AT&T confirms it gave $600,000 to Trump’s attorney to help it purchase Time Warner

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Trump promised to “drain the swamp” during his campaign. Instead, he has surrounded himself with slime:

http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/10/media/att-michael-cohen/index.html

Cohen is a real piece of art:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/10/politics/columbus-nova-alternative-right-website-domains/index.html

Special counsel interviews Russian oligarch about funds given to Trump’s attorney from firm linked to Russia’s dictator

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The American shell company is alleged to have given $500,000 to Trump’s attorney who then funneled some of the cash to one of Trump’s alleged mistresses. The firm has ties to a Russian company connected to Russia’s dictator Putin:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/08/politics/robert-mueller-russian-oligarch-payments-michael-cohen/index.html

The revelations about Trump and his team are shocking in their depravity and recklessness and what they could mean about Trump’s connections to a nation that is openly hostile to the U.S.

Attorney general announces new plan to separate immigrant families, arrest all border crossers

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https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/07/politics/illegal-immigration-border-prosecutions-families-separated/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/07/us-border-rules-prosecutions-parents-families

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/sessions-parents-children-entering-us-illegally-will-be-separated-n872081

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-border-crossers-20180507-story.html

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/jeff-sessions-says-border-agents-will-separate-undocumented-kids-their-families

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-The-Trump-team-threatens-to-rip-apart-12902296.php

“So, if you cross the border unlawfully, even a first offense, we’re going to prosecute you,” Sessions told a gathering of the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies. “If you’re smuggling a child, we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law. If you don’t want your child to be separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally.”

I have an idea. If you are going to be the U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions, first develop a moral conscience and basic human decency. And then make sure that your comments, policies and work reflect these qualities. Otherwise, you should be separated from the Department of Justice.

Trump’s attorney says president may refuse to answer special counsel’s questions about collusion with Russia

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Trump’s new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, says the president may plead the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions that might self incriminate regarding his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to influence the election:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/06/us/politics/giuliani-says-trump-would-not-have-to-comply-with-mueller-subpoena.html

“The mob takes the Fifth,” Trump said at a campaign rally in 2016. “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”

Special counsel gives questions about possible obstruction of justice to Trump

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/30/us/politics/robert-mueller-questions-trump.html

The investigation is also focusing on possible collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the U.S. presidential campaign, says a former Trump aide who was grilled for three hours in a tough interview by the special counsel:

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/05/03/michael-caputo-intv-mueller-interview-awful-sot-ac.cnn

Journalists gather for annual White House Correspondents Dinner

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/reliable-source/wp/2018/04/28/where-to-watch-the-2018-white-house-correspondents-dinner-online-and-on-tv/

https://www.c-span.org/video/?444555-1/comedian-michelle-wolf-headlines-white-house-correspondents-dinner

The guest speaker’s biting humor set off a Twitter storm as journalists seemed surprised that the jokes would be hard hitting:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/29/business/media/michelle-wolfs-routine-sets-off-a-furor-at-an-annual-washington-dinner.html

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/29/politics/michelle-wolf-whcd-takeaways/

If the WHCA would have done its due diligence it would have easily discovered that this is the kind of comedy routine Wolf is known for. That the WHCA president is now acting surprised raises the question about why the organization did not do a better job checking out Wolf before inviting her. Why would a group of journalists do such a poor job of researching a speaker?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/30/opinion/michelle-wolf-white-house-correspondents-dinner.html

https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/whcd-reaction.php

This comment released by the WHCA president is ridiculous, as the WHCA speakers have never complied with these expectations:

“Last night’s program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people,” Talev said. “Unfortunately, the entertainer’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission.”

https://deadline.com/2018/04/white-house-correspondents-president-regrets-michelle-wolf-routine-but-not-apologizing-1202379131/

A New York Times reporter, who won the White House Correspondents’ Association Aldo Beckman Award, discusses covering Trump:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?444677-1/maggie-haberman-discusses-covering-president-trump

Reporter to Trump: ‘We are not yes men’

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https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2018/04/25/april-ryan-we-are-not-yes-men-sot-nr.cnn

Journalists are being threatened with Trump’s encouragement and even his participation. And so the world press freedom ranking has fallen for the U.S.:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/trumps-attacks-on-media-blamed-for-decline-in-us-standing-in-press-freedom-survey/2018/04/25/7c940722-48a7-11e8-8b5a-3b1697adcc2a_story.html

https://rsf.org/en/rsf-index-2018-hatred-journalism-threatens-democracies

http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/25/media/fox-news-twists-jim-acosta-quote/index.html

Inside the Intense, Combative World of Covering the Trump White House

Trump’s EPA ordered to ignore science

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http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-epa-science-20180424-story.html

Actor Robert Redford says Trump’s EPA is failing to protect the environment:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/robert-redford-the-biggest-scott-pruitt-scandal-is-the-one-right-in-front-of-us/2018/04/26/849085f0-498c-11e8-8b5a-3b1697adcc2a_story.html

Trump’s attorney represents Fox News host Sean Hannity

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/business/media/sean-hannity-michael-cohen-client.html

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/383433-dem-lawmaker-calls-on-fox-news-to-fire-hannity

The sleaze and conflicts of interest know no bounds:

http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/16/media/sean-hannity-conflicts-of-interest/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hannitys-rising-role-in-trumps-world-he-basically-has-a-desk-in-the-place/2018/04/17/e2483018-4260-11e8-8569-26fda6b404c7_story.html

SoCal newspapers ask for public’s support

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https://www.pe.com/2018/04/13/stand-with-us-by-backing-real-newspapering/

https://www.pe.com/2018/04/13/its-time-to-take-responsibility-for-how-you-get-news/

https://www.pe.com/2018/04/13/journalism-can-profit-from-the-nonprofit-model/

https://www.pe.com/2018/04/13/in-new-media-world-opinion-pages-more-relevant-than-ever/

https://www.pe.com/2018/04/13/put-a-price-on-it-your-free-press/

https://www.pe.com/2018/04/13/as-journalism-jobs-disappear-democracy-is-increasingly-at-risk/

https://www.pe.com/2018/04/13/you-dont-want-an-amateur-writing-your-breaking-news/

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-lopez-news-041152018-story.html

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-digital-first-southern-california-20180417-story.html

https://www.pe.com/2018/04/21/another-year-in-newspapers-how-many-more/

 

Former FBI director describes Trump as morally unfit as president

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/comey-says-trump-morally-unfit-to-be-president-possibly-susceptible-to-russian-blackmail/2018/04/15/eabd4b7e-3ffa-11e8-a7d1-e4efec6389f0_story.html

Comey said Trump reminds him of mafia bosses:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/james-comey-interview-president-trump-fired/story?id=54474666

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/15/us/politics/comey-interview-trump.html

 

 

Republican senator warns Trump against firing special counsel

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https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/10/politics/chuck-grassley-firing-mueller-suicide/index.html

Most Americans support the special counsel’s investigations of the Trump campaign:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/majorities-back-investigations-trump-russia-alleged-hush-money/story?id=54423469

The New York Times’ editorial board writes that all Republicans should publicly warn Trump not to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/16/politics/new-york-times-trump-mueller/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/04/15/opinion/editorials/president-above-rule-law.html

 

Facebook CEO meets with Senate committee about tech giant’s misuse of user data

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C-SPAN 3 is showing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s live comments before the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?443543-1/facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-testifies-data-protection&live

https://www.cnn.com/specials/live-video-1?adkey=bn

Camera shutters are clicking rapid fire and the air is so thick you could slice it with a knife as Zuckerberg enters the room and is seated. Wow. The drama of the moment is intense.

Zuckerberg is in the hot seat and he just swallowed hard.

During his testimony today, Zuckerberg actually claimed that Facebook members control the use of their data. Apparently $60 billion will get some people to say anything, no matter how outrageous.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/04/10/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-hearing-congress-testimony/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/facebook-makes-the-snowden-affair-look-quaint-its-time-to-regulate/2018/04/10/cad3feec-3c31-11e8-974f-aacd97698cef_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/facebook-cant-protect-elections-on-its-own/2017/09/29/d8a6d3b0-a491-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html

After his campaign targeted potential voters by contracting with a third party firm that misused their Facebook data, Trump won the national election with just 78,000 votes in three battleground states: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2017/09/28/enough-is-enough-how-to-stop-russias-cyber-interference/

A researcher who gave Facebook user data to Cambridge Analytica, the third party firm that worked under contract with the Trump campaign, also collected members’ private messages. Facebook users who think they have control over their privacy by being careful with their account settings are ignoring the facts that prove they are wrong:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/10/technology/facebook-cambridge-analytica-private-messages.html

Facebook changed 14 million users’ settings to public without their permission:

http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/07/technology/facebook-public-post-error/index.html

A hundred Zuckerberg cutouts take over the Capitol lawn:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/10/us/group-places-cutouts-of-mark-zuckerberg-on-capitol-lawn-trnd/index.html

Facebook paid for full page newspaper ads apologizing for misusing members’ data:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/25/europe/facebook-zuckerberg-cambridge-analytica-sorry-ads-newspapers-intl/

 

Zuckerberg told the Senate committee that Facebook has been contacted by the special counsel investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

Zuckerberg’s most repeated comments during his Senate testimony: “I’ll have my team get back with you” and “I’m not specifically aware of that.”

The committee just recessed for five minutes. Zuckerberg left his notes face up on the table and photographers are snapping close up photos of the pages. It will be interesting to read the notes.

Zuckerberg’s notes reveal more than his comments:

https://www.fastcompany.com/40557550/why-that-photo-of-zucks-notes-is-more-revealing-than-the-entire-senate-hearing

Zuckerberg’s notes can be read easily in this photo (click twice on the photo):

https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/10/17222546/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-senate-hearing-notes-cambridge-analytica-privacy

It is ironic that the notes of the worst abuser of privacy in the history of humankind were photographed and published online:

https://blog.ap.org/behind-the-news/how-i-got-that-photo-of-zuckerbergs-notes

Zuckerberg met with another committee April 11.

The hearings were of little value:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/11/mark-zuckerbergs-facebook-hearing-sham

Facebook violates nearly everyone’s privacy, including that of nonusers:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/technology/facebook-privacy-hearings.html

http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/11/technology/mark-zuckerberg-congress/index.html

Here is some of the data Facebook collects:

 

A “delete Facebook” movement is growing. Steve Wozniak, one of Apple’s founders, canceled his Facebook account.

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/researcher-gave-50-million-facebook-users-data-to-trump-campaign-firm/

 

Denver Post calls for hedge fund owner to sell newspaper

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/07/business/media/denver-post-opinion-owner.html

The same hedge fund company in New York owns most of the daily newspapers in Southern California, including The Press-Enterprise.

Sunday’s Denver Post is scheduled to include a front-page editorial calling for the sale of the newspaper:

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/04/06/as-vultures-circle-the-denver-post-must-be-saved/

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/04/06/when-a-hedge-fund-tries-to-kill-the-newspapers-it-owns-journalists-must-fight-back/

The irresponsible hedge fund that owns Digital First newspapers such as The Press-Enterprise in Riverside is making hefty profits from its newspapers across the nation. After mass layoffs at its newspapers, it then redirects the profits to its other businesses that have nothing to do with newspapers:

https://dfmworkers.org/

http://www.newsguild.org/mediaguild3/leaked-financial-report-shows-jaw-dropping-profits-for-outlaw-newspaper-owner/#more-9165

http://www.niemanlab.org/2018/05/newsonomics-alden-global-capital-is-making-so-much-money-wrecking-local-journalism-it-might-not-want-to-stop-anytime-soon/

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-denver-post-editor-resigns-20180504-story.html

Digital First has ordered its newspapers’ top editors to censor all coverage of its misbehavior:

https://dfmworkers.org/alden-globals-desperate-crackdown/

 

US Homeland Security confirms plan to watch journalists, social media

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The Department of Homeland Security plans to monitor journalists, bloggers and social media:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/04/dhs-defends-media-monitoring-database-calls-critics-conspiracy-theorists/

George Orwell warned us about an authoritarian government monitoring everyone.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellefabio/2018/04/06/department-of-homeland-security-compiling-database-of-journalists-and-media-influencers/#3570620c6121

The monitoring will seek to determine journalists and bloggers’ “sentiment”:

https://biglawbusiness.com/homeland-security-to-compile-database-of-journalists-bloggers/

Trump proposes drastic cuts to nation’s best idea: Our National Parks

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Is this something that should be commercialized? Its budget slashed by nearly $300 million? And made unaffordable for low-income people?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/visit-some-national-parks-trump–and-hurry/2018/01/19/fe8e1ff6-fd52-11e7-8f66-2df0b94bb98a_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-chilling-contempt-for-future-generations/2017/08/25/baf58b86-89bb-11e7-961d-2f373b3977ee_story.html

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/11/opinion-trump-plan-would-turn-yosemite-into-refuge-for-the-wealthy/

https://thinkprogress.org/national-parks-trump-infrastructure-budget-f0530e5fa7c4/

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/environment/article181353356.html

Update: The National Park Service is reconsidering the fee increase:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/05/us/national-parks-fee-increase.html

The entrance fee will go up just $5:

http://www.hidesertstar.com/news/article_48c744c8-3f7d-11e8-9841-ef0d7e4da84c.html

Trump vows to block DACA legislation

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/01/us/politics/trump-immigration-daca.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2018/04/01/deal-on-daca-no-more-trump-says/

A federal judge has ruled that Trump’s racist comments are grounds to allow a lawsuit in favor of DACA protection to continue:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/nyregion/daca-lawsuit-trump-brooklyn.html

California’s attorney general issues guidance for schools in how to respond to immigration police

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http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-immigration-schools-guidelines-1522354331-htmlstory.html#nt=card

https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-becerra-issues-law-enforcement-bulletins-providing-guidance

https://oag.ca.gov/immigrant

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/student-immigration-resources/

 

Trump confuses Community Colleges with vocational schools

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Trump says he doesn’t know what a Community College is. Perhaps he could tell the nation the point of his scam Trump University.

https://www.msnbc.com/brian-williams/watch/trump-doesn-t-know-what-a-community-college-is-1198465091650

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/02/01/trump-says-community-colleges-should-be-called-vocational-schools-um-they-arent-the-same-thing/

 

Trump congratulates Russia’s dictator for victory in sham election

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U.S. Sen. John McCain criticized Trump’s praise for Russia’s brutal dictator:

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-putin-20180320-story.html

The U.S. is under constant cyber attack by Russia, but the commander in chief wants to be pals with Putin.

Update: The special counsel investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia questioned Russian oligarchs:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/04/politics/mueller-special-counsel-investigation-russian-oligarchs/index.html