February 2nd, 2016
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Your Tuesday news day


"I want to believe #PunxsutawneyPhil," admits USA Today's Donna Leinwand Leger, sharing the news from Pennsylvania that everyone's favorite furry forecaster predicts an early spring (at 9,500+ shares right now). "Go, groundhog!" reacts Tom Heiser with the Courier-Journal. Then again, here's USA Today in another piece, ready to burst our bubble already by asking how accurate is Punxsutawney Phil? "Can you really trust a groundhog?" pointedly asks Daisy Maxey at the Wall Street Journal. Well, apparently not, because it turns out Sir Walter Wally has been wrong more than right. Which technically puts him in the same corner as Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.


But enough of that, because there's major politics afoot. At last night's Iowa caucus, a second-place finish pierced Donald Trump’s mystique while Ted Cruz came out on top after investing plenty of time and energy there. "What Cruz did right: he started early. He built the relationships. He built the organization," observes Washington Post's Robert Costa. "Donald Trump - golf course builder, real estate magnate and TV star - has new title that's unfamiliar: loser," tweets Maggie Haberman, re-writing her lede for Twitter. "I don’t think @realDonaldTrump is going to like this @nytimes lede," points out Oliver Darcy at The Blaze. Meanwhile, in the Democratic race, Bernie Sanders managed to turn the Clinton coronation into a real race. "I don't think @BernieSanders has a long shelf life ... but he's making it interesting," concludes David D. Haynes at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. At the New York Times,  Nate Cohn similarly argues that the "virtual tie" in Iowa helps Hillary more than it does Bernie. "Sanders did well where he had advantages but @nate_cohn says advantages wane as states get less white, less liberal," explains NYT's Jonathan Weisman. And then there's the fact that sometimes, Iowa Democrats award caucus delegates with a coin flip.

In breaking news, there are reports of an explosion on board an A321 just minutes after taking off from Mogadishu, while European Council president Donald Tusk unveiled a proposal for a new settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union. "To be, or not to be together, that is the question," Tusk tweets. Also, the FBI just joined the Flint drinking water investigation. "List of agencies on case that investigate criminal wrongdoing grows," notes USA Today's Alison Young.

And now for news about the news


Michael Feeney, a former New York Daily News reporter and onetime NABJ chapter president who was about to start his dream job at CNN, died this weekend at just 32. "Feeney always helped others when he could. He strived to make people around him better. @mfeeney will be missed," shares NYDN's Keldy Ortiz. "There aren't enough words. But here are more from the New York Times on #MichaelJFeeney," chimes in Rochelle Riley with the Detroit Free Press. At Al Jazeera America, staff are making the best of things by creating a new website to showcase their best work. "A wonderful project:, a showcase for Al Jazeera digital reporters who will soon be out of work," details CNN's Brian Stelter. And at BuzzFeedBen Smith explores how Trump owns the old media and the new media. "This, by @BuzzFeedBen, is a thinly veiled ploy to get letters from @realDonaldTrump about his objectively tiny hands," Vocativ's Markham Nolan theorizes.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: The New York Times (yes, really) just compiled the complete list of Donald Trump's what? His Twitter insults.

Congratulations to Ken Walker of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these lovely people for also answering correctly: Thomas FeyerMargo Howard (who adds "Insults or bankruptcies, can't decide which"), Dan Rosenbaum (who notes "Mean tweets, which is a kind of a meta thing to be writing here"), Bridget O'Brian (who notes the list allows us to "abhor them all at one time"), Matt NagelMaureen BrownDebkrolMark Gibbs (who quips "And the list is huuuuuuuuge!"), Andrew Holtz (who adds "My reply: I know you are, but what am I?"), Cindi LashLucia A. Walinchus (who adds "Or maybe they just looked up every derogatory word in the dictionary. We'll never know"), Hal Davis and Robin Tierney (who answers "List of Twitter insults, or perhaps Trump would call them performance reviews").

As for today's question, here it is: Seal (along with the NFL) just released a video featuring 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!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Tuesday


Your career changes of the day:

  • Yahoo Finance brings Sam Ro (at right) on board as managing editor starting Feb. 29. Read all about it here.
  • Ana Marie Cox joins MTV News as senior political correspondent. You already know Cox as the Wonkette founding editor and, most recently, a New York Times Magazine contributor.
  • David Rohde is now Reuters' national security investigations editor. Rohde had been investigative reporter there.
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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