Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Trudeau rejects calls for new Internet tax to help media industry
“The Trudeau government has quickly shot down a proposed tax on Internet providers to provide new funding for Canadian culture, while promising to study other options proposed by Liberal and NDP MPs to help the struggling media industry.
“‘We’re not going to be raising taxes on the middle class through an Internet broadband tax. That is not an idea we are taking on,’ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.”
2. Two Canadians charged in relation to Turkish embassy bust-up in DC
“Two Canadians, at least one a resident of Toronto, have been charged in the beating of peaceful protesters outside the Washington, D.C. residence of the Turkish ambassador to the United States.
“Toronto’s Ahmet Dereci, a devoted supporter of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was captured on video joining Erdogan’s bodyguards in a May attack that sent nine people to the hospital and became an international incident.”
3. Special Council seems to be investigating Trump’s conduct in firing FBI director Comey
“The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.”
+1: Trump: ‘Zero proof’ of Russian collusion, so now ‘they go for obstruction of justice’ – The Hill
+1: Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions – The Guardian
4. How ‘Snowflake’ became the inescapable tough-guy taunt
“It is simultaneously emasculating and infantilizing, suggesting fragility but also an inflated sense of a person’s own specialness and a naïve embrace of difference. It evokes the grade-school art classes in which children scissor up folded pieces of construction paper and learn that every snowflake is unique, and every person is, too. But in the Trump era, it feels as if the classroom bully has tipped over the craft table and is wielding the scissors triumphantly in the air.”
+1: For almost two centuries, the humble-seeming post office was a hotbed of new ideas. What happened? – Politico
5. Hidden Aztec temple unearthed in middle of Mexico City
“Archaeology fans, gird yourselves for a new discovery: a hidden Aztec temple has been unearthed in the middle of Mexico City.
“It’s not just the structure that has been found, either – archaeologists believe that human remains discovered onsite belong to sacrificial victims.”