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Good morning, it’s Thursday, 4 January 2018 and this is an abbreviated Morning Edition of The Nightshift (the Media Bunker staff is taking an extended weekend off). Welcome to 2018.
Blow Up: A new book (“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”) by author Michael Wolff paints a very unflattering picture of the current President, his White House administration and everyone in it. One of the major revelations in the book: the extreme animosity that former White House strategist Steve Bannon has for Trump and the Trump family. Trump has already fired back at Bannon and said that after losing his job inside the White House, Bannon “lost his mind”. Last night, Trump attorneys sent a letter to Bannon warning him about breaching the confidentiality agreement that Bannon (theoretically) signed while working on the Trump Campaign. More bad news for Bannon: the Mercer family is alleged to have pulled funding for his projects(they are said to have a financial interest in Breitbart, Bannon’s news operation) going forward. All of this is to be expected in a major political rift that has suddenly become extremely vicious and personal. The genie is not going back in the bottle: the damage is already done–the book is out, it’s getting massive press coverage, almost everyone is portrayed in a negative light, and it’s a disaster for everyone involved except the author. Scorched earth indeed.
Under The Weather. A major winter storm is working its’ way up the East Coast, leaving snow on the ground from Charleston to the North East. Before it’s finished, the storm may leave as much as 9 inches of snow in New England. Already some 3000 flights have been cancelled. Welcome to Winter, 2018.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, under indictment for laundry list of items, is suing Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Manafort’s main claim: that Mueller has exceeded his investigatory powers and limits. Manafort will almost certainly not prevail as Mueller’s team is very smart, very accomplished, and very professional in the way they approach one of the most serious legal initiatives in modern times.
No one won the Powerball drawing last night(winning numbers: 2,18,37,39,42,12). The current estimated jackpot is $550 million. The next drawing is Saturday night, 6 January 2018.
Today is National Spaghetti Day. Looks like it’s Italian for dinner.
The front pages (and sometimes more) of the world’s great English language newspapers are linked below.
Please check out the CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site. It’s below at the end of the links.
The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris)
Bloomberg.com (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel
CNN News Text Site
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