Trump and the climate
Over at Earther, you’ll find 34 Other Times Donald Trump Tweeted His Ignorance About How Weather Works. Brian Kahn, who wrote the piece, tweeted: “It brings me no pleasure to report this.” Then he followed it up with, “Tag your favorite Trump cold weather tweet. I'm the one on global warming specialists.” Maddie Stone added, “.@blkahn doing the lord's work.” And Yessenia Funes went one step further: “Well @blkahn went ham on Trump and found all his old ass climate-denying tweets related to weather LOL.”
Axios’ Mike Allen ends the year writing Trump unchained: staff leaves, hardline ideas rise. Jim VandeHei tweeted: “Trump obsessed w war option in North Korea meetings; wants tariffs ASAP: steels and aluminum top list…” While Daniel Drezner shared this quote from the piece: “There is a reason the harshest assessments of Trump usually leak after North Korea meetings.”
The New York Times’ Hiroko Tabuchi explains How Climate Change Deniers Rise to the Top in Google Searches. He also tweeted: “Type the words ‘climate change’ into Google, and you could get.. ads that call it a hoax.”
We also know from the Daily Beast that Trump Fired All of the HIV/AIDS Panel Without Explanation. Kali Holloway points out the termination happened, “...by FedEx letter.” While Amy Siskind added, “Well, he’s done even slightly pretending.”
Trump and other things
President Trump sat down with the New York Times again and you can read some of the Excerpts From His Interview online. Brian Stelter tweeted: “.@NYTMike: You’re O.K. with me recording, right? TRUMP: Yeah.” Justin Miller tweeted this quote: “Trump: ‘There is no collusion, and even if there was, it’s not a crime.’”
CNN’s Chris Cillizza compiled a list of The 47 most outrageous lines in Donald Trump's New York Times interview. He also tweeted a few of them like:
"I know the details of taxes better than anybody. Better than the greatest CPA."
"'Hey, let's get together. Let's do bipartisan.'"
"There was tremendous collusion on behalf of the Russians and the Democrats."
Cillizza followed it up with: “Whoa boy.”
Not to be outdone, The Star’s Daniel Dale put together his own roundup of 25 false claims Donald Trump made in his latest New York Times interview. It’s not a pretty roundup but it does include claims like “Virtually every Democrat has said there is no collusion. There is no collusion.” The paper added: “As of Dec. 22, Trump had already made 978 false claims ; adding the Times interview, the tally will pass the 1,000 mark in the next update.”
To really dig it in, Jennifer Agiesta at CNN adds that No, Trump's approval rating hasn't caught up to Obama's. Jim Acosta flagged the “Fact check.” And Joe Johns called it, “Another Whopper.”
In The Daily Beast, Michael Weiss reports on the The KGB Playbook for Turning Russians Worldwide Into Agents. Weiss tweeted: “NEW: Third and final part of the KGB Papers: How Soviet spooks infiltrated Russian emigre communities worldwide.” And John R. Schindler called it, “More great Chekist stuff from @michaeldweiss.”
An AP report tells us that Turkey and Russia signed a loan deal for an S-400 air system. That means Turkey is buying a Russian-made anti-missile system worth $2.5 billion. Ryan Evans wrote, “And here we go…” Which is as accurate as it is ominous.
Amanda Erickson reports in Washington Post that Airstrikes in Yemen kill dozens of civilians in one day. But that’s just part of the country’s misery. Robbie Gramer added on Twitter: “In one day this week, at least 68 Yemeni civilians were killed by airstrikes, according to the United Nations.”
The AP says a court in Cambodia fined its exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy $1 million for defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen in a Facebook post.
Sad news in America
A very sad story from New York City this morning is that a child playing with a stove ignited the Bronx fire that killed 12 people overnight. It’s in the Daily News with reporting from Adam Shrier, Jillian Jorgensen, and Thomas Tracy.
The Washington Post calls the Bronx fire the deadliest New York City fire in a quarter century, according to Eli Rosenberg.
‘Sorry, 2017, but you had this coming!’
Dave Barry’s 2017 Year in Review is out in the Miami Herald and this time, he focuses on: Did that really happen? Here’s just the first line: “Looking back on 2017 is like waking up after a party where you made some poor decisions, such as drinking tequila squeezed from the underpants of a person you do not really know.” Wow. Michelle Kaufman introduced it with: “Time to laugh…” While Leonard Pitts Jr. wrote: “Sorry, 2017, but you had this coming!”
In her weekend roundup, Silvia Ascarelli lists The best-read stories of MarketWatch in 2017, which she says “reflect our focus on all things money, whether today’s financial markets and investing ideas or how to be smarter about how you spend your cash.” Check it out before we close out this crappy year.
Jeanie Ahn at Yahoo Finance got her fellow reporters to talk honestly about their money goals for 2018 and you can read all about it right here. It’s great for answering the question: “Are these guys any good at walking the walk and practicing what they preach?”
Dallas News picked their Texan of the Year and it’s Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, who they say sacrificed his job to take a principled stand.
Rachel Nichols's The Jump is TV's Smartest Basketball Show, according to Sports Illustrated’s Rohan Nadkarni. He admires how she “tirelessly crafts a monologue for each and every episode of her show with topics ranging from North Carolina’s bathroom bill and how it relates to the NBA to whether the Thunder should consider trading Paul George.”
Brian Rosenthal gives us the rundown on The Most Expensive Mile of Subway Track on Earth in the New York Times by explaining “soft costs,” aka “preliminary design and engineering [charges], plus management while construction is underway — [which] make up about 20 percent of the cost of transit projects in America.” Cody Lyon likened it to,” Pigs at the trough. From $3.5 billion to $12 billion—seven times the average cost elsewhere in the world.” Dana Rubinstein shared, “ Wow. ‘Soft costs for East Side Access are expected to exceed $2 billion.’” Andrew Giambrone pointed out, “The MTA hits from the NYT keep coming.”
Amanda Hess and Quoctrung Bui dive into How the World Expresses Itself in GIFs for the New York TImes. Hess points out these are “the GIFs people use around the world to express anger, excitement, happiness, love, sadness, humor, and regret.” But Brian Feldman had a different take: “In its biggest blunder of the last 24 hours, the NYTimes libels Wario,” he tweeted.
And a story about booze
In what is really a very good pun, Matthew Dalton’s Wall Street Journal piece reads: Terroir Alert! Champagne Is Expanding and Tempers Are Popping. What that actually means, according to Erich Eichman, is that “Two towns could be expelled from Champagne. ‘Doesn’t mean our grapes are less good,’ grumbled one farmer.” Ben DiPietro added, “When nothing but Champagne will do…”