Trump Meets Twitter's Dorsey After Fuming Over `Political Games'
- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, the same day the president tweeted that Congress should “get involved” in a battle against “discriminatory” practices by the social media company.
- As of Tuesday morning, Trump had 59.9 million Twitter followers, making him the 13th most-tracked user on the social media network behind individuals including former President Barack Obama and singers Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
- But the president has repeatedly voiced his displeasure with an effort by Twitter last year to remove tens of millions of suspicious accounts, with the company saying it was trying to help combat manipulative and abusive content by deleting fake profiles.
- And Twitter said Tuesday that about 38 percent of abusive content is now being found through technology and flagged for human review, up from none last year.
In the Mediterranean, US aircraft carrier operations serve as floating American diplomacy
- For the first time since 2016, the United States is deploying two Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, the USS John C.
- CNN was given exclusive access to the carrier operations, which serve to improve coordination between two carrier strike groups that consist of several ships and up to 120 aircraft each.
- A typical carrier strike group includes an aircraft carrier, a guided-missile cruiser, two guided-missile destroyers, an attack submarine and a supply ship for logistical support.
- The fact that Russia is one of the main recipients of the US power play in the Mediterranean was driven home as Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to Russia, came aboard the carrier strike group.
- Russia is increasingly deploying its forces in many of the places where it has diplomatic conflicts with the United States.
- The United States and its allies say Russia is becoming more bold and beefing up its presence in the Atlantic and Arctic.
Stocks are at an all-time high. Here's what stopped the last 12 bull runs
- It took several years for financial markets to start recovering from the Great Depression, the deepest recession in modern American history.
- US stocks declined as American leaders worried that their country was losing the Cold War. But after a short-lived bear market, the S&P 500 enjoyed nearly four years of growth, gaining 86% between October 1957 and December 1961.
- After Wall Street's darkest day proved to be just a blip for stocks, the S&P 500 advanced 65% from December 1987 to July 1990, marking the second shortest bull market in the modern era before another downturn struck.
- The deepest financial crisis and recession since the Great Depression followed, with the S&P 500 falling nearly 57% between October 2007 and March 2009.
- No matter when it ends, the recovery from the Great Recession is already the longest bull market in American history.
Joe Biden tells key supporters he is running for president as he lines up fundraising help
- One of his lead backers, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, said he recently received a call from Comcast executive David Cohen about a potential Biden fundraiser at his home in Philadelphia.
- Rendell and Cohen have been making calls to potential donors to get them on board for what they hope will be one of Biden's first big-money fundraising events.
- The support from establishment Democrats such as Rendell, who backed Hillary Clinton in 2008 and 2016, and Cohen could be a boost for Biden, who is late to the fundraising game this cycle.
- Some of Biden's closest advisors, including his foundation's vice chairman, Mark Angelson, have reached out to several Democratic fundraisers and donors — as well as people who have already committed to backing other primary contenders, according to people familiar with the deliberations.
Trump's dreary winter turns into royal spring
- On Tuesday, the White House and Buckingham Palace simultaneously announced plans for a long-delayed state visit to London, where Trump will finally be awarded the British ceremonial rituals -- such as a horse parade and royal banquet -- that were first offered to him by Queen Elizabeth more than two years ago.
- Flattery was British Prime Minister Theresa May's calculation in early 2017 when she arrived to the White House as Trump's first foreign visitor, bringing with her an invitation from the Queen for a royal state visit.
- A royal source told CNN the stop would include some of a same ceremonial elements that President Barack Obama enjoyed when he was treated to a state visit in 2011, including a formal welcome at Horse Guard's Parade followed by state lunch and dinner the same day at Buckingham Palace.
Jack Dorsey Is Reportedly Meeting With President Trump
- On Tuesday morning, President Trump lobbed another attack against Twitter on its own platform, calling the company “very discriminatory,” and saying “they don’t treat me well as a Republican.” He then accused the company of “playing political games,” and called on Congress to “get involved.” It wasn’t the first time Trump complained about a supposed anti-conservative bias on Twitter, but it was noteworthy for another reason: It turns out, the president was scheduled to meet Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later that day.
- Twitter policy head Vijaya Gadde notified employees Tuesday that their boss was supposed to meet with Trump in a 30-minute closed-door meeting later that afternoon, according to a company-wide email reviewed by WIRED.
- Both Gadde and Dorsey said in their emails that they would report back to their company about what happens during the meeting at the White House.
What Donald Trump's unsettlingly erratic 24 hours on Twitter tell us
- Consider that over the past 24 hours, Trump has tweeted (and retweeted) 52 things.
- And it's indicative of Trump's current state of mind: jubilant that neither he nor any of his family members were charged in the Mueller report while also retaining much of the anger, resentment and conspiracy-theorizing that have fueled his time in the White House.
- Remember, always, that Twitter is the best window into a president's mind we have ever had.
- As a peek into the mind of the President, it was -- even by the abnormal standards by which Trump gets judged -- somewhat breathtaking.
- But -- and this is a serious question here -- is anyone, no matter your level of support for or opposition to Trump, super comfortable with what the last 24 hours on Twitter have shown us about the President?
Hillary Clinton says the Mueller report proved Trump would be indicted for obstruction of justice if he wasn't president
- NEW YORK CITY — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday argued that special counsel Robert Mueller's report showed President Donald Trump would've been indicted for obstruction of justice if not for the fact he's president and protected by Justice Department guidelines.
- As part of his probe into Russian election interference, Mueller looked into possible instances of obstruction of justice by Trump.
- The special counsel ultimately declined to make a "traditional prosecutorial judgment" on the issue of obstruction, but also did not fully exonerate Trump.
- Mueller outlined three main reasons why he didn't indict Trump for obstruction, including that it's against Justice Department guidelines to indict a sitting president, and essentially said the ball is now in Congress's court.
- Along these lines, Clinton on Tuesday said the House Judiciary Committee should continue to investigate Trump but said Democrats should be cautious about discussions of impeachment.
Hillary Clinton on Trump: 'Any other person who had engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted' for obstruction of justice
- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that President Donald Trump only avoided obstruction of justice charges following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report because of the Justice Department's rule barring the indictment of a sitting president.
- Attorney General William Barr, however, decided not to charge Trump.
- Clinton, whom Trump defeated in the 2016 election, also called for the release of an unredacted version of Mueller's report.
- "I'm really of the mind that the Mueller report is part of the beginning.
- Nixon resigned before he could be impeached.
- Clinton's husband, Bill Clinton, was impeached during his second term as president, but was not removed from office.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has called on elected officials to begin impeachment proceedings, along with other 2020 Democratic candidates including Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts.
White House ordered Trump administration officials to boycott WHCA Dinner
- The order was issued Tuesday morning by White House Cabinet Secretary Bill McGinley, who announced that all Trump administration officials are being ordered to boycott the dinner, scheduled for Saturday night.
- The move marks yet another deterioration in relations between the White House press office and the press corps, though President Donald Trump had announced earlier this month that he would be skipping the annual dinner for the third year in a row.
- White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also previously told CNN she would not be attending the dinner, instead traveling to the Trump rally with the President.
- Sanders had attended the two previous dinners under the Trump administration.
- The President's playbook is clear: Each year he makes a show of skipping the dinner and holding a media-bashing rally instead.