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July 25th, 2017
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Being the press secretary for a U.S. President is the hardest job in the world. Take it from someone who’s seen it firsthand. Trey Ditto, CEO of Ditto, worked in Washington D.C. during the Bush administration as a Communications Director for a congressman and as spokesperson for the US Dept of Education. So it’s no wonder everyone keeps asking him about Sean Spicer. Read his take in the Muck Rack blog, In defense of Sean Spicer (And what PR pros can learn from him).

“Oh, you’re Boy Scouts. But you know life.”

At The Washington Post, Katie Mettler and Derek Hawkins explain how Trump’s Boy Scouts speech broke with 80 years of presidential tradition (21,000+ shares). Travis Andrews calls the piece “An absolutely wonderful deep dive by the eminently talented @kemettler and @D_Hawk.” Christopher Ingraham breaks it down: “Scout Jamboree speech themes: Clinton: Giving back W Bush: Freedom Obama: Service Trump: Trump.” 

Scouting parents had some pretty strong reactions to the speech. Rex W. Huppke tweets, “Holy crap, the comments on the Boy Scouts of America Facebook page are 🔥🔥.”  

In New York MagazineMargaret Hartmann managed to narrow it down to the 14 Most Inappropriate Moments from Trump’s Boy Scout Speech (21,000+ shares). “There is no rock bottom, is there?” asks Christopher Marcisz. As Nolan McCarty puts it, it’s “Another exhibit in the 25th Amendment dossier.”

Speaking of, “There’s been a ‘significant crack’ in psychiatry's decades-old united front against analyzing politicians’ behavior,” tweets Jason Ukman, who links to Sharon Begley’s scoop in Stat News that the American Psychoanalytic Association is lifting the “Goldwater Rule,” telling members they can discuss Trump's mental health. Tweets Michelle Cottle, “I guess this an historic achievement of sorts by Trump.” While Justin Green says, “Note: this is not the association that most of you tweeting it seem to think it is,” Rebecca Robbins wonders, “Will other psych groups follow?”


Trump leaves Sessions twisting in the wind while berating him publicly, write The Washington Post’s Sari Horwitz, Matt Zapotosky and Robert Costa, while in The New York Times, Eileen Sullivan reports Trump Steps Up Attacks on His Own Attorney General. And Axios’ Mike Allen reports, Trump in phone call: “What would happen if I fired Sessions?” Says Rob Cox, “Jeff Sessions must really be dedicated to incarcerating minority drug offenders to put up with this crap.”

Meanwhile, POLITICO’s Tara Palmeri has the scoop that Scaramucci said he plans to dismiss assistant press secretary Michael Short, offers ‘amnesty’ to others, in an effort to stop leaks. “Um, not all leaks spring from the press shop, not when you have as many unhappy campers as this administration does,” says Frank Bruni. Justin Gray says, “As a reporter, this is disappointing if true. I've found @MCShort45 to be responsive & professional on deadline.” Tweets William Saletan, “I particularly love Scaramucci's idea that any White House leaker does 10% as much damage as Trump's Twitter feed.”

Don't know much about...

So, yeah, the health care vote. Vox’s Dylan Scott reports that Senate Republicans don't know what's in their health bill or what it would do. They're voting anyway. He tweets a summary: “Health care vote today. - No final text - No final Byrd guidance - No final CBO score - No public hearings.” Vox’s Sarah Kliff tweets, “We talk a lot about Trump voters who gained from Obamacare. Urban areas have a lot to lose in ACA repeal, too.” She links to her new piece, How Obamacare saved Detroit.

"Read @caitlinnowens on the state of the Senate and try not to laugh out loud,” tweets Dylan Scott, linking to Caitlin Owens’ piece for Axios, The Senate's evolving health care plan. She tweets, “The BCRA and 2015 fail, along with Portman-Cruz, which is subject to 60 votes. Then who knows what comes next.”

From POLITICO’s Jennifer Haberkorn, Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett comes the latest prediction: Obamacare repeal vote still too close to call.

Also making predictions: “SCOOP: Boehner says GOP plans for full ‘repeal and replace’ are a fantasy, ‘people have gotten accustomed to’ ACA,” tweets The Washington Post’s Robert Costa. The Post obtained video footage of the former House speaker at a business gathering in Las Vegas last week, where he told the group he predicts Republicans will ‘never’ repeal and replace Obamacare. And, Keith Bradsher notes, “Boehner says fragmentation of media hurts political system, nostalgic for era of 3 networks, 5 newspapers.” Says Costa, “Boehner's comments here about health care, Trump, the media, and Washington dysfunction are fascinating.”

Filing under “holy moly”

Kevin Quealy refers you to what he calls “A++ work” from Julie Creswell, Reed Abelson and Margot Sanger-Katz at The New York Times, The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills.

In Splinter, Hamilton Nolan writes of Hypocrisy, Greed, And the DNAinfo-Gothamist Union. Tweets Nolan, “You think you're a cool blog guy and then one day you wake up and you're union busting for a pro-Trump billionaire.” It’s “a damning report from @hamiltonnolan that really makes the @gothamist leadership look like shit!” tweets Leah Finnegan.

“As the Facebook CEO travels across the US to ‘learn about people’s hopes and challenges,’ the cafeteria workers at his company struggle to make ends meet,” writes Julia Wong in her piece for The Guardian, Facebook worker living in garage to Zuckerberg: challenges are right outside your door (20,000+ shares).

At Variety, Justin Kroll and Brent Lang have the exclusive, ‘Justice League’ Extensive Reshoots Causing Headaches for Star Schedules, and “This is so crazy on so many levels,” says Brad Miska.

Starbucks Unveils $7 Wake-Up Slap. OK, that’s from The Onion, but you might still want to steer clear of Brett Molina, who says, “would i love to gift this to a few people.”

Not The Onion: The Des Moines Register’s Mary Bowerman reports Wisconsin company to install rice-sized microchips in employees. To which Allison Carter says, “Hard pass,” and Sarah Fowler says, “Nope.” Also alarming, as William Westhoven points out, “This could decimate the lanyard industry.”

And finally, “Et tu, Roomba?” asks Anjali Khosla. Rhett Jones of Gizmodo writes that Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder. Tweets Logan Molen, “About the only place left to find any privacy may be under your carpet.”

Making the rounds:

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: For some reason, we’ve been singing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” all weekend. What was the song’s original working title?

Answer: Freddie Mercury initially titled it “The Cowboy Song.”

Congrats to…Craig Pittman, first to tweet the correct answer, while Ron Casalotti wasn’t far behind him. And Margo Howard notes, “It must be hell for @craigtimes to be the bad guy simply for being first & right. I feel bad for him…”

Your question of the day for today is…Who was the first woman in the U.S. to charter and serve as president of a bank?

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

Two promotions at The Atlantic; two new tech reporters at Gizmodo

The Atlantic’s editor in chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, recently announced two promotions: Matt Thompson, who has been deputy editor of since 2015, has been promoted to executive editor, responsible for overseeing an expanded, cross-platform portfolio. And staff writer Adrienne LaFrance is the new editor of, managing the day-to-day editorial operations of the site and overseeing its reporting team across ten news desks. She joined The Atlantic as a staff writer and editor in 2014 and previously worked for outlets including Honolulu Civil Beat, Nieman Lab, WBUR-Boston and Digital First Media.

Gizmodo is welcoming two new senior reporters covering consumer tech: Sam Rutherford, previously senior product reviews analyst at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, and Melanie Ehrenkranz, who comes from Mic where she has been a tech reporter. Before that, she was the editorial researcher and then managing editor at PSFK.

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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