Intern Georgia here while Betsy is on vacation. Is it still Bath Time if it’s a morning roundup? Is it Shower Time in this case? LMK.
Good news… for any journos on Donald Trump‘s infamous blacklist, who will be allowed to report from the Republican National Convention that starts in 11 days, at which he will presumably become the official party nominee. Politico reports that major media outlets blocked from campaign events such as the Washington Post will be given entrance for the convention.
Mark Cuban… who I will try and fail to avoid calling a “billionaire playboy” in this post wants us to know he definitely does not own a yacht. Page Six asked Cuban if the yacht Fountainhead that’s moored near Sag Harbor is his and he denied ownership, but it gets weirder: the real owner, whoever he is, keeps telling people that it belongs to Cuban! Weird.
Dana Schwartz… a writer at the Observer, owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, has written an eloquent open letter to her boss about the infamous now-deleted Star of David tweet that the Trump campaign used to brand Hillary Clinton as a crooked, corrupt failure. Definitely Read This.
Speaking of Hillary… here’s a short and sweet piece by Andrew C. McCarthy on the FBI’s decision to recommend that charges not be pressed over the former Secretary of State’s habit of using a private server. Basically, it’s pretty incredible that Hillary won’t be charged with the crime she was being investigated for, because the law does not require intent of wrongdoing in order for the act to be illegal: “In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require. The added intent element, moreover, makes no sense.” Why You Should Read It: It explains clearly, in only a few paragraphs, why we should be upset about this and why it’s an unusual — and outrageous — decision.
On a lighter note… CNN star Anderson Cooper has invited Architectural Digest into his isolated Brazilian retreat, which in all honesty looks pretty damn nice. Cooper commented, “Just knowing that my house exists makes me happy.” Judging from the photos, that would make us happy too. It’s alright for some, isn’t it, Anderson?
Gird your loins… for this one, because it’s about to get complex. Basically, a woman named Louise Linton wrote a memoir about her gap year in “darkest Africa,” which is a term no one really needs to use anymore, and apparently it’s full of lies. Oops! No harm, no foul right? Well, not really, because BuzzFeed discovered that she’s dating the Trump campaign’s “top fundraiser.” C’mon, Louise. Get it together.
Finally… head over to Gawker, which I seem to have a big love-hate relationship with these days, for a story on some poor schmuck who keeps dying in terrorist attacks across the world. Yikes.