Obama pulled this off while dancing in Argentina

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Obama pulled this off while dancing in Argentina
March 25th, 2016
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Breaking bulletins and beyond


"Even more amazing that Obama pulled this off while dancing in Argentina," muses LinkedIn senior editor John Abell in the wake of breaking news that ISIS's second-in-command has been killed in a raid (nearing 4,000 shares already). Considered the finance minister who oversaw all the funding for ISIS' operations, Haji Imam reportedly was killed in Syria this morning. Elsewhere in breaking news, authorities say three people have been detained during a police operation in Brussels, two American residents have been identified among the 31 victims who died in the recent terror attacks there, and a man just arrested this week by French police has been linked by Belgian police to the alleged ringleader of November's Paris attacks. So, yeah. Breaking news gotta break! While you're waiting for those updates to sink in, read how ISIS plans to export anarchy to Europe. "The #ISIS plot to sow chaos in Europe, in hopes it will crumble. #BrusselsAttacks #ParisAttacks and then what?" wonders Lori Hinnant with the Associated Press.

This morning folks are mourning Garry Sandling, the host of the beloved "Larry Sanders Show" who has died in a Los Angeles hospital at 66 apparently of a massive heart attack. His "influence on contemporary standup and even more on TV comedy can't be overstated. He was a giant," praises David Wiegand with SFGate.com. Sandling truly was the comedian's comedian's comedian.

In politics, Donald Trump can’t stop saying nasty things about women, and it could cost him. "Can you still win a Presidential election in America with just the old angry white vote? Asking for a friend," quips Enrique Acevedo at Univision. Here, too, is the the curious case of the woman he "interviewed" for a job this week. "The woman Trump brought up for a job interview Monday has found herself a part of the news many, many times before," notes Washington Post's Aaron Blake. Perhaps it's helping Ted Cruz, who finds himself gaining in Louisiana even despite a loss there to Trump. So how does that work, exactly? Smart reporting by @reidepstein on Cruz campaign superior game at the arcane game of picking convention delegates," explains Norah O'Donnell at CBS This Morning. So that in turn has prompted Trump aids to plot a "two-phase" strategy in case they need to win a contested convention. Plus, John Kasich’s old colleagues don’t recognize that new soft and cuddly candidate. "Voter to John Kasich: 'I worry that you're just so nice.' His colleagues don't share that concern," summarizes Thomas Kaplan at the New York Times, but MSNBC's Joe Scarborough protests, "I worked with @JohnKasich for years, often in an opposing position. He was always a positive force. I love the guy." On the outs: Hillary Clinton and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, who is apopleptic over Hillary’s "horrific" pledge to put coal miners (like the ones in Manchin's state) out of a job. "Manchin so livid over Hillary's coal remarks, he called her up and said, 'My God,'" details Politico's Seung Min Kim. Shall we pre-emptively place that state in Trump's win column, come the General Election?



The new Ida B. Wells fellowship is calling all investigative reporters of color. "A new investigative fellowship will award $10,000 to 4 journalists of color," elaborates Poynter's Kristen Hare. "Incredible opportunity right here," points out Cristela Guerra at the Boston Globe. Hurry, the deadline is April 18! Now for the "bad news bears" portion of this section: Layoffs are under way at the International Business Times, despite previous assurances to the contrary. "So this guy is, to put it politely, a lying sack of shit," concludes ZDNet's Ed Bott in a manner decidedly less than polite. "A significant number of the journalists that IBT laid off today are people of color," observes Capital New York's Peter Sterne, in the process of reporting that IBT Media's top editor will leave, too.

At SlateLeon Neyfakh is out to champion something completely different: the New York Times trend piece. Or really, just trend pieces in general. "The first time I read this, I assumed it was parody. I read it again, still wasn't sure. After the 3rd time, I wept," admits Meredith Bennett-Smith at Mic, which happened to be the focus of one of the latest millennial trend posts. New NY Times hire Amanda Hess quotes from the piece, "'My counterargument to all this is: Sure, fine, probably—but really, who gives a shit?' <3 thanks @leoncrawl."

And yes, everyone is still talking about Jeff Bezos's suggestion to remove all the vowels from Washington Post stories.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: How did Microsoft recently get "a crash course in racism" from Twitter? It had to delete all the racist, genocidal tweets its experimental AI chatbot Tay was goaded into tweeting by trolls. And actually, not all of them have been deleted yet, either.

Congratulations to Sarah-Ann Soffer of IHG for being the very first to answer that correctly (and for adding "this is why I still balance my checkbook, the robots will eventually ruin everything")! Honorable mentions go out to Ron Casalotti (who notes Microsoft's "bigger sin: Not realizing upfront Twitter users would not exploit this"), Lucia A. WalinchusMark Gibbs (who wonders "MS didn't notice what Intertubes users did with Boaty McBoatface?"), Robin Tierney (who theorizes "AI=artif idiocy"), Robert FortnerKen Walker (who suggests an AI bot learning racism and misogyny from trolls "explains Twitter, really"), Laura B. ChildsJudyth Mermelstein and Doc Reiss for all getting that exactly right, too.

As for today's question, here it is: What hashtag is trending after North Carolina passed a law blocking local governments from banning discrimination in public places based on gender identity and sexual orientation?

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 Friday


Some media moves you oughta know: 

  • Hail to the new chief: GOOD Magazine welcomes Nancy Miller (at right) as its new editor-chief. Miller most recently served as deputy editor of Los Angeles Magazine.
  • Also joining GOOD: Greg Nichols will serve as a senior editor there. Nichols previously was a freelance journalist who has covered robotics for ZDNet.
  • Covering color: The Los Angeles Times welcomes Jaweed Kaleem to cover the newly created race and justice beat. Previously senior reporter for The Huffington Post, Kaleem covered religion for five years until this past January.
  • New position: Nerina Rammairone is now editorial director at TV Guide Magazine. Rammairone most recently served as executive editor there.
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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