Oh, what a tangled web: Trump's weave

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Oh, what a tangled web: Trump's weave
May 24th, 2016
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Headlines and hooks


"Oh, what a tangled web: Trump's weave," brilliantly quips Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson at the Financial Times, sharing the Gawker investigation (at 1,200 shares+ so far) that asks, "Is Donald Trump’s Hair a $60,000 Weave?" "God please let this be true i don't ask for much," pleads Complex's Cameron Wolf. "There's something very Samson-like about this story," muses CNN's Ram Ramgopal. "Come for the probable truth about Trump's hair, stay for the hair-weave hostage-situation lawsuit," invites Gawker's own Tom Scocca. "HARD PASS," counters Linette Lopez. But this was what John Cook said: "(•_•) <) )╯sixty / \ \(•_•) ( (> thousand / \ (•_•) <) )> dollars / \." Tip of the hat to Ashley Feinberg for her sleuthery that made this theory seem so plausible. It kind of puts that whole 500-dollar haircut controversy into perspective, right?

Okay, enough guilty-pleasure reading, because apparently John Kasich has instructed his delegates to remain bound to him through GOP convention. "Whaaaaaat are you dooooooiiiinggggggg," demands Jane Coaston at MTV News. Simultaneously, Kenneth Starr was reportedly fired as Baylor president amid the football scandal there. "And so the author of The Starr Report is fired for presiding Joe Paterno-style over a rape culture at @Baylor," notes Frank Rich at New York Magazine. So is now a good time to mention that the same man who once tried to bury Clinton now only praises him? Meanwhile, a judge has ruled that the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial can proceed. "@BillCosby hasn't made rape victim financial offer she can't refuse as trial goes forward," surmises Zoey Tur at KFI.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald is in hot water for comparing the time it takes for veterans to receive medical treatment to what? Waiting in line at Disneyland.

Congrats to John Wall for being the very first to answer that question correctly (and adding "For the record, as a vet I wasn't offended"). Honorable mentions go out to these fantastic folks for also getting it right: David Daniel (who wonders "Did he really want to prompt people to call the VA 'Mickey Mouse'?"), Anita AboulafiaTom Burton (who guesses it would be "without the It's a Small World music"), Maureen MacGregor (who quips "You're going to DismalLand"), Editor Mark Allen (who shrugs "Could've been worse; could've said lines at Disney Hollywood Studios Twilight Zone Tower of Terror"), Craig PittmanMark Gibbs (who theorizes "McDonald getting fired should be quicker"), Eve ByronCindi Lash and Brian Gallagher (who adds "clearly Sec. McDonald is living in 'Fantasyland'").

As for today's question, here it is: According to the CDC, 80 percent of what in 5 U.S. states failed health inspections?

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... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Featured journalist: Steven Hatzakis


Today's featured journalist is Steven Hatzakis, the editor for FinanceMagnates.com (previously known as ForexMagnates.com), a premier source of finance industry news. Having started his career on Wall Street in 1998, Hatzakis brings to his editing 17 years of experience in Foreign Exchange (Forex) and financial knowledge. He has also previously served as Content Marketing Manager for Tab Networks and as a consultant to WorldWideMarkets.com and WorldWideMarkets.co.uk. Hatzakis is also the author of "Ideas You Can Trade." Check out his Muck Rack portfolio here for samples of his written work, such as this headline: "The Jobs Act Future of US Capital Markets, Dancing Reg A, and Millennials."

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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