It happens to the best of us. Erik Malinowski tweets, “oh hey, @elongreen talked to lots of smart & talented people (+ @MikeIsaac) about every reporter’s waking nightmare.” For his new piece in the Columbia Journalism Review, Writers dish on scoops that slipped away, Elon Green says he “contacted a number of journalists whose work I admire, and asked what it was like to be scooped.” “I really loved this, from @elongreen,” tweets Kristen Chick. And Alex Vadukul tweets, “This, from @elongreen, is fantastic. Janet Malcom's reply in particular.” Adds Brad Plumer, “The last story here especially, goddamn.” Yes, take the advice of HG Watson, who says, “Read right to the very last story, which is so good.”
Meanwhile, “Does it matter if no one is there to cover it? The growing coverage gaps as town papers fail and metros retrench,” tweets Nolan Hicks, referring to the new piece on “news desserts,” What happens to local news when there is no local media to cover it? by Paul Farhi for The Washington Post. “Buzzfeed isn't showing up to your school board and city council meetings,” notes Jonah Beleckis.
An inescapable albatross
“Remember, the GOP called it ‘Obamacare’ because they wanted it to be an inescapable albatross. Got their wish,” tweets Genetta Adams. Last night it became official: Health Care Overhaul Collapses as Two Republican Senators Defect (265,000+ shares), as Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear report for The New York Times. Rich Lowry’s assessment: “Truly pathetic.” “Couldn't have happened to a nicer health bill,” says Rosa Brooks.
What went wrong? For a “Smart analysis,” as Alissa J. Rubin tweets, check out Old Truth Trips Up G.O.P. on Health Law: A Benefit Is Hard to Retract, from Jennifer Steinhauer of The New York Times. As Sara Murray tweets, “The hardest thing to do in Washington is roll back government benefits. Smart @jestei piece.” At POLITICO, Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn also provide an “Anatomy of a breakdown,” as Edward-Isaac Dovere puts it, in GOP senator accuses McConnell of ‘breach of trust’ on health bill. And Erin Mershon and Lev Facher of Stat News report, On health policy, Congress faces long to-do list after collapse of Senate bill.
Still, there was one person who wasn’t expecting this particular turn of events: the president. POLITICO’s Josh Dawsey tweets, “After Senate strategy dinner of steak and succotash, Trump blindsided by implosion of GOP health bill.” He links to his new piece, Trump blindsided by implosion of GOP health care bill, which Ben Markus calls “a masterpiece.” Says Scot Lehigh, “What a deal-maker this guy is!” “This bears out my pet theory that the most relevant precedent to Trump's efforts to pass his leg agenda is the USFL,” says Charles Homans.
Proving that fact-checking is still a good business to be in, The Washington Post’s Michelle Ye Hee Lee has the lowdown on Vice President Pence’s bushel of false and misleading claims about health care.
And The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board “unloads,” as Bradd Jaffy puts it, with The Trumps and the Truth. Tweets Jim Litke, “Run for cover!!! Trump’s best defense against future Russia revelations is radical transparency.” Says Quentin Hardy, “Watching the WSJ justify Trump has been fascinating. Now they start coming to terms. PS- bare all? Fat chance.”
Speaking of the truth, Trump Says He Has Signed More Bills Than Any President, Ever. He Hasn’t (52,700+ shares), write Michael Shear and Karen Yourish of The New York Times. Tweets Sam Rega, “Here are all the bills Trump has signed. Good read to stay informed. Spoiler he hasn't signed the most.”
And back to the topic of Russia, The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Rothfeld reports, New York Seeks Bank Records of Former Trump Associate Paul Manafort. Tweets Jenny Strasburg, “Manhattan prosecutors seek Manafort bank records, via @mrothfeld, who prev detailed ex-Trump adviser's loans.” Says Nina Burleigh, “Trump effect is really gumming up business for his pals.”
But, you may be wondering, Is the presidency good for Trump’s business? Not necessarily at this golf course, writes The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold (who wrote about getting scooped by Shannon Donnelly, the society reporter at the Palm Beach Daily News, in Elon Green’s CJR piece above). Choice quote: “‘David — please stop reaching out to me. Thank you,’ Eric Trump, the president’s son, wrote in an email message.”
For a truly lucrative business opportunity, have you considered avocado toast? Because Americans Are Spending At Least $900,000 Per Month on Avocado Toast, reports TIME’s Katy Steinmetz. “Meanwhile, another from the stunning #avocadofiles,” tweets Nirmal Ghosh. Says John Mccormack, “When this finally hits $0.01 per citizen you can stick a fork in America.”
And then there’s the drug industry. ProPublica tweets, “So, the drug industry isn't checking to see how long their own products last,” and for Yaroslav Trofimov, this story “Makes me feel better about taking expired Advil.” He’s referring to The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates, by ProPublica’s Marshall Allen. “Why is the FDA encouraging excessive waste? Money, of course,” says Alessandra Codinha.
Gird your loins...and stash your coins
“Behind on your student loan? You may not have to pay it,” tweets Marc Brown, who links to the piece from Stacy Cowley and Jessica Silver-Greenberg at The New York Times, As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away (183,000+ shares). Tweets Cowley, “800,000 people have loans that may be legally uncollectible.” Says Jawn Murray says, “Let me be in the mix of this missing student loan paperwork PLEASE!” “Bubble to burst? Gird your loins...and stash your coins,” says Emily Barsh.
The glass is back
Jason Tanz tweets, “Every tech dies baby that's a fact, but maybe every tech that dies someday comes back. @StevenLevy on Google Glass 2.0,” and we simply can’t ignore a Bruce Springsteen reference. So here’s Steven Levy’s new piece for Wired, Google Glass 2.0 Is a Startling Second Act. As Levy tweets, “Google Glass is back! This time, for work. I visit a factory in Midwest for exclusive story.” “Did not *see* this one coming,” says Aaron Pressman. (Someone had to say it.)
“Eggless, boardless,” tweets Mark Bergen. “Just Josh,” says Alistair Barr. “herp/derp part XXI,” says Alex Wilhelm. Bloomberg’s Olivia Zaleski is reporting that mayo company Hampton Creek’s Entire Board Leaves Except for CEO Josh Tetrick. As Tara Lachapelle says, “entire board quits, so now it really is just mayo and a ceo.”
Making the rounds:
“‘Never again’ becomes ‘Who cares?’” tweets James Martin, referring to the reporting from Colum Lynch of Foreign Policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson To Shutter State Department War Crimes Office (38,000+ shares).
Trump Recertifies Iran Nuclear Deal, but Only Reluctantly, as Peter Baker reports in The New York Times.
Ellen Nakashima of The Washington Post reports, Former Clinton and Romney campaign chiefs join forces to fight election hacking. Meanwhile, GOP Seeks to Close Federal Election Agency, report Byron Tau and Erica Orden of The Wall Street Journal.
Fivethirtyeight’s Perry Bacon Jr. explains, When To Trust A Story That Uses Unnamed Sources.
Not a tweet storm, but a real storm coincidentally named Don, reports The Associated Press’s Seth Borenstein, and AP Politics can’t resist noting, “Hurricane center calls Tropical Storm Don ‘small’ and ‘not particularly well organized.’”