President Joe Biden signed one of the largest stimulus packages in American history into law on Thursday, pouring nearly $2 trillion into a wide-ranging effort to crush the coronavirus and bring the pandemic-ravaged U.S. economy back from the brink of disaster. Appearing in the Oval Office with Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden said before signing the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that the bill is about bringing immediate relief to the millions of people in the U.S. battered by the pandemic. “This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country, and giving people i...
Trump's handler played show tunes to 'pull him back from the brink' and soothe his 'terrifying' rage: new book
Donald Trump's anger was "terrifying," according to his former press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who says the former president constantly berated her and made outlandish requests.
"When I began to see how his temper wasn't just for shock value or the cameras, I began to regret my decision to go to the West Wing," Grisham writes in her new book, "I'll Take Your Questions Now," according to the New York Times, which obtained a copy of the forthcoming tell-all.
"At one point, she writes, Mr. Trump's handlers designated an unnamed White House official known as the 'Music Man' to play him his favorite show tunes, including 'Memory' from 'Cats,' to pull him from the brink of rage," the Times reports.
As it turns out, the aide was Grisham's ex-boyfriend, Max Miller, who reportedly has his own history of anger problems. Grisham and Miller eventually broke up after he allegedly pushed her against a wall and slapped her in the face when she accused him of cheating on her. Miller is now running for Congress in Ohio, and has been endorsed by Trump.
Grisham also writes in the book that she never held a press briefing because, "I knew that sooner or later the president would want me to tell the public something that was not true or that would make me sound like a lunatic," according to the Times.
"The truth was that pretty much everyone eventually wore out their welcome with the president," Grisham writes. "We were bottles of milk with expiration dates. ... I should have spoken up more."
Facebook's own internal memos come back to haunt them after they deny ignoring platform's harmful effects
On Tuesday, writing for CNN, fact-checker Tara Subramanian demolished Facebook's claims about its business practices — using its own internal documents to reveal three times the company blew off its own analysts' warnings.
The article was a response to Facebook vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg, who reacted to a recent Wall Street Journal investigation by saying, "At the heart of this series is an allegation that is just plain false: that Facebook conducts research and then systematically and willfully ignores it if the findings are inconvenient for the company."
That couldn't be further from the truth, wrote Subramanian — who proceeded to reveal three times that Facebook did exactly that.
First of all, wrote Subramanian, Facebook ignored its negative impacts on children and teenagers. Documents uploaded to an internal message board, some more than a year before Zuckerberg's testimony and obtained by the Wall Street Journal, indicate that Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has negatively impacted many of its millions of users, especially young women. In a September 2021 episode of the 'The Journal' podcast, executive editor and co-host Kate Linebaugh reported that, 'One internal document says that for teen girls who'd recently experienced body image issues, Instagram made those feelings worse for one in three of them.' But as recently as March 2021, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a congressional hearing the evidence is "inconclusive."
Second is the impact of Facebook disinformation on the 2016 election. "In July 2017, a Facebook spokesperson told CNN 'we have seen no evidence that Russian actors bought ads on Facebook in connection with the election' but in September, Facebook said an internal review conducted between June 2015 and May 2017 had uncovered some 3,000 ads 'connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts and pages in violation of our policies.'" Further, per the company's information, these accounts "likely operated out of Russia" and at least some referenced the election.
And third, Facebook allegedly knew that its metrics on video viewership on its platform were wrong in ways that cost advertisers money. "A lawsuit filed in October 2018 alleged that Facebook knew about the errors before they were first publicized, citing internal emails in which [COO Sheryl] Sandberg acknowledged that she had been aware of the problems with the potential reach metric for several years." Some of these documents date to before Zuckerberg announced the company was about to enter a "golden age of video."
Taken together, these three incidents directly contradict Facebook's denial that it has been ignoring its own internal reports.
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Former President Donald Trump's effort to enforce a nondisclosure agreement against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has failed, The New York Times reports.
Trump sued Manigault Newman after she published incriminating tell-all book about him in 2018.
"The decision in the case, which Mr. Trump's campaign filed in August 2018 with the American Arbitration Association in New York, comes as the former president is enmeshed in a number of investigations and legal cases related to his private company," the Times reports.
In a statement, Manigault Newman, who was also a contestant on the reality TV show "The Apprentice," said that Trump "has used this type of vexatious litigation to intimidate, harass and bully for years."
"Finally the bully has met his match!" she added.
"That's right, folks. We won," said her attorney, John M. Phillips, on Twitter. "We won. We won. We beat the former President of the United States at his own game and added precedent to show his NDA is worthless."
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