It was the lead story of the "CBS Evening News." ... On "NBC Nightly News," it was: 'DOUBLE STANDARD?" ... ABC's "World News Tonight" called it 'SELECTIVE OUTRAGE?"
"[A]s one prominent figure after another takes a dive, the question remains: Why not Trump?" AP asks:
Why it matters, from N.Y. Times' Peter Baker:
The response ... At yesterday's White House briefing, Sarah Sanders said: "The American people, I think, spoke very loud and clear when they elected this President."
"A senior Russian official who claimed to be acting at the behest of ... Putin ... tried in May 2016 to arrange a meeting between Mr. Putin and Donald J. Trump," the N.Y. Times reports on A1:
Be smart: These tiles in the mosaic are significant because they show that top Russians were hammering on the Trump campaign from numerous angles, looking for an opening. In any other campaign, this would have made aides even more cautious — even paranoid.
2016 intrigue laps into 2017 ... In June, "a Russian-American lobbyist and another businessman discussed over coffee in Moscow an extraordinary meeting they had attended 12 months earlier ... at Trump Tower with President Trump's son, his son-in-law and his then-campaign chairman," AP reports:
P.S. "An attorney for ... Kushner [Abbe Lowell] said certain documents requested by a Senate committee ... weren't relevant to its initial request, disputing the panel's suggestion that his client hadn't wholly fulfilled its demand," per the Wall Street Journal.
"When a venture capitalist coined the concept 'unicorn club' in 2013, it referred to software start-ups valued at $1 billion or more — just 39 at that time. ... Today, Dow Jones VentureSource tracks 170 unicorns," Barron's writes in its cover story:
AP moved this striking picture in advance of tomorrow's first World Day of the Poor, which Pope Francis declared (you can declare days when you're Pope) in the spirit of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi.
The photo, taken Thursday in Rome, shows a woman looking at her phone as she walks past a homeless man who's sitting in a doorway close to the Vatican.
"Africa's postcolonial 'Big Man' era may be ending: Zimbabwe leader's fall holds warnings for other autocrats," the L.A. Times' Ann Simmons and Laura King report on the front page:
Cover story of tomorrow's N.Y. Times Magazine, "The Uncounted: An on-the-ground investigation reveals that the U.S.-led battle against ISIS [in Iraq and Syria] — hailed as the most precise air campaign in history — is killing far more Iraqi civilians than the coalition has acknowledged."
"How cancer shaped Joe Biden's most important decisions" ... Tom Brokaw, senior correspondent for NBC News, reviews Joe Biden's new book, "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose" (Flatiron, 260 pp.), on the cover of tomorrow's WashPost Outlook section:
As a cancer patient, I am deeply gratified that Biden wants to stay actively involved in the "moonshot," a monumental undertaking to develop a massive, coordinated effort to accelerate the many breakthrough developments in cancer treatment.
His new role is an extension of a conversation he had with Beau in the early stages of his son's illness. When the gravity of his situation was becoming clear, Beau called his dad to his side and said: "You've got to promise me, Dad, that no matter what happens, you're going to be all right. Give me your word, Dad. You're going to be all right."