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Monday, June 25, 2018

#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah On Trump Blowing Up Our Money In Outer Space

Trevor Noah is nothing if not culturally tuned-in. He knows that as angry and upset as his audience might be about the Trump administration, the words “Beyonce” and “Jay-Z” have been mega-trending since the pair released a surprise album.

Maybe the Daily Show audience would like to hear the comic’s take on that. So he obliges, mostly having fun with the couple’s lavish musical video shoot starring the Mona Lisa, now known as that chick from the music video.

Never fear. President Trump is never far from Noah’s story arc. The anchor highlights the total pathos of 45’s “Space Force” announcement, musing that the money Trump says is saved by the halting of war games on the Korean border is now being blown into outer space in the form of dodgy new weapons.…

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Shady Cambridge Analytica Operatives Hired For Trump Campaign 2020

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

 

Operatives from Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm at the center of an international scandal, are secretly working with Trump’s re-election campaign.

The Associated Press reports that at least four former Cambridge Analatica employees are working with a new firm, Data Propria.

Matt Oczkowski, former head of product for Cambridge Analytica, is Data Propria’s head. In conversations heard by two AP reporters, Oczkowski said his company is “doing the president’s work for 2020” along with Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale.

Data Propria is now also doing work for the Republican National Committee’s 2018 campaign.

Another source told the AP that Data Propria is doing the same kind of work for Trump 2020 that Cambridge Analytica did.…

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Higher Prices, Fewer Voices: Big Telecoms Devour The Internet

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

 

Two major developments this week promise to change the way you access and use the internet, both for the worse.

First, AT&T won approval Tuesday from a federal judge to purchase Time Warner, which owns CNN among other properties. Donald Trump had opposed the $85 billion deal, his comments laced with invective against CNN’s coverage of him. The deal cannot close for at least six days so the Justice Department has time to appeal if Trump so orders.

The ruling by Judge Richard Leon is likely to signal more mergers among telecom giants, something I wrote about four years ago as a major economic and political problem when Comcast tried to buy Time Warner.…

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