Booting babies = new kissing babies

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Booting babies = new kissing babies
August 2nd, 2016
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"Booting babies is the new kissing babies," concludes BuzzFeed's Ivor Tossell after Donald Trump asked a woman with a crying infant to leave today's rally in Ashburn, Virginia (at 28,000+ shares right now). It was a moment that felt like the live-action version of those lyrics from Annie's Hard Knock life -- you know the ones we mean: "Instead of kisses, we get kicked!" "Trump heckled a baby. There are literally no words because BABIES CAN'T EVEN TALK," points out John Scalzo at Warp Zoned. "Trump will definitely eat a live puppy by November. It's the only thing left," decides Ryan Lizza with The New Yorker and CNN. "Replace Trump with Selina Meyer and you've got an episode of Veep," suggests Rikha Sharma Rani of the Solutions Journalism Network. Some journalists were less amused. "It's become sexy for reporters to come up with out-of-context headlines just to show they're anti-Trump," pointedly observes Jewish Insider's Jacob Kornbluh. But Huffington Post polling director Ariel Edwards-Levy sees the silver lining here. "This is smart targeting on Trump's part. Baby turnout level notoriously bad."

Meanwhile, this also happened at the Ashburn rally. "I am not normally much for criticizing other people's parenting, but Lordy," laments Washington Post's Alyssa Rosenberg.


All awkwardness aside, here's something with far greater implications: the Wall Street Journal bombshell revealing that the Obama administration secrently sent $400 million worth of cash to Iran that just so happened to coincide with the release of four American detainees back in January. "Incredible. Appears Obama admin ransomed hostages captured by Iran for $400 million, hid details from Congress," realizes Mark Hemingway with The Weekly Standard. "Ransom or not, optics of 400 million to Iran looks horrible. Iran playing US like finely tuned violin," posits Aaron David Miller. But in a series of tweets, here journalist-for-hire Samuel Oakford makes a different case: "Recall that the US overthrew Iran's elected Prime Minister in 1953, then supported the Shah, who spent Iran's cash on US weapons. In this case, in 1979 - just before the revolution - the Shah deposited $400 million in a Pentagon trust ostensibly to buy US fighter jets. Say what you will about the optics and timing of transfer, but there's a history lesson in that $400 million every American should know. Needless to say, this will become another talking point and attack line against Iran deal in the coming days."

All right, we needed to address that elephant in the room, before we go back to the other kind of proverbial elephant -- the incredible imploding GOP. Here's what happened only just today:

Question of the day


Our last question asked: According to the Wall Street Journal, relationships are being tested by the persistence of what 1990s fashion item? Those would be cargo shorts. According to the Journal: "Men who love them say they’re comfortable and practical for summer. Detractors​ say they’ve been out of style for years, deriding them as bulky, uncool and just flat-out ugly." Here's what happened when a group of girls tried to wear them for a week.


Congrats to TIME's Raisa Bruner (at right) for being the very first to answer that correctly (and for phrasing it "IT'S NOT YOU, IT'S THE CARGO SHORTS")! Honorable mentions go out to Charlie Meyerson (who adds "Sorry, but you'll have to pry my hot dead hands out of mine"), Laura Kath (who calls it "a '90s 'fashion' trend that should have stayed there!"), Craig Pittman (who proudly admits "A PAIR OF WHICH I AM CURRENTLY WEARING"), Merredith (who hopefully adds "And soon to be followed by Man-Pris"), Ron CasalottiMark Gibbs (who notes "in other words, they're a novel form of contraception"), Angela BetancourtM_Heschmeyer (who confesses, "I only know because I wear them: cargo shorts"), Carrie GrayAllison ReidBecky Yerak (who wonders "But are they OK for women to wear? One advantage to being a woman is being able to dress more creatively"), and Waterfield Designs for all getting that right, as well. Shout out to Natalie Tindall for guessing "scrunchies," which we have to admit is an equally odious fashion invention.

As for today's question, here it is: Speaking of the Wall Street Journal, they've updated their policy to allow the printing of 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
Arizona Republic's Amy B. Wang joins WaPo


Many congratulations to one of our favorite Muck Rackers, Amy B Wang (at right), who joins Washington Post's general assignment news desk. She'll be writing enterprise and breaking news stories there. You'll already know Wang from her bylines at the Arizona Republic, her home for the past seven years, most recently as a member of the Storytelling Team.

"Some personal news: I'm excited to start on the GA reporting team at the @washingtonpost today!" Wang shares on Twitter.

The Post's J duLac weighs in, "So psyched that @amybwang and @kristine_guerra are joining my reporting team at The Post. (Sorry, Gannett!)"

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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