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We live in interesting times
May 4th, 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.

May the fourth be with you. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take quick look back at Muck Rack’s monthly top picks for April. Check out the five links we loved in April, along with the top five stories from the Muck Rack Blog.

I don't even know what to say anymore

At 43,000+ shares, Under the GOP's health plan, sexual assault would be considered a preexisting condition is certainly making an impression. The story, published on Mic and citing Sarah K. Burris’s piece in Raw Story, Trumpcare could make sexual assault a pre-existing condition again — depending on where you live, notes that domestic violence, sexual assault, a C-section and postpartum depression would all be considered pre-existing conditions under the new plan. Not lost on Erin Corbett: the fact that “sexual assault awareness month JUST ended -- GOP health plan would make sexual assault a preexisting condition.” Chandra Steele’s advice: “Never say nothing surprises you anymore because they'll find something.” And Brittney Morgan says simply, “I don't even know what to say anymore.”

At Vox, Sarah Kliff writes about The absurdity of voting on the AHCA without a CBO score (25,000+ shares). Says Sam Baker, “My understanding of Obamacare came in VERY LARGE PART from spending a lot of time with a lot of CBO analyses.” As Kliff tweets, “At some point, GOP will find out what their bill does. Presumably they should do that before they vote for it.”

In the meantime, David Leonhardt tweets that a “Major new academic study is out, and it shows just how much damage the GOP health-care bill would do,” as he discusses in his piece for The New York Times, The New Study That Shows Trumpcare’s DamageCharlotte Alter notes that the “New study sheds light on what the health care bill would mean for low-income families.” Leonhardt adds that the bill "would effectively end enrollment in insurance markets for families that make less than $75,000.” Says Chris Bury, “Since we don't have a CBO score, this analysis of Trumpcare is worth a read.” “Nothing like actual facts…” as Karl Vick says.

Also, Think you're not affected by the GOP health bill? Think again, writes Casey Ross for STAT, who points out that the proposed changes “wouldn’t just affect people buying insurance on the individual market. It could also affect the more than 156 million people who rely on insurance plans sponsored by their employers.”

And in The New York Times, Erica L. Green highlights A Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education (20,000+ shares). Andrew Das calls it a “Good piece on collateral damage.”

OK, just one more: In Ousted insurance exec: 'People are afraid of the administration’POLITICO’s Paul Demko writes, “Molina Healthcare CEO Mario Molina didn't hold back when asked why other health plans have been quiet about the proposed repeal of of the Affordable Care Act.” The recently fired exec says insurers “would like to return to a time when they could exclude people with pre-existing conditions.” “This story is bonkers,” says Blake Hounshell. But, Andy Slavitt, tweets, “When the ‘how we got here’ gets written, this will be a piece of the story.”

For “everything you need to know to get up to speed on House health vote: state of play, timing, narratives,” as James Hohmann tweets, check out his Washington Post coverage, The Daily 202: 10 storylines to follow as the House votes on health care.

Buckingham Palace calls an emergency meeting and Twitter loses its head

In Royal staff called to London for ‘emergency meeting’ (13,500+ shares), The Daily Mail reported, “Speculation amongst Buckingham Palace staff was rampant last night as the Queen’s most senior aides called her entire household to an emergency meeting today.” It’s since been confirmed that 95-year-old Prince Philip will be standing down from official royal duties in August. But between the news of the emergency meeting and the big reveal, Twitter managed to lose its head, and a number of rumors spread, including an erroneous report by The Sun that Prince Philip had died. Come on, people. Keep calm and...well, you know.

Dictators rejoice

“Tillerson: US will stop basing foreign relations on countries' shared US values like human rights. (Holy shit.)” That’s Noga Tarnopolsky reacting to reporting by The Associated Press’s Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee in Tillerson: US won't insist nations adopt US values, rights. “Interesting to see the US explicitly say it will often place its foreign policy interests above its values,” is how William Gallo puts it. “Dictators rejoice,” tweets Mark MacKinnon.

Draining the swamp, Trump campaign manager edition

Sudeep Reddy refers you to Lewandowski’s firm quietly inked Citgo deal, Kenneth Vogel’s new piece in POLITICO, which, as Vogel tweets, reveals “SCOOP: Corey Lewandowski's firm quietly agreed to lobby for @CITGO, which is on verge of being taken over by Russia.”

And here’s an “Interesting new hire,” as Carla Marinucci says. Justin Elliott at ProPublica brings us the scoop that the Trump administration has hired an official who was accused of sexual assault by five students at The Citadel, a move that Robert Faturechi tweets, “Raises serious questions about Trump admin's vetting. @JustinElliott found allegations are easily google-able.”

George Will!

At the Washington Post, “George Will is pretty worried,” tweets Ben Estes. In Trump has a dangerous disability (16,000+ shares), George Will writes, “It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either.” Says Elise Hu, “We live in interesting times. George Will wrote this, to which I thought, George Will? Hrm.” And Ken Norton says, “This George Will column is a scorcher. George Will!”

The Comey letter

“So I have a looooong article up on the Comey letter's impact, and how the media covered it,” tweets Nate Silver, of his FiveThirtyEight piece, The Comey Letter Probably Cost Clinton The Election (16,000+ shares). In it, he writes, “If the Comey letter had a decisive effect and the story was mishandled by the press — given a disproportionate amount of attention relative to its substantive importance, often with coverage that jumped to conclusions before the facts of the case were clear — the media needs to grapple with how it approached the story.”

Good god do you need to read it

“If you rip your shirt off while screaming to one article, let it be this deeply sourced profile of Alex Jones,” says Katie Notopoulos. In case you were wondering, BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel confirms it: Alex Jones Will Never Stop Being Alex Jones. As Warzel tweets, “I spoke to nearly 30 people in @RealAlexJones' orbit for this profile of America's Favorite Conspiracy Theorist.” Says Mat Honan, “There is very much in this @cwarzel profile of Alex Jones that has never been reported before. Fascinating read.” Or as Ellen Cushing puts it, “@cwarzel went deep on Alex Jones and good god do you need to read it.” Adds Maxwell Tani, “Omg the art for this @cwarzel Alex Jones piece is incredible.” Still not convinced? Here’s the lead: “It was the winter of 1997 and Alex Jones couldn’t stop getting punched in the face.

Now...for something completely different. With congratulations

That’s Major Garrett tweeting about the scoop from Emily Smith in Page Six that MSNBC co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are engaged. Says Kurt Soller, “Can someone just write this screenplay already?”

Yes, duh

And finally today, as Poynter’s Kristen Hare accurately notes, “Transcribing is the actual worst. Unless your recorder breaks. That's even more the actual worst.” “Do you hate transcribing?” asks Ren LaForme. “(The answer is yes, duh.)” Hare suggests that This tool, made by college students, will save you all that time you spend transcribing. “The world just became a better place for anyone who transcribes stuff,” says James Thomson, who is “Currently trying it out, will report back.”

Question of the Day

Yesterday we asked: The word avocado is derived from an Aztec word, ahuacatl, which means what?

Answer: Why, testicle, of course.

Congrats to David Daniel, who was first to tweet in the correct answer this time.

Your question of the day for today is…Many were surprised when the groundbreaking 1982 film Tron wasn’t nominated for a Best Visual Effects Oscar. What reason did the Academy give for the snub?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack.

Career Updates
Welteroth named Teen Vogue editor in chief; McClure moves to POLITICO; Rodriguez to Reuters; Samuel joins NPR

Elaine Welteroth is the new editor in chief at Teen Vogue, after serving as editor for the past year. Before joining the magazine in 2012, she was senior beauty editor at Glamour and beauty and style editor at Ebony. Jon McClure has left the Dallas Morning News to become POLITICO’s interactive news editor. Sal Rodriguez is moving from Inc. magazine to Reuters, where he will cover the tech industry in its San Francisco bureau, reporting on enterprise software and the cloud. And Terence Samuel, most recently a senior national correspondent a the Washington Post, is the new deputy managing editor at NPR.

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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