You are being tracked
Let’s start your week with a throwback to the future: “1984,” to be exact. In a big New York Times investigation, Jennifer Valentino- DeVries, Natasha Singer, Michael Keller and Aaron Krolik reveal that Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret. As Stephanie Strom says, “Big Brother is here. He lives in your devices.”
Maybe you’ve turned on location tracking to get weather alerts about the latest winter storm in your area. Well, The Times team found out that “At least 75 companies receive anonymous, precise location data from apps whose users enable location services to get local news and weather or other information.” Tweets Rick O'Shea, “I can't say this loudly enough - READ THIS @nytimes ARTICLE ALL THE WAY THROUGH. You are being tracked, your movements being sold, all entirely legally. And yet we shrug and go ‘meh’...” Paul Lewis is “Envious of the @nytimes for landing this story – and delivering it in such a compelling way. Tip of the iceberg, I'm sure. But a question not addressed in the piece: I assume GDPR prohibits location data being shared in this way in Europe?”
How will the world respond?
According to a source briefed on the investigation into the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, ‘I can’t breathe’ were his final words, reports CNN’s Nic Robertson. Reacting to this new revelation, Khashoggi’s editor Karen Attiah tweets, “Found old voicemails from Jamal #Khashoggi earlier today. Tonight, CNN reports that his last words were ‘I can’t breathe.’ My god. It’s been two months, but days like this bring the pain and horror back again. @JKhashoggi, you didn’t deserve this.” Heidi Moore notes, “There are several details in this story about Jamal Khashoggi that I wish I had not read, but most among them the one about the music. This is devastating stuff, proceed with caution please.” Adds Scott Simon, “Sickening to read. And outrageous. It’s been put before the world. How will the world respond?” Here in the U.S., “The fact the Saudi ambassador is still swanning around Washington is an enduring stain on this administration, and this country,” tweets John Cassidy.
This one goes to at least 14
New from Rosalind Helderman, Tom Hamburger and Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post, Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and transition. Tweets Alex Howard, “The special counsel has not disclosed all of the evidence @TheJusticeDept has collected yet. Where there’s smock, there’s fibre,” and if you’re up-to-date on presidential tweets, you’ll get that reference.
On that note, Lisa Tozzi directs you to a “New brunch offering,” which is actually the newest addition to the rating system from Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler. He introduces it this way: Meet the Bottomless Pinocchio, a new rating for a false claim repeated over and over again. You can imagine who that might apply to. For another way of looking at it, Philip Bump “*points at pinocchio* ‘this one goes to 11.’” As Stan Collender says, “@GlennKesslerWP is a true national treasure.” And as for the name, Ben Pershing wonders, “How long before some DC bar puts this on the cocktail menu?”
What does it mean “When the guy moving all his life toward the job won’t take it”? For that, Clara Jeffery links to the latest from Maggie Haberman at The New York Times, Nick Ayers, Aide to Pence, Declines Offer to Be Trump’s Chief of Staff (71,000+ shares). Robbin Simmons has the quick wrap-up on “#CoS weekend: John Kelly was supposed to announce his departure from the WH Monday, POTUS beat him to the punch Saturday, then Nick Ayers pulled out of the running Sunday.” The punnier version, courtesy of David Freedlander: “Putting on Ayers: GOP Golden Boy Bails In The Nick of Time. West Wing Pence-ive In Search of Replacement.” In the piece, Haberman writes, “With a head of blond hair, Mr. Ayers somewhat resembles Mr. Trump in his younger days, a fact that the president often looks for as a positive signal.” As Mark Berman says, “he what.”
He drove that brand into a ditch
Also leaving D.C., Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and at Vox, Ezra Klein says his legacy is debt and disappointment. He tweets, “I gave Paul Ryan the benefit of the doubt. I was wrong,” while Paul Krugman says, “The Paul Ryan question isn't why he has proved to be a phony. It's why so many commentators took him seriously in the teeth of his obvious fraudulence.” Benjy Sarlin thinks, “This @ezraklein piece does a good job explaining both why journalists were so interested in Paul Ryan when he rose to stardom in 2010 and how he drove that brand into a ditch as soon as he was in power.” David Weigel calls it “Quite the political obituary for Paul Ryan from @ezraklein, who also wrestles with why he took Ryan seriously in the first place.”
Quid pro quo: our cash for your democracy
Diana Henriques links to the new column from David Leonhardt of The New York Times, which reveals The Corporate Donors Behind a Republican Power Grab in Wisconsin (32,000+ shares). Or as Janet Novack calls them, “The corporations putting a #tax break ahead of democracy.” If you want to name names, they include Walgreens, Microsoft, Dr. Pepper, Humana and JP Morgan. As Leonhardt writes, “I realize that being able to operate in a well-functioning democracy doesn’t bring the same obvious bottom-line benefits as, say, a tax break. But our corporate leaders are making a big mistake if they decide that democracy doesn’t matter.”
Alex Hern “*bangs clipboard*” as he links to the news that the UK can unilaterally stop Brexit process, EU court rules (63,000+ shares), which Severin Carrell reports for The Guardian. Tweets Hayes Brown. “ECJ: you...you guys can stop Brexit whenever you want. art 50 can be stopped. UK: nOpE ggggGOING fInE ECJ: Um. Okay. Just...just saying. UK: [high-pitched keening].” Meanwhile, the latest from Tim Ross and Alex Morales at Bloomberg, Theresa May to Delay Vote on Brexit Deal to Avoid Huge Defeat.
Also writing about Brexit, John Harris of The Guardian, who says, This country’s divides run far deeper than that, noting, “Tensions have been bubbling away for decades. Political parties have smoothed them over – the Brexit vote exploded them.” Henry Wismayer calls it “A brilliant exposition of Britain's yawning political divide from @johnharris1969.”
Paul Farhi of The Washington Post finds that, at NPR, an army of temps resents a workplace full of anxiety and insecurity. Tweets Andrea González-Ramírez, “Media’s culture of temp workers/permalancers is not only exploitative, but also forces out talent that can’t afford to work under those conditions — and those are typically folks from underrepresented communities. Journalism is worse off without them.” Adds Scott Hensley, “.@NPR is the 4th journalism organization I've worked for full time. None of the others used temps anywhere close to the degree that NPR does. The size of the temp workforce is symptomatic of deeper issues.”
Annie Linskey urges, “Read @PostRowland uncover how top drug executives agreed to play nice in the ‘sandbox.’” That’s Christopher Rowland’s new piece for The Washington Post on what’s “most likely the largest cartel in the history of the United States,” Generic drug price-fixing investigation expands to 300 drugs and 16 companies.
A new investigation by Katie Zezima, Deanna Paul, Steven Rich, Julie Tate and Jennifer Jenkins of The Washington Post reveals how domestic violence leads to murder.
The exclusive by Chris Arnold and Cory Turner of NPR, Ed Department To Erase Debts Of Teachers, Fix Troubled Grant Program (37,000+ shares). Tweets Pallavi Gogoi, “After an almost year-long @NPR investigation, the U.S. Department of Education says it will erase the debts of teachers in a troubled grant program. Great work @Chris_ArnoldNPR @NPRCoryTurner.”
Raheem Sterling gets this level of abuse because he’s black, writes Henry Winter of The Times. Says Sam Munnery, “This is excellent from @henrywinter. Nail on the head.”
Keeping company with Saudi Arabia and Russia, the Trump administration resists global climate efforts at home and overseas (39,000+ shares), report David Nakamura and Darryl Fears of The Washington Post. “This is Planetary Criminality,” says John Beard.
“For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA’s Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun.” Read about NASA’s Voyager 2 Probe Entering Interstellar Space.
And finally today, we’re with Marina Fang on this one: “Ariel Levy profiles Julia Louis-Dreyfus. *click*” Also Mark Berman, who *kicks down the door, knocks everything on your desk onto the floor, making a big old mess* Ariel Levy profiled Julia Louis-Dreyfus.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus Acts Out for the New Yorker profile by Ariel Levy, and as Erik Maza says, “It is such a pleasure when you enjoy reading the writer of a piece, and her subject.”