May 20th, 2016
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For your Friday considerations


"$0.00," tweets Washington Post's Dan Zak, answering the question of what was revealed the last time Trump’s income tax returns became public (at 3,200+ shares). "The last time Trump's taxes were made public, they showed he paid the feds zip, zero, zilch. Now?" wonders Josh Greenman at the New York Daily News. "Trump may be holding back on tax return reveal because they may show he pays nothing to government," theorizes Michael S. Derby at the Wall Street Journal. "I'll bet Trump's latest returns show that a) this is still pretty close to the case and b.) he overstates his worth," WaPo's James Downie continues that thought. USA Today's Heidi Przybyla calls Post business reporter Drew Harwell's reveal "A wow window into @realDonaldTrump’s income tax returns." Meanwhile, colleague Will Hobson laments, "Oh man RIP @drewharwell's mentions." We can only imagine.


In other breaking news, Oklahoma's legislature just passed a bill making it a felony to perform abortions. "It is now a felony for anyone--even a doctor--to perform an abortion in Oklahoma. Just let that sink in," advises Laura Brahm. But it didn't last long: their governor just vetoed it. The FDA made some waves, too, by controversially approving new nutrition panels.  "@US_FDA making the most radical overhaul of nutrition policy in decades: adding to labels how much sugar added," shares WSJ's Jonathan Rockoff. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is calling for Zika funding as the CDC ups its estimate of pregnant women affected. "We are monitoring 157 pregnant women in U.S. & 122 pregnant women in territories w. laboratory evidence for possible #Zika infection," tweets CDC's Dr. Tom Frieden. And although Obama wasn't at home, U.S. park police say a shooting took place a little too close for comfort to the White House. Also, confusion still abounds over details surrounding the reported EgyptAir wreckage, but what's been reported by Egyptian officials so far sounds gruesome. Plus, surprise! This year's graduating class is the most indebted in history. Again! "Happy graduation," thoughtfully tweets Mic's Stefan Becket.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: According to Quartz, what app is turning our friends into petty jerks? That would be Venmo.

Congrats to Carrie Gray for being the very first to get that right! Sorry, Thomas Feyer, we couldn't accept the answer of "All of them!" although Carrie Gray apparently agreed with you, as well! Honorable mentions go out to these fabulous folks for also answering correctly: Leila Palizi (who "definitely [has] experienced the petty jerkiness firsthand as a result of usage"), Amanda Shepherd (who also "COULD NOT agree more"), Maureen MacGregor (who wonders "Did the events in this article really happen though? I seriously can't imagine anyone that cheap & callous"), Wes Wolfe (whose answer also echoed Feyer's: "ALL OF THEM. JESUS. Also Venmo. But really, ALL OF THEM. DAMN"), Sarah Mattero (who worries "I just had to download today...is this my future? Are some friendships doomed?"), Mark Gibbs (who speculates "Venmo turning friends into petty jerks? Nah, I'm guessing they were probably on the edge of douchey to begin with") and Auditi Guha (who declares that's "an app I will NOT be downloading").

As for today's question, here it is: According to the Wall Street Journal, a generation of opera stars seemingly were inspired by watching what?

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 moves to know for today:

  • Christina Cooke (at right) has been named associate editor at Civil Eats. Cooke previously served as a freelance journalist.
  • Brandon Widder has been promoted to associate editor at Digital Trends, up from staff writer there.
  • Will Nicol has been named writer, also at Digital Trends. Nicol was most recently a contributor 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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