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Walt Disney CEO joins Uber in pulling out of Trump’s business advisory group event

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When the president summons someone to the White House, they go. Disney CEO Bob Iger is not.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Iger was one of the only entertainment executives to RSVP and he has refused to attend a policy forum that was planned this week. He will attend a company board meeting instead.

President Donald Trump pitched the event as “CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth.”

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The CEOs of Uber and SpaceX were also scheduled to go, but Uber’s head, Travis Kalanick pulled out of the forum after Trump’s executive order barring immigrants from seven countries entrance into the U.S. while putting a four-month hold on all refugees that have spent years being vetted. An uprising of pro-immigrant advocates started the hashtag #DeleteUber after taxi drivers at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport joined protests with a one-hour strike over the weekend. Uber drivers would not participate.

Corporations, particularly in the technology sector, have been thrown into chaos after the immigration and ban and refugee hold. Amazon.com’s CEO Jeff Bezos is threating to sue Trump while Microsoft is begging for a waiver for its employees. Many are under pressure by customers and users to boycott any invitation from Trump’s White House.


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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed 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 taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists

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On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.

"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."

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