The big scoop over the weekend comes from Jo Becker, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman at The New York Times: Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton (229,000+ shares). This, as Trip Gabriel tweets, “According to 3 WH advisors and 2 others briefed on the matter.” Yes, “Donald Jr is somehow even more busted than Chris Christie sitting on an empty beach,” notes Christopher Hayes. Stefan Becket observes, “It's raining shoes.” “Are we colluding yet?” asks David Poller.
The Washington Post’s Callum Borchers calls it Donald Trump Jr.’s stunningly incriminating statement to the New York Times (64,000+ shares), writing, “Trump Jr. confirmed that he went into the meeting expecting to receive information from the Russian lawyer that could hurt Clinton. That is a breathtaking admission.” Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine agrees, writing Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia ‘Denials’ Are Actually Confessions.
For more plot thickening, Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger at The Washington Post confirm the Times story in President’s son met with Russian lawyer during presidential campaign after being promised information helpful to father’s effort (15,000+ shares). They reveal, “Rob Goldstone, a music publicist who is friendly with Trump Jr., told The Washington Post that he had arranged the meeting at the request of a Russian client and had attended it along with Veselnitskaya.” As Helderman tweets, “Manager for Russian pop star whose family brought Miss Universe to Moscow, confirms he set up Trump Jr. meeting.” BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner has more background on Goldstone in This Music Publicist Says He Set Up The Donald Trump Jr. Meeting With A Russian Lawyer.
At NBC News, Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann have assembled an “Important timeline on the events just before and after the Don Jr. meeting. Worth a read,” says Kyle Griffin, linking to Putting the Trump-Russia Timeline Into Perspective.
Meanwhile, David Remnick of The New Yorker cautions, “Don’t get ahead of the reporting,” in The Truth Behind Donald Trump, Jr.’s Meeting with a Russian Lawyer. But, he adds, “we live in a moment when the President of the United States is, without shame, trying to intimidate the people whose business it is to come to an honest reckoning.”
So we’ll leave it here for now: Trump Aides: Russia Flap Proves Don Jr. Is The ‘Fredo’ of The First Family, as Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng of The Daily Beast report. Tweets Justin Rohrlich, “Nostalgic for the days when this family was merely a local embarrassment.”
In case you were wondering, Steve Bannon Is Back in Trump’s Good Graces. Tweets Joshua Green, of his piece in New York Magazine, “New excerpt from my book just posted at @NYMag about what Bannon really does for Trump.” “This @JoshuaGreen account fleshes out how Bannon weaponized Breitbart for Trump & agst DJT targets (Megyn Kelly etc),” says David Folkenflik. It also reveals, as Ben Jacobs tweets, “Ann Coulter helped to write the Trump campaign's immigration policy paper.”
Not in Trump’s good graces? Those who’ve landed on President Trump's enemies list. As POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt reports, “The president remembers every political slight — and the politicians who abandoned him during the ‘Access Hollywood’ scandal.”
According to reporting by John Solomon for The Hill, Comey’s private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material (28,000+ shares). However, the piece notes that it’s “unclear when the documents were shown to Congress whether the information deemed secret or confidential was classified at the time Comey wrote the memos or determined so afterward, the sources said.”
About that piece, Philip Bump of The Washington Post tweets, “A Hill report warped by Fox was warped by Trump to accuse Comey of breaking the law,” linking to his story, Trump accuses James Comey of breaking the law - based on a misleading Fox News report. Tweets Brian Stelter, “As @pbump noted, ‘that's not what The Hill’s report says.’ http://wapo.st/2sGLWi1 Multiple errors in this Fox News segment. Corrections? https://t.co/aflinnAVF8.” Writes Bump, “If there was classified information in the memo that Comey asked his friend to leak to the Times, that’s not yet been reported.” He adds, “Which is not to say that Comey’s behavior was without concern.”
That’s the reaction from Jack Witthaus to the story from Jim Rutenberg at The New York Times, News Outlets to Seek Bargaining Rights Against Google and Facebook. Says Dan Hodgson, “Google and Facebook are posing a bigger threat economically to journalism than President Trump is with his rhetoric.” Lydia Polgreen calls it “A shot across the duopoly's bow.”
Welcome to the future!!!
“If you are tired of thinking about Trump, here's something that will haunt your nightmares,” offers Jamelle Bouie. He’s referring to “The Uninhabitable Earth,” by New York Magazine’s David Wallace-Wells, which reveals When Will Earth Be Too Hot For Humans? Sooner Than You Think.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Google Home Breaks Up Domestic Dispute By Calling the Police, reports Gizmodo’s Rhett Jones. “welcome to the future!!!” says Louise Matsakis.
Making the rounds:
Here’s a “Great break down by @DavidNather & @LazaroGamio of how the new health bill affects different parts of the population,” tweets Alayna Treene, of This is what Washington has been fighting about, by Axios’ David Nather and Lazaro Gamio.
“Young (and old) kids are getting very rich very quickly trading cryptocurrencies,” tweets Johnny Shapiro, linking to the piece by Tom Metcalf for Bloomberg, Secret Millions for 0x00A651D43B6e209F5Ada45A35F92EFC0De3A5184.
Matthew Lee and Zeynep Bilginsoy of The Associated Press report, Tillerson gets oil industry award, says he misses colleagues.
Republicans blast Trump idea for cyber security unit with Russia, report Valerie Volcovici and Yasmeen Abutaleb for Reuters.
Iraqi Prime Minister Arrives in Mosul to Declare Victory Over ISIS, report Tim Arango and Michael Gordon for The New York Times. Tweets Geet Jeswani, “The Iraqi government said the city of Mosul has been recaptured from the Islamic State after a nine-month battle.”
“Fun @bterris look at the future of the Democratic Party through the eyes of the party's rising stars who lost,” tweets Evan McMorris-Santoro, who links to Jason Kander lost a big Senate race. In today’s Democratic Party, he’s still a rising star, by Ben Terris of The Washington Post.
File under “Worst nightmare,” as Jessica Wakeman puts it. Camping teen awakens to ‘crunching sound’ as bear bites his head. That's from CNN’s Euan McKirdy and Joe Sutton.
Finally, some good news: The Canine Film Festival Offers Movie Screenings for Dogs and Owners, Dog Yoga, and More, reports Ryan Yousefi for the Miami New Times.