***History in the making*** *** !!! *** !!!
Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier dropped a bombshell story at BuzzFeed News yesterday claiming President Trump Directed His Attorney To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project. According to two federal law enforcement officials, “Trump received 10 personal updates from Michael Cohen and encouraged a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin.” Ariel Kaminer hailed the piece, “***History in the making*** *** !!! *** !!!”
Not to be outdone, the Wall Street Journal filed a piece about Poll-Rigging for Trump and Creating @WomenForCohen: One IT Firm’s Work Order from Michael Rothfeld, Rob Barry, and Joe Palazzolo. Yonette Joseph explained: “Michael Cohen allegedly hired an IT firm to rig a poll in favor of Trump, then stiffed the firm.” And Ray Smith added, “Michael Cohen collected $50,000 from Trump’s company to pay for ‘tech services.’ The contractor says he got much less, stuffed in a Walmart bag.”
Reactions to this bombshell
What Brandon Wall deemed “the inevitable follow-up” came when Lawmakers Vowed To Investigate After BuzzFeed News Revealed Trump Told Michael Cohen to Lie. Emma Loop reported the update for (yes) BuzzFeed News. “Here come the investigations,” Ariel Kaminer tweeted.
For his Analysis in the Washington Post, Aaron Blake concludes that Rudy Giuliani just contradicted nearly all the Trump team’s past collusion denials. For reference, Blake added on Twitter, “Trump team's collusion denials: 1) No contact 3) Contacts not *planned* 4) Okay planned, but not re: campaign 5) Okay, but not meaningful or used 6) Collusion is not a crime 7) Can't collude if you don't know Putin 8) Repeat 6 9) Maybe *someone* colluded.”
NPR’s Domenico Montanaro reported that Trump’s Approval Rating Is Down and Has Slipped With His Base. "Just 30 percent of registered voters said they will definitely vote for Trump in 2020, while 57 percent said they will definitely vote against him," shared from the article.
Yoni Appelbaum only had one conclusion: Impeach Trump Now, which he wrote up in The Atlantic. “Impeachable? Let @TheAtlantic count the ways,” David Beard said. Binyamin Appelbaum, meanwhile, tweeted this quote from the piece: "The question of whether impeachment is justified should not be confused with the question of whether it is likely to succeed in removing a president from office. The country will benefit greatly regardless of how the Senate ultimately votes."
And Merriam Webster shaded the administration yet again when they tweeted 12 Words from the Wrong Side of the Law starting with Suborn.
The Mueller investigation and Barr
Apparently, Trump was startled by the cozy Barr-Mueller relationship, Kaitlan Collins, Kevin Liptak, and Jeff Zeleny found out at CNN. Vaughn Sterling added, “CNN: President Trump was startled Tuesday as he watched television coverage of his nominee for attorney general describing a warm relationship with the special counsel Robert Mueller.”
And many folks (including Justin Miller) tweeted this June 2018 Barr Memo to DOJ Muellers Obstruction Theory 1 in which the AG nominee wrote: “If a President...suborns perjury, or induces a witness to change testimony, or commits any act deliberately impairing the integrity of available evidence, then he, like anyone else, commits the crime of obstruction."
More immigrant children taken than originally thought
Thousands more migrant kids were separated from their parents under Trump than previously reported, according to Julia Edwards Ainsley’s reporting at NBC News.
Ainsley filed a separate piece, in which she wrote that the Trump administration weighed targeting migrant families and speeding up the deportation of children.
Dan Diamond at Politico cited the same report from HHS to write Trump administration separated thousands more migrants than previously known. Adriel Bettelheim added “...and separations began months before the policy was announced.”
She grew frustrated by her ‘Sisyphean undertaking’
“The woman widely recognized as the most competent political leader at HUD is leaving the agency tomorrow. Sources say she grew frustrated by her ‘Sisyphean undertaking,’ battling the Trump administration on fair housing & disaster funding for Puerto Rico,” Tracy Jan shared. Jan, along with Arelis R. Hernandez, Josh Dawsey, Damian Paletta, wrote the following piece for the Washington Post: Top HUD official’s departure follows disagreements over housing policy and Puerto Rico disaster funds.
Marci Whitaker, the wife of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, sent me an email. So begins a piece from Mark Joseph Stern at Slate, which includes: “In her message, Marci Whitaker says the Mueller investigation is ‘wrapping up’ and that the government shutdown is affecting her family’s ability to earn a living.” Ben Mathis-Lilley shared it with, “An odd thing happened today.”
From NBC, Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny reported that the activist who met with congressmen about “DNA” also posted about a black “violence gene.” Zadrozny explained: “Famous far right troll Chuck Johnson met with two Republican congressmen to discuss ‘DNA’ and ‘genetics.’ The company he’s repping is a mystery. Johnson’s view on ‘genetics’...is not.”
The U.S. is Weighing the Idea of Lifting China Tariffs to Hasten a Trade Deal and Calm the Markets, Wall Street Journals’ Bob Davis and Lingling Wei reported.
Pankaj Mishra explored The Malign Incompetence of the British Ruling Class with an opinion piece in the New York Times. “A fantastic read - ‘a long-cossetted British ruling class has finally come to the end of itself as it was,’” Joanna Jolly tweeted.
Modi’s decision to buy 36 Rafales shot the price of each jet up by 41%, N. Ram reported in The Hindu. “Many procedures bypassed & follow on clause abandoned,” Saikat Datta pointed out.
Great Friday reads
The Boston Globe released their project Valedictorians | What became of Boston’s brightest? Christina Prignano hailed it “an incredibly in-depth project from my Globe colleagues.” Jeremy C. Fox added, “These past BPS valedictorians didn't find life after high school turned out as planned.” Check it out for yourself.
Don’t miss Nia-Malika Henderson’s write-up at CNN where she concludes that Beto's excellent adventure drips with white male privilege. "He roams around, jobless...to find himself and figure out if he wants to lead the free world. This is a luxury no woman or even minority in politics could ever have,” Clare Foran quoted from the piece. Paola Chavez shared another snippet: "The fact that he knows he has the freedom to cast about as a campaign-in-waiting forms, shows how much of his political identity is predicated on being white and male.” Elise Garofalo concluded: “I believe this is what the 🔥emoji was made for.”
“Today's Chapo trial surpassed everything before it,” Alan Feuer announced. “There was a weeping mistress, a naked Chapo fleeing in a bathtub tunnel, a cartel wiretap, Mexican marines in flip-flops, narco pillow talk, a diamond pistol & crates of plastic bananas filled with coke.” Read all about it Feuer’s piece for the New York Times: How El Chapo Escaped in a Sewer, Naked With His Mistress. Jorge Arangure admitted: “I enjoy being the editor of the Chapo trial coverage because I have conversations like “Do you think we need a comma in between 'sewer' and 'naked?'"
The world lost beloved poet Mary Oliver when she at age 83. Lynn Neary’s obituary for NPR highlighted that Oliver Believed Poetry “Mustn't Be Fancy.”
We can’t let you leave for the weekend without encouraging you to read Ashley Feinberg’s Huffington Post interview with Jack Dorsey. Headline? Jack Dorsey Has No Clue What He Wants. Nick Baumann praised it with: “@ashleyfeinberg interviewed @jack, who said some things.” Amanda Terkel called it, “Fun fun fun.”