“Wait, so do we get that new Wu Tang album or what?” tweets Andrew Sorcini. We’re starting the week off with the big story that closed out last week: 'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli convicted in federal fraud case, found guilty of 3 counts (50,000+ shares), as reported by CNBC’s Dan Mangan. Tweets Meg Tirrell, “Must read: @_DanMangan's account of #ShkreliTrial verdict today.” “It is for moments like these that the Germans came up with schadenfreude,” says John Ortved. Stephanie Clifford and Colin Moynihan have the report for The New York Times, Martin Shkreli Is Found Guilty of Fraud (249,000+ shares). “From smug shot to mug shot,” tweets John Gushue. “PharmaBro, meet karma, bro,” says Michael Huber.
Back in DC, The Washington Post’s Kelsey Snell and John Wagner report, Rosenstein: Special counsel Mueller can investigate any crimes he uncovers in Russia probe. Also, “Trump may have angered wrong GOP senator,” tweets Mike Dorning, who links to ‘Good Conservative’ Grassley Ramps Up His Panel’s Trump-Russia Probe, from Bloomberg’s Steven Dennis. “This @ChuckGrassley quote in @StevenTDennis story: ‘This is what Chuck Grassley does,’” tweets Scott Lanman. Tweets Haley Byrd, “Good Grassley insight from @StevenTDennis.”
So here’s “A short history of lying in politics, brazen and contrite, by @SherylNYT,” tweets Jess Bidgood. She links to Many Politicians Lie. But Trump Has Elevated the Art of Fabrication, by Sheryl Gay Stolberg of The New York Times. Tweets Adam Goldman, “Eisenhower lied reluctantly once. It was one of the deepest regrets of his presidency.” “Great @SherylNYT analysis on Trump's lying in, to be precise, about 69% of public statements checked by @PolitiFact,” tweets Elizabeth Williamson.
Shadowy men on a shadowy planet
“Trump is shifting policy writing to groups stacked w/ business execs operating outside public view,” tweets Vera Maria Bergengruen, who links to new reporting by Anita Kumar from McClatchy’s DC bureau, President Donald Trump often uses secret advisory groups to develop policy. Meanwhile, Diplomats Question Tactics of Tillerson, the Executive Turned Secretary of State, Gardiner Harris writes for The New York Times. The Times tweets, “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has failed to nominate anyone to most of the department’s 38 highest-ranking jobs.” Tweets Dan Beucke, “The ‘Washington was broken when we got here’ card covers a lot of ground, but comes with an expiration date.” And Glenn Kessler notes, “I covered the State Dept for 9+ years. Amid foreign crises, rather ambitious to try to micromanage 60,000 employees.”
At Stat News, Lev Facher has the scoop on How Obama's science experts are still operating in the shadows. Tweets Facher, “Obama's science policy staff has largely gone unreplaced. Many who left haven't really stopped doing their old jobs.” In other shadow news, Republican Shadow Campaign for 2020 Takes Shape as Trump Doubts Grow, write The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.
Even Peter Thiel Has Been Hedging His Bet On Donald Trump, as BuzzFeed’s Ryan Mac reports. Mac tweets, “I took a look at Peter Thiel's last 15 months where he has been secretly walking back his support of Donald Trump.”
Rallying the base
But “Don't assume DJT's presidency is paralyzed,” says Jon Talton. In their new piece for The New York Times, Under Trump, Coal Mining Gets New Life on U.S. Lands (25,000 shares), Eric Lipton and Barry Meier write, “A business-friendly secretary of the interior has moved to invigorate a struggling industry, reversing Obama-era restrictions to help create ‘wealth and jobs.’” Rachel Leven has the TL;DR: “Enviros: Coal co's distorting science like tobacco did Industry: Coal's subject to lib. conspiracy like tobacco was.”
Also, checking in from “Trump's working vacation: a Monday Twitter burst,” tweets Michael Tackett, linking to the piece from Peter Baker at The New York Times, Trump Breaks From Vacation to Tweet Outrage at Media and Rally His Base.
And still, These Americans beat Donald Trump and saved Obamacare. They say they can do it again, Daniel Dale writes in The Toronto Star. Tweets Dale, “Regular people somehow helped save Obamacare. My story on how they did it.” And as the Trump administration plans to end an Obama-era rule allowing nursing home residents to sue for mistreatment, the Fight over right to sue nursing homes heats up, writes The Hill’s Lydia Wheeler. “First the travel ban, now this: why does Trump hate grandmas so much?” Gabriel Snyder wonders.
Elsewhere, “ISIS’s territorial grip is fading fast, but its legacy of looting will linger for years,” tweets Benoit Faucon, who links to his piece in The Wall Street Journal with Georgi Kantchev and Alistair MacDonald, The Men Who Trade ISIS Loot. Tweets Kantchev, “EXCLUSIVE: Meet the middlemen who buy and sell antiquities looted by ISIS from Syria and Iraq.” Meanwhile, as BuzzFeed’s Borzou Daragahi reports from Raqqa, The US Is Far More Deeply Involved In Syria Than You Know.
In the Gaza strip, Trapped between Israel and Hamas, Gaza’s wasted generation is going nowhere, report William Booth and Hazem Balousha for The Washington Post. Tweets Booth, ”What's it feel like to be young & do nothing all day? Youth unemployment at 60% in Gaza, a stunning number.” “stunning read,” says Orla Guerin. “Devastating look at the hopelessness and waste of life in #Gaza,” tweets Richard Colebourn.
Gizmodo’s Kate Conger has the Exclusive: Here's The Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating Internally at Google (41,000+ shares). Tweets Laurie Ruettimann, “I just sat down and read this awful screed. TL;DR Women get their periods, men are more logical.” Mike Isaac says, “50 bucks says this guys twitter bio includes the word ‘contrarian.’” At The Atlantic, Ian Bogost writes, A Googler's Anti-Diversity Screed Reveals Tech's Rotten Core. Tweets Ross Andersen, “Hoo boy @ibogost goes *in* on that Googler’s anti-diversity screed.” And now, an ex-Googler weighs in: So, about this Googler’s manifesto. – Yonatan Zunger – Medium.
Finally, a relatable food diary
Cara Giaimo refers you to Author Alissa Nutting’s Grub Street Diet, by Grub Street’s Sierra Tishgart. Tweets Tishgart, “I don't say this lightly. @AlissaNutting's Grub Diet is now my all-time favorite.” Mattie Kahn says, “The fact is Hunter S. Thompson couldn't have done the Grub diet better.” And Jessica Misener tweets, “this is amazing and also some personal news, i am now accepting pitches for my new website, Dirtbag Goop.” “I think I'm in love,” says Amanda Sakuma. Says Michael White, ”If you follow @NYMag's Grub Street Diet, you need to read this. The greatest edition ever from @AlissaNutting.”
“‘It’s Alice-in-Wonderland time in the drug world,’ a doctor told us. Why yes, yes it is. Read this,” tweets Charles Ornstein, who links to his piece in The New York Times with Katie Thomas, Take the Generic, Patients Are Told. Until They Are Not.
“much goodness from qz today. here's @mcwm on amazon's secret brands,” tweets Joon Ian Wong, who links to Mike Murphy’s piece for Quartz, Amazon (AMZN) owns a whole collection of secret brands, USPTO trademark filings reveal.
Randall Woods says this is “A must-read for economists”: This American Town Was Left to Die, and Suddenly Economists Care, by Bloomberg’s Craig Torres.
From Ben Doherty of The Guardian, Manus Island asylum seeker's friends begged Australia for help before his death.
'It was like a mini-Katrina': Shaken New Orleanians overwhelmed by Saturday's sudden flooding, report Della Hasselle and Matt Sledge of The New Orleans Advocate.
Reuters reports, Israel moves to shut down local operations of Al-Jazeera. Tweets Isabel Kershner, “‘A slippery slope,’ Foreign Press Association executive secretary Glenys Sugarman said.”
“V interesting essay about trust rooted in a lot of the good work done by @jimwaterson and @jamesrbuk,” tweets Janine Gibson, of Can you trust the mainstream media? by The Guardian’s Andrew Harrison.
“Forget shirtless Putin: Page Six reports that Abramovich and Zhukova have separated,” tweets Jake Rudnitsky, who links to Billionaire Chelsea F.C. owner Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova separate, by Page Six’s Ian Mohr.