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Trump ‘directly involved’ in alleged blackmail scheme against Jeff Bezos: Amazon expert

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Scott Galloway, a professor of marketing at NYU Stern School of Business and an Amazon expert, told MSNBC on Friday why he thinks President Donald Trump is involved in the National Enquirer’s alleged blackmail of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Host Stephanie Ruhle asked Galloway to elaborate on his statement from Thursday night, in which he said Trump was probably “directly involved” because the president “never misses opportunity to mock enemies… Also he is petty, immature and terrible role model for youth.”

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“A key tell among law enforcement officials is when someone is driving 45 miles an hour in the fast lane, that they’re hiding something,” Galloway explained. “The president’s silence on this is eerie.”

“He tweeted about Bezos calling him ‘Bozo’ January 4th — but this is someone who never misses an opportunity to mock someone he perceives as an adversary via Twitter and he hasn’t said anything and I think that’s — that’s a tell here”

“And like with a Facebook hack or any scandal involving the president, the only thing we know for sure is that it’s almost worser, always worse than we originally thought. I think this is going to be one of the biggest stories of 2019 and there are several cards still to be turned over here.”

“Put another way: The president and [American Media Inc.] are both acting like guilty parties right now,” Galloway added.

Rick Tyler, a former communications director for Republican Senator Ted Cruz (R), noted that Trump is friends with David Pecker, the chief executive of AMI, which publishes the National Enquirer.

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“He has consistently used that tabloid to strike at his political enemies, he did that with Ted Cruz and here he’s doing it with Jeff Bezo,” Tyler remarked.

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David Letterman jokes ‘enormous fellow’ Donald Trump can ‘eat the restaurant empty’

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The folks over at TMZ caught up David Letterman in Los Angeles this Thursday and asked him his thoughts on which presidential candidate, Donald Trump or Michael Bloomberg, is more fun to have dinner with.

Letterman, who knows both men well, and according to the former late-night talk show host. "there'd be nothing left" on the plate.

"He's such an enormous fellow, he would eat he restaurant empty," Letterman said.

In regards to Bloomberg, Letterman said, "I think he eats like a bird."

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‘Pardon will follow in short order’: Experts trounce Trump for announcing Roger Stone has ‘very good chance of exoneration’

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President Donald Trump continues to ignore Attorney General Bill Barr's threat of resigning if he continues to tweet about Justice Dept. cases. Barely hours after a judge sentenced the president's longtime confidant Roger Stone to a mere 40 months in jail Trump announced he believes Stone has a "very good chance of exoneration," presumably on appeal – unless he is planning a pardon, which is not exoneration, although Trump apparently does not know that.

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How climate change reduced the flow of the Colorado River

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The massive Colorado River, which provides water for seven US states, has seen its flow reduced by 20 percent over the course of a century -- and more than half of that loss is due to climate change, according to new research published Thursday.

Two scientists at the US Geological Survey developed a mathematical model of the water movements -- snowfall, rainfall, run-off, evaporation -- in the upper Colorado River basin for the period from 1913 to 2017.

To do so, they used historical temperature and precipitation data, along with satellite readings of radiation, in order to understand how climate change had affected those water movements.

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