Tuesday Short Cuts

Brian Stelter claims, "Russia is a big story because ... journalists love America." Then why are they trying to transform it?

Jul. 25, 2017

Insight: “To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying ‘Amen’ to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.” —Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)

Political futures: “President Trump accomplished only one thing by railing at Attorney General Sessions: He added to the growing disinclination of quality people to work in his administration. No one with self-respect wants to work in a place where the boss not only won’t back you up when the going gets tough, but will turn on you with a vengeance — especially when there’s a need to divert attention from his own shortcomings.” —Andrew McCarthy

Getting the message? “Not one [of my constituents] has brought up Russia to me, not one has brought up impeachment. We have to figure out this heartland messaging if we’re going to get to 218 members of Congress by 2018.” —Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)

Or not… “For me, the major criminal that exists in the United States of America is called Donald Trump. … And we’re going to take actions today, and we’re going to take actions tomorrow. And there will soon be a majority in the House of Representatives, and I’m going to make sure that I am there to make sure of one thing — that we write those articles of impeachment and take him to trial before the Senate and eliminate him as president of the United States of America.” —Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)

Riiiiiiiight: “Russia is a big story because … journalists love America and America was attacked last year.” —CNN’s Brian Stelter

The BIG Lie: “It’s good that [Trump’s] giving an interview to a, you know, down the middle, unbiased publication like The New York Times.” —CNN’s Poppy Harlow

And last… “Same folks who mocked government death panels kind of quiet about Charlie Gard.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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