The Wall Street Journal reports that in late 2017, Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen negotiated a $1.6 million deal between Elliott Broidy -- a top Republican donor connected to Trump -- and a former Playboy model who said that he got her pregnant. Broidy has admitted the affair and said he offered the woman financial help. We also discuss former FBI director James Comey’s book that compares President Trump to a mafia don. Trump called Comey an “untruthful slime ball” today on Twitter
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There’s been a lot of concern over the past few weeks about Facebook, with Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Up to 87 million users had their data collected without their permission. But other companies are collecting reams of data too, such as Google, Comcast, Verizon. Google, for instance, knows everything you’ve ever looked up or deleted, every email you’ve sent, and events you’ve attended.
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How will Disney-Fox deal affect what you see in theaters and on TV? For $71 billion, Disney gets Fox’s TV and film studios, 60 percent of Hulu, the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and some properties in India and Latin America. The combined Disney and Fox movie studios have earned nearly 50 percent of the North American box office this year.
President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
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