NFL owners are not happy with Trump's rhetoric
Uncategorized / September 24, 2017

The business moguls who control the NFL are siding with their players over President Trump. The president kicked up a furor on Friday when he lashed out at players who kneel during the national anthem to draw attention to social justice issues. Trump told a crowd in Alabama that the league’s owners should respond to the players by saying, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!” The remarks have spurred backlash from many corners, and they’ve pitted Trump against some of the powerful businessmen who control the league. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross issued a statement criticizing the president’s words. “Our country needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness,” he said. “We need to seek to understand each other and have civil discourse instead of condemnation and sound bites.” Ross, a billionaire New York real estate developer, also defended the Dolphins players who have kneeled during the anthem. Related: Under Armour says it backs ‘athletes’ and ‘flag’ after divisive Trump remarks “These are smart young men of character who want to make our world a better place for everyone,” Ross said. “They wanted to start a conversation and are making a…

ESPN viewers caught in middle of cable fight
Uncategorized / September 23, 2017

Disney is warning Altice cable customers that they might lose ESPN and other Disney channels at the end of the month. Yes, this is the start of another public spat between two big media companies, with customers caught in between. This fight is especially high-stakes because ESPN is the most expensive channel on the cable dial. Disney charges cable distributors about $8 per subscriber per month for its highly valuable sports programming. ESPN’s business is under intense pressure, but it is trying to ensure that distributors keep paying. So this carriage fee fight is going to be very closely watched. Altice (ATUS), previously known as Cablevision, provides cable TV to several million homes in the New York metropolitan area. It has been negotiating with Disney in private. The deadline is September 30. On Friday evening, Disney decided to go public. “Our contract with Altice is due to expire soon, so we have a responsibility to make our viewers aware of the potential loss of our programming,” the company said. “We remain fully committed to reaching a deal and are hopeful we can do so. Our company has never had a disruption of service for our family of networks and there…

The world's richest woman dies
Uncategorized / September 22, 2017

Liliane Bettencourt, the world’s richest woman, has died, her family said Thursday. Bettencourt, who was 94, was the heiress of the French cosmetics company L’Oreal. She was the daughter of the company’s founder, Eugene Schueller. Both Forbes and the Bloomberg Billionaire Index considered Bettencourt the world’s richest woman. Her net worth was estimated at around $44 billion. The Bettencourt family currently owns 33% of the L’Oreal Group, which is home to brands like Lancome, Garnier and La Roche-Posay. “We all had a deep admiration for Liliane Bettencourt, who always looked after L’Oreal — the company and its employees, and was dedicated to its success and development,” Jean-Paul Agon, L’Oreal’s president, said in a statement. Related: Best companies for women execs in 2017 Bettencourt joined her father’s company at age 15 as an apprentice, and inherited his stake in 1957. She was actively involved in running the cosmetics giant, and served on the company’s board until 2012. She stepped down at the age of 89 and was replaced by her grandson amid a bitter legal dispute with her daughter, who argued Bettencourt was not mentally competent to handle her own affairs. Born in 1922, Liliane Henriette Charlotte Schueller grew up surrounded…

Jimmy Kimmel continues fight with Sen. Cassidy's new health care bill
Uncategorized / September 21, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel was ready for the second round of his fight with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, saying on Wednesday night that the senator “either doesn’t understand his own bill or he lied to me.” “Last night on our show I took a senator from Louisiana, Bill Cassidy, I took him to task for promising to my face that he would oppose any health care plan that allowed insurance companies to turn people with pre-existing conditions away,” Kimmel said opening his ABC broadcast on Wednesday night. “He said anything he supported would have to pass what he named the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Test,’ which was fine… but unfortunately, and puzzlingly, he proposed a bill that would allow states to do all the things he said he would not let them do.” Kimmel then said that Cassidy made “a total about face” and that meant that “he either doesn’t understand his own bill, or he lied to me.” The comedian then showed a clip of Cassidy telling CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day” Wednesday morning that Kimmel “does not understand” the bill. “Oh, I get it. I don’t understand because I’m a talk show host, right?” the host said before breaking down the…

Jimmy Kimmel takes on new health care bill, says Sen. Cassidy lied 'right to my face'
Uncategorized / September 20, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel didn’t pull any punches when it came to the Senate’s new health care bill and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, saying that Cassidy lied “right to my face.” “A few months ago after my son had open heart surgery, which was something I spoke about on the air, a politician, a Senator named Bill Cassidy from Louisiana was on my show and he wasn’t very honest,” Kimmel said opening Tuesday night’s show. Kimmel then explained how Cassidy came up with what the senator called the “Jimmy Kimmel Test,” which according to the host was a test that said that “No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise because they can’t afford it.” “He agreed to that,” Kimmel said. “He said he would only support a healthcare bill that made sure a child like mine would get the health coverage he needs, no matter how much money his parents make.” Shortly after Cassidy’s May 2017 appearance on Kimmel’s show, Cassidy spoke to CNN about a separate healthcare bill he had just introduced, and had co-sponsored with U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. Unlike the Graham-Cassidy bill, that bill would have avoided lifetime coverage limits, and extended protection to those with…

Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy protection
Uncategorized / September 19, 2017

Toys ‘R’ Us is filing for bankruptcy protection. The toy retailer has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States, it said in a statement on Monday. Meanwhile, it said its Canadian subsidiary will “seek protection in parallel proceedings” in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Source link

Brian Stelter: Why newsrooms must keep fact-checking Trump
Uncategorized / September 18, 2017

I didn’t think we’d have time for this segment on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources.” We already had more than an hour’s worth of media stories to cover. So I didn’t think we’d have time to cover President Trump’s latest errors and exaggerations. But in our show meeting on Saturday, we decided we would make the time. And that was the point of this segment — journalists must keep making time to point out Trump’s fact-free assertions. Why? Because the Trump White House’s credibility crisis affects the country every day. And it affects how world leaders perceive the United States, too. We saw that this week when British prime minister Theresa May scolded Trump. Here are a few examples. On Thursday morning, the president promoted his decision to seek a deal with Democrats about DACA by saying, “Look, 92% of the people agree on DACA.” “92%?” While polls indicate that most Americans want “Dreamers” to remain in the country, no poll backs up Trump’s “92%” claim. It sounded made up out of thin air. That was Thursday morning. The president then went to Florida, toured damage from Hurricane Irma, and flew home. And that evening, he misspoke about the storm. “In Florida,…

Woman arrested for vandalizing Wall Street's famed bull statue
Uncategorized / September 17, 2017

A woman was arrested Friday for allegedly vandalizing the famed “Charging Bull” statue that has decorated Wall Street for nearly three decades. Courtney Fallon, 33, was arrested Friday and charged with two misdemeanors, according to the New York Police Department. The stunt was part of a political protest against the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, according to a statement posted from Draw the Blue Line, an activist movement Fallon founded. In a statement posted on the @DrawTheBlueLine Twitter handle, Fallon takes credit for the vandalism. “I also tarred and feathered the sculpture of ‘Charging Bull’ with corn oil and powdered blue chalk which I photographed and captioned, ‘Be bull-headed in the face of climate change denial and demand action now,’” the statement says. Fallon’s tweet said a “Suffragette-style sash” was draped across “Fearless Girl,” a separate statue that was installed across from “Charging Bull” earlier this year. Related: NYC mayor to ‘Charging Bull’ artist: ‘Fearless Girl is staying put.’ Fallon said in her statement that she “chose the corn oil and chalk specifically because they wouldn’t cause any harm,” hoping it “would therefore not be perceived as an act of vandalism.” “That was idiotic of…

Facebook handed Russia-linked ads over to Mueller under search warrant
Uncategorized / September 16, 2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team are now in possession of Russian-linked ads run on Facebook during the presidential election, after they obtained a search warrant for the information. Facebook gave Mueller and his team copies of ads and related information it discovered on its site linked to a Russian troll farm, as well as detailed information about the accounts that bought the ads and the way the ads were targeted at American Facebook users, a source with knowledge of the matter told CNN. The disclosure, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, may give Mueller’s office a fuller picture of who was behind the ad buys and how the ads may have influenced voter sentiment during the 2016 election. Facebook did not give copies of the ads to members of the Senate and House intelligence committees when it met with them last week on the grounds that doing so would violate their privacy policy, sources with knowledge of the briefings said. Facebook’s policy states that, in accordance with the federal Stored Communications Act, it can only turn over the stored contents of an account in response to a search warrant. “We continue to work with the appropriate investigative…

Quest: China is planning for the future while the West bickers
Uncategorized / September 15, 2017

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