What happened over the weekend
"When [a] presidential contest goes 'bats--- crazy,' what can @AP standards editor do?" pointedly asks David Beard at PRI.org, and fortunately we didn't have to wait long for an answer -- because the Associated Press just announced that using certain vulgar words is just going to have to be OK under "certain circumstances" -- i.e., this election. Also see "How the AP is handling an increasingly vulgar campaign, from 'pussy' to 'batshit,'" as explained by Huffington Post's Michael Calderone. "Sad when AP's standards editor has to discuss appropriate use of obscenities as a result of a presidential campaign," laments Timothy Aeppel. But Washington Post's Mark Berman offers a counterargument: "if this election ends with us being able to use whatever words we want in news stories it will all be worth it."
That's not the only thing Trump is changing about this election. More Latinos are seeking citizenship to vote against Trump. "Trump’s unintended effect: Spurring increased engagement, enfranchisement of the very people he's sought to demonize," points out HuffPo's Nick Wing, although Vox's Dara Lind observes, "Articles about Trump-spurred Latino naturalizations still outpacing evidence of same." He's also spurring foreign diplomats to voice their alarm to U.S. officials, but one place the billionaire businessman isn't having any trouble winning over hearts is Florida, where he's tapped into the state's anti-establishment streak. "Rubio has lost support from grassroots GOP clubs -- the same activists who made him in 2010," elaborates S.V. Date with the National Journal. And if grassroots GOP clubs made Rubio, then the GOP "establishment" created Trump, argues Business Insider's Josh Barro, who further tweets, "To understand how Trump happened to the GOP, you need to look first at Mike Huckabee's cinnamon diabetes cure." At least Trump's anti-fan club can find solace in his ongoing tormented by that "finger" comment that was invented by Spy Magazine's founders.
In other breaking news from Sunday, former first lady Nancy Reagan died yesterday of congestive heart failure at 94, a dozen years after her beloved husband former president Ronald Reagan. Besides her famous red attire, Lady Reagan the former first lady leaves behind a legacy of advocacy, including her anti-drug and alcohol abuse "Just Say No” campaign, raising awareness about breast cancer after her own diagnosis in 1987, and of course, championing the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease after Ronald was diagnosed with it in 1994. Today, with his voice cracking, quarterback Peyton Manning announced his retirement from the NFL after 18 seasons and 5 league MVPs. In the wake of news that U.S. war planes (not drones) killed 150 Shabab fighters in Somalia, the American government prepares to release a casualty count from counterterrorism strikes. And if you happened to miss last night's Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, here are the most memorable quotes of the evening.