"WHAT THE HELL?! Government admits making up quotes by 'benefit claimants' saying sanctions helped them," author Greg Jenner tweets of the news that the UK's Department of Work and Pensions has been fabricating the positive stories of people who supposedly interacted with the sanctions system (at 15,000 shares and counting!). From the article: “The photos used are stock photos and along with the names do not belong to real claimants. The stories are for illustrative purposes only." Writer George Monbiot quips, "Benefit sanctions give me that extra bounce when I wake up in the morning! Make up your own #FakeSanctionsQuote." And Rory Cellan-Jones at BBC News wonders, "What would we say about journalists who did this?" Speaking of stock photos, though, here are 35 of real New Yorkers doing things.
In other politics, Donald Trump has pulled completely clear of competition, CNN reports. "Trump has a surprisingly small gender gap among his supporters. What, no solidarity with @megynkelly?" asks The Nation's Doug Henwood. Meanwhile, Andrew Sorkin writes on Carly Fiorina's not so sterling record. "Carly Fiorina is running on the strength of her business record. Problem is, it's not a good record," summarizes NYT's Steven Greenhouse. Also, Marco Rubio hit a kid in the face with a football. No, really.
Other major headlines you should know: records indicate that the mentally ill Fishkill prison inmate died after a fight with officers. "Mentally ill inmate was allegedly brutalized by 'the beat up squad' before he died," details Huffington Post's Simon McCormack. Also, the first female soldiers just graduated Army Ranger School.