The host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC said that President Donald Trump’s strategy of stonewalling Congress proved successful in one case on Tuesday.
“Donald Trump Jr. will reportedly appear behind closed doors before the Senate intelligence committee next month under a new agreement in which the number of topics he’s asked about and the amount of time he has to testify will both be limited by agreement in advance,” Maddow reported.
“That’s the kind of agreement, right, limiting the total amount of time, limiting the topics you can be asked about, that’s the type of agreement you would usually think would be negotiated in the context of a voluntary request for someone to appear, right? You wouldn’t expect the committee with subpoena power to make that kind of agreement. Right? To agree to those kinds of limitations and accommodations,” she explained.
“Frankly, with subpoena power, they have the ability to compel you to comply. They have the ability to compel you to show up and testify without any terms and accommodations,” she noted. “Why would they negotiate?”
“But, hey, this is a Trump family member and so special treatment, I suppose, is a given here. And incidentally, that means the Trump White House and Trump family have thus been given their first reward for the blanket stance they’ve taken since the Mueller report was submitted in which they say all subpoenas should be defied,” she noted.
“Apparently, that stance already earned them relief from some of the things that Donald Trump Jr. would otherwise have been compelled to testify about, apparently that stance has also earned them a time limitation on the things — on the amount of time that he’ll have to spend testifying,” Maddow added.
Fifty years after Moon mission, Apollo astronauts meet at historic launchpad
Fifty years ago on Tuesday, three American astronauts set off from Florida for the Moon on a mission that would change the way we see humanity's place in the universe.
The crew's surviving members, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, are set to reunite at the same launchpad on Tuesday, the start of a week-long series of events commemorating Apollo 11.
Their commander and the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, passed away in 2012.
But Aldrin and Collins, 89 and 88 respectively, will meet Tuesday at precisely 9:32 am (1332 GMT) at the Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A to kick off the festivities.
Training journalists in the era of fake news
As uncannily realistic "deep fake" videos proliferate online, including one recently retweeted by Donald Trump, journalism schools are scrambling to adapt to an era of misinformation -- or fake news.
Experts discussed how to train tomorrow's reporters for these new challenges at the World Journalism Education Congress in Paris last week.
The three-day event -- "Teaching Journalism During a Disruptive Age" -- was attended by 600 educators and researchers from 70 countries.
"We have journalism educators from places as different as Bangladesh and Uganda, but essentially we all face the same challenges," congress organizer Pascal Guenee, head of IPJ Dauphine journalism school in Paris, told AFP.
Amazon workers strike as ‘Prime’ shopping frenzy hits
Amazon workers walked out of a main distribution center in Minnesota on Monday, protesting for improved working conditions during the e-commerce titan's major "Prime" shopping event.
Amazon workers picketed outside the facility, briefly delaying a few trucks and waving signs with messages along the lines of "We're human, not robots."
"We know Prime Day is a big day for Amazon, so we hope this strike will help executives understand how serious we are about wanting real change that will uplift the workers in Amazon's warehouses," striker Safiyo Mohamed said in a release.