“Pro tip” from Glenn Thrush: Planning to reboot your new comms strategy? don't leak every detail of the meeting to @ShaneGoldmacher.” In his new POLITICO piece, White House on edge as 100-day judgment nears, Shane Goldmacher has the goods. As Nicholas Thompson tweets, “Amazing: 30 White House staffers gather to talk rebranding. Six tell Politico how insane it was.” Matthew Yglesias links specifically to this “intriguing leak”: Mike Dubke, Trump’s communications director, told the group “that international affairs would present a messaging challenge because the president lacks a coherent foreign policy.” Dubke is then quoted as saying, “There is no Trump Doctrine.” Says Edward-Isaac Dovere, “Step back reveal of @ShaneGoldmacher story: WH knows it has yuge problems but can't tackle them b/c it all leaks.” Goldmacher, who Ben Terris calls “one hell of a reporter,” wraps it up on this note: “Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress must still pass a bill before April 28 to keep the government running. If they fail, a shutdown would begin on Trump’s 100th day in office.”
United gon crazy
“The skies may in fact be friendly,” says Guy Adami, “but things on the tarmac can get downright nasty.” He’s referring to video that shows a man being forcibly removed from United flight from Chicago to Louisville, as reported by Lucas Aulbach of The Courier-Journal. Writes Aulbach, “The 31-second clip shows three men wearing radio equipment and security jackets speaking with a man seated on the plane. After a few seconds, one of the men grabs the passenger, who screams, and drags him by his arms toward the front of the plane.” Of the piece, Byron Tau tweets, “This is really the gold standard in how to report out a story that started from a viral video.” So, the reason for the removal? Overbooking. “This is disgusting as is, even worse with context,” says Alfred Ng. Yes, the context is even worse. Not only was the man a doctor who had patients to see in the morning, there’s this: “Actually wow, he was removed to make room for United employees. United gon crazy,” tweets Seth Weintraub. Stating the obvious, Kai Ryssdal notes, “This is all kinds of bad for @united.”
Twitter Eggs ‘n Bots
This just in: “Trump's Twitter followers 79% male (at least those who aren't eggs),” tweets Robert Colvile, linking to the “fascinating” piece from Bloomberg’s Polly Mosendz, Lovers, haters and robots, here's who tweets at President Trump. In it, you’ll “Meet the seven types of people who tweet at Donald Trump,” as Siraj Datoo notes. Jennifer Jacobs highlights this nugget: “Trump has tweeted over 350 times as president. Of his 10 most-engaged followers, 5 are confirmed robots.” And Aaron Rutkoff tweets, “Maybe my favorite detail in @polly's opus on Trump's Twitter replies is that 28% of his followed are eggs.”
From Beltway stalwart to scrappy upstart
In a new interview for The Global Politico podcast, Andrea Mitchell, says that, of the seven presidents she has covered, Donald Trump is by far the most hostile to the press—and to the truth. Susan Glasser’s piece for POLITICO Magazine, ‘That’s the Job. We Are Adversarial', also reveals that “Mitchell seems to love it, taking to the challenge of covering Trump and last year’s wild presidential campaign—when she was on the Clinton beat—with all the scrappiness of the cub reporter she once was.” The interview shows us, as Glasser tweets, “How team Trump managed to turn @mitchellreports, Beltway stalwart, into a scrappy upstart.”
Today’s dose of sanity
“In which @PaulKrugman takes on the breathless media reaction to the Syria strike.” Deborah Blum is referring to Publicity Stunts Aren’t Policy, Paul Krugman's piece in The New York Times, which notes, “showy actions that win a news cycle or two are no substitute for actual, coherent policies.” “.@paulkrugman is here with today's dose of sanity,” tweets Lauren Duca. “Overcorrecting for perceived bias is just more distortion, folks.”
Drew. Plan. On. Napkin.
“Another Sebastian Gorka misadventure, this time in Libya,” says Will Sommer. In The Guardian, Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Julian Borger report that the Trump aide drew a plan on napkin to partition Libya into three. “Drew. Plan. On. Napkin,” Barry Malone emphasizes. And once again, we have to say, as Matthew Campbell tweets, “If you wrote this as fiction people would say it was too unrealistic.”
John Koblin tweets that Stephen Colbert is “beating Fallon thanks to Trump. But that's not the only reason.” His new piece for The New York Times, How an Election Surprise Helped Stephen Colbert Find His Elusive Groove, is, as Mark Harris tweets, a “really good, detailed story by @koblin about Stephen Colbert's creative (and ratings) turnaround.” Says Jim Rutenberg, “Inside the Colbert comeback, great look at one of biggest reversals in TV history.”
Garcia claims the green jacket
Sergio Garcia finally wins his first major title—and it’s a big one. As Karen Crouse writes in The New York Times, “García conquered Justin Rose, Augusta National Golf Club and his demons — not necessarily in that order — to win the 81st Masters.” At Fox Sports, Shane Bacon has a rundown on all the Winners and losers from a memorable week at the Masters.
An achievement of sorts
Ruaridh Nicoll asks, “The worst restaurant @jayrayner1 has ever eaten at? Well, the bill was €600 for two.” As Jay Rayner writes in his Le Cinq, Paris: restaurant review for The Guardian, “In terms of value for money and expectation Le Cinq supplied by far the worst restaurant experience I have endured in my 18 years in this job. This, it must be said, is an achievement of sorts.” Brian Patrick Eha directs you to this, “One of the single greatest paragraphs of any restaurant review I've ever read.”
More Monday reads:
John Archibald reports breaking news in AL.com that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is expected to resign this week. Archibald writes that sources say Bentley “has been involved in negotiations to step down from the governorship and plead to lesser charges, allowing Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey to step up as governor.” This comes in the wake of the Alabama Ethics Commission findings last week that there is reason to believe Bentley committed four felonies.
Wells Fargo board slams former CEO Stumpf and Tolstedt, claws back millions in pay, Wilfred Frost and Dawn Giel report for CNBC.
At The Guardian, Christopher Knaus and Nick Evershed report that the Great Barrier Reef is at 'terminal stage': scientists despair at latest bleaching data.
In their piece for The New York Times, Loans ‘Designed to Fail’: States Say Navient Preyed on Students, Stacy Cowley and Jessica Silver-Greenberg dig into new details unsealed last month in the state lawsuits against Navient. Tweets Silver-Greenberg, “The pricey student loans, the company said, were a 'baited hook' to catch the real prize: federal $$$.”
In more $$$ news, Robert O'Harrow Jr. reveals in the Washington Post How Bannon’s multimedia machine drove a movement and paid him millions. Says Shawn Donnan, “The @washingtonpost makes good case here that Bannon's populist movement actually a multi-million-$ business.”
As Will Connors explores in a new piece for The Wall Street Journal, the US city most reliant on exports is the Veep’s hometown of Columbus, Indiana. In An Indiana Town’s Big Bet on International Business Pays Off, Connors explains how Pence’s hometown “made a big bet on openness and internationalization” years ago. And, as Connors tweets, “It worked out.”
And finally, Delia Gallagher reports for CNN that the Pope has opened a free laundromat for Rome's poor.