Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Russian dirt on Clinton? ‘I Love It,’ Donald Trump Jr. said
“The June 3, 2016, email sent to Donald Trump Jr. could hardly have been more explicit: One of his father’s former Russian business partners had been contacted by a senior Russian government official and was offering to provide the Trump campaign with dirt on Hillary Clinton.
“The documents ‘would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,’ read the email, written by a trusted intermediary, who added, ‘This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.’
“If the future president’s eldest son was surprised or disturbed by the provenance of the promised material — or the notion that it was part of a continuing effort by the Russian government to aid his father’s campaign — he gave no indication.
“He replied within minutes: ‘If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.'”
+1: Manafort didn’t read all the way to the bottom of the email chain – Politico
+1: Republicans have no idea what to say about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer – Washington Post
+1: What if it’s all true? – The Atlantic
+1: Here’s how the pro-Trump media is handling the Don Jr. emails – BuzzFeed News
2. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women commissioner resigns in another blow to inquiry
“The ability of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women to fulfill its mandate is being called into question with the sudden resignation of one of the five commissioners and the decision of one of Canada’s leading First Nations women’s groups to withdraw its support for the process.
“Marilyn Poitras, a Métis professor of law at the University of Saskatchewan, sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday saying she was resigning, effective on Saturday. ‘It is clear to me that I am unable to perform my duties as a commissioner with the process in its current structure,’ Ms. Poitras wrote.”
3. The technology that will make it impossible for you to believe what you see
“With these techniques, it’s difficult to discern between videos of real people and computerized impostors that can be programmed to say anything.”
4. Why scare tactics won’t stop climate change
“Some climate scientists are pushing back against a bleak portrayal of the coming climate apocalypse that was published Sunday night in New York magazine. The cover story’s vivid and doom-heavy forecast won’t help the fight against climate change, some scientists argue. In fact, it’s possible these scare tactics could do just the opposite.”
5. What to do when everything is annoying and nothing is interesting?
“Some may say I have a bad attitude. But I say this is ennui now, the logical evolution of our culture. Instead of being bored despite the interesting things going on around us, like in Baudelaire’s Paris, everything is annoying and nothing is interesting and the dolphins never stop screaming. I want to die!”
+1: Have a cold drink in a warm shower – The Hairpin