Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByMaggie Haberman Oct. 28, 2018 WASHINGTON — Brad Parscale, the campaign manager for President Trump’s planned re-election effort in 2020, has never run another political race of any kind. Republican establishment figures are watching him closely, in some cases quietly hoping he stumbles. And he is working for a famously mercurial boss whose 2016 campaign had three shake-ups over six months. But Mr. Parscale believes he is the man for the moment, uniquely equipped to manage the potentially fractious relationships inside the campaign and sell voters on the idea of sticking with an unorthodox president. “I might not be the right choice for everyone, but I am the right choice for him,” Mr. Parscale said. Mr. Parscale, 42, is a professional marketer, and he plans to retain that … [Read more...] about Selling Donald Trump: A First-Time Campaign Manager Tries to Defy the Doubters
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World International Affairs As evidence mounts that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2, some social media accounts and conservative commentators are attempting to spread disinformation about his disappearance and promote talking points to exculpate the Kingdom. On Thursday, Twitter suspended a number of bots after NBC alerted the tech company to the presence of social media accounts casting doubt on Saudi Arabia’s culpability. “There are multiple bot networks, and the main aim appears to be to manipulate trends to hide negative information about Saudi's involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance. The sheer amount of bots drives down critical trends, while promoting banal information or pro-MBS [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman] propaganda," Marc Owen Jones, one of the researchers who tracked Saudi bots tweeting about Khashoggi’s case, told Newsweek. "In addition to … [Read more...] about Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance: Conservatives and Twitter Bots Are Spreading Disinformation to Protect Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia
By Washington Post PUBLISHED: September 18, 2018 at 8:14 am | UPDATED: September 18, 2018 at 8:23 am By Antonia Noori Farzan | The Washington Post Anderson Cooper spent the last 10 minutes of his show on Monday night responding to a critic: the president’s son. On Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out a photo of Cooper standing in waist-deep water during a hurricane, with a caption suggesting that the CNN anchor was lying to make the president look bad. Trump Jr. also seemed to suggest that Cooper’s hurricane coverage had been overly dramatic, and was aimed at improving the network’s ratings. “I debated whether I should even respond tonight to the president’s son,” Cooper said on Monday’s “AC360.” “I know he considers himself an outdoorsman and pays a lot of money to be led to wildlife in Africa that he then kills. But I’m not sure if he’s actually been to a hurricane or a flood. I didn’t see him down in … [Read more...] about Anderson Cooper accuses Donald Trump Jr. of ‘tweeting lies’ with old hurricane photo
TomDispatch, ContributorA regular antidote to the mainstream media. Donald Trump is, in the most bizarre sense possible, a transformational figure. 09/10/2018 12:15 pm ET This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. By Tom Engelhardt I know you won’t believe me. Not now, not when everything Donald Trump does ― any tweet, any insult at any rally ― is the news of the day, any day. But he won’t be remembered for any of the things now in our headlines. No human being, it’s true, has ever been covered the way he has, so what an overwhelming record there should be. News about him and his associates fills front pages daily in a way that only something like a presidential assassination once did and he has the talking heads of cable TV yakking about him as no one has ever talked about anyone. And don’t even get me started on social media and The Donald. In a sense, … [Read more...] about Here’s How History Will Remember Donald Trump
POLITICS 08/11/2018 07:01 am ET In October, the president suggested Puerto Ricans were lucky Hurricane Maria wasn't a "real catastrophe" like Katrina in New Orleans. By Hayley Miller It’s been nearly 11 months since Hurricane Maria terrorized Puerto Rico, decimating the island’s farmlands, power grid and homes ― and likely claiming hundreds and hundreds of lives in its wake. Independent investigations conducted separately by The New York Times, Penn State University and Harvard University estimated Maria’s death toll could be in the thousands. The official death count has remained at 64, though Puerto Rican officials quietly conceded this week in a report to Congress that over 1,427 deaths may be directly or indirectly linked to the historic storm. In the months since Maria, President Donald Trump has been remarkably silent about Puerto Rico’s struggle to recover. Trump, a notoriously prolific tweeter, hasn’t mentioned the hurricane … [Read more...] about Is Donald Trump Ever Going To Acknowledge The Massive Loss Of Life In Puerto Rico?