“Here we go…” says Jacob Kornbluh. “Popcorn Time,” says Emre Peker. Breaking news last night from Shane Harris, Carol Lee and Julian Barnes in The Wall Street Journal revealed that former national security adviser Mike Flynn has offered to testify in exchange for immunity (41,000+ shares). Elizabeth King notes, “His offer has no takers yet.” So Yoni Appelbaum has “Two questions here: Why does Flynn need immunity? And why won’t anyone offer it?” “Story certainly suggests Flynn feels he may be in legal jeopardy,” says Laura Trevelyan, but David Gura links to Alex Whiting’s explainer at Just Security, Flynn’s Public Offer to Testify for Immunity Suggests He May Have Nothing to Say, tweeting “Michael Flynn's public offer ‘suggests that he has nothing good to give the prosecutors.’" Still, as Bret Saunders tweets, “Mmm. Tastes Nixon-y.” “24: Snitch Another Day,” says Rembert Browne.
And just as we were recapping that story, Ken Dilanian of NBC News broke the news that the Senate Intelligence Committee has turned Flynn down.
James Comey is an egg
Katie Drummond has a warning for you: “Ashley is an obsessive stalker freak, do not let her into your life.” The executive managing editor of Gizmodo is referring to Ashley Feinberg's Gizmodo piece, This Is Almost Certainly James Comey’s Twitter Account (16,000+ shares). But Trevor Timm calls it “Some genius level internet sleuthing right here.” And Charles Ornstein shares, “Honestly, my mind is blown by this story (and I rarely say that)!” And that’s just a sampling of the superlatives making the rounds. Many also noted that James Comey is an egg. As Maxwell Strachan commented, “the mainstream media likes to discount twitter eggs. but watch out -- at least one of them runs the FBI.” Says Stefan Becket, “Sometimes you fall down a rabbit hole and Jim Comey's Twitter account is at the bottom.”
Speaking of the Twitter egg…
Harry McCracken of Fast Company goes Inside Twitter’s Obsessive Quest To Ditch The Egg. As McCracken tweets, “Twitter is killing the egg! I talked to the company's designers about why, and what's replacing it.” Ed Yong describes it thusly: “This is like the time a really drunk friend said we could cure all diseases by renaming them.” And Matt Haber offers a solution: “Maybe instead of eggs, trolls should be represented by a hunk of ambergris barfed up by the fail whale?"
The call was coming...FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE...
Scott Monty is responding to the story from Matthew Rosenberg, Maggie Haberman and Adam Goldman in The New York Times, 2 White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports (15,000+ shares). In case you’re not following, Karen Tumulty breaks it down: “Head spins: White House gave Nunes info, so he could rush back and give it to the White House.” As Tim Mak reveals, “Nunes' 2 sources: Ezra Cohen-Watnick, senior director for intel at NSC, and Michael Ellis, who once worked for Nunes.” Jonathan M. Katz calls it “Great reporting. ‘Likely to fuel criticism’ is by far the weakest thing this will do.” Bottom line, says Zack Stanton, “The White House hates leakers, except when they're the ones leaking.” Says Ned Resnikoff, “Another shoe dropped into the enormous pile of shoes.”
And more shoes are dropping. On the heels (har!) of The Times’ story came this, from Karen DeYoung and Greg Miller at the Washington Post: Three White House officials tied to files shared with House intelligence chairman. According to the piece, also involved was a top lawyer for the National Security Council, John Eisenberg. Karen Tumulty weighs in again: “2 of the 3 worked in the WH counsel's office, where presumably someone might have, uh, counseled against a stunt.”
A queer and present badass
At Out, Aaron Hicklin presents “an insightful and compelling @outmagazine profile of the awesome @lpolgreen,” as Glenn Greenwald tweets, in Lydia Polgreen: Meet the Queer Black Woman Changing Journalism. Nick Andersen calls the Huffington Post’s new editor in chief, Lydia Polgreen, “a queer and present badass.” Jack Shafer advises that you “Start your day with this @lpolgreen profile.” And Miriam Elder tweets, “@lpolgreen’s march towards global domination continues.”
“Can you imagine the outcry if Hillary Clinton had insisted that diplomats at State not make eye contact with her?” Annie Lowrey asks the question in light of Carol Morello's piece in the Washington Post, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spends his first weeks isolated from an anxious bureaucracy. In it, we learn that, as Jon Swaine tweets, “Career diplomats say they have been told not to make eye contact with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.” Says Nolan Hicks, “This Washington Post story on Rex Tillerson's first couple of months as Secretary of State is B.O.N.K.E.R.S.”
Today in great headlines
Andrew Heining is referring to The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s, Christopher Ingraham's piece in the Washington Post. As Ingraham tweets, “Number of people employed by... Coal: 50,000 Arby's: 80,000.” Many were sharing other interesting data points, including this, tweeted by Louise Matsakis, “more people work in radio than coal mining,” this, by Sophie Quinton, “The coal industry currently employs about as many people as the ski industry,” and these, by Ryan Gotelli, “More people work at car washes, theme parks and breweries/wineries than coal.”
“Beware the executive who doesn’t understand technology,” says Blake Hounshell. In I worked for Jared Kushner. He’s the wrong businessman to reinvent government, Elizabeth Spiers shares her perspective from her former post as editor in chief of the New York Observer. Says Jia Lynn Yang, “Great piece by @espiers on working for Jared Kushner and the empty jargon of ‘innovating’ government.” Patrick Radden Keefe calls it a “sly and elegant meditation on the hubris of ambitious ‘outsiders.’" Says James Downie, “Everything you thought about Jared Kushner and his opinion of himself is true.”
This just in from The Onion: Mike Pence Asks Waiter To Remove Mrs. Butterworth From Table Until Wife Arrives.
Variety’s Dave McNary reports, ‘Batgirl’ Movie: Joss Whedon to Direct Standalone Film (EXCLUSIVE).
“Programmatic advertising looks like a scammy waste of money: JPMorgan edition,” says Katie Benner, referring to Sapna Maheshwari's piece in The New York Times, Chase Had Ads on 400,000 Sites. Then on Just 5,000. Same Results.
Eric Lach's piece in The New Yorker introduces you to The Brooklyn Neighborhood Blogger with the Paul Manafort Scoop. “Long live the nosy blogger,” says Karen Gadbois.
ESPN Has Seen the Future of TV and They’re Not Really Into It, write Bloomberg’s Ira Boudway and Max Chafkin. Margaret Ely tells us, “People are texting me about this cover - because it's amazing.”
At The Wall Street Journal, Rob Copeland wants you to know that If You Have 29 Credit Cards, You’re Probably a Millennial.
Lomi Kriel reports in The Houston Chronicle that Immigration officials threaten to remove two Houston surgeons. Says Matthew Yglesias, “I am skeptical that deporting these two surgeons from Houston will do a lot to create jobs or raise wages.”