Happy International Women’s Day
On International Women’s Day, the U.S. women’s national soccer team is suing for equal pay, according to AP’s Anne Peterson.
Gotta go, bye
Elizabeth Warren, doing her best alongside Jeff Bezos to make Medium happen, laid out a plan titled: Here’s how we can break up Big Tech. "That’s why my Administration will make big, structural changes to the tech sector to promote more competition — including breaking up Amazon, Facebook, and Google,” Warren wrote and George Zornick shared on Twitter.
MJ Lee, Lydia DePillis, and Gregory Krieg shared the details on Warren’s plan on CNN. “The far-reaching proposal would impose new rules on certain kinds of tech companies with $25 billion or more in annual revenue,” Lee tweeted.
Astead Herndon further analyzed it in the New York Times: “Warren's new plan will limit tech giants from sharing data w/ third parties + competing in own marketplaces, while undoing mergers Previews how Big Tech is set to become 2020 divider, and how Warren is, again, trying to lead on policy to stand out.”
The same broken framework
As we get ever-closer to the 2020 election, Tim Alberta lays out The Democrats’ Dilemma in Politico. “@IlhanMN says Obama’s ‘hope and change’ was a mirage. Recalling the ‘caging of kids’ and the ‘droning of countries around the world’ on Obama’s watch, she argues he operated within the same broken framework as Trump,” Carrie Budoff Brown tweeted. “Always read @TimAlberta, Michael Kruse urged.
The Washington Post’s Matt Viser remembered Joe Biden’s tough talk on 1970s school desegregation plan and thinks it could get new scrutiny in today’s Democratic Party. The talk basically “spoke out repeatedly and forcefully against sending white children to majority-black schools and black children to majority-white schools, downplaying the persistence of overt racism,” Terri Rupar tweeted.
Michelle Goldberg wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times about Ilhan Omar’s Microaggression. Goldberg insists, “Her words were bad. The reaction was worse.” Dan Moulthrop highlighted this quote from the op-ed: “The point is not to excuse Omar by comparison. It’s to say that Omar said things that are offensive and that she’s the victim of a double standard.”
Earlier today, we received an alert that Chelsea Manning had been sent to jail for refusing to testify in the Wikileaks case. Rachel Weiner reported on the story for the Washington Post.
Franklin Foer wrote what he calls “a prose-poem” about Paul Manafort's 'Otherwise Blameless Life' of Crime in The Atlantic.
“Martin Shkreli is making new friends in prison, including ‘D-Block’ and ‘Krispy.’ He’s also still running his company,” Bradley Hope tweeted of his own story with Rob Copeland in the Wall Street Journal. Apparently, it’s all happening With a Contraband Cellphone. Matthew Rose added this quote from the story to the mix: "He has made prison friends...some of whom affectionately call him ‘Asshole,’ according to people familiar with his new life."
An American plague
Margaret Sullivan insisted It’s time — high time — to take Fox News’s destructive role in America seriously in her column for the Washington Post. She added via Twitter: “Fox News has become an American plague.”
Foreign Policy reported that the U.S. Canceled a Finnish Journalist’s Award Over Her Criticism of Trump. Investigative journalist Jessikka Aro was supposed to be awarded the International Women of Courage Award by the U.S. State Department. Instead, her honor was rescinded “because she had criticized Trump on social media,” Reid Standish, who co-wrote this story, tweeted. Lara Seligman praised it, “Another great scoop from @RobbieGramer.”
“If you’re just wanting to get a ‘rub and tug’...”
According to Nick Wadhams and Jennifer Jacobs, Trump’s been complaining that countries hosting American troops aren’t paying enough. Now he wants to get even, and then some. According to their piece in Bloomberg, Trump Said to Seek Huge Premium From Allies Hosting U.S. Troops.
Axios’ Alexi McCammond heard that it was A White House source who leaked to House Dems on Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump's clearances.
In her latest Letter From Washington for the New Yorker, Susan Glasser writes The “Enemies of the People” Have a Few Questions for the President. “The White House press briefing is dead. It was awful, but we should still mourn it,” David Rohde suggested.
And do not miss a piece from the Miami Herald which reported that Trump cheered Kraft’s team [the New England Patriots] to Super Bowl victory with the founder of the spa where Kraft was busted for soliciting prostitution. "As some established political elites have distanced themselves from the president, a new group of people is filling open seats at political events,” Sarah Blaskey wrote. She worked on the story alongside Nicholas Nehamas and Caitlin Ostroff. Nehamas, for his part, shared this quote from their story: “If you’re just wanting to get a ‘rub and tug,’ this might be one of the best places in West Palm Beach.”
One more thing
‘The Simpsons’ Episode Featuring Michael Jackson’s Voice will Be Pulled in a move that the show’s executive producer, James L. Brooks, called: “clearly the only choice to make.” That piece was reported by Joe Flint at the Wall Street Journal.