Former President George H.W. Bush is lying in state at the U.S. Capitol, where his body will remain through Wednesday. CBS News has ongoing updates and the full schedule of the funeral and memorial services.
There have been numerous tributes and remembrances, but in case you missed it, here’s one you’ll want to be sure to check out, because, as Jonathan Martin says, “The @maureendowd farewell to 41 is here and it’s epic.” Maureen Dowd writes in her New York Times op-ed of The Patrician President and the Reporterette: a Screwball Story, and it’s an “Absolute must-read: @maureendowd remembers 41 con afecto,” tweets Evan Smith, referring to one of Bush’s frequent sign-offs in his letters to Dowd (or sometimes, “Con Afecto, still, just barely though! gb.’’). Adds Karen Tumulty, “The @maureendowd sendoff of GHWB is truly one for the ages. Such a great, funny, sweet, poignant read.” Frank Bruni agrees: “What a glorious read, with a killer detail every 25 words. And if the final words don’t bring a tear to your eye, you’re stone.”
3 whole words!
New from Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News, Mueller is preparing end game for Russia investigation. As Daniel Klaidman points out, “The obsessively tight-lipped office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller actually commented on the record and provided useful information. Spokesman Peter Carr told @Isikoff that Mueller’s filing on Paul Manafort ‘will be public.’” And for that, Ryan McCarthy offers, “Props to @Isikoff for getting the rare on the record comment from the Special Counsel's Office...3 whole words!”
Speaking of Manafort, the latest scoop from Kenneth Vogel and Nicholas Casey of The New York Times is that Manafort Tried to Broker a Deal With Ecuador to Hand Assange Over to U.S. They report that Manafort was looking for a way to settle some debts and pay his mounting legal bills, but the talks went nowhere. Days later, Mueller was appointed.
Looking worse and weirder
And now, from the category, “If you can’t beat ’em, cheat,” as Shane Goldmacher tweets, “This NC-9 thing keeps looking worse and weirder.” Judd Legum of Popular Information has gotten hold of images of 162 absentee ballot envelopes from North Carolina’s 9th Congressional district, and one of the state’s top election law experts tells him the envelopes “fit into a pattern of fraud.” In an update, he tweets, “Lisa Britt, who was the witness for 44 mail-in absentee ballots in Bladen County North Carolina, is the step-daughter of Leslie McCrae Dowless, the man at the center of the controversy who has previously been convicted of felony fraud.”
Brian Murphy and Ely Portillo of The Charlotte Observer have more on that in their piece, At center of voter fraud scandal, a convicted felon and ‘grassroots’ campaigner, and Jonathan Weisman issues a “Shoutout to the Charlotte Observer for getting on top and staying on top of the vote fraud scandal swirling around Republican House candidate Mark Harris. Local news matters.”
From Amy Gardner and Kirk Ross of The Washington Post, North Carolina election-fraud investigation centers on operative with criminal history who worked for GOP congressional candidate. Tweets Joe Fox, “This is wild. @AmyEGardner and @ludkmr got a firsthand account of an illegal ballot harvesting operation in North Carolina. You’re going to want to read this one!”
And then there’s Wisconsin, where Republicans plan a vote today on curbing the powers of Gov.-elect Tony Evers and limiting early voting, as Patrick Marley and Molly Beck report for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “This is America,” tweets Lawrence Hurley.
The Pink Wave
Meanwhile, Lily Herman says, “The election was almost a month ago (WHAT???) and I can still read profiles like these for daaaaaaays.” She’s referring to the new Elle feature, A Woman’s Place Is in the House, commemorating the more than 100 women who will now be serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Christelle de Castro photographs the Members-Elect while Jill Filipovic writes about the significance of the moment.
Embarrassing for everyone involved
But of course, one step forward and…HuffPost’s Jennifer Bendery reports that Congress Is Running Out Of Time To Pass Its Sexual Harassment Bill. She tweets, “After so many embarrassing resignations and early retirements by gross male lawmakers, absurd that Congress just can't get this done. Their stalled #MeToo bill is stuck on these 3 provisions, per aides familiar with negotiations.”
And then there’s this: Gillian Tan and Katia Porzecanski of Bloomberg write about A Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost (69,000+ shares), because what other option do men possibly have? OK, sure, as Danielle Kurtzleben tweets, “OR JUST DON'T GROPE OR PROPOSITION THE WOMEN YOU WORK WITH. THAT'S ONE OPTION. I DON'T KNOW.” But other than that? Olivia Solon points out, “This is absurd and embarrassing for everyone involved. “Good job, everyone. This will fix everything,” as Shira Ovide says.
Lots of reactions to the scoop from Shannon Liao of The Verge that Tumblr will ban all adult content starting December 17th (36,000+ shares). “Then who’s gonna visit Tumblr?” Mikey Rox wonders. Ben Collins may have an answer: “Tumblr, a website for porn and people furiously scribbling death threats to authors who write YA novels they slightly disagree with, has banned porn.” But Martin Bryant notes, “When I interviewed David Karp last year when he still ran Tumblr, people kept asking me to tell him to get rid of the porn.” Anyway, “RIP tumblr, I loved you,” tweets Megan Farokhmanesh.
At BuzzFeed News, Katie Notopoulos writes that Tumblr’s Porn Ban Is The Middle Of The End Of The Old Internet. She tweets, “Tumblr is deleting a massive chunk of internet culture ca. 2007-2015. This is not the beginning of the end – that already happened in 2009 with Geocities. This is the middle of the end. The 2000's internet is officially an endangered species.”
A confounding, brilliant and complicated man
At GQ, Drew Magary reveals The Enormous Life of Anthony Bourdain, According to Those Who Knew Him Best. He tweets, “For @GQMagazine I interviewed a bunch of people about the late Anthony Bourdain and collected their stories. For their sake, for his sake, and for yours, I really truly hope I didn’t fuck this up.” We don’t think he needs to worry. As Karen Ho tweets, “This is an incredibly thoughtful tribute to Anthony Bourdain. The ending made me cry.” Adds Kevin Pang, “I don’t think I’ve read a more vivid portrait of Anthony Bourdain than this one just published in GQ from @drewmagary. There are at least 4 passages here that are gonna haunt me.” And ditto to Dustin Walsh, who tweets, “Anthony Bourdain was clearly a confounding, brilliant and complicated man. But when I die, I hope someone can with all honesty say this about me. ‘It was hard to understand because he was really good at being a person.’”
Dig in to some Tuesday reads
In the aftermath of Mic’s crash and burn, Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post writes, The digital-media bubble is bursting. That’s hurting a generation of promising young journalists. Heidi Moore calls it an “excellent piece (as always!) by @sulliview on how VC-funded media has destroyed the career paths of young journalists. (And, I would add, midcareer journalists as many of these VCs proceeded with ageist views that people became irrelevant over 35).”
New from Henry Fountain and Steve Eder at The New York Times, In the Blink of an Eye, a Hunt for Oil Threatens Pristine Alaska (54,000+ shares). Kim Murphy shares, “I spent years chronicling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a wondrous place of midnight sun, frigid, 24-hour darkness, musk oxen and an epic caribou migration. Earth knows no rival. Now, oil development seems finally at hand.” “Talk about a swamp ...... Stinks to high heaven,” says Stephanie Strom.
As Alice Crites notes, “You'll want to ready every word of this story by @marycjordan.” She’s referring to Mary Jordan’s new piece at The Washington Post, which reveals, An ATF agent led a ‘double life.’ Then his girlfriend turned up dead. Tweets Elahe Izadi, “Incredible work from @marycjordan, who investigated a cold case involving the mob, an ATF agent, an affair and an unsolved murder.”
“What happens when twitter enemies actually meet in person -- and find more common ground than they thought: @bariweiss & @evepeyser exchange notes in @nytimes.” For that, Mark Shenton directs you to Can You Like the Person You Love to Hate? by Bari Weiss and Eve Peyser at The New York Times. Jack Shafer appreciates the setup, is a bit disappointed in the outcome: “I like the editorial idea of bringing enemies together but hate the results when they fall in love.” Wesley Lowery sums it up this way: “two people whose profession requires charm and the ability to manipulate meet up, discuss nothing controversial and walk away having been charmed by each other.”
At Bloomberg, former governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King says May's Brexit Deal Is a Betrayal. Meanwhile, Jim Pickard notes the “mind-boggling discussions taking place in cabinet about how to ration supplies entering UK by ferry in a no-deal scenario,” linking to Government prepares to ration ferry space under no-deal Brexit, by James Blitz of the Financial Times.
“‘Just leave me alone.’ The Strand owner speaks for all New Yorkers.” Carrie Melago links to the story by Corey Kilgannon of The New York Times, Declare the Strand Bookstore a City Landmark? No Thanks, the Strand Says. Tom Gara finds a “Fun undercurrent to this story: NYC literary liberals expressing a very pure pro-business talking point about landmark designation being a major drag on small business owners, now that the small business in question is a beloved bookstore.”
“Guess we can't say there wasn't a warning,” Sarah Grieco points out as she links to Damian Carrington’s report for The Guardian from the UN climate summit, where David Attenborough said the collapse of civilisation is on the horizon.
And finally today, is it “This is #slatepitches desperation,” as Tobin Harshaw tweets, or is it “Peak Slate pitch,” as Derek Wallbank tweets? Either way, Patrick Whittle says, “This is the most Slate thing since the thing about how apple picking is bad.” The ruthless take from Ruth Graham at Slate is, There’s Nothing Sentimental About That Viral Photo of H.W. Bush’s Service Dog.