Counting down Obama's last months

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Counting down Obama's last months
March 14th, 2016
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"My latest: Blacks are counting down the 10 last months of @BarackObama’s term with pride & sadness & looming despair," shares NYT's Yamiche Alcindor, tweeting her piece that's resonated so much as to collect 38,000+ shares so far. "Was wondering which one of us was gonna write this one first. @Yamiche wins," admits AP's urban affairs writer Errin Haines Whack. “'A miracle.' There are black children who don’t think we’ll have a black President again in their lifetimes," notes freelance journalist Tim Carmody. "'They won't allow us to have the reins again,' said the shoe-shine man at President Obama's Chicago barbershop," MTV's Jamil Smith shares another detail. Not everyone was so nostalgic, of course. "Obama's genius is in creating the perception that he's been critical in supporting an African-American agenda," points out analyst and broadcaster Lionel.

On the other hand, there's someone who arguably isn't so great at creating that perception. Also at the TimesAshley Parker chronicles what it's like covering Donald Trump, and "witnessing the danger up close." Parker tweets, "The first time I felt unsafe at a Trump event was a week ago in New Orleans." Sharing this example, Anna Mehler Paperny asks, "Serious question, America: when does the 1st Amendment's incitement exemption kick in?" Another journalist, this one from CBS News, shares his first-hand account of being caught in the turmoil of Friday's canceled Donald Trump rally while Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall takes it quite a few shades darker with his headline "Someone Will Die." NYT's Maggie Haberman and Alex Burns are also on the Trump beat, explaining that his entire campaign can be traced back to one evening, when the bid began in an effort to gain stature. "Trump is running for president, ripping apart a political party, all because: a) of revenge; b) he can't take a joke," concludes NBC's Josh Sternberg. "Trump 'loved that dinner?' Complete liar. I watched him from next table," insists former Washington Post columnist Al Kamen. But at least that one photo of the Trump supporter who made the Nazi salute might not be as bad as it seemed at first glance. "When you actually call the subjects of viral photos, its not always what you expect," argues NYT's Michael Barbaro.


On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is offering an apology and a correction on who really started the conversation on HIV and AIDS -- namely, she backtracked on crediting the Reagans at Nancy Reagan's funeral last week. "This Hillary statement on her AIDS comments has everything you'd want...except any explanation for why she made them," protests freelancer Jack Mirkinson. Politico tears into the myth of Ohio's economic miracle that John Kasich has been touting. And abroad, we learn that ISIS has been pushing birth control to maintain its supply of sex slaves. "Such courage, these 'men' of the Caliphate," sneers The Australian's Paul Maley

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Nestle recently recalled nearly 3 million frozen pizza and ravioli products after they were found to contain what special ingredient? That would be glass, of course! (Corona also recently recalled a small number of bottles because of glass contamination).

Congratulations to Sarah-Ann Soffer (who adds "Sounds dicey") for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for also answering correctly: Dan Rosenbaum (whose answer was "Greater-than-maximum RDA amounts of glass in what was otherwise processed food-like product"), Margo Howard (who notes it's "just like in the time of the Medicis"), Ken WalkerMark Gibbs (who quips "Spinach blamed. Next up, carrots accused of conspiracy, onions deny involvement"), Ron Casalotti (who shares this old Nestle commercial for good measure).

As for today's question, here it is: According to Politico's Andrew Saunders, the last time a party's bigwigs tried to stop a front-runner from becoming president, this happened. What was it?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Monday


Your career moves "to know" for today:

  • Our very own Delia Paunescu (at right; follow her on Snapchat!) started at NowThis News today as a senior editorial producer! The inimitable Paunescu joins from Newsday and amNewYork, where she led audience engagement until last week. Check out how reactions to her personal news went down here.
  • Rumor has it the New York Times is working to bring back James Bennet as editorial page editor. Bennet is a former Times reporter who has been editor of The Atlantic for the past 10 years. More on that scoop here.
  • Tommy Craggs is next headed to Slate as politics editor. You'll know Craggs as the onetime editor of Deadspin.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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