Always ask for comment
On Thanksgiving, a civics lesson, courtesy of the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court: “The country does not have ‘Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,’ says the chief justice, admonishing Trump,” tweets Ken Dilanian. He links to the story by Pete Williams of NBC News, In rare rebuke, Chief Justice Roberts slams Trump for comment about ‘Obama judge.’
Roberts made the rebuke after a query by The Associated Press, notes AP’s Mark Sherman, writing in his piece, Roberts, Trump spar in extraordinary scrap over judges (25,000+ shares), “On the day before Thanksgiving, he concluded, ‘The independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.’” Carla K. Johnson points out, “This APNewsBreak shows why reporters should always ask for comment, even from those who rarely comment.” David Beard agrees, tweeting, “The importance of asking the question. If the @AP hadn’t made the long-shot try for comment from the Chief Justice, Roberts wouldn’t have answered.”
Robert Barnes covers the story at The Washington Post, Rebuking Trump’s criticism of ‘Obama judge,’ Chief Justice Roberts defends judiciary as ‘independent’ (71,000+ shares), and Adam Liptak has the story at The New York Times, Chief Justice Roberts Rebukes Trump Over ‘Obama Judge’ Comment (60,000+ shares). “Extraordinary times, extraordinary response,” says Carol Pogash.
Holding the powerful to account
In a new op-ed, Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan reveals Trump’s dangerous message to tyrants: Flash money and get away with murder. He writes, “On Thanksgiving Day, Americans can be grateful that we live under a Constitution that ensures the rule of law rather than the rule of one capricious man, and that it enables one branch of government to correct the failure of another...We can also be thankful that we have a vibrant press, protected by the First Amendment, that relentlessly seeks to hold the powerful to account.”
The scoops don’t take the holiday off. Aaron Mehta links to a “BIG BREAKING SCOOP: Our @TaraCopp breaks news that troops at the border are now authorized to use lethal force, do crowd control and employ temporary detention - which may run afoul of the Posse Comitatus Act.” That’s Tara Copp’s scoop at the Military Times, White House approves use of force, some law enforcement roles for border troops (87,000+ shares). Steve Silberman calls it “Another milestone in the GOP's lockstep march to fascism: John Kelly signs memo empowering border patrols to use ‘lethal force,’ flouting the Posse Comitatus Act.” That’s right — as Mehta tweets, “Of note, the executive order was signed not by Trump but by WH Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine general.”
And now, “.@swin24 and @attackerman with the backstory: DHS requested a so-called force protection mission, Mattis declined because he didn't think he had the authority, so DHS went over his head to the White House.” Kathryn Watson links to the report by Spencer Ackerman and Asawin Suebsaeng of The Daily Beast, DHS Wouldn’t Take Mattis’ No for an Answer on Lethal Force.
Meanwhile, Nick Miroff, Josh Partlow and Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post report, Trump plan would force asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as cases are processed, a major break with current policy. Tweets Miroff, “Whatever you think of CBP metering at ports of entry, it has been a pressure valve that helps diffuse tension at border. It’s consistent with DHS message that asylum seekers come legally. This Remain in Mexico plan would shut off the valve. Very risky.”
Every breath you take…
Sometimes you need more than tryptophan to get you through the night. As ProPublica tweets, “Millions of sleep apnea patients rely on CPAP breathing machines to get a good night’s rest. Health insurers use a variety of tactics, including surveillance, to make patients bear the costs. Experts say it’s part of the insurance industry playbook.” For that story, read You Snooze, You Lose: Insurers Make The Old Adage Literally True, by Marshall Allen of ProPublica. “Every breath you take…” tweets Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson. And “absolutely jaw-dropping reporting,” notes Greg Toppo. Read the Twitter thread by ProPublica’s Eric Umansky for the backstory on this piece. As Kim Painter says, “When the guy who finds out his CPAP machine is being used against him is an editor at @ProPublica.”
Thanksgiving Day traditions
Some good news: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade might not be a nightmare after all, as Tamar Lapin of the New York Post puts it. Although “Seeing Charlie Brown being held under a net, presumably against his will, is a disturbing image,” tweets Kirsten Fleming.
Amanda Arnold of The Cut reminds us that Thanksgiving Is the Least Sexy Holiday. As Lauren Steussy says, it’s “the sex education you never knew you needed.”
And in keeping with Morning Edition’s longstanding Thanksgiving Day tradition, classical music commentator Miles Hoffman gives listeners a sample of music that speaks to the themes of the holiday. Tune in to NPR’s 'Let's Turkey Trot': Festive Music About Fowl.
85,000 children have starved to death during the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, says new report. Rick Noack of The Washington Post has that story.
AP’s Eric Tucker and Jonathan Lemire go Inside Trump’s refusal to testify in the Mueller probe.
Jack Nicas of The New York Times explores How Facebook’s P.R. Firm Brought Political Trickery to Tech. He tweets, “NEW: The NYT's next deep look at Definers Public Affairs, Facebook's embattled P.R. firm, and how it brought its political trickery to Silicon Valley. It wasn't just Facebook. Qualcomm, Juul, Lyft & Lime all hired Definers.”
From Betsy Woodruff and Spencer Ackerman at The Daily Beast, we learn that the House Intelligence Panel is Hiring Money-Laundering Sleuths, and, as Woodruff tweets, “One committee member's office tells us it's to investigate Trump's financial ties to Russia.”
CNN’s Curt Devine, Laura Jarrett and Jose Pagliery report that an independent federal investigative agency has opened a case file on potential Hatch Act violations by Matthew Whitaker.
David Enrich links to “A tasty scoop to start Thanksgiving: @lloydblankfein had a *private* meeting with alleged criminal mastermind Jho Low. Federal prosecutors are investigating the meeting.” Read about that in the new piece by Emily Flitter, Matthew Goldstein and Kate Kelly of The New York Times, Goldman Chairman Met Privately With Fugitive Accused in Malaysian Fraud.
S. E. Smith says, “This @nazriahi piece on coming to the US from Iran and finding her way through food is lovely and so poignant.” That’s Eating to America, by Naz Riahi at Longreads.
And from Sophia Melissa Caraballo of E! News, here are 13 Shows We Can’t Wait to Binge Over Thanksgiving Weekend.