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Being upset over golf outingsĀ 
April 14th, 2017
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What happened on that United Airlines flight last week made news around the world. In our Muck Rack blog, Claire Nance writes about the PR lessons from United’s biggest blunder.

Here's a snippet: For a brand that once invited its passengers to “fly the friendly skies”, United is now facing monumental public backlash, thanks in part to a series of PR missteps in the wake of the video being shared online."

It's honestly a must read. 

The end of the world

Today, the big news is that the U.S. May Launch a Strike If North Korea Reaches For Nuclear Trigger. William M. Arkin, Cynthia McFadden, Courtney Kube, and Kenzi Abou-Sabe all worked on that piece in the New York Times.

Yesterday, the US dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan, and CNN’s Barbara Starr, Ryan J. Browne wrote about it.

There’s also video of the blast right here.

For an account of what a falling bomb is like for the attacked party, Sune Rasmussen at The Guardian writes: 'It felt like the heavens were falling': Afghans reel from MOAB's impact. Stephanie Kirchgaessner adds, “My relatives thought the end of the world had come.”

On the other end of the spectrum, Fox News seemingly loved it. As Matt Gertz tweeted: “Fox host: Dropping MOAB is ‘what freedom looks like, that's the red, white, and blue.’ Geraldo: It's one of my favorite things to watch.”

Elsewhere, Helene Cooper reports at the New York Times that 18 Syrian Fighters Allied With U.S. Are Killed in Coalition Airstrike.

So last president

Binyamin Appelbaum made a "little timeline of Trump's statements on China and currency manipulation.” He adds, “what happened yesterday is just amazing.”

Trump’s got a new favorite Steve, Josh Dawsey and Eliana Johnson tell us in Politico. From their article: “Stephen Miller has managed to endear himself to the man emerging as the president’s most indispensable adviser: son-in-law Jared Kushner.”

Ok but If Trump Fired Bannon, Would He Seek Revenge? - a poignant question, also from Politico.

BuzzFeed says Trump’s Lawyer Can’t Account For $350,000 He Was Accused Of Mishandling. David Mack writes, “Why Trump’s Lawyer Was Sued Over $350,000 He Says He Doesn’t Remember Cashing.” Mark Schoofs correctly used the eyes emoji.

Bradd Jaffy at NBC points out, “Trump has now visited one of his golf clubs on 20% of his days as president so far (17 golf course trips in 84 days).” Charlie Sykes‏ replied: “Being upset over golf outings was so last president.”

In another instance of the president changing his mind about something (or what some might perhaps call “flip-flopping”), Rebecca Ballhaus tweeted: “Trump was opposed to Ex-Im Bank—until the Boeing CEO explained to him what it was. He now says the bank's important.”

There might an explanation though: For Trump, a Steep Learning Curve Leads to Policy Reversals, writes Peter Baker in the New York Times. Michael Schuman asked, “Is Trump reversing course, or did he just make stuff up during the campaign to get elected?” Ron Fournier simply called it a “Flip flop tick tock."

The Guardian reports that British spies were the first to spot Trump team's links with Russia. That from Luke Harding, Stephanie Kirchgaessner, and Nick Hopkins there. Asaf Ronel pointed out, “So this is the source for @realDonaldTrump accusations Obama used British spies against him…”

And at the New York Times, Jeremy Peters found out Trump’s Supporters Are Unfazed by His Reversals because they’re so focused On His Successes. Peters explained: “Trump's popularity doesn't suffer when he contradicts himself. People expect that. It's when he looks incompetent.” Michael Tackett tweeted this quote from the story: "The undented confidence that many Trump supporters have in the president…” Ron Fournier added, “Trumpism has never been about policies. It's been about the hunger for change v the risk of change.”

News around the world

And finally

See Mark Hamill’s tweet about Carrie Fischer’s daughter Billie Lourd: “So much like her mother in so many ways- it was almost as if we were cuddling our Princess again!”

And read 5 questions for a Washington Post reporter whose eyebrows became a meme, courtesy of Abigail Ohlheiser. Carlos Lozada liked this quote from the piece: "I still don’t really fully understand the difference between a GIF and a meme."

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Who sued The National Enquirer for libel (and won) when the magazine said that she had been drunk and boisterous during an encounter with Henry Kissinger at a Washington restaurant?

Answer: That would be Carol Burnett. And she won $1.6 million for it too.

This time, congrats to Deirdre Blake who was the first to tweet in correctly.

Your question of the day for today is…Snoop Dogg revealed a story during Tupac induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that involved the two rappers doing what in South America while Suge Knight drove the boat?

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

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