It seems like a hate crime

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It seems like a hate crime
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The mail bombs continue

Two More Bombs Were Found Addressed to Cory Booker and CNN, according to information William K. Rashbaum and Matthew Haag at the New York Times got from a former high-ranking intelligence official.

The package addressed to former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. at CNN was intercepted at a mail facility in Midtown Manhattan this morning.

NBC News, CNN, and CBS News have the developing story.

Earlier today, the New York Times broke the news that federal authorities had arrested a man in Aventura, Florida (north of Miami) “in connection with the nationwide bombing campaign against outspoken critics of President Trump.”

Election Day’s a-comin

Yesterday, we got Senate and House Latest, Confronting Racism in Florida: 12 Days to Go from Matt Flegenheimer and Jonathan Martin at the New York Times. “Where we are: @JoeforIndiana and @clairecmc go up w spots taking on their left flank. But WH still nervous about MO and TN, are contemplating sending Trump TWICE to one of em in final days,” Martin explained.

Jennifer Duffy at Cook Political wrote Senate: 11 Days Out; NJ Moves to Toss Up.

At the AP, Roxana Hegeman filed a story from Wichita, Kansas where apparently new voters got notices listing the wrong Dodge City polling site. “There is only 1 polling place for 27,000 people in Dodge City, KS, which is 60% Hispanic, & it's being moved outside of town, 1 mile from the nearest bus stop. Now election officials sent mail to new voters listing wrong polling place,” Ari Berman laid out.

‘Disgusting move by Tangerine face’

Caitlyn Jenner published an opinion piece in the Washington Post admitting I thought Trump would help the LGBTQ community. I was wrong. "The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president," Hunter Schwarz shared from Jenner’s op-ed.

Meanwhile, Officials Say Trump will Order 800 Army Troops to Help Secure the Border With Mexico, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Thomas Gibbons-Neff wrote at the New York TImes. Jayson Rodriguez had some critiques: “Good lede paragraph NYT, weak headline that doesn't give info behind his actions, and disgusting move by Tangerine face.”

The nightmare of racism is alive in America

A white gunman killed two black people–Vickie Lee Jones, 67, and Maurice E. Stallard, 69–at a Kroger supermarket in Jeffersontown, Ky., on Wednesday. Now, police reports indicate the man also tried to enter a predominantly black church minutes before the attack, as told by Karen Zraick and Matt Stevens at the New York Times. Johanna Barr tweeted, “The nephew of one of the victims said she was ‘a good Christian woman and wouldn’t hurt a fly.’ He called the shooting ‘senseless.’ ‘It seems like much more than mental illness,’ he said. ‘It seems like a hate crime.’” Then added this horrifying detail, “‘Whites don’t kill whites,’ he said after the shooting, according to a witness.”

In a piece that brilliantly uses the phrase “Gardening While Black” for the New York Times, Audra D. S. Burch explains how that very innocuous act Almost Landed This Detroit Man in Jail. Keith Owens called it, “Tales from the Other New Detroit on the Other Side of Town…”

‘An entirely man-made tragedy’

Declan Walsh wrote, “I spent two weeks in the mountains of northwestern Yemen with @TylerHicksPhoto, reporting on the heartbreaking crisis that could soon turn to famine. This is what we found.” His corresponding interactive story, The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s War, is in the New York Times today.

Alongside that piece, Eric Nagourney and Michael Slackman explained Why We Are Publishing Haunting Photos of Emaciated Yemeni Children. Juliana Barbassa got it, “Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen is tipping into famine. This report — and its brutally honest photos — is hard to look at, but it is a clear window into the costs of an entirely man-made tragedy.”

The Kavanaugh fight - not over yet

Newt Gingrich told the Washington Post, “We'll see whether or not the Brett Kavanaugh fight was worth it.” Josh Dawsey gave that quote some context: “What happens if Democrats subpoena Trump's tax returns? Newt Gingrich says it will have to go to the Supreme Court.”

While at NBC News, Anna Schecter and Kate Snow point out that New questions have been raised about attorney Michael Avenatti’s claims regarding Kavanaugh. “This entire story is troubling, but especially this,” Erica Orden sighed.

Yikes: a section on tech

Instagram Refuses to Pull Down a Milo Yiannopoulos Post Praising the Mail Bombs, according to Will Sommer at The Daily Beast. Here’s part of the right-wing figure’s hateful caption: “Just catching up with news of all these pipe bombs. Disgusting and sad (that they didn’t go off, and the daily beast didn’t get one).” Mandy Velez facetiously called him a “Stand up guy that Milo…”

The Wall Street Journal reports on Netflix with tales of their Radical Transparency and Blunt Firings that Unsettle the Ranks. It’s the work of Shalini Ramachandran and Joe Flint, the latter of whom tweeted, “Forget Megyn Kelly for five minutes and feast your eyes on the much-anticipated deep dive into the culture of Netflix. Here's a hint: It's a lot like ‘The Apprentice’!”

In the New York Times, a look into How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’ written by Daisuke Wakabayashi and Katie Benner. Wakabayashi shared, “Here's a story that @ktbenner and I have been working on for months - taking a look at how Google treated prominent executives accused of misconduct, including Andy Rubin, father of Android.” Pui-Wing Tam pointed out: “There was a lot more to some of these executive departures from Google -- and for those men who stayed, too.” Mike Isaac just had “yikes” to say.

Money news

The U.S. GDP Grows Above-Forecast 3.5% on Consumption, Inventories we learned this morning from Katia Dmitrieva, Shobhana Chandra, and Sho Chandra at Bloomberg. Here’s Joe Weisenthal with a more exuberant take on the matter: “BOOOM. GDP beats expectations. Economy grows 3.5% in the quarter. Personal consumption accelerates to 4.0%! And the inflation readings both came in cooler than expected.”

Also from Bloomberg, Michelle F. Davis reported that The U.S. Secretly Halted JPMorgan’s Growth for Years. “...Luckily for it, the Trump admin came to its rescue,” Sridhar Natarajan pointed out. Sonali Basak reacted with: “This story is a blow-out: How the shackles are off for JPMorgan under the Trump administration.”



Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Who convinced Queen to release “Another One Bites the Dust” as a single?

Answer: It was none other than the King of Pop himself, Mr. Michael Jackson!

Congrats to trivia regular Craig Pittman‏ for being the first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…Speaking of Queen, there’s an infamous tale about Freddie Mercury once dressing up an icon in drag and sneaking said luminary into a London nightclub. Who was it?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners Monday!

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