BiBi and the Jets

Alaska Airlines will purchase several leftover 737 MAX jets (Boeing)

Good morning, and happy Flag Day. Friday’s quote was Kimberly Klacik on the Veep’s bungled trip to Latin America. Today Boeing finds a jet buyer; the Austin American-Statesman thwarts a criminal investigation; the Clinton Tarmac reporter is found dead; and BiBi is ousted. Here is today’s quote:

SECRET ON THE TARMAC: Inside the Clandestine tarmac meeting of Bill Clinton & Loretta Lynch . . . the story of how journalism, a secret informant, and Alabama football impacted a presidential election.

Business

The Boeing 737 MAX continues making a safe return to the skies. The Coronavirus pandemic coupled with crippling lockdowns meant TSA throughput figures were sliced in half for almost a year. Airlines used the opportunity to cancel new plane orders, ostensibly due to safety considerations, leaving Boeing to sit on 100 empty MAX jets. Its new Chief Executive is having a bit more luck than his predecessor, though, with a vaccinated population returning to travel at exponential rates. United Airlines announced its plans to purchase 25 of those jets back in March; Alaska Air Group will purchase up to 68 of the decrepit aircraft. Take that with demand from startups like Flair Airlines and it is easy to see that Boeing is back in business.

Media Spotlight

Authorities responded to a shooting at the height of a typical weekend in Austin, Texas. Around 1:25am, first responders took to East Sixth Street to find four covered in blood—10 shy of Saturday’s toll. The silver lining: nobody died in Saturday’s shooting. Police described the suspect as a slim black male with dreadlocks, who escaped the scene, and asked the community for help in locating the presumed shooter. But the Austin American-Statesman would not step up to help. In a since-ghost edited part of the story, they said:

Editor’s note: Police have only released a vague description of the suspected shooter as of Saturday morning. The Austin American-Statesman is not including the description as it is too vague at this time to be useful in identifying the shooter and such publication could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes.

People often joke that Austin is just San Francisco transplanted deep in the heart of Texas; that’s one stereotype Austin American-Statesman is happy to perpetuate.

Obituary

Christopher Sign was a local reporter for an Alabama news outlet. Famously, the TV anchor broke the 2016 tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, raising serious questions about collusion and corruption at the height of the 2016 election. Chris was a “tremendous leader” in the ABC 33/40 newsroom, according to its Saturday tribute, and worked closely with staff behind the scenes. Allegedly, he’s now committed suicide. Chris leaves behind his three sons as well as his wife and college sweetheart, Laura. Dead at 45, R.I.P.

World

He’s long been a tough political opponent in the state of Israel and 12 years her Prime Minister. Benjamin Netanyahu served the Jewish homeland since 2009, staving off inconclusive elections since 2019. Unlike his neighbors in the Gaza Strip—Mahmoud Abbas just entered his 17th year of a four-year term—Israel follows her procedures, and BiBi left when his time came. Now, Israel will turn to Naftali Bennet. He will face down the end of the Coronavirus pandemic, a fragile peace deal with terrorists in the Gaza Strip, and a slim majority at his backing. The final tally: 60-59-1.

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