Republican Sen. Tim Scott sinks Trump judicial nominee tied to voter suppression efforts

Republican Sen. Tim Scott sinks Trump judicial nominee tied to voter suppression efforts

Democrats had slammed Thomas Farr for systematically stripping African Americans of their voting rights. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is officially opposing Trump judicial nominee Thomas Farr, a controversial pick who Democrats argue has systematically stripped African Americans of their voting rights — meaning his nomination will likely fail. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has said he’ll be blocking all Trump judicial nominees until a bill protecting special counsel Robert Mueller gets a floor vote. Scott’s vote…

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Trump Tower Moscow, and Michael Cohen’s lies about it, explained

Trump Tower Moscow, and Michael Cohen’s lies about it, explained

Everything you need to know about Trump’s efforts to do business in Russia. Michael Cohen’s guilty plea in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation on Thursday threatens to unveil an explosive possible reason why President Donald Trump adamantly wants friendly ties with Russia — a long-sought real estate deal. A court document filed by Mueller states that Cohen — Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer — lied to Congress at least three separate times about plans…

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Google employee raises $100,000 in pledges for strike fund

Google employee raises $100,000 in pledges for strike fund

A prominent Google employee said today she had raised $100,000 in pledges for a strike fund, following more news about the company’s controversial plans for China. Earlier today, The Intercept published a new report about Google’s plans to build a censored search engine in China. The report detailed executives’ response to internal dissent about the project, and included concerns from engineers who said they felt the security and privacy process had been sidelined. In response,…

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Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled charged for illegally touting crypto offerings

Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled charged for illegally touting crypto offerings

DJ Khaled and pro boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. are facing charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission today after they failed to disclose that they were being paid promotional fees to tout fraudulent initial coin offerings. According to the SEC, this is the first time that individuals have faced charges involving ICOs. The Commission is accusing Mayweather of failing to disclose a $100,000 promotional payment and DJ Khaled with a $50,000 one. Both celebrities received…

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“Inhumane”: a laid-off GM worker in Ohio responds to massive job cuts

“Inhumane”: a laid-off GM worker in Ohio responds to massive job cuts

GM says that more than 14,000 auto workers will lose their jobs in the coming months. General Motors caused an uproar this week when it announced plans to close up to five factories in the US and Canada and cut more than 14,000 jobs over the next two years. The automaker said that consumers weren’t buying enough cars like the Chevy Cruze, and that the overhaul would save the company $6 billion. GM also blamed…

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Pixar hires its second female feature director in 30 years

Pixar hires its second female feature director in 30 years

Pixar Animation Studios may be the most influential animation outfit in the world, but recently, it’s developed a serious reputation problem. Earlier this year, a detailed insider report from a former employee explored the studio’s rigid culture of sexism, which systematically kept women away from advancement or leadership positions while protecting men who harassed or abused them. Meanwhile, chief creative officer John Lasseter was ousted from Disney after it surfaced that he’d been known for…

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Michael Cohen’s plea agreement is bad news for Donald Trump Jr.

Michael Cohen’s plea agreement is bad news for Donald Trump Jr.

He said he had nothing to do with a Russia project. Michael Cohen’s plea deal suggests otherwise. During his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017, Donald Trump Jr. claimed he “wasn’t involved” in the Trump Organization’s efforts to build a tower in Moscow, “was not” aware that Michael Cohen directly reached out to the Kremlin about it, and suggested Cohen’s efforts to work with Russian-born developer Felix Sater on the project ended…

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Far-right activist Laura Loomer has handcuffed herself to Twitter’s NYC headquarters

Far-right activist Laura Loomer has handcuffed herself to Twitter’s NYC headquarters

Earlier this afternoon, alt-right Jewish commentator Laura Loomer handcuffed herself to the front doors of Twitter’s New York headquarters, while wearing a Jewish star and carrying a bullhorn and a number of printed-out tweets. She says she’s demonstrating in protest of the alleged shadowbanning of conservatives on the social-media platform, and the “double standard” of allowing figures like anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to remain on the site. “Twitter is upholding sharia when…

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Democrats in 2020 don’t have the Republican safety margin

Democrats in 2020 don’t have the Republican safety margin

Democrats will do more coordinating in picking a 2020 candidate than Republicans did for 2016. One of the central questions in understanding the Democratic presidential nomination race for 2020 is simply: Are Democrats now where Republicans were four years ago? Will the party be confronted next year with one or two dozen viable candidates on the debate stage, each with their own financial base of support, and no way to cull the field before voting…

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