April 25th, 2016
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Monday must-reads

"Lamest tag team since High Energy," Digg's David Weiner calls the news that Ted Cruz and John Kasich finally officially joined forces to stop Donald Trump (at 15,000+ shares right now). In other words, both candidates announced they'll divide their efforts in upcoming contests in an attempt to block him from the nomination--although as CNN's Dianne Gallagher points out, "Seems it could've been more successful if they started this...oh, I don't know....a long time ago." Washington Post's Philip Bump seems to think similarly: "It's interesting that this is so public, but it's not like either of them can win."

In other Trump news, Bloomberg News puts out interactive proof that the Donald will see you in court. "Wonder about Trump's claim that he never settles lawsuits? Here's answer -- and decades of data on his court tactics," explains Winnie O'Kelley there. Someone Trump doesn't want to see in court? Tom Brady, now that it's come out the Patriots quarterback must serve the 'Deflategate' penalty after all. Which makes sense, as Brady has been known to sport a "Make America Great Again" hat, too. In other breaking court decisions, Tamir Rice’s family will receive $6 million from Cleveland, although columnist Connie Schultz notes "Not one cent of it will bring back Samaria Rice's child." Freelance journalist Jack Mirkinson likewise observes, "Money does not equal justice."

And then there's the horrifying news that the senior editor of Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine has been hacked to death. "Another day, another intolerance-murder in Bangladesh," laments freelancer Tunku Varadarajan. You won't feel much better reading how Oklahoma cops took $53,000 from a Burmese Christian band, a church in Omaha and an orphanage in Thailand, either. "They raised thousands for a Christian school. Then Oklahoma cops took it all away during a traffic stop," reports Washington Post's Christopher Ingraham. Meanwhile, Jenna McLaughlin at the director of national intelligence complained that Edward Snowden sped up the spread of encryption by 7 years. "Of all the things I've been accused of, this is the one of which I am most proud," the whistleblower himself admits on Twitter. sums up the article thusly: "@JennaMC_Laugh to the NSA: u mad? NSA: yes @JennaMC_Laugh: how mad? NSA: this much."

Plus the NY Times is calling Johnny Manziel the human cost of the NFL draft machine, arguing that "everyone, even the league, was having fun at Manziel’s expense. He was 21." Although SB Nation's Dan Kadar incredulously responds, "I think the New York Times just blamed NFL Draft coverage on why Johnny Manziel has addiction issues."

Question of the day

Our last question asked: Continuing our fond reminiscences of Prince, according to BuzzFeed, the artist wrote a song that would go on to be performed by an R&B/funk group on what topic? Prince once wrote a song called ‘Donald Trump.’ Here are the lyrics, annotated by the Washington Post.

Congratulations to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to shaleila (who remarks this fact proves "There is so much beauty in the world"), Robin Tierney (who also asks "But did u know Tom Jones covered 'Kiss'?") and Ron Casalotti (who suggests that it's Trump who "makes 'doves' cry").

As for today's question, here it is: In a video recently uploaded to Instagram by the groom, Kanye West interrupts a wedding guest's speech to say what?

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!

Featured journalist: Anna Bowness-Park

We'd like to start the week off by highlighting the work of Anna Bowness-Park, a self-syndicated columnist who covers religion/spirituality and health, highlighting how new studies reveal consciousness and health are connected. Bowness-Park became a journalist because "I love sharing what I have learned." On a lighter note, her favorite fictional journalist is Andrea Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada. Stop by her Muck Rack portfolio for samplings of what her works about -- and we suggest you start with a post like "From the trauma of loss as a refugee, to finding new meaning in life" or "Why caring about Cecil the lion is good for health." Her advice to aspiring journalists? "Always be curious."

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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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