State of the Union video tweeted by Trump is 'removed' after copyright complaint from R.E.M. publisher
- A satirical video using music from rock band R.E.M., which was shared by the Twitter account of President Donald Trump, has been removed from the social media site after the publisher of the band's songs complained.
- A lawyer for Universal Music Publishing Group had reached out to Twitter on Friday asking that the video, which was first posted by another user, be taken down from the platform, according to a source familiar with the situation, who asked to remain anonymous.
- The creator of the video that the president tweeted Friday, self-proclaimed Trump supporter @CarpeDonktum, accused Twitter of censorship after the clip became unplayable on the platform.
- Trump's tweet with the video clip had been pinned to the top of his account's page by Friday afternoon.
- R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills took notice of the use of his band's song in the video that Trump tweeted Friday.
Jeff Bezos says the National Enquirer’s owner threatened to release his “d*ck pick,” so he described it himself
- Here is the slightly longer version: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has penned a now-immortal Medium post — “No thank you, Mr. Pecker” — describing what he calls an “extortionate proposal” by executives from American Media Inc., the publisher that owns the National Enquirer.
- That is: Bezos says that AMI executives didn’t like the suggestion — floated in the Bezos-owned Washington Post, among other media outlets — that the Enquirer had run the story because of a longstanding relationship it had with Donald Trump, who has made a point of attacking Bezos, the Post, and Amazon.
- On Tuesday — the same day Howard reportedly emailed Bezos, describing the photos — the Washington Post published a twisty story listing competing possible motives behind the Enquirer’s exposé.
Mueller says searches yielded evidence of Roger Stone-WikiLeaks communications
- U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller disclosed for the first time on Friday that his office has evidence of communications between Roger Stone, a longtime advisor to President Donald Trump, and WikiLeaks related to the release of hacked Democratic Party emails.
- In a court filing on Friday, Mueller's office said it had gathered that evidence in a separate probe into Russian intelligence officers who were charged by Mueller of hacking the emails during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and staging their release.
- Stone has previously acknowledged brief exchanges with both WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 but maintains he never had advance knowledge about the release of hacked emails.
- WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 each published emails and other documents from the Democratic Party in 2016 in an operation that Mueller alleges was part of a Kremlin-backed effort to tip the election in favor of then Republican nominee Trump.
Trump takes the 'emergency' exit
- Washington (CNN) - We're ending the week on a high note: The government isn't going to shut down tonight!
- Republicans, Democrats, Congress and the President came together (mostly), put aside their differences (kinda), and have passed a stopgap spending bill that lacks Trump's stated $5.7 billion for the border wall.
- Trump today admitted that he "didn't need" to make the emergency declaration, but "I just want to get it done faster." The offhand comment will likely complicate things for his attorneys, who will have to defend it in court.
- The President is going the extra mile by declaring a national emergency to build his border wall -- something he teased at in a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday.
- Trump also got something else this week: a new attorney general, Bill Barr, who served in the same position under George H.W. Bush.
Trump's Lawyers May Have Provided False Info on Hush Payments, Says Rep. Elijah Cummings
- House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings wrote Friday in a letter to the White House that internal notes taken by Office of Government Ethics officials indicate that some of Trump’s lawyers gave them “evolving stories” about the payments and money that Trump owed to his lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, for making them.
- The letter also details that the president filed a financial disclosure statement with the ethics office covering the period from January 2016 through April 15, 2017 making no mention of any liability to Cohen.
- Cummings said notes from ethics office officials say that from March 22 to April 26, 2018, Trump’s personal lawyer Sheri Dillon was telling them that Trump never owed any money to Cohen in 2016 and 2017.
California governor accuses Trump of keeping disaster money from wildfire survivors
- California Gov. Gavin Newsom blasted President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency Friday and accused him of forgetting about the "real emergency" needs of survivors of the disastrous Camp Fire that destroyed most of the town of Paradise and killed 86 people.
- Newsom slammed Trump for the national emergency declaration that the president is using to get billions of dollars to fund his southern border wall.
- Newsom said California plans to join several other states in a lawsuit to challenge Trump's national emergency declaration.
- Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney disclosed Friday that Trump intends to put together $8 billion in funds for wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Newsom last week said he plans to keep 100 of the 360 California National Guard troops at the border to combat drug trafficking, a deployment historically financed by the federal government.
Trump's 2014 comments criticizing Obama for taking executive action 'because he is unable to negotiate w/ Congress' are coming back to haunt him
- The 2014 remarks took on a new meaning on Friday, after Trump himself took executive action and declared a national emergency so he could bypass Congress and secure funding for his border wall.
- Yet Democrats refused to yield on the wall funding, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers ultimately produced a spending bill that fell far short of providing the $5.7 billion Trump had demanded.
- Eager to avoid another shutdown, Trump signed the bill on Friday and declared the national emergency.
- Vice President Mike Pence was also criticized for his previous comments on Obama's 2014 executive action.
- Read more: Trump will declare a national emergency to build his border wall.
- C-SPAN footage tweeted by the Republican strategist Bill Kristol showed Pence, who was then the governor of Indiana, urging Obama to work with Republican lawmakers to find "genuine common ground" rather than taking executive action to bypass Congress.
Trump’s bravado is the continuation of a century-long trend, according to language experts
- Researchers came to this conclusion by studying campaign speeches and those that followed, relying on text analysis to measure Trump’s (and other world leaders) thinking, as made apparent by the things he says.
- “Some students organized their ideas in logical, hierarchal, complex ways,” says Kayla Jordan, a graduate student in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, and one of the members of the research team.
- “Other students organized their ideas more informally and simply; relying more on stories,” Jordan says.
- In our study, we find over time all political figures are increasingly communicating in more informal, simple, narrative ways.
- For political leaders, an informal communication style is closely tied to success in persuading voters.
- Researchers noted that many world leaders now speak with linguistic patterns showing lower levels of analytic thinking, but higher degrees of confidence.
As Trump ponders auto tariffs, free-trade Republicans push back
- But as President Trump deliberates his next moves – by law, he has 90 days to decide –he will face an uphill battle from companies, foreign allies and Republican lawmakers if he decides to impose duties.
- The report was crafted under section 232 of a 1962 trade law, a provision that allows tariffs on items that threaten national security that was scantly used before the Trump Administration.
- In March 2018, the president used the provision to slap duties on foreign steel and aluminum, and called for an investigation into automobiles several months later, tweeting before the research was conducted that he'd be interested in a 25 percent rate.
- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced a bill last month that would give Congress sixty days to approve any proposed tariffs under section 232.
- Sen. Portman said his measure is timely because of the widespread opposition among Republicans to placing tariffs on auto imports, most of which come from allied countries.
Judge says Trump tweets don't rule out death penalty in New York terror suspect's trial
- New York (CNN) - A federal judge ruled Friday that prosecutors can seek the death penalty against a New York City terror suspect, despite a defense motion that cited tweets by President Trump advocating capital punishment in the case.
- Saipov's attorney asked the prosecution be denied the right to do so because Trump's tweets had politicized the case.
- The defense motion argued Trump was trying the case in the court of public opinion, and so the Department of Justice would be unable to make an impartial decision on whether to seek the death penalty should Saipov be found guilty.
- Southern District of New York Judge Vernon Broderick denied the defense motion, calling it "pure speculation" in his published written opinion.
- Saipov's attorney, David Patton, declined to comment to CNN on the judge's opinion.