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October 28th, 2016
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Hello and happy Friday! We did it, you guys. Now go out and celebrate.

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Also check out a write-up of our latest #MuckRackCafe (a 30-minute live journalist Q&A on Twitter) with Victor Fiorillo of Philadelphia Magazine. It's great and he has a lot of awesome insight. Find it here.


A strange thing happened on the way to New York

VP Candidate Mike Pence's Campaign Plane Slid off the Runway at LaGuardia, according to NBC News.

Karl de Vries at CNN also covered the news.

In other Trump news...

Ashley Parker, Nick Corasaniti report in the New York Times that Beneath Cheers at Donald Trump’s Rallies, Dark Fears Take Hold. Michael Tackett explained, “Some Trump supporters call for revolution if he doesn't win.”  Sheryl Gay Stolberg tweeted: “From TrumpWorld: Sobering but true: ‘The Clinton campaign says we are stronger together, but there is no together.’”  Wilfred Chan said, “This story about Trump supporters is the most ominous yet.” And Daniel Drezner simply wrote, “#heavysigh.”

If you’ve been wondering Why the Trump Machine Is Built to Last Beyond the Election, then you’re in luck because Joshua Green and Sasha Issenberg at Bloomberg wrote exactly that story. Sasha tweeted, “Inside the Trump Bunker, With 12 Days to Go.” While Joshua added, “Trump camp shared strategy, polling, ads, fundraising + showed off secret data ops, code-named ‘Project Alamo.’”

Meanwhile, the Washington Post’s Matea Gold tells us Donald Trump’s fundraising falls off in October, putting him a severe cash disadvantage in final stretch. Ben Terris said, “Trump nowhere close to giving $100 million to his campaign – donated just under $31K more in October.”

Also from the Washington Post, we’ve got Sean Sullivan writing Facing potential loss, Trump expands the list of conspirators plotting against him.

For a particularly juicy bit of information, head to Gideon Resnick’s latest in The Daily Beast, where he tells us that Even Trump’s Kids Haven’t Donated to His Campaign. Gideon pointed out, “As of today, it appears Ivanka, Donald Jr., Mike Flynn, Carson and Christie have not given to Trump's campaign.” Then added, “Gingrich and Giuliani are also absent from the roster and Trump is short on the $100M he himself promised.”

Well well well well well well well… According to Edward-Isaac Dovere at Politico, Clinton is eyeing Biden for secretary of state. Edward-Isaac himself said, “NEWS: Joe Biden is at the top of Hillary Clinton's transition team short list to be her secretary of state.” Ethan Klapper tweeted, “Joe Biden might not be making an exit from official Washington on Jan. 20, @politico reports.” And Sarah Weinman liked what she read: “Biden Goes Global? I am here for this.” And Christopher Bedford had his own take: “I guess @BarackObama put someone who didn't like him in, so why wouldn't @HillaryClinton? Grats if true, @JoeBiden.”

And just so you don’t think it’s only the presidential election that’s marred in vitriol and bad vibes, we have Mike DeBonis at the Washington Post telling us that Sen. Mark Kirk questioned his opponent’s American heritage in Illinois debate. Mike tweeted: “What a moment.”


Election-free news corner (aka a safe space)

From Kirk Johnson at the New York Times, we learn Bundy Brothers Acquitted in Takeover of Oregon Wildlife Refuge. Peter Khoury explained, “All defendants acquitted in Oregon standoff.” While Marcus J. Moore’s reaction was just, “Oh.”

Wesley Lowery tweeted: “Imagine what would happen to a group armed black people or Muslims who seized a bunch of federal land for 41 days…” That tweet was so popular with Muck Rackers, it stands alone as a singular news story.

And John Hernandez from Law.com has pretty disappointing-if-true news that a Young Scholar, Now Lawyer, Says Clarence Thomas Groped Her in 1999.


About some written things that are really pretty good (aka your weekend longreads

In Deadspin, Dave McKenna writes about The Writer Who Was Too Strong To Live - a story that begins: “Jennifer Frey drank herself to death.” Jane Coaston tweeted, “This story is an absolute must read. My god.” Ryan Glasspiegel agreed: “Carve out the time to read this Dave McKenna piece today.” While Veronica de Souza suggested, “Please look at some vines.”

In the New York Times, Wesley Morris wrote an essay about Why Pop Culture Just Can’t Deal With Black Male Sexuality. Des Shoe said, “This essay by @Wesley_Morris is incredible.” While Jodi Kantor only needed one word to praise the piece: “Wow.”


On the business of news (aka we're all prob screwed)

The New York Times writes: More Wretched News for Newspapers as Buyouts Hit The Wall Street Journal. Sydney Ember explains: “Buyouts, layoffs, restructuring, cuts -- these are the dominant words in the newspaper industry today.”

More bad news in media: Gannett's billion-dollar deal to buy Tronc has been put on hold. That news courtesy of Ken Doctor at Politico. Chris Krewson explained, “...if it happens, the LA Times gets some weird exceptions.” Tom McGeveran had a different take: “Also in Ken's piece, the plan to preserve some independence for @latimes under Gannett ownership.”

We get some explanation on the matter from Alex Sherman and Gerry Smith at Bloomberg, whose headlines states: Gannett-Tronc Deal in Doubt as Banks Pull Financing. Gerry tweeted, “Gannett's deal to buy Tronc is in jeopardy as banks back out.”

ICYMI: Twitter published a Medium post ominously titled Important News about Vine. The suspense didn’t last long and Casey Newton tweeted: “BREAKING: Twitter is killing Vine.” Nigel Chiwaya reacted with: “Holy cow RIP Vine.” And Charlie Meyerson got a little cheeky with it, saying, “Vine is dying on the vine.”

In honor of Vine, here’s a true gem Muck Rackers tweeted out: Charlie Murphy's "Duck Army".

In another Medium post, titled An open letter to #RaiseTheSun, the Baltimore Sun’s union addresses its readers. Scott Dance writes, “As Gannett sizes us up, The Sun's unionized reporters, photographers are asking Tronc to#RaiseTheSun.” And Justin George tweeted: “Amid all the talk of a @tronc billion-dollar sale, our newsroom has been left behind.”

Oh and apparently Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race, as Julia Angwin and Terry Parris found out for Propublica. Adam Harris explained: “Facebook's ad system lets advertisers exclude users by race, ‘ethnic affinities.’” He also added, “Facebook: ‘Our policies prohibit using our targeting options to discriminate.’” Meanwhile, Eric Umansky cut right to the chase: “Facebook gives advertisers the power to show ads to whites only. Really.”


And some other business news (aka about business that actually make money)

However bad your week has been, break out the schadenfreude for the fact that, as Shalini Ramachandran and Jeff Bewkes in the Wall Street Journal report it, The Senate Just Summoned the Wrong Time Warner. Shalini tweeted her piece, saying, “Yep, the Senate antitrust subcommittee just asked Time Warner Cable's former CEO Rob Marcus to testify with AT&T.” She tacked on: “Hope Time Warner's Jeff Bewkes gets the invite!”  “Oops!” indeed.

Also General Electric in Talks to Buy Baker Hughes, Dana Mattioli, Kate Linebaugh, and Joann Lublin tell us in the Wall Street Journal. @WSJ tell us the “deal could be [the] largest in industrial giant’s history.”

And bummer for Uber, they just lost the right to classify its drivers as self-employed, The Guardian’s Hilary Osborne writes.

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked you about Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (the one someone destroyed with a sledgehammer). What number was Trump’s and what year did he get it?

Answer: The Donald’s star is the 2,327th star and he was awarded it 2007.

As usual, congrats to Craig Pittman for getting the answer right.

Your question of the day for today is…

Speaking of things that are orange, let’s remember the origin of pumpkin carving while we’re all preparing for Halloween this weekend (and very likely dressing up). In which country did the tradition to carve Jack-o’-lanterns originate?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners Monday!

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