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November 7th, 2018 View in browser
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So many firsts

So, there was an election yesterday. And no matter how you look at it, plenty of history was made. We’ll start with the first call of 2018, and one that you may have missed. As Asha Robles of KUAM News reports, Guam elects first female Governor – Lou Leon Guerrero. Leon Guerrero was the first of many women who won their elections yesterday.

Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib Became The First Muslim Woman Elected To Congress (167,000+ shares), as Hannah Allam reports for BuzzFeed News. Tlaib’s win was followed by that of Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, who is also Muslim and will be the first headscarf-wearing member of Congress. Omar is the first Somali American US legislator, and the first woman of color to represent Minnesota in Congress.

In New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress (321,000+ shares), as Eli Watkins of CNN reports.

And Kansas elects Sharice Davids, first gay Native American woman, to Congress (195,000+ shares). Bryan Lowry and Katy Bergen have that report for the Kansas City Star. Tweets Lowry, “People are crying tears of joy in Olathe as ⁦@sharicedavids⁩ makes history,” adding, “Susan Ruiz also won that night. Kansas voters sending an #LGBT woman to Washington and two LGBT people to Topeka - three historic firsts last night.”

The upshot, Women and LGBT candidates made history in the 2018 midterms (115,000+ shares), writes CNN’s Watkins. Andrew Kaczynski recaps: “First last night: More than 100 women in Congress for the first time in history. First openly gay man elected governor. First Muslim women elected to Congress (two). First female senator from Tennessee. First Native American women elected (two).” “Failed to go to sleep but quite proud of America right now!” Stephen Robert Morse says.

So many firsts, it’s hard to capture it all. Karen Zraick of The New York Times writes about Diverse Candidates Making History in Midterm Elections, while Julia Reinstein of BuzzFeed News takes a look at Some Of The Historic Firsts From The Midterm Elections (39,000+ shares). Kayla Epstein and Eugene Scott of The Washington Post also offer their analysis on The historic firsts of the 2018 midterms, noting that while “prominent figures like Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, failed to win their potentially historic elections, many candidates around the country became the first person of their gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation to be elected to their positions in their states, or in some cases, in the country.” The Post created a Twitter thread with a quick overview of some of these history-making wins.

Maybe anticipating the wave of women elected into office, Colleen Shalby and Andrea Roberson at the Los Angeles Times Data Desk kept tabs throughout the night on How many women have been elected in an interactive piece that Kelcie Pegher calls, “My kind of project.” 

To cap it all off, GOP lawmaker Jason Lewis, who complained that he can’t call women “sluts” anymore, lost to a woman, Angie Craig. Lisa Hagen of The Hill has that story. Craig will be the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Congress from Minnesota. 

And finally, in what surely is another first, Dead brothel owner wins election for Nevada legislative seat, reports AP’s Michelle Price, and “If aliens land on the planet and demand one headline to explain the current state of things, I'm gonna pick this one,” says Mark Berman. Price notes that Dennis Hof fashioned himself “as a Donald Trump-style Republican,” and “was found dead Oct. 16 after a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday.”

THIS is voter fraud

Kevin Gould invites you to “Imagine an election was won by the person who decided who could vote.” Well, imagine no more. As Robert Taylor says, “the people of Georgia (and Americans in general) should not be fooled by what is taking place in that state.” At The Atlantic, Carol Anderson writes that Brian Kemp’s Victory in Georgia Needs an Asterisk (31,000+ shares), pointing out, “If the governor’s race had taken place in another country, the State Department would have questioned its legitimacy.” Tweets Lisa Falkenberg, “Wanna talk about voter fraud? THIS is voter fraud. I hope John Roberts sees now how wrong he was in the decision to neuter the Voting Rights Act. The racist power structure that has suppressed minority voter power is not a thing of the past.”

For more on the situation at the polls yesterday in Georgia and elsewhere, read Broken machines, rejected ballots and long lines: voting problems emerge as Americans go to the polls, by Amy Gardner and Beth Reinhard of The Washington Post. Jeremy Caplan wonders, “Who will focus on implementing fixes next week, next month & next year as the news cycle spins on to other issues?”

But look at this!

On a more positive note, Ben Wolford links to the news that Florida restored voting rights to ex-felons via ballot initiative (76,000+ shares), as Vox’s German Lopez reports. Erin B. Logan provides more background: “The law was enacted in 1868 to keep recently freed slaves from voting. The vagrancy laws, created by white supremacists to suppress the black voters, penalized people for doing random standing on a sidewalk at 4pm.” Now that their rights have been restored, tweets Jamil Smith, “That’s about 1.6 million or so new Florida voters, today. About 40 percent of the black male population of the state, as @samswey noted. One day too late, perhaps.” But still, “irl glimmer of amazing news from florida,” as Niamh McIntyre puts it. 

No one said it would be easy

You may have heard Beto O’Rourke Drop the F-Bomb on Live TV During His Concession Speech, which Stuart Oldham writes about at Variety. At the Houston Chronicle, Alejandra Matos breaks down Why Beto O’Rourke lost, while at The New York Times, Mimi Swartz of Texas Monthly looks at The Success in Beto’s Failure (54,000+ shares). As she tweets, “No one said it would be easy.” Adds Robyn O'Brien, “Most Texans know that when you fall off a horse, the best thing to do is get right back on again.”

Updates, analysis and cute animal pics

There’s too much to recap here, but you have plenty of live blogging and ongoing coverage available to you to get your fix: Cheyenne Haslett and Morgan Winsor of ABC News sum up last night with Democrats take House, Trump claims ‘big win,’ but many races too close to call. CBS News has live election results and takeaways. NBC News is also posting updates, news and analysis. Brian Ries, Veronica Rocha, Meg Wagner and Sophie Tatum are keeping the CNN coverage going with Election Day in the US: Live updates.

Also, as Maggie Koerth-Baker of FiveThirtyEight tweets, “We are liveblogging your 2018 election day. Join @FiveThirtyEight for analysis, philosophical debate, and (I am not joking) some cute animal pictures,” about which she says, “I still can't tell if @micahcohen overly fast approval of this plan to post cute animal pics and facts today is a sign of his genius or his need for a hug.” Find all that in their 2018 Election: Continuing Coverage And Results.

Shocked — shocked!

Yesterday, we told you about Sean Hannity’s appearance at a Trump rally. CNN’s Oliver Darcy talked to Hannity’s colleagues at Fox News about that appearance, and they told him things like, ‘It disturbs me to my core’: Fox News staffers express outrage over Hannity's rally appearance. Darcy tweets, “I spoke to more than half-a-dozen Fox News employees about Hannity's appearance at Trump's rally. Some of the comments I received from senior Fox employees: ‘It disturbs me to my core. I am so f---ing mad.’ ‘I'm aghast.’ ‘...A new line was crossed.’” Tweets Scott Bixby, “Fox News staffers are shocked — shocked! — to find that gambling is going on at Rick’s Café.”

Meanwhile, Steve King bars ‘leftist propaganda’ outlet Des Moines Register from election night event, reports Tony Leys of that commie rag the Des Moines Register. As Alison Cook says, “I find nothing about Steve King funny. Except this.” Paul Krugman notes, “You have to be a real right-wing extremist to consider the Des Moines Register leftist propaganda. But basically that's now the label for any kind of honest reporting.”

Pruitt-level in the Zinke

On to other news. As Adam Aton says, “The Interior beat gets weirder and weirder.” How weird is it? Kyla Mandel tweets, “We may have just reached Pruitt-level in the Zinke.” The evidence: Ryan Zinke’s house guest impersonated the secretary Monday night. Then he called Park Police on the neighbors. Juliet Eilperin, Darryl Fears and Lisa Rein have that story at The Washington Post, and Nicholas Riccardi has the appropriate reaction: “Wut.” Adds Sopan Deb, “there are a million weird DC stories. not many weirder than this one.” If it seems somehow familiar, “I know I've said this before but this could easily be a scene in ‘Burn After Reading,” says Jeet Heer.


According to the new report by Adam Satariano and Nicholas Confessore of The New York Times, British Watchdog Finds Cambridge Analytica and Brexit Financier Misused Private Data. And in that story, “New York Times confirms – Robert Mueller has obtained the records of Arron Banks’ communications with Russian officials,” tweets Mark Di Stefano. Or as Carole Cadwalladr says, “WHOAH! Amazing new fact in @nytimes report on ICO report today. Mueller now has @arron_banks' emails about meetings with the Russian ambassador. Take a bow @peterjukes…” 

Meanwhile, “Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Russian fertilizer magnate whose $95 million purchase of Trump's Florida mansion raised red flags for money-laundering, has been arrested in Monaco on corruption charges,” tweets The Moscow Project, linking to the new report by Fabrice Lhomme and Gérard Davet of Le Monde, Le président de l’AS Monaco perquisitionné et placé en garde à vue. Andrew Das tweets, “Monaco's president, Dmitri Rybolovlev, was arrested today, hours before his club's Champions League game, per Le Monde.”

Oh no

And now, Ed Yong has your Debbie Downer story of the day. He tweets, “Hey, remember that viral video of a baby bear climbing up a snowy cliff to its mother? It's not a life-affirming tale of persistence. The bears were fleeing from the drone that was filming and harassing them.” His story for The Atlantic explains The Problem Behind a Viral Video of a Persistent Baby Bear (29,000+ shares). As Dino Grandoni puts it, “Oh no, that bear video just got milkshake duck’d.”


Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Under a special arrangement with the U.S. Air Force Museum, Neil Armstrong brought a piece of wood and a piece of muslin fabric to the moon with him. What historic aircraft did those pieces come from?

Answer: The 1903 Wright flyer

Congrats to…Alex Brant-Zawadzki, first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…Who was the first animated character to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

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

Career Updates

Updates at Bloomberg

Matt Day, who has been a reporter for the Seattle Times, is joining Bloomberg News as a reporter in its Seattle bureau. He previously worked for The Wall Street Journal, where he covered emerging financial markets.

Paula Dwyer, who joined Bloomberg in 2011 as an editor and editorial writer for Bloomberg View and has been an editor for Bloomberg QuickTakes for the past year, is moving to the New York editing hub of Bloomberg News, where she’ll be a senior editor. She previously worked at The New York Times and also previously served as London bureau chief for Bloomberg News.

And Bernie Kohn, who has been the weekend managing editor at Bloomberg News, is becoming an editor at large at Bloomberg BNA. He joined Bloomberg in 2010. Before that, he spent 27 years as a reporter and editor for newspapers including the Tampa Tribune, the Charlotte Observer, The Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun.

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