Booker is running
We begin this Friday with the news that yet another Democrat has thrown his proverbial hat into the 2020 election ring. This time, it’s Cory Booker, who announced he is running for president, according to Rebecca Buck at CNN.
“Breaking: Senator Cory Booker, the former Newark mayor hoping to be an upbeat voice in divisive times, announced his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination,” Nick Corasaniti tweeted. He wrote a piece about it Shane Goldmacher for the New York Times.
"’We are better when we help each other,’” Scott Detrow quoted Cory Booker saying. Detrow’s story about the announcement for NPR focused on Booker’s campaign centering around big themes of unity and common purpose.
If you’re curious about what Booker has planned, read Tom Moran on NJ.com: Booker is running. I’ve watched him for 20 years. Here’s what I’ve learned.
U.S. created 304,000 jobs in January, versus 170,000 expected, Jeff Cox told us via CNBC.
Reporting on the jobs report for the AP, Christopher Rugaber wrote: U.S. employers add robust 304K jobs; joblessness up to 4 pct. The AP explained on Twitter, “U.S. employers shrugged off last month's partial government shutdown and engaged in a burst of hiring in January.”
Trump talks to the Times
Trump called up New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger and invited him to the White House for what was originally supposed to be an off-the-record discussion but then turned into an on-the-record interview. Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, who joined them, wrote the following piece: Trump, in Interview, Calls Wall Talks ‘Waste of Time’ and Dismisses Investigations. Baker added on Twitter: “Trump says Pelosi is ‘hurting the country’ and all but washes his hands of border wall talks with her, saying in an interview that ‘I’ve set the stage for doing what I’m going to do.’”
Catch up on what happened with some Excerpts From Trump’s Interview With The Times which the paper released. “Una interesante entrevista de #Trump con su "odiado" NYT. Hasta dice alguna verdad. Por ejemplo, es cierto que sin los aranceles que impuso a #China este último país nunca habría aceptado negociar un tratado comercial,” Javier Espinosa tweeted.
Michael M. Grynbaum at the New York Times also covered the talks, which resulted in Trump Discusses ‘Fake News,’ and Its Repercussions, With Times’s Publisher. Lawrence Hurley shared this Trump quote from the piece: “I’m sort of entitled to a great story — just one — from my newspaper.”
And if you just want to hear about it and not get your eyeballs involved, there’s Friday’s episode of "The Daily" podcast from the New York Times about the whole thing. Listen to The President and the Publisher when you get a chance.
‘He’s gonna sell out Don Jr so...fast’
Meanwhile, Senate investigators were told Donald Trump Jr.'s mysterious calls weren't with his father. Pamela Brown, Manu Raju, and Jeremy Herb got that scoop for CNN. They heard it from “three sources with knowledge of the matter,” according to Shimon Prokupecz. President Trump tweeted about it (look that one up for yourself) to which Ashley Feinberg replied, “lol he's gonna sell out don jr so fucking fast.”
The “Whistleblower” in the White House’s security clearance office was suspended, per Peter Alexander and Laura Strickler at NBC News. Tom Winter pointed out this news came “less than a week after the @strickdc and @PeterAlexander story about Jared Kushner's clearance issues.” Coincidence?
Here's why people lose faith in politics
Ian Dunt at the Washington Post attempted to explain the collective madness behind Britain’s Brexit plan.
Over at The Guardian, Alex Hern pointed out that Leave. EU and Arron Banks insurance firm were fined £120,000 for data breaches. “Here's why people lose faith in politics. Even when this stuff is exposed, nothing changes. Brexit is going ahead despite evidence of such deep and widespread cheating that the result of the referendum should be declared unsafe,” George Monbiot wrote.
Also at The Guardian, Gary Younge wrote So, poorer Brexiters voted to be worse off? There’s nothing wrong in that. Here’s just a snippet from that piece: "There really are some liberals who think that they know what’s better for working-class people than working-class people themselves do...And then they wonder why they can't win them over." Lucy Bailey called this “An important and challenging piece.” While Nesrine Malik suggested we “Thank God every day for @garyyounge.”
More Friday reads
The BBC shared the sad news that Jeremy Hardy, comedian and Radio 4 panel star, died at age 57. “Oh this is just awful news. Awful awful awful. So sad,” Sian Norris wrote.
Matt Ford at the New Republic brought our attention to the fact that The Courts Are Making a Killing on Public Records. “It's always seemed super messed up to me that PACER charges money to access *public records,* so needless to say I'm thrilled @fordm wrote about it,” Emily Atkin shared. Eric Sandy added, “I am very into this class action lawsuit challenging PACER search fees and it's a good opportunity to encourage everybody out there to join the RECAP archive project.” Ford drove the point home when he tweeted: “Free soil. Free labor. Free PACER.”
BuzzFeed News’ Sal Hernandez published a bombshell story today that One Of The Biggest At-Home DNA Testing Companies Is Working With The FBI. The company in question is called Family Tree DNA and has apparently given the FBI access to its genealogy database, allowing agents to mine the DNA records in hopes of cracking violent crimes. Anyone who watches “Law & Order: SVU” will know that this was also a topic in a recent episode. (Ed. note: Olivia Benson forever)
Definitely don’t miss One Lawyer, 194 Felony Cases and No Time from the New York Times. “Lawyers for the poor have tried to say they have too many cases. Some of them have been threatened with contempt of court. A new effort to quantify workloads helps to make their case,” Shaila Dewan shared.
And finally, Taylor Lorenz at The Atlantic figured out that The World-Record Instagram Egg Is Going to Make Someone Very Rich. Her piece includes quotes like “Being the first brand to crack out of the egg is worth at least $10 million.” And it led Sarah Laskow to ask, “What is this world?”