On the eve of his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump made some questionable claims about the U.S. intelligence community’s finding that Russia hacked into U.S. political organizations to interfere in the 2016 presidential election:
Lobbyist Brian Ballard has for years been a power player in Florida, plying the corridors of the state capitol in Tallahassee on behalf of A-list clients such as Google, Uber, Honda — even the New York Yankees.
Now, the 55-year-old University of Florida Hall of Fame member — a major Donald Trump fundraiser who also worked on the president’s transition — is out to prove he can translate his state-level lobbying chops into policy victories for a slew of new clients in Washington, D.C.
While Media Matters is a biased organization, this account of how fake news get propagated fast on the Internet is worth the read.
A false claim posted on 4chan that a Redditor who created an anti-CNN GIF, and who was tracked down by CNN, was just 15 years old made its way to Donald Trump Jr. and on Fox News within 12 hours. According to CNN and the reporter who helped identify the Reddit user, the man is actually middle aged. The fact that the claim (made to smear CNN for attacking a teenager) was able to spread so quickly exemplifies how misinformation from fringe sources can make its way through the “alt-right”/fake news ecosystem and to outlets with a broader reach, such as Fox News.
In its assessment of Donald Trump’s statement, a case can be made that PolitiFact is being pedantic.
On July 4 — one of the major travel weekends of the year — Trump tweeted, “Gas prices are the lowest in the U.S. in over ten years! I would like to see them go even lower.”
Claims that President Donald Trump has never promoted or encouraged violence are false. There have been at least one incident in which he encouraged his crowds to attack someone who might be protesting.
Has President Donald Trump promoted violence? At a White House briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders answered with a definitive no.
This week, Senate Republicans were battered by the same crosswinds that had hit their colleagues in the House in their drive to repeal and replace Obamacare. Facing defections by both uber-conservative and centrist senators, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., canceled his call for a quick vote.
In announcing the delay, McConnell said he wanted to get more GOP senators to “a comfortable place.” The new plan is to follow the House example — hit pause, come back and pass a revised version.
Google has launched a redesigned Google News, which separately displays fact-checking stories from news organizations and websites such as FactCheck.org. The redesign aims to improve navigation and accessibility, with “a renewed focus on facts, diverse perspectives, and more control for users,” according to Google’s June 27 announcement.