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AT&T pocketed Trump’s tax cuts after promising 7,000 new jobs — but it slashed 23,000 jobs instead

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Telecom giant AT&T promised big things in the wake of President Donald Trump’s signature tax cut that passed in 2017 — but a new report suggests those promises haven’t come close to being realized.

Ars Technica reports that AT&T has actually cut 23,000 jobs ever since the passage of the tax law, even though it lobbied for the law and claimed it would help create thousands more jobs.

“AT&T’s total employment was 254,000 as of December 31, 2017 and rose to 262,290 by March 31, 2019,” the report states. “But AT&T’s overall workforce increased only because of its acquisition of Time Warner Inc. and two smaller companies, which together added 31,618 employees during 2018… Excluding employees gained via mergers, AT&T’s workforce dropped from 254,000 to 230,672.”

Additionally, Ars Technica found that AT&T actually slashed its capital spending in the wake of the tax cut, which was supposed to free up more money for companies to make big investments.

“AT&T reported $21.6 billion in capital expenses in 2017 and $21.3 billion in 2018, a cut of $300 million,” the report notes. “AT&T capital spending is already down more than $900 million this year, as the telco reported Q1 2019 capital expenditures of $5.18 billion, down from $6.12 billion in Q2 2018.”

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Trump-loving news network hires Russian propagandist linked to 2016 election interference: report

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According to a report at the Daily Beast, a San Diego broadcasting operation that is vying with Fox News to catch the eye of Donald Trump is employing a reporter with links to Russian efforts to manipulate the 2016 election.

One America News Network (OANN), which was once home to Fox personality Tomi Lahren, now employs Kristian Brunovich Rouz, who joined the network and is still doing work with Russian government-run Sputnik.

According to the report, Sputnik "played a role in Russia’s 2016 election interference operation, according to an assessment by the U.S. intelligence community."

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FLASHBACK: Jeffrey Epstein accuser revealed there are tapes of famous men with underage girls

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A 2015 report is resurfacing on Raw Story as the Jeffrey Epstein trial begins and Washington and New York men fear being outed.

It appears that a series of QAnon Facebook groups and pro-Trump groups were the ones responsible for posting the story.

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Fox News is so obsessed with Ocasio-Cortez they said her name three times as much as CNN or MSNBC

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It's clear that Fox News and other right-wing reporters are trying to create boogymen in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A new analysis by CNN media reporter Brian Stelter, revealed that the conservative network has said Ocasio-Cortez's name more than CNN and MSNBC combined.

"First, Ocasio-Cortez and her "Squad" mate Ilhan Omar have been talked about a lot more on Fox than on other cable news channels this year," Stelter wrote. "Second, the freshmen have been getting more attention on cable than seasoned leaders of the Democratic Party."

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