Not a shooting (for once)
Overnight, there was an active shooter reported at a school in North Carolina. It actually turned out to be a malfunctioning water heater, the AP reports.
‘I don't want prayers. I don't want thoughts. I want gun control.’
Another heartbreaking story to come out of this week's horrific mass shooting outside of Los Angeles: a man named Telemachus Orfanos survived the Las Vegas massacre last October only to die in the Thousand Oaks carnage. His mother told CBS News, "I don't want prayers. I don't want thoughts. I want gun control.”
Thousand Oaks Gunman’s High School Coach Speaks Out About a Sexual Assault according to Joy Benedict at CBS News in Los Angeles. Sam Gavin tweeted: “The #ThousandOaks shooter's high school track coach says he sexually assaulted her. She also says school officials pressured her to keep quiet as not to ruin his career in the Marines.”
And for another story that should get you good and mad, BuzzFeed News’ Claudia Rosenbaum discovered that California Voters Outlawed The High Capacity Magazine Used By The Thousand Oaks Bar Shooter. But Then The NRA Sued And Blocked It. Here’s Brandon Wall to explain it again: “The Thousand Oaks shooter used a high capacity magazine, which California voters banned anyone from possessing in 2016. A lawsuit from the NRA has blocked implementation of the law.”
‘No limits to high how stupidity can rise’
Neal Katyal and George T. Conway III write in the New York Times Opinion section that Trump’s Appointment of the Acting Attorney General Is Unconstitutional. David Joachim points out that, “@gtconway3d [is the] husband of @KellyannePolls.” ”And it means that anything Mr. Whitaker does, or tries to do, in that position is invalid," Jennifer Epstein quoted from the piece.
An opinion piece at the Washington Post insists Matthew Whitaker is a crackpot. You can thank Ruth Marcus for that headline. “There really are no limits to high how stupidity can rise,” Robert Gebelhoff wrote.
For more on Matthew G. Whitaker, read Carol Leonnig, Rosalind Helderman, and Robert O'Harrow Jr.’s report in the Washington Post that before he led the Justice Department, Whitaker promoted a company accused of deceiving clients. “Said one former World Patent Marketing customer who lost $77,000 of Whitaker: ‘It’s really upsetting to know that guy will be attorney general. It’s so offensive. It’s like a stab in the back,’” Matea Gold tweeted.
At the New York Times, Adam Goldman and Frances Robles wrote a similar story with Acting Attorney General Sat on Board of Company Accused of Bilking Customers. We’ll let Matt Purdy elaborate: “The new acting AG, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, was an advisor to a Florida firm that a judge shut down for bilking customers and fined $26 billion. And the new acting AG actually threatened customers who complained.”
Meanwhile, Jeff Sessions, in a Last-Minute Act, Sharply Limited the Use of Consent Decrees to Curb Police Abuses, Katie Benner explained in the New York Times. Jill Filipovic had a brilliant reaction: “This evil gnome.”
The Trump administration
The White House shared doctored video to support their punishment of journalist Jim Acosta, Drew Harwell wrote at the Washington Post.
David Bauder and Calvin Woodward at the AP backed that up when they got an expert to state on the record that the Acosta video distributed by the White House was doctored.
The Keystone XL Pipeline was blocked by a federal judge in what Fred Barbash and Allyson Chiu at the Washington Post called a “major blow to [the] Trump administration.”
Profile of dysfunction
Christine Blasey Ford’s Lawyers Say The Kavanaugh Accuser Continues Receiving Threats, according to Tim Mak at NPR. “Christine Blasey Ford is still being harassed after leveling sexual assault allegations against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh,” Louisa Loveluck added.
You can go Inside Kris Kobach’s losing Kansas campaign with the Kansas City Star where Hunter Woodall and Bryan Lowry include the quote: “Check logic and reason at the door.” Monica Davey called it a, “A devastating portrait of how Kris Kobach lost Kansas.” Dan Diamond explained, “Why did Kris Kobach lose Kansas, a state dominated by GOP? He didn’t spend time on things ‘like fundraising, grassroots organizing, or asking voters for their support,’ said one Republican strategist. Profile of dysfunction.”
Fortune Magazine will Be Sold to a Thai Businessman for $150 Million, Jeffrey Trachtenberg writes at the Wall Street Journal. He added on Twitter, “Like many of its peers in media, Fortune has suffered from declines in advertising and newsstand sales over the past several years.”
The Houston Chronicle admitted that following an investigation, their newspaper retracted eight stories. David Wood there wrote the news. “The Houston Chronicle's investigation into former reporter @ChronicleMike found that of 275 people quoted in his stories that were reviewed, 122, or 44 percent, could not be found. Those 122 people appeared in 72 stories,” Sebastian Herrera explained. Shelby Webb was less composed: “I'm shocked. I'm angry. I'm more disappointed than words can express.”
NPR is urging journalists to Apply for Our New “Reflect America” Fellowship and “Help Shape Newsroom Sourcing.” Adam Cole is “Excited about this new fellowship aimed at bringing different voices to NPR's coverage! Please apply!” Leah Donnella was equally pumped: “Friends!! NPR just opened up applications for the brand new Reflect America fellowship. It's an 18-month paid gig ($65k/year) focused on bringing more diversity to public radio. Applications due Dec. 9. Do it!”