Serenity now. Today is two weeks until Election Day. Does that stress you out? You aren’t alone. For all their sharp differences, supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have one thing in common: election-related stress. From the story by Gary Langer: “Election-related stress is, interestingly, particularly high in two quite different groups, standing at 57 percent among liberal Democrats (despite their preferred candidate leading in polls) and 56 percent among evangelical white Protestants, a core Republican group perhaps faced with questions about Trump’s character and values.”
Serenity now. Jerry, the anger, it just melts right off. Serenity now. Look at this. Serenity now!
We designed the Muck Rack Daily to be a stress-free read. So do whatever it is you do to make your worries disappear, whether it’s taking a few deep breaths or repeating “serenity now” and let’s take a look at what else has us talking today.
We’ll start with election news. Serenity now.
Clinton leads by 5: From Jennifer Agiesta at CNN. Among likely voters, Clinton tops Trump 49% to 44%, with just 3% backing Libertarian Gary Johnson and 2% behind Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
Kellyanne Conway’s and Donald Trump’s relationship is becoming bizarre. It's almost like Donald Trump's campaign manager isn't even talking to her candidate these days, writes Aaron Blake at The Washington Post. Matt Rosoff, executive editor and West Coast bureau chief at Business Insider, has a theory: “Donald thinks he's speaking directly to voters, leaves Conway to speak to the press.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren Tells Trump: ‘Nasty Women Vote.’ From Matt Flegenheimer in The New York Times: Weaponizing a debate-stage insult that has become a rallying cry for female supporters of Hillary Clinton, Senator Elizabeth Warren let fly a stern, swaggering warning on Monday to Donald J. Trump: "Nasty women vote." “I don’t know about you,” Mrs. Clinton said as she flashed a thankful smile and seized the microphone from Ms. Warren at a rally in Manchester, N.H. “But I could listen to Elizabeth Warren go on all day.” According to Muck Rack’s Who Shared tool, this story has more than 45,000 social shares.
Adam Liptak at The New York Times writes: Fearing Trump, Bar Association Stifles Report Calling Him a ‘Libel Bully.’ Alarmed by Donald J. Trump's record of filing lawsuits to punish and silence his critics, a committee of media lawyers at the American Bar Association commissioned a report on Mr. Trump's litigation history. The report concluded that Mr. Trump was a "libel bully" who had filed many meritless suits attacking his opponents and had never won in court. But the bar association refused to publish the report, citing “the risk of the A.B.A. being sued by Mr. Trump.” Hadas Gold tweeted: Isn’t it ironic?
The Telegraph has an exclusive investigation into a foreign donor fundraising scandal for Trump. “A Telegraph investigation exposed how key supporters were prepared to accept illicit donations from foreign backers.” Judd Legum, editor at Think Progress, tweeted “This undercover investigation by the Telegraph is pretty complicated but also amazing.”
Looks like Jay Z is going to hold a concert aimed at young black voters. For Clinton. In Ohio. BuzzFeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo and Darren Sands have the story and while the date of the concert hasn’t yet been confirmed, a Clinton aide confirms that it will be held in Cleveland. Alex Heath summed it up in a tweet: “I got 99 problems / but minority voter mobilization ain’t one.”
Top Hispanic Republican in Texas says he will vote for Clinton. Patrick Svitek reports Lionel Sosa, a veteran ad maker from San Antonio, told The Texas Tribune on Monday he will cast his ballot for Clinton to send a "clear statement" against Republican nominee Donald Trump's candidacy.
Wonder if we’ll hear anything about Sosa on the Trump campaign’s nightly news show on Facebook? Issie Lapowsky and Evan Vucci at Wired say the show will air on the candidate's Facebook page every night at 6:30pm ET via Facebook Live from the campaign war room at Trump Tower. And because we know you’re thinking it, a senior adviser for the campaign told Wired “It has nothing to do with Trump TV.” Wayne Curtis tweeted: “And... the end game is revealed. Just as everyone suspected.”
In other media news …
Twitter is planning more job cuts as soon as this week, writes Sarah Frier at Bloomberg. She says the company may cut around 8 percent of the workforce, or about 300 people.
The New York Times is buying The Wirecutter for more than $30 million. Peter Kafka at recode has more on Brian Lam selling his online consumer guide to the paper of record.
And according to Ken Doctor in this piece at Politico, Gannett will lay off two percent of its workforce. That cut, which should total about 350 or more positions throughout the company, was made official in an internal memo in Doctor’s report. “We made the decision to reduce about 2% of our workforce across the organization, including at headquarters. We will communicate with the majority of those affected by the end of the day on Oct. 25, with actions completed by the end of the week,” wrote Bob Dickey, Gannett President and CEO.
We’ll keep you posted on Gannett and everything else all week in the Daily’s trending section.