Now I’m ugly crying 

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Now I’m ugly crying 
October 26th, 2017
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It’s reverberating in every industry

CNN’s Oliver Darcy reports, Five women accuse journalist and 'Game Change' co-author Mark Halperin of sexual harassment. He writes, “Widely considered to be one of the preeminent political journalists, Halperin, 52, has, among other career highlights, been political director at ABC News.” Tweets CNN, “JUST IN: Mark Halperin is out at NBC News and MSNBC after sexual harassment claims.” “It’s reverberating in every industry,” tweets Shane Goldmacher.

“Well this will slightly restore your faith in humanity,” says Nicholas Riccardi. He’s referring to With my husband deployed, covering the news hits home, by CNN Senior Washington Correspondent Brianna Keilar. “Terrific piece by our @brikeilarcnn - on being a news anchor and a military wife in the middle of the Niger storm,” tweets Matt Wells. Adds John Dabkovich, “A beautiful story from @brikeilarcnn. We really don't know what it's like for military families.” 

Would you like a spine with that?

“Psst. Wanna buy a human head? Here's how,” tweets Andy Sullivan. “For a report on market for human body parts, @Reuters bought two heads & a spine, had 'em shipped to DT Mpls office,” tweets Mark Reilly, who links to How Reuters bought human body parts and learned a donor's tragic story, part two of “The Body Trade” series by Reuters’ Brian Grow and John Shiffman. Mike Spear calls it an “Excellent piece of #journalism and heartfelt story telling.” “Amazing Reuters investigation into the US body parts trade. A look at how the journalists did it,” tweets Dhruti Shah.

Good news

“More than 800,000 readers are now helping to fund the Guardian's journalism, I'm delighted to announce,” tweets Katharine Viner, who links to her piece in The Guardian, Together, we are safeguarding the Guardian's independent journalism. “Who funds @theguardian? Its readers,” tweets Giles Tremlett. “The Guardian, with no paywall or meter, reports that 800,000 people give it money because they think it's important,” tweets Jay Rosen.

Cultural warrior

For “A deep look at John Kelly by @peterbakernyt,” as Michael Tackett tweets, read Pitched as Calming Force, John Kelly Instead Mirrors Boss’s Priorities, by Peter Baker of The New York Times. Tweets Maggie Haberman, “Really sharp @peterbakernyt piece on John Kelly, who is more ideological - and more mercurial - than most realized.” “Smart piece by @peterbakernyt: John Kelly is a cultural warrior who agrees with Trump on this stuff,” tweets Blake Hounshell.

Meanwhile, Ron Reagan says Trump is deeply damaged human being, reports The Hill’s Olivia Beavers.

“Oh hi this is bananas,” tweets Ariel Kaminer, of Trump Data Guru: I Tried to Team Up With Julian Assange, the scoop from Betsy Woodruff of The Daily Beast. And now the report from CBS News, Assange confirms WikiLeaks was approached by Trump-linked data firm, Cambridge Analytica. 

Follow the money

“NEW: The Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office has an active probe of MANAFORT being conducted in collaboration w MUELLER,” tweets Erica Orden, linking to her latest in The Wall Street Journal, Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Faces Another Money-Laundering Probe. She adds, “Trump has personally interviewed candidates for both of the U.S. attorney posts that now have WH-related probes.”

BuzzFeed’s Jason Leopold reports, Senate Committee Escalates Russia Probe, Digs Into Finances Of Nearly 40 Individuals And Businesses. “Follow the money…” tweets Gabriel Gatehouse.

At The Washington Post, Paul Waldman writes, GOP spin about the new ‘Steele Dossier’ story is disingenuous nonsense. “In which I unpack the GOP nonsense about the Steele dossier and explain their strategy to create confusion,” he tweets. “Excellent @paulwaldman1 post on the absurd GOP spin about Clinton/DNC/Steele Dossier story,” says Greg Sargent.

Another swamp

Frank Bajak of AP News reports, Georgia election server wiped after suit filed. “Wut,” says Dan Scapusio. Tweets Alex Roy, “Server wiped. Backup wiped. 2nd backup wiped. Another swamp.” Nancy Scola of Politico explains How Facebook, Google and Twitter 'embeds' helped Trump in 2016. “Fascinating preview of @kreissdaniel @shannimcg paper -how ‘partnership’ teams in tech cos shape political outcomes,” tweets Emily Bell. Meanwhile, Reddit Is Banning Nazi And Alt-Right Groups As Part Of A Hate-Speech Crackdown, and some users are confused, reports BuzzFeed’s Brianna Sacks.


Michael M. Grynbaum links to the interview from Laura Brown of InStyle Magazine, Joe Biden on a Potential 2020 Presidential Run, Losing His Son, and How to Keep Up the Fight. “Former VP @JoeBiden will make you tear up,” says Samantha Zabell. “Biden sounds like a candidate: ‘I think what people are looking for most, and I hope I have it, is authenticity,’” observes Steven Shepard.

Damnit Vin!

Tweets Mark Feinsand, “If you missed Vin Scully's ceremonial first pitch before Game 2, do yourself a favor and watch this.” He links to Vin Scully entertains crowd. “Damnit Vin! Now I’m ugly crying #ITFDB #ThisTeam @Dodgers,” tweets Claudia Amezcua.

And The Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan writes, Worth the wait: Astros top Dodgers in Game 2 thriller for first World Series win.

Whatever all these other sections are called

What Constitutes Style? Choire Sicha, Our New Styles Editor, Answers Your Questions in this piece by Stephen Andrew Hiltner in The New York Times, capturing the reader Q&A with Choire Sicha. “His name is pronounced ‘KOR-ee SEE-kuh,’” Arielle Duhaime-Ross explains.“The thread of sports section jokes is divine,” says Amy Fiscus. “Is the real audience for this the Sports staff? I hope so,” says Reyhan Harmanci. Tweets Anthony Ha, “Everything about this Q&A is good, but especially this: ‘Styles is the document of the conflicts between rich and poor, which is why our section makes absolutely everyone unhappy eventually.’” And Jessica Valenti tweets, “Legitimate lol at this: ‘I find it overtly sexist when people think Styles is lesser than Business, Sports, and whatever all these other sections are called.’”

Thursday reads:

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Today is the 7th anniversary of which Kanye West track that almost didn’t make it onto the album?

Answer: “Monster” almost didn’t make it.

Congrats to Jason Hensel, first to tweet in the correct answer. As Raisa Bruner pointed out, “thank god for nicki.” Here’s that story.

Your question of the day for today is…in honor of October being Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month: All modern dogs (as well as wolves, jackals and coyotes) are generally believed to be descended from what prehistoric animal?

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

Featured Journalist: Puseletso Nthate

Today’s featured journalist is Puseletso Nthate, a writer for the Daily Maverick based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Head over to Muck Rack to check out some of her work.

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