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.
Salome Viljoen, Harvard University Berkman Klein Center
Our critics review “Rampage,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a primatologist who shares a strong bond with a gorilla; “Truth or Dare,” another horror film from Blumhouse Productions; “The Rider,” which won the Art Cinema Award at Cannes, and follows a rodeo cowboy who suffers a near-fatal head injury.
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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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