OK, Alanis … Hit It! 

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OK, Alanis … Hit It! 
September 26th, 2017
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Is there a catchy slogan that could be used as a response to this

Tero Kuittinen is referring to the report from The Hill’s Brandon Carter that Ivanka Trump used personal email account for government business. Newsweek’s Max Kutner and Nina Burleigh broke the story in their exclusive, Ivanka Trump Used a Personal Email Account for Government Work. “Wait a second this too sounds familiar,” says Dustin Volz.

But let’s not stop there. At Least 6 White House Advisers Used Private Email Accounts, write Matt Apuzzo and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times. Tweets Dave Pell, “OK, @Alanis … Hit It!” So let’s just cut to the chase: Use of personal devices widespread in Trump's West Wing, as POLITICO’s Josh Dawsey reports. He tweets, “Use of personal devices so rampant in White House that Priebus tried to force aides to leave at home or in lockers.”

Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post is reporting that House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy joins Democrats in probing Trump administration use of personal email.

Puerto Rico suffers

“This slideshow in @TheAtlantic took my breath away. Please look, please pay attention. Puerto Rico needs our help,” tweets Rebecca Boyle, linking to Alan Taylor’s piece in The Atlantic, Disconnected by Disaster-Photos From a Battered Puerto Rico. AP’s Danica Coto and David Koenig write that Puerto Rico is in the dark in wake of Hurricane Maria. Tweets AP, “No air conditioning, no fans, no cold water to drink - Puerto Rico suffers in the heat without electricity.”

Department check-in

In a speech to an oil industry group, Ryan Zinke, the Interior Department secretary, noted that One-third of Interior employees not loyal to Trump, reports AP’s Matthew Daly. “It's only Monday and we already have the quote of the week. It has to be,” says Vera Maria Bergengruen, who highlights this from the story: “‘Fracking is proof that God’s got a good sense of humor and he loves us,’ Zinke said without explanation.” But Sopan Deb says, “This is a remarkable quote from Zinke,” referring to: “Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, said he knew when he took over the 70,000-employee department in March that, ‘I got 30 percent of the crew that’s not loyal to the flag.’ . . . Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship that captures ‘a prized ship at sea and only the captain and the first mate row over’ to finish the mission.” Yes, “Interior sec says 23k employees aren't loyal to him and the president - and equates w/not being loyal to the flag,” tweets Edward-Isaac Dovere.

Over at the Department of Homeland Security, “Federal officials are planning to collect social media info on all immigrants—including naturalized citizens,” tweets BuzzFeed News, linking to People Are Worried About DHS Plans To Gather Social Media Info, by BuzzFeed’s Adolfo Flores. Farrah Fazal points out, “FBI: biggest threat facing U.S.-white supremacists, not immigrants.” Tweets Anil Dash, “Facebook and all the other major networks should be spearheading a vociferous campaign against this immediately.” “this is fucked,” says Emma Roller.

Also, Trump DOJ Nominee Jon Adler Pushed Scientology-Based Detox Program, reports WIRED’s Ashley Feinberg. She tweets a photo, explaining: “here’s a trump doj nominee promoting L. Ron Hubbard’s detox program with Vincent D'Onofrio.”

Important, infuriating story

“And so begins the drip-drip-drip of details about the 3,000+ Russian-bought Facebook ads…” tweets David McCabe. Adam Entous, Craig Timberg and Elizabeth Dwoskin of The Washington Post have the scoop, Russian operatives used Facebook ads to exploit divisions over black political activism and Muslims. “Bonkerstown slick Russian operatives. (can't help but wonder who paid them),” says Cody Lyon. Tweets John-Erik Koslosky, “I lost good money selling $FB stock last year, but it would have seemed like dirty money today if I'd held.” Joshua Holland calls it an “Important, infuriating story…”


“A powerful op-ed in the New York Times from #49ers Eric Reid,” tweets Chris Biderman, who links to Eric Reid’s New York Times op-ed, Why Colin Kaepernick and I Decided to Take a Knee. “This is powerful. Proud of this patriotic young man,” says Robert Mann. “Stunning eloquence,” says Michael McCord.

And “here's a smart column from @redford about Pat Tillman,” tweets James Santelli, of Stop Using Pat Tillman, Patrick Redford’s piece for Deadspin. “Timely reminder on how complex Pat Tillman's beliefs actually were,” says Adam Kovac. “yes yes yes yes yes x10000,” tweets Caitlin Cruz.

Pennsylvania fire chief calls Steelers coach Mike Tomlin a ‘no-good n*gger’ over NFL protests, reports Raw Story’s Brad Reed. “Just a matter of time,” says Richelle Carey. “Best believe, this wasn't the first time this fire chief called Mike Tomlin or any black person n*gger,” says Jemele Hill.

Gerard Baker notes there’s “Some other non-sporting news happening in sports this week.” Rebecca Davis O’Brien of The Wall Street Journal has the developing story, Arrests Expected in Probe of Alleged Bribery, Kickbacks at College Basketball Programs. “Yay college sports,” tweets Ben Pershing.

Turning into an evergreen headline

Steven Mazie is referring to Health Bill Appears Dead as Pivotal G.O.P. Senator Declares Opposition, by The New York Times’ Thomas Kaplan. Tweets Kaplan, “The GOP's last-ditch repeal attempt appears dead: Paul, McCain and Collins are now firm NO votes.” “Ding dong the health bill is dead. For now, all we have to worry about is nuclear war! Yay!” tweets Ellen Seidman.

About that. “John Kelly now faces his biggest and most important test with reckless Donald Trump,” tweets Mark Follman, in light of the news, North Korea Calls Trump’s Comments a ‘Declaration of War’, as reported by Rick Gladstone in The New York Times. “Great. I have a case of the Mondays,” says Jen Pollack Bianco. “A feeling of powerless dread. Is this the way the world ends, with rocket man & dotard taking us over the brink?” tweets Nina Bernstein. “Pls someone tell me there's a backchannel,” says Dan Moulthrop.

But just to be clear, according to US officials, Iran's supposed missile launch was fake, Lucas Tomlinson of Fox News reports. “! Fox reports the Iranian missile launch Trump denounced on Twitter was fake - Iranian TV had played an old video,” tweets Daniel Dale.

The comforts of sexism

In the New Yorker, Jessica Winter asks, Why Aren’t Mothers Worth Anything to Venture Capitalists? The New Yorker tweets, “Breast pumps make up a $700-million market, but perhaps for V.C.s, the comforts of sexism are priceless.” Tweets Nicole Beemsterboer, “I pondered this question 3 times a day, 25 minutes at a time, for a year. THERE IS SO MUCH $$ TO BE MADE HERE.” Rachel Metz agrees: “never was i so willing to spend $$ than when i had a baby.” “This piece is very good, and the story it tells is very maddening,” says Kevin Carty.


At The Guardian, Judith Duportail reveals, I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets. “An excellent, pretty scary, read,” says Richard Partington. Although James Herron notes, “Reporter discovers Tinder stores scary amount of personal data, uses it to write confessional story in natl paper.”

And “Perhaps ‘lady who yelled at children about the race of santa’ a bad fit to host an uplifting, non-political AM show,” tweets Wesley Lowery. He links to NBC’s Megyn Kelly experiment unveils its latest creation, a morning-show Bride of Frankenstein, the review by The Washington Post’s Hank Stuever. It’s about “Megyn Kelly's craptastic new show,” as Elizabeth Williamson puts it. Frank Rich calls it a “State of the art takedown,” and more than one person said simply, “Brutal.” “I *almost* want Megyn Kelly's Disaster Hour to succeed, just so we can be blessed with a weekly NOPE by @hankstuever,” tweets Lisa Capretto.

Tuesday round-up:

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: What was the first planet to be discovered using a telescope, in 1781?

Answer: Uranus, and you’re welcome.

Congrats to…Deirdre Blake, first to tweet the correct answer: “Uranus (giggled the 10-year old boy).” Honorable mention to Dan Rosenbaum, second runner-up with “Herschel found Uranus. With a telescope. More I will not say.”

Your question of the day for today is…Before Paul Gleason was cast as Clarence Beeks in the movie Trading Places, who was allegedly offered the role but turned it down? (Hint: Beeks is reading his autobiography on the train at the end of the movie.)

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack.

Career Updates
New roles for Darlin, Windolf, Zeitchik

Damon Darlin us joining Reuters as Editor, Money and Politics in its Washington bureau. He has been an editor at The New York Times and its policy, economics and politics site The Upshot for the past three years. Before that, Darlin worked as a technology editor and personal finance columnist at The New York Times. He has also worked at The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and U.S. News and World Report.

Meanwhile, Jim Windolf has taken on the role of media editor at The New York Times. He had led the Men’s Style section since it was founded in 2015, and prior to helping create that new section, he was editor in chief of M. Windolf has also worked at Vanity Fair, Punch and the New York Observer, where he eventually served as executive editor. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, New York and many others.

Steve Zeitchik is joining The Washington Post to cover the business of entertainment. He has spent the last eight years at the Los Angeles Times and has also made frequent appearances on NPR and has contributed to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He previously worked for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety

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