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Saturday, November 25, 2017

President Trump kicked off Thanksgiving Day by replying to a tweet that said his latest Twitter rage is part of a racist pattern of attacking prominent African Americans. Trump's response, tweeted at about 6:30 a.m.: "Make America Great Again!" "Trump's rage-tweets about LaVar Ball are part of a pattern. Trump regularly attacks high-profile African Americans to feed his supporters' belief that the system is rigged for minorities," Sargent wrote on Twitter Wednesday. To which the president replied the following day with his campaign slogan. ... It's unclear if Trump's tweet was meant to agree with or acknowledge Sargent's points that his behavior on social media fits a racist pattern against African Americans, or if it may have been sent by mistake. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


The holding company for all the business ventures of President Donald J. Trump announced on Wednesday that it had reached a deal to "exit" the faltering 46-story luxury hotel it has operated in lower Manhattan since 2010. The deal will allow the company that owns the skyscraper property, CIM Group, to rebrand it; the Trump SoHo will soon have another name, possibly by the end of next month. Sarah Maslin Nir of the New York Times reported Friday that the Trump SoHo faced problems over the course of Trump's presidential campaign that mounted since his election last year, losing more and more revenue and guests "with each controversy involving the White House." A hotel staffer reportedly identified one former guest, in particular, whose exit seems to have kickstarted the exodus and precipitated the Trump SoHo's failure: Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.


Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge: The FCC received a record-breaking 22 million comments chiming in on the net neutrality debate, but from the sound of it, it's ignoring the vast majority of them. In a call with reporters yesterday discussing its plan to end net neutrality, a senior FCC official said that 7.5 million of those comments were the exact same letter, which was submitted using 45,000 fake email addresses. But even ignoring the potential spam, the commission said it didn't really care about the public's opinion on net neutrality unless it was phrased in unique legal terms. The vast majority of the 22 million comments were form letters, the official said, and unless those letters introduced new facts into the record or made serious legal arguments, they didn't have much bearing on the decision. The commission didn't care about comments that were only stating opinion. read more


Friday, November 24, 2017

Six months ago I won the lottery -- the H-1B visa processing lottery for skilled foreign workers. I called my thrilled parents and celebrated with friends. I'm from northeastern China and have an M.B.A. from Stanford, and was planning to stay in Silicon Valley to help start a company based on a promising new technology to improve the use of data. I was overjoyed because, historically, being selected in the lottery was a near guarantee that an applicant could remain in this country at least three more years.

But at the end of July, I received the dreaded Request for Further Evidence from immigration authorities. I provided the extra information that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services asked for. In September, I got another request. I complied again. Finally, on Oct. 11, half a year after my celebration, I learned I had been denied a visa. read more


Here's a list of 13 women who have publicly come forward with claims that Trump had physically touched them inappropriately in some way, and the witnesses they provided. We did not include claims that were made only through Facebook posts or other social media, or in lawsuits that subsequently were withdrawn.

We also did not include the accounts of former beauty contestants who say Trump walked in on them when they were half nude because there were no allegations of touching. Trump had bragged on the Howard Stern show of his "inspections" during the pageants: "You know they're standing there with no clothes. Is everybody OK? And you see these incredible looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that."


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