John Glenn: American badass

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John Glenn: American badass
December 8th, 2016
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John Glenn: American badass

This is bonkers

"Trump's trust owns 99% of an LLC that owns 99% of an LLC that owns a co. that owns a co. that owns his helicopter," tweets Aaron Zitner of The Wall Street Journal.

In other words... wait, hold on what?

If you're confused right now, don't feel bad. It's supposed to be confusing, write the Journal's Jean Eaglesham, Mark Maremont, and Lisa Schwartz. The more tangled Trump's "web of LLCs," the easier it is to "obscure his business interests," according to the reporting trio's latest piece.

Leslie Eaton of the Dallas Morning News had only the highest praise for the article: "What smart, experienced investigative reporters can do: produce a focused, eye-popping story! Read it!"

"At least $304M (roughly half) of revenue Trump reported in financial disclosure came from assets held in 96 LLCs," adds The Wall Street Journal's Miriam Gottfried.

And finally, Katie Martin of the FInancial Times has a more direct take: "This is bonkers."

Barely Half of 30-Year-Olds Earn More Than Their Parents

That's the big takeaway from Bob Davis' latest Wall Street Journal piece titled "The American Dream is Fading, and May Be Very Hard to Revive."

Mike Rosenberg of the Seattle Times highlights just how big a decline this represents versus older generations: "% of young Americans earning more than their parents at their age 1970: 92% 2014: 51%, despite much more education."

"This explains much economic anxiety," notes Nick Timiraos of The Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile, the Journal's Joshua Zumbrun adds, "You could spend days thinking about all the stories contained in this single little chart."


Though Fusion's Felix Salmon makes a good point, dampening the impact of the article: "Oh come on. The parents of 1970’s 30-year-olds were FIGHTING WORLD WAR 2 when they were 30."

RIP John Glenn

According to The Columbus Dispatch, John Glenn—"American hero, aviation icon, and former U.S. Senator," in the words of the Dispatch's Joe Hallett—has passed away at the age of 95.

The Sun Foundation's Alex Howard pays his respects in a tweet: "1st American to orbit the Earth. Oldest man in space. Godspeed on your final mission."

Elsewhere, the Chicago Tribune's Alex Parker doesn't mince words in letting the world know how he felt about the late, great astronaut: "John Glenn: American badass."

In other news:

According to the New York Times, Trump is expected to name Andrew Puzder, a critic of the minimum wage, to head up the U.S. Department of Labor (10,000+ shares). Charles Jaco of Fox's St. Louis affiliate KTVI weighs in on the pick: "When Puzder moved Hardee's hq out of StL, no one cared much, since he's such a miserable anti-employee CEO."

"Great story on the crackdown of Google's moonshots," tweets Aaron Tilley of Forbes in reference to a new Bloomberg piece on how the search giant, despite making massive amounts of money each year, is questioning whether or not its purest, most pie-in-the-sky innovation projects are still worth it. "CFO Ruth Porat is 'a hatchet man,' Tilley adds.

"This is a REMARKABLE exchange between Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who is trying to become Secretary of State, and a Yahoo anchor," tweets CBS News' (but soon-to-be the New York Times') Sopan Deb. During the exchange, Rohrabacher dismisses the insights on Russia held by Yahoo's Bianna Goldryga as "baloney," despite the fact that Goldryga grew up in the former Soviet Union.

According to the Washington Post, U.S. life expectancy has declined for the first time since 1993 "due to an increase in 'virtually every cause of death,'" tweets Matt O'Brien of the Post's Wonkblog.

And finally, "Trump’s favorability rating is lowest of any president-elect in modern history," tweets New York Magazine freelancer David Freedlander as he links to The Hill's article on the matter.

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Because we're on the topic of TIME's "Person of the Year," who is the youngest individual to ever receive the honor?

Answer: Charles Lindbergh at the age of 25. (Lindbergh was also the first person given this honor by TIME, way back in 1927). Congrats to Kevin Sniffen for answering first. Honorable mention goes to the New York Times' Letters editor Thomas Feyer who answered, "The computer, if it counts as an 'individual.'"

Your question of the day for today is… While we're on the subject of presidential approval ratings, since 1952 (the first year Gallup began measuring it) what president's approval rating dipped lower than anyone else's as it fell to 22%, despite the fact that at its peak his approval rating became the third highest approval high for a president at 87%?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners tomorrow!

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Career Updates
RIP Breaking News

According to Poynter:

Breaking News, a news alert app founded by Cory Bergman and later acquired by NBC News, will be shut down. Craig Newman of Crain's Chicago Business laments its loss, pleading to the cruel and invisible journalism gods, "Why can't we keep good news apps alive?"

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