Welcome to the first day of summer! We’ve got your roundup of reading for the long day ahead.
Let’s start with the end of a $51 million special election. For The Wall Street Journal’s take, check out GOP’s Karen Handel Beats Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia House Race, as reported by Janet Hook, Cameron McWhirter and Reid Epstein. And at The New York Times, Jonathan Martin and Richard Fausset file Karen Handel Wins Georgia Special Election, Fending Off Upstart Democrat. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias writes that Jon Ossoff’s Georgia special election loss shows Democrats could use a substantive agenda, and Kevin Trahan says, “This pretty much nails it.” At the Washington Post, Paul Kane says Ossoff chose civility and it didn’t work. How do Democrats beat Trump? Tweets Kane, “Ossoff chose campaign of civil resistance, not total resistance. He lost, despite $23m-plus. Ds still searching.”
Nora Biette-Timmons asks, “Remember how dash cams & body cams were supposed to hold cops accountable?” linking to the piece by Mark Berman and Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post, Video footage that shows Minn. traffic stop that ended with Philando Castile’s death. Tweets Sarah Posner, “This is so sickening. Police own video captures execution. Dashboard camera footage of Philando Castile shooting.” Jason Quick’s assessment: “Murder. No other way around it.” Berman clarifies that the jury did see the video, tweeting, “I've gotten this Q a few times, so: Castile dashcam footage was shown to jurors during trial, only released today.” And Lowery tweets, “Philando Castile was one of 963 ppl shot and killed by police in 2016. To date, 0 convictions of officers involved.”
“Sounds like we got a canary up in this here coal mine,” says Cody Lyon. The New York Times’ Matt Apuzzo, Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Goldman report, C.I.A. Feared Flynn Could Be Blackmailed, but Its Director Told Him Secrets. As Tommy Vietor notes, “It's not just that Flynn was in the PDB for 24 days. He was also briefed on our most secret covert action programs.” Or as Michelangelo Signorile puts it, “Holy crap!” And Clara Jeffery wonders, “What is this mysterious power Flynn has over Trump admin?”
Also on the topic of national security, “Surprise!” says Steven Rich: Secret Government Report: Chelsea Manning Leaks Caused No Real Harm to national security, reports BuzzFeed‘s Jason Leopold, referring to a secret, 107-page report prepared by a Department of Defense task force. Tweets Leopold, “After a lengthy #FOIA battle, I finally obtained DOD's @wikileaks damage assessment on Manning leaks. No real harm.”
Let’s ask the Russians
So we know you’re wondering what’s in that secret Senate health care bill, but why should you get to see it when, as Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan reports, Senate Republicans Haven't Seen Their Secret Health Bill Either. Alex Wayne tweets, “You might wonder, then how are they writing it? And the answer is, they are not.” Litvan’s piece quotes Senator John McCain, who, when asked whether he’s seen the bill, said, “No, nor have I met any American that has. I’m sure the Russians have been able to hack in and gotten most of it." OK then.
Meanwhile, in just one year, nearly 1.3 million Americans needed hospital care for opioid-related issues, report Joel Achenbach and Dan Keating for the Washington Post, who emphasize, “The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals.” And the GOP's health care rollback collides with the opioid epidemic, writes AP’s Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar.
Speaking of Russia, Andy Greenberg of Wired says Russia's Cyberwar on Ukraine Is a Blueprint For What's to Come. Tweets Greenberg, “I went to Ukraine to tell this @wired cover story, behind the blackout-inducing cyberattacks plaguing the country.” Bloomberg’s Tim O’Brien takes a look at Trump, Russia, and Those Shadowy Sater Deals at Bayrock. And then there’s this: “BIG: UK spy found dead in sports bag is among 14 suspected Russian assassinations on British soil,” says Mark Schoofs, linking to The Death Of The Spy In The Bag Is Linked To Russia By Secret Intelligence Files, Heidi Blake’s piece in BuzzFeed.
A kingdom-shaking move
Ben Hubbard of The New York Times offers his first take on the big breaking news, Saudi King Names 31-Year-Old Son, Mohammed bin Salman, as His Successor. Says Murtaza Solangi, “Let the palace intrigues begin- King removes the crown prince and replaces him with his son known as power hungry.” “Kind of amazing we still see headlines like this one in the 21st century,” says Michael Schuman. Andrew Exum’s take: “This is a Kingdom-shaking move that sets up MbS to be the future king of Saudi Arabia for half a century or more.”
Made in China
“Whew, ford won't be moving its focus production to mexico from michigan! (it's going to china instead),” tweets Gerry Doyle, linking to Bill Vlasic’s piece in The New York Times, Ford Chooses China, Not Mexico, to Build Its New Focus. David Luhnow says, “If Ford is picking China over Mexico, that's bad for US jobs b/c Mexico cars tend to have higher % of US parts.”
“@MikeIsaac reports that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is OUT,” tweets Brandon Wall, of the report from The New York Times’ Mike Isaac, Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as C.E.O. “Knew it would require change but wowza didn't think it would end in the Uber CEO's resignation....” says Chris McCoy. Taking a look at the timeline, Dan Primack tweets, “12:50: Uber investors trying to boot Travis Kalanick (Axios) 1:20: Kalanick has resigned.” He links to his earlier reporting in Axios, Exclusive: Group of Uber investors wants a new CEO.
I quit, too
It’s not just Kalanick. Jennifer Wood is sympathy quitting in light of the news reported by Brent Lang in Variety, Daniel Day-Lewis Quits Acting: Oscar-Winner Leaving Hollywood. “Wut,” says Ryan Faughnder. “Wait, what?” says Chris Zois. “WHAT THE WHAT” says Rebecca Rose. Calm down, people. Jeff Labrecque has a theory: “OR... his next role is a retired person, and he. is. fully. Committed!” Jason Silverstein is also suspicious, tweeting, “Oh please. He's just preparing for his next role as a beloved actor who quits acting.” But Esther Zuckerman advises, “Disappear into the forest and fields, Daniel.”
On to other Hollywood news that has been getting people worked up. For “An explainer on that misleading Gal Gadot salary story, with some reporting insight from @ThatRebecca,” Katey Rich links to her new piece in Vanity Fair, No, Gal Gadot Isn’t Making 46 Times Less Than Henry Cavill. She also tweets, “Update from source: ‘If you do an apples to apples comparison, she was paid at least as much as he was.’” Says Nathan McDermott, “You guys, if the outrage is so tantalizingly simple and clear, it's usually a bit more complicated.”
And we’ll wrap it up here today. “This is a hilarious story,” says Christine Spolar. She’s referring to ‘I’m Right Here!’ Sean Spicer Says While Toiling to Find Successor, by The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush. The piece notes that Trump is considering limiting White House briefings to once a week and asking reporters to submit written questions. Tweets Haberman, “The WH is scouting to fill a job that is already held - press secretary - because Trump is his own,” adding, “And different aides are speaking to different operatives and offering different things, without telling one another.” Clara Jeffery makes a good point: “I just don't understand why Spicer or somebody doesn't quit and get the first huge book deal.”
Making the rounds:
Kevin McCauley tweets, “hell of a story, good for Ryan,” linking to Cyd Zeigler’s piece in Outsports, Former Patriots and Chiefs tackle Ryan O’Callaghan comes out as gay.
BBC News is reporting that the Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London “for an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.”
“Disturbing. Wonder what the implications might be for journalists,” says Susan Beachy, of Why Life for ‘Snitches’ Has Never Been More Dangerous, the new piece from Jacob Gershman in The Wall Street Journal.
Trump seeks sharp cuts to housing aid, except for program that brings him millions, reports Shawn Boburg for the Washington Post. “Stark example here of Trump's financial interests rising or falling on his administration's policies,” says Eric Rich.
Also in the Washington Post, Abigail Hauslohner reports, Anti-sharia group offers donors a private tour and cocktails at Trump hotel.
Brian Stelter of CNNMoney explains Why you should care about increasing secrecy in White House and Senate.
POLITICO’s Michael Crowley explains Why the White House Is Reading Greek History.