👓 Andrew C. McCarthy: Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney | Fox News

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The major takeaway from the 40-page sentencing memorandum filed by federal prosecutors Friday for Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, is this: The president is very likely to be indicted on a charge of violating federal campaign finance laws.
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👓 Trump's pardon power doesn't come up in Supreme Court argument that could affect Mueller probe | CNBC

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The case concerns the so-called "dual sovereignty" exception to the Constitution's Double Jeopardy clause.
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🎧 ‘The Daily’: Why Believing Putin Will Be Hard This Time | New York Times

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President Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin are meeting just three days after the U.S. charged 12 Russians for hacking the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: Why Peter Strzok Wanted to Testify | New York Times

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We look at what happened when the embattled F.B.I. agent appeared before lawmakers to explain his controversial text messages.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: What Facebook Knew and Tried to Hide | New York Times

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The story of Facebook in the past few years has been that of a company slow to understand how powerful it has become. But an investigation by The New York Times finds that once Facebook’s leaders understood the problems they faced, they sought to conceal them.

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👓 How Mueller Could Defend the Russia Investigation From Interference | The Atlantic

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The special counsel could find recourse in the courts if the new acting attorney general tries to chip away at his work.
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👓 The Latest Drama in Trump’s Slow-Motion Saturday Night Massacre | The Atlantic

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The president seemed to jump the shark at a White House news conference, threatening Democrats and reporters—and then he fired Jeff Sessions.
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👓 What we know about Matthew Whitaker, man who replaces Jeff Sessions | ABC News

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Matthew Whitaker was appointed has been appointed acting U.S. Attorney General.
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👓 Jeff Sessions out as attorney general | CNN

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Matthew Whitaker will take over as acting attorney general.
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🎧 The Daily: The Man Who Wrote Mueller’s Rules | New York Times

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The regulations for investigating a president were devised with checks and balances in mind. That’s why Congress may have the final say.

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🎧 The Daily: Implicating the President | New York Times

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One former confidant entered a guilty plea. Another received a guilty verdict. Both events may have significant consequences for President Trump.

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🎧 The Daily: Robert Mueller’s Unlikely Witness | New York Times

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Concerned that he was being set up to take the blame for possible acts of obstruction, the White House counsel started talking to investigators.

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👓 Election Update | Facebook Newsroom

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US law enforcement contacted us about online activity that they recently discovered and believe may be linked to foreign entities.

This seems like a lot of lip service to me. I can’t imagine they’re doing much more than scratching the surface of what they should be doing.

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📺 The Facebook Dilemma (Part 2) | Frontline | PBS

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A major, two-night investigation of the powerful social media platform’s impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world.

SEASON 37: EPISODE 4: The promise of Facebook was to create a more open and connected world. But from the company’s failure to protect millions of users’ data, to the proliferation of “fake news” and disinformation, mounting crises have raised the question: Is Facebook more harmful than helpful? On Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, FRONTLINE presents The Facebook Dilemma. This major, two-night event investigates a series of warnings to Facebook as the company grew from Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room to a global empire. With dozens of original interviews and rare footage, The Facebook Dilemma examines the powerful social media platform’s impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world.

This documentary focuses on just one of the major failings of Facebook and its attendant effects on society. If you’re using Facebook, you should watch both parts before continuing to support them.

I’m not quite sure what to label this particular type of failure. Tragedy of the commons? It’s painfully obvious that Facebook not only has no real idea how to solve this problem, but it’s even more telling that they don’t seem to have any desire or drive to solve it either.  The more I watch what they’re doing to their product and their users, the more I think that they have absolutely no ethics or morality at all. In particular Mark Zuckerberg  is completely tone deaf in these areas, and as a result the entire fish stinks from the head.

The only solution may be massive regulation. The sadder part is that with both their financing and lobbying power, not to mention their social influence power which could be leveraged completely via dark posts, they could have a painfully out-sized influence on elections to get their own way.

I’m really worried that things will get far worse before they get better.

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🎧 How Paul Manafort’s Plans Backfired | The Daily | New York Times

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The story of the former Trump campaign chairman and his ties to foreign governments begins long before the 2016 election.

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