Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Rolling Stone gazes fondly, but not deeply, at Justin Trudeau
“When it comes to covering Trudeau, the U.S. media is now so grateful he’s not Donald Trump, it continues to lionize him in a way that is failing readers on both sides of the border who may believe incompetence is not a zero-sum game.
“Sure, your guy is a demonic clown. We get that. But you know what? Our guy is not exactly keeping his promises or doing anything that might place this country on a solid footing for future generations.
“This is something the U.S. media can’t grasp in the fog of Trump.”
+Read the full Rolling Stone story: “Where are we? Narnia? Coachella recovery tent? 2009? We are in Ottawa, Ontario, a mere 560 miles from Washington, D.C.
“And yet, we are half a world away. Join me as we visit a nation led by a man who wore a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy T-shirt on national television, rides a unicycle and welcomed 40,000 Syrian refugees with open arms.” – Rolling Stone
2. Matt Drudge, conservative media’s most enigmatic figure, is firing warning shots at Donald Trump, and that should worry the president
“The recent coverage has served as a red flag — or a flashing siren, if you will — to those who frequent the Drudge Report. Drudge hasn’t turned definitively against Trump yet, and he didn’t respond to a request for comment for this story, but according to two people close to him, he is certainly antsy with the rate of progress coming from the White House.”
+1: Trump moves to ban transgender people from U.S. military – Washington Post
+1: A Navy SEAL in transitions – GQ (2015)
3. Jagmeet Singh, NDP leadership rebel, is taking on the party establishment
“His supporters — and Singh himself — argue that the 38-year-old Brampton politician is best-positioned to persuade younger voters, as well as those from the ethnically diverse ridings of suburban Canada, to vote NDP.
“But Singh has also shown on an unusual willingness to take on established party policy. In particular, he is breaking with the NDP’s long-held support for universal Old Age Security.”
4. Scientists are sucking up CO2 from the atmosphere, planning to use giant balloon to dim sunlight
“Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun’s rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet.
“Backers say the risky, often expensive projects are urgently needed to find ways of meeting the goals of the Paris climate deal to curb global warming that researchers blame for causing more heatwaves, downpours and rising sea levels.”
5. Disney is using AI and facial recognition to figure out when you’ll laugh during Toy Story 5
“They claim the technology is so effective at recognizing complex expressions that, after analyzing a single audience member’s face for about ten minutes, it can even predict that face’s future expressions throughout the remainder of a film.”