Politico’s Jack Shafer writes that Trump Got Wolffed. He’s referring to Michael Wolff, the writer to whom the president offered “seemingly unfettered access to the White House and his underling Steve Bannon.”
New York Magazine published the first full excerpt from that book for you to peruse on your own time and draw your own conclusions. It’s titled Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Win.
And then The Hollywood Reporter published a second: "You Can’t Make This S--- Up": My Year Inside Trump's Insane White House.
For a list of the Wolff lines on Trump that ring unambiguously true, read Mike Allen’s write-up in Axios. Dru Menaker tweeted this quote from the piece: "Here was a key Trump White House rationale: expertise, that liberal virtue, was overrated."
At the Atlantic, James Fallows says It's Been an Open Secret All Along - “it” being what Wolff is describing.
Everyone in Trumpworld Knows He’s an Idiot, Michelle Goldberg writes at the New York Times. Robert Stavins called it a “must-read column.”
‘Shot on the South Lawn’
Even though it’s only the fifth day of the new year, quite a lot has happened, including the dramatic collapse of the shaky alliance between President Donald Trump and his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, on the even of Michael Wolff’s book being published. At Politico, Eliana Johnson titled her piece, “Bannon was shot on the South Lawn and run over by a tank.”
Over at the New York Times, Kenneth Vogel and Jonathan Martin say that Bannon’s Allies Are Abandoning Him and it’s all being Led by the Mercers. Jim MacKay put it bluntly, “The Bannon financiers have jumped ship.” Henry Gomez shared this quote from the piece: “If Trump is openly breaking with [Bannon], that dramatically lowers his capital."
Rosalind Helderman at the Washington Post formalizes that news, writing Mercer issues rare public rebuke of former ally Bannon.
'It could be worse'
At the Times, Michael Schmidt reports that the Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep a Grip on the Russia Investigation. “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” Siddhartha Mahanta tweeted. While Geoffrey King reacted to the piece with, “You have got to be kidding me.”
Darryl Fears at the Washington Post writes the Trump administration plans to allow drilling off all U.S. waters. Dell Poncet tweeted: “He’s beautiful.” Kay Steiger added, “What could go wrong?”
Lisa Friedman also reported on the story in the New York Times, to which Mike Wolpert reacted with, “Remember Deep Water Horizon? Get ready for more; trump did away with the safety regulations and now it's open…”
Matthew Gertz at Politico says he’s Studied the Trump-Fox Feedback Loop for Months. It’s Crazier Than You Think. Amanda Marcotte explains, “Basically, Trump is working for Fox News on the taxpayer dime.” But Lou Schuler assures, “It could be worse. He could spend hours a day watching Ancient Aliens on the History Channel.”
‘All the lols, forever’
In what Brianna Ehley calls a “Casual CDC public health briefing…,” the center issued a Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation.
Pakistan Says Its Alliance With The U.S. Is Over, according to Wall Street Journal’s Saeed Shah.
Over at Alabama.com, Roy Moore's wife reveals their 'Jewish attorney' and he's a Christian, according to Greg Garrison. Noga Tarnopolsky clarified, “Roy Moore’s attorney who is a Jew converted to Christianity at age 33.” Nikki Schwab added, “He's Jewish-ish.” David Roberts tweeted, “All the lols, forever.”
For another Roy Moore story, there’s news that the woman who accused him of sexual misconduct is also suing him for defamation, according to Beth Reinhard at the Washington Post. Shawn Boburg pointed out the lawsuit “echoes case against Trump.”
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai canceled his appearance at CES because of death threats, according to ReCode’s Tony Romm.
The FBI has reportedly launched a new investigation into the Clinton Foundation, The Hill’s John Solomon reports. David Martosko recommended, “The latest from John Solomon, who is always worth reading.” Sean Hannity tweeted the piece with: “Boom ?”
Lori Pilger at the Journal Star reports on the FBI accusing a white supremacist of a terror attack on an Amtrak train in rural Nebraska. They say the armed 26-year-old who breached a secured area to stop a train expressed an interest in "killing black people."
‘Excellent and important’
'Jeopardy!' is on hiatus after host Alex Trebek has brain surgery, Alex Johnson reported at NBC News. Trebek is 77, he’s hosted the game show for more than 33 years, and the surgery was to remove blood clots which formed after he suffered a bad fall in October 2017.
In a story that has us truly perplexed, Patricia Mazzei at the New York Times writes: Those Iguanas Falling From Trees in Florida? They Probably Aren’t Dead. Nick Corasaniti tweeted: “It's raining undead iguana's in South Florida.” While Aryn Braun just wrote, “Florida, man.”
Richard Morgan read decades of Woody Allen’s private notes. He’s obsessed with teenage girls, Morgan writes in the Washington Post. Stephanie Merry wrote: “Woody Allen's 56-box archive is pretty revealing and ‘deeply, anachronistically gross.’” Michelle Cottle replied, “Imagine that.” While Jenny Rogers added, “Woody Allen: even grosser than you thought!”
The Los Angeles Times newsroom is Voting on Whether to Unionize, according to the New York Times’ Sydney Ember.
Daphne Merkin takes on the #MeToo movement in the New York Times, writing Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings. Elmira Bayrasli found it “Interesting.” Katharine Weymouth called it, “An excellent and important piece.”