Pointless heartache in a world gone mad 

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Pointless heartache in a world gone mad 
November 6th, 2017
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Mass shooting at a Texas church

Chris Quinn and Kelsey Bradshaw of The San Antonio Express-News have the story on the tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Worst mass shooting in Texas History claims 26 at a church near San Antonio. KSAT12’s Chris Shadrock, Erica Hernandez and Max Massey are continuing to report on the story, and their latest is Gunman in Sutherland Springs church shooting ID'd as Devin Patrick Kelley, authorities say. As Courtney Friedman tweets, “Shooting suspect ID'd, accused of killing 27 including Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy's 14-year-old daughter.” “Such pointless heartache in a world gone mad,” says Keith Malinak

At The New York Times, Christopher Mele reports, Church Shooting in Texas Leaves Multiple Dead and Wounded. Notes Sam Machkovech, “We were SO close to enough time between tragedies to sit and talk about guns in USA. Gotta pause again?” Nick Bilton tweets, “America is a country with a disease that half the population has no interest in curing.”

As CNN’s Saeed Ahmed reports, 2 of the 5 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history happened in the last 35 days. He tweets, “Of the 30 deadliest shootings since 1949, 18 occurred in the last 10 yrs. 2 of the 5 deadliest? In the last 35 days.”

Kyle Swenson of The Washington Post writes, An unlikely hero describes the gun battle and 95 mph chase with Texas church shooter. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed’s Talal Ansari and Jane Lytvynenko are keeping track of the fake news in Here Is The Misinformation Going Around About The Texas Church Shooting. And from The Onion, ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.

Drain the...the...

“Another mega leak has landed,” Naomi O’Leary points out. She links to the story from Juliette Garside at The Guardian, Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of world elite's hidden wealth, which explains, “Files from offshore law firm show financial dealings of the Queen, big multinationals and members of Donald Trump’s cabinet.”

This “Amazing interactive shows the offshore activities of a baker's dozen of top Trump associates,” tweets Sasha Chavkin, referring to Explore The Influencers: US president Donald Trump's allies in the Paradise Papers, from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Tweets Spencer Woodman, “Gary Cohn was president of so many offshore firms they barely fit on our infographic.”

The Guardian’s Jon Swaine and Ed Pilkington also take a look at The wealthy men in Trump's inner circle with links to tax havens. Tweets David Taylor, “Trump inner circle's links to tax havens... Tillerson, Mnuchin, Cohn, Huntsman, Icahn, Barrack.” Tweets Jim Pickard, “Drain the...the...”

We also learned that At least nine people in Trump’s orbit had contact with Russians during campaign and transition. That’s the latest from Rosalind Helderman, Tom Hamburger and Carol Leonnig at The Washington Post. Tweets Robert Costa, “Documents released last week show that Mueller's team is deeply interested in the Trump campaign's operations.”

Jesse Drucker of The New York Times has the story, Kremlin Cash Behind Billionaire’s Twitter and Facebook Investments. Tweets Bill Browder, “Pretty damning stuff here. Kremlin cash through a chain of intermediaries finds its way into Facebook ownership.” Adds Joshua Topolsky, “The plot fucking thickens.” Jon Swaine and Luke Harding of The Guardian report on the story with Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Kushner associate. Tweets Jodi Jacobson, “I can't.” But, according to the latest from Johana Bhuiyan at Recode, Yuri Milner says he was not working for Russia to turn social media against U.S. democracy.

And there’s more. Tweets Anne Applebaum, “oh look, Trump's commerce secretary is in business with members of Putin's family.” Leaked Documents Show Commerce Secretary Concealed Ties to Putin Cronies. That’s from Richard Engel and Aggelos Petropoulos of NBC News. Read more in Commerce Secretary’s Offshore Ties to Putin ‘Cronies,’ from Mike McIntire, Sasha Chavkin and Martha Hamilton of The New York Times.

Welcome to a new week…

The exclusive from Julia Edwards Ainsley, Carol Lee and Ken Dilanian of NBC News is that Mueller Has Enough Evidence to Bring Charges in Flynn Investigation. Tweets Laura Litvan, “Mike Flynn has to decide whether to cooperate, or see his own son go down with him.” “Welcome to a new week…” tweets Steve Cochran.

Bloomberg’s Irina Reznik and Henry Meyer report, Trump Jr. Hinted at Review of Anti-Russia Law, Moscow Lawyer Say. Tweets Winnie O'Kelley, “Natalia talks: She says Don Jr. was open to reviewing Russian policy, i.e. Magnitsky Act, if Trump was elected.” “Oh. Oh my,” tweets Daniel Drezner.

According to a new piece by Mark Maremont and Rob Barry of The Wall Street Journal, Russian Twitter Support for Trump Began Right After He Started Campaign. Maremont tweets, “Analyzing Russian troll accounts turned up big surprise: Kremlin backed Trump much earlier than known.” Tweets Erica Orden, “WSJ analysis of 159,000 Kremlin-backed tweets shows they started right after Trump declared; backed him 10-to-1.”

Live from Japan

Some highlights from Trump’s Asia trip: Tweets Anna Fifield, “In Japan, Trump talks tough, yet ‘friendly,’ on trade. Our latest in the @washingtonpost,” linking to her piece in The Washington Post with Ashley Parker and David Nakamura.

“Good lord. Trump ‘could not understand why a country of samurai warriors did not shoot down [N. Korea’s] missiles,’” tweets Brian Klaas, he’s referring to the staff report from The Japan Times, Trump said Japan should have shot down overflying North Korea missiles. “is...did...I...just…” tweets Eric Geller.

Mark Landler and Julie Davis of The New York Times report, Trump Tells Japan It Can Protect Itself by Buying U.S. Arms. Tweets Jack Ewing, “Trump tells Japanese to build cars in the U.S., either not knowing or not caring that they already do,” referring to this quote from Trump in the piece: “Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over. That’s not too much to ask. Is that rude to ask?”

And from Eater’s Whitney Filloon, Trump Sticks to His All-American Diet on Visit to Japan


The Washington Post’s Daniel J. Balz and Scott Clement report on the new Washington Post-ABC News survey, Trump’s performance lags behind even tepid public expectations. The Post tweets, “Trump's approval rating nearly 1 year after his election is far lower than any president in 7 decades of polling.” “POTUS approval ratings haven't been this bad 1 year after the election since... well, ever,” tweets David Lepeska. And yet, “Despite all the bad numbers, Trump would still tie Clinton if the election were held today,” tweets David Reich-Hale. Tweets Paul Owen, “This should be the most worrying section of this poll for Trump,” highlighting, “But the public gives him little credit for the state of the economy.”

Some more polling data: Erin Cox tweets, “New poll finds anti-GOP headwinds, which voters say have little to do with Trump. (Bad news for Md Gov Hogan),” linking to Post-ABC poll: Voters favor Democrats over Republicans in 2018 House midterms by widest margin in years, from The Washington Post’s Sean Sullivan and  Emily Guskin.

Big move

David D. Kirkpatrick of The New York Times reports on the breaking news, Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes, Including Billionaire Waleed bin Talal. Tweets Gregg Carlstrom, “Not The Onion: Saudi Arabia seems to have commandeered the Ritz-Carlton to use as a jail for detained/purged royals.” “Big move by Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” tweets Grace Segers. But The Washington Post’s David Ignatius calls it The Saudi crown prince’s risky power play.

What did you do with YOUR extra hour?

Finally today, “And what did you do with YOUR extra hour? …” Brittany Wallman asks, linking to Shalane Flanagan Solves N.Y.C. Marathon for American Women, by Zach Schonbrun of The New York Times. Tweets Bethany Biron, “AHHH @ShalaneFlanagan!!! It's been a rough year for American women, but Shalane's an example to keep on fighting.” “Shalane Flanagan is a badass,” Dennis Fisher. Shalane Flanagan is first American woman to win the NYC marathon in 40 years, as The Washington Post’s Cynthia Boren reports. At ESPN, Bonnie Ford writes of The race that no one could take away from Shalane Flanagan.

Monday round-up

Question of the Day

On Friday we asked: Miss Universe contestants in which country recently used the portion of the pageant where they were supposed to recite their body measurements to instead call out statistics regarding violence against women?

Answer: That was Peru.

Congrats to David Alpern, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…What was the key ingredient in Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup and other infantquieteners,” which were widely used in Victorian Britain?

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

Career Updates
Changes at The Daily Beast, Bustle, WIRED, Chicago Sun-Times

Taylor Lorenz is joining The Daily Beast to cover technology. She is currently a senior editor and director of emerging platforms at The Hill. Before that, she served as an executive producer at People and Entertainment Weekly. She’s also consulted for the Daily Mail, Refinery 29, The Atlantic, WordPress and Maxim, and served as freelance director of strategy and partnerships at Mental Floss. Before consulting, Lorenz was a tech reporter at Business Insider.

Samantha Rollins, previously news editor for Vulture, has joined Bustle as its TV editor. She has also written for The Week, The New York Times and The New YorkerJeffrey Van Camp, who has been the deputy managing editor for Digital Trends, has joined WIRED as a senior writer, covering product reviews and guides.

And Chris Fusco, who had been serving as the Chicago Sun-Times’ interim editor-in-chief, has taken over the role full time. He was previously the paper’s managing editor.

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email us (hello [at] muckrack [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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