Aaaaaaanndd 2018 is off to a cracking start 

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Aaaaaaanndd 2018 is off to a cracking start 
January 1st, 2018
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New Year’s Day edition

Happy 2018, Muck Rack Daily readers! 2018 The Year It’s All Going To Fall Into Place, Delusional Sources Report. That’s The Onion, nailing it once again.

But either way, we’re all breathing a sigh of relief because Mariah Carey makes it through Times Square set unscathed. Kim Willis has the story for USA Today.

“Happy new years from me to you: ‘I helped popularize the term ‘fake news'’ and now I cringe whenever I hear it,’ tweets Craig Silverman, who links to his piece for BuzzFeed. He writes, “Yet thanks to my work on the subject, I’m inextricably linked to the term. (This isn’t bragging: In fact, to some it’s an indictment.)”

“New year, new coach,” tweets James David Dickson. He’s referring to the report from Justin Rogers of the Detroit News, Detroit Lions fire coach Jim Caldwell. But he could just as easily been referring to the news that the Bears fire John Fox, begin coaching search, as Rich Campbell reports for the Chicago Tribune. Or that Colts Part Ways With Head Coach Chuck Pagano, which was posted on

On the bright side, New year brings broad pot legalization to California. Brian Melley has the story for AP News.

And here’s “Some badass inspiration for 2018! You want a revolution? I want a revelation!” says Avital Norman Nathman, who links to Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan, by Cara Buckley of The New York Times.

Meanwhile, Robert Barnes at The Washington Post reports, Chief Justice Roberts says courts will examine protections against sexual harassment, noting that the federal judiciary “is not immune” from the issue. 

Life imitating cheap sitcom punchlines

Did you celebrate big last night? Well “Whatever your best ‘I got so wasted this one time…’ story is, you definitely lose to this guy,” tweets Benjy Sarlin. The big news over the long weekend: How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt, by Sharon LaFraniere, Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times. “Life imitating cheap sitcom punchlines,” tweets Katie Zavadski. “Incredible, thorough reporting from the Times,” tweets Julia Ioffe. Adam Goldman calls them “A trio of diggers bent on unearthing the truth.”

Oh and BTW, Katherine Ellen Foley of Quartz explains Why your hangover is impossible to cure

The earliest April Fools joke of 2018

“2018 can’t be any worse than 2017. Oh, come on!” tweets Scott Thompson, who links to Toby Young to help lead government’s new universities regulator, by Richard Adams at The Guardian. Kieron Flanagan is “Surprised to see @JoJohnsonUK going for the earliest April Fools joke of 2018 (someone should tell him it’s bad luck).” ”He's been warming up to it, but he's really gone the full Boris this time,” tweets Judy Friedberg. “Aaaaaaanndd 2018 is off to a cracking start. Let’s hope Young is better at this than he is at A levels,” tweets Stephen Curry. “Fair to say this announcement is not being met with universal approval on my timeline,” notes Phil Baty.

Monday round-up:

Question of the Day

Last year, we asked: For everyone watching “The Crown” right now, why wasn’t Princess Margaret allowed to marry Peter Townsend?

Answer: He was divorced. Katie Jones of Town & Country has more on Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend's Love Affair - The Real Story of Margaret & Captain Townsend.

Congrats to Deirdre Blake, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…It’s not just New York. From the peach in Atlanta to the giant Peep in Bethlehem, PA, there are plenty of unique New Year’s Eve drop traditions. What do they drop to ring in the new year in Mobile, Alabama?

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

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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