Your editor really tries to keep it to a dozen, but after multiple culls, this morning, there were still 14 worth reading. Let’s begin with an irrelevant but fabulous photo courtesy of Max Giuliani via Twitter
Yep, she’s still there, thank God. And now the news:
- Millions of Puerto Ricans without food, power, water, fuel. CNN
— DHS won’t waive shipping law to help Puerto Rico Axios
- Taliban tries to kill Sec. Def. Mattis ? The Daily Caller
> Stars & Stripes reports 1 Afghan national dead, 11 injured. But Stripes.com is suddenly putting up a paywall so, Daily Caller it is.
- Legal in 7 states but …. arrests for marijuana rise Alternet
75,000 dopers in handcuffs last year, an increase of 12%.
- Protesters banned at Sessions talk on free speech LawNewz
“It seemed like they were rescinding those invites because they didn’t want any sort of hostile environment … We all just wanted to hear what he had to say and let him know where we differ from his opinions.” — Law student Greyson Wallis
- Monsanto wrote STANFORD professor’s supposed op-ed CBS San Francisco
> Henry I. Miller, a Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, allowed Monsanto to ghostwrite an editorial he published in Forbes.com and claimed as his own in 2015.
- Notorious fake news writer dead at 38, probably an OD AP
> … known for writing false stories and disseminating internet hoaxes that often went viral on Facebook and hoodwinked thousands of people.
> They included a story falsely claiming President Barack Obama was gay and a radical Muslim, and another saying protesters were being paid thousands of dollars to demonstrate at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies.
- GOP advances its new tax scam NPR
— slash taxes on businesses, the wealthy
… few details on who pays more. Reuters
“It violates Trump’s tax pledge that the rich would not gain at all under his plan.” — Senator Ron Wyden
— a well-written explainer from The Weekly Standard
- Rise in US sexually-transmitted diseases Stat
- Hurricane Maria offers preview of climate migrations Bloomberg
- Iran developing nuclear submarines Newsweek
> It’s “within the framework of the nuclear deal” they claim
- Woman claims dog allergy, cops drag her off jetliner CBS Los Angeles
> The airlines are getting quite good at this dragging business. This time, it’s Southwest.
- Jared Kushner registered to vote — as female. The Hill
> He’s not too great at filling out forms … or maybe … uh…
- In Tennessee, Corker out, Peyton Manning for Senate? Politico
Corker: “If he were to run nobody in their right mind would consider running against him. (But) I would not be putting in the headlines today that he’s going to be running for the Senate.”
- The Daily Trump dump
— Yes, it’s a deliberate attempt to start a culture war NY Times
In private, the president and his top aides freely admit that he is engaged in a culture war on behalf of his white, working-class base, a New York billionaire waging war against “politically correct” coastal elites on behalf of his supporters in the South and in the Midwest. He believes the war was foisted upon him by former President Barack Obama and other Democrats — and he is determined to win, current and former aides said.
— Alabama vote a loss for both Trump, McConnell The Hill
— Tired of winning, Trump deletes tweets backing the loser The Hill
— Criminal charges against Manafort, Flynn are virtually certain, Politico
> So said Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal.