Shooting in Jacksonville
Sunday afternoon, police in Jacksonville, Florida responded to a mass shooting. Justin Carissimo had live updates on CBS News.
Christopher Mele at the New York Times reported that 12 gunshots could be heard at the Madden NFL Tournament Regional Qualifier. “The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is now saying ‘multiple fatalities’ after a shooting at a live-streamed Madden gaming tournament at Jacksonville Landing, and telling people to stay ‘many blocks away,’” Alan Yuhas added.
"We are finding many people hiding in locked areas at The Landing. We ask you to stay calm, stay where you are hiding. SWAT is doing a methodical search inside The Landing. We will get to you. Please don't come running out," Kalhan Rosenblatt quoted the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office from this piece by Phil McCausland at NBC News.
Authorities in Florida reported "many [people were] transported" to hospitals following the tragedy at the riverfront mall, according to the AP.
In the end, 12 people were injured and 3 killed, including the gunman, News 4 Jacksonville reported.
The Daily Beast added pointed out the very disturbing video footage captured by the Twitch livestream from the event. “Guns are making public gatherings impossible. They're making community impossible. God help us,” Joel Mathis tweeted.
And over at the Baltimore Sun, Justin Fenton told us that federal authorities searched a South Baltimore home as part of their investigation into the Jacksonville mass shooting.
R.I.P. John McCain
John McCain, the Arizona senator and Vietnam war hero, died Saturday at 81. Steve Turnham covered the death at ABC News.
Robert McFadden’s obit of McCain at the New York Times begins with McCain’s criticism of the Affordable Care Act and the Republicans’ secret bill to repeal it.
Franklin Foer reminds us that McCain Refused Paul Manafort's Desire To Run the '08 Convention at The Atlantic. “John McCain grew to mistrust Paul Manafort over his ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska @franklinfoer writes in @theatlantic. This is really worth reading,” Vernon Loeb urged.
Dana Bash outlined What I learned from covering John McCain's journey for CNN.
Trump shades McCain even in death
Julie Hirschfeld Davis at the New York Times pointed out that As a Nation Mourns McCain, Trump Is Conspicuously Absent.
The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey followed that up with the news that Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain.
And today, the White House flag flew at full-staff while the rest of the nation honors John McCain, Emily Tillett writes at CBS News. “Any other president would order flags at half-staff to honor a senator, war hero and bipartisan legend like John McCain,” David Beard explained.
Elsewhere in Trumpworld
Student Loan Watchdog Seth Frotman just quit, and blamed the Trump Administration in what NPR’s Cory Turner calls a “scathing resignation letter.” Frotman had been the Student Loan Ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He left saying the current leadership "has turned its back on young people and their financial futures."
The U.S. and Mexico Agreed to a Preliminary Nafta Deal, per Ana Swanson at the New York Times.
Ian MacDougall’s piece at ProPublica piece delves into How the Trump Administration Went Easy on Small-Town Police Abuses.
Michael Cohen’s lawyer is now backing away from a previous confidence that Cohen has information about Trump’s knowledge on Russian efforts, Tom Hamburger and Rosalind Helderman report in the Washington Post.
Russian spies meanwhile, tried hacking Orthodox clergy, Raphael Satter reports at the AP. “Russian hackers have spent years trying to spy on senior religious figures across the Orthodox world. A top target? the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul,” he added on Twitter.
The election is a-coming
Axios’ Jonathan Swan has a “sneak peek” into a Republican spreadsheet “that meticulously previews the investigations Democrats will likely launch if they flip the House.” J. D. Durkin called it “a look at the dizzying list of potential investigations that Democrats will likely launch if they flip the House to blue, according to a GOP spreadsheet obtained by @jonathanvswan.” While Maggie Haberman pointed out that “it’s not just impeachment on the agenda - a Dem-controlled congress will mean an array of subpoenas for Trump, his family, and on topics including the firing of @PreetBharara and other USAs.” “Republicans secretly study their coming hell,” Subrat Patnaik summed up.
The Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Contorno wonders if Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is auditioning for Fox News while still working for Florida taxpayers? “Pam Bondi is still the attorney general of Florida, but last week Bondi had a different job: co-host of the Fox News' The Five. She subbed on the news talk show three times,” Tony Marrero explained.
A verdict in the Myanmar case against journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo has been postponed to September 3 because “the judge is in poor health,” according to Reuters. Judge Khin Maung Maung announced that he would take over for Judge Ye Lwin in the Yangon court.
Meanwhile, the UN announced their opinion that Myanmar generals had “genocidal intent” against the Rohingya and must face justice, as reported by Stephanie Nebehay and Adrian Croft at Reuters.
In response, Facebook announced they are Removing Myanmar Military Officials from their platform. “Facebook has removed the page of Myanmar commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing, following a UN report saying he and others must be investigated for genocide,” Shibani Mahtani tweeted. Mratt Kyaw Thu quoted from the press release: "We are banning 20 Burmese individuals and orgs from Facebook — including Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, C-in-C of the armed forces, and the military’s Myawady television network."
Some journalism updates
The New Yorker’s Ian Parker calls Glenn Greenwald, the Bane of Their Resistance in a profile about the intrepid investigative reporter.
Pittsburgh is now the largest US city without a daily print newspaper, The Hill’s Joe Concha writes. “Nope. It's a trend. A Pew Research Center analysis in July found that more than half of the largest newspapers in the U.S. have laid off employees since January 2017,” David Darmofal wanted us to know.
In a follow-up piece, William Mauldin at the Wall Street Journal filed Bad News for U.S. Papers, but Tariffs Are Paying Off for One Rock Capital. It’s all about, “How a private-equity manager took on Congress and the nation’s newspapers and won tariffs on newsprint under Trump.”
- Neil Simon, a Master of Comedy on Broadway and Beyond, also passed away over the weekend. He was 91, according to Charles Isherwood, who wrote Simon’s obituary for the New York Times.
- Katherine Burgess at Kansas.com discovered that Kansans drank contaminated water for years and the state didn’t tell them. Jonathan Shorman called it “The complicated world of cleaning contaminated dry cleaning sites in Kansas.”
- Chad Terhune outlines how you can be insured but still owe $109K for your heart attack in a piece titled A Jolt To The Jugular!
- Their Friend Took His Own Life. Now These Bristol University Students Want Answers, George Bowden and Hannah Price report for Huffington Post UK. “Eleven students have died at Bristol since 2016. Friends of Justin Cheng, who killed himself in January, share their story - and say more could have been done to help him,” Andy Dangerfield shared. Basia Cummings called it a “powerful investigation,” explaining, “A remarkable group of friends at Bristol Uni have shared their struggle to help their friend, Justin Cheng. They say they were repeatedly failed. Justin died in January.”
- David French has a piece in The Atlantic called America Soured on My Multiracial Family and Jeffrey Goldberg guarantees, it “will knock the wind out of you.” “What a devastating and (sadly) important piece. I know so many wonderful families like this. And to think they go through this sort of thing . . disgraceful,” Meghan Daum wrote.
- The Wall Street Journal published Public Bravado, Private Doubts: How Elon Musk’s Tesla Plan Unraveled from Liz Hoffman and Tim Higgins. “Elon Musk was going to take Tesla private. The money was there. Then he walked away,” Ed Hammond wrote. Matthew Rose added, “Who had bankers lined up to help Musk take Tesla private? VW.”
- Nuns Killed Children, Say Former Residents Of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage. That story comes from Christine Kenneally at BuzzFeed News. “This is an absolutely chilling story and it dives into an aspect of Catholic church abuse that hasn't been spoken about as much: orphanage abuse,” Sara Yasin tweeted. Caroline Moss simply wrote, “This story is crazy.” And David Mack said, “This may be the most horrific, haunting story BuzzFeed News has ever published. It's an incredibly important investigation by @ChrisKenneally that took years to report.”