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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Roger Ailes Officially Out As Fox News Boss | Deadline

21st Century Fox, however, said in a statement: “Roger is at work  The review is ongoing. And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.” Ailes lawyer Susan Estrich told Deadline that there was “no deal, no agreement, and we’re in talks right now.”

via deadline.com

Susan Estrich? Good lord. I thought she was God's gift to feminism. I know everyone deserves a defense, not to mention a $40+ million severance package, but that's still rich. I guess she can rely on no unfriendly questions from her pals in the media.

July 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Reports reveal Trump appealed to small donors more than Clinton | PBS NewsHour

Despite being outraised by Clinton, Trump had more appeal among small donors. He raised more than $12.1 million from contributors giving $200 or less, since making his first-ever appeal for online contributions on June 21. That small-donor harvest was about double Clinton’s, despite Trump’s late start.

via www.pbs.org

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Donald Trump Sets Conditions for Defending NATO Allies Against Attack - The New York Times

CLEVELAND — Donald J. Trump, on the eve of accepting the Republican nomination for president, said Wednesday that if he were elected, he would not pressure Turkey or other authoritarian allies about conducting purges of their political adversaries or cracking down on civil liberties. The United States, he said, has to “fix our own mess” before trying to alter the behavior of other nations.

“I don’t think we have a right to lecture,” Mr. Trump said in a wide-ranging interview in his suite in a downtown hotel here while keeping an eye on television broadcasts from the Republican National Convention. “Look at what is happening in our country,” he said. “How are we going to lecture when people are shooting policemen in cold blood?” (Read the full transcript.)

via www.nytimes.com

July 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Police: Protester Lights Himself On Fire While Trying To Burn US Flag « CBS New York

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Florida police shoot autistic man's caretaker as he lies in street  - LA Times

"As long as I've got my hands up, they're not going to shoot me. This is what I'm thinking. ‘They're not going to shoot me,’" he said. "Wow, was I wrong."

via www.latimes.com

Well, this was Florida.

July 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hardwired for happy hour: Primates choose booze

Happy hour in the jungle would be happy indeed. Tests show that two monkey-like creatures are fond of alcohol – and the stronger, the better.

via www.usatoday.com

July 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

A Nation at Half-Mast - WSJ

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Ted Cruz Dashes Hopes for Unity by Snubbing Donald Trump - The New York Times

CLEVELAND — The Republican convention erupted into tumult on Wednesday night as the bitter primary battle between Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz reignited unexpectedly, crushing hopes that the party could project unity.

In the most electric moment of the convention, boos and jeers broke out as it became clear that Mr. Cruz — in a prime-time address from center stage — was not going to endorse Mr. Trump. It was a pointed snub on the eve of Mr. Trump’s formal acceptance speech.

via www.nytimes.com

Huh.

July 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Judith Miller: How Mike Pence worked to protect freedom of the press | Fox News

When I went to jail for three months in the summer of 2005 to protect the First Amendment by refusing to identity my sources in a case involving the leak of a CIA official’s name, few senators or Members of Congress defended me.  The government was able to hold me in contempt of court for refusing to name names because there was no Federal law that specifically protected reporters from being hauled before grand juries in Federal investigations and being forced to testify in court. After emerging from jail, I was surprised when Rep. Pence called me to discuss the case at his office on Capitol Hill.

via www.foxnews.com

Huh.

July 20, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Something (Macro) Looks Wrong | Adam Smith, Esq.

“Something looks wrong.”

So begins Greg Ip’s most recent column in The Wall Street Journal.

What exactly “looks wrong?”

Well, the economy, stupid.

Specifically, as Ip points out, consumer spending has been rising strongly recently but business investment has been headed down for two straight quarters, which is supposed to happen only in recessions. (Ip is the Journal’s chief economics commentator, a post he’s held for about a year after being at The Economist for over a decade. Before that he was at the Journal for his first tour of duty, which lasted 8 years.)

Ip is hardly alone.

via adamsmithesq.com

This is quite good, in its suicidally depressing way, even if you are not involved in the law biz, because it's mainly about the macro economy.

July 20, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)