Boy dies in U.S. custody on Christmas day
The AP reported Tuesday from El Paso, Texas that the U.S. admitted an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died in custody.
According to Lenny Bernstein at the Washington Post, the Guatemalan child detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol died early Tuesday at a hospital in New Mexico.
For the full details CBP shared about the recent passing of a Guatemalan child, read this post from the Department of Homeland Security.
RBG is OK-ish
For some actual good news, here’s an alert that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital after her cancer surgery. That report came from Veronica Stracqualursi at CNN. Kyle Griffin quoted a court spokesperson who said the Supreme Court justice is “recuperating at home.”
Our national gun obsession
In a piece titled “Scared to death,” Steven Rich wrote in the Washington Post that more than 4 million children endured lockdowns last school year. John Woodrow Cox called it “the most comprehensive review of lockdowns ever done.” Rich himself admitted, “If you're wondering why I've been so tired, this story is the reason.”
Meanwhile, NPR’s Melissa Block reported that 2018 Brought A 'Tectonic Shift' In The Gun Control Movement, According to Advocates.
What's Trump up to?
At the New York Times, Steve Eder asked the question Did a Queens Podiatrist Help Donald Trump Avoid Vietnam? “An anonymous tipster left a trail of crumbs to follow about that bone spur deferral,” Yonette Joseph added.
In a follow-up piece, the New York Times investigated Donald Trump’s Selective Service Records including the validity of that high draft lottery number that kept him out of the war.
Hannah Alani at the Post and Courier wondered: Do a 'marginal' number of 7-year-olds believe in Santa? That's indeed what Trump told a South Carolina girl but Alani got on the phone and interviewed her. “Her words brightened my Christmas ... I bet they'll lift your spirits, too!”
After not ruining this little girl’s Christmas, Elyse Perlmutter-Gumbiner at NBC News points out that Trump became the first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime.
And at the Wall Street Journal, Michael Wursthorn and Rebecca Ballhaus had news that As the Market Rout Continues, Trump Stands Firm on Fed and Shutdown.
International relations & memberships
The Arab League is reportedly set to readmit Syria eight years after its expulsion, Bethan Mckernan and Martin Chulov wrote at The Guardian. Oz Katerji saw it another way: “Arab dictators and tyrants [are] getting ready to normalize relations with the biggest mass murderer of the 21st century.”
In a related piece, Keach Hagey and Justin Scheck at the Wall Street Journal reported that Partners Fret Over Khashoggi Killing but Still Maintain Saudi Ties. “Many investors have linked their future to Saudi money and the kingdom’s sweeping economic overhauls,” Bradley Hope explained. Those investors include Virgin founder Richard Branson, who did actually pull out of talks on a $1 billion deal with Saudi Arabia over the killing of the Washington Post columnist. Hagey added on Twitter that “Days after Richard Branson pulled out of $1bn Saudi investment talks in the wake of Khashoggi, he texted MBS urging him to release female prisoners. ‘It won’t change what happened in Turkey but it would go a long way to start…’”
Arms Sales to Saudis Leave American Fingerprints on Yemen’s Carnage, according to a New York Times piece from Declan Walsh and Eric Schmitt. “American fingerprints are all over the air war in #Yemen, where errant strikes by the #Saudi-led coalition have killed more than 4,600 civilians, according to a monitoring group,” Louis Charbonneau quoted from the story.
Through a Special Report at Reuters, Alexandra Ulmer reported that Oil output goes AWOL in Venezuela as soldiers run PDVSA. Ulmer shared: “We just published a months-long investigation into how Venezuela's oil industry is crumbling under its new military management. Reporting with @mariannaparraga & editing by @pauloprada.”
And Japan said it will leave IWC (the International Whaling Commission) so it can resume commercial whaling, according to the Associated Press. “...but says it will no longer go to the Antarctic to hunt,” is the only piece of good news in that story.
Assorted Boxing Day reads
- I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon is a story everyone in media will want to read. It’s written by Austin Murphy for The Atlantic and begins, “There’s a certain novelty, after decades at a legacy media company, in playing for the team that’s winning big.” Zuri Berry deemed it “A worthy read.”
- In the New York Times, Grace Saffran Ashford writes that New York City is Leaving Millions in the Pockets of The City’s Worst Landlords. Ali Winston admitted, “This is the content I am here for.” Brady Dale shared, “Having just moved out of a rent-regulated apartment with roaches, this is craziness making.” Ted Phillips added, “NYT reports on wrist slaps NYC landlords face for housing code violations.” And Nikita Stewart shared this quote from the story: “You’re basically patting them on the head and saying don’t do that again.”
- Also at the New York Times, Astead Herndon writes that With Outsize Influence, Black Voters Are Ready to Make Themselves Heard. “I talked to dozens, and spell out current behind-scenes fight Black voters ‘are done with you showing up at my church right before the elections,’” Herndon tweeted.
- How Much of the Internet Is Fake? That’s what Max Read set out to discover at New York Magazine’s Intelligencer. He tweeted: “This week I wrote a column about the increasing, all-consuming fakeness of the internet.” Kenneth Silber shared this bit from that column: “If a Russian troll using a Brazilian man’s photograph to masquerade as an American Trump supporter watches a video on Facebook, is that view ‘real’?”
- He runs one amateur football game per year. He makes more than $1 million, Will Hobson reported at the Washington Post. The story is set in Tampa, Florida so you know it’s going to be wild. (Ed. note: today’s MRD writer is, in fact, writing this newsletter from Tampa, her hometown.)
- In the Wall Street Journal, Gregory Zuckerman, Rachael Levy, and Nick Timiraos investigated what’s Behind the Market Swoon: The Herdlike Behavior of Computerized Trading. Zuckerman simplified it as: “Why is your 401k in tatters? The market is moving like an unstoppable herd, up and down, amid the rise of computerized trading & passive investing.” Min Zeng shared this quote from the piece: “Human beings tend not to react this fast and violently.”