The breaking news this morning, New York Explosion at 42nd Street and 8th Ave Empties Port Authority; Suspect Is in Custody. William Rashbaum, Jonah Bromwich and Brian Rosenthal have the report for The New York Times. They write, “The suspect, identified by the police as Akayed Ullah, 27, from Brooklyn, was in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital Center. The Fire Department said four injuries had been reported.” Mayor Bill de Blasio called it “an attempted terrorist attack,” and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “It was an effectively low-tech device.”
Cholesterol and poison
“Big NYT special report,” tweets Clifford Levy, as Maggie Haberman, Glenn Thrush and Peter Baker of The New York Times take us Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation. Elisabeth Bumiller calls it a “Must-read on the Trump presidency. He tweets at dawn propped up on his pillow, watches 4 hours of TV a day or more.” Also worth noting: “If you are what you eat, the President is cholesterol and poison,” tweets Erin Gloria Ryan. For those wondering about the Thrush byline, “things we haven’t seen before glenn thrush gets a byline and they explain it at the end of the story,” tweets Dan Barkin. The footnote also explains that Matt Apuzzo contributed reporting for the story.
Today in #WTFMen
“*Hunger Games cannon* Mario Batali,” tweets Laura Olin, who links to Mario Batali Steps Away From Restaurant Empire Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations, by Irene Plagianos and Kitty Greenwald for Eater. Or “Today in #WTFMen, people I've met and genuinely liked and admired edition. Crushing,” as Allison Adato tweets.
From Brianna Sacks at BuzzFeed, Three Women Who Accused Trump Of Sexual Misconduct Speak Out Again. The women spoke with Megyn Kelly on the TODAY Show this morning. Axios’s Mike Allen calls it Trump's #MeToo moment. And The Week’s Catherine Garcia reports, 16 of Trump's accusers to demand congressional investigation.
As Roy Moore and Doug Jones Make One Last Push for Alabama Votes, which is the latest report from TIME’s Bill Barrow and Kim Chandler, James Hohmann of The Washington Post says Alabama’s desire not to be embarrassed may be the best thing going for Doug Jones. At CNN, Jeff Zeleny reports that in robocalls, Obama tells Alabama voters to reject Roy Moore. Amy Davidson Sorkin of The New Yorker writes of Donald Trump, Roy Moore, and the Degradation of the G.O.P. And from Jessica Taylor of NPR, The Crazy, Unbelievable Alabama Senate Race Careens To An End.
Hard to read, but read it anyway
“Pls read this devastating piece by @KristenGelineau about the systematic rape of Rohingya women,” tweets Brian Carovillano. An Associated Press investigation finds Rape of Rohingya sweeping, methodical, reports Kristen Gelineau. Tweets Austin Ramzy, “Burmese security forces have rained such brutality on the Rohingya; this story captures the most painful details yet.” “This story is really hard to read. But you should read it anyway. Tremendous reporting from @KristenGelineau,” tweets Julie Pace.
A win for polluters
And now, “An important story about changes in E.P.A. enforcement under the Trump administration,” as Stephen Hobbs tweets. He’s referring to Under Trump, E.P.A. Is Not Just Cutting Regulations, It Doesn’t Seem to Be Enforcing Them, by Eric Lipton and Danielle Ivory of The New York Times. “NEW: In a win for polluters, the Trump/Pruitt EPA has cut enforcement of enviro offenses, even when health is at risk,” tweets Matt Purdy.
Great writing and reporting in 2017
Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated presents his annual list of The Best Journalism of 2017, about which Lori Streifler tweets, “Got some reading to do.” Tweets Eva Holland, “This is a good+eclectic list from @richarddeitsch. Includes work from @brookejarvis, @petervigneron, @chrisasolomon!”
You’ll want to try this
“This research brought out the pre-teen boy in me, so I asked someone to write about it,” tweets Michael Roston. That someone is Veronique Greenwood of The New York Times, who explains What Happens When You Microwave a Boiled Egg. Tweets Fran Kilinski, “Wait I promise you this is an enjoyable read and you'll want to try this like me.”