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.’
Anna Claire Vollers of Alabama.com 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 Alabama.com, 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.”
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.
From Rafael Bernal of The Hill, Judge rules DOJ can't withhold money from Philadelphia over ‘sanctuary city’ policies.
Norway's $1 Trillion Wealth Fund Wants Out of Oil Gas Stocks, Sveinung Sleire reports for Bloomberg.
Scientists Are Skeptical Political Leaders Can Meet Climate Goal, writes Bloomberg’s Eric Roston. And from Hiroko Tabuchi of The New York Times, U.N. Climate Fund Promised Billions to Poor Nations. For Some, the Wait Is Long.
Rick Gladstone of The New York Times reports, Rohingya Were Raped Systematically by Myanmar’s Military, according to Human Rights Watch.
The latest from TMZ: Charles Manson Hospitalized, ‘It's Just a Matter of Time.’
The Vans Warped Tour Will End After Next Year, reports Vice’s Dan Ozzi. “This is a front stab to my formative years,” says Adam Vingan.
But “This makes me so happy,” says Amy Joyce, of The Washington Post’s Top 10 Books of 2017. “If you're looking for a good book to read, you'll find one -- or 10 -- here,” says Nora Krug.