‘It’s time to panic’
Yesterday, President Trump named former ambassador John Bolton as his new national security adviser, Greg Jaffe at the Washington Post reported. “H.R. McMaster is out as national security adviser, will be replaced by former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, Trump says in a tweet,” Lori Aratani tweeted. Karen Attiah tried her best to make light of the situation: “Oh god. I’m Bolton for the exits as quickly as I can.”
Mark Landler, Julie Davis, and Peter Baker at the New York Times also had the story: McMaster to Resign as National Security Adviser, and Will Be Replaced by John Bolton. Amy Fiscus kept the news short and sweet in a tweet, “NEW: McMaster out, Bolton in. It’s happening.”
Once it had happened, David Sanger at the New York Times explained that With Bolton, Trump Creates a Historically Hard-Line Foreign Policy Team. “The new team unites two of the most virulent opponents of the 2015 Iran deal: Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A.,” Sanger’s article begins. Michael Tackett quoted this bit from the story: "Mr. Bolton’s ascension to national security adviser, replacing Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, creates the most radically aggressive foreign policy team around the American president in modern memory." Lara Jakes tweeted: “ANALYSIS by @sangerNYT: What is fascinating about Mr. Bolton’s selection is that his operating style is contrary to exactly the kind of national security adviser the GOP establishment argues is needed for a president inexperienced in foreign affairs.”
Fred Kaplan at Slate put it more bluntly: John Bolton named national security advisor. It's time to panic now. “It's time to panic now. John Bolton's rise to power puts us on a path to war--and, since Trump appointed him while knowing his views, it means Trump wants to be on that path,” Kaplan explained in a tweet. “@fmkaplan's great column on Bolton will not make you feel better,” Jonathan L. Fischer warned.
The New York Times Opinion section didn’t mince words either, writing Yes, John Bolton Really Is That Dangerous. Don Morrison warned, “Get set for WW III.” Lesley Abravanel elaborated, “There are few people more likely than Mr. Bolton is to lead the country into war. His selection is a decision that is as alarming as any Mr. Trump has made so far.”
It all makes sense now
Here’s the point where this week’s news comes full circle: according to Matthew Rosenberg at the New York Times Bolton Was an Early Beneficiary of Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Data.
The Guardian published Leaked: Cambridge Analytica's blueprint for Trump victory, which is the work of Paul Lewis and Paul Hilder there. Brad Rickamn tweeted: “Good god, @guardian is 🔥🔥🔥”
For more on this very strange and sordid situation, an exclusive from Spencer Ackerman and Kevin Poulsen at The Daily Beast shed light on the fact that the ‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer.
might just be getting started. As Eliana Johnson reports at Politico, the McMaster firing upends plan to oust other top Trump officials. “Trump’s decision to abruptly fire McMaster surprised senior White House aides who had been preparing a single statement announcing the departure of multiple top Trump officials, according to two senior administration officials,” Carrie Budoff Brown wrote in a tweet.
John Dowd also Resigned Yesterday as Trump’s Lead Lawyer in Special Counsel Inquiry, per reporting from Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman at the New York Times. “Mr. Dowd, who took over the president’s legal team last summer, had considered leaving several times in recent months and ultimately concluded that Mr. Trump was increasingly ignoring his advice, one of the people said,” Cicely Dyson hared.
A Trump fundraiser apparently Offered to Help Lift Sanctions on Russian Firms, according to Zachary Mider and David Voreacos at Bloomberg.
We the wounded
Parkland students wrote their manifesto to change America's gun laws. It’s from the editorial staff of their student paper The Eagle Eye and was run in The Guardian. “For the next 48 hours, Parkland students and survivors are guest-editing the Guardian US. The staff of the student newspaper, the Eagle Eye, have interviewed Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio and written their manifesto on gun control,” Naaman Zhou tweeted.
Emma González on Why This Generation Needs Gun Control is Teen Vogue’s newest cover story. Phillip Picardi explained: “YOU’RE KILLING US. Introducing @TeenVogue’s March cover: The new faces of the gun control movement. Text by @Emma4Change, video covers directed by Tyler Mitchell,” Abby Haglage tweeted: “‘We the Wounded of the United States’ a gut punch from @Emma4Change.”
You can read more about how Parkland Students Are Taking on Politicians in the Gun Control Battle via their feature in Time Magazine. “I spent a week with the #NeverAgain kids. Here’s an inside look at how they’re reframing the gun debate as a generational divide— and why they’re not going anywhere,” Charlotte Alter, who wrote the cover story, tweeted. Andrew Katz recommended: “Incredible reporting inside the core of #NeverAgain, and fantastic prose, by @CharlotteAlter. Spend some time with this ahead of @AMarch4OurLives.”
H. Wayne Huizenga, billionaire entrepreneur, and Miami sports icon, died at 80. Howard Cohen, Adam Beasley, Barry Jackson wrote the obituary in the Miami Herald.
The Sun-Sentinel ran their own obituary: H. Wayne Huizenga, South Florida business titan, dead at 80. It was written by Mike Clary, Marcia Heroux Pounds, and Craig Davis. They say Huizenga’s restless entrepreneurial spirit led him to become the only U.S. businessman to found three Fortune 500 companies: Waste Management, Blockbuster, and AutoNation.
Former United States senator and a two-term Georgia governor Zell Miller also died at 86, according to his grandson, Bryan Miller. Jill Vejnoska wrote his obituary in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Hostage incident in France
Police in the southern France of Trèbes responded to a security incident, according to a headline in CNN International. Maya Shwayder followed up with this tweet: “One dead in southern France supermarket hostage situation.”
BBC News has a second story on the situation: 'Hostages taken' at French supermarket, the reported.
- Fast Company’s Ruth Reader reports exclusively that Target And Kroger Mull A Merger As Grocery Wars Rage.
- Bloomberg’s Tim Ross and Kitty Donaldson take us Inside the Secret Plot to Reverse Brexit. Rosalind Mathieson hyped, “This is a GREAT PEEK inside the secret plot to reverse #Brexit: Early every Wednesday morning, 15 people leave their homes and travel separately to a secret location in central London…”
- Sean Campbell and Albert Samaha filed a heartbreaking story in BuzzFeed, titled She Thought She’d Shot A Burglar. Then She Realized It Was Her Roommate. Here’s just one line from the piece to get you reading: “In the sudden, blurry, urgent split seconds when a threat bursts into view, the impulse to pull the trigger can overwhelm the need to accurately identify the target, leading to snap decisions that bring permanent tragedies.” Samaha tweeted, “On good guys with guns who mistakenly shoot loved ones, my @BuzzFeedNews story, reported in partnership w/ @teamtrace.”
- ProPublica’s Peter Gosselin and Ariana Tobin dive into Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM. Tobin explained on Twitter: “We asked for stories about age discrimination. A group of workers laid-off from IBM told us they suspected they'd been targeted by age. We’ve spent the last 10 months investigating. Their suspicions were warranted.” “New from us: IBM has regularly flouted laws against age discrimination. One tactic: Workers were told to ‘retire’ or they'll be fired. That way, IBM doesn't have to record it as a layoff of older workers,” Eric Umansky added.