Two Democratic U.S. senators called for the Federal Trade Commission to act on a complaint filed by consumer groups against Facebook Inc on Thursday that alleged the company scammed children into spending money on its platform. A coalition of consumer groups asked the FTC to investigate whether Facebook had engaged in deceptive practices, claiming the company lured children into making extensive in-game purchases without parental consent. The social media company settled a class-action lawsuit...
A conservative columnist tore into the GOP’s ‘Freedom Caucus’ Thursday in The American Conservative magazine. “How the mighty have fallen,” Barbara Boland wrote. “Though HFC members were the original, outsider, populist candidates, the House Freedom Caucus has transmogrified so thoroughly that it bears no resemblance to what it used to be,” the writer continued. “Once Jeremiahs crying in the desert about fiscal responsibility and presidential overreach, they have become the executive branch’s...
Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe ridiculed President Donald Trump during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell. Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and is his fiftieth year teaching at Harvard Law. He is representing the county of El Paso, Texas in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump that seeks an injunction to block the president’s declaration of a national emergency to build his border wall.
According to a new report in RollCall, some of the money President Trump wants to shuffle around from other federal programs to build his wall has already been spent, and is likely to be unavailable from the sources the Trump administration has previously identified. Despite the ‘national emergency,’ Trump will still have to seek approval from both parties for some of the money, the report notes, effectively rendering a full one-third of the funds unavailable,
On Thursday, comedian and activist D.L. Hughley sat down with CNN’s Chris Cuomo to talk about the double-standard surrounding Jussie Smollett’s scandal. Smollett has been accused of orchestrating a hate crime against himself and falsifying a police report. Hughley explained the impact that hate and violence have in the country. Hughley said that President Donald Trump has used bigotry to benefit himself and that it works because he is a white guy. “When you use racism, bigotry,
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow revealed never-before-seen documents that appear to show former Republican Vice President Spiro Agnew engaged in a $2 million international conspiracy to attack Jewish citizens in America. Maddow uncovered the documents while researching her “Bagman” podcast on Agnew and presented them in a special report on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” The host revealed a 1980 telegram from Agnew to Ahmed Abdul Wahab, the chief of royal protocol for the Kingdom of
On Thursday, political commentator Bakari Sellers slammed President Donald Trump’s former campaign strategist David Urban during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. In light of Trump confidant Roger Stone’s trial, Sellers argued that Trump is surrounded by criminals. “What do you think it says, though, about the president that more than just a few people he has chosen to surround himself with are known liars and felons?” Cooper asked Urban. “It’s obviously not a great
At this point, I’d almost prefer that Donald Trump act on at least one of his tweet-threats instead of constantly hurling his rage-gasms into the void, keeping us all perpetually in a state of awkward panic. Observing Trump’s ongoing series of thirst-traps for dictators feels like leaning too far back in your chair and almost falling over but catching yourself at the last second — that sense of adrenalized gravitational panic seems to linger more
After appearing in court Thursday afternoon and being released on a $100,000 bond Jussie Smollett headed over to the set of “Empire” where he was schedule to shoot a scene. According to TMZ Smollett apologized to the cast and crew – but not for faking a hate crime, which is what Chicago Police earlier in the day insisted he did. “I’m sorry I’ve put you all through this and not answered any calls,” Smollett said,
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States wanted one and threatened to place hypersonic nuclear missiles on ships or submarines near U.S. territorial waters. The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when Moscow responded to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking a standoff that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. More than five decades
Three women have accused former Fox News medical analyst Dr. Keith Ablow of sexual misconduct, according to a report from The Boston Globe. According to The Globe, Ablow allegedly “lured” the women into abusive relationships including “beatings, conversations about bondage, and, in one case, getting a tattoo of the doctor’s initials to show his ‘ownership’ of her.” “He began to hit me when we engaged in sexual activities,” one of the women claimed. “He would have me
The Republican National Committee was slammed by a GOP Governor on Thursday for rigging the 2020 presidential nomination. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who was re-elected despite the 2018 Democratic wave, slammed RNC moves intended to protect President Donald Trump. “Typically they try to be fair arbiters of a process and I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve been involved in the Republican Party for most of my life,” Hogan told Politico. “It’s