"Mic dropped: Governor leaves the room without taking any questions," tweets Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein, after news broke of Georgia's guv promise to veto Georgia’s "religious liberty" bill (at about 7,900+ shares right now). "Thanks @GovernorDeal for saying no to legislative bullies @JoshMcKoon & VETOing #HB757. Bullies suck. They never win," concludes TV host Chadwick Boyd. "This seems like a pretty big deal," observes FiveThirtyEight's Henry Enten. The Journal-Constitution suggests his decision is not as big a surprise as an outsider might think, however: earlier this year Georgia's Republican governor pledged to reject any bill that “allows discrimination in our state in order to protect people of faith” and encouraged fellow GOP members to “recognize that the world is changing around us.” It's also worth mentioning that Gov. Deal was under a lot of pressure from major companies, including Disney and Apple, who warned that OK-ing this bill would hurt their working relationships with the state.
Elsewhere in politics, Nicholas Confessore analyzes how the GOP elite lost their voters to Donald Trump. "After Citizens United, who would've guessed that America's biggest populist backlash would come from inside the GOP?" asks Matt Pearce at the LA Times. Speaking of "hows," the Washington Post takes a look at how Hillary Clinton’s email scandal took root. "147 FBI agents to Hillmail?!? I'm willing to bet that's more than all the big Fin'l Crisis probes combined," wagers ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger. Still, former NY Times editor Jill Abramson is ready to go to bat for Hillary in a confessional about covering the woman titled "This may shock you: Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest," to which The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald reacts, "I really wish editors were this candid about their real views when running major papers, not just after they leave."
But wait, we're not done with the topic of Trump. First of all, we invite you to take a closer peek at his daughter Ivanka, the "Anti-Donald" struggling to protect her family's billion-dollar brand from her father's sharp tongue. Put another way by Jonathan O'Connell, "Is Ivanka Trump supporting or weathering her father's campaign?" Plus, have you heard about the 89% pay cut that brought Trump-Mania to America's heartland? "Inside the rotting factory towns that spawned millions of working-class Trump supporters," explains Bloomberg's Sheelah Kolhatkar. And finally, this Charlie Sykes radio interview of Daddy Trump is really something else. "This @SykesCharlie interview with Trump is a lesson in how to respectfully but brutally confront the front runner," points out WaPo's Ben Terris. Meanwhile, here's Yamiche Alcindor on covering Bernie Sanders as he keeps his spirited campaign alive. Not to mention, did you catch that adorable #BirdieSanders moment? Just one more reason why Sanders owns the Internet.
The light-hearted portion of our newsletter must end there, regrettably. In other news recently broken, an explosion at a park in Lahore, Pakistan, killed dozens in what was described as a targeted attack on Christians celebrating Easter. "Jihadists are now targeting swing sets and playgrounds. So sad, and so sick," concludes The New Yorker's Nicholas Thompson. Which brings us to the tragic but real difficulty of getting people to read about places like Lahore versus Brussels. "Nobody read Lahore. I sympathized but try headline like 'The terrorists targeted moms and kids near the swings,'" suggests S. Mitra Kalita at the LA Times. Also, it's just come out that the CIA photographed detainees naked before sending them to be tortured. "Most chilling here not the nudity but photos’ use for rental car-style injury verification," notes freelancer John McQuaid.