The next 24 hours could change Britain

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The next 24 hours could change Britain
April 8th, 2016
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Waiting with bated breath


"The next 24 hours could change #Britain," whistleblower Edward Snowden ominously tweets, sharing the news that prime minister David Cameron finally admitted he profited from his father's offshore fund (at 28,000+ shares currently). "After 5 days equivocation," adds Toronto Star's Marco Oved. Specifically, The Guardian reports, the stake was purchased for £12,497 and sold for £31,500 in January 2010, giving the Camerons a tidy £19,003 profit. "Allo allo allo! What 'ave we 'ere?" reacts Guardian Australia's Dave Earley. "The public know that's he's from money, so why not just say this from day 1?" wonders Yorkshire Post's Kate Proctor."So Blairmore was set up, but not to evade Tax #Cameron? Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!" tweet-chortles William Holding. "The rot exposed by #panamapapers could yet sink David Cameron," predicts David Jolly at the International New York Times. "Bet Dave wishes he could access the Great Firewall of China," muses Tom Coghlan. "Smooth moves. The Panama Papers are fun," concludes Toronto Star's Bruce Arthur.

Relatedly, the Financial Times took a crack at setting up an offshore company, just to see how it feels. "Yes, we actually did it." 


In big news that's especially relevant to the press, an American freelance photographer has been freed in Syria. "Photographer Kevin Dawes was held since 2012; release is seen as good sign for Austin Tice," notes Missy Ryan with the Washington Post. Meanwhile, WaPo's Liz Sly chronicles the unbearable grief of a village that lost its boys to a suicide bomber. "This is one of the most deeply disturbing stories I have ever reported. I knew it was bad but I had no idea how bad," Sly tweets. Nearby, here's how Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen has made al Qaeda stronger and richer. "All eyes on ISIS, but Al Qaeda's Yemen branch has set up a mini-state in the south," details Priyanka Boghani with PBS. And elsewhere in breaking news, two men are dead in an apparent murder-suicide at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio.

In politics, Bernie Sanders is planning a short hiatus from the New York campaign trail to speak at the Vatican'se economics conference, but apparently he's the one who sought the invitation in the first place, and now a senior Vatican official is accusing Sanders of a "monumental discourtesy" for putting an "inappropriate political cast" on the event. Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere realizes, "first Pope picks a fight w/Trump. Now Sanders seems to have picked a fight w/the Pope. It's like 1415 over here." Speaking of His Holiness, he has called on the church to be more welcoming and less judgmental, namely toward gays and non-traditional families. "@Pontifex continues to transform the Catholic Church - amazing how many topics he covers in this document," observes CNN's Deirdre Walsh. Going back to Sanders, NYT's Paul Krugman accuses Bernie of becoming a "Bernie Bro" himself. "It's been obvious for a while, but Krugman is all in for Clinton (Tsy secretary?)," suggests Caroline Baum with MarketWatch. Simultaneously, Hillary Clinton's camp might begin borrowing from Republican strategies by lambasting Sanders for his socialist views. "Bernie Sanders may start hearing the 'S' word from Democrats," NYT's Michael Tackett breaks it down. Over in GOP-land, Colorado is not going well for Colorado loss reveals the chaotic, overwhelmed Trump campaign. "Cruz just won new delegates in Colorado as Trump literally failed to get names listed on ballot," explains MSNBC's Ari Melber. And now there's news that Trump's ever-lovable campaign manager Corey Lewandowski called a coworker some choice words and also yelled at a subordinate for visiting a dying grandma. "Cory Lewandowski was born to manage Trump's campaign," declares Greentech Media's Stephen Lacey. Also, Trump is claiming he never dated a woman who had an abortion. Ever. At The FixPhilip Bump speaks for all of us in pointing out, "I'm honestly not sure how he would know?"

Question of the day


Our last question asked: What rather drastic measure did Venezuela just take in the name of saving electricity? They declared every Friday a holiday. Well, for the months of April and May, anyway.

Congratulations to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to the amazing individuals for also answering correctly: David DanielLucia A. Walinchus (who admits "Well long weekends recharge my batteries"), Ken Walker (who punctuates his response with this gif), Jayna Wallace (who adds "Way to be a wet blanket, Luis"), Mark Gibbs, Ron Casalotti (who notes that this is "the 10th largest oil exporter in the world" that's trying to conserve energy here), Michele Miller (who suggests that it will have to be "TGIT" now in Venezuela), Carrie GrayMargo Howard (who is "not sure how that saves electricity. People might cook more, do the laundry") and Martin Berliner (who acknowledges it "Beats putting gerbils on treadmills tied to generators").

As for today's question, here it is: For just $70 a month, a new service helps Silicon Valley men become better what? (And how?)

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!

Featured journalist: Olivia Solon


Today's spotlight falls on Olivia Solon, a San Francisco-based freelance journalist focusing on technology, science, startups and digital culture. Telling stories across print, online, podcasts, live events and social media, Solon has held senior editorial roles at Wired UK, and Bloomberg and has been published in The Guardian, New Scientist, Business Life, The Telegraph,,, Elle, Glamour, Marketing Week and Music Week. She has also commented on issues relating to digital culture and technology for broadcasters such as Bloomberg TV, BBC, Channel 4, Radio 4 (Today), Sky News, BBC London, Reuters and G4TV. While Solon didn't get her start in journalism at a high school newspaper, she admits, "I did have a tape cassette radio station called Olivia FM when I was a child." As for the best pitch she's ever received, it was one by "A company prepared to go on the record to talk about installing software that detected child sex abuse images on its employees' computers."  Check out her latest award here as well as some of her best bylines here, in her Muck Rack portfolio!

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