“‘In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act’ Happy birthday, George Orwell, born 1903,” tweets Jake Tapper, quoting Orwell, whose birthday was yesterday. Tapper links to Garrison Keillor’s tribute in The Writer's Almanac.
And from there we go here: “This is great/horrible.” Joshua Topolsky directs you to President Trump’s Lies, the Definitive List (a whopping 578,000+ shares), as compiled by The New York Times. Tweets Mark Harris, “All The President's Lies: A definitive list. Settle in. It's good. And guess what? It's long.” “There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths,” tweets @nytopinion. Says Urvaksh Karkaria, “this is a truly remarkable piece of journalism. perhaps, there is still a sliver of hope for this business.” And Eric Savitz tweets, “This is amazing. If he was Pinocchio, his nose would now reach Alpha Centauri.” “The fine art of fact checking, much needed for every story about officials. Sharing with my #journalism students,” says Samantha Dunn.
According to Maggie Haberman’s new piece in The New York Times, Trump’s Deflections and Denials on Russia Frustrate Even His Allies. She calls the piece “My take on Trump's keep-options-open approach to conceding the fact of Russian election aggression.”
Also, “Lied over and over: ‘no cuts’, coverage for ‘everybody’,” tweets Michelangelo Signorile, linking to Trump likely to break many of his health-care promises - no matter what happens, from John Wagner, Abby Phillip and Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post. No need to worry about Medicaid cuts, though. Kellyanne Conway Defends Medicaid Cuts, Says Adults Can Always Find Jobs (171,000+ shares), writes HuffPost’s Jonathan Cohn, recapping her comments from her appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” Or as Chloe Angyal says, “Duh, poor people, why didn't you think of that?”
Meanwhile, Susan Davis says, “This op-ed from @SenRonJohnson doesn't read like it's by a senator who can ultimately get to ‘yes’ on BCRA.” She’s referring to Where the Senate Health Care Bill Fails, the New York Times op-ed by Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson. Also in The New York Times, Campbell Robertson writes Senate Health Bill Gets a Wary Reception, From Coast to Coast. And at Vox, Sarah Kliff and Javier Zarracina explain, This chart shows the stunning trade-off at the heart of the GOP health plan.
Travel ban saga continues
Breaking news this morning, as reported by Ariane de Vogue for CNN, Supreme Court allows parts of travel ban to go into effect. Tweets Ed O'Keefe, “Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch dissent signaling at least 3 votes to uphold in the Fall.” But Steve Kastenbaum says, “It’s not entirely clear what the SCOTUS ruling on Pres. Trump’s travel ban means in practical terms.”
How bad does this look?
“In October, shortly before settling charges of Russian money laundering, Deutsche Bank lent Kushner's company $285M.” William Saletan is referring to Michael Kranish’s piece for The Washington Post, Kushner firm’s $285 million Deutsche Bank loan came just before Election Day, a fact Kushner didn’t happen to disclose. “How bad does this look? (And how much is Steve Bannon smiling at bad news for his rival, Kushner?),” asks Frida Ghitis. As Frank Rich tweets, “Kushner will stop at little to follow his father into prison #Freud.” “This is what you call, ‘An orgy of evidence.’” says Doug Elfman.
In other Russia news, “@John_Hudson scoops: we won't have Kislyak to kick around any more,” tweets Ben Smith, linking to Moscow Is Finally Recalling Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, by BuzzFeed’s John Hudson, who tweets, “End of an era: Russian ambassador Kislyak's goodbye party is July 11. DC's most radioactive man is going home.”
And Eric Geller says, “This headline is perfection”: Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary. In her piece for The Associated Press, Vivian Salama reports, “Trump and some others within his administration have been pressing for a full bilateral meeting,” while “Many administration officials believe the U.S. needs to maintain its distance from Russia at such a sensitive time — and interact only with great caution.”
So let’s switch gears: In T.J. Miller Says Leaving ‘Silicon Valley’ “Felt Like a Breakup”, The Hollywood Reporter’s Bryn Sandberg brings us “a wide-ranging and, at times, eccentric interview” with the actor. “Good god this #SilliconValley post-exit interview with T.J. Miller is... something,” says Andrew Husband. Or “Holy smokes this T.J. Miller exit interview,” as Greg Wyshynski puts it. Tweets Andy Lewis, “When subject says ‘This is where the publicist is supposed to step in and go, ‘Next question.’ Its Interview gold!” “This is pretty entertaining, although I'm not sure I believe it was ‘edited for clarity,’” says Clark Collis. Owen Phillips calls it “the only good q and a i've ever read.”
Meanwhile, “Facebook to Hollywood: Let’s do lunch,” tweets Joe Flint. Facebook Is Going Hollywood, Seeking Scripted TV Programming, as he reports with Deepa Seetharaman in The Wall Street Journal. Or as Anjali Khosla says, “Facebook wants your wholesome, uncontroversial art.”
The politics of City Hall
Grace Segers calls Jack Shafer’s new piece for POLITICO Magazine, America’s Mayor: The 45th president is trying to run the White House like it’s city hall, an “Interesting long-read take by Jack Shafer, although not sure NYC mayors would love the comparisons.” Says Bill Duryea, “The politics Trump knows best is City Hall. That's why he runs White House like a mayor.”
And speaking of mayors, Alexander Burns tweets, “News: BLOOMBERG throwing $200 million behind mayors, backing cities against DC & hostile governors,” referring to his new piece in The New York Times, Bloomberg’s Next Anti-Washington Move: $200 Million Program for Mayors.
OK, it’s official. We’ve reached, “Peak surrealism,” as Louise Lucas notes. BBC News is reporting that painter Salvador Dali's body to be exhumed for paternity suit. And Nora Kelly says, “Tips welcome on how I can sell my bosses on covering this from Figueres.”
In The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin takes a look at The National Enquirer’s Fervor for Trump.
Grenfell reflects the accountability vacuum left by crumbling local press, writes The Guardian’s Emily Bell.
Philando Castile family reaches $3M settlement in death, reports AP’s Amy Forliti.
In Rural Youth Chase Big-City Dreams, The Wall Street Journal’s Dante Chinni writes that “Manufacturers in rural areas have a hard time filling jobs because HS grads want to get the heck out,” as Daniel Nasaw tweets.
Jonathan Spicer at Reuters files Special Report: How the Federal Reserve serves U.S. foreign intelligence.
David Lieb of The Associated Press writes, AP analysis shows how gerrymandering benefited GOP in 2016. As Lorraine Ali notes, “Even if Democrats had turned out in larger numbers their chances of legislative gains were limited by gerrymandering.” And what’s on deck for 2018? The Hill’s Olivia Beavers reports that the Koch brothers plan to spend $400 million on Republican candidates in 2018, as they revealed on Fox News on Saturday.
AP summarizes what’s on deck for SCOTUS in Supreme Court takes on new clash of gay rights, religion.
Jay Rosen tweets, “The maker of those highly effective lists about creeping authoritarianism, @Amy_Siskind, is profiled by @Sulliview,” referring to Trump won, and Amy Siskind started a list of changes. Now it’s a sensation, by Margaret Sullivan for The Washington Post.
“Screwup fallout,” as Matthew Carroll puts it. CNN Is Imposing Strict New Rules On Its Russia Coverage, reports BuzzFeed’s Jon Passantino.
In Sports Illustrated, Richard Deitsch moderates a roundtable of seven sports media members who are LGBT to discuss What is the future of LGBT in sports after Ryan O’Callaghan?
“What do you do after President Trump fires you? If you're @PreetBharara, you start a podcast,” tweets Sydney Ember, linking to her piece for The New York Times, Next Stop for Preet Bharara, Fired Prosecutor? His Brother’s Media Firm.
EU citizens living in UK must apply for special ID card after Brexit, as Alan Travis reports in The Guardian.