We here at AP often face difficult choices on what we should write about.
Shouldn't we say something about Vladimir Putin’s endless persecution of his nemesis, Алексей Навальный (Alexei Navalny)?
Navalny is a very prominent anti-corruption crusader in Russia whom Putin had poisoned, and as soon as Navalny returned to Moscow from Berlin, where he was treated with expertise and compassion, Putin had him arrested; but Navalny has hundreds of thousands of dedicated followers, and there have been many demonstrations in major cities all across Russia, demanding his release, and the demonstrators are carrying signs saying Putin is a thief (https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/23/europe/russia-navalny-oposition-demonstrations-intl/index.html). Putin’s police and military are dramatically beating up protesters, whom we can, in a perverse way, liken to Donald Trump’s thugs who stormed the Capitol on January 6.
Or should we write about Trump’s plot, during his final days in office, to fire his Acting Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen, and replace him with a super-loyalist who would sue election officials in Georgia to make them overturn Georgia’s election results, as expertly described by the Times’ Katie Benner (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/22/us/politics/jeffrey-clark-trump-justice-department-election.html?referringSource=articleShare)?
And these are only two of the stories that we simply could not ignore today.
First off, we asked our Moscow-based correspondent, associate solitary reporter Foma Kheroshonsky, to spring Navalny, which he accomplished in the twinkling of an eye. Navalny and his followers immediately stormed the Kremlin and carried Putin to Vladivostok and told him to swim from there to Hawaii to prove his machismo.
Next, our Chief Investigative Reporter, associate solitary reporter Susanna Sherman, spoke with Rosen, who confirmed Benner’s report in every detail.
Rosen told Sherman that he’d like to be Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Deputy in the Biden Administration.
President Biden’s Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, said that Biden would, for Rosen, make an additional exception for Trump holdovers in addition to asking FBI Director Christopher Wray to stay on.