This isn’t going to go down well either

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This isn’t going to go down well either
January 11th, 2019 View in browser
Muck Rack Daily

Today on the blog, Get to know Grace Lynch, senior account executive at InkHouse in our latest installment of the Day In The Life series. 


The border, the wall,
our government shutdown

Trip Gabriel’s story at the New York Times reminds us that before Trump, it was Steve King Who Set the Agenda for the Wall and Anti-Immigrant Politics. Gabriel tweeted this quote from King, which the representative said at last week’s swearing-in: “You could look over there and think the Democratic Party is no country for white men.”

Yesterday brought news that a test of the steel prototype for Trump’s proposed border wall showed that it could be sawed through, based on reporting from Julia Edwards Ainsley and Jacob Soboroff at NBC News. Soboroff even pointed out they had “obtained a never-before-seen photo.”

As the government shutdown continues, we got news that the “Army Corps of Engineers has been given orders to begin preparation for a border wall construction as part of a national disaster declaration, and Trump is looking at money from a disaster spending bill to pay for it,” per Josh Dawsey. Indeed, the Trump administration is actively laying the groundwork to declare a national emergency and build the wall. The Washington Post’s Erica Werner and Dawsey worked together on that piece.

Also, Trump could take billions from disaster areas to fund the wall, Julia Edwards Ainsley and Courtney Kube wrote at NBC News. Lorraine Woellert had an expected reaction when she tweeted, “WTH??”

Meanwhile, air traffic controllers got their first shutdown pay stub and the amount, according to Michael Laris at the Washington Post, was $0.00.

“Federal workers are selling beloved items on Craigslist to survive,” Jeff Stein tweeted. Indeed, as Taylor Telford reported in the Washington Post, household items are winding up on Craigslist and Facebook from furloughed workers trying to make ends meet.

Another unfortunate side effect of this political crisis is that Miami airport will temporarily close one terminal early each day due to TSA absences, according to Hollie Silverman at CNN.

Other happenings in our government

Yes, American troops have started leaving Syria, Vivian Yee tweeted. The news–from Ben Hubbard at the New York Times–comes “after Bolton and Pompeo spent all week in the Middle East variously saying that 1. America wouldn't leave or 2. would leave while also defeating ISIS while also being a ‘force for good.’”

For your Friday lols, read Niall Stanage’s exclusive in The Hill where Giuliani said the Trump team should be allowed to “correct” the final Mueller report.

“SO IT BEGINS,” Nicholas Fandos shouted in the void that is Twitter. The “it” in this case is Michael Cohen Agreeing to Testify to Congress, which New York Times’ Maggie Haberman (along with Fandos) wrote will happen and focus on Cohen’s work for Trump.

Exasperated Democrats try to rein in Ocasio-Cortez, read a headline by Rachael Bade and Heather Caygle in Politico. “Part carrot, part stick: How House Dems are trying to rein in freshman liberal superstar @AOC, who has been making waves her first week on the job,” Melanie Zanona added.

Who’s running for president today?

New York's Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hired a new aide, which the New York Times’ Alexander Burns wrote, is Signaling [that a] Presidential Run Is Imminent.

Additionally, Senator Sherrod Brown has planned an Iowa trip as his top aide accelerates 2020 prep, we heard via Daniel Strauss at Politico. "For us, because we're less than a year out from the Iowa caucuses and when Iowa starts their early vote, I see my responsibility as helping to get an infrastructure ready should he decide that he wants to run," Michael Kruse tweeted a quote from Sarah Benzing.

Good stories about bad things

Alarmingly, Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, Kendra Pierre-Louis reported in the New York Times citing new research. Read on for the devastating implications this is expected to have for hurricane season.

Sam Biddle warns in The Intercept that For Owners of Amazon’s Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching Too. Sources tell Biddle that Amazon made its entire catalog of user videos available to a huge group of employees who did not need access. “If you or anyone you know has a Ring security camera, you'll want to read this,” Biddle encouraged.

Rebecca Smith and Rob Barry at the Wall Street Journal informed us that America’s Electric Grid Has a Vulnerable Back Door-and Russia Walked Through It. According to what Barry tweeted, the Russians’ plan included, “Strange emails from an Oregon construction company. Fake resumes with tainted attachments.” Tim Hanrahan added, “To break into the U.S. power grid, Russian hackers started small— with contractors for big utilities—and worked their way up the chain.”

Prosecutors are Examining the Ukrainians Who Flocked to Trump Inaugural, New York Times’ Kenneth Vogel, Scott Shane, Mark Mazzetti, and Iuliia Mendel worked together to publish.

The AP reported that thousands of child bride requests were approved by the government in the past decade. And while Alessandra Bonomolo admitted, “This is a good story,” you might still be alarmed when you read it.

Other Friday reads


Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: What kind of 210-foot-long “monster” has been found blocking a sewer in the English seaside town of Sidmouth, Devon?

Answer: It’s a monster fatberg.

(Ed. note: “Flushable” wipes are not, in fact, flushable. They do not decompose in the water. Fatbergs are the monstrous results of this marketing lie. DO NOT FLUSH THEM. In fact, stop using them. Full stop. They are bad for the environment. Watch this explanation from “Adam Ruins Everything” if you don’t believe me. End rant. - delia)

Surprise surprise Craig Pittman was the first to tweet the correct answer. Congrats to him! And also congrats to Caaawww!‏ (aka @mogroith) who came in second by one minute.

Your question of the day for today is…A new theory arose in 2013 explaining that the keyboard originated from which industry?

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

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