The Atlantic: “Slightly More Than 100 Fantastic Articles”

Go here. Enjoy.

Let me recommend this one: “Dirty John.” 

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Each year, I keep a running list of nonfiction that I encounter as I publish The Best of Journalism, a weekly email newsletter that I curate. This is my annual attempt to bring roughly 100 of those stories to a wider audience. I could not read or note every worthy article published last year (and I’ve disqualified paywalled articles and everything published at The Atlantic––though don’t miss last year’s issues or other bygone gems that await throughout thispublication’s archives.) But all that follows is worthy of wider attention, reflection, and engagement.

Dino the Doorman to find his voice and sing like a songbird salaciously slamming slicky sticky dicky number 45

Breaking news on top of breaking news on top of breaking news this week. It’s like we’re all getting suffocated under the weight of a zillion news stories.

And, you know, this story of the Trump Tower doorman being released from his hush contract to not talk about Donnie and his love child (below) won’t add up to a lick of retribution toward the president.

But it sure does keep us coming back for more of this blazing dumpster fire train wreck of a shit show presidency, doesn’t it?

(CNN)A former Trump World Tower doorman who says he has knowledge of an alleged affair President Donald Trump had with an ex-housekeeper, which resulted in a child, is now able to talk about a contract he entered with American Media Inc. that had prohibited him from discussing the matter with anyone, according to his attorney.

On Friday, Marc Held — the attorney for Dino Sajudin, the former doorman — said his client had been released from his contract with AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer, “recently” after back-and-forth discussions with AMI.

CNN has exclusively obtained a copy of the “source agreement” between Sajudin and AMI, which is owned by David Pecker.

The contract appears to have been signed on Nov. 15, 2015, and states that AMI has exclusive rights to Sajudin’s story but does not mention the details of the story itself beyond saying, “Source shall provide AMI with information regarding Donald Trump’s illegitimate child…”

Also fun news from this week:

There’s nothing more American than being … American

This viral video of Beto O’Rourke is making its rounds. And for good reason. It’s a common sense approach to the manufactured NFL controversy about players taking a knee during the National Anthem.

Beto O’Rourke is running against Ted Cruz for one of Texas’ two Senate seats. Ted Cruz is whiny, failed presidential candidate who carries ultra far right views and is practically taking out his whole failed high school career into every approach he takes on Capitol Hill.

The big quote in the response to a question about NFL players kneeling is:

I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights anytime, anywhere, any place.

For me, football is the dumbest sport ever invented. But I admire these guys who are making the president and all of his racist followers squeal at the beginning of each game.

Excellent.

45: If impeached, the markets would crash without this all too important brain 🤣🤣🤣

Oh, the stable genius and his word salads …

AP News: Bull market in stocks poised to set record for longest ever

From the fakest of all fake news at AP:

NEW YORK (AP) — The bull market in stocks is poised this week to break the record as the longest in the history of U.S. trading.

If the market doesn’t drop significantly in the three days through Wednesday, the bull market that began in March 2009 will have lasted nine years, five months and 13 days.

It’s a record that few would have predicted when stocks struggled to find their footing after a 50 percent plunge during the financial crisis.

The long rally has added trillions of dollars to the wealth of households that have invested, helping the economy.

Since the rally officially began on March 9, 2009, the S&P 500 index has risen 321 percent. In the 1990s bull market, the current record holder for the longest, stocks rose 417 percent.

I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with so-called conservatives who refused that the market was surging under the previous president. It only took hold suddenly in January of 2017, allowing for better job growth, soaring economies and better home resells then and only then.

Such.Utter.Deceptive.Horseshit.

Esse Quam Videri.

Refreshing! A president I can admire!

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Look at that picture of Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn. Wow. Jimmy Carter reminds me of my grandpa and my grandma. Honest. Loving. Kind. Modest.

My grandpa inspired me to get married and grow old with Tina.

Jimmy Carter impresses me to be a better person, to strive for a better world, to have faith that some presidents of this country actually stand for goodness and wholeness.

This fake news article from Washington Post is a good read.

It’s a portrait of Carter’s quiet life living in the same house he lived in before entering politics, in a sleepy town in the south. It says he flies commercial and walks around shaking others hands and taking selfies with them. He doesn’t burden tax payers nearly as much as other presidents, including W Bush, Obama and Clinton who all cost tax payers $1 million a year.

Wow. That’s Jimmy Carter is a cool man. What a role model. What an honor to have him alive and leading by example.

I can’t resist posting this part, though:

He said he regrets not doing more to unify the Democratic Party.

When Carter looks back at his presidency, he says he is most proud of “keeping the peace and supporting human rights,” the Camp David accords that brokered peace between Israel and Egypt, and his work to normalize relations with China. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

“I always told the truth,” he says.

Carter has been notably quiet about President Trump. But on this night, two years into Trump’s term, he’s not holding back.

“I think he’s a disaster,” Carter says. “In human rights and taking care of people and treating people equal.”

“The worst is that he is not telling the truth, and that just hurts everything,” Rosalynn says.

Carter says his father taught him that truthfulness matters. He said that was reinforced at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he said students are expelled for telling even the smallest lie.

“I think there’s been an attitude of ignorance toward the truth by President Trump,” he says.

Carter says he thinks the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has “changed our political system from a democracy to an oligarchy. Money is now preeminent. I mean, it’s just gone to hell now.”

He says he believes that the nation’s “ethical and moral values” are still intact and that Americans eventually will “return to what’s right and what’s wrong, and what’s decent and what’s indecent, and what’s truthful and what’s lies.”

But, he says, “I doubt if it happens in my lifetime.”

The deceptive spirit of Trump and his constant whining and tweeting that the media is unfair to him. Grow some leadership-level balls, bitch! That’s the way shit is if you’re constantly tweeting and saying bullshit. Everyone is perfectly capable of deriving what an asshole he is from his own words.

I can’t write any more eloquently than Frank Schaffer’s response to Jimmy Carter today on Twitter:

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