Paul Ryan (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
THE BIG IDEA:
— Will Paul Ryan take a stand for principle or fall in line for politics when he sits down with Donald Trump on Thursday? This is the question driving the week in Washington. It’s another Hamlet Act, akin to when we were waiting for word about whether or not the Wisconsin congressman would seek the speakership.
Trump emissary Ben Carson has reached out to request a private meeting with Ryan,Robert Costa and Philip Rucker report: “The outreach by Carson is an apparent effort both to soothe tensions between Trump and Ryan … and to establish a framework for that discussion. The discussions come as Trump moved Monday to soften his tone about the Speaker, following several days of heated exchanges … In conversations with Trump in recent days, Carson offered his assistance in brokering a peace with Ryan, telling Trump that he has had a warm rapport with the House Speaker in the past and could be helpful. Trump then gave Carson his blessing to reach out to Ryan.”
The Ryan-Trump meeting will focus more on “principles” than “policy.” William Bennett, a close friend of the Speaker, said Ryan’s intention is to set expectations low and try to keep relations with Trump from worsening. “It’s not at the level of specific policy,” the former Secretary of Education told Costa in an interview. “It’s at the level of principle … There are certain principles that define the Republican Party. First principles. Is there agreement there? Can there be, will there be agreement there?”
Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he’s willing to step down as the GOP’s convention chair if Trump asks him to: “He’s the nominee. I’ll do whatever he wants with respect to the convention,” Ryan said, adding that he hopes he and Trump can get to know each other.
— There is a schism in House GOP leadership. From Paul Kane: “House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), the Nos. 2 and 3 members of leadership, have both fallen in line supporting Trump as the party’s standard bearer this fall … Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the No. 4 leader as chairman of the House Republican Conference, is siding with Ryan, saying that she is not ready to support Trump due to some of the more controversial statements he has made with regard to religious liberty and minorities.” “Before I endorse him, I would like to have a conversation with him,” she said in an interview with The Spokesman-Review. “I would like to ask him questions about some of the statements he’s made.” (Trump unveiled his list of California delegates last night. McCarthy is on it, along with Reps. Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter.)
National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Greg Walden, meanwhile, brushed aside questions about Trump, expressed confidence that the House is not in play and even claimed that he’s on offense. “Voters are smart enough to be able to differentiate between people in one race and people in another race,” he said in a defiant interview with Roll Call. “You’re not your stepbrother’s keeper.”
— On the other end of the Hill, Senate Republican leaders have chosen to continue falling in line. Trump has added a meeting with Mitch McConnell and his leadership team at the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters to his schedule for Thursday morning.
— No matter what he does, Ryan’s House seat — and status as Speaker — seems very secure (despite what Sarah Palin says):
Even about a third of Democrats viewed Ryan favorably in the poll. “I certainly don’t sense any evidence among his normal core supporters there’s any great angst,” Marquette pollster Charles Franklin said. “They will totally have his back on this.”
“He also has massive financial resources,” our Mike DeBonis notes. “Ryan reported having having $7.7 million in his campaign account at the end of March, and his joint fundraising committee raised nearly $23 million in the first quarter of 2016.”
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in Hiroshima last month. (AFP/Getty Images)
— President Obama will make a historic trip this month to Hiroshima, Japan, becoming first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the world’s first atomic bombing, Ed O’Keefe reports. The White House formally announced the visit this morning after weeks of speculation that he would stop in the city after attending the Group of 7 economic summit in Ise-Shima from May 25-27. The president is expected to deliver a speech on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will join.
Hillary campaigns in Loudoun County yesterday. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
— Trump leads Hillary Clinton in Ohio by 4 points, 43 percent to 39 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll published this morning. The former secretary of State outranks Trump in unpopularity: 62 percent of voters in the state said they have an unfavorable view of her, while 57 percent said the same of Trump.
Paul Singer at Davos (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)
— As Trump steps up donor outreach, a rebuke from Paul Singer underscores his challenge. One the GOP’s more important donors denounced Trump late last night and made clear he won’t help him this fall. The New York hedge-fund manager, who earlier backed Marco Rubio, said at a dinner that conservatives must “stand up for what we believe, which is not embodied by either choice on the menu in November.”
“Singer predicted that conservatives would rise from the ashes of the 2016 election season,” National Review’s Eliana Johnson reports. “Singer told the crowd [at a dinner put on by the Manhattan Institute] that it’s unclear what Trump stands for and characterized his views as a ‘blizzard’ of contradictions.”
Wall Street money men are split over The Donald. Anthony Scaramucci, a high-profile New York investor who previously served as a national finance co-chairman for Mitt Romney and Scott Walker, joined Trump’s effort as a bundler. “Scaramucci is founder and co-managing partner of SkyBridge Capital, a global investment firm,” Rucker reports. “He confirmed his role with the Trump campaign while flying Monday afternoon to Las Vegas, where he hosts the SkyBridge Alternatives Conference, a major annual gathering of hedge fund managers and financial titans that begins on Tuesday.” He said he and Trump’s new finance chairman plan to huddle with potential donors at the conference, known as SALT.
— Fundraising was a big part of the conversation at RNC headquarters yesterday, where Trump emissaries engaged in high-level negotiations with Reince Priebus. Costa reports that RNC finance chairman Lew Eisenberg joined the chairman.
Trump has a lot of catching up to do….
— Big for D.C. sports fans: Stephen Strasburg signed a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Nationals. From Chelsea Janes: “The deal includes a rolling opt-out after three or four years and performance bonuses for hitting 180 innings pitched each season, and it will likely include a significant amount of deferred money … At the very least though, the homegrown ace who has anchored the top of the Nationals rotation as they transformed into an annual playoff contender will remain in a Nationals uniform through the 2019 season.”
A Seattle man smokes a joint at a party celebrating weed on April 20. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
— A cautionary tale for those who keep pushing to decriminalize marijuana: California is raising the age to buy cigarettes to 21 and is poised to pass a ballot measure this November that would make it much easier for 18-year-olds to get pot. Smoking cigarettes is very bad for you. It causes cancer and more. But you know what it doesn’t do? Cause car accidents…
In Washington State, one of the first states to approve recreational marijuana use, a new study finds that 17 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes two years after marijuana was legalized had THC, the component that creates the high, in their system. “There’s no breathalyzer for pot, and researchers say blood tests are useless when it comes to telling whether someone who has been smoking is fit to drive,” Ashley Halsey reports. Jake Nelson, AAA’s director of traffic safety and advocacy, says since there is no threshold, some people not fit to drive will get off the hook if stopped or involved in a crash.
— Several people were stabbed at a Munich train station during morning rush hour.One victim is confirmed dead, and three others are being treated at a hospital. From theAP: “The assailant made ‘politically motivated comments’ as he attacked, Ken Heidenreich, spokesman for the Munich prosecutor’s office in charge of the case, said … He said his office was investigating witness reports that he yelled ‘Allahu Akbar,’ Arabic for ‘God is great.’ The attack comes at a sensitive time in Germany after the influx of some 1.1 million migrants last year and growing concerns about how the country will deal with them, particularly in Bavaria, their usual state of entry.”
GET SMART FAST:
- The Justice Department and North Carolina filed dueling lawsuits over the state’s “bathroom bill,” the flashpoint in the national debate over transgender rights. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch linked HB2 with a dark legacy that includes Jim Crow laws and resistance to Brown v. Board of Education. “It was not so very long ago that states, including North Carolina, had signs above restrooms, water fountains and on public accommodations keeping people out based upon a distinction without a difference,” the North Carolina native said. (Mark Berman, Sarah Larimer and Sari Horwitz)
- California lawmakers advanced a proposal that would require all single-stall public bathrooms to be gender neutral. State legislators also took steps on a measure to ban publicly funded, “nonessential travel” to states with “anti-LBGT” laws. (AP)
- The ACLU filed a lawsuit to block Mississippi’s religious objections law, which allows government officials and businesses to deny marriage services to same-sex couples. (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
- Investigative journalists behind the Panama Papers document leak published a massive public database of offshore shell companies and connected individuals. The database includes information on dozens of Americans tied to financial misconduct. (Michael Hudson, Jake Bernstein, Ryan Chittum, Will Fitzgibbon and Catherine Dunn)
- U.S. defense officials are developing new ways to protect exposed satellites from theoretical space combat scenarios, escalating a new technological arms race as nations jockey for valuable “real estate” in outer orbit. (Christian Davenport)
- An ISIS leader was killed in a U.S. airstrike last week, the Pentagon said. Abu Wahib, the “military emir” of Iraq’s Anbar province who gained notoriety as one of the militant group’s most colorful and brutal commanders, was reportedly killed alongside three other Islamic State members in in western Iraq. (Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Joby Warrick)
- A Florida judge struck down the state’s new death penalty law, saying a “super majority” system required for execution is unconstitutional. (Miami Herald)
- An Arkansas judge resigned after allegedly offering young men reduced sentences in exchange for sexual favors. At least 12 victims have come forward so far, with officials estimating “dozens more” were targeted during the judge’s 30-year tenure. (Katie Mettler)
- In a huge victory for media mogul Sumner Redstone, a Los Angeles judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by an ex-girlfriend that challenged the 92-year-old’s mental competence. (L.A. Times)
- The number of organ donors who died of drug overdoses has jumped by 50 percent over the past five years, according to new government data. Officials say the increase correlates with a sharp spike in drug-related deaths, most of which are caused by opioids. (Elahe Izadi)
- Kenya’s government announced it will close all refugee camps, dislocating more than 600,000 who fled from Somalia and South Sudan. Officials expressed fear that the camps have become havens for Somali extremist groups. (Max Bearak)
- The world’s space agencies are calling for a fleet of new satellites that can map greenhouse gas emissions from individual nations. (New York Times)
- Austria’s chancellor resigned abruptly after eight years in office, citing eroding support from members of his Social Democratic Party. (Stephanie Kirchner)
- A submersible artificial intelligence robot completed its first dive, recovering a 17th-century vase in the Mediterranean Sea. (New York Times)
- A 13-year-old girl in India was whipped by village elders after being raped by her father, reigniting debate over male-dominated councils that serve as moral enforcers in parts of the country. (Annie Gowen)
- The Post’s Editorial Board argues that the black female cadets who raised their fists in pride should not be punished by West Point.
- Merrick Garland plans to submit an unsolicited questionnaire describing his background and work history to the Senate Judiciary Committee today, even though Chair Chuck Grassley refuses to act on his nomination.The filing is standard practice for judicial nominees and is expected to contain new details on speeches and public appearances Garland has made over the past two decades. (Politico)
Trump looks at his photo on a magazine cover as he signs autographs in Eugene, Ore. (AP/Ted S. Warren)
CLEAN UP ON AISLE SEVEN…
— Trump sought to clarify a series of confounding statements he’s made about the economy, which have prompted some leading experts to warn that he could crash the U.S. economy. The billionaire has also raised profound concerns that he really does not understand the basics of either monetary or fiscal policy. From Jose A. DelReal and Anne Gearan: “Trump began setting off alarms over the weekend when he suggested that he would try to negotiate down the cost of the national debt with the country’s creditors. The comments were widely interpreted as Trump seeking to use the possibility of debt default as leverage, which economists warned would represent an unprecedented threat to investor confidence and could affect interest rates.” Trump walked back these comments Monday on CNN, saying he “never meant to suggest the U.S. default on its sovereign debt,” and accused the media of misrepresenting him.
- The guy who has filed four bankruptcies leaned on his business experience to explain, but that only made it worse: “I’m the king of debt,” he said. “I understand debt probably better than anybody. I know how to deal with debt very well. I love debt!”
- Trump’s exact plan remains unclear: “Trump said the U.S. government could repurchase some of its current debt at a discount, as private businesses do, but went on to give a couple of reasons why this strategy would not serve any financial purpose in the context of federal economic policy.”
- Trump also suggested that he would be okay with hyper-inflation: “This is the United States government,” Trump said. “You never have to default because you print the money, I hate to tell you. Okay, so there’s never a default!”
— Trump probably has no idea, but it really felt like he was doing his best to channel William Jennings Bryan yesterday. “You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns,” Bryan famously said at the Democratic National Convention in 1896, advocating for a move away from the gold standard and a period of inflation to help his agrarian base. “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”
— Trump’s critics had a field day with the idea that the government can just print more money:
— From trade to foreign policy, Trump is increasingly running to the left of Clinton.From Jose A. DelReal: “For weeks, Trump has openly praised Sanders, crediting the senator from Vermont for raising questions about the former secretary of state’s judgment on campaign finance, trade and foreign policy. He has also pointed to Sanders’s questioning of Clinton’s qualifications as a sign that the topic is fair game. The line of attack poses an unusual and vexing challenge for [Clinton] … who has spent months embracing increasingly liberal positions in her primary fight with Sanders. After jockeying to win over voters on the left, the Clinton campaign is now tasked with pinpointing the best way to attack Trump — an ideological moving target who sometimes switches positions within the space of a day — while also reaching out to moderates and disaffected conservatives.”
THE REPUBLICAN RECKONING:
Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Pat Toomey gave lukewarm support to Trump.
— Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey (R) issued a tepid statement of support for Trump, writing in a Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed that Trump is not his “first, second, or third choice” but he is “inclined to support the [Republican] nominee.” Toomey is a former Rubio supporter and faces an increasingly tough reelection bid this year.
— Rubio reiterated that he does not want to be considered as Trump’s running-mate,saying in a Facebook note.
— Trump announced that Chris Christie will chair his White House “transition team.” (Jose A. DelReal)
— Trump said London’s new mayor could be an “exception” to his ban on Muslims:“There will always be exceptions,” Trump said when asked how London’s newly-elected Sadiq Khan would be affected, adding that he hops Khan “leads by example.” (New York Times)
— Journalist Julia Ioffe filed a police report after receiving anti-Semitic threats from Trump supporters in response to her profile of Melania Trump in GQ. (Erik Wemple)
— A survey released yesterday showed Clinton and Trump statistically tied in GEORGIA. The fact that the Peach State could really be in play suggests big trouble for the GOP. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
— Another bad poll for Trump came in FLORIDA: Clinton trounces Trump among Miami-Dade area voters 52 to 25 percent, according to a Miami Herald poll. And her support comes from unlikely places: One-fifth of Republicans support Clinton, while 48 percent support Trump and another third remain undecided.
— Key establishment Republicans in OHIO, many who backed John Kasich, not rallying behind Trump. “Personally, I have very deep reservations about Trump. It’s going to be a fascinating year, in a horrible kind of way,” former Gov. Bob Taft (R) told the Columbus Dispatch.
— Americans don’t trust Trump to nominate Antonin Scalia’s replacement: Only 38 percent of Americans trust Trump to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, according to a PPP survey, compared to Obama at 53 percent and Clinton at 52 percent. Voters agree Garland deserves a hearing: 65 percent of voters now say the Judiciary Committee should hear him out, compared to just 17 percent against doing so.There’s 56 to 22 percent support for the move among independents and 55 to 26 support even among Republicans. Now 39 percent of GOP voters think the seat should be “filled immediately,” up from just 26 percent two months ago.
— “From playboy to president? Trump’s past crude talk collides with his White House bid,” by Mary Jordan: “Over 15 years, radio shock jock Howard Stern and his buddy Donald Trump periodically carried on like towel-snapping ‘bros’ in a locker room, rating women’s tops and bottoms … and egging each other on about whether they would like to go to bed with a number of people … ‘You could’ve gotten her, right?’ Stern asked Trump on-air shortly after Princess Diana’s death … ‘You could’ve nailed her.’ ‘I think I could have,’ Trump said. Trump’s crude talk on-air with Stern between 1990 and 2005 was part of an image he cultivated as a Manhattan playboy who had so many women that he barely had time to sleep … The contrast between Trump’s past and present behavior underscores the extent to which he has shaped and reshaped his identity as he has moved between business, entertainment and politics. And it points to a fundamental question about his candidacy: Which version of Trump might America send to the Oval Office?”
— Ted Cruz’s supporters are mounting an effort to seize control of the Republican platform and the rules governing the July convention. From the New York Times’ Jonathan Martin: In an email to pro-Cruz delegates, former delegate wrangler Ken Cuccinelli wrote it was “still possible to advance a conservative agenda at the convention.” And Cruz apparently planned a conference call last night with former officials to “discuss what we can do at the convention to protect against liberal changes to our platform, and how we can right the wrongs in the rules from 2012!”
— Cuccinelli’s plea comes as Cruz’s own supporters appear divided over Trump:“Some of his most forceful backers – such as Rick Perry, the former Texas governor, and the pollster Kellyanne Conway, who ran a pro-Cruz super PAC – have come out for the presumptive nominee they spent months deriding. But some of Mr. Cruz’s top aides remain bitter about a campaign that saw Mr. Trump mock the senator’s wife and float conspiracy theories about his father.”
Clinton visits an early childhood facility in Fairfax yesterday. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
THE WEST VIRGINIA PRIMARY IS TODAY: 29 Democratic delegates are up for grabs, distributed proportionally.
— Clinton dominated West Virginia in her race eight years ago, but she enters this contest as an underdog. From Politico’s Steven Shepard: “West Virginia’s Democratic electorate sets up well for Sanders: Eight years ago, when Clinton won more than two-thirds of the primary vote, more than 95 percent of voters were white; exit polls show Clinton and Sanders neck-and-neck among white voters nationally. And Sanders has especially excelled among less-educated whites … Whites without a college degree only made up about a third of the electorate in Indiana, but they may be closer to two-thirds of the West Virginia Democratic electorate. Clinton’s best hope is to capitalize an older electorate, especially in more-populous sections of the state: Roughly four-in-10 voters were 60 or older in 2008, and Clinton has won more than 70 percent of seniors this year.”
— The results could be tight. Sanders edged out Clinton by 4 points (47 to 43) in aMetroNews state poll released over the weekend. Trump will win handily, and he would have even if Cruz had stayed in.
— Many conservative Democrats remain on the rolls in the Mountaineer State. Four years ago, in the noncompetitive Democratic primary, 73,000 West Virginia Democrats voted for a convicted felon, Keith Judd, over President Obama. Hillary won the 2008 primary with 66 percent.
— Meanwhile, a West Virginia state Senate candidate was brutally beaten by a man with brass knuckles, suffering multiple fractures to his head and face. The candidate believes the attack was politically motivated. (Elahe Izadi)
— Hillary basically has the nomination locked up.
— But she just cannot put the contest away: Clinton allies made a big deal last week about how they were not spending any more money on TV ads for Democratic primaries. Well, after she lost Indiana, that’s changed. The Clinton campaign reserved $180,000 in airtime for Kentucky yesterday. The primary is next Tuesday.
MORE ON THE DEMOCRATIC RACE:
Xavier Becerra (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
— The New York Times, on A10, floats Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) as a possible HRC VP pick: “The No. 4 Democrat in the House is the highest-ranking Hispanic lawmaker in the party.” He’s been making the rounds as a Clinton surrogate on Spanish-language TV.
— Sanders’s health care programs would cost the federal government $33 trillion over a 10-year period, according to a new nonpartisan Tax Policy Institute analysis. (Max Ehrenfreund)
— Bernie ripped into Hillary last night in Sacramento. He slammed her for supporting the Iraq war and having Wall Street’s back. “The crowd of 15,000, which gathered on a soccer field under a clear night sky, booed even the mention of Clinton’s name at one point in the speech,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
— “United Methodists may never agree on LGBT issues. Can they stay together anyway?” by Michelle Boorstein: “The global United Methodist Church begins its once-every-four-years legislative meeting Tuesday, and the focus has been on whether to change or keep the denomination’s rejection of homosexuality. But a broader question is up for a vote: What do the 13 million Methodists from Africa to Asia to America have in common? For the next 10 days, [the question] will be put to the United Methodists, with hundreds of delegates from around the world hashing out more than 1,000 proposals on topics from abortion [to] whether to digitize hymnals … Delegates from dozens of countries will consider the possibility of full inclusion of LGBT people, the ‘agree to disagree’ option, whether gay people can be ordained, the question of officiating at same-sex weddings, whether such weddings can be held in Methodist churches and whether the current Book of Discipline wording should remain.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
Julian Assange may be of dubious character, but he has a cute new kitten — and that kitten has a Twitter account. Watch The Post’s video about the kitten here, and check out the account below:
Actress Laverne Cox (Sophia on “Orange is the New Black”) thanked DOJ for suing North Carolina:
Harry Reid previewed some Democratic messaging against Trump:
Check out this Trump dig against Clinton:
Trump attacked a leader of the Southern Baptist Convention (here’s a Post profile of him from last summer):
Many conservatives rallied to Moore’s defense:
In addition to a series of cable hits, Moore posted a picture of his son and joked:
Laura Ingraham got flak for this tweet:
Here’s one example:
Former Jeb Bush communications director Tim Miller lit into Joe Scarborough for calling Trump out of control so late in the primary process:
Trump continued to escalate his feud with Scarborough:
Joe replies in The Post by quoting “The Art of the Deal.” On page one, Trump tells the reader, “Many people are surprised by the way I work. I play it very loose. I don’t carry a briefcase. I try not to schedule too many meetings. I leave my door open. You can’t be imaginative if you have too much structure. I prefer to come to work every morning and just see what develops.”
“If that devil-take-care strategy is carried into the general election against Clinton, maybe Trump will once again prove the world wrong,” Scarborough explains. “But it is far more likely that simply showing up and seeing what develops next will lose him the White House and destroy the Republican Party in the process. Buy a briefcase, Donald.”
Jill Biden appeared on Jeopardy for the Teacher Tournament:
Rob Portman is working on his Model T:
It is official: Obama has signed legislation making Bison the official “national mammal.”
Finally, check out this letter from JFK to his mother about Nikita Khrushchev:
|HOT ON THE LEFT
“Journalists Dispute Claim They Helped Sell White House Iran Deal,” from HuffPost: “Two prominent foreign policy journalists are pushing back at The NYT Magazine for what they described as a ‘defamatory’ characterization in a much-discussed article. The article, a nearly 10,000-word profile of Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes … suggested that the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and Al Monitor’s Laura Rozen ‘helped retail’ the Obama administration’s argument for a nuclear deal with Iran. In the much-discussed profile, Samuels explored how the White House pushes its foreign policy narrative in the media and, specifically in the case of the Iran nuclear deal, how the administration was able to spin ‘often clueless reporters’ … Both Goldberg and Rozen described the description as false, even slanderous, and criticized the paper for failing to seek comment ahead of time.”
||HOT ON THE RIGHT
“Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Bashes Trump In Expletive-Filled Rant,” fromBuzzfeed: “Former Mexican President Vicente Fox had harsh words for Trump in a podcast set to be posted on Tuesday. Fox, in an expletive-filled rant, compared the presumptive Republican nominee to past Latin American strongmen and reiterated his belief Trump would lead to a war with Mexico. ‘Wake up Americans, he’s a false prophet,’ said Fox …. ‘Count the amount of lies he says in every speech, everyday he lies and lies with figures because his sole interest is to do personal business.’ The former Mexican president said Trump was like past Latin American strongmen, and would destroy the U.S. economy.”
GOOD READ FROM ELSEWHERE:
— Gizmodo, “Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News,” by Michael Nunez: “Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential ‘trending’ news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users. Several former Facebook ‘news curators,’ as they were known internally … [said] they were instructed to artificially ‘inject’ selected stories into the trending news module even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion—or in some cases weren’t trending at all … The section, which launched in 2014, constitutes some of the most powerful real estate on the internet and helps dictate what news Facebook’s users—167 million in the US alone—are reading at any given moment.”
Republicans are up in arms:
Including from Matt Drudge:
Some alternative reaction:
On the campaign trail: Here’s the rundown:
- Clinton: Lexington, Louisville, Ky.
- Sanders: Stockton, Calif.
At the White House: President Obama convenes a National Security Council meeting on the Islamic State. Later, Obama honors the 2016 NCAA Champion UConn Huskies women’s basketball team. Vice President Biden is in New York, where he will speak at an OutGiving Event and the Joyful Heart Gala.
On Capitol Hill: The Senate meets at 2:15 p.m. to resume work on an energy bill. The House meets at 2 p.m. for legislative business, with 10 suspension votes coming at 6:30 p.m.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Demagogues on the right and the left draw upon our darker angels, scapegoating immigrants and Muslims or bankers and business people.” — Mitt Romney, the commencement speaker at Indiana’s Trine University
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— Washington continues its rainy, chilly slump. The Capital Weather Gang forecasts: “A stalled frontal boundary across the area continues to be the focal point for clouds and showers today. Temperatures only manage to get into the mid-60s. After scattered morning showers, we might see some breaks around midday before more afternoon shower activity.”
— Rain has now fallen in D.C. for a record-breaking 13 days, surpassing previous 10-day streaks from July 1938 and August 1873. Records date to 1871.
— The Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4.
— The federal police officer accused of murdering his estranged wife and two others was captured because he lost his eyeglasses during an attempted carjacking.Prosecutors said the perp was unable to flee the scene and was arrested soon after. (Keith L. Alexander and Lynh Bui)
— The second Baltimore officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray is scheduled to stand trial this week, a little more than a year after 25-year-old Gray died after being illegally arrested in West Baltimore. (Lynh Bui)
— The ACLU is questioning the legality of a taxpayer-funded initiative to improve academic achievement for minority males, arguing the District does not have a “compelling reason” to justify excluding females from the multimillion dollar program. (Perry Stein)
— A jury convicted six MS-13 gang members in connection with three brutal murders and an attempted murder in Northern Virginia. (Derek Hawkins)
— A 15-year-old stabbed a 17-year-old inside Potomac’s Churchill High School during lunch. ( Donna St. George)
— A Carnival cruise ship struck a gangway while docking in Baltimore, sending the structure crashing down on three parked vehicles. The vehicles were unoccupied. (The Baltimore Sun)
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
Sanders helped a campaign aide propose to his girlfriend:
|Bernie Sanders HELPED A GUY PROPOSE? | What’s Trending Now
BuzzFeed imagined what it would be like if people talked honestly about politics:
|If Talking Politics Were Honest
Prince Harry and Michelle Obama kicked off the Invictus games:
|Prince Harry, Michelle Obama kick off Invictus Games
Glow-in-the-dark pigeons lit up Brooklyn’s skies:
|Glow-in-the-dark pigeons light up Brooklyn’s skies
On Saturday, storm chasers converged on a dangerous but beautiful tornado in the town of Wray, Colo. Famed chaser Reed Timmer got extra close to the vortex and captured the astonishing video:
|Extreme up-close video of tornado near Wray, CO!