneth Vogel. “‘Inexplicably left behind’ is a heck of a thing to read about Green Berets,” says Matthew Yglesias. Tweets Vera Maria Bergengruen, “Military still can't explain why it took 2 days & exhaustive search by troops from 3 countries to find Johnson's body.”
Ugh this lede
Erica Orden refers you to ‘I don’t want to sit on your lap,’ she said. But Mark Halperin insisted, by Paul Farhi of The Washington Post. “Turns out the way he practiced journalism wasn't the worst thing about him,” says Mike Wereschagin. Yes, “the Halperin story is getting worse at a rapid pace,” as Rosie Gray tweets. “This is stomach churning,” tweets Jonquilyn Hill.
At Politico, Rachel Bade and Elana Schor report, Sexual harassment policies on Capitol Hill inhibit victims. Tweets Schor, “Other agencies have to publicly disclose data on complaints where bad behavior was found - but not Capitol Hill.” Tweets Ali Watkins, “This, on the Hill's sexual harassment policy, is practically medieval.” Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Elise Viebeck of The Washington Post explain How Congress plays by different rules on sexual harassment and misconduct. Tweets Rosalind Helderman, “Unlike rest of govt, women who complain they've been harassed on the Hill have to go through counseling, mediation.” “Fun Fact No. 2: Congressmen don't pay their own groping fines; tax payers generously pick up the tab,” notes Ron Charles.
On that note, “Read this phenomenal essay by Mimi Kramer on Tina Brown, Harvey Weinstein, and all of it,” tweets Erin Keane, who links to A Likely Story, by former New Yorker theater critic Mimi Kramer. “Wow this is just scathingly good,” says Rebecca Traister. “This piece is phenomenal, scathing, right on time, heavy and glorious in equal measure,” tweets Jessica Hopper.
Havre has it
“What in the,” tweets Heidi Groover. “This is the most bonkers political story I’ve ever read. And that’s saying something in 2017,” says Jon Ostrower. They’re referring to Havre couple running in opposite U.S. Senate primaries brings disjointed backstory, by Tom Lutey at the Billings Gazette. “Havre has it,” says Matt Hudson.
“This is really the whole thing about tiny homes, really,” tweets Ian Bogost, of ‘Tiny House Hunters’ and the shrinking American dream, Roxane Gay’s new piece for Curbed. Tweets Kate Yanchulis, “‘I regularly yell at the television during Tiny House Hunters.’ Same though.” “.@rgay writing on house hunters is honestly a lot for me to handle,” says Nicholas Korody.
The New Yorker’s Patrick Radden Keefe writes about The Family That Built an Empire of Pain (28,000+ shares). “Excellent reporting on Purdue Pharma, the company that introduced the U.S. to Oxycontin & some say created epidemic,” tweets Natasha Ghoneim. And Robert Wright tweets, “When I saw Sackler wings at galleries & museums, I never knew how they'd made their money. They probably prefer that.”
“I talked to 18 girls Boko Haram deployed as suicide bombers. Here are some of their stories,” tweets Dionne Searcey, linking to her piece in The New York Times, Boko Haram strapped suicide bombs to them. Somehow these teenage girls survived. Tweets Nicholas Phillips, “This piece by @dionnesearcey = a good reminder that journalism doesn't only expose villains. It can exalt heroes.” “Tremendous photography, storytelling, @AFergusonPhoto @dionnesearcey, on a difficult subject,” tweets Mujib Mashal.
Making the rounds:
Aaron Rupar of ThinkProgress highlights, On Hannity, former White House official suggests Hillary Clinton deserves to be executed.
In Jenna Johnson’s new piece in The Washington Post, ‘I learned because of Fred’: Trump cites brother’s struggle in talking about addiction, “The great @wpjenna observes how infrequently Trump talks about his late alcoholic brother. He did today,” tweets Maggie Haberman.
Help Me! Boy cries as Rohingya boat fleeing Myanmar capsizes. AP’s Todd Pitman has the story.
In Australia, High Court verdict: Goodbye Malcolm Roberts, you won't be missed, reports Jacqueline Maley of the Sydney Morning Herald. And from BuzzFeed’s Lane Sainty, Malcolm Roberts Is No Longer A Senator And People Can't Handle It. Tweets Josh Taylor, “Please enjoy the history of Malcolm Roberts claiming he wasn't British.”