The Clinton Foundation has to go

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The Clinton Foundation has to go
August 19th, 2016
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A major case of the Fridays


"The Clinton Foundation has to go. It's a magnet for those seeking undue influence," tweets USA Today's Ray Locker, summarizing Jonathan Chait's case that Hillary Clinton’s ethics problems are worse than she understands. "This from @jonathanchait captures the core argument 4 shutting down the Clinton foundation," agrees Abby Phillip at the Washington Post, as does Vox's Matthew Yglesias: "There's nothing you can do to make the Clinton Foundation not smack of impropriety." As Chait himself shares on Twitter and within the article, "Clinton's problem with young voters isn't ideology, it's character."

Meanwhile, over in her opponent's camp:

What also broke today:

Words from the wordsmiths


Yes, as we mentioned yesterday, Gawker is slated to end operations next week, which has former editor Max Read asking himself (and others) "Did I Kill Gawker?" In response, freelancer Jay Rosen points out, "This part is truly important. In a very real way, Gawker didn't know what it was anymore." And Ashley Feinberg says the only thing that would make them feel better is if you sent them Trump's tax returns. "This would be quite a blaze of glory to go out in," acknowledges WaPo's Mike Madden. "BRB—giving @ashleyfeinberg a dry-cleaning bill for making me spew green tea across my shirt," admits Greg Greene


Elsewhere, Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos took $100,000 for scholarships exclusively intended for white men and so far has given away $0 of it. "What if Milo Yiannopoulos is actually a giant troll trying to destroy the mens' rights community from the inside?" muses Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff.

Meanwhile, concerns have been raised about the Toronto Star's "toxic" workplace culture in the aftermath of reporter’s death. "Listen to women," advises BuzzFeed Canada's Scaachi Koul.

Also, Anthony Weiner says his wife never agreed to that documentary. You know the one. "At this point, isn’t Anthony Weiner really 'Huma Abedin’s husband'?" asks STAT's Dylan Scott.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Why was a pole vault silver medalist reduced to unhappy tears during a recent medal ceremony in Rio? French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie cried as he was booed by the crowd for a second straight night in Rio. The first night, the audience of mostly locals booed Lavillenie for first trying (and failing) to beat Brazil's Thiago Braz da Silva (also pictured at right), who indeed ended up winning the gold. The boos prompted Lavillenie to make an unfortunate comparison between his situation and that of Jesse Owens' reception in Nazi Germany during the 1936 Olympics. Although Lavillenie later apologized for likening two very different circumstances, his comments seemed to further fuel the crowd's jeers during the medal ceremony that followed.


Kudos to Sara Jacobson (at right) of Edelman PR for being the very first to answer that correctly. Honorable mentions go out to Jeanne Kirk (who calls the boos "very sportsmanlike"), Eugene Hunt (who agrees), Stefanie Schwalb (who adds the hashtag #crowdnotsocontrolled), David Daniel (who facetiously adds "Classy") and Mark Gibbs for all getting that right, as well. Shout outs to pashvaEve Byron and Margo Howard for guessing it was Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita, who was not too happy with media who notoriously suggested he was disqualified for this reason.

As for today's question, here it is: Speaking of tears, what prompted CNN's Kate Bolduan to barely hold back tears during a recent newscast?

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!

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