Opening expired cans of talking points

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Opening expired cans of talking points
March 27th, 2018 View in browser
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She changed our world

She was “a quiet girl thrust into prominence who persevered to become a focal point of the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision ending school segregation.” Tim Hrenchir of The Topeka Capital-Journal writes of Topeka’s Linda Brown, center of Brown v. Board case, who has died at 76. “This woman and her family changed my life. And our world,” tweets Jami Floyd.

Reacting to the obit (136,000+ shares) by CNN’s Emanuella Grinberg, Sheena Jones and Amir Vera, Linda Deutsch echoes the sentiment: “She changed the country. RIP.” Neil Genzlinger has the obituary for The New York Times, Linda Brown, Symbol of Landmark Desegregation Case, Dies (25,000+ shares), and Jamil Smith notes, “The fight of Linda Brown and her father led to the Brown v. Board of Education case, setting the stage for students like me to avoid the kind of discrimination she suffered. I'll always argue that she was one of the most important Americans who ever lived.” “rest in power, linda brown…” tweets Alison Cuddy.

That’s just, like, your opinion, man

So the president still isn’t all that popular with the legal community — Sam Stein and Betsy Woodruff of The Daily Beast report that Dan Webb and Tom Buchanan Are The Latest Lawyers To Decline To Join Donald Trump's Legal Team — but his poll numbers are on the rise. Maybe. A new AP-NORC Poll finds Trump benefiting from economic policies, write AP’s Julie Pace and Emily Swanson. Pace puts it “In the glimmer of hope category for the GOP: Trump's strongest numbers are on the economy and taxes, the two things R candidates hope to run on this fall.” And, as Jennifer Agiesta reports on CNN’s latest poll, 42% Approve of Trump, Highest Since 100 Day Mark (36,000+ shares). But Drew Linzer offers some context: “Weird, the other day, @Axios said Trump’s base was ‘turning on him’ over the spending bill. Now @CNN says Trump's job approval is rising. The reality is, public opinion hasn't changed. via @Civiqs.” Rob Crilly finds “One of the most interesting aspects of this is that there are people who don't have deeply held views on Trump. Something maybe we forget.”

So how about this for an opinion: In a new op-ed for The New York Times, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens argues to Repeal the Second Amendment (60,000+ shares). “This is quite something,” says Heather Stauffer.

Meanwhile, on that topic, “So much for the ‘good guy with a gun saving the day’ narrative…” as J.D. Prose points out. According to the Sheriff: Maryland high school shooter died by shooting himself, reports Pamela Wood of The Baltimore Sun, and “another @NRA myth implodes,” tweets Eric Boehlert.

The Worst

Maggie Haberman of The New York Times is reporting that Trump Talks of Bringing Back Rob Porter, Aide Accused of Spousal Abuse. As Dan Pfeiffer explains it, “Trump will turn on anyone - staff, friend, or family. But he will always stand by a white man accused of assaulting a woman.” Jeffrey St. Clair has a theory: “Maybe Trump wants to use Porter the Wifebeater as muscle to intimidate Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal, Jessica Drake and Summer Zervos.”

And then there’s this: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tells employees diversity isn't important. Sara Ganim has that story for CNN, and David Roberts points out that “Pruitt has been working overtime to lock up The Worst designation, but Zinke isn't making it easy on him.” The problem, as Bradford McKee sees it: “Seems @RyanZinke keeps opening expired cans of talking points.”

What a world

Aman Batheja refers us to the “Scoop from @Gizmodo: maker of Cambridge Analytica's election software also made campaign apps for 2 Texans: Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz” — not to mention the Osnova party in Ukraine. That piece is AggregateIQ Created Cambridge Analytica's Election Software, and Here’s the Proof, by Dell Cameron of Gizmodo. Peter Geoghegan calls it “Potentially huge news,” while Kate Conger highlights, “Leaked code repository shows that Cambridge Analytica's tech was created by an outside firm. Oh yeah, and they were super into memes.” “what a world,” says Christopher Hooks.

Now we have actual proof

“To anyone who tried to gaslight Puerto Ricans saying the Trump administration was doing their best after Hurricane Maria and there was no difference in the emergency response compared to Texas and Florida: Here you go. Read this,” says Andrea González-Ramírez. In How Trump favored Texas over Puerto Rico, POLITICO’s Danny Vinik confirms there was “a persistent double standard in the president’s handling of relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria.” And while the findings of this new POLITICO investigation may not surprise you, Philip Bump reminds us that “Important reporting doesn’t have to include surprising revelations.” “So now we have actual proof,” tweets Julio Ricardo Varela. Jessica Schulberg calls it an “Incredibly damning investigation by @DannyVinik into how the Trump administration ignored Puerto Rico after the hurricane.”


Dorothy Darker is referring to ICE Uses Facebook Data to Find and Track Immigrants, Internal Emails Show (18,000+ shares), by Lee Fang of The Intercept. Although Jason Fagone points out, “Quite a correction at the bottom of this Intercept story that was going around earlier. Changes the meaning significantly.”

NewsMatters has posted video to demonstrate what hedge fund Alden Global Capital has done to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Denver Post newsroom. Tweets Mike Rosenberg, “The Denver Post took this group photo to celebrate winning the Pulitzer 5 years ago. Then hedge fund Alden Global Capital bought them. This is who's left after layoffs. Alden has done similar layoffs at San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune & SoCal papers.” For more, read Joe Nocera’s piece in Bloomberg View, Imagine If Gordon Gekko Bought News Empires (Nocera tweets, “Heath Freeman, the destroyer of the Denver Post and many other papers, is a character straight out of the movie ‘Wall Street’”), and Margaret Sullivan’s column in The Washington Post, Is this strip-mining or journalism? ‘Sobs, gasps, expletives’ over latest Denver Post layoffs.

“Internships are another exploitative aspect of the labour market paid too little attention,” notes Darren Sharp, who links to Why I’m suing over my dream internship, Amalia Illgner’s piece in The Guardian. Tweets Jolyon Maugham, “The full, amazing, story of toilets with spa functions and ‘put together’ young women (by @amaliaillgner) can be read here.”

Making the rounds:


Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Canaries were named after the Canary Islands, not the other way around. So where did the name Canary Islands most likely come from?

Answer: The name Islas Canarias is likely derived from the Latin name Canariae Insulae, meaning “Islands of the Dogs.”

Congrats to...J. Nunnelly, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…You can find the face of “Billions” actor Damian Lewis on the cover of what coloring book?

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Today’s featured journalist is financial writer Nicholas Kitonyi, who writes for various online magazines and websites, including GuruFocus, Seeking Alpha and TalkMarkets. He has been analyzing global stocks (LSE listed, NYSE and NASDAQ) for the last seven years after starting out as a breaking financial news writer at Value Walk. Nicholas’s main areas of focus are stock investing, trading and economic trends. He also runs a personal finance blog, CAGRValue, themed on growth investing and the emerging markets. Find out more and check out some of Nicholas’s work here.

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