Mood: seething and fuming

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Mood: seething and fuming
October 31st, 2017
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Shooting at University of Utah

Some truly frightening news this morning from the University of Utah campus. Man shot to death in carjacking on U. campus, hunt under way for 'armed and dangerous' suspect, victim identified, report Mariah Noble and Bob Mims of The Salt Lake Tribune.

The deep dive

Still digesting yesterday’s indictment news? Aaron Blake of The Washington Post offers you this: “I converted the full Manafort/Gates indictment into searchable text -- with annotations,” he tweets, linking to The 12-count Manafort and Gates indictment, annotated. And at Yahoo News, Michael Isikoff explains how Mueller’s ‘no-knock’ raid yielded key evidence against Manafort. He tweets, “When FBI agents picked lock on Manafort's house, they found Ukrainian lobbying records he had told DOJ didn't exist.”

The reaction

According to Jeff Zeleny and Kevin Liptak of CNN, Trump ‘seething’ as Mueller probe reaches former aides. Rachel Smolkin calls it a “Great read on Trump’s mood (‘seething’).” For more on that mood, check out the piece from The Washington Post’s Robert Costa, Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker, Upstairs at home, with the TV on, Trump fumes over Russia indictments (51,000+ shares). As Bump tweets, “This morning in the White House played out about exactly as you might expect.” Noting that the piece is “based on interviews with 20 senior administration officials, Trump friends and key outside allies,” Ken Norton wonders, “Did every single person he talked to today leak to the Washington Post?”

Meanwhile, Senate Republicans (literally) dodge questions on Trump aide indictments, reports CNN’s Ted Barrett. Tweets Paul Kane, “This Grassley video, sneaking out to avoid Mueller Qs, never gets old. Literally among the flags!” And Philippe Reines tweets, “To my earlier Tweets about Congressional Rs not being able to answer the Papadopoulos plea, here’s a pathetic story.”

The Washington Post’s Eli Rosenberg takes a look at How conservative media reacted to Robert Mueller's indictment of Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos and Rick Gates. Tweets Ray Locker, “The people who wanted to make Solyndra a scandal see nothing in the Manafort case.”

The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein tweets, “SCOOP - Bannon talked to Trump today, encouraged him to get new lawyers,” linking to the piece by Lachlan Markay and Asawin SuebsaengSteve Bannon Thinks Trump’s Legal Team Is ‘Asleep at the Wheel’-And He’s Looking For Ways to Kneecap Mueller.

And more fallout from the Mueller investigation as Anna Palmer of Politico reports, Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe. Tweets Tom McCarthy, “Trump is draining the swamp on accident.”

Totally different problems

There was also a “Huge decision overshadowed by the indictments,” as Dave Cullen points out, linking to Federal Judge Blocks White House Policy Barring Transgender Troops, by Dave Philipps of The New York Times.

“Not for nothing, but this could easily spiral into a totally different problem for Trump,” tweets Brian Beutler, who’s referring to FBI Is Probing Puerto Rico Power Contract, the scoop from The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Scurria.

Trump’s chief of staff made some headlines, too, yesterday. As The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker reports, John Kelly refuses to apologize for false attacks on Florida congresswoman. And CNN’s Sophie Tatum highlights this: Kelly: 'Lack of an ability to compromise' led to Civil War. “Kelly’s words about ‘men and women of good faith on both sides’ of the slavery issue will be pleasing to his boss,” tweets Eric Zorn. Adds Sarah Rose, “‘Both sides’ suggests Kelly might have been the Trump whisperer on Charlottesville.”

“I'm several eps behind, so am extra-grateful for @gillianbwhite's recap of ‘The Real Fed Chairs of Washington DC,’” tweets Megan Garber, who links to Trump Is Handling the Fed Pick Like a Reality Show Contest, by Gillian White in The Atlantic. “I would definitely watch one of those YouTube reaction videos of people watching the Instagram video,” says Adrienne LaFrance.

Google’s fall from grace

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. McKinnon reports, Google’s Dominance in Washington Faces a Reckoning. Tweets Christopher Mims, “Amazingly deep + comprehensive account of Google's fall from grace in Washington by @johndmckinnon and Brody Mullins.” And Bob Davis says, “Google lobbyists will be busy dealing with attacks from the left and right.”

Horrifying & urgent

“This report into life-threatening medical delays on Nauru is a joint investigation between @BuzzFeedNews and @ABC730,” tweets Paul Farrell, who links to his BuzzFeed News Report with Gina Rushton and Nick Wray, Worse Than A War Zone: The Life-Threatening Medical Delays In Australia’s Immigration Detention Regime. “Australia is putting the lives of asylum-seekers in danger by neglecting their life-threatening medical conditions,” tweets Anup Kaphle. Tweets Alice Workman, “Please take a few minutes to read/watch this important Nauru story by @ginarush, @FarrellPF and @nickwray.” “Horrifying & urgent,” says Heidi Blake. Helen Davidson of The Guardian has more in Manus Island detainees fear for safety after police squads armed 'like it's a war.'

Best thing I read today

“This is so good,” says Siraj Datoo, referring to The New York Times opinion piece, I’m 10. And I Want Girls to Raise Their Hands, by Washington, D.C., fifth grader and girl scout Alice Paul Tapper, who also happens to be the daughter of CNN’s Jake Tapper. “Yo @jaketapper you know this already but your daughter is awesome,” tweets Jill Filipovic. Tweets Nina Bernstein, “Great idea from a 10 year old Girl Scout who noticed girls, unlike boys, were not raising their hands in class.” Bari Weiss notes, “The author of this oped is a 10 year old who is carrying on the legacy of her namesake, suffragette Alice Paul.” Also: “Good case for lowering the average age of NYT op-ed columnists,” tweets Kate Duguid. Jonathan Clark calls it: “Best thing I read today.”

“As openers go, Rolling Stone's Cardi B profile is up there as one of the finest,” tweets Chris Mandle, who links to Cardi B on 'Bodak Yellow,' Loving Offset, Price of Fame, the Rolling Stone profile by Brittany Spanos. Tweets Nadia-Elysse Harris, “.@ohheybrittany sets a scene: ‘Cardi B is butt-naked in the doorway of her hotel bathroom, yelling about her vagina.’” “Cardi B is a treasure tbh,” tweets Daise Bedolla. And Gabriella Paiella is “Changing my professional bio to ‘I'm an old-ass girl now.’”

Tastes like punishment

And finally, be careful out there, because the FDA Issues Warning About Black Licorice For Halloween, as Bruce Y. Lee reports for Forbes. Tweets Pep Rosenfeld, “FDA issues warning on black licorice? I assume the warning is, ‘It tastes like punishment.’ Dutch people are nuts.”

Tuesday round-up:

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne ended up firing the contractor working on the remodel of their Malibu house because it was taking too long and had gone over budget. Who was the contractor?

Answer: Harrison Ford. No hard feelings, though. According to Dunne’s memoir, Ford’s response to being fired was, “Jesus, man, I understand,” and he went on to become a friend of the couple.

Congrats to Deirdre Blake, first to tweet the correct answer, “Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford.” Honorable mentions to Dan Rosenbaum, who noted, “Which is odd, because everyone knows that Han fired first,” and Debra Krol, who tweeted, “A-then unknown Harrison Ford-proving he's a better actor than a contractor.”

Your question of the day for today is…Alfred Hitchcock once said, “I’m frightened...worse than frightened” of this, adding “Blood is jolly, red,” but this is “revolting.” What was he so scared of?

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

Featured Journalist: Nischinta Amarnath

Today’s featured journalist is Nischinta Amarnath, a writer and business journalist for Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal. She’s also written for Newsweek/International Business, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, Euromoney Institutional Investor, S&P Global and others. Nischinta tells us her work has involved “exploring the interlinks between businesses, governments, societies and the human psyche to weave stories of varying textures through different strands of experiences.” In addition to her reporting work, she’s also written fiction and non-fiction books. Her upcoming novel, a London-based thriller, is set to release in Dec. 2017. Read more about Nischinta and check out some of her work here.

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