Global Stock Markets Crater On China Angst As U.S. Sees Sharp One-Day Drops

Traditional media players fared a bit better but were still dinged, mostly falling by a couple of percentage points.
President Donald Trump has vowed to implement more tariffs on China. The nations are several months into a clash over trade.
Stock markets in the U.S. slumped badly Monday, notching some of their worst single-day declines of 2019, during a global market correction spurred by increasing anxiety about U.S.-China trade relations.
companies faced a bigger challenge operating in China as the net effect of the currency drop is that prices for U.S. As the yuan fell to less than seven per dollar, U.S. goods increase.
Big tech was hit hard in the pullback. As a hardware leader, Apple has been seen as one of the most vulnerable U.S. companies in the new China-U.S. Netflix, Alphabet and Apple all shed between 4% and 5%, with social media firms Twitter, Facebook and Snap Inc. in slightly worse shape. environment.
The Nasdaq fell 3.5% to finish at 7,726.04, while the S&P 500 marked its sixth straight down day, wrapping up at 2,844.74, down 3%. The Dow 30 dropped about 3% to end at 25,717.74.
Prior to the rough day on Wall Street, several stock markets across the world had also registered declines.” />
The yuan, China’s unit of currency, reached its lowest level in more than a decade. With the OK from the government, the People’s Bank of China allowed the yuan to fall. Trump blasted the move on Twitter as a "major violation" and "currency manipulation."

Mail Bomber Who Targeted Donald Trump Critics Sentenced To Prison

None of the devices detonated, no one was hurt, and several were intercepted before reaching their intended targets.
Donald Trump Condemns “White Supremacy”, Warns Of Internet “Perils”, Calls Dayton “Toledo”; Video Game Group Responds – Update” />
Sayoc was labeled "the MAGA Bomber" after photos circulated of his van that was covered in pro-Trump stickers and posters, along with other images including Trump's 2016 Democratic presidential challenger Clinton in crosshairs.
Sayoc also sent explosive devices to CNN headquarters in Manhattan.
The Florida man who mailed bombs last year to high-profile critics of President Donald Trump including Democratic politicians, cable news outlets and pundits and Robert De Niro was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison.
Cesar Sayoc, 57, whose own legal team called him a "Donald Trump superfan," was arrested October 28 and had pleaded guilty to 65 criminal charges in March. Prosecutors had sought a life sentence.
Maxine Waters, former CIA director James Brennan (in care of CNN) and billionaire Dem contributors George Soros and Tom Steyer — the latter now a presidential candidate. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. More than a dozen bombs were mailed to prominent Democrats including Barack and Michelle Obama, 2016 presidential nominee Sen. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, former VP Joe Biden, Sens.

Twitter Goes Down Again In Widespread Outage; Cause Identified – Update

UPDATED with cause: Twitter is experiencing a broad outages of its services, the social media site said Thursday, saying on its official status page that the problem is due to an internal configuration change that is now being fixed.
It's the second notable outage for Twitter this month. The platform experienced temporary outages relating to DM delivery and notifications on July 3, the same day Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users saw those services down for most of the day.
"Some people may be able to access Twitter again and we're working to make sure Twitter is available to everyone as quickly as possible," it wrote in its update.
The gathering is mostly of conservative influencers Trump follows who have complained that they are consistently marginalized on the major platforms. Todaay's outage comes the same day President Donald Trump is hosting a Social Media Summit at the White House that does not include the biggest social media networks — including Twitter.
Twitter recently announced that disclaimers would be attached to tweets from world leaders that violate the site’s community standards rules. More recently, a New York appellate court upheld an earlier decision that Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking Twitter users.” />
Most queries on the social media platform were resulting in an error page for users all over the world. The side DownDetector reported the issues began just before 3 PM ET impacting Twitter's website and Android and iPad apps.

LAPD Arrests 25-Year-Old Man In Theft Of Marilyn Monroe Statue

The statue that topped the Ladies of Hollywood gazebo at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue was reported swiped on June 16.
Police on Friday identified the suspect as Austin Mikel Clay, the same man authorities said previously used an ax on President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Clay, 25, was convicted last summer of destroying Trump’s star and was on felony probation at the time of the statue’s theft.
Los Angeles police have made an arrest in connection with the theft of an iconic Marilyn Monroe statue, according to local news reports.
The Monroe statue remains missing.” />
"It's unfortunate he’s seeking this method to gain fame," LAPD Detective Douglas Oldfield told NBC Los Angeles.
It has graced the top of the silver structure that is held up by statues of Mae West, Anna Mae Wong, Dolores Del Rio and Dorothy Dandridge and celebrates film actresses representing different cultures who helped change the movie business. The small bronze-colored statue features Monroe in her iconic windblown dress pose from 1955’s The Seven Year Itch.

Manhattan Helicopter Crash: One Dead, No Other Injuries In “Very Troubling Incident”; Mayor Says It’s Not Terrorism – Update

UPDATED with quotes from news conference, 1:02 PM: A helicopter has crashed onto the roof of a midtown Manhattan high rise building at 51st Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, in rainy conditions and what looks to be a forced landing.
Although the Broadway production of Beetlejuice is located at the nearby Winter Garden Theatre, on Broadway between 50th and 51st streets, the show does not have a scheduled performance tonight.
There was a fire that happened when the helicopter hit the roof. People who were in the building said they felt the building shake. There may have been casualties involved in people in the helicopter. We don’t know what caused the helicopter to land on top of the building but people in the building itself, nobody has been hurt.” Said Cuomo: “The preliminary information is that there was a helicopter that made a forced landing, an emergency landing or landed on the roof of the building for one reason or another. The fire department believes the fire is under control.
Although Trump Tower is located about six blocks away, the president is at the White House. Pence said there are no indications of terrorism. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have been notified of the incident.
So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker’s mind goes." In an address to reporters carried live on cable news, Cuomo said, “If you’re a New Yorker you have a level of PTSD from 9/11 and I remember that morning all too well.
Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.” />
City officals said the fire is out and that some leaked fuel has been "mitigated." No debris fell to the street, they noted.

Helipads have been banned from Manhattan since 1977, when five people died in a helicopter accident atop the old Pan Am Building (now the MetLife Building).

He said there were "no other injuries that we know of at this point in time to anyone in the building or on the ground, And I want to say thank God for that – this could have been a much worse incident.”
De Blasio said no cause has been determined as multiple agencies investigate the crash and praised the first responders.
Video that appears to show a helicopter flying erratically toward the city just before the crash surfaced on social media.
The crash of the Agusta A109E aircraft took place on top of 787 Seventh Avenue, and the 54-story building has been evacuated. The high-rise office building, according to its website, houses a fitness center, a bank branch, restaurants and access to the Rockefeller Center retail center.
The neighborhood, just north of Times Square, is home to various media, entertainment and publishing companies including those including in 30 Rockefeller Center and some of Broadway's theaters extending into the area.
West 51st and West 52nd streets between 6th and 7th avenues have been closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The building remained under an evacuation order, and traffic in the area was snarled. Some adjacent and nearby buildings apparently have been evacuated.
During an afternoon news conference, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio called it "a very strange, very troubling incident” but stressed, "There is no indication at this time that this was an act of terrorism,” he stressed, “and there is no ongoing threat to New York City based on all the information we have right now. … And there is no danger of any kind to New Yorkers at this point.”
No one else was aboard the privately owned Agusta A109E aircraft, which officials said left the 34th Street helipad at 1:32 PM local time and crashed 11 minutes later. The FDNY has confirmed one fatality. Officials believe it was an executive transport flight but noted that all the information is "preliminary." Authorities said they have a preliminary ID on the male victim –likely the pilot — but were waiting for confirmation.
Trump tweeted that his administration "stands ready" should first responders need assistance.

Sky News Issues Tongue-In-Cheek Promo On Trump UK Visit

Britain's Sky TV is touting President Donald Trump's Monday visit to the UK like a Roland Emmerich film.
A visit with the Queen and Princes Charles and Harry are on tap, as is a state dinner featuring six glasses at each setting and plates precisely 18-inches apart.
It's a very tricky visit, fraught with diplomacy and etiquette pitfalls, as when Trump made the mistake of turning back on the Queen and walking in front of her while inspecting the Windsor Castle guard on his last visit.
Watch the promo to see how the UK is bracing itself.
The cheeky promo for Trump's UK visit is both a reminder that he's coming and a reflection of the mixed feelings some have exhibited in London about the visit. Crowds of protestors and a very special floating device are expected to highlight the action when Trump arrives.″ />

Rahm Emanuel Says Jussie Smollett And Donald Trump Are Part Of “Same Vicious, Toxic Cycle”

Smollett's legal team today showed no sign that the actor was backing off either, releasing a statement that said, "It is the Mayor and the Police Chief who owe Jussie – owe him an apology – for dragging an innocent man's character through the mud. Jussie has paid enough."” />
Telling the president to "stay out of this," Emanuel said Trump and Smollett were part of the same "vicious, toxic cycle and I want to break it."
"Given that he doesn't feel any sense of contrition and remorse," Emanuel told a gaggle of reporters in Chicago, "my recommendation is that when he writes the check, in the memo section, he can put the words, 'I'm accountable for the hoax.'"
Emanuel announced his intentions today to have the city's Law Department determine the cost of the police investigation into what Smollett said was a hate crime but the mayor believes was a hoax. Emanuel wants to bill the actor accordingly.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't let up on either Jussie Smollett or Donald Trump today, suggesting in one long-winded talk to reporters that the Empire actor should write a check to Chicago with "I'm accountable" written on the memo line and that the President should "go to opening day of baseball, sit on the sidelines and stay out of this."
Asked by a reporter whether he agrees with President Donald Trump's tweeted suggestion that the FBI and the Department of Justice "review" the Smollett case, Emanuel clearly didn't want Trump on his team, opening day or not. Calling Chicago a "Trump-Free Zone," Emanuel said that the president created the very environment – "toxic" and "hate-filled" – that allowed Smollett to think he could get away with staging a hate crime.

Robert Mueller Investigation Is Over After 675 Days

It's a huge moment for the White House, the investigation having hung over Trump since he took office, and provided a huge ratings magnet for TV networks.
Five people have been sentenced to prison and 16 Trump associates have been shown to have had contact with Russians during the campaign and the transition. In the widely televised drama, there have been 37 defendants, including six Trump associates who have been charged with crimes. With submission of the report, there will be no more indictments from Mueller.
In his letter to the chairs of those committees, Barr said Mueller had concluded his investigation or Russian interference into the 2016 election and related matters. Mueller having turned in his report, Barr notified the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.
Barr will explain to them any instances in which DOJ  has overruled Mueller. In his letter, Barr told the committee chairs there was "no such instance."
White House's first reaction, via Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders:
TV news outlets will have to wait a while, however, to learn if there is any evidence of collusion between Trump's camp and the Russians in election meddling, and whether Trump himself was aware of the rannygazoo.
TV news outlets had been on high alert the past few days, staking out Mueller's office for TMZ-like sightings of the special counsel driving up in a baseball cap; much was read into his having not gone out to lunch on Thursday. And reporters began to foam over when Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein announced he was not stepping down shortly, as originally announced, but would stick around a while longer; Washington navel lint gazers said he was doing so to provide a heat shield between newly appointed AG Barr and mercurial Trump.
Barr will share some version of the findings with Congress and the public. He has not committed to making the report public. Democrats, who now control the House of Representatives, want to see entire report, but the House voted unanimously that the entire report should be made public.
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has handed in his report to Attorney General Bill Barr, ending 675 days of probing of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any participation by folks from President Donald Trump's campaign or transition team.
Barr, in his letter, said he would go over with them the report's "principal conclusions" as soon as this weekend. Barr will make a version of the report and give that, not Mueller's report, to Congress.
Trump has made it clear the White House believes  it should get to review the entire summary to assert privilege as it sees fit. Portions of that summary will be shared with the White House for possible executive privilege issues.

Donald Trump: “I Gave John McCain The Kind Of Funeral He Wanted” And “Did Not Get A Thank You”

Meghan McCain, meanwhile, said hers is a family of privilege and hoped people instead focus on those being bullied who “don’t have women from The View to come out and support their family."
“We’ve heard that the First Lady’s platform is ‘Be Best,’ about cyberbullying,” co-host Sunny Hostin noted. “I would like to see Melania Trump … the Trump family stop this in the White House.”
"That's not the nicest thing to do," Trump said.
Trump complained that McCain "didn't call me" when he got the dossier, instead "he turned it over to the FBI," which he insisted McCain did because he hoped to put Trump "in jeopardy."
"I  gave him the kind of funeral he wanted — which, as President, I had to approve," Trump said, unprompted, as the crowd reacted with pin-drop silence.
“There are kids committing suicide because of cyberbullying,” she reminded viewers of the ABC News program.” />
POTUS opened his remarks telling the crowd they had to love him. "You'd better love me, I kept this place open," Trump said.
He also blamed McCain for the dossier alleging ties between then-private-citizen Trump and Russia, continuing the grievance campaign against the war hero who succumbed to brain cancer seven months ago.
Just hours after daughter Meghan McCain addressed the president's attacks on her late father for a second day running on The View, POTUS again blamed John McCain for the failed Obamacare repeal with the famous thumbs-down gesture during a 2 AM vote.
"I don't care about this," he insisted, then proved otherwise, complaining, "I didn't get a thank you."
President Donald Trump, speaking at a tank plant in Ohio, once again savaged the late Sen. John McCain today.
probably never will." "A lot of people are asking me, because they love me, about a man named John McCain," the president claimed today. "I've never liked him much …
Hours earlier, the Ladies of The View suggested that Melania Trump deploy her "Be Best" campaign to get her husband to shove a sock in it, regarding bashing the dead Vietnam War vet who famously spent six years as a POW.

Razzie Awards “Winners”: ‘Holmes & Watson’, Melissa McCarthy, Donald Trump

Reilly / Holmes & Watson John C.
Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway also got swiped in this year's final voting. Star Will Ferrell apparently was snubbed by Trump, who took Worst Actor for playing himself in archival footage of documentaries Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9.
Etan Cohen / Holmes & Watson
and even President Donald Trump among those getting dinged by the group. The 39th annual Razzie Awards hat-tipping the year's not-so-great in movies are in, with Sony's Sherlock Holmes parody Holmes & Watson, Melissa McCarthy's turns in two movies not her Oscar-nominated one in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Holmes & Watson
Here's the full list of recipients:
Donald J, Trump & His Self-Perpetuating Pettiness, Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9
Holmes & Watson
Kellyanne Conway (As Herself) Fahrenheit 11/9
The Razzies did note McCarthy's Oscar-nominated performance in Fox Searchlight's Can You Ever Forgive Me? with the Razzie Redeemer Award.
Reilly. Holmes & Watson, which bowed in December, was especially razzed, named the year's Worst Picture, Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, Worst Director for Etan Cohen and Worst Supporting Actor for John C.
Melissa McCarthy / Happytime Murders and Life of the Party
Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Donald J. Trump (As Himself) Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9
Fifty Shades Freed, Written by Niall Leonard, from the Novel by E.L. James” />

Donald Trump Tweets Victory Lap After Robert Mueller Statement Disputes Aspects Of BuzzFeed Report

This morning's BuzzFeed article cited two law enforcement sources, but Mueller's office issued a statement Friday evening saying, “BuzzFeed’s descriptions of specific statements to the special counsel office and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony, are not accurate.”
Trump so far has confined himself to retweets by Trump supporters, mocking BuzzFeed.

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President Donald Trump took a victory lap after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office issued a statement refuting aspects of BuzzFeed's article claiming that Trump had insructed attorney/fixer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project.

Bill Maher Books Ann Coulter, Draws ‘Real Time’ Boos

Coulter, a longtime guest on Maher's shows – and, as Maher himself has often noted, a friend, despite their political differences – recently pushed herself back into headlines by urging Trump to shut down the government and build his Wall.
The Coulter announcement wasn't the only moment that seemed to catch the Real Time audience off guard. He dismissed the accusations as "one of the females on the campaign" getting "the signals wrong" when her boss "touched her hair." When the panel discussion turned to allegations of sexism and harassment among Bernie Sanders' campaign staff, Maher returned to one of his bugaboos: the left's willingness to abandon its own.
A policymaker. Maher then mentioned that Real Time had booked Coulter for next week's episode. When the announcement prompted audience boos, Maher said about Coulter, "Yeah, that's called a newsmaker. You'll have to suck on that."
UPDATE, WITH VIDEO Bill Maher drew some boos tonight when he told his HBO audience that Ann Coulter would be a guest on next week's episode of Real Time With Bill Maher. And the jeers weren't because the crowd had missed out on the controversial right-winger by a week.
But Maher didn't back down. "What's the matter," he snapped, "with saying 'get your f*cking hand out of my hair?'"
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She and Maher will have plenty to discuss next week: Tonight Maher reiterated his newfound approval of impeachment, asking, "Why do we even have impeachment in the Constitution" if we're not going to use it. An alien has to pop out of his chest?" "He has to kill a baby on TV?
"That's a bad thing to say," he said, "that she 'signaled' him." A surprised Frank was having none of it.
The rightwing flamethrower's name came up during tonight's panel discussion when former congressman Barney Frank decried Republican lawmakers' refusal to bring forth important bills unless President Donald Trump pre-approves. So Coulter's name maybe was a spark the show needed. "Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh now have a veto," Frank said.
With the Buzzfeed report that Donald Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress called into question shortly before airtime, the bombshell allegations that had ruled cable news all day didn't take up much real time on Real Time (Maher still managed some first-rate zingers: Trump, Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump are "the family that needs to be separated and put in cages"; watch that in the monologue above).

Donald Trump’s Former Fixer Michael Cohen To Testify Publicly Before Congress On February 7

So this is finally putting a face on somebody who can talk with authority about these events," Dean said. "Michael Cohen has deep and wide knowledge of President Trump and what happened during the campaign.
Asked if he expects Trump supporters, including Republicans in Congress, to attack Cohen's testimony, as his own testimony had been dismissed as outrageous by Nixon supporters, Dean chuckled, "I was attacked not only by Nixon supporter and surrogates – I was attacked by Nixon in a number of his national addresses."
Before that hearing, Cohen will meet, behind closed doors, with the House Intelligence Committee at which he will be asked questions relevant to Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian rannygazoo in the presidential election.
"The tapes certainly resolved who was telling the truth," Dean acknowledged of his situation decades earlier, referencing Nixon's famous Watergate tapes that backed up Dean's testimony.
The public hearing is scheduled for a month before Cohen is set to report to prison, after pleading guilty to making  campaign finance related payments to silence two women who claim to have had affairs with Trump years earlier.
CNN pundit Van Jones translated: "When your homeboy starts snitching, you are in trouble."
Cohen also admitted to lying to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project, acknowledging that effort went on later than he previously testified, into summer of 2016 when Trump was clearly the GOP candidate.” />
"in furtherance of my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers, I have accepted the invitation by Chairman Elijah Cummings to appear publicly on February 7th before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform," Cohen said in a statement.
"I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired," Cohen added.
February 7 will be a red-letter day for President Donald Trump with news his former fixer Michael Cohen has agreed to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee that day about the work he did for the man he said he would take a bullet for.
"I think it' s healthy for the public understanding of what is going on," Dean, now a contributor at CNN, said Thursday afternoon of Cohen's Big Day Before Congress.
"But I understand Michael Cohen has tapes as well," Dean said, adding, "I'm sure Trump doesn't know which ones he does and does not have, since it was Cohen doing the taping."
Word of Cohen's date with the committee triggered talk of John Dean, Richard Nixon's White House counselor, whose testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee did so much to convince Nixon to resign.
It will be a public hearing, according to Dem Rep. Trey Gowdy. Elijah Cummings, head of the committee formerly helmed by GOP Rep.

How To Watch Donald Trump’s Oval Office Address Tonight

The declaration could trigger immediate funding for a border wall, as well as likely lawsuits challenging the move. Trump reportedly is considering declaring the border situation a national emergency, though that likely won't be part of his speech tonight.
It is expected to be Trump's main topic tonight. government, which is in its 18th day. southern border — the main sticking point that resulted in the partial shutdown of the U.S. The Trump administration has been sending heavier smoke signals the past few days about its desire to fund a wall on the U.S.
On Tuesday morning, Trump sent a letter to Congress calling on lawmakers to pass legislation "that will address the security and humanitarian crises on our Southern Border." Among the requested funding is $5.7 billion for construction of "a steel barrier" on the U.S.-Mexico border spanning 234 miles.
President Donald Trump's first White House Oval Office address, which will focus on border security, is set for tonight at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT. The White House has asked for eight minutes of primetime air for the speech, which will result in delays and rescheduling of regular programming on the Big 4, which all have agreed to telecast Trump live.″ />
The White House YouTube channel also will have the speech, which is expected to be followed by a formal response by the Democrats. The cable news networks annd PBS also will go live on air and their online platforms, as will C-SPAN. The broadcast nets expect normal programming to resume at 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PM PT.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Trump Meme Triggers Show Fans Into Sputtering Outrage

The Commander-in-Tweet re-pinned his GOT "The Wall Is Coming" Instagram meme to the top of his Twitter account today, creating a fresh surge of outrage among show purists, many of them already frothing at the mouth from the original joke and the current government partial shutdown over the real-life wall.

Here are a few of the comments:

That seems to be the sticking point for those riled up by Trump's meme.

However, in the finale of last season, the Night King converted one of the Daenerys Targaryen dragons to his cause, and the beast's fiery breath managed to melt the ice Wall, thereby affording a free passage into the territory for the Night King's undead hordes.
President Donald Trump's use of the fictional Game of Thrones Wall to push his agenda for a similar barrier along the Mexican border has found an audience. Unfortunately for him, it's mostly the more liberal fan boys and girls, who point out that walls don't work.
If you're not a fan of Game of Thrones, you may not be aware of the Wall, a mystical barrier between North and South that stretches for 300 miles.″ />
The Wall is over 700 feet tall and made of solid ice. In the show, the barrier keeps so-called "Wildlings" who live in the North out of the Seven Kingdoms, as well as barring the White Walkers, giants and other inhabitants of the frigid land.

TV Controversies In 2018: #SexualHarassment, #Racism, #Bombs, #Guns, #BabySnatching

But, when NRA tweeted a GIF of Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope to thank Loesch for her bravery…
Here are the sordid details:
But, when pressed, Brown could not remember who was behind the project she had been pitched to produce.
"I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda," co-creator Michael Schur tweeted, also relaying message to NRA from star Amy Poehler: "f*ck off." Cast member Nick Offerman chimed in too, writing "Leslie Knope represents the opposite of your pro-slaughter agenda. Take it down and please eat s—”:
In May, Full Frontal's late-night political satirist Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" in demanding that the First Daughter live up to her self-described official White House job as advocate for children to get Daddy to cease his baby-snatching border policy. Daddy then demanded TBS cancel Bee's show and the White House chimed in, calling Bee's language "vile," and adding, inaccurately, that the "collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling," though she had been much berated by hosts and commentators at cable cousin CNN.
Former Veep Dick Cheney was happy to sign a waterboarding kit.
…the NBC comedy’s cast and crew took aim and fired.
Showtime's Who Is America? hit the motherlode when Sacha Baron Cohen convinced Georgia state lawmaker Jason Spencer that exposing his bare buttocks, imitating a Chinese tourist using racial stereotypes and repeatedly yelling the N-word on-air were good career moves. Spencer apologized and refused to step down but eventually resigned.
“Some things will be dealt with at a later date,” Marge hints.
You want me back,” Spacey/Underwood smiled. “They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said is true, and that I got what I deserved. “I know what you want. I can promise you this: If I didn’t pay the price for the things we both know I did do, I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn’t do!”” />
Comedian Hari Kondabolu’s truTV documentary The Problem with Apu triggered a lot of talk when it debuted in 2017. The Simpsons added lighter fluid to the fire when it “addressed” the controversy in this past April; in an episode in which Marge reads a book to Lisa, in which the cisgender girl heroine is already evolved and “doesn’t really have an emotional journey to complete,” Lisa complained, leaving the book with “no point.”

When Marge asks what she is supposed to do about that, Lisa responds:
I’m not going to do it man. Hart at first, appearing shirtless and defiant via Instagram, insisted he had dealt with those past statements and would not apologize now, saying, "We feed Internet trolls and we reward them. … If it goes away, no harm, no foul.” But two days later, he was out, after Hart's decade-old homophobic social media posts were dug up and went viral. I’m going to be me.
As one of the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign, Colin Kaepernick sparked renewed backlash, with some fans urging a boycott of the company and cutting the Nike logo out of gear they already own.
“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” said Zucker, whose company received multiple package bombs in New York and Atlanta. “The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”
In early December, with no host yet named and the 2019 Academy Awards little more than two months away on ABC, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reported Kevin Hart was host-elect. Couple hours later, Hart confirmed via Instagram that he was hosting, calling it the “opportunity of a lifetime.”
Fox News recently seems to have tried adding some daylight between Trump and his fave morning show Fox & Friends; but when one of the curvy-couch crowd actually takes issue with a Trump move, it is considered so extraordinary as to make headlines.
Loesch’s fear stemmed from the number of people in the audience who expressed their support for gun control measures. NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch claimed she feared for her life when she participated in CNN’s February town hall on gun violence, which was attended by grieving students and parents from Parkland, FL, where 17 students and adults had been killed in the country’s latest school mass shooting. Next day, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, Loesch announced “many in legacy media love mass shootings" because "crying white mothers are ratings gold.”
Moonves was deeply and directly involved in the payout, Deadline reported. Those "cultural issues" also included a $9.5M payment made to Eliza Dushku to resolve claims that CBS retaliated against her for complaining about sexual harassment on the set of Bull. Dushku alleged Michael Weatherly remarked about her appearance, made a rape joke and commented about a threesome, NYT reported.
But, Nike stock jumped 5% since the company named the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback the star of its 30th anniversary ad campaign, CBS reported.
White's royal scoop did not sit well with some, despite Mackie’s assurance that “going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen.”
Deadspin released a chilling video compilation of local anchors at Sinclair TV stations around the country being compelled to read the same script warning viewers of the danger of “fake stories” being foisted on an unsuspecting public by unnamed media outlets that are “dangerous to democracy.” Some Sinclair talent likened it to a “hostage” video, but Sinclair bigwigs defended its must-run segments.
Bill Shine, who resigned as co-president of Fox News in May 2017 after being criticized for his handling of various sexual harassment claims at the network, was named to run Trump's communication operations, while Trump's former communications aide Hope Hicks became Chief Communications Officer at New Fox. And FNC's primetime star Sean Hannity long has been called Trump's Shadow Chief of Staff. President Trump already was known to watch and promote Fox News Channel shows via Twitter. And fingers were wagged when FNC stars Hannity and Jeanine "Democrats Are Demon Rats" Pirro appeared onstage a Trump rally to foam over, with Hannity declaring all members of the media covering, from the back of the hall, to be "Fake News." But eyebrows rose and stayed that way in 2018's unprecedented display of President-on-News Network-iness.
After an invited White House crowd pretended in October not to understand why bombs were being mailed to CNN and prominent Democrats, giving Trump a standing ovation because he had just said, “We have to unify" and "Acts or threats of political violence have no place in the United States of America,” CNN chief Jeff Zucker issued a statement blasting POTUS' hypocrisy.
The first Fortune 500 CEO toppled by allegations of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era, Moonves' CBS career ended abruptly after a dozen women accused him of various unwanted acts, including forced oral sex. After his ouster in September, the company board announced in December that Moonves will get none of the $120M severance he had expected, citing the findings of its investigation into Moonves, CBS News and "cultural issues at CBS."
A month later, The Daily Mail reported Foy would receive $275K in back pay to bring her to pay parity with Smith.
When Corey Lewandowski made a sad-trombone "womp, womp" noise on Fox News Channel during a segment about a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome separated from her mother at border as part of Trump's baby-snatching border policy, he was invited back on Fox News Channel next day, to double down and refuse to apologize:
Country music star John Rich, a former contestant on Donald Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice, tweeted a picture of one of his crew members holding the tops of a cut pair of Nike socks, with the caption: “Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions.”
And it was about us!" President Donald Trump chest-thumped next day, to make sure headlines about the show's triumphant return made mention of him. Over 18 million people! “Look at Roseanne! Roseanne Redux, in which the lead character had evolved into a fervent member of Donald Trump’s base, as had star Roseanne Barr in real life, was a ratings hit, clocking more than 18M viewers Live+Same Day (and 22M in L+3).
that's because the Palin segment failed as comedy. Cohen also told Fleming the show was not coming back because you can't do a second season of lightning in a bottle – or words to that effect. never aired her interview. Sarah Palin threatened to sue, but Who Is America? Cohen told Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr.
The Crown producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries revealed in March that Matt Smith, who played Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Phillip, got a bigger paycheck for two seasons' work on the female-led Netflix drama than did Claire Foy — who played, you know, the queen. That was due to his higher profile coming off Doctor Who, they explained at an industry panel moderated by Deadline's Peter White.
Then, on Christmas Eve, Spacey kneecapped Rose, posting a video on his Twitter account, in character as House of Cards' Frank Underwood.

Roy Moore filed a defamation suit claiming he was tricked into appearing on the show, which caused him to suffer "extreme emotional distress," kind of like those women who had accused him of inappropriate sexual contact with them they were teens in the 70s.
Spacey's video was unveiled shortly after word broke that the actor had been charged with indecent assault and battery, and would be arraigned in early January for allegedly grabbing the genitals of an 18-year-old at a Nantucket nightclub back in 2016. (Spacey also is under investigation in the UK regarding multiple sexual assault allegations.)
Also in January, an anonymously created TV writers survey circulated asking writers, their assistants and showrunners' assistants to share their salaries. The Crown's pay flap wasn’t the first, though maybe it was the most regal. The gender pay disparity results were eye-opening. In January, Mark Wahlberg announced in he would donate, in Michelle Williams' name, the $1.5M he got paid for doing reshoots on the film All the Money in the World – reshoots for which Williams only got the $1,000 per diem.
There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me," as CBS Evening News reported the next night: Those "cultural issues" included allegations of harassment at newsmag 60 MInutes, including unwanted advances by veteran EP Jeff Fager. But when Fager got the hook in September, it was not for those allegations, but for sending a threatening text to a female journalist on staff as she covered the story, warning Jericka Duncan to, "Be careful.
Kaepernick is suing the NFL, alleging collusion to keep him out of the league over his protests. Kaepernick was the first to kneel before NFL games to protest police brutality resulting in the deaths of unarmed black Americans. President Trump is among those insisting Kaepernick and colleagues are dissing the American flag.
Chen never returned, except briefly by pre-taped message about a week after the season launch, to announce she was stepping down from the program:
This time, announcing he was withdrawing from the hosting gig, he added, “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.” "Goes away" it did, two days after Hart confirmed the offer.
As of late July, however, Foy said that report still was “not quite correct.”
“Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” she says, looking at a framed photo of Apu, who operates the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store in Springfield, inscribed with the message, “Don’t have a cow.”
In 2018, a TV actor gender pay parity still was being debated, a TV journalist thought blackface could be defended on grounds of "Halloween," and a TV ad campaign featuring a man known for kneeling to protest deaths of unarmed U.S. citizens triggered a national outbreak of gym sock logo cutting. Also, a network fired its hit sitcom star for behaving like the president, and the CEO of CBS learned what “consensual” most certainly does not mean.
Hank Azaria announce he would be “willing and happy” to step aside as voice of Apu on The Simpsons or help transition the character into “something new,” calling it “the right thing to do.” He even threw out the idea of killing off Apu Nahasapeemapetilon while guesting on Stephen Colbert's Late Show.
Among Cohen's other targets:
“If at all,” Lisa adds.
Charlie Rose, tossed out of CBS News and PBS in 2017 over allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, seemed to have a lock on the prize for Year's Craziest #MeToo Comeback Bid since April. That's when Tina Brown told a gathering at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Women's Luncheon that she had been pitched a program in which Rose, who got canned by PBS and CBS News after reports of inappropriate behavior, would interview other high-profile men who, like him, had been kicked to the curb by their #MeToo scandals.
Making Kondabolu's point, this past November a news channel in Argentina announced the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the G20 summit, by broadcasting a picture of Apu with the caption “Apu arrives."
Obviously the man has a problem.” Chen’s Talk co-hosts discussed her absence on the September 10 premiere when Moonves' ouster was topic du jour, with Sharon Osbourne noting, “It’s very embarrassing and upsetting to have to talk about [Julie’s] husband, but … we feel it’s right. Moonves' ouster, in turn, led wife Julie Chen to exit The Talk.
Even so, he appeared in his "Let Me Be Frank" video in character and in a Christmas apron. Spacey got fired from his Underwood role on Showtime's political drama in '17.
At its May upfront/Rosanne Victory Lap, ABC/Disney chief Ben Sherwood preened, "You are welcome" to any advertisers in the hall who were playing an If Anyone Mentions Roseanne Drinking Game.
But, in addition to sharing Trump’s politics, Barr shared his penchant for making racist remarks. When, just a few weeks after the upfront presentation, Barr posted a tweet that described former President Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as the offspring of “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes,” ABC canceled the country's top-rated new comedy. The network later brokered a deal to bring back the reboot, minus any Barr involvement, renaming it The Connors.
Lousy ratings had former Fox News Channel It Girl Megyn Kelly on the endangered list over at NBC, but it was her defense of Halloween costume blackface that caused NBC News to kick the host of Today's third hour off the air, despite her on-air apology:
Postal Inspection Service were seen on screen surrounding and covering Sayoc’s van with a blue tarp, in order to cover windows plastered with photos of Trump and Veep Mike Pence, the Presidential Seal, and a bumper sticker that read “CNN Sucks.” And, as news operations brought viewers up to date, law enforcement officials with the FBI and U.S. Two days later, authorities arrested Floridian Cesar Sayoc Jr.
Bee, unlike Lewandowski, apologized, as did TBS, and the segment was pulled.

The Weekly Standard To Close; Anti-Trump Conservative Magazine Was Cable News Pipeline
While Hayes thanked Anschutz for backing the magazine for nine years, Podhoretz, a contributing editor to the magazine, fired off a series of irate tweets, and in a column for rival Commentary magazine suggested that the closure was prompted not by political issues but to allow the publishing company an opportunity to "harvest the Standard's subscriber-base riches…"
"The murderers are Philip Anschutz and Ryan McKibben," tweeted an angry and "heartbroken" Podhoretz (billionaire Anschutz, who owns Clarity, bought the Standard in 2009 from Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation). Nothing like this has ever happened in my half-century of experience with publishing." "They could have sold the Weekly Standard. They refused to.
"Guess who isn't getting severance," Podhoretz tweeted, in response to CNN's tweet that magazine staffers were told that social media posts could put severance in jeopardy.″ />
Here are some various responses to the day's news:
Rather, I believe the fissures in the conservative movement and the Republican party that have opened up since Trump’s rise provided the company man with a convenient argument to make to the corporation’s owner, Philip Anschutz, that the company could perhaps harvest the Standard’s subscriber-base riches and then be done with it. "There would at least be a larger meaning to the Standard’s end if it were being killed because it was hostile to Donald Trump," Podhoretz wrote. "But I do not believe that is the case.
According to a CNN report, Weekly Standard employees have been informed that they'll be paid through the end of the year, with the amount of subsequent severance depending on factors including seniority. CNN says the severance will be reliant on signing non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements, and that employees were instructed to clear out their desks by the end of today.
Publisher Clarity Media Group announced the closing this morning, drawing the ire of high-profile staffers and the disappointment of readers who stayed loyal to the 23-year-old publication throughout its recent never-Trump era. The Weekly Standard magazine, one of cable news' trustiest suppliers of traditional conservative voices, is shuttering.
The decision didn't sit well with John Podhoretz, who co-founded the magazine in 1995 with Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes and, like them, is a familiar face on cable news, opinion programs and networks including Fox, CNN, MSNBC and HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, providing a voice of conservative opposition to President Donald Trump.
Kristol took a more sanguine "all good things" approach:
17. The final print edition will be published Dec.
"That this is an entirely hostile act," continued Podhoretz, "is proved by the fact that [McKibben] and Anschutz have refused to sell the Standard because they want to claim its circulation for another property of theirs. This is without precedent in my experience in publishing, and I’ve been a family observer of and active participant in the magazine business for half a century."
While praising the magazine's "dedicated and talented staff," Clarity CEO Ryan McKibben said in a statement that the Weekly Standard “has been hampered by many of the same challenges that countless other magazines and newspapers across the country have been wrestling with,” and that despite "investing significant resources into the publication, the financial performance of the publication over the last five years — with double-digit declines in its subscriber base all but one year since 2013 — made it clear that a decision had to be made."
Stephen Hayes, the magazine's editor in chief, released a statement expressing his disappointment with the decision to close, noting that the Standard's "unapologetically conservative and fiercely independent voice" is "needed now more than at anytime in our previous 23 years."

And for good measure:

See the tweets below.

George H.W. Bush Funeral Plans Start To Take Shape

for a public viewing in the Rotunda, followed by a funeral for dignitaries at the Washington National Cathedral. It is likely that Bush will have Texas memorial services in Houston and Midland, Texas, and possibly at Yale University, his alma mater. Timing on all events remains to be determined. He will then likely lie in state in Washington, D.C.
Speakers at the event have not been announced, but it's a safe bet that sons George and Jeb will be among them. President Donald Trump has said he will attend the funeral, but his history of animosity with George W. Former presidents Barack Obama and particularly Bill Clinton, who worked with Bush on numerous disaster relief efforts, are possible speakers, even though both are Democrats. Bush personally and the Bush family in total will likely preclude a speaking role.
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Interment for Bush 41 will likely be at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, where his wife Barbara and daughter Robin are buried.
Bush is dominating the coverage on major news outlets, and likely will be among the top stories of the day until the Dec. Stock markets will close on that day, which likely will be when the final funeral and burial take place. 5 national day of mourning. The death of George H.W.
Official funeral plans have not been announced, but probably have been in place for some time, as 43rd President and son George Bush had been soliciting eulogies from prominent people during a prior health scare of his father's, and handled his mother's funeral earlier this year.

Wall Street Lays Another Egg: Stock Markets Surrender All 2018 Gains

The Fed has raised rates three times this year, and is expected to push through another increase by year-end. That makes money more expensive to borrow, which can be a complicating factor for many business sectors.” />
Among traditional media companies, Charter (-6%), Dish Network (-4%), Comcast (-4%) and Sinclair Broadcast Group (-4%), CBS (-3%) and Disney (-3%) were among the hardest hit.
President Donald Trump, speaking to reporters outside the White House, reiterated his call for the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates.
On another rough day for Wall Street, major stock indices lost more ground, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq and S&P 500 all now below where they began 2018.
Facebook and Google, each of which has been through the wringer of late, managed to gain a fraction, joining a small number of tech and media issues to avoid red figures. Apple finished in red numbers for the seventh straight session, shedding 5% to close at $176.98, while Amazon and Netflix each surrendered 1%.
The Dow skidded 2% to finish at 24,463.47, while the S&P swooned a shade less than 2% to settle at 2,641.88. The Nasdaq fell another 1.7% to 6,908.82, its lowest level in seven months, dragged down by the same tech stocks that paced market gains earlier this year.
Multiple factors have been weighing on stocks this fall, among them rising interest rates and anxiety about trade relations with China. In recent days, major retailers Target and Kohl's also issued disappointing earnings and forecasts. There is also a pervasive sense among investors that the bull market has gotten overextended and 2019 could bring more economic uncertainty.
"I think your tech stocks have some problems." "I think the rate's too high. I think we have much more of a Fed problem than we have a problem with anyone else," Trump said.

Jimmy Kimmel Lands Michelle Obama’s First Late-Night Stop On ‘Becoming’ Book Tour

Michelle Obama and Kimmel go way back; she made her JKL debut six years ago, though even that was not the first time they shared a stage, Kimmel also having earlier hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2012.” />
“Well, I’ll give you a little controversy back: I’ll never forgive [President Obama] for what he did to our United States military," Trump blasted.
She reached out similarly to First Lady Melania Trump during that transition, reporting she never heard back.
Heading to Paris late last week, Trump told reporters at a pop-up presser on the White House lawn: Kimmel is likely ask her response to Trump's rebuttal.
And I came in and I had to fix it.” Everything was old and tired. "By not funding properly, it was depleted.
In Becoming, Michelle Obama called the birther movement "crazy," "mean-spirited" and "dangerous" because it was intended to "stir up the wingnuts and kooks."
She got paid a lot of money to write a book. “I guess she wrote a book. And they always insist you come up with controversial.”
"When she needs advice in any issue, she seeks it from her professional team in the White House," a White House rep for First Lady Melania Trump responded today.
Kimmel gets first chance to get the late-night TV take on Michelle Obama's book remark about not forgiving President Donald Trump for having put her family in danger with his birther movement. Back when Trump was a reality TV star on NBC, he also headed the birther movement, claiming President Barack Obama held the office illegally because he was not a citizen born in this country.
And for this I’d never forgive him,” she wrote. "Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk.
ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live has landed Former First Lay Michelle Obama's first late-night stop in promotion of her new book, Becoming.
In an interview broadcast Sunday on 20/20, Michelle Obama told ABC News that Laura Bush had reached out to her when she entered the White House offering any help she might want with the transition, and they did speak. Kimmel can also ask Michelle Obama to weigh in on First Lady Melania Trump's reax today to a remark she made on ABC Sunday night.
I’ll never forgive him for what he did in many other ways — which I’ll talk to you about in the future.” “So I’ll never forgive him for what he did to our military.

Alec Baldwin Charged With Assault In New York In Parking-Spot Spat; Actual Donald Trump Wishes Him Luck – Update

The arrest comes the day before this week's Saturday Night Live, where Baldwin is a frequent guest playing President Donald Trump; he won an Emmy for the role in 2017 and was nominated again this year.
The Associated Press reported this afternoon that the actor has been charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment, and has been ordered to appear in court November 26. UPDATED with charges filed: Alec Baldwin was arrested and taken into custody Friday in New York's Greenwich Village neighborhood for allegedly punching a man during a dispute over a parking spot.
Said Trump: “I wish him luck.” Trump was asked about the arrest earlier this afternoon before he departed the White House for a pair of rallies, first in West Virginia and then later in Indiana.
The network said the talk show will air as scheduled Sunday at 10 PM; all the shows for the season have already taped.” /> Baldwin also hosts ABC's The Alec Baldwin Show.
But given the fact that this is the last episode before Tuesday's midterm elections, a Trump sighting on SNL would have to be considered likely. Reps for the show did not comment on the incident when contacted by Deadline, and it is unclear whether Baldwin was scheduled to appear.
The site reported that the alleged victim was taken to a hospital. The AP earlier said actor was taken into custody just before 2 PM ET. According to TMZ, witnesses saw Baldwin and another man argue over a parking spot near 10th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan's West Village when Baldwin took a swing.

President Donald Trump Calls For “Protection” At Houses Of Worship

"If you take a look at it, if they had protection inside, the results would have been far better." "They had a maniac walk in and they didn't have any protection and that is so sad to see," Trump said in Maryland.
Trump made similar suggestion after February's Parkland, Florida school shootings, saying teachers should be armed.
Later, in Indianapolis, Trump called the Pittsburgh shooting "pure evil" and called on Americans to rise above hate and move past divisions.

President Donald Trump called for better security in public places today, including the possibility of armed guards at houses of worship. Speaking at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland before departing for an Indianapolis speech, he decried the "hate in our country" and insisted that steps be taken.

Anti-Semitism "must be condemned and confronted everywhere and anywhere it appears," Trump said.
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He added, "It's a terrible, terrible thing what's going on with hate in our country, frankly, and all over the world. You think when you're over it, it just goes away but then it comes back in the form of a madman, a wacko." It's a violent world.

Stock Market Retreats Again, Whacking Media And Tech Sectors

Snapchat parent Snap Inc., which hit an all-time low on Wednesday, bucked the trend by rising 3.5% to close at $6.82 as bargain-hunting investors took fliers on the troubled social networking company. Facebook and 21st Century Fox also managed small gains, each adding 1% on the day. Fractional gainers included Twitter, World Wrestling Entertainment, Live Nation and Sirius XM, but those few in the black were a distinct minority.
Fears about rising interest rates again prompted the heavy selling, with the arrival of corporate earnings season making investors worry about heavy debt burdens and questionable business models. The Dow 30, which see-sawed wildly over the course of the day, ended up at 25,052.83, down 545.91 points, or 2.1%. That was better than its 800-point plunge on Wednesday, but not by much.
Now more than 10% below its peak, the tech-heavy Nasdaq is officially in a correction. The Nasdaq Composite, the index that was the worst off on Wednesday, shed 93 points, or 1.25%, to finish at 7,329.06. The S&P 500 lost 57.31 points, a bit more than 2%, to 2,728.37, its sixth straight down session and worst losing streak since last November.
Today's stock market performance proved less dire than Wednesday's bloodbath, but the two-day swoon has now shaved billions from media and tech companies.
Tech stocks that are part of the S&P 500 on Wednesday fell nearly 5%, their worst performance since 2011. While their performance today was better, with Netflix slipping just 1.5% and Apple down less than a percentage point, technology remains a key battleground for buyers and sellers.
A surge in tech valuations in the first half of 2018 — with Apple and Amazon making history by reaching the $1 trillion valuation level — paced the overall market. But those advances have been accompanied by pessimism about a perceived market bubble, plus hostility from regulators and President Donald Trump over their alleged anti-conservative bias as well as their use of data and security protocols.” />
Among the hardest-hit stocks in the media and tech sectors: AT&T, down more than 3%; Lionsgate, off 6%; Amazon, down 2%; Comcast, down 2%; and CBS, which gave up 3%.

Tech Stocks Get Blitzed As Regulatory Fears Come Back Online

“While these concerns are at least partially priced into stocks, they may continue to weigh on the largest internet names.” “While advertising-driven internet stocks have under-performed in recent months … we worry that regulatory concerns are unlikely to dissipate in the near term,” DiClemente wrote.
has been the hardest hit, reaching a new 52-week low of $7.61 before closing down 5% for the day at $7.80. Twitter dropped nearly 3% to $28.23. Facebook, despite owning Instagram, the social network with the best reputation on Wall Street, slipped 2% to $158.85. Snapchat parent Snap Inc.
The stocks of major tech companies, especially those of the major social media players, pulled back sharply today amid renewed fears that federal regulators could finally rein in their fast-growing businesses. UPDATED with closing prices.
He warned that the worst could be yet to come, especially for social media giants like Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter, all of whose 12-month price targets he lowered. While there are macroeconomic reasons for the declines, such as ominous Treasury statistics on government bond yields, Anthony DiClemente, a veteran tech analyst with Evercore ISI, issued a report that rattled investors.
Roku, whose shares had doubled since April amid the streaming video boom, fell a dramatic 8%. The damage was not contained to social media. This was a day when the Dow tumbled as many as 357 points before improving to finish off 200, and the Nasdaq had its worst single-day performance since June 25, dropping nearly 2% to 7,879. Netflix stepped back 3.5%. Tech giants like Apple, Amazon and Alphabet, which owns Google, all dipped well into the red.
President Donald Trump is planning a summit meeting with tech leaders, which will enable Administration officials to air concerns such as the oft-aired charge of anti-conservative bias. Trump has also frequently tangled with Amazon — via Twitter, of course.” />
When a Google rep declined to appear, his empty chair got a tongue-lashing worthy of Clint Eastwood at the Republican convention. Facebook and Twitter executives testified before a Senate committee last month that is examining their business practices.
elections. Also, the companies have faced harsh scrutiny from the federal government after data manipulation tactics have been exposed and their platforms have been hijacked by political partisans and foreign elements looking to sway U.S. Tech stocks have propelled the broader markets to several years of gains, but there are increasing concerns on Wall Street that the rally is becoming overextended on a technical basis.

MAGA Hat-Sporting Kanye West Booed For Pro-Trump Remarks On ‘SNL’

A few in the audience even laughed at some of West's words. There was a smattering a boos.
Studio H was silent as the crowds, crew and players drank it all in. At that point. Have a look below:
UPDATE: Kanye tweeted a message of "love" with a photo of him wearing the MAGA cap suggesting that we abolish the 13th amendment.
PREVIOUS: Kanye West performed three times on the season premiere of NBC's Saturday Night Live, but his clothes appeared to upstage his songs — at least until the end. The rapper, who has been outspoken about his support fort President Donald Trump, first appeared as a Perrier bottle but later hit the stage with MAGA hat.

"This represents good and America becoming whole again," he said. "We will no longer outsource to other countries. Message sent with love." We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. We build factories here in America and create jobs.
After awhile he turned to the band and backup folks and said: "Thank y'all for giving me this platform. Ninety percent of news are liberal — TV, L.A., New York, writiers, rappers, musicians, so it's easy to seem like it's so, so, so one-sided." I know some of y'all don't agree. …″ />
During his show-ending performance of "Ghost Town," West delivered a sort of stump speech that reiterated his backing of POTUS 45 and that he plans to run for president in 2020. “It’s so many times that I talk to a white person about this, and they say, ‘How could you support Trump? We don’t just make our decisions off of racism. He’s racist.’ Well, if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago. I’ma break it down to you right now: If someone inspires me and I connect with them, I don’t have to believe in all they policies.”

NFL National Anthem Protests: Poll Sees Wide GOP-Democrat Split On Kneeling

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has found that opinions about football's national anthem protests are as divided as red state/blue state politics.
Whites say no by a 20-point margin, 58/38. Drilling down further, the poll says there is a racial divide by a margin of 70 to 28, with African- Americans claiming kneeling to protest racial inequality is appropriate.
Both sides agreed to a moratorium on any punishments during the pre-season, but have yet to come up with a solution. The NFL and the NFL Players Association have yet to reach a compromise on what constitutes proper behavior during the anthem. The National Football League regular season opens Thursday in Philadelphia, as the Super Bowl champion Eagles take on the Atlanta Falcons.
Matthew Continetti, editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon, noted on Meet The Press that President Donald Trump, who has drawn flak for inserting himself into the NFL protests, is on the majority side of the issue.
The NFL implemented new rules in May that call for players on the field to stand at attention during the national anthem, but also gave them the option of staying in the locker room if doing that would violate their individual beliefs. Players grumbled about the rule, leading to the current stalemate in search of a compromise.
"But they have to understand that there's also this cultural lens that has to do with symbols of American patriotism, kind of the American story. "Democrats tend to view populism strictly through an economic lens," Continetti said. Trump is very effective at seizing on those symbols, polarizing them and rallying his base and some of those independents to his side."
What's more interesting about the poll results, though, are the political divisions reflected in those attitudes. For Republicans, the numbers are basically reversed, with 10% appropriate, 88% not. Todd claimed 72% of Democrats say kneeling is appropriate, versus 23% who say it isn't.
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The results, released today on NBC's Meet The Press by host Chuck Todd, say that just 43% of voters believe kneeling during the national anthem is an appropriate way to protest racial inequality, while the majority, 54%, say it is not appropriate.

Sinclair Counter-Sues Tribune Media Over Failed Local TV Merger

The undoing of the deal was primarily a set of “sidecar” arrangements designed to keep Sinclair under the legal limit for total stations. Those deals, however, set off alarms with regulators because the new owners of the stations would have been closely affiliated with Sinclair and therefore enabling them to exert control over the stations they were supposed to have divested under the law. In an extraordinary development, the two companies earlier this summer ditched their planned $3.9 billion combination after the Federal Communications Commission raised 11th hour concerns about it.
Sinclair Broadcast Group has filed a counter-suit against Tribune Media in Delaware Chancery Court, accusing the Chicago-based media company of seeking a “windfall” with its previous legal claim.
"We are likewise disappointed that Tribune, through its meritless lawsuit, is seeking to capitalize on an unfavorable and unexpected reaction from the Federal Communications Commission to capture a windfall for Tribune.” "We were extremely disappointed that the Tribune transaction was terminated," said Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley in a statement.
In the counter-complaint, Ripley added, the company demonstrates that “we fully complied with our obligations under the merger agreement and worked tirelessly to close the transaction.”
The suit seeks $1 billion as compensation for allegedly "spectacular" breach of contract. Sinclair maintains that the suit Tribune filed after the deal was called off is nothing but a cynical ploy to extract profit from an unfortunate turn of events.
PE firm Blackstone and 21st Century Fox had submitted a bid for Tribune before the company opted for Sinclair.” /> 2 station group Nexstar or private equity firms likely to take a look. Tribune remains in play, with No. President Donald Trump has lamented the demise of the tie-up, given that it snuffed out a conservative media voice. Sinclair, already the No. 1 station group, would have grown far larger and infiltrated major markets like New York, Chicago and LA had regulators given their OK.
In Tribune's view, Sinclair knew that the divestiture plan it presented to the FCC was dubious but proceeded anyway, dooming the transaction. "Tribune looks forward to holding Sinclair accountable in court," the company said.
Tribune issued its own statement in response to the counter-claim, calling it “entirely meritless.” The filing, the company said, is “simply an attempt to distract from its own significant legal exposure resulting from its persistent violations of Tribune’s contractual rights."

‘Real Time’: Former CIA Chief Calls Trump “Desperate”; Warns “Going To Get Worse”

UPDATE with video Former CIA Director John Brennan told Bill Maher tonight that President Donald Trump is getting "desperate," that Republicans in Congress are spineless – and that "it's going to get worse before it gets better."
Maher introduced Brennan as "a true American patriot" and noted that his booking on the show was set well before the publicity surrounding the revocation of his security clearance, "and I thank you for honoring that." The host pressed the former CIA chief on whether he stands by his recent use of the term "nothing short of treasonous" to describe the president.
When Maher asked whether Brennan agrees that the Trump presidency poses the third greatest crisis in American history – following the Revolution and the Civil War and before the Great Depression – Brennan said he does.
And as Trump's former friends and allies turn on him, as happened this week with, among others, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, the president is getting desperate to hang on to power. (Brennan recently dismissed as "hogwash" Trump's claims of no collusion with Russia.)
“I am angry because we have somebody in the Oval Office who has really denigrated the office of the Presidency," said Brennan, Maher's top-of-show one-on-one guest. "But more than anything I’m worried – because now we are in a crisis."
I got into some real donnybrook fights with him, but never once questioned his integrity and his interest in doing what’s best for this country. Brennan also had harsh words for Congress. "John McCain," he said, "is a national treasure and a hero.
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"One, I think I exhausted all the other adjectives in the English language to describe Donald Trump’s failures to fulfill his responsibilities as President of the United States. And Two, I saw him on that stage in Helsinki failing to be able to say to the world and to Vladimir Putin that Russia tried to interfere in our election, that it never should have happened and it never should happen again and if it does Russia is going to pay some very severe consequences as a result, but he didn’t do that.” "There are two principal reasons why I used that term," Brennan said.
"He's taken a page out of the playbook of autocrats and authoritarians around the world," Brennan said on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, "who try to co-opt the judiciary, who try to delegitimize the free press, who try to use intelligence and security services to go after their rivals."
Brennan called Trump's rationale for withdrawing his security clearance "bogus."
Said Maher, "It's interesting. Jared and Ivanka still have clearances, but you, the architect of getting Bin Laden, does not."
“I believe very strongly in the principle that national security is one of the most sacred and solemn professions in this government," Brennan said, "and every American citizen deserves to have national security professionals, intelligence professionals, who are not going to be political, not going to be politicized."
“And I think it's going to get worse before it gets better," Brennan said. "Because don’t forget, Donald Trump has the authority of the President of the United States in his hands in terms of what he can do domestically as well as what he can do internationally to try to distract attention, whether he’s going to pursue some kind of foreign adventure, military or otherwise.”
"But since John McCain has left the Hill, the Republicans' spine has gone with him."

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Will Be Questioned By Congress Committee

He tweeted that "social media giants are silencing millions of people" and said his administration would look into it. President Donald Trump is among those complaining about social media's growing war against conservatives.
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This committee intends to ask tough questions about how Twitter monitors and polices content, and we look forward to Mr. When decisions about data and content are made using opaque processes, the American people are right to raise concerns. House Energy and Commerce Chairman (R-OR) Greg Walden said in a statement that Twitter "is an incredibly powerful platform that can change the national conversation in the time it takes a tweet to go viral. Dorsey being forthright and transparent regarding the complex processes behind the company’s algorithms and content judgment calls."
Dorsey and other social media outlets have been under fire for outright banning conservative voices from their platform, censoring comments, and instituting "shadowbanning," in which a comment is visible to the poster but does not circulate to the following. Dorsey denied those practices in an earlier interview, but admitted his company is "left-leaning."
That led to calls for a Congressional hearing. Earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced the same committee regarding his company's practices, being grilled over its privacy policies and other issues.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee September 5 regarding his company’s practices.
There have been calls from some pundits to treat social media as common carriers, which would put new regulations in place regarding their practices. A consortium of social media met in San Francisco on Friday to discuss ways to avoid alleged meddling in the coming mid-term elections, a continuation of an earlier meeting.

Donald Trump Yanks Security Clearance Of Ex-CIA Chief Who Blasted POTUS For Calling Omarosa “Dog” – UPDATE

Trump's thunderbolt elevated the Omarosa story to "Omarosa-gate" status.
The list is totally not about settling political scores, Sanders insisted.
"As head of the Executive Branch and Commander in Chief, I have a unique Constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information, including by controlling access to it," Trump said in his statement. "Today, in fulfilling that responsibility, I have decided to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan former director of the Central Intelligence Agency."
"If he's saying the only way I can speak is to be in adulation mode of this President, I don't think I could sign up for that," he said.” />
Today, Trump also tossed into the tumbril Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, and Strzok's girlfriend/former FBI general counsel Lisa Page.
Explaining the yanking of Brennan's credentials, Trump said any benefits senior intel officials might have gleaned from consultation with Brennan were "outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior."
Trump noted he's mulling whether former officials should retain their access to intel when they have "transitioned into highly partisan positions" and use the information "to validate their political attacks."

Brennan then appeared yesterday on Lawrence O’Donnell’s MSNBC program to elaborate, saying Trump has "badly sullied the reputation of the office of the presidency with his invective." calling Trump the most divisive president in history, Brennan added, "he is feeding and fueling hatred and animosity and misunderstandings among Americans."
The list includes, but is not confined to, James Clapper, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice and Andrew McCabe. In today's wild attempt to upstage Omarosa, Trump also revealed his list of other critics whose clearance he might pull — a list that included some whose clearances already were pulled when they got the hook from their jobs.
“The President has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and who has access to it, and that’s what he’s doing is fulfilling that responsibility in this action,” she said.
Trump claimed Brennan “has a history that calls his credibility into question” and has leveraged his clearance to make "wild outburst" and "frenzied commentary" assertions against Trump.
More such responses are expected. "Nuts to you," responded Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, and Hayden, the former NSA director and CIA director, or words to that effect, in statements made on air or in writing.
I don't plan to stop speaking, when I'm asked, about my view on this administration," noting he has at times agreed with Trump's administration and other times disagreed. To which Clapper responded on CNN: "If I lose my access it doesn't have any immediate impact on me.
Stripping Brennan of security clearance and threatening same for other critics signals exactly how knicker-knotted POTUS is at the thought of what other secret recordings his former disciple Omarosa Manigault Newman, might have made.
If you guessed Brennan saying, "Donald Trump can be played by foreign leaders who are going to appeal to his ego, and to try to play upon his insecurities, which is very, very worrisome from a national security standpoint" – congratulations! Speaking of CNN, guess what clip it plucked from its stash to re-air after the news?
UPDATED with additional information: President Donald Trump exacted revenge on former CIA director John Brennan this afternoon, announcing he had revoked Brennan's security clearance and warning there is plenty more where that came from.
While made-for-TV dramatic, the announcement was not surprising, the White House having said last month that Trump was mulling whether to yank clearance of Brennan and former FBI director James Comey; McCabe, the former deputy FBI director; Clapper; former national security adviser Rice; and Hayden.
The thunderbolt comes one day after Brennan scolded Trump for his tweet calling Omarosa a "dog" as the latest example of Trump's failure to "live up to minimum standards of decency, civility & probity." He told Trump his behavior is "so dangerous for our Nation":
Book-touring Omarosa has said she heard it. Her book tour had been met with frenzied Trump tweeting, most recently the one in which he called her "dog", which dominated Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Tuesday press briefing, at which she declined to guarantee that there is not a tape in which Trump used the n-word.
The move comes four days after Omarosa began her march across the TV landscape, plugging her White House tell-all book Unhinged, and unveiling secret recordings she made of conversations she had with Trump and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Not on the list, noted many: former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, who lied to investigators about his contact with Russians and lied to Veep Mike Pence; he retains his security clearance.
Trump did not consult the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, the country's highest-ranking intelligence official, before making his announcement, CNN reported.