Month: November 2017

Populist Morning Report | Matt Lauer Issued A Statement Apologizing For Sexual Misconduct

This Morning’s Fault Lines Highlights On this morning’s episode of Fault Lines, we spoke again with Alex Krainer about Bill Browder, with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Chic Dambach about national security, with Dr. Annette Bosworth about masculine emotions, and with Lawrence Hurley about digital privacy. Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who was an advisor on the Trump campaign, has been interviewed by Robert Mueller’s team as part of a continuing investigation into Russia’s interference in the US Presidential election. Kushner was in the June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who had teased dirt on Hillary Clinton. He also met with the Russian Ambassador to the US as well as the head of a state-controlled Russian bank. Kushner denies colluding with Russia. The Senate passed a procedural vote on a tax overhaul bill and is getting ready to debate a series of amendments to the legislation. The procedure is called “Vote-A-Rama.” Some Republicans expressed concerns with the bill and while GOP leaders could make some changes to it, they may not be able to please all Republicans. Senate Republicans can only lose 2 GOP votes to keep the bill alive. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the Trump administration’s policy on North Korea is unnecessarily provocative...

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Populist Morning Report | Today Show Matt Lauer Fired For Sexual Misconduct

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR NBC News has fired Matt Lauer after accusations of sexual harassment by a colleague. The network has released few details and his co-host struggled to report the news this morning. NBC Chairman Andrew Lack issued a statement which says a colleague reported a detailed complaint of inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace and they have reason to believe it may not have been an isolated incident. Lauer has served as co-anchor for 20 years earning a report $20 million annually. NBC News is one of several organizations, including NPR that have recently fired or parted ways with male executives who have been accused of harassment. North Korea’s latest long-range missile test is prompting an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council. State media and Pyongyang are describing the missile as being more powerful than previous ones. Sec. of State Tillerson say said diplomatic options remain viable for now and stressed that additional UN sanctions are needed including the right to interdict Maritime traffic headed to N. Korea. Some experts say the latest missile launched could reach anywhere in the US. President Trump re-tweeted videos posted by a far-right group in the UK, Britain First. The graphic video shows a mob pushing a boy off a tall...

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Populist Morning Report | Tax Bill Faces Opposition From Some Republicans and All Democrats

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn into another term in office. He begins a new term after months of uncertainty surrounding election results. He won a re-run with 98% of the vote. Pope Francis has met Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He did not discuss the flight of 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, a situation the UN describes as ethnic cleansing. The Pontiff has met the top military leader there to discuss the importance of leadership during the transition. President Trump goes to Capitol Hill to meet with Republican Senators today to discuss the tax overhaul legislation. The House has already passed a version. The Senate’s bill would eliminate a rule in the Affordable Care Act that requires people to buy health insurance, which has drawn criticism. Today is the 6th annual “Giving Tuesday.” Thousands of charities are asking people to donate. One group is checking to see which donations make the most difference. Give Well combs through field research to tell you which charities deliver the biggest impact per dollar. Topping the list are The Against Malaria Foundation, 4 charities that treat children for parasitic worm infections at a cost of $0.50 per child. Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore continues to...

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Populist Morning Report | Consumer Agency Sues Trump Administration

This Morning’s Fault Lines Highlights We had a three–piece interview series with Libertarian candidate for Governor of Virginia, Shawn Quinn. We spoke with professor of Islamic Studies Alexander Knysh about Sufism in light of the recent attack in Egypt. We finished up by talking with Jeremy Kuzmarov about Bill Browder, an ongoing story we’ve been working on for a while now. Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR Richard Cordray resigned from the Consumer Protection Bureau and appointed Leandra English as the interim director. Later that day President Trump appointed his budget chief Mick Mulvaney to fill the job. English filed a lawsuit last night saying her appointment is the legal one. The White House disagrees saying the President fills temporary vacancies. President Trump is meeting this week with congressional leaders regarding end of year issues such as a plan to keep the government open past December 8th, which is when the current spending bill runs out. Democrats are expected to raise questions about an earlier meeting with Trump where they think Trump committed to protections for the dreamers. Pope Francis is in Myanmar less than a week after Myanmar and Bangladesh reached an agreement to allow hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingyas to return to Myanmar. He will meet tomorrow with civilian...

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Populist Nightly Report | Sen. Franken Breaks His Silence and Rep. Conyers Steps Down Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR The ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee stepped down from his post amid accusations of sexual misconduct. Congressman John Conyers acted after Nancy Pelosi told Meet the Press that “he will do the right thing in terms of what he knows about his situation. He is entitled to due process but women are entitled to due process as well.” 88-year-old Conyers vigorously denies the allegations and says he is stepping down to eliminate the distraction for his colleagues. On the Republican side, debate continues to swirl around Alabama’s US Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of sexual misconduct. He denies the charges. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said Moore should get out of the race because it would be “better for the country.” Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones December 12th. UNICEF said it delivered 1.9 million doses of different vaccines to the Yemeni capital on an aid flight Saturday. Officials say it’s a very small step and called on the Saudi government to allow aid shipments to continue and that every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies of preventable causes. Aid agencies warn of a possible cholera epidemic and said more than 150,000 young children are in danger of starving to death. Zimbabwe’s ex-president Robert Mugabe...

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