Make America drink again?

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Make America drink again?
July 20th, 2016
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Did we just reach the apex?

"This is pretty stunning. Cruz is making his 2020 pitch into the camera as audience screams and jeers at him," realizes Melanie Mason at the LA Times. And that could be a very good explanation as to why Ted Cruz just now refused to flip-flop on his anti-Trump stance and did not endorse Trump after all. Instead, he cautiously counseled everyone, "Vote your conscience," to the increasingly thunderous boos of a pro-Trump audience as it dawned on them he would not be putting his stamp of approval on their candidate. In fact, it got so uncomfortable that Cruz's wife Heidi allegedly had to be escorted out for her own safety, and things had to be especially awkward for Newt Gingrich, whose prepared remarks apparently were going to read, "Senator Ted Cruz in particular made the key point that we need to elect the Trump-Pence Republican ticket."

So now you understand why each time we went to hit "send" on today's Daily, things only got more interesting at tonight's edition of the Republican National Convention. And this came on the heels of distracting tech issues that plagued son Eric's speech (Eric Trump comes out with half the screen behind him not working…. Total disaster," complains CNN's Dylan Byers), recurring anti-Hillary jeers of "Lock Her Up," ghostwriter Meredith McIver falling on her sword for the sake of Melania's dignity, and last night's tribute from supposedly forgotten daughter Tiffany ("That Trump doesn't follow his daughter on Twitter is the least sad part of this @publicroad piece," argues journalist Angela Chen). Politico clearly concluded this all warranted the implementation of a drinking game called "Make America Drink Again," to the delight of political journalists everywhere (who probably didn't need the excuse but were grateful for it, ne'ertheless).

Last night only 19.8 million people reportedly watched the RNC, making that audience about 4 million smaller than the numbers that tuned into Fox’s GOP primary debate last August. That might change after tonight, though.

Question of the day

Our last question asked: What are some of the weirdest/most interesting things delegates bragged about their states during the official casting of votes at the RNC? There were some clever quips, like Arizona's brag on being the "Hottest state ... for job growth," and then there were comments like Maine's having "only one remaining Democratic federal official" and Rhodes Island's "Ranked 50th-worst on business-friendly climate." Also, we bet you never realized Idaho was known for its potatoes, right?

Kudos to Lucia A. Walinchus of Professional News Services for being the very first to answer correctly (and for pointing out "NV delegate called Vegas the state capital. In fairness no one knows where Carson City is"). Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for also offering answers: Mark Gibbs (who adds "My pick? Minnesota, Home of Spam"), Natalie Tindall (who liked "Am. Samoa exporter of football players" and "Florida where LeBron got his 1st championship").

As for today's question, here it is: Police recently confiscated what nefarious objects from protesters outside the RNC, and for what reason?

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
Mashable taps two new top editors

Say hello to two new additions to Mashable's masthead: Anne-Marie Tomchak (at immediate right) will soon be UK editor there and Jerico Mandybur (far right) is the newly anointed Australia editor.

Currently finishing up at BBC News, Tomchak is already well known for launching BBC Trending.

"Dammit, the BBC has lost @AMTomchak to Mashable (congrats, by the way!)" reacts BBC World's Trushar Barot.

"Good luck in your new adventure @AMTomchak - hope @mashable have green screen bants," jokes senior audience engagement producer Ravin Sampat, sharing this gem, to which Tomchak responds, "I sense a blooper video coming on! So many cracking PTC's to choose from ...."

Meanwhile, Mandybur joins from NITV, Australia's leading media outlet for indigenous people. 

"HUGE congrats to the new @mashableAU editor - the awesome @jerico_m! Looking forward to watching you dominate," applauds Mashable's senior Real Time editor Jen Ryall.

"LET'S DO THIS," Mandybur tweets, adding a kpow! emoji for emphasis (yes, you know which one we mean!).

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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