Game on (and pressure's on) for Hill

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Game on (and pressure's on) for Hill
July 28th, 2016
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And we reach Day 4

So as we wait on Hillary Clinton's big moment, here are the things that happened since we left you yesterday:

  • President Obama left the DNC breathless last night with a show-stopper speech. Now the pressure is really on for Hillary Clinton after his grandslam address (here are the 6 times an Obama speech made USA Today stop and say "wow."
  • "Obama spoke for 44 minutes and Clinton spoke for 42. Coincidence?" wonders The Hill's Amie Parnes.
  • He also cautioned the party not to jeer Trump's name: "Don’t boo. Vote.”
  • Some Republicans thought he stole the GOP's message, by the way.
  • Relatedly, Trump Jr. says Obama plagiarized his quote. But not before he borrowed it from Obama and both Bush presidents.
  • Obama was also joined in a surprise appearance by Hillary Clinton, resulting in a big, photo-op hug. "No matter what people think of Obama and Clinton, like them or don’t like them, the first black president just handed the baton to the first major-party female nominee in this country," observes NYT's Maggie Haberman.

Even more recently:

And in Trumpland:

Question of the day


Our last question asked: 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?" You may be surprised to know the answer is Howard Stern.


Congrats to Sara Jacobson with Edelman PR (at right) for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Mark Edwards (who invokes Stern's mantra "Baba Booey!" for good measure), Lucia A. WalinchusCharlotte LoBuono (who admits "Love him or hate him, he is a master interviewer"), David Daniel (who calls Stern "the once (and future?) King of All Media"), Richard LaermerLori FriedmanMark Gibbs (who chooses to see this as a sign that "America is doomed"), pashva (who notes the irony in Stern's newfound feminism because he "introduced me to misogyny years ago"), Ron Casalotti (who agrees Stern's "celebrity interviews make all the Wack Pack, phony phone calls and salacious comments tolerable") and Tracey Parry for all getting that perfectly right, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: It's since been negated, but a New York Times article recently sparked a rumor that President Obama engaged in what peculiar late night habit? 

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 top career moves to know:

  • The first of her kind: The Washington Post has just named Karen Attiah (at right) its inaugural Global Opinions editor and producer. Attiah joined the Post in 2014 after acting as a social media consultant for the World Bank, specializing in Africa.

  • Interesting beat combo ya got there: Gizmodo welcomes Eve Peyser as night editor. Peyser is a freelancer and comedian who most recently covered technology and sex for

  • New job, new climate: Melissa Sandoval is now a multimedia journalist for Telemundo Denver. Sandoval arrives from Miami, where she was a social media manager for WLTV Univision 23.

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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