And we’re off...
“Good news if you had Manafort in the office pool,” says Matt Novak, who links to the breaking news from Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times, Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Told to Surrender (191,000+ shares), later updated with additional reporting by Adam Goldman and Nicholas Fandos. “And we're off…” tweets James Ball. Read the full indictment here. Rosalind Helderman and Matt Zapotosky of The Washington Post cover the story in Manafort and former business partner charged with conspiracy connection with special counsel probe. Tweets John Kelly, “Finally! Finally we have some actual fall weather in Washington. In other news, Manafort has been indicted.”
Also breaking this morning, Trump Campaign Adviser George Papadopoulos Pleads Guilty to Lying. NBC News’ Tom Winter and Tracy Connor write, “A former Trump campaign adviser struck a cooperation agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, secretly pleading guilty three weeks ago to lying to federal agents about his contacts with Kremlin-connected Russians.”
Over the weekend, Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier of BuzzFeed had reported, FBI Probe Of Paul Manafort Focuses On 13 “Suspicious” Wire Transfers. Tweets Chris McDaniel, “There’s a whole lot of detail in this important @JasonLeopold and @a_cormier_ scoop.”
Get good press with this one trick
The other big story of the weekend, “A big and carefully told story by @adambvary about an allegation against Kevin Spacey,” as Ben Smith tweets. Adam Vary of BuzzFeed reports, Actor Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey Made A Sexual Advance Toward Me When I Was 14 (43,000+ shares). Tweets Mark Harris, “Here's @adambvary with an ugly--and thoroughly sourced--new story. I suspect we'll hear more.” Adds Scott Simon, “Anthony Rapp, a great actor & thoughtful man, should be heard on this. He was 14.”
At The New York Times, Michael Paulson reports, Kevin Spacey Apologizes After Allegation of Decades-Old Sexual Advance on a Minor. Vulture’s Halle Kiefer has the story, Kevin Spacey Comes Out In Response to Sexual Allegation. And the original headline for the story by Chris Michaud of Reuters, Actor Kevin Spacey declares he lives life as a gay man. “Uh, maybe we are focusing on the wrong issue here?” notes Solarina Ho. Tweets Timothy Carney, “Accused of sexually assaulting a minor? Get GOOD press with this one trick >>” “Just in case you didn't know it, hitting on 14-year-olds is not normal or acceptable behavior for gay men,” tweets Jim Zarroli.
“Let's be clear: The news is that Spacey used the allegation that he made a sexual advance on a 14 yo to come out,” tweets Vary, who links to his BuzzFeed story with Brianna Sacks, Kevin Spacey Comes Out “As A Gay Man” After Sexual Misconduct Allegations. Meanwhile, Variety’s Pat Saperstein reports, Kevin Spacey’s Apology Slammed by Gay Activists and Celebrities, among them, Dan Savage, Rose McGowan and Billy Eichner.
“You're gonna want to read the hell out of this account of John Boehner and the GOP civil war,” advises Blake Hounshell, who links to John Boehner Unchained, by Politico’s Tim Alberta. “Yeeeeesh, @TimAlberta,” tweets Sopan Deb, of Boehner’s colorful assessment of former colleagues Jim Jordan and Jason Chaffetz. “Masculinity just looks like a ton of fun,” tweets Chloe Angyal. “So @TimAlberta is really good at his job. Just read this and you should too,” Michael Shure advises.
Bannon versus world
In the ongoing saga of “Bannon versus world,” as Andrew Chung puts it, Bannon called Trump to declare war on Singer, reports Jonathan Swan of Axios. Tweets Justin Green, “In a phone call, Steve Bannon told Trump he was going ‘off the chain’ against hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer.” “This promises to be exciting,” says Michelle Cottle. “This is so ridiculous. What exactly can Bannon do to Paul Singer? Nothing,” tweets Joe Nocera. “This is a fun fight,” says Christian Plumb.
Biggest news break of the playoffs
While The Los Angeles Times’s Houston Mitchell reports, Astros and Dodgers have tied World Series record for most homers in one series, Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci is reporting, Special, slicker baseballs hurting World Series pitchers. Tweets Ben Reiter, “Big story: Players and coaches from both teams tell Tom Verducci something's wrong with the World Series baseballs.” Gabriel Baumgaertner says, “Tom Verducci just delivered the biggest news break of the playoffs.” Tweets Gary Phillips, “If you haven't read this piece by Tom Verducci yet, you should.”
Also, Jennifer Gonzalez of NBC Bay Area dares to ask, “What's a World Series without a streaker?” In Star-Spangled Streaker Interrupts Astros-Dodgers World Series Game, she writes, “After Carlos Correa hit a home run, a fan wearing nothing but star-spangled boxers and the words ‘Villains Never Die’ written across his chest ran free around the infield.”
Other big news
Eric Schmitt of The New York Times has the report, Military Investigating Whether Navy SEALs Strangled Green Beret in Mali. To which Paul Szoldra tweets, “what!??” “Unusual to say the least,” says Jake Lowary.
“How about that?” tweets Lorena Blas, who links to Puerto Rico's governor demands terminating power contract with small Montana company, by USA Today’s Alan Gomez. “What looks like a fish usually smells like one,” tweets Melanie Reffes.
Yelena Dzhanova of NBC News reports, Powerful storm rolls into Northeast on fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. NBC News tweets, “DEVELOPING: Almost 600,000 in the dark after huge storm slams Northeast.”
“New by me: Facebook misinformation is fast becoming a global humanitarian crisis,” tweets Kevin Roose, who links to his piece in The New York Times, Forget Washington. Facebook’s Problems Abroad Are Far More Disturbing. “Facebook is a powerful global force. Should it be held accountable? Has it helped fuel ethnic cleansing?” tweets Michael Slackman.
This is SERIOUS
Bloomberg’s Sam Chambers explains Brexit’s Retail Mess: You Can’t Move a Supermarket to Frankfurt, while France, Land of Croissants, Finds Butter Vanishing From Shelves, reports Aurelien Breeden of The New York Times. Tweets @nytimes: “‘Margarine is not the solution.’ The French are reacting to the butter shortage using #BeurreGate.” “Thoughts and prayers for the people of France,” says Andrew Keh. Joe Fassler sums things up for us: “10/30/2017. Morning. US: President's fmr campaign chair is indicted. France: We're low on butter, this is SERIOUS.”