Shooting at NSA gate
Unfolding this morning, Brian Witte of The Associated Press reports that one person was wounded in a shooting outside the National Security Agency campus at Fort Meade. The story: Suspect held, SUV stopped after shooting at NSA gate.
Who’s in charge here?
And now your round-up of news about the Rob Porter fallout. White House Was Warned of Aide’s Background Months Earlier Than Acknowledged (20,000+ shares), Michael Shear reports for The New York Times, which leads Sam Rega to wonder, “Who is in charge?” Here’s a news flash, courtesy of Josh Greenman: “BREAKING: TRUMP WHITE HOUSE NOT TOTALLY FORTHRIGHT.”
At The Wall Street Journal, Michael Bender, Rebecca Ballhaus and Peter Nicholas cover the Christopher Wray testimony, FBI Director’s Timeline of Porter Probe Contradicts White House. Tweets Bender, “I asked John Kelly on Monday if the White House should have handled the Porter situation any differently. ‘No,’ he said. ‘It was all done right.’”
Meanwhile, White House official: “Kelly coverup is unraveling,” reports Axios’s Jonathan Swan, who writes, “Chief of Staff John Kelly's White House enemies are ready to use FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony as a weapon.” Indeed, as Ashley Parker tweets, “Re the rumors about John Kelly’s imminent White House exit: Let’s just say it’s not great news when your own staff feels emboldened to call you ‘a big fat liar,’” linking to her story in The Washington Post with Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey, White House reels as FBI director contradicts official claims about alleged abuser. Jeffrey Feldman puts it this way: “At this point, it appears the Trump White House lies about everything all the time. It's as if they simply do not know how to tell the truth. Their whole theory of power is just: lies, more lies, who order the lies, great big sweaty bags of lies…” If nothing else, read the piece for “the quotes in this @AshleyRParker @PhilipRucker @jdawsey1 joint,” as Matea Gold tweets.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and Kevin Liptak found out that Porter was up for a promotion despite abuse allegations.
Eliana Johnson follows up on her earlier piece for POLITICO with this revelation: Porter blamed ex-wife's black eye on a fall in off-the-record meeting with reporters. Says Timothy Noah, “There is a tendency for government officials to think that if they tell a reporter something off the record then that reporter is obliged to believe them. Didn't work in this instance.” Especially because “It's pretty difficult to fall in such a way that only the area around your eye is injured,” as Ben Pershing points out.
The fallout goes beyond DC: In The Wake Of Rob Porter Allegations, Mormon Women Say Church Leaders Encouraged Them To Stay With Their Abusers. BuzzFeed’s Jim Dalrymple II writes about the nearly two dozen women he talked with about their experiences of being counseled by Mormon church leaders, noting “some were warned their eternal salvation could be jeopardized if they left their violent partners.” “No words. Well, there are words. I just can’t form them yet,” tweets Michelle Quist.
Finally, at The Washington Post, Margaret Sullivan points out that Sarah Sanders is at her worst at a strange time - when she’s talking about respect for women.
All is well
And then there’s the ongoing Stormy Daniels saga: The scoop from Maggie Haberman at The New York Times, Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Says He Paid Stormy Daniels Out of His Own Pocket (87,000+ shares). You see, as Julie Davis explains, “Trump lawyer admits to @maggieNYT he paid porn star who claimed sexual relationship w POTUS but all is well cuz it was a ‘private transaction.’” In case you’re having trouble keeping up, Jim Roberts has the rundown: “Where we are: President’s personal lawyer admits to paying $130K to porn star weeks before the election. And it’s not Page One news.”
So, about those sanctions…
Mike Wereschagin is bringing up the sanctions in light of this news: Russia Sees Midterm Elections as Chance to Sow Fresh Discord, Intelligence Chiefs Warn (21,000+ shares), as reported by Matthew Rosenberg, Charlie Savage and Michael Wines of The New York Times. Tweets Maggie Haberman, “As the president screams ‘fake news’ about anything related to Russia and 2016, the IC says more is coming this year.” “This should worry us all—regardless of party affiliation,” notes Krys Boyd.
Duped by ICE
BuzzFeed’s Sal Hernandez reports that ICE's Top Lawyer In Seattle Has Been Charged With Stealing Immigrants' Identities for financial gain. At The Washington Post, Samantha Schmidt reports that An immigrant called 9-1-1 to report a crime. Police took him to ICE in handcuffs. Andrew deGrandpre points out, “The police chief here suggests his officers were duped by ICE, ‘that administrative deportation orders like Rodriguez’s are routinely being entered into the criminal database in the same way any criminal warrant would be.’” Ultimately, “This is going to make us all less safe,” says Matthew Yglesias.
This is the dumbest thing I’ve seen today
We’ll let Jane Coaston set this next one up: “It’s a bad sign when your incredibly hot take contains the seeds of your incredibly hot take’s destruction.” She’s referring to What If You Could Get Your Own Immigrant? by Eric A. Posner and Glen Weyl for POLITICO Magazine. James Fudge puts it this way: “The ‘re-imagining’ of the SNAP and the stupid idea in this politico article are as Un-American as you can get.” Austin Walker sums it up like this: “Oh my god I had seen the excerpts to this story but not the hed holy shit you absolute assholes.” But the biggest indictment of all comes from Noah Smith: “This is the dumbest thing I've seen today, and I've spent at least an hour on Twitter.”
And lots of tears
C’mon, y’all, Louise Linton Is Super-Duper Sorry. She speaks to Carrie Battan of Elle, who tweets about the piece, “Featuring private Snapchats with her and Mnuchin, chicken fingers, a quote from a homeless friend, and lots of tears.” And more, as Benjamin R. Freed notes: “There’s a lot going on in this @ELLEmagazine profile of Louise Linton, like hiring a protocol expert after the whole Instagram meltdown.” Anyway, “Please read this because it will make your day as it has made mine,” advises Maira Garcia.
I hear he’s swell to work for
Breaking news out of Israel yesterday: Netanyahu Should Be Charged With Bribery and Fraud, Israeli Police Say (30,000+ shares). That’s the report by Isabel Kershner and David Halbfinger of The New York Times. Jean Marbella ponders this: “Hmmm a country's leader faces indictment, he claims the investigators are biased and delusional and any charges will be up to the attorney general.” Kevin Cullen has a great idea: “Look at the bright side, Bibi: there’s an opening for staff secretary at the White House. You get to report directly to your pal, the president. Here’s hoping you clear the background check, and good luck with your new boss. I hear he’s swell to work for.” Loveday Morris covers the story for The Washington Post, Israeli police recommend indictment of Netanyahu on corruption charges (33,000+ shares).
This is so cool
Kevin Quealy wants you to know, “We don't only do dumb lists in Upshot-land.” He refers you to Josh Katz’s new piece in The New York Times, How a Police Chief, a Governor and a Sociologist Would Spend $100 Billion to Solve the Opioid Crisis. “This is so cool. How different experts would spend $100 billion to fix opioid crisis,” tweets Carla Astudillo. “I wish more policy discussions started with this,” says Erin Petenko.
As HuffPost’s Andy Campbell and Christopher Mathias report, NY Times Abruptly Fires Its New Nazi-Befriending Editorial Board Hire. Earlier in the day, The New York Times communications department tweeted that the paper had hired Quinn Norton as its “lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology.” As Charles Johnson explains, “New York Times hires Quinn Norton to join the editorial board, and quickly learns she tweets the word ‘fag’ and says she's friends with the webmaster of The Daily Stormer.” Before parting ways with Norton, The Times stated that it was “very concerned” about the tweets, to which Phil Wahba responds, “And many of its readers are also ‘very concerned’ at the NYT’s inability to find these tweets with basic research.”
“Breaking: Vice Media hit w/ pay discrimination lawsuit from former female employee. The woman, whose case seeks class action status, claims her male subordinate, whom she hired, made about $25k more per year than her. The man later became her supervisor,” tweets Daniel Miller, who links to his report in The Los Angeles Times, Vice Media sued by former female employee over alleged pay discrimination.
In more positive media news, David Beard at Poynter interviews the researchers at The Intercept for Digging in stark times: News researchers lead on big stories. And Twitter deleted Russian troll tweets. So we published more than 200,000 of them, writes Ben Popken of NBC News. “This is awesome. Hats off to @NBCNews. I wish more news orgs were as eager to share the datasets underlying stories like this,” says Lachlan Markay.
Speaking of Russian trolls, during the 2015 Mizzou protests, Russian Twitter trolls stoked KKK fears. That’s the report from Katy Bergen of the Kansas City Star.
But “Who needs Russians? The GOP can do disinformation campaigns all by itself,” notes Anne Applebaum, who links to the story from POLITICO’s Jason Schwartz and Shawn Musgrave, Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward touts endorsement from fake-news site. And she’s not the only one. As Sasha Chavkin highlights, “Several GOP candidates are citing newly created websites ‘with names that mimic those of mainstream news organizations’ and praise them and attack their opponents.”
This is a move
“Welp, pour one out for FX,” says Whitney McIntosh. John Koblin of The New York Times breaks the news, Netflix Lures Ryan Murphy in Deal Said to Be Worth Up to $300 Million. That’s right, “A ‘gay kid from Indiana’ lands one of the biggest deals ever for a television producer,” as Gregory Schmidt tweets. “In the Battle of giants, this is a move,” says Leonor Suarez.
I am a fan
At the New Yorker, Doreen St. Felix takes a closer look at The Mystery of Amy Sherald’s Portrait of Michelle Obama (17,000+ shares). She tweets, “i wrote about amy sherald's beautiful portrait of michelle obama, which i think of as a mysterious comment on representation.” As for St. Felix, Clint Smith says, “With each piece she writes it becomes increasingly clear that @dstfelix is one of the best writers in the game.” Jean Ho agrees: “THIS is an incredible, moving piece of writing by @dstfelix. I am a fan.”
Happy Valentine’s day to us all!!!
In his new cover for GQ, Daniel Riley writes that Timothée Chalamet Has Arrived Right on Time, and as Emma Kelly says, “Well, this interview with Timothee Chalamet is just lovely.” Also, “I genuinely love this gorgeously observed story and I’m more confused than ever about the intentions of this young man’s name,” tweets Caity Weaver. Regardless, “happy valentine's day to us all!!!” gushes Yohana Desta, highlighting a few choice shots of Chalamet by photographer Ryan McGinley.
A few more
- Seems like you shouldn’t need it, but just in case, Heidi Moore has your “Reminder to repudiate Nazis openly and freely and to not think they are just misunderstood. They are not.” She links to ‘Resist White Supremacy’: A sign. A farm. And the fury that followed, by John Woodrow Cox of The Washington Post.
- “This is incredible. Hedge funds have already found a gigantic loophole to tax reform's carried interest changes,” tweets Joe Weisenthal, referring to New Hedge-Fund Tax Dodge Triggers Wild Rush Back Into Delaware, by Bloomberg’s Miles Weiss.
- “As you cheer for @shaunwhite, consider these awful and graphic allegations of sexual harassment against him, including texts he admitted to sending. #MeToo,” tweets Christine Brennan, who links to her piece in USA Today, Shaun White cements legacy, but why little attention paid to allegations?