Brace yourself, because Randall Lane of Forbes is going Inside Donald Trump’s Head. “My old pal @RandallLane got some mighty innarestin' quotes out of Mr. Trump,” tweets Jason Zweig. One key finding: “Trump on ‘moron’ comment/Rex: ‘I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests,’” as Rick Klein tweets. “There is no doubt in my mind that the pee pee tape is real,” says Erin Gloria Ryan. “I need many, many, many, many drinks,” says Daniel Drezner.
“This is yet the latest story in which current and former WH aides talk about the president like managing a toddler,” tweets Edward-Isaac Dovere. That’s White House aides lean on delays and distraction to manage Trump, from Politico’s Josh Dawsey. Tal Kopan observes, “It seems like every story about the inner workings of the WH is just so unflattering…” “Managing a president with neither attention span nor moral compass nor knowledge nor, above all, curiosity,” tweets Clive Thompson. “So we don't have a head of Homeland Security because Kelly has to jangle keys at POTUS to prevent World War III?” asks Karen Beninato.
“Well I’m sure that Politico story will be the last addition to the #Toddlerinchief thread today SON OF A—” tweets Daniel Drezner. He’s seen the latest from Robert Costa, Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker at The Washington Post: A ‘pressure cooker’: Trump’s frustration and fury rupture alliances, threaten agenda (20,000+ shares). Notes Kyle Griffin, “18 WH officials, outside advisers, and Trump associates say Trump is increasingly isolated, showing flashes of fury.” “This is incredible reporting,” tweets Travis Lyles. “Meanwhile, the President’s house is consumed w/ chaos, his agenda is imploding and his 1st & 3rd wives are fighting,” tweets Jim Roberts.
For more on that, see Ivana Trump opens up: 7 most surprising facts about her life with Donald Trump, from ABC News’s Katie Kindelan, and Melania Trump's office rips ‘attention seeking’ Ivana Trump, by CNBC’s Christina Wilkie. “We've hit ‘Real Housewives of the White House’ now…” tweets Ken Yeung.
Meanwhile, “Trump goes after NFL for a tax break it has already given up,” tweets Peter Baker, who links to his piece in The New York Times, Trump Threatens N.F.L. and Attacks Jemele Hill. But “The NFL caved to Jerry and Donald,” tweets Christopher Woody, who links to the report from Deadspin’s Diana Moskovitz, The NFL Quietly Changed Its Obscure Rule About Standing For The National Anthem.
Of her colleague Tom Ley’s piece, ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill Two Weeks For No Good Reason, Moskovitz tweets, “Alternate headline: Reporter explains how capitalism works, gets suspended by capitalist organization.” Tweets Jamil Smith, “Jemele told the truth, again. She also didn’t do anything that merited @espn suspending her, as this makes plain.” “What the fuck, ESPN,” tweets Meredith Haggerty.
Genuine American rage
To learn “How Russia stole viral content and amplified it on Facebook to keep US divided - and hating Clinton,” as David Beard puts it, read How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics, by Nicholas Confessore and Daisuke Wakabayashi of The New York Times. Tweets Confessore, “Where did Russian operatives find their viral content for Facebook? On genuine American social media.” “Russians posted police beating videos & welfare abuse stories on @Facebook. Basically, like your high school friends,” tweets Kenneth Vogel. “Looking for the big picture on Russia’s social media meddling? This @nickconfessore & @daiwaka is among the best,” tweets Dylan Byers.
At The Los Angeles Times, Matt Pearce, David Montero and Richard Winton have the New revelations: Las Vegas gunman shot security guard before opening fire on concert-goers, police say. Pat Campbell tweets, “Las #VegasShooter shot security guard a full six minutes before opening fire on concertgoers, police reveal.” Tweets Pearce, “This raises questions about why the casino/police didn't know sooner that the gunman was on the 32nd floor.”
In California, Fires Kill at Least 10 and Destroy 1,500 Buildings, Thomas Fuller, Jonah Bromwich and Maggie Astor report for The New York Times. “Wow. ‘Fallout’-like post-apocalyptic scene in Santa Rosa after wildfire,” tweets Tom Standage, who links to The Destruction From the California Fires in Photos and Maps, also in The Times. From Jon Schleuss of The Los Angeles Times, Aerial photo shows destroyed neighborhood in Santa Rosa. “Stunning before and after photos -- fire in Santa Rosa leveled entire blocks of tract homes,” tweets Alene Tchekmedyian.
But “Neither flood nor hurricane nor wildfire can keep these men from their task of dismantling environmental protections,” tweets Bill McKibben, who links to E.P.A. Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule, by Lisa Friedman and Brad Plumer of The New York Times. Peter Gleick’s take: “Deplorable. A direct assault on future generations by Trump and his minions. Guaranteed to worsen.”
ProPublica Illinois is in the house
ProPublica Illinois has begun regular publishing, and Mick Dumke has the first piece, How Chicago Gets Its Guns. “ProPublica Illinois is in the house! First up, a gripping look at Chicago's nebulous gun market by @mickeyd1971,” tweets Jason Grotto. What we learned: “Indiana’s lax gun rules helps arm Chicago killers. Indianapolis has a high murder rate. Pence’s hands are bloody,” tweets Douglas Simmons.
The latest on the Harvey Weinstein fall-out: Michael Daly of The Daily Beast goes Inside the NYPD’s Sting on Harvey Weinstein. “This is quite the story,” says Shane Goldmacher. Also at The Daily Beast, Marlow Stern interviews George Clooney, in George Clooney Speaks Out on Harvey Weinstein: ‘It’s Disturbing on a Whole Lot of Levels.’ At The New York Times, Lena Dunham writes of Harvey Weinstein and the Silence of the Men.
Ronan Farrow at the New Yorker investigates, From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories. Tweets Casey Seiler, “Egads: @NewYorker has audio of Weinstein trying to impel woman to watch him take a shower — grosser than expected.” And then, Donna Karan defends pal Weinstein, says harassed women ‘may be asking for it,’ as Ruth Brown reports for Page Six.
Go see a Star War
Finally today: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer (Official). “I need to talk to someone. I need a hug,” tweets Michael Andronico.
More Tuesday reads:
Black man beaten at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces felony charge, Derek Hawkins reports in The Washington Post. “Both-sidesism has real consequences. This is one. #VeryFinePeople,” tweets Soraya N. McDonald.
AP News has the latest on Texas Tech campus police officer killed at HQ.
Model Lola Ogunyemi has written a piece for The Guardian, I am the woman in the ‘racist Dove ad’. I am not a victim.
Erik Schelzig of Politico reports, Twitter shuts down Blackburn campaign announcement video.
The latest tally from The Washington Post fact-checking team of Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Glenn Kessler and Kelly Meg: President Trump has made 1,318 false or misleading claims over 263 days.
At Vanity Fair, Joe Pompeo asks, Is Trump-Whisperer Maggie Haberman Changing The New York Times? Tweets Chris Chafin, “Great piece from @joepompeo on Maggie haberman (appropriately full of unnamed sources).”
Sharon Smyth and Esteban Duarte of Bloomberg Politics report, Spain Readies Forces Able to Seize Catalan Leader Today.