In a wide-ranging interview with Joe Helm at The Washington Post, Nancy Pelosi shares her thoughts on impeaching President Trump: ‘He’s just not worth it’ (59,000+ shares). While the headline stirred up a lot of attention, Ryan McCarthy points out, “Pelosi’s full quote is a lot more qualified about impeachment than the headline.” And Jim Sciutto notes, “Top Democratic leaders have been saying this privately for some time, noting that impeachment without GOP support wouldn’t make sense.”
Meanwhile in New York, “Good morning,” tweets Michelle Goldberg. William K. Rashbaum and Danny Hakim of The New York Times report that the New York Attorney General has opened an investigation of Trump Organization projects (21,000+ shares), issuing subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records relating to the financing of four major projects and a failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills in 2014. They write that the new inquiry was prompted by Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony last month.
And then...“This story has pretty much everything, if by ‘everything’ you want a character who: -- is fleeing Putin in So. Fla. -- is an ‘aspiring journalist’ -- wears a ‘comically fake beard’ and -- parties at Mar-a-Lago,” tweets Bill Grueskin. Coincidentally, yes, that is exactly what we want, and for that, we turn to the new piece by Nicholas Nehamas of the Miami Herald, Wanted in Russia, he partied at Mar-a-Lago – and invested in cheap South Florida homes. “All tantalizing stories seem to lead us to Mar-a-Lago these days,” says Dave Wilson. As Rick Hirsch notices, “Apparently, Safari Night at Mar-a-Lago is the place where worlds collide. Trump. Russians. Massage Parlor owners.”
A closed-(leaky)-door retreat
Next up, the Veeps get into it. Robert Costa and Ashley Parker of The Washington Post take us inside the room at a closed-door retreat hosted by the American Enterprise Institute in Sea Island, Ga., where a chummy discussion between Vice President Pence and former vice president Dick Cheney quickly turned into a vigorous back-and-forth over President Trump’s foreign policy. Cheney said Trump’s approach “looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan.” Daniel Froomkin’s issue with the piece: “This @WaPo article treats Cheney like a respected elder statesman. That's obscene.”
POLITICO’s Eliana Johnson also got some scoop on that discussion, tweeting, “For context: Pence and Cheney had agreed to a set of topics. Cheney ditched the script when he got on stage, circling repeatedly POTUS commitment to NATO, decision-making by tweet, etc.” The lede to her piece: Dick Cheney lit into Vice President Mike Pence behind closed doors over the direction of the Trump administration’s foreign policy, flouting a set of agreed-upon subjects and forcing Pence on the defensive over President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Tweets Josh Dawsey. “Lots of good color here too from @elianayjohnson, including Pence flubbing the name of the moderator twice.”
Wait...it gets worse
John Beard links to the new story by Michael Brice-Saddler and Eli Rosenberg of The Washington Post, which reveals Fox News host Tucker Carlson uses racist, homophobic language in second wave of damaging audio. “So uh,” tweets Faiz Siddiqui, who highlights, “In March 2006, Carlson spoke about his desire for a presidential candidate to blame the ‘lunatic Muslims who are behaving like animals.’ That candidate would be ‘elected king’ if they vowed to ‘kill as many of them as [they] can,’ Carlson added.” Scot Lehigh is feeling pretty generous: “What if Fox just came out said: We stand behind Tucker because he says what we -- and lots of our viewers -- think. I'd give them credit for honesty.”
And then there’s That Time Tucker Carlson Called Me the C-word (multiple times, in fact), writes Joan Walsh at The Nation. Read her piece to find out why John Nichols says, “If it’s @TuckerCarlson versus @joanwalsh, @joanwalsh wins — in a 50-state-plus-the-District-of-Columbia Electoral College sweep.”
‘Whatever you do, don’t get old’
In an op-ed for The New York Times, Nashville Banner editor Steve Cavendish writes about The Fight to Be a Middle-Aged Female News Anchor. Cavendish notes that Meredith, a media company that owns high-profile magazines and 15 television stations, became the first media corporation to sign on to the #SeeHer initiative, a gender equity campaign led by the Association of National Advertisers. “Meredith is also, as it happens, being sued for age discrimination,” he writes. Karen Fuller, then 47, of CBS affiliate KCTV in Kansas City, was fired and replaced with a 32-year old, and Demetria Kalodimos, then 58, an anchor at NBC affiliate WSMV in Nashville, was let go and replaced by someone a decade younger.
As Kalodimos told Cavendish, “At Meredith, the message to women journalists is loud and clear: Don’t make trouble, don’t stick up for other women, and whatever you do, don’t get old.” Tweets Julie Hyman, “#seeher doesn't mean much if you don't see her as she ages. A great column from @scavendish on keeping female news anchors around even as they *gasp* get older.”
In the UK, meanwhile, the Equality and Human Rights Commission is launching an investigation into whether the BBC pays women and men equally for equal work. The EHRC tweets, “BREAKING: Today we have opened an investigation into the BBC as we suspect that there has been unlawful past pay discrimination against women at the organisation.”
A city in the midst of a nervous breakdown
Erica L. Green encourages you to “Read *every* single* word* of this encyclopedic, searing, heartfelt, definitive account of life in post-Freddie Gray Baltimore, by the brilliant @AlecMacGillis.” That’s The Tragedy of Baltimore, by Alec MacGillis for The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica. He tweets, “For more than a year now, I’ve been reporting a piece on the heartbreaking unraveling of the city I live in. Here it is, in partnership between @propublica and @NYTmag.” Read his profile of “A city in the midst of a nervous breakdown -- urgent, excellent reporting,” as Jillian Weinberger tweets. Jim MacMillan warns that it’s “Demoralizing but full of lessons on what to avoid.”
Engrave it on a plaque
For a change of pace, we highly recommend that you check out Megh Wright’s new interview with John Mulaney at Vulture, in which we get John Mulaney on Hosting SNL, Broadway Musicals, and Becoming a Meme — and more. Mark Peikert tempts you with, “This is a very important read for a lot of reasons, mostly at the end.” About that part, Lara Witt says, “John Mulaney is one of the few white male comedians I truly appreciate. This is a great interview but I particularly appreciate his response here.” Adds Bert Archer, “His last answer, re #metoo, should be engraved on a plaque that gets hung wherever men are and talk.”
Very common problem!!
And now, as Jenny Stevens puts it, “Potentially the greatest Sexual Healing we’ve ever published.” Also, “awks” as Julia Wong says. The headline of Pamela Connolly’s latest column at The Guardian more than hints at the awks: I met my girlfriend’s parents - and realised I had once slept with her father. Which is, of course, a “Very common problem!!” says Brigid Delaney. But Lauren Turner (and many others) can’t get over the fact that “He only realised *halfway* through the lunch??? Was it the way the dad said ‘pass the peas, please’?”
More Tuesday news
Breaking news from Julie Brown at the Miami Herald, a federal court of appeals in New York has taken the first step in unsealing documents that could reveal evidence of an international sex trafficking operation allegedly run by multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his former partner, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell (39,000+ shares).
Wesley Lowery asks, “what would it look like for our media coverage to grant black people the full dignity of personhood?” At The Atlantic, Hannah Giorgis writes of Ethiopian Airlines 302 and the Erasure of African Tragedy, and Jessica Valenti says, “This, from @ethiopienne, is so good & important. ‘Racist myths challenge the basic tenets of human compassion, even and especially in death.’”
At NPR, Jonathan Lambert writes about a new study that found air pollution is disproportionately caused by white Americans’ consumption of goods and services, but disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic Americans (23,000+ shares).
Eric Bolling calls this next one “The tragic yet fascinating story of how Johnson & Johnson (ironic twitter name @JNJCares) enabled @purduepharma the Big Pharma in developing and delivering one of the most addictive substances on the planet: Oxycodone (brand name OxyContin).” Bob Herman at Axios has the details on a lawsuit in which Oklahoma says Johnson & Johnson was the “kingpin” behind the opioid crisis.
To find out why Matthew Yglesias is tweeting, “lol they’re begging to be regulated,” read Cristiano Lima at POLITICO on Facebook taking down Elizabeth Warren ads calling for breakup of Facebook (22,000+ shares). Anand Giridharadas calls it, “When you prove their point by fighting their ability to make it.”
CNN’s Dan Merica reports that Pete Buttigieg feels the momentum after his CNN town hall, with $600K raised in 24 hours.
Damian Paletta, Erica Werner and Jeff Stein of The Washington Post have details on the Trump budget proposal: Trump proposes $4.7 trillion budget with domestic cuts, $8.6 billion in new funding for border wall.