Yes, you are living a Don DeLillo novel

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Yes, you are living a Don DeLillo novel
July 27th, 2016
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Day 3 of another long week


"Just in case you were wondering: Yes, you are living a Don DeLillo novel," confirms Politico's Timothy Noah, reacting to Donald Trump's call for Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails (nearing 10,000 shares right now). And he wasn't the only one provoked by the news:

  • "If this doesn't lull Philip Roth out of retirement, nothing will," similarly concludes Adam Chandler at The Atlantic
  • "At first, I was reading my Twitter and I thought I was hallucinating from lack of sleep, but no, I wasn't," reacts Politico's Julia Ioffe
  • "So guess it's OK now for Mexico to release its hack into DT's tax returns?" muses CNN's Bill Carter.
  • "Does @realDonaldTrump have some vodka brand he's starting? Because he doesn't seem interested in brand U.S.A.," points out columnist Emil Guillermo.
  • "Has anyone been bold enough yet to ask if Putin was vetted for VP?" WCPO's Amanda Seitz takes it a step farther.
  • "Trump is clearly not a Manchurian candidate," tweets Jeremy Shapiro with the European Council on Foreign Relations, before following up with "Manchurian candidates pretend they're not working with foreign powers."
  • At KPCC, Kyle Stokes quips, "Then they came for those with private email servers, and I said nothing, for I did not have a private email server…" 
  • But Virginia Postrel with Bloomberg View offers a cooler response: "Trump is awful & his Russia ties are worrisome but this is completely overwrought. It was a joke to make a point."

When asked about these comments by NBC's Katy Tur, Trump told her to be quiet. Better hope the Washington Post is wrong about the possibility that Russian hackers could target voting machines.

While we're on the topic of The Donald, though, it appears he may have confused Tim Kaine with Tom Kean, the former governor of New Jersey. In his defense, their names are annoyingly similar. He also took to Reddit earlier to join an AMA thread -- we're not sure if there's just something wrong with our wifi or not, but as of now, it looks like he's only answered two questions. Anyone see anything different?

But back to Day 3 of the DNC. Here are some things that became things:


In other political news you should know, Ronald Reagan's would-be-but-fortunately-wasn't assassin John W. Hinckley, Jr. will be freed after 35 years of confinement. "I have no doubt there was a process to releasing John Hinckley but it seems a bad idea to let an assassin go free," admits Ray Hennessey, while the Secret Service agent shot by Hinckley commented, "They better be right about what they are doing." 

One more item: Barack Obama reportedly chose Chicago's Jackson Park as the site for his presidential library, in case that's the sort of thing that intrigues you.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: In the form of an op-ed on, Donald Trump just received an endorsement from which meme-inspiring celeb? The answer: Trump just got Chuck Norris-approved.

Congratulations to Mark Gibbs for being the very first to answer that correctly! An honorable mention goes to Ron Casalotti (who adds that Norris "is so tough he calls election Days" "'Whoever I vote for wins' day"). Shout out to David Daniel for guessing "Charles Manson," but actually, that rumor turned out to be just a hoax!

As for today's question, here it is: For years, celebs have been invited on the air by this infamous interviewer, but most kept their distance. That's all seemingly changed recently, though. Who is this person now being called a "sought-after stop for stars?"

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 highlight for today:

  • Mashable just tapped Damon Beres (at right) for the role of deputy tech editor. Click here and come for the details, stay for the fun Hamburglar factoid.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the industry:

  • Gabriel Torres returns to San Antonio to become weather and traffic anchor for KWEX Univision 41. Torres previously was a video journalist at KXTX Telemundo 39 in Dallas.
  • Sara Silver is Reuters' newest Breakingviews columnist. You'll know Silver from her freelance finance bylines with such outlets as the Financial Times, BBC, The Economist and others.
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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