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Wednesday morning, President Trump retweeted posts from Jayda Fransen, leader of a far right anti-immigrant group called Britain First. The tweets included a video titled “Muslim migrant beats up dutch boy on crutches,” the authenticity of which has not been confirmed. The White House defended the president. But there’s outrage in Britain, and even Prime Minister Theresa May has criticized him.
Senate Republicans are trying to get a vote on their tax bill this week. If it is to be reconciled with the House version and signed into law, it could mean big changes for American taxpayers. One provision in the House bill -- but not the Senate bill -- is of particular concern to graduate students. Grad students who work as researchers and teaching assistants often have their tuition waived. Under the House plan, that tuition would be taxed as if it were income.
We consider the history of misinformation. A new book called “Bunk” explores America’s relationship to hoaxes, plagiarists, fakery and facts.
Kevin Young, poet and author of “Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News”
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a major case over what’s become an elemental part of American life: the cell phone. Specifically, it’s considering whether the police need a warrant to get cell tower records to track your whereabouts.
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Justice Department indicts 12 Russians for election hacking The Department of Justice says it has enough evidence to charge 12 members of the Russian military with hacking the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Sen. Kamala Harris on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh: 'There is a lot to be concerned about' Democrats are waging an intense battle to block Judge Brett Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court. Moments after President Trump nominated him, California Senator Kamala Harris said she’d vote no. She tweeted that Kavanaugh “represents a direct and fundamental threat to the rights and health care of hundreds of millions of Americans.” She joins us to explain her concerns.
The future of HBO AT&T now owns HBO, since the Time Warner merger went through. AT&T has made it clear it wants from the channel: More subscribers watching more programming more hours of the day. That may not fit very well with HBO’s higher-end programming model, which emphasizes quality over quantity.
Would you take a tram to the Hollywood sign? Warner Bros. wants to build an aerial tram to the Hollywood sign, which would cost $100 million. The ride would start from a parking structure by the studio in Burbank. The plan has us wondering about other ways to ease traffic congestion. Is it time to reconsider the monorail?
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