Headed over Niagara Falls

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Headed over Niagara Falls
January 25th, 2019 View in browser
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Stone, meet Barrel…

We got news overnight that a federal grand jury in Washington indicted longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone. “BREAKING: He was arrested this morning in Florida and will make this first court appearance there. More to come,” Zoe Tillman tweeted along with a link to Chris Geidner’s article in BuzzFeed News.

John Podesta tweeted: “Rogers’s time in the barrel—and it’s headed over Niagara Falls.” Clinton's former White House Chief of Staff shared the story from Mark Mazzetti and Eileen Sullivan at the New York Times: Roger Stone Arrested in Mueller Investigation Into Trump Campaign.

“Roger Stone was charged with seven counts, including one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering, according to Mueller’s office,” Chris Zappone tweeted. He shared the Washington Post piece: Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone indicted by special counsel in Russia investigation from John Wagner.

Responding to The Guardian’s piece from Paul Owen that Roger Stone had been arrested on seven charges, Ian Ford wrote, “Let he who is without Trump arrest the first Stone.” Jodi Jacobson got her own jab in: “Stone, meet Barrel…”

“Uh oh…” Courtney Gartman reacted to CNBC’s write-up - US special counsel's office: Trump ally Roger Stone arrested in Florida.

The shutdown, the wall, the real people involved

Earlier today, news came that flights to LaGuardia are delayed due to the air traffic control staff shortage, per NBC News.

Time Magazine also published a full story about the major air travel delays caused by the shutdown. They Could Get Far Worse, Alex Fitzpatrick writes.

The White House is preparing to draft a national emergency order and has identified $7 billion for wall, according to CNN's Priscilla Alvarez and Tammy Kupperman.

As for what’s happening to furloughed workers, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said those people should take out a loan. Trouble is, his agency’s own credit union is charging nearly 9 percent interest, David Lynch and Damian Paletta at the Washington Post wrote.  

“Trump administration battles for the wall but struggles to show empathy for the hundreds of thousands out of work,” Josh Dawsey wrote of a piece he published in the Washington Post with Philip Rucker, and Damian Paletta. It includes the quote: “Am I out of touch?”

At a private luncheon, GOP senators clashed over the shutdown and the phrase “This is your fault” got thrown around. Sean Sullivan and Paul Kane wrote up the account for the Washington Post. For more on this, let’s head to Sullivan on Twitter: “FIREWORKS inside today's Senate GOP luncheon. ‘This is your fault,’ Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). ‘Are you suggesting I’m enjoying this?’ McConnell snapped back.” Wow, drama.

Zuckerberg’s plans

Mark Zuckerberg Plans to Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook MessengerMike Isaac, who wrote the piece for the New York Times, calls them “his three most powerful apps,” and added, “Not everyone at the company is happy about it.” Pui-Wing Tam pointed this is “A big tech shift for WhatsApp, Instagram & Facebook Messenger that says a lot about Zuckerberg’s plans.”

For more shady-shady, there’s news that Facebook knowingly duped game-playing kids and their parents out of money from Reveal News reporters Nathan Halverson and Emmanuel Martinez. “We got 100+ internal Facebook documents unsealed. What they show isn't pretty. Facebook targeted children to make money. Here are all the details, just released tonight,” Halverson told us.

“A few weeks ago, I wrote about a $20,243 bike crash bill from Zuckerberg San Francisco General. In light of my story, the hospital is reducing that bill to $200,” Sarah Kliff tweeted. Her update– Zuckerberg hospital rolls back $20,243 emergency room bill–is also up on Vox.

Welp, a section about politicians

Elizabeth Warren apparently wants to propose a new “wealth tax” on very rich Americans, an economist told Jeff Stein and Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post. Stein explained it would be “on those with more than $50 million, in an attempt to combat soaring wealth inequality The tax would hit those above $50M w/ a 2% wealth tax, & those above $1B w/ 3% wealth tax. Would raise $2.75T/10 years.”

Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigned after Halloween blackface photos emerged. That news comes to us from Tallahassee.com and was written by Jeffrey Schweers. And now for some reactions to the news:

Sean Rossman: “Wow.”

David Smiley: “Welp.”

J.D. Gallop: “Out…”

Back on the national scene, NBC News got some info that officials who rejected Jared Kushner for top-secret security clearance were ultimately overruled. Ken Dilanian, Peter Alexander, and Laura Strickler got that exclusive story.

Other Friday reads

On Thursday, BuzzFeed News published an investigation about how Police Are Failing To Catch Most Shooters In Many Big Cities. Often, They Shoot Again. It is the work of Sarah Ryley, Jeremy Singer-Vine, and Sean Campbell. “In many American cities, few shootings are even investigated, let alone solved,” Ariel Kaminer tweeted. Jessica Simeone shared it by its alternate headline: “Shoot Someone in a Major U.S. City, and Odds Are You’ll Get Away With It.”

Tom Kludt at CNN informed us of Layoffs underway at HuffPost a day after parent company Verizon announced cuts. “Between Gannett, Verizon Media Group and BuzzFeed, about 1,000 jobs in the media industry have disappeared this week,” Elana Zak gathered.


Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: On January 24, 1935, what brewery, in partnership with the American Can Company, became the first to produce beer in cans?

Answer: That would be the Gottfried Krueger Brewery.

Trivia mainstay Craig Pittman‏ was the first to tweet the correct answer. Zorro Notorious M. E. B.‏ was a close second 2 minutes later. Congrats to them both!

Your question of the day for today is…Due to the government shutdown, the U.S. marshals who escort which infamous alleged criminal from jail in Manhattan to a trial in Brooklyn are also doing their job without pay?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners Monday!

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