So, this space station is crashing to Earth 

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So, this space station is crashing to Earth 
October 13th, 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, be sure to read 5 things that will make you wish you worked in PR. For most of us working in news, reason #1 might be as simple as this entire year and its unrelenting news cycle of death, tragedy, & frustration. Tim O'Brien has a few other ideas.

Read his take on the situation here

Trump decisions

President Trump said today that Iran is violating its nuclear agreement and threatened to pull out of the deal, according to CNN.

At BuzzFeedBorzou Daragahi and John Hudson pointed out that it wasn't Trump's Boldest Move Today. "The president is about to label the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as terrorists in a move that risks bringing the U.S. and Iranian forces into open conflict in Iraq and Syria," they write. 

In The Daily 202 at the Washington Post, James Hohmann writes: Throwing a bomb into the insurance markets, Trump now owns the broken health-care system.

For another explanation of what’s happening in health-care, read Trump Threatens Individual Health Chaos as He Cuts Off Insurer Subsidy by Zachary Tracer at Think Advisor.

Politico, via Josh Dawsey, makes it very clear: Trump will scrap critical Obamacare subsidy.

Trump also ripped the NFL for disrespecting the flag. Then he joked about a military flag ceremony, according to Patrick Martin at the Washington Post.

The fires in California

The deadly California wildfire also burned the home of 'Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz, ABC News reports.

For another terrifying tale of the wildfires, Robin Abcarian wrote They survived six hours in the pool while their neighborhood burned to the ground for the LA Times. She also tweeted this quote from her story: “She told herself: ‘You’ve got to calm down, Jan. You can’t go underwater and hyperventilate.’” “Incredible, heartbreaking story of survival during the Tubbs Fire,” Melissa Pamer added.

Baseball news

For the Nationals, a crazy night ended with anguish and a season-ending loss to the Cubs, according to the Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga. Neil Greenberg tweeted that “@barrysvrluga brings it.” Mike Madden called the piece “masterful.”

And Sopan Deb added, “Amazing stat.”

Meanwhile, in the Chicago Sun-Times, Nader Issa writes: NLDS win anything but old-hat for Cub fans celebrating in Wrigleyville.

Cubs survive! Cubs survive…and advance to NLCS for third straight season, The Athletic’s Jon Greenberg posted. He also tweeted: “My early column. More from the clubhouse coming!” While Lauren Comitor was left wondering, “What the hell just happened?”

Mark Whicker writes about the Dodgers in the World Series at the OC Register, asking If not now, when?

Fan Graphs is asking the MLB to Please Fix The Slide Replay. Or as Matt Leland put it: “The great @DCameronFG on the dumbest aspect of replay.” David Montgomery explains further: “@fangraphs suggests a rule change: if the runner beats the tag to the bag, he can come off VERTICALLY & be safe.”

Updates from around the world

The Guardian’s Michael Slezak tells us that a Chinese space station (the Tiangong-1) will crash to Earth within months. Literally, he tweeted: “So, this space station is crashing to Earth.” Cause you know, things weren’t bad enough.

In Storm Lake, Iowa, a protest at BVU brought about change and future discussion, according to Tim Gallagher in the Sioux City Journal.

Los Angeles’ Foremost Patron, Eli Broad, is stepping down from his philanthropy, Adam Nagourney and Adam Popescu write in the New York Times. When exactly will he retire? "Now. Right now." “Wow. Billionaire Eli Broad stepping away from public life — ‘right now.’ HUGE dem donor,” Jake Sherman tweeted.

From Australia, Ben Potter argues that Artisan products are a drag on productivity. It’s a 3-year-old piece but making the rounds again.

At Think Hanoi, Rick Mansbridge published The A-Z of Steak. And yes, Nick Ross called it “a meaty read.”

The AP published The sound in Havana: What Americans heard in Cuba attacks. That piece was the work of Josh Lederman and Michael Weissenstein.

And across the internet, thousands of women are planning to boycott Twitter after it suspended actress Rose McGowan's account, the LA Times reports. “Folks are already saying, ‘See you Saturday.’ Here's why #womenboycottwitter is trending,” Brian De Los Santos explained.

Your weekend reading

For your weekend reading, dive into this piece about Jay, Amit Shah’s ‘Obedient’ Son Who Understands the Value of Money in The Quint.  “Forget The Wire story. Here is the most comprehensive journalistic investigation into Amit Shah's son, Jay,” Nitin Sethi praised.

And if you’re going to the movies, check out Why Taika Waititi turned the latest ‘Thor’ movie into a comedy from Garry Maddox at the Sydney Morning Herald. (Ed. note: Waititi’s movie ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ and ‘Eagle vs. Shark’ are among the most delightful films I’ve ever seen.)

And a media update

Congrats to Vancouver Postmedia reporters who just took home some Webster awards. Patrick Johnston covered it in The Province.

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: According to a recent study, you might be a psychopath if you’re a huge fan of what Eminem song?

Answer: It’s ‘Lose Yourself.’ Which, wow. And also, huh?

Congrats to Dan Rosenbaum for being the first to tweet in correctly.

Your question of the day for today is…Which actor is receiving threatening tweets because people are confusing him with Harvey Weinstein?

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

Featured journalist: Sorwar Alam

Today’s featured journalist is Sorwar Alam, a journalist and Ph.D. student based in Ankara, Turkey. Alam focuses his reporting on Turkey, Bangladesh, Rohingya, and SE Asia and has written for the Anadolu Agency, among others. Read more about his work right 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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