There’s a lot to unpack here

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There’s a lot to unpack here
November 16th, 2017
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About that dossier

In a “First extract from fascinating new @lukeharding1968 book, Collusion, about Trump, Russia and Christopher Steele,” as Julian Borger tweets, Luke Harding explains in The Guardian How Trump walked into Putin’s web. Tweets Robert Mackey, “Interesting background on Christopher Steele here which explains why FBI took his intelligence gathering seriously.” “‘Phony’ dossier? Read this,” says S. V. Date. And Michael Goldfarb tweets, “Whenever Luke Harding writes about Russia it is worth your time ... even the extra time for Guardian Long Read.” “One of those reads that linger in your mind for days..” says Sebastien Malo. Borger has more with Christopher Steele believes his dossier on Trump-Russia is 70-90% accurate

Meanwhile, as Renee Joslyn tweets, “Not that Paul Ryan will let it get to the floor for a vote, but…” House Dems introduce articles of impeachment against Trump. That’s the report from John Bowden for The Hill.


Christine Idzelis is reacting to the news, reported by Darryl Fears and Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post, Trophies from elephant hunts in Zimbabwe were banned in the U.S. Trump just reversed that. ABC News’ Stephanie Ebbs has the details in Trump admin. to reverse ban on elephant trophies from Africa. “He really does have a ‘Things Obama Did’ list,” says Michael Shure. “Distressing / predictable,” says John McQuaid. But “Good news for Junior,” notes Lew Harris.

In more news out of Zimbabwe, CNN’s Jamie Tarabay reports that Mugabe's exit is ‘a done deal’ but Zimbabwe is still in limbo. Tweets Matt Wells, “Zimbabwe waits for Mugabe to speak - as @jamietarabay writes, he's down but not quite out.” Jason Burke of The Guardian reports, Tactical error leaves weakened Mugabe facing end of an era. And the paper’s Simon Allison writes of Grace Mugabe: the rags to riches rise and fall of ‘Gucci Grace.’

That’s 6

Anna Claire Vollers of has another scoop as a sixth woman accuses Roy Moore of sexual misconduct: New Roy Moore accuser: ‘He didn't pinch it; he grabbed it.’ Tweets Steve Irvin, “This is the local news outlet which has broken several developments. That's 6.” Also at, Leada Gore reports, Roy Moore removes all endorsements from website; pastor letter remains

And now, KABC anchor Leeann Tweeden says, “I’ve decided it’s time to tell my story. #MeToo.” The story: Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There’s Nothing Funny About It.

The path of one gun

One illegal gun. 12 weeks. A dozen criminal acts. The rapid cycle of gun violence. That’s the new piece from The Washington Post’s Peter Hermann, Ann E. Marimow and Clarence Williams, in which “The Washington Post tracks the path of one gun over three months, at least 7 owners and a dozen crimes,” as Matt DeLong tweets. “The reporting here is exquisite,” says Dan Zak. Mike DeBonis agrees: “This is incredible work.” 

According to a new report from Jim Seida and Corky Siemaszko of NBC News, California mass shooter killed wife, buried her beneath floor. Tweets NBC News, “California shooter's sister speaks out: ‘He seemed possessed or demonic.’” And CBS/AP report that California shooting gunman Kevin Janson Neal's neighbor lived in fear of him.

A heartbreaking project

“An amazing and fitting interactive tribute to the victims and survivors of Grenfell Tower,” tweets Jon Snow, of The People of Grenfell Tower, by Channel 4 News. Tweets Ed Howker, “The People of Grenfell Tower is a heartbreaking project by @channel4news & makes me proud to work with @guybasnett.”

A Lot

Loren Grush says, “This Rolling Stone piece on Elon is certainly something,” referring to Elon Musk: Inventor’s Plans for Outer Space, Cars, Finding Love, the Rolling Stone cover by Neil Strauss. Tweets Kaitlyn Tiffany, “much like elon musk, this profile of elon musk made my eyes bleed.” “Elon Musk's attitude towards relationships is A Lot,” says Tara Mulholland. “is this a profile of elon musk or every startup bro i've ever been on a date with??” asks Kate Taylor. “This is some straight-up, freshly baked Great Man theory bullshit right here,” is how Miriam Kramer puts it. “Haha, well... there's a lot to unpack here,” says Noah Robischon.

Thursday round-up:

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: For the first time in Barbie’s 58-year-history, the doll is getting a hijab. Who is the new doll modeled after?

Answer: That’s Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Congrats to…Dan Rosenbaum, once again first to tweet the correct answer. As Jude Isabella notes, “That @brooklyndan has lightning reflexes when it comes to Twitter and Muck Rack.”

Your question of the day for today is…As part of its switch to green electricity, BMW is tapping power from some diverse sources, including a South African biomass plant that runs on what?

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

Featured Journalist: Isaac Windes

Today’s featured journalist is Isaac Windes, a junior at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is currently based in Washington, D.C., as a sustainability reporter for Cronkite News, a division of Arizona PBS. He has covered political campaigns and trends at the award-winning college publication The State Press at Arizona State University and has also covered various state politics issues at the Arizona Capitol Times. His expertise and coverage areas include water policy, voting trends, construction projects and protests. When he’s not at his computer, he’s usually on Capitol Hill or in a coffee shop. Read more about Isaac and check out some of his work here.

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