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Trump Is Speaking at a Historically Black College. His Allies Will Outnumber Students.

Source: NYT

COLUMBIA, S.C. — President Trump and his allies have billed his speech at a historically black college here on Friday afternoon as a chance to step outside the friendly confines of his supporter base and pitch his administration’s actions on criminal justice reform and black employment directly to a black audience.

But in the invitation-only room of about 300 people, only about 10 students will be admitted from Benedict College, which is hosting the event, said Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin of Columbia. More than half of the seats were reserved for guests and allies of the administration, organizers said.

The ticket distribution was first reported by McClatchy DC.

Mr. Trump is scheduled to open a three-day event at the college, billed as the “Second Step Presidential Justice Forum.” Leading Democratic presidential candidates will attend the forum on Saturday and Sunday to pitch their criminal justice plans, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/us/politics/trump-benedict-college-hbcu.html

When you've been pushing stuff off the counter for years and finally get the recognition you deserve

Ivanka and Jared Are Celebrating Their 10th Anniversary -- at Camp David

WASHINGTON — Presidential advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner plan to fete their ten-year wedding anniversary at Camp David this coming weekend with a small group of family and friends, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the event. President Trump is also expected to attend.

The news comes as the president is embroiled in an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives and Jared Kushner has been pushing to beef up the White House communication’s response to the investigations.

It will be a family dinner at the presidential retreat, a spot that the First Family has frequented less, and opted more often for vacation time at the president’s own properties, such as his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.

In fact, the couple was married at Bedminster on October 25, 2009.

Trump posted on Thursday to her official Twitter account, writing that she was “Looking forward to celebrating 10 amazing years of marriage to my love tomorrow!”


The life of Rep. Katie Porter: How a self-proclaimed 'minivan-driving mom' is holding Wall Street...

The life of Rep. Katie Porter: How a self-proclaimed 'minivan-driving mom' is holding Wall Street and Facebook to the fire

Democrat Rep. Katie Porter is a fighter.

The professor-turned-congresswoman isn't a typical politician. She's a minivan-driving mother of three, inspired by consumer protections, housing fairness, and women's rights.

She's a bankruptcy expert and law professor, who never thought she'd run for office. But the night President Donald Trump was elected, she changed her mind.

And while it was no easy victory, in a county that had never been won by a Democrat, she had the backing of two powerful Democrats — Elizabeth Warren, her former teacher, and Kamala Harris, her former boss.

Since entering Congress, Porter's been using skills she picked up from her years as a professor and researcher to hold some of the most powerful people in the country to account. American Banker called her the "fiercest disruptor in Congress" since Warren.

Here's a look at Porter's life so far, in photos.


Really interesting read!

Facebook Launches News Section to Compensate Publishers

Source: Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. introduced a separate news section in its flagship app, offering users more control over articles they see and providing money to the publishers whose stories are featured.

The section, called Facebook News, helps the social-media giant stem criticism on two fronts: It’s an effort to combat misinformation and could improve relationships with media companies, which have complained that Facebook profits from selling advertising alongside their articles.

Facebook News debuts Friday to some users in the U.S. It will feature articles chosen partly by Facebook employees who “will be free from editorial intervention by anyone at the company.” The section also will be personalized based on news that users prefer and they can hide articles, topics or publishers they don’t want to see.

The section will include stories from about 200 publishers, including national outlets like the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NBC News and ABC News, and local outlets in big cities such as the Chicago Tribune and Dallas Morning News. It also will feature conservative-leaning sites, including Breitbart News.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-25/facebook-creates-news-section-to-compensate-restive-publishers


Harvey Weinstein Turned Up At An Event For Young Actors. A Woman Confronted Him And Was Thrown Out.

A woman comedian was booed and two attendees kicked out after they protested the appearance of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein at an event for young performers in lower Manhattan on Wednesday night.

Weinstein turned up with an entourage to watch Actor's Hour, a monthly event "dedicated to artists" at the Downtime bar in the Lower East Side.

One comedian, Kelly Bachman, called him out in her act onstage, referring to him as "the elephant in the room" and "Freddy Krueger."

"I didn’t know we had to bring our own Mace and rape whistles to Actor's Hour," said Bachman in a video posted to Instagram.



(But good on these fierce women)

Today, FaceBook added Breitbart as a trusted news source:

Today, @facebook, who is still ensnared in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, added Breitbart, whose owner and former President were OWNERS of Cambridge Analytica, as a “trusted” news source.

This scandal writes itself.


Confirmed by @Nationals : Trump not scheduled to throw out the first pitch if there's a Game 5...

Confirmed by @Nationals: Trump not scheduled to throw out the first pitch if there's a Game 5 of the World Series. Instead, he'll watch @chefjoseandres-- a critic who pulled out of Trump's DC hotel -- throw the ceremonial pitch

From the press release: "If a Game 5 is necessary, the Nationals will welcome chef and humanitarian José Andrés to throw a ceremonial first pitch. Named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in both 2012 and 2018, Andrés is an internationally-recognized...

...culinary innovator and founder of World Central Kitchen. In January 2019 Andrés opened a World Central Kitchen on Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C. to feed federal workers who were furloughed during the government shutdown." (h/t my @cnnsport


Tulsi Gabbard Criticizes 'Partisan' Impeachment Inquiry: 'It Needs to be a Transparent Process'

Tulsi Gabbard has poured cold water on the impeachment inquiry, raising concerns about its transparency and suggesting it is being run in a "partisan" way.

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate told Fox News host Sean Hannity that she didn't know what was going on at the "closed door" hearings being held in the Capitol's basement, and said Americans "deserved to know exactly what the facts are."

Her comments on the impeachment inquiry echoed criticisms made by House Republicans, who tried to storm the secure room where testimonies were being heard behind closed doors on Wednesday.
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The stunt was widely derided by Democrats, with 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg saying it was an "embarrassment" and Rep. Ro Khanna, who was in the room, saying it resembled a "fraternity" scene.


Watch Cory Booker Troll the Hell Out of a Breitbart Reporter: 'What is This Bart That is Bright?'

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