'There's no common ground'

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'There's no common ground'
April 7th, 2017
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Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.

Today on the blog, 7 questions reporters should ask PR pros. This one’s from Julia Sahin and it’s pretty straightforward. Every reporter and PR pro should read it and put some of her smart questions into practice, today even!

Breaking news in Sweden

Let’s start with the latest news, that a vehicle was driven into people in Stockholm, according to BBC News. BBC Breaking quoted police when they tweeted: “A vehicle has been driven into people in the Swedish capital Stockholm, injuring several people.”

The latest news is that two people were killed in the attack and one person was arrested, per NBC News and BBC

U.S. attacks Syria

Late last night, we got breaking news that Trump launched a military strike against Syria, according to Barbara Starr at CNN.

Before it happened, Michael Gordon at the New York Times wrote the U.S. Was Said to Weigh Military Responses to Syrian Chemical Attack. Natasha Bertrand wrote, “BIG: Per NYT, senior Defense Department officials are developing options for a military strike against Assad.”

So did Dan Lamothe at the Washington Post when he reported: Trump weighing military options following chemical weapons attack in Syria.

USA Today’s Tom Vanden Brook’s explained that the attack followed a Tuesday airstrike on a northern Syrian town with Sarin nerve gas.

Kareem Shaheen reported from inside the Syrian town after the chemical attack for The Guardian with: 'The dead were wherever you looked.’

Trump had said Assad may have to step down after chemical attack before the airstrike, per Julie Pace at the AP.

And NBC has news that Hillary Clinton said U.S. should attack Assad's airfields hours before missile strike.

After it happened, ABC News reported that an Eyewitness said the Syrian military anticipated the U.S. raid, according to Haider Newmani and Alex Hosenball. Al Tompkins said, “Just in: First eyewitness reports from Syria on damage, casualties and that Syria seemed to know what was coming.”

And according to J. Lester Feder and Charlie Warzel at BuzzFeed, Trump's Most Diehard Media Defenders Ended Their Love Affair With Him After the Strikes On Syria.

Drama in the White House

Jared Kushner apparently Omitted Meeting With Russians on his Security Clearance Forms, Jo Becker and Matthew Rosenberg write at the New York Times.

The C.I.A. Had Evidence of Russian Effort to Help Trump Earlier Than Believed, Eric Lichtblau at the New York Times tells us.

Trump is said to be looking for a new chief of staff and the House Leader is on his short list, Mike Allen exclusively writes at Axios.

Meanwhile In the Battle for Trump’s Heart and Mind, It’s Bannon vs. Kushner, Maggie Haberman, Jeremy Peters, and Peter Baker (yes, at the New York Times) tell us. Jeremy Peters tweeted this quote from the story: "There's no common ground because you're a Democrat." Aaron Mesh added, “This story feels useful in evaluating the events of the past two hours.”

Related to that behind-the-scenes drama, the Daily Beast writes that Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a ‘Cuck’ and ‘Globalist’ Behind His Back. Thank Asawin Suebsaeng for the goss.

Also on Bannon, he reportedly wants a war on Washington. Except now he’s part of one inside the White House, writes Abby Phillip for the Washington Post.

Jobby job jobs

It’s jobs report day. At least that what an alert from CNN told me. And here it is, along with What to Watch For  from Nelson D. Schwartz at the New York Times. Matthew Dolan explained on Twitter that the U.S. Economy Grew by Only 98,000 Jobs in March [and the] Unemployment Rate Is at 4.5%.”

Onto someone who might be looking for a job, sources tell McKay Coppins at The Atlantic that Mitt Romney is exploring a Senate bid in Utah next year.  

Preet Bharara, who had a job and lost it pretty publicly, now Links His Firing to the Trump Team’s ‘Helter-Skelter Incompetence,” according to Benjamin Weiser and William K. Rashbaum at the New York Times. Justin Miller tweeted, “Preet breaks silence, blasts Trump.”

And Walt Mossberg, who’s currently working for Recode and The Verge, tweeted: “Some personal news: I’ve decided to retire in June. More details in short post at link below.”

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: The first official paid television ad in the United States aired before a 1941 baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. What was the ad for?

Answer: The Bulova Watch Company.  

This time, congrats to Mark Edwards‏ who was the first to tweet in correctly.

Your question of the day for today is…Tupac once sketched out plans for a restaurant he wanted to open. What was the hypothetical eatery called?

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

Featured journalist: Eric Falquero

Today’s featured journalist is Eric Falquero, a journalist, optimist, and editor for Street Sense DC.

Eric previously founded and published a street paper in Huntington, West Virginia after being inspired by an internship with Street Sense. He also serves on the board of the D.C. Society of Professional Journalists chapter and is deeply committed to ending homelessness.

Read more about Eric’s work right here and read some of it yourself over here.

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email us (hello [at] muckrack [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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