Lede of the Day
That's how the Texas Tribune's Aman Batheja characterizes the first graf of a new McClatchy report revealing that "The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump."
"How strange that Comey didn't mention this the week before the election!" tweets The Atlantic's Adam Serwer.
"TONS of news in this @McClatchyDC story. FBI met w Trump dossier author Chris Steele in summer to exchange info," says Ali Watkins of BuzzFeed.
Here's Kate Brannen of Just Security's with her take: "This isn't about sex scandals or secret Moscow meetings, it's about following the money. As it always is."
And finally, the New York Times' Jody Rosen weighs in: "As the poet said: Big, if true."
Curses, Broiled Again
That's the New York Times' Patrick LaForge weighing in on his colleagues' report that Planet Earth has set a temperature record for the 3rd straight year in a row. Yes, THAT Planet Earth - the one that supports all life in the known universe including our own. Welp.
"Don't worry," says KFI's Zoey Tur, "@realDonaldTrump will use his computer skills to save Earth," referencing the president-elect who refers to pretty much anything related to the Internet as "The Cyber."
Speaking of the president-elect, the New York Times Twitter account pointed out, "The findings come 2 days before Donald Trump's inauguration. He has called global warming a Chinese plot."
"No surprise to those of who believe in a little thing called SCIENCE," says freelance book critic Beth Fish.
And finally, Justin Cremer of The Local Denmark shares this startling statistic from the piece: "Of the 17 hottest years on record, 16 have now occurred since 2000."
In other news:
"Trump's DC hotel wouldn't let @dlippman in today," tweets Politico's Shane Goldmacher while linking to his colleague Daniel Lippman's piece, before explaining why that's a particularly troublesome development in what many feel is a war on journalists launch by Trump: "Property is owned by the federal government."
While "A Fake News Masterpiece" may sound like an oxymoron, that's exactly what the New York Times' Scott Shane says he's found, tweeting his new story out with the come-on, "I discovered who was behind an anti-Clinton fake news site. And he agreed to tell his story."
"In the middle of an interview with @ktumulty, Trump shouts: 'Get me my lawyer!'" That's the Washington Post's Elise Viebeck who links to her colleague Karen Tumulty's interview with the president-elect - though the situation wasn't as nefarious as it may sound. Trump didn't feel threatened, he just came up with his slogan for 2020 and wanted to trademark it: "Keep America Great."
Many have tweeted out Erik Wemple's latest Washington Post story with their own twists on the headline, but Wemple's original header captures the absurdity and hypocrisy of the piece perfectly: "In retraction request to CNN, Trump team confirms CNN story."
And finally, a dispatch from the fake news frontlines courtesy of BuzzFeed's Jamie Ross: "This Guy Tricked Infowars Into Publishing A Completely Fake Report About Trump." Politico's Kenneth Vogel sums up the ease with which Infowars was hoodwinked: "How to create #fakenews 1-set up a twitter acct 2-msg @infowars claiming you work for @nbc & have a story 3-sit back."