A Mad Libs of cliches

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A Mad Libs of cliches
October 6th, 2017
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What everyone in Hollywood must be reading

“Huge story from NYT investigations desk,” tweets Michael LaForgia. That’s Decades of Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein (57,000+ shares), by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times. Tweets The Times, “Numerous women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. He’s paid at least 8 settlements. NYT exclusive.” And now, Kantor tweets, “In response to our reporting, Harvey Weinstein has apologized and is taking a leave of absence from his company.” “This story is nauseating. What a pig,” says Nick Bilton. Ellen Barry calls it “An extraordinary piece of investigative reporting.” And it’s certainly, “What everyone in Hollywood must be reading,” as Shirley Leung tweets.

Next, “Read this by @rtraister on Weinstein, so wild and awful and chillingly banal,” says Jia Tolentino. At The Cut, Rebecca Traister explains Why the Weinstein Sexual Harassment Allegations Came Out Now. “That time #weinstein beat a journalist called @rebeccatraister a C, and no one wrote about it. #buymyscreenplay,” tweets Nina Burleigh. Says Lauren Kelley, “Jesus, this @rtraister story. Just read it.”

And at the International Business Times, David Sirota and Jay Cassano report, Harvey Weinstein's Lawyer Gave $10,000 To Manhattan DA After He Declined To File Sexual Assault Charges. Tweets Cassano, “Huge scoop w/ @davidsirota: Harvey Weinstein's lawyer gave $10,000 to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance after dropped case.”

The New York Times has also published this Statement From Harvey Weinstein. “This statement is a Mad Libs of cliches,” says Lisa Tozzi.


Meanwhile, “You should stop what you are doing right now and read this massive massive @Bernstein story on bannon/milo/breitbart,” says Charlie Warzel. He’s referring to Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled White Nationalism Into The Mainstream (54,000+ shares), by BuzzFeed’s Joseph Bernstein. “This is a stunning and hugely disturbing story by @bernstein about Breitbart. #MUSTREAD,” tweets Jason Leopold. For example, “BREITBART LITERALLY SENT A DRAFT OF THEIR STORY ON THE ‘ALT-RIGHT’ TO WHITE SUPREMICISTS FOR LINE EDITS,” as Judd Legum tweets. “In short: Milo can't write, Bannon can't spell, and everyone is racist AF,” says Patrick Coffee. And “Oof. Receipts,” notes Al Letson. Says Chris McDaniel, “This is a really important story from @Bernstein on how white nationalism & other toxic bullshit becomes mainstream.”

Morongate continues

So “Who will get fired from Trump administration today?” asks Janet Shan. Well, Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan of Axios have this scoop: CIA director Pompeo considered to replace Tillerson. Tweets Jim VandeHei, “Trump stewed when his TV kept showing Tillerson and ‘moron’ instead of himself in action.”

As NBC News’ Carol Lee, Kristen Welker, Courtney Kube and Andrea Mitchell report, Tillerson was summoned to the White House amid presidential fury. Blake Hounshell tweets, “NBC says Trump hadn't known about the 'moron' thing until their report, and spent two hours venting to Kelly.” Notes Nicholas Riccardi, “At least seven administration officials as sources in this story it seems (unnamed of course).” “This White House leaks like a NYC sewage plant,” tweets Roben Farzad.

In other news from the Trump administration, POLITICO’s Andrea Peterson reports that John Kelly's personal phone has been compromised for months, “Raising concerns that hackers or foreign govs may have had access to data on Kelly’s phone while at DHS and as CoS,” tweets Paul Volpe.

Seven Flights for $800,000: That’s the tally on Mnuchin’s travel on military jets, reports The New York Times’s Alan Rappeport. Tweets Jim Tankersley, “Mnuchin could have flown commercial to Miami for $688. Instead he took a military jet. Cost: $43,725.50.”

The Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson reports, FEMA removes statistics about drinking water access and electricity in Puerto Rico from website (58,000+ shares). Tweets Bradley Peniston, “This looks really, really bad. Like Soviet Union bad.” Meanwhile, In Florida, Puerto Ricans are a surging political force - and outraged by Trump’s response to Maria, report WaPo’s Elise Viebeck and Joel Achenbach.

Also at The Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin reports, As ACA enrollment nears, administration keeps cutting federal support of the law. Tweets Elise Viebeck, “SCOOP: A GOP state asked for help in making its ACA market work better. Trump told HHS to say no.” Alex Wayne says, “I wonder who the president thinks will be blamed for NEXT year’s premium increases.”

We’ve also learned that the Trump Administration is Set to Roll Back Birth Control Mandate (73,000+ shares), as Robert Pear reports for The New York Times. Or as Jess Dweck headlines it, “Trump Admin Officially Adopting Policy of Craft Store That Funded ISIS.” Just a reminder, “The mandate enables more than 55 million women to access birth control without co-pays, according to a study,” tweets Carmen Heredia Rodriguez. And Emma Roller tweets, “women will die because of this.”


CNN’s Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown have the exclusive, Mueller's team met with Russia dossier author (31,000+ shares). And there’s “More Facebook intrigue,” as Aaron Zitner tweets, referring to Facebook Cut Russia Out of April Report on Election Influence. That’s the scoop from The Wall Street Journal’s Robert McMillan and Shane Harris.

Speaking of Russia, new from Gordon Lubold at The Wall Street Journal, Russian Hackers Stole NSA Data on U.S. Cyber Defense. And, as Jessica Garrison reports for BuzzFeed, US Intelligence Unit Accused Of Illegally Spying On Americans’ Financial Records.

So much for my Chipotle in Tehran

Tweets Mike DeBonis, “Hey you know what would really help pass tax reform? Having the Senate spend the next 60ish days debating Iran!” And so, Trump plans to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, punt to Congress, reports The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan. Daniel Drezner’s analysis: “Let's be clear: this craptacular idea serves only purpose, and that is to salve Trump's ego.” “So much for my Chipotle in Tehran,” tweets Roben Farzad.

This is really something

Maggie Haberman is referring to Financial Firm Behind ‘Fearless Girl’ Will Pay $5 Million for Allegedly Underpaying Women and Minorities, by Patrick Coffee for Adweek. Tweets Adam Serwer, “I thought the writers this season foreshadowed this pretty clearly.” “What a surprise,” Stephen Battaglio deadpans.

This story though

Daniella Diaz refers to the new piece from Rachael Bade, Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan of POLITICO, Inside Tim Murphy's reign of terror. Bade tweets, “STILL AWAKE? Read @JakeSherman @BresPolitico & my ticktock of what REALLY went down in @RepTimMurphy's office...:” Tweets Robert Draper, “Turns out Rep Tim Murphy AND his COS Susan Mosychuk were running a psycho shop on Capitol Hill.” Adds Jean Marbella, “Of all the horrors, this: he and chief of staff so ‘fond of each other’ they would ‘feed each other at events.’”

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