“This is quite an interview,” says Glenn Kessler, of Trump Goes After Senator Bob Corker, Who Bites Back (127,000+ shares), by Jonathan Martin and Mark Landler of The New York Times. They write, “In an extraordinary rebuke of a president of his own party, Mr. Corker said he was alarmed about a president who acts ‘like he’s doing “The Apprentice” or something.’ ‘He concerns me,’ Mr. Corker added. ‘He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation.’” Tweets Martin, “As Corker noted, most every GOP senator shares his alarm about Trump. He just said it on the record & unsparingly.”
“Corker and Trump: Talk is better than nothing. Action is what counts,” tweets James Fallows, who links to his piece in The Atlantic, It’s What Bob Corker Does Next That Counts. Tweets Gregg Carlstrom, “Kudos to @SenBobCorker for pointing out the obvious. The real question is what he does next.”
In The Washington Post, James Hohmann writes, Bob Corker tirade encapsulates five reasons why Trump has failed at governing. He tweets, “Trump’s myopic impulse to counter-punch whenever he feels attacked caused him to lose another news cycle.” Says Virginia Heffernan, “Corker is telegraphing not just that Trump *should* be removed from power; he's saying he already has been.”
A simple list
“Remember when Obama wore that tanned suit and Republicans were outraged? Here's what they now condone by a president,” tweets Stuart A. Thompson, who links to the graphic by The New York Times Editorial Board, The Republican’s Guide to Presidential Etiquette. “This is a brutal and efficient accounting of how much the presidency has degenerated since January,” says Roxane Gay. And “None of this is an exaggeration or lie or as Trump calls the truth he does not like ‘fake news,’” tweets Susan Berger. Says Marta Cooper, “Good e.g. of how a simple list can be pretty devastating.”
So what’s the Vice President up to? Almost catching a football game. Gregg Doyel of The Indianapolis Star writes that Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to walkout at Colts game was planned (18,000+ shares). The lede: “North Korea and its nukes can wait. The White House has declared war on the NFL. And on the First Amendment.” He tweets, “Pence used the Colts, who went out of their way to accommodate the VP - with no idea this political stunt was coming.” Bruce Arthur calls it “A kickass, perfect column from @GreggDoyelStar on Mike Pence and his boss, and their fraudulent garbage.”
Also at The Indianapolis Star, Matthew VanTryon notes, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a picture at the Colts game. He tweeted the same picture in 2014. Yes, “Pence’s expensive, pre-planned stunt featured a recycled game day photo rather than bothering to take a new one,” tweets Matthew Yglesias.
But just how expensive? CNN’s Rene Marsh has The price tag for Pence’s trip to Indianapolis (41,000+ shares). As Jeanine Barone tweets, “Cost to taxpayer of Pence’s publicity stunt at 49ers game: $242,000. Swamp-land!”
Speaking of, “Your tax dollars at work to make the rich more comfy #filltheswamp,” tweets Kara Swisher. At The Washington Post, Jack Gillum reports on Traveling in style: Trump’s White House wrestles with Cabinet costs. “These are the kind of stories that matter most to voters because they affirm the worst caricatures of politicians,” tweets Dan Pfeiffer. Tweets Philip Rucker, “Culture of entitlement? There are now five separate IG investigations into Trump Cabinet charter flights.”
A genuinely terrifying character
And then there’s “Stephen Miller, son of Southern California. They're not thrilled,” tweets Matt Flegenheimer, who links to his profile in The New York Times, Stephen Miller, the Powerful Survivor on the President’s Right Flank. Tweets Hallie Jackson, “One heck of a read on White House senior adviser Stephen Miller - a @mattfleg special.” “The unreformed teen reactionary sociopath *with* access to power is a genuinely terrifying character,” says John Herrman. Many are taking note of “one of the wackiest tidbits from this @nytimes Stephen Miller profile,” as Dartunorro Clark tweets: “He jumped, uninvited, into the final stretch of a girls’ track meet, apparently intent on proving his athletic supremacy over the opposite sex. (The White House, reaching for exculpatory context, noted that this was a girls’ team from another school, not his own.)”
To sum up, “the trump administration is solely populated by the most grotesque people you’ve met at every stage of your life,” tweets Ben Detrick.
The Kremlin operation
Meanwhile, “This is just getting started,” tweets Yamiche Alcindor. She links to new reporting from Elizabeth Dwoskin and Adam Entous of The Washington Post, Google uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platforms. “Facebook gets the most flak for the Russia stuff because of its size, but any self-serve ad platform is vulnerable,” tweets Kevin Roose.
And “This story is WILD,” says Natasha Bertrand. At The Daily Beast, Ben Collins, Gideon Resnick and Spencer Ackerman report, Russia Recruited YouTubers to Bash ‘Racist B*tch’ Hillary Clinton Over Rap Beats. Tweets Collins, “Our big story from late last night: The Kremlin pivoted to video! Predictably, it went poorly.” The Daily Beast tweets, “The Kremlin operation used real people, not just memes and hijacked hashtags.” “THIS IS CRAZY I AM ON THE FLOOR,” says Dartunorro Clark.
New from Rosalind Helderman at The Washington Post this morning, Newly disclosed email sheds light on Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer. “NEW Newly disclosed email suggests Trump Tower meeting wasn't about dirt on Hillary -- or was it?” tweets Carol Leonnig. Says Marcus Baram, “Guaranteed: This selectively released email will be used by Trump partisans to bolster their claims abt the meeting.”
From Puerto Rico to rural America
BuzzFeed’s Nidhi Prakash reports People Are Still Dying In Puerto Rico. But They’re Not Yet Counted On the Government’s Official Death Toll. Tweets Lisa Tozzi, “The official death toll in Puerto Rico stands at 36. Funeral home directors say they have dozens more bodies.” Prakash tweets, “Alvarez's father died Wednesday because he lacked oxygen. We don't know how many others are still going through this.”
Still, though, Donald Trump defends paper towels in Puerto Rico, says Stephen Paddock was ‘probably smart’ in bizarre TV interview. That’s from Daniel Dale at The Toronto Star, who tweets, “Here is a recap of what the heck happened in Trump's interview with Huckabee.” Referring to a recent Trump tweet, Dale adds, “Donald Trump just took credit for inventing the word ‘fake.’”
But “For all the claims that Trump’s base is sticking with him it sure seems that there’s been some erosion of support,” tweets Daniel Drezner, who links to Trump's popularity is slipping in rural America: poll, from Chris Kahn and Tim Reid at Reuters.
Only took two decades
So the other big story over the weekend: Harvey Weinstein Is Fired After Sexual Harassment Reports, which Maggie Astor reports for The New York Times, and Variety’s Brent Lang covers in Harvey Weinstein Forced Out of His Own Company. “Well that was quick. Only took two decades,” tweets Eilene Zimmerman.
The New York Times’ Brooks Barnes writes that Harvey Weinstein Is the (Whispered) Talk of Hollywood. Tweets Connor Ennis, “From Thurs-Sat @brooksbarnesNYT called 40+ Hollywood players. Almost all refused to go on record about Weinstein.”
“Exclusive: Meryl Streep Speaks Out On Harvey Weinstein. Her thoughts on the revelations in my story,” Yashar Ali tweets, linking to his piece in HuffPost, Meryl Streep Speaks Out Against Harvey Weinstein. Tweets Lydia Polgreen, “Meryl Streep speaks to HuffPost on Weinstein; calls his conduct ‘disgraceful,’ ‘inexcusable,’ & an ‘abuse of power.’” But, John Podhoretz tweets, “Speaking out after someone has been publicly disgraced and fired is the opposite of speaking out.”
Meanwhile, “My editor Sharon Waxman says NYT gutted her 2004 expose on Weinstein's conduct in Europe,” tweets Susan Seager. “On media enablers: rage inducing,” says Lainna Fader. They’re referring to ‘Harvey Weinstein's Media Enablers’? The New York Times is One of Them, by The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman. “Oooooof. Matt Damon and Russell Crowe helped kill a 2004 NYT story on Harvey Weinstein,” tweets Ryan Mac. Notes David Greenwald, “Among other things, this is why Gawker's antagonism was a crucial force in journalism.”
BuzzFeed’s Anne Helen Petersen tweets, “I wrote about how so many women outside Hollywood knew about Weinstein,” adding, “It’s no wonder, then, that so many men deride & degrade gossip: It’s our most effective armor against their abuses.” She links to her piece, Here’s How So Many Women Knew About Harvey Weinstein, which David Oliver calls a “Must-read.”
And finally, Variety’s Maureen Ryan writes, Men Must Step Up to Change the Hollywood Culture That Enabled Harvey Weinstein (Opinion). “Read every word of this necessary @moryan piece,” tweets Kristin Hunt.
A crazy variable: humans
At Bloomberg Jonas Bergman has the story on Richard H. Thaler, Winner of 2017 Nobel Economics Prize, while michael lewis writes, Richard Thaler, the Economist Who Realized How Crazy We Are, noting that Thaler added a crazy variable: humans. “Michael Lewis on Nobel-winning economist @R_Thaler from 2015 -- not surprisingly it's terrific,” tweets Steve Matthews.