In press and politics
First, the politics: a new book claims that Communist China's first premier Zhou Enlai was probably gay. "Loved overhearing [Ben Blanchard]'s valiant attempts to get govt comment on this," muses Reuters colleague Sui-Lee Wee. In American politics, Donald Trump was just granted access to the RNC's voter file. "Lotta talk about how Trump doesn't have voter data for a turnout operation, but he quietly obtained it from @GOP," argues Politico's Kenneth Vogel. In Australian politics, South Australian Liberal Jamie Briggs quits his role in Malcolm Turnbull's government, citing an "error of professional judgement."
And now, the press part: a new sobering report says that 69 journalists died on the job in 2015, with 28 murdered by groups including IS and Al-Qaeda. Elsewhere in media, Nevada gaming regulators are closely monitoring that Adelson Review-Journal buy. "Sheldon Adelson quoted saying he'll 'probably never talk to the editor' of the Las Vegas Review-Journal," notices Sherman Frederick at Battle Born Media. And at The Awl, Emma Carmichael movingly writes about the ordeal of her past year in a piece about trying "after neither of us are the same".