Manic Monday Markup 10/3/16…
…And the World:
We begin today in Colombia, where voters rejected a peace deal with the FARC guerillas, who have been at war with the country for decades. It’s not clear what happens next and few expect the current ceasefire to fall apart. Leaders on both sides say they won’t give up on peace.
No me rendiré, seguiré buscando la paz hasta el último día de mi mandato, porque es el camino para dejarles un mejor país a nuestros hijos.
— Juan Manuel Santos (@JuanManSantos) October 3, 2016
Tension between the United States and Russia appear to be ratcheting up. The US has suspended efforts to find a peace deal in Syria, alleging Russia is not living up to its end of the bargain. For its part, Russia has ended cooperation on a nuclear disposal program with the US saying it had not lived up to its obligations.
Israel buried former President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres last week. Peres died last week at the age of 93 and was among the last of the founding generation of Israelis. Leaders from around the world including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attended. President Barack Obama gave a stirring eulogy to the late leader who was instrumental in the peace process, but also helped arm Israel in its infancy. Remembrance aside, some wonder if the peace process was buried along with Peres.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has laid out her plans for Brexit at her Conservative party’s annual conference. She announced plans to trigger Article 50, the passage of the European Union treaty on exiting the EU, in March with a goal to leave by 2019. May has promised to deliver tangible controls on immigration and prevent the EU from legislating for Britain. The government also appears poised to do whatever it can to safeguard the UK’s economy through the Brexit process. But her hard(ish) Brexit position has led to a fall in the pound.
The Spanish Socialists dump their leader in a hope to end the stalemate following the country’s second elections and avoid a third round in December.
Where to begin?
On Saturday The New York Times published three pages of real estate tycoon and provocateur Donald Trump’s taxes, indicating he claimed a $916 million loss that year. Such a high number indicates the Republican nominee may have avoided paying federal income taxes for 18 years in total. Trump attacked The Times as an extension of Clinton’s campaign.
Then there is the hypocrisy.
The storm over his non-payment of taxes—and perhaps more significantly his monumental business losses, which has shocked some voters—followed a widely panned debate performance, a new feud with a former Miss Universe Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, had invoked in Monday’s debate and promises to bring up Bill Clinton’s infidelities in the next debate.
But the taxes and Trump’s late-night Twitter storm and were followed by Clinton rising in polls and news today that the New York Attorney General has suspended the Trump Foundation’s right to fundraise following a report in The Washington Post that the charity was not registered to raise money.
Alaska Democrats are bringing up the rank remarks incumbent Don Young made about a high school student’s suicide. Despite the Last Frontier’s Republican bent, some think Steve Lindbeck, the Democrat, could wrest this seat from the GOP.
If it’s Fall, it must be time to hear about how the Connecticut budget was in deficit and the current one is unstable.
New Hampshire candidate for US Senate do battle.
The investigation in the fatal New Jersey Transit crash continues.
The State of Things:
The first body goes down. Deputy Commissioner of Conservation & Recreation Matthew Sisk resigns after a report that he used the flashers on the police-issued car he was using. But he was also one of the staffers who threw a party at taxpayer expense. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs inquiry continues, but Attorney General Maura Healey has stepped up her criticism. Could an AG investigation be on the horizon?
— Hillary Chabot (@hillarychabot) October 3, 2016
Meanwhile David Bernstein considers whether or not Baker can save the Mass GOP.
Elsewhere in the Paper City, Mayor Alex Morse says he opposes remote participation at meetings of city boards and commissions. State Open Meeting Law endows him the authority to approve or disapprove such action, although City Council President Kevin Jourdain concurs with Morse.
One of the candidates for chair of the Massachusetts Democratic party has dropped out.
Advocates of legalizing marijuana are the first to go on air in the battle over Question 4, which would permit the sale of pot for recreational use. However, medical marijuana dispensaries are finding it hard to set up shop.
Janitors in Boston and maintenance contractors have reached a tentative 4-year deal that includes wage increases and improvements benefits. Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ had been preparing to strike, but the new pact heads that off.
The Fourth Estatements:
A look at how The New York Times big Trump tax story. CNN’s Brian Stelter interviews Times report Susanne Craig and NPR look at the potential legal consequences. Also read Craig’s account of how she got the pages with an admonition to reporters to check your mailbox. Of course, the bigger mystery. Who sent them to the paper?
Longtime Buzzfeed editor/reporer Andrew Kaczynski, known for his video-mining, joins CNN.
Now observe how quickly and aggressively CNN has built up its digi-politics team: pic.twitter.com/OuznJsCKey
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) October 3, 2016
Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg discusses hate speech’s home on Twitter.
A Dutch journalist is killed by a sniper from Daesh, also known as ISIS/ISIL, in Libya.
SNL does its take on the debate.
Springfield Councilors will consider a resolution on the ballot question to raise the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts.
Mayor Domenic Sarno has ordered further review of the situation involving Detective Gregg Bigda and juveniles he allegedly threatened after they were apprehended for stealing an unmarked police vehicle. Read our analysis of the situation and problem and opportunity it presents leaders, especially Police Commissioner John Barbieri, who did not fire Bigda.
School Committee member Calvin McFadden’s resignation was effective this past Friday.
It may be an overstatement to say that The Times’s tax story could change the course of the election, but its full impact has likely not been felt. What is important to consider is that the documents were mailed—MAILED!—to Susanne Craig, a Times reporter. This is worth mentioning because it underscores that amid hacking, Youtube, criss-crossing emails and other signs of modern life, something as old and mundane as the post delivered—no pun intended. Today we award the tweet prize to Michael Luo, the editor in charge of metro investigations at The Times. The implication of his tweet—and somewhat backed up by other reporter and their humorous tweets of their mailboxes (set above)—underscores this point. Apparently reporters check their snail mail only rarely which risks missing a great story—and harming the country, perhaps—are great.
The biggest miracle of NYT's Trump tax scoop? @susannecraig actually checks her Times mailbox!! Imagine if she didn't check it until Nov. 9.
— Michael Luo (@michaelluo) October 2, 2016