Feb 21, 2017

Instagram snags former comms chief to Michelle and Hillary

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Kristina Schake, who served as communications chief for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and who was also communications chief for First Lady Michelle Obama, is joining Instagram. Schake is replacing David Swain, current head of communications who has been working at Facebook for a decade.

She will build Instagram's brand: Per ReCode, building Instagram's brand will be one of her main focuses. Instagram boasts 600 million users right now and is working to expand its advertising arm. The good news is Schake has some experience with branding: she encouraged Michelle Obama's dance with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" and had her shop "undercover" at Target.

Why we're watching: Schake is joining Instagram at a crucial and fast-growing time for the company as it competes head-to-head with rival Snapchat for the coveted younger set.

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NASCAR driver Ryan Newman hospitalized after fiery Daytona 500 crash

Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Koch Industries Ford, crashes and flips during the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Monday. Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Racing driver Ryan Newman was hospitalized in a serious condition with non-life threatening injuries after his car crashed at the Daytona 500 on Monday, NASCAR said in a statement.

The big picture: The 42-year-old was leading the final lap of the race, won by Denny Hamlin, when his car flipped in the fiery crash. President Trump tweeted after the crash, "Praying for Ryan Newman, a great and brave @NASCARdriver!"

Go deeper: Trump takes presidential limousine for lap at Daytona 500

Bolton indicates more Ukraine details if book prevails WH "censorship"

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton on stage at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday. Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton said during a talk at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina he hopes his new book is "not suppressed" by the White House, according to journalists present in the room.

This is an effort to write history and I did it the best I can. We'll have to see what comes out of the censorship."
Bolton's comments, per Bloomberg and the New York Times

There are warning signs that Nevada could be Iowa all over again

Former Sen. Harry Reid (D) lines up to cast an early vote for the upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The alarms are increasingly sounding over Nevada's Democratic caucus, which is just five days away.

Why it matters: Similar issues to the ones that plagued Iowa's caucus seem to be rearing their ugly heads, the WashPost reports.