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We're drinking micro-plasticsĀ 
September 6th, 2017
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Hot new world

First up today, “In a year of hottest, driest, wettest records, #Irma is now strongest Atlantic storm ever measured. Hot new world,” says Bill McKibben. He links to the CBS Evening News report, Hurricane Irma becomes most powerful storm ever recorded in Atlantic Ocean. Now, Hurricane Irma Pushes Toward Puerto Rico, With Florida In Its Sights, as NPR’s Bill Chappell reports. Andrew deGrandpre of The Washington Post reports, Hurricane Irma could “destroy” Antigua, Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Anguilla. And Eric Holthaus of Grist writes, Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane in history, keeps getting stronger. He tweets, “As improbable as it may seem, two of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history might hit in the span of just two weeks.” 

Read it. Let it sink in.

Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act (125,000+ shares), as Michael Shear and Julie Davis of The New York Times report. Tweets Meghna Chakrabarti, This is an absolutely stunning paragraph from @nytimes #DACA story. Read it. Let it sink in.” She’s referring to this: “As late as one hour before the decision was to be announced, administration officials privately expressed concern that Mr. Trump might not fully grasp the details of the steps he was about to take, and when he discovered their full impact, would change his mind.” Indeed, a tweet later on Tuesday suggested he might, prompting administration officials to try to clarify his 'revisit' DACA tweet, as POLITICO’s Louis Nelson reports.

David Nakamura has the story for The Washington Post, Trump administration announces end of immigration protection program for ‘dreamers’ (91,000+ shares). Notes Abby Phillip, “What Jeff Sessions didn't say: DACA recipients will be able to renew their 2-yr work permits if they renew by Oct. 5.”

At The Daily Beast, Betsy Woodruff says The Trump Administration Now Has Tons Of DACA Data And Is Poised To Weaponize It. She tweets, “White House talking points say ICE can use info DACA recipients shared to find + deport them,” adding, “Immigration atty told me that bc of DHS statement on ICE and DACA, he is advising DREAMers to avoid police.”

For reaction to the announcement, we’ll start here: Frank Thorp tweets, “Here's @BarackObama's response to Pres Trump's decision on #DACA”: Barack Obama - Immigration can be a controversial topic. Blake Hounshell notes, “Obama's statement takes pains not to mention the word ‘Trump.’”

Also speaking out: leaders from corporate America, Apple and Microsoft among them, as NPR’s Aarti Shahani reports. Microsoft president Brad Smith released a statement, Urgent DACA legislation is both an economic imperative and humanitarian necessity - Microsoft on the Issues. He tweets, “Legislation to protect 800,000 #Dreamers is an economic & humanitarian imperative. Congress needs to act quickly.”

At WIRED, Joshua Davis explains Why Trump Should Welcome Dreamers. Tweets Nicholas Thompson, “Remember the four kids who beat MIT at underwater robotics? Now they're at risk of deportation.”

Meanwhile in the UK, “Britain's Brexit black hole filled: UK immigration policy after Brexit. All 82 pages. Leaked here," tweets Dan Sabbagh, linking to Leaked document reveals UK Brexit plan to deter EU immigrants, from Nick Hopkins and Alan Travis in The Guardian.

‘It is un-American to threaten journalists.’

The Washington Post’s Kristine Guerra and Kristine Phillips report on an Officer shooting an Ohio newspaper photographer after confusing his tripod and camera for a gun. Tweets Phillips, “Interesting tidbit: The family-owned newspaper asked its readers and FB followers to not ‘mean mouth’ the officer.”

Meanwhile, “Scoop: @DCNorg (trade group for media companies) is accusing the @NRA of crossing a line and threatening journalists,” tweets Brian Stelter, who links to his piece in CNN, Press group to NRA: ‘It is un-American to threaten journalists.’  

On Twitter, Stelter also shares “>> @mikeallen scoop: @CharlieRose is interviewing Steve Bannon later today. Airing on @60Minutes this Sunday.” Mike Allen of Axios reveals (slightly) more here. In that same link, you can also read about how “The people stopping Spicey for selfies have created a monster,” as Mike Hogan tweets.

Michael M. Grynbaum of The New York Times goes “Inside CNN: what happens when a story goes wrong,” as Andy McGeady tweets, referring to Grynbaum’s piece, At CNN, Retracted Story Leaves an Elite Reporting Team Bruised. “Big @nytimes story on CNN's Scaramucci retraction: investigative team off Russia story, KFILE crew transferred out,” tweets Will Sommer. “How the WH snuffed out CNN's reporting on Trump-Russia, the biggest political story of the year,” says Jeff Nesbit.

This isn’t that

In other news, “USA TODAY found the names of 4,500 members via social media, news clips and a website golfers use to track handicaps,” tweets John Kelly, who adds, “You read a lot about conflicts & campaign donations. This isn't that. This is direct payments that enrich the POTUS.” He links to the exclusive from Brad Heath, Fredreka Schouten, Steve Reilly and Nick Penzenstadler at USA Today, Trump gets millions from golf members. CEOs and lobbyists get access to president. “Want to know who belongs to @realDonaldTrump golf clubs? Read this. Right now,” says Lee Horwich.

Paying a heavy price

A Funeral of 2 Friends: C.I.A. Deaths Rise in Secret Afghan War is the new piece from Adam Goldman and Matthew Rosenberg of The New York Times. “I started digging into @CIA fatalities in Afghanistan. This is what I found,” tweets Goldman, who adds, “The @CIA is paying heavy price in Afghanistan. Last year, 3 agency paramilitaries were killed fighting.”

“Miscalculations. Mistakes. Misogyny. Here is CNN’s look at Hillary Clinton’s new memoir.” That’s CNN’s Dan Merica, who links to his piece with Kevin Liptak, Defiant Clinton looks to explain loss in new memoir.

Something else to worry about

Steve Thompson of the Dallas Morning News reports, As Houston grew, officials ignored “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to spare thousands from flooding. At The Wall Street Journal, Melanie Evans looks into the damage at the Valero Houston Refinery, reporting that After Oil Refinery Is Damaged by Harvey, Benzene Is Detected in Houston Area. Tweets Matt Dempsey, “@GregAbbott_TX said no problems at EPA Superfund sites (which he does NOT know) Not the case at actual facilities.”

And “I know we don't need something more to worry about, but,” tweets David Brooks, who links to Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals, by Damian Carrington at The Guardian. In other words, “We're drinking micro-plastics. Great,” says Roben Farzad.

Oh, and here’s some alarming news: Russians Have Hacked Dozens Of US Energy Companies, Researchers Say, reports BuzzFeed’s Kevin Collier. Miriam Elder highlights this quote: “This is the first time we’ve seen this scale, this aggressiveness, and this level of penetration in the US.”

Stay bold

On the plus side, “Finally, the Apple Watch has a compelling use case,” Darius Tahir tweets. In an exclusive for The New York Times, Michael Schmidt reveals that the Boston Red Sox Used Apple Watches to Steal Signs Against Yankees (99,000+ shares). “Are there any New England sports teams that aren't evil?” Adam Serwer wonders. But Cory Weinberg notes, “if you're gonna steal signs, get a goddamn hit with runners in scoring position, sheesh.” Colin Jones says, “I can't wait to see the NY tabloid headlines on this one.”

Speaking of, The New York Times Editorial Board has a message for The Daily News: City to The News: Hang In. It concludes, “Feeling our own way in the digital world, we can only wish that brashness remains one New York value that Tronc retains. If you will: Times to News: Stay Bold.” Which leads Jason Silverstein to tweet, “Jason to Twitter: Good shit!”

I came for the poo, stayed for the romance


“If you're looking for the weirdest headline of the day...” Dean Arrindell directs you to the BBC story, Woman trapped in window while trying to retrieve poo. Or as Paul Lewis tweets, “The unflushables. Woman pooped after dung ho retrieval goes pear shaped. A rare window on modern etiquette.” “there is so much beauty in the world -- one must only look,” tweets J.R. Hennessy. The GoFundMe page, Replacement window, is also getting plenty of attention. “OMG! Quite the best story I've read in ages.... This guy is appealing for £ after his date went HORRIBLY wrong,” tweets Jon Kay. Says Alastair Reid, “There are bad Tinder dates, and then there are bad Tinder dates.” But Tom Whipple tweets, “I came for the poo, stayed for the romance. It's actually beautiful.”

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: On September 5, 1975, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford. What was Ford’s birth name?

Answer: Leslie Lynch King, Jr.

Congrats to…David Daniel, first again to tweet the correct answer. Shout-out to Craig Pittman, who included this reminder of Chevy Chase’s uncanny Gerald Ford impression. And an honorable mention goes to Mark Edwards, who reveals, “BTW, I'm doing the NeuTronc Dance today. Thank you Pointer Sisters...Not to be confused with their cousins the @PoynterInstitute. I hear they dance a lot down there too.” 

Your question of the day for today is…With more than 164 million items, which library has the largest collection in the world?

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Featured Journalist: Dom Galeon

Today’s featured journalist is Dom Galeon, a science writer for Futurism. As he tells us, “I write stuff. Science stuff.” Dom’s interests include history, science, philosophy and film, and before becoming a journalist for Futurism, he taught History and Latin. In addition to Futurism, you might have seen his work in places like NBC NewsBusiness Insider and Eyewitness News. Have a story to pitch him? Any time is a good time, he says, since he checks his email regularly. Read more about Dom and check out his portfolio here.

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