Photo: Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
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During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff lost confidence in him. Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Uber’s President of Business in the Asia Pacific, Eric Alexander was fired Tuesday after reports surfaced that he had obtained the medical records of a woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India. The company also announced it had recently fired 20 other employees.
The cable networks were all airing James Comey’s hearing live, but they built completely different narratives about the Comey-Russia story. One exonerates the president, while the other sees him as a liar who obstructed justice.
Ten million dollars worth of almonds, pistachios and walnuts has been stolen in California over the last four years. Law enforcement says a criminal group in LA is behind the thefts. They’re called Armenian Power, and they’re linked to a broad Russian organized crime network.
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Why is it so hard to publish stories critical of powerful men? One of the main reasons the Harvey Weinstein stories didn’t get out sooner was that the Hollywood press couldn’t -- or wouldn’t -- publish them. KCRW’s Kim Masters has a story about another big executive: Amazon’s Roy Price.
Can Kevin de Leon unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein? California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced his challenge to Senator Dianne Feinstein. He is capitalizing on a fury in the state against the president, and painting Feinstein as too accommodating of Trump.
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