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June 8th, 2016
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Hillary makes history as Bernie makes a burn list


Consider yourself served with a Bern notice. Or, if you prefer, "Bern rate," quips NYT's Michael Tackett, as rumors swirl that Bernie Sanders plans a large layoff of campaign staff even as he vows to fight on despite primary losses (at 12,000+ shares). Former Dem candidate Howard Dean cautions the senator from Vermont that "You don’t get any points for carrying on or complaining about it ...You get points for sucking it up." So we all waited with bated breath for Sanders to take the stage in Santa Monica last night, we wondered to ourselves which route would he take: deferential or defiant? But as Michael Barbaro points out, "Revolutions rarely end with gracious expressions of defeat." Politico was no kinder to him, mining a minefield of anonymous aides to promise us a peek at what they're calling the "bitter last days" of Bernie's revolution. Not only is Sanders allegedly hooked on the hope that Hillary could be indicted before the convention, but he supposedly has one out for onetime friend Ohio's senior senator Sherrod Brown, who endorsed Hillary. "Just read political story of the moment, which illustrates how resentment is drinking the poison & expecting others to suffer," tweet-shrugs columnist Connie Schultz, who also happens to be married to Sherrod. If you were one of those expecting Bernie to drop out, that story will help you understand why he didn't -- although Karoli Kuns at rightly warns, "Factor in healthy skepticism for anonymous sources and staffers who want jobs. Still important."


So that leads us to Vox's Ezra Klein, who argues "It’s time to admit Hillary Clinton is an extraordinarily talented politician" because, Klein writes, "she relied on a more traditionally female approach to leadership: creating coalitions, finding common ground, and winning over allies." If that line rubbed you a little raw, of course, Leah Finnegan at Genius knows how you feel: "She also had tupperware parties, handed out tampons to voters, breastfed stray babies, and drove the carpool!" Finnegan snarks. So with this landmark that's been 96 years in the making, where does that leave the Democrats? Locked in a touchy tango to broker peace between Clinton and Sanders, of course, which may in part be prolonged because it requires fancy footwork from Sanders himself to nudge his Berninators toward Hillary. "This is a difficult & delicate process. His movement can’t be inherited overnight," cautions WashPost's Philip Rucker. Delicate indeed, with the Post insisting Bernie Bros are out in full force harassing female reporters and the AP reminding employees to be vigilant after attracting their own backlash from Sanders supporters. "If there is a trophy for bad behavior, Bernie Sanders' supporters appear hellbent on taking it from Donald Trump's," reports WaPo's Callum Borchers. "Who knew campaign reporting was a hazardous gig?" muses Poynter's Kelly McBride.


Flipping the switch to the Republican race (or what's left of it?), Thomas Friedman wants to dump the G.O.P. for a G.N.P. -- as in, a Grand New Party: "Today’s G.O.P. is to governing what Trump University is to education," Friedman writes. "Friedman's argument also applies to the UK - we badly need a new center-left party, and a new center-right party," observes Trefor Moss at the Wall Street Journal. Interestingly, Donald Trump is planning a fundraiser with a dude who apparently moved a California factory somewhere south of the border (NBD!). "Trump fundraiser Bill Binnie hung up when I asked about his company moving plant to Mexico," reports Reid Epstein. Then there was that time Trump tried to raise money from Muammar Gaddafi's regime, because apparently even Libyan dictators have an easier time getting access to Trump than some members of the press. "We've reached the point where I read this and am, like, 'ehh, sounds like a Tuesday,'" admits AdExchanger's James Hercher.

No real word yet on who might make a good running mate for The Donald, but there's at least one person who's vocally in favor of a Democratic all-woman ticket co-starring Elizabeth Warren -- and that would be Harry Reid, who told the Post he hopes presumptive nominee Clinton can "find a role for her."

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Game of Thrones actor Maisie Williams called out The Daily Mail for doing what, and offered what alternative? Williams chastised DM for writing a headline that focused on her going "braless in sheer lace dress and quirky headpiece" instead of her fundraising at the charity masquerade ball. As an alternative and better headline, "Arya Stark" tweeted "helps raise thousands at a Summer Masquerade Ball." Right on target, Arya.

Congratulations to Lori Friedman, director of media relations at Lehigh University, for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for also getting it right: Craig PittmanDavid DanielAlex Brant-ZawadzkiEugene HuntClaudine LaforceKendra Bishop (who adds "Like a boss"), Right Turn MarketingRachel Semple (who quips via hashtag #aryafeelingawkwardDailyMail?), Ken WalkerMark Gibbs (who tweets "The Daily Mail using sleazy headlines? I'm shocked #not") and Ron Casalotti (who notes "she put them in their place saying report the underlying good not the underlying goodies").

As for today's question, here it is: In what's being called "the worst hangover ever," three British clubbers ended up where?

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 Wednesday


Your career moves "to know" for today:

  • CNN welcomes Bill Carter (at right) to its media and entertainment team as a writer for CNN Digital. Carter covered television and media for the New York Times for more than 25 years.
  • At the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco-based reporter Robert McMillan has switched to covering cybersecurity. McMillan's previous beats of SaaS, Cloud Computing and Business Technology will now be covered by Rachael King, who swaps roles after working on WSJ’s CIO Journal.
  • Nikki Ekstein joins Bloomberg Pursuits as travel editor. Ekstein joins from Travel + Leisure as travel news editor.
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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