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5:58 a.m. April 11, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Weary of #fakenews, more Americans are getting their COVID-related news from peer-reviewed medical journals Social media doesn’t help people differentiate what is real from what is fake, but this class of publications mightSocial media doesn’t help people differentiate what is real from what is fake, but this class of publications might.
7:47 a.m. Oct. 26, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
With an election looming and no end in sight for COVID-19, Americans admit to reading news they don’t trust. Why? ‘Most find it difficult to know if campaign information is true and they are unable to determine trusted sources to turn to for help’‘Most find it difficult to know if campaign information is true and they are unable to determine trusted sources to turn to for help.’
10:06 a.m. Oct. 24, 2020 - By Nicole Lyn Pesce
Seth Meyers calls Trump’s leaked ‘60 Minutes’ interview ‘embarrassing’ and ‘cringe-inducing’ CBS News said the White House ‘violated its agreement’ in releasing the footage ahead of Sunday’s broadcast CBS News said the White House ‘violated its agreement’ in releasing the footage ahead of Sunday’s broadcast
11:14 a.m. Oct. 21, 2020 - By Nicole Lyn Pesce
Trump tweets photos from his ‘60 Minutes’ interview with Lesley Stahl after promising ‘more to come’ CBS News confirmed that the president cut the interview short on Tuesday CBS News confirmed that the president cut the interview short on Tuesday
9:28 a.m. Oct. 16, 2020 - By Nicole Lyn Pesce
Trump shares satirical Babylon Bee story after Savannah Guthrie accuses him of retweeting conspiracies like ‘someone’s crazy uncle’ The president said retweets are just other people’s opinions, but research suggests people agree with posts they shareThe president said retweets are just other people’s opinions, but research suggests people agree with posts they share
9:12 p.m. Sept. 29, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Can Trump write off $70K in haircuts? IRS allows tax deductions for highly unusual expenses — including fertility treatment, vasectomies and rehab The agency has guidelines on expenses that aim to ‘increase your personal prestige or establish your professional reputation’The agency has guidelines on expenses that aim to ‘increase your personal prestige or establish your professional reputation.’
1:27 p.m. Sept. 29, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Trump reportedly paid no federal income tax in 10 of the 15 years before his election. Why 75 million U.S. households pay no federal income tax The Tax Policy Center estimates how many people paid no federal individual income taxes in 2020The Tax Policy Center estimates how many people paid no federal individual income taxes in 2020.
3:10 a.m. Sept. 8, 2020 - Associated Press
Michael Cohen casts himself as ‘star witness’ against Trump in new memoir Book details alleged crimes by Trump; former personal lawyer and fixer says he regrets the part he played in Trump’s political ascent Michael Cohen’s tell-all memoir makes the case that President Donald Trump is “guilty of the same crimes” that landed his former fixer in federal prison, offering a blow-by-blow account of Trump’s alleged role in a hush money scandal that once overshadowed his presidency
1:21 p.m. Aug. 20, 2020 - Associated Press
Trump ally Steve Bannon pleads not guilty to defrauding contributors to crowdfunding campaign for border wall Attorney General Barr appears to have been aware of the case against Bannon at the time of his tortuous ouster of Geoffrey Berman as United States attorney for the Southern District of New YorkAttorney General Barr appears to have been aware of the case against Bannon at the time of the dramatic ouster of Geoffrey Berman as United States attorney for the Southern District of New York.
11:14 a.m. Aug. 11, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
Facebook says pandemic hampered effort to take down suicide, self-injury posts When Facebook sent its moderators home in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus, it took action on significantly less material containing such content between April and June, according to the company’s latest community standards report issued Tuesday.
4:05 a.m. Aug. 10, 2020 - Associated Press
Members of Trump golf club in New Jersey enlisted as audience for impromptu press conferences and inking of executive actions Club members boo as a reporter suggests the Friday news conference violated social-distancing regulations put in place by Gov. Phil Murphy; members were again given front-row seats for Saturday’s signing of an executive order and several memorandumsClub members boo as a reporter suggests the news conference violated social-distancing regulations put in place by Gov. Phil Murphy.
1:57 a.m. Aug. 6, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
What makes one person more likely than another to believe #fakenews and conspiracy theories about COVID-19? Myths and misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic serve to politicize a global public health emergency and distract from potentially life-saving measures, health professionals sayMyths and misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic serve to politicize a global public-health emergency and distract from potentially life-saving measures, health professionals say.
10:19 a.m. July 31, 2020 - Associated Press
Twitter says hackers used employees’ phones to gain access to the internal systems The high-profile July 15 attack compromised the accounts of some of its most high profile users, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and celebrities Kanye WestTwitter says the hackers responsible for a recent high-profile breach used the phone to fool the social media company’s employees into giving them access.
6:06 a.m. July 21, 2020 - By Nicole Lyn Pesce
5 things you probably didn’t know about Alex Trebek The ‘Jeopardy’ host battling pancreatic cancer reflects on his life in a new memoir released TuesdayThe ‘Jeopardy’ host battling pancreatic cancer reflects on his life in a new memoir released Tuesday
8:02 a.m. July 20, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
John Oliver has a strategy on how to best communicate with coronavirus conspiracy theoristsHBO’s John Oliver returns from his break to tackle the outbreak of conspiracy theories amid the outbreak of coronavirus.
5:12 a.m. July 20, 2020 - Associated Press
Trump refuses in Fox News interview to commit to accepting election results in November Republican incumbent scoffs at polls showing him lagging behind Democrat Joe BidenPresident Donald Trump is refusing to publicly commit to accepting the results of the upcoming White House election, recalling a similar threat he made weeks before the 2016 vote, as he scoffs at polls showing him lagging behind Democrat Joe Biden
5:55 a.m. July 6, 2020 - By Leslie Albrecht
People donated millions of dollars to the wrong Black Lives Matter foundation — read this before you give to any charity One tip for steering clear of name confusion: Find out a charity’s employer identification number before you donateOne tip for steering clear of name confusion: Find out a charity’s employer identification number before you donate.
4:36 a.m. June 25, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
Gold and silver penny stocks could be the next Robinhood trader obsession, says this portfolio manager Critical information for the U.S. trading dayCrescat Capital’s global macro analyst Otavio ‘Tavi’ Costa thinks we are in the early stages of a major bull market for precious metals, and that is good news for one unloved group of stocks.
1:51 p.m. June 14, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
Trump explains his awkwardly cautious West Point ramp walk: I’m not going to fall for ‘fake news’ President Trump took to Twitter to defend his extremely careful stroll down a ramp that blew up on Twitter over the weekend after his West Point commencement speech.
6:10 a.m. June 12, 2020 - Associated Press
Twitter suspends over 20,000 China-linked accounts that were spreading false news Twitter suspended 23,750 accounts that were posting pro-Beijing narrativesTwitter has removed a vast network of accounts that it says is linked to the Chinese government and were pushing false information favorable to the country’s communist rulers. Beijing denied involvement Friday and said the company should instead take down accounts smearing China.
5:05 a.m. June 11, 2020 - By Paul Brandus
The media landscape is far more friendly to Trump than he likes to admit With local newspapers dying, right-wing outlets like Sinclair, talk radio and Fox News are filling the vacuumBetween the radio suck-ups, and TV brown-nosers, the media is far more favorable to Donald Trump than he’d have you believe.
9:06 a.m. June 3, 2020 - By Shawn Langlois
‘False report!’ President Trump explains why he really went into that bunkerPresident Trump, along with first lady Melania and their son, Barron, was taken into an underground bunker on Friday night amid mounting protests outside the White House, with one source telling CNN that such measures are taken when conditions are “elevated to RED.” Trump calls it more fake news.
1:27 p.m. May 28, 2020 - By Robert Schroeder
Trump signs order aimed at curbing social-media companies amid brawl with Twitter President accuses Twitter of ‘political activism’ President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order he says will limit liability protections enjoyed by social-media companies, as he escalated a fight with Twitter over its fact checks of his statements.
1:04 p.m. May 28, 2020 - Associated Press
Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron to Harvard graduating class: Truth and facts are ‘matters of life and death’ Baron warns in virtual commencement address of growing threats to the press and free expression, but also to science, medicine and the idea of fact itselfBaron warns in virtual commencement address on Thursday of growing threats to the press and free expression, but also to science, medicine and the idea of fact itself.
8:00 a.m. May 27, 2020 - By Robert Schroeder
‘Totally absurd and legally illiterate’ — Harvard law prof on Trump’s charge Twitter is stifling free speech Trump threatens Twitter with ‘big action’ but offers no specificsPresident Donald Trump is charging that Twitter is attacking free speech as it adds fact checks to some of his tweets, and is threatening to go after social-media giants. But he has no case, argues a Harvard law professor.
4:40 a.m. May 27, 2020 - Associated Press
‘We’re right in the middle of the first wave’ of the COVID-19 pandemic, says WHO official ‘We’re still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up,’ says World Health Organization Executive Director Mike Ryan‘We’re still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up,’ says World Health Organization Executive Director Dr. Mike Ryan.
10:45 a.m. May 26, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global case tally crosses 5.5 million as WHO warns of risk of ‘second peak’ in current infection wave Hertz files for bankruptcy as pandemic devastates car-rental business, and Cigna backs its full-year guidanceThe global case tally from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed above 5.5 million on Tuesday, as the World Health Organization warned of the possibility of an immediate “second peak” in infections from the current wave, if countries and local governments ease measures to contain the spread too soon.
5:40 a.m. May 15, 2020 - Associated Press
Privacy groups say TikTok is violating children’s privacy The groups claims TikTok is collecting personal information from kids under 13 without their parents’ consent. Privacy watchdogs say that the popular TikTok video app is violating a children’s privacy law and putting kids at risk.
5:24 a.m. May 13, 2020 - By Brett Arends
AT&T boss retires with $274,000 a month for life Randall Stephenson gets a golden goodbyeRandall Stephenson gets a golden goodbye
2:07 a.m. May 5, 2020 - By Emily Bary
Disney’s struggles, videogames’ success and the potential for fake meat take earnings stage Earnings Watch: Disney, Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard and Beyond Meat highlight busy afternoon of reports TuesdayThe new winners and losers of leisure time will be on full display Tuesday as Walt Disney Co. prepares to outline its issues in the real world while videogame makers detail how the pandemic is playing out in virtual realms.
10:23 a.m. April 24, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Trump floats idea of disinfectant for coronavirus ‘by injection inside or almost a cleaning’ — later says he was speaking ‘sarcastically’ ‘Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that,’ the president says at daily coronavirus briefing‘Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that,’ the president told his daily press briefing.
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