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Before you head off to do your after-Christmas shopping, check out our 18 most popular Muck Rack posts in 2018 roundup over on the blog. 


Boy dies in U.S. custody on Christmas day

The AP reported Tuesday from El Paso, Texas that the U.S. admitted an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died in custody.

According to Lenny Bernstein at the Washington Post, the Guatemalan child detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol died early Tuesday at a hospital in New Mexico.

For the full details CBP shared about the recent passing of a Guatemalan child, read this post from the Department of Homeland Security.

RBG is OK-ish

For some actual good news, here’s an alert that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital after her cancer surgery. That report came from Veronica Stracqualursi at CNN. Kyle Griffin quoted a court spokesperson who said the Supreme Court justice is “recuperating at home.”

Our national gun obsession

In a piece titled “Scared to death,” Steven Rich wrote in the Washington Post that more than 4 million children endured lockdowns last school year. John Woodrow Cox called it “the most comprehensive review of lockdowns ever done.” Rich himself admitted, “If you're wondering why I've been so tired, this story is the reason.”

Meanwhile, NPR’s Melissa Block reported that 2018 Brought A 'Tectonic Shift' In The Gun Control Movement, According to Advocates.

What's Trump up to?

At the New York Times, Steve Eder asked the question Did a Queens Podiatrist Help Donald Trump Avoid Vietnam? “An anonymous tipster left a trail of crumbs to follow about that bone spur deferral,” Yonette Joseph added.

In a follow-up piece, the New York Times investigated Donald Trump’s Selective Service Records including the validity of that high draft lottery number that kept him out of the war.

Hannah Alani at the Post and Courier wondered: Do a 'marginal' number of 7-year-olds believe in Santa? That's indeed what Trump told a South Carolina girl but Alani got on the phone and interviewed her. “Her words brightened my Christmas ... I bet they'll lift your spirits, too!”

After not ruining this little girl’s Christmas, Elyse Perlmutter-Gumbiner at NBC News points out that Trump became the first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime.

And at the Wall Street Journal, Michael Wursthorn and Rebecca Ballhaus had news that As the Market Rout Continues, Trump Stands Firm on Fed and Shutdown.

International relations & memberships

The Arab League is reportedly set to readmit Syria eight years after its expulsion, Bethan Mckernan and Martin Chulov wrote at The Guardian. Oz Katerji saw it another way: “Arab dictators and tyrants [are] getting ready to normalize relations with the biggest mass murderer of the 21st century.”

In a related piece, Keach Hagey and Justin Scheck at the Wall Street Journal reported that Partners Fret Over Khashoggi Killing but Still Maintain Saudi Ties. “Many investors have linked their future to Saudi money and the kingdom’s sweeping economic overhauls,” Bradley Hope explained. Those investors include Virgin founder Richard Branson, who did actually pull out of talks on a $1 billion deal with Saudi Arabia over the killing of the Washington Post columnist. Hagey added on Twitter that “Days after Richard Branson pulled out of $1bn Saudi investment talks in the wake of Khashoggi, he texted MBS urging him to release female prisoners. ‘It won’t change what happened in Turkey but it would go a long way to start…’”  

Arms Sales to Saudis Leave American Fingerprints on Yemen’s Carnage, according to a New York Times piece from Declan Walsh and Eric Schmitt. “American fingerprints are all over the air war in #Yemen, where errant strikes by the #Saudi-led coalition have killed more than 4,600 civilians, according to a monitoring group,” Louis Charbonneau quoted from the story.

Through a Special Report at Reuters, Alexandra Ulmer reported that Oil output goes AWOL in Venezuela as soldiers run PDVSA. Ulmer shared: “We just published a months-long investigation into how Venezuela's oil industry is crumbling under its new military management. Reporting with @mariannaparraga & editing by @pauloprada.”

And Japan said it will leave IWC (the International Whaling Commission) so it can resume commercial whaling, according to the Associated Press. “...but says it will no longer go to the Antarctic to hunt,” is the only piece of good news in that story.

Assorted Boxing Day reads


Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: Soon after “It’s A Wonderful Life” was released, it came under suspicion by the FBI and the House Un-American Activities Committee as Communist propaganda. What novelist/philosopher helped the FBI in its investigation and testified before HUAC as a “friendly witness”?

Answer: Interestingly enough, it was Ayn Rand.

Trivia regular Craig Pittman was back and the first to tweet the correct answer. Congrats to him.

Your question of the day for today is…In 2018, the search term “octopus DNA” spiked due to which TV series?

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

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