One less at the kiddie table

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One less at the kiddie table
December 21st, 2015
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Sen. Lindsey Graham is ending his 2016 White House run, and that makes one less GOP candidate standing on the "undercard stage" (a CNN exclusive at 9,300+ shares right now). "Lindsey Graham to @KateBolduan: 'I cannot tell you how frustrating it has been ... to be put at the 'kiddie table'," quotes CNN's MJ Lee, who then adds "Notable from Lindsey Graham interview: 'Hillary, if you get to be President, I'll help you where I can'." "GOP shrinkage," is how AP's Carson Walker describes it. "Lindsey Graham suspends campaign, takes credit for being first GOPer to support perpetual war in Middle East," reacts  Here's Graham's video announcing the suspension of the campaign. "Sen. Lindsey Graham ends his campaign for the presidency ... which may make George Pataki the GOP frontrunner," muses political columnist Ken Rudin.

Elsewhere in politics, PolitiFact doubles down on the campaign misstatements of Donald Trump. "@PolitiFact's lie of the year is Donald Trump's campaign. Like, the whole thing," realizes Jason Noble. Meanwhile, Trump's rise is dividing the black celebrities he calls his friends. Washington Post's Wesley Lowery quips, "if you bet on Herschel Walker in 'which black celeb will defend Donald Trump's racism' pool, you just won some $$$." Extremely relatedly, here's how Donald Trump is breathing life into America’s dying white supremacist movement. "Former kkk leader David duke is a big fan of @realDonaldTrump," points out BuzzFeed's Adam Serwer. And then there's President Barack Obama's accusation of Trump that he exploits working-class fears. "Echoes of clinging to gods and guns right here from the sociologist-in-chief," warns Politico's Glenn Thrush.

Oh, and have you heard? Charlotte is going to be a big sister. No, we're not talking about Princess Charlotte, but rather Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky -- because Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her second child.

Watercooler
Question of the day

Our last question asked: According to Quartzthe Mast Brothers fooled the world into doing what? In reporter Deena Shanker's words, "paying $10 a bar for crappy hipster chocolate."

Congrats to Waterfield Designs for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to Lori FriedmanMaureen MacGregor (who jokes one such flavor could be "Arcade Fire Cinnamon Crunch"), Eugene HuntKen WalkerRobin Tierney (who notices it was "[e]xposed same day I filed uncrappy chocolates story!"), Carrie Gray (who adds the hashtag #IveBeenThatDesperate), Sharon BennettMark Gibbs (who adds "Their motto was 'from bean to bar' should have been "from bean to bank'"), Robin Epley (who observes "Honestly that's a brilliant business plan if you can get away w/it... but they didn't"), Jake Wengroff (who wonders if it this is "a dark tale, or bittersweet?"), Chris LombardiRon Casalotti (who notes "That's like paying $4 for coffee!") and Judyth Mermelstein for all answering correctly, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: What giant flub happened at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant this weekend? (And do you think it was staged?)

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Monday

Some moves today over at the Associated Press, where they've announced a new national beat team "to elevate coverage of issues in education":

  • Members of the team include reporters Lisa Leff in San Francisco and Collin Binkley in Boston, who will focus primarily on higher education.
  • Reporters Christine Armario in Los Angeles and Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo, New York, are dedicated primarily to K-12 issues.
  • Washington-based reporter Jennifer C. Kerr will focus on federal education policy and its impact on schools, teachers and students.
  • Photo editor Marta Lavandier in Miami and video-first journalist Gillian Flaccus in Orange County, California, will work closely with the  team to help incorporate video and photos into its storytelling.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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