Wiretap: U.S. to probe Russian hacking, Trump dares GOP, fracking can harm water

Cyberian candidate

The New York Times gets the in-depth story of how the Russians brought low-cost, high-impact cyberwarfare to bear on the 2016 presidential election. It all started to go wrong when the Democratic National Committee forwarded a call from the FBI to the help desk.

But how?

Congress has decided it must probe the Russian meddling into American politics. It just can’t decide how to do it. Via the Washington Post.


Under Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil created its own foreign policy, which dependably put ExxonMobil first. Via the New York Times.

Flipping the bird

From the National Review: It’s not clear why Donald Trump picked Tillerson as his secretary of state other than as, writer David French says, “an extended middle finger” to Trump’s critics on his relationship with Putin.

Keeping score

On Trump’s conflict of interests: The latest scorecard would read something like this — Trump brazen, congressional Republicans craven. Via the New Yorker.

Game of chicken

Trump dares the GOP Senate to reject Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. The early betting is on Trump. Via Politico.

Self sabotage

Why did so many Obamacare users vote for Donald Trump? Did they really think he would make the law better? Via Vox.

Coates on Obama

My president was black, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. That’s all you have to say, really, other than to read it. It’s long. It’s smart. It’s heartbreaking. And it’s great. Via the Atlantic.

Fracking your health

So now the EPA says fracking can harm drinking water “in some instances,” which is a big change in direction. Via the Washington Post.

Lost and found

Jules Whitcover on how the Moynihan Rule has lost its way and journalism with it. Via the Baltimore Sun.


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