Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Politics President Trump, left, speaks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) during a meeting in December. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) by John Wagner by John Wagner Email the author May 10 at 11:44 AM Email the author In a feud that played out Thursday on Twitter, President Trump referred to the Senate minority leader as “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer,” who, in turn, reminded him of an initiative just launched by the first lady that calls for children to speak online with “respect.” Trump took aim at Sen. Charles E. Schumer … [Read more...] about ‘#BeBest’: Schumer reminds Trump of the first lady’s initiative after mean tweet
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, is set to join the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, The Hill is reporting. Wenstrup was recommended for the panel by the House GOP Steering Committee. He will replace Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., according to The Hill. Meehan resigned from the House in April after coming under fire for using taxpayer money for a payment to a former staff member after a sexual harassment accusation, CNN reported. Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas welcomed the selection of Wenstrup. "Dr. Wenstrup is an excellent choice to join our committee," Brady said. "A decorated war veteran, small business owner, and doctor, Brad brings proven dedication to our country and invaluable experience to the team. "I am excited to welcome Brad aboard as we take action to combat the opioid crisis, help move people off the sidelines and back into the workforce, and build upon tax reform to accelerate our economy." … [Read more...] about House GOP Panel Picks Rep. Wenstrup for Ways and Means Committee
House Speaker Paul Ryan has released a video in which he reads vicious "mean tweets" about himself, including one in which he’s called the human version of "a pair of pleated khakis." The Wisconsin lawmaker joined the "mean tweets" phenomenon – a regular feature on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show – to rediscover "our common humanity as a way to restore civil discourse and strengthen civil society," his office says. On the video, which is sweetened by a laugh track, Ryan is seen reading looking at his cellphone and reading from his Twitter feed. "Paul Ryan could be a live action Disney villain. #WidowsPeak," he reads, grimacing and then adding, "They used to call me Eddie Munster, so not too much of a stretch." Next is, "Paul Ryan is proof that you don’t need a spine to do P90x," referring to the famous home exercise routine. Then he’s lambasted in a tweet for recently revealing that woodchucks had dined on parts of his automobile: "Woodchucks eating … [Read more...] about Paul Ryan Turns Stand-Up Comic with Wacky ‘Mean Tweets’
Trump fixer's stunning admission could have significant legal ripple effects, experts say Itay Hod, provided by Published 4:55 pm PDT, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 What Michael Cohen’s Plea Deal Means for Stormy Daniels and American Media 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Michael Cohen’s plea could breathe new life into adult star Stormy Daniels’ legal battle with President Trump, as well as open American Media Inc. to potential legal exposure for a $150,000 payment it made to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, experts say. On Wednesday, Cohen admitted in court that Trump had directed him to make payments to Daniels and McDougal in order to stop them from speaking out publicly about their affair with the president. Read the full article on The Wrap … [Read more...] about What Michael Cohen’s Plea Deal Means for Stormy Daniels and American Media
ARTICLE 13 has been approved by members of the European Parliament. This is set to be welcomed by many musicians and creators who claim the reforms are needed to fairly compensate artists. What is Article 13? Article 13 would make big online platforms like YouTube and Facebook responsible for scanning content for anything copyrighted and ensuring the holders are paid a fair fee, which critics warn could extend to parodies and memes being "caught in the crosshairs". The law has divided many, with musicians including Paul McCartney saying that the reforms are necessary to fairly compensate artists, while critics such as Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales have argued that the impact will fall most on ordinary users of the internet. When did the new EU copyright laws get approved? On Wednesday, September 12, the Copyright Directive was passed. The directive was supported by 438 members, while 226 voted against and 39 abstained, after MEPs opted to revise the law in an earlier vote in July. … [Read more...] about What is Article 13, when did the new EU copyright laws get approved and what do they mean?