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News Brief: Austin Bombings, Cambridge Analytica, Spending Bill

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 4:11am

We have the latest developments in the Austin bombings investigation. Also, Ina Fried of Axios discusses Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, and an update on a congressional spending bill.

Section 230: A Key Legal Shield For Facebook, Google Is About To Change

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 4:11am

The 1996 law is praised by the tech industry as the core pillar of Internet freedom. But its path also runs through some of the darkest corners of the Web, such as online sex trafficking of children.

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In Hidden-Camera Exposé, Cambridge Analytica Executives Boast Of Role In Trump Win

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:27am

Alexander Nix, who was suspended from the firm on Tuesday, is heard saying that he had met Donald Trump "many times" and deployed deceptive tactics to support his election campaign.

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Lawsuits Force Alleged Trump Affairs, Sexual Misconduct Claims Back Into Public Eye

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:42pm

A former Playboy model is suing a company she says is trying to keep her silent about her alleged relationship with the president, while a judge rules a defamation suit against him can move forward.

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What Did Cambridge Analytica Do During The 2016 Election?

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 6:22pm

The company says it was essential to President Trump's victory but both Trump and other former clients are downplaying the role of its trademark psychological profiling.

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President Trump Adds New Lawyer To His Legal Team

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 3:21pm

President Trump has added a new lawyer to his legal team — one who's been vocal about attacking the Justice Department. He's not the only member of that legal team to do so.

Justices Skeptical About California Law Being Challenged By Anti-Abortion Clinics

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 3:21pm

Supreme Court justices on both sides of the ideological spectrum expressed skepticism about California's "truth-in-advertising" law requiring anti-abortion clinics to more fully disclose what they are.

Trump Paid Royal Visit From Saudi Crown Prince

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 3:21pm

President Trump greeted the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and praised arms deals between the two countries and the prince's growing power.

WH Threatening To Veto Spending Bill If It Includes Money For Northeast Rail Tunnel

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 3:21pm

If the century-old rail tunnel into New York City fails, the economic pain will be felt up and down the East Coast. That's why a multi-billion-dollar plan to replace it has been called the most important infrastructure project in the country.

Facebook's Data Scandal Latest Blow To The Company's Reputation

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 3:21pm

The social media giant is facing more blowback from users, regulators and investors following reports that its user data was misused by a firm that worked for the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.

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Former Facebook Insider Says Company Cannot Be Trusted To Regulate Itself

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 3:21pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Sandy Parakilas, who worked as an operations manager on the platform team at Facebook in 2011 and 2012. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Parakilas says Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself.

Survivors Of Mass Shootings Face Renewed Trauma From Conspiracy Theorists

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 3:10pm

The idea that victims of mass shootings are hired actors who stage tragedies in order to achieve political gain has drifted from obscure right-wing media into the mainstream.

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Small City Moves To Opt Out Of California Sanctuary Law

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:15pm

Los Alamitos, an Orange County city of fewer than 12,000, is aligning itself with a harder line on immigration than the more liberal policies adopted elsewhere in the state.

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President Trump Congratulates Putin On Re-Election

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:09pm

President Trump placed a congratulatory call to Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday, two days after an election marred by ballot-box stuffing and forced voting.

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Republican Lawmakers Say Mueller Needs No Protection

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:46pm

Top Republicans on Capitol Hill say they are confident that President Trump will not try to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Spending Bill Caught In Partisan Fight Ahead Of Friday Deadline

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:46am

A long-term spending bill has been delayed over partisan squabbling about unrelated measures, including health care, immigration and gun control.

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Senate Intel Committee Urges More Funding, IT Upgrades To Secure 2018 Election

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:25am

Senators released a list of recommendations Tuesday that included an urgent call to give states more money and information to improve their elections.

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Ohio GOP Introduces Bill To Ban Abortion

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:47am

Under the legislation, abortions would be prohibited even in cases of rape, incest or danger to a woman's life.

Jennifer Palmieri: Hillary Ran With 'Half Her Humanity Tied Behind Her Back'

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:37am

Palmieri is out with a new book, Dear Madam President, and it's both a retrospective on the 2016 election and a compendium of advice for the first woman to make it to the Oval Office.

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Illinois Primary: Democrats Wage Internal Battle, With Big Signs Of Party Enthusiasm

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:01am

Centrist Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski is battling a progressive challenger to avoid being the first incumbent to lose in 2018, as Democrats put up big numbers of candidates and donations.

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