Aw yeah, precinct-level data!

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Aw yeah, precinct-level data!
April 20th, 2016
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"AW YEAH PRECINCT-LEVEL DATA," cheer-tweets NYT's Jeremy Bowers, heralding the masterful data work of his colleagues Matthew Bloch and Wilson Andrews, who beautifully illustrated how every New York City neighborhood voted in the Republican Primary yesterday (at 2,000+ well earned shares right now). "13.7% of NYC was OK with @TedCruz's 'New York values'," tweets Mark Silva, who also notices "Looks like @JohnKasich did pretty well in the West Village." BGR's Tero Kuittinen also observes, "You can see the number of GOP voters spike in the Midtown-Midtown South block where Plaza Hotel Residences are," while FCW's Zach Noble points out "All types of New York Republicans love Trump, but none more than the middle class." Of course, plenty of journos also used this as a barometer for how well they selected their own neighborhood; case in point, independent journalist Jess Zimmerman, who tweets, "There's a Cruz voter on my new block but TWO Trump voters on my old one so thank god I'm leaving."

Relatedly, check out CNN's live updates from that very primary (which, yes, Trump won at about 60.5% and Hillary won at 57.9%). For the NY TimesNate Cohn argues that realistically, Bernie Sanders cannot afford any more losses. "Sanders now needs to win by 18 in every state, something he's only done in VT/NH and caucuses. There's 1 caucus left," Cohn tweets, also noting, "Clinton's clear win confirms she's on track to easily amass a majority of pledged delegates, and win the nomination." The Upshot's Kevin Quealy chimes in, "It's not personal – it's arithmetic." Although The New Yorker's Philip Gourevitch emphasizes, "NY Times says Sanders non-viable — or not, as the headline is careful to note, 'realistically'.” Checking in on the GOP frontrunner, the latest dish there concerns the Trump campaign paying a Breitbart editor for consulting work. "Breitbart quite literally on the Trump campaign payroll," tweets Washington Post's Christopher Ingraham. And you know no one will let the Donald forget that he just referred to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as "7-11" any time soon. BuzzFeed's Dorsey Shaw  shrugs, "i get 7-11, 9/11, 311 and what's the 411? confused all the time tbh." Also, Bloomberg News offers a scoop on Trump vodka ingeniously headlined "On the Rocks," which needs no follow-up commentary. Oh, and Trump's personal jet is not registered to fly?

This just in: as anticipated in the Flint water crisis, two MDEQ employees and a city employee have just been charged. "How high up the chain will criminal charges go?" comes the next question from Baltimore Sun's Jean Marbella. Abroad, Russia has moved its artillery to Northern Syria while BuzzFeed News reports a Tory election guru’s firm was hired by a “key member” of a Russian organised crime gang. Meanwhile, hundreds are feared dead in a migrant shipwreck off Libya. Freelance correspondent Ruth Michaelson calls it "one of the worst incidents in the Mediterranean in months."

Question of the day

Our last question asked: According to Bloomberg, what's the real truth behind some company's so-called chatbots? That would be human beings.

Congratulations to Ken Walker of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to get that right (and for calling it "what must be the worst job ever")! Honorable mentions go out to Jayna Wallace (who adds "They're alive!"), Craig PittmanCarrie Gray (who bills them as "humans - pretending to be robots - pretending to be humans"), Mark Gibbs (who notes "We don't have flying cars and now our bots are fake. So much for the 21c"), M Edward/Ed Borasky (who points out the humans are "theoretically hired to 'train' the AI" and adds the hashtag #AskScammy), Miriam van Ommeren and Eileen Batson for all answering correctly, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: In today's edition of Vine-gone-viral, how did one girl absolutely own the Kiss Cam behind a couple making out?

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: Naina Bajekal

Today's featured journalist is none other than Naina Bajekal! This London-based journalist is an associate editor for Newsweek Europe, covering everything political for that region. Bajekal previously reported on world news for TIME. Check out her Muck Rack profile here for how to send her pitches and tips, or stop by her Muck Rack portfolio for some of her favorite work. We suggest you start with two of her most recent: "Is Greece on the brink of its next crisis?" (at 200+ shares so far) and "Where Sunnis fleeing ISIS seek sanctuary in Iraq" (already at an impressive 1,600+ shares).

Remember: If you also want to be featured, you should 1) set up your own journalist portfolio 2) get verified and 3) let us know by emailing Kirsten.

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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