If you think OITNB is exaggerated, read this

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If you think OITNB is exaggerated, read this
June 23rd, 2016
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Welcome to Thursday headlines


"If you think OITNB is exaggerated, read this heartbreaking, enraging undercover Mother Jones piece by @shane_bauer," urges The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum, sharing Shane Bauer's Mother Jones investigation for four months as a private prison guard (today's blockbuster story at 3,200+ shares and mounting). "We know little about life in corporate-run prisons. I took a job as a guard to get inside. Then things got crazy," Bauer tweets. One of many harrowing details: During the first two months of 2015, at least 12 people are shanked, which the company is required to report to the DOC, but records showed less than half of those were. "Did you know that private prisons get to rule on what is or is not a crime on the inside?" pointedly asks MoJo editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery. "Joining the chorus here, but: wow," reacts freelance journalist Siddhartha Mitter. Meanwhile, political analyst Sean McElwee's reactions grew more and more drastic, culminating in this ultimate response: "holy shit. holy shit. holy shit. holy shit. what. the f**k. holy shit. holy shit." Here's what prompted that conclusion.

It was a busy day at the Supreme Court, where they upheld the affirmative action program at University of Texas but deadlocked on Obama's immigration plan, leaving it blocked. "Having an 8-person supreme court has been helping progressive policies lately. Except this," concludes Elizabeth Sile at Departures Magazine. Only a handful of cases are left in this court term, so here are the Supreme Court cases to watch. Elsewhere in judicial news, an LA jury decided Led Zeppelin didn't steal his "Stairway" riff while a Baltimore judge found the driver accused of giving a "rough ride" that killed Freddie Gray not guilty on all charges. "Because there wasn't enough happening in the news this week already," observes Ian Froeb at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Which brings us to this breaking bulletin from Germany: a mass shooting at a cinema has left at least 25 wounded. More on that to come, we're certain.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Now we know it's the end of days, because Burger King just jumped into the snack-brand hybrid game by introducing what monstrosity? Mac n' Cheetos, which is macaroni and cheese that's been fried and sprinkled in Cheeto powder, because "Burger King obviously doesn't give a crap about any gains you're making at the gym."

Congrats to Mark Gibbs for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Charlotte LoBuonoLaura Alix who calls it "That postmodern interpretation of cheese," Jade WalkerMartin Berliner (who suggest it come with "a coupon to Roto-Rooter your clogged arteries"), Raisa BrunerFabiola Camacho (who theorizes this came about because "somebody was literally watching the one #friends episode where Joey gets his own show #MacnCheese"), Meredith D'Agostino (whose answer was actually "Something large involving Cheetos. I couldn't read past that due to skyrocketing cholesterol"), Leila Palizi (who wonders "Am I the only one who's excited about this?" ... seems like it, Leila!), Ximena Mosqueda (who insists "don't lie, you know you want to at least try one") and Ellen Murphy for all answering perfectly correctly, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: After more than 70 years, an internal investigation by the Marine Corps just concluded it has been wrongly identifying 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 Thursday


Your career moves to know for today:

  • If you've been speculating where Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski (at right) was going to end up since he was let go Monday, you probably wouldn't have guessed this: Lewandowski is joining CNN as a political commentator. More here, with a tip o' the hat to Politico's Hadas Gold for the scoop.

  • At the Associated PressIan Phillips has just been promoted in a big way: Phillips is now vice president for international news, making him responsible for all AP journalists in bureaus outside the U.S. -- and that means all editors, reporters, photographers and video journalists. Phillips was most recently the AP’s news director in the Middle East.

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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