Trump admin sued for requiring foreigners to disclose social media accounts when applying for visas

Two of documentary film groups are suing the administration of President Donald Trump for requiring foreigners to hand over their social media account IDs, even pseudonymous ones, to U.S. officials when applying for a visa. Read the rest

Feds charge Evil Corp, Russia-based creators of Dridex malware, in $100 million bank hacking spree

The most on-brand name since “Fraud Guarantee.” Read the rest

Trump is a creepy weirdo, his undocumented servants reveal

Donald Trump's undocumented personal servants were “often left to perform the most intimate and personal work” in the Trump estates. His former domestic workers from Costa Rica, Mexico, and other Latin American countries now have some intimate and personal details about Trump to share with the world. Read the rest

Swastikas painted on cars and homes in San Bernardino mountains

“Officials are not currently calling the act a hate crime, referring to it instead as an act of vandalism and tagging.”

“At least five” spray-painted swastikas were discovered on Tuesday morning in a residential area in Wrightwood, said the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday. Read the rest

American warship seizes what U.S. says are Iran missile parts headed to Yemen

Oh boy. Here we go. Read the rest

Humiliated Trump leaves NATO summit early after video emerges of world leaders mocking him

Earlier today, Xeni posted the video of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Princess Anne yukking it up about what a twerp Trump is. Trump has left the NATO summit early, reports The Independent, after describing Trudeau as "two-faced" and cancelling a press event.

Donald Trump has reacted furiously to footage of world leaders apparently making fun of him, calling Justin Trudeau “two-faced” then cancelling a press conference and cutting short his attendance at a Nato summit.

The US president was asked whether he had seen the clip in which his international counterparts appeared to joke about his explosive press conference with Emmanuel Macron.

“You just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor!” Mr Trudeau apparently said of Mr Trump.

NBC News elaborates:

NBC News had not confirmed whom Trudeau was speaking about, although earlier in the day, Trump was involved in a 38-minute press event alongside Macron. Prior to that, the president spoke alongside NATO Sec. Gen. Jens Stoltenberg for about 53 minutes.

Macron and Johnson's offices declined to comment on the video, and Canadian officials were not immediately available for a response.

"Well, he's two-faced," Trump said of Trudeau alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. "And honestly with Trudeau he's a nice guy, but the truth is I called him out on the fact he's not paying 2 percent (in military spending) and I guess he's not happy about it."

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VIDEO: Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson discuss Trump's nutty behavior

Oh boy.

Donald's not going to like this one at all. Read the rest

Judge says Facebook users entitled to better security but not $ damages

In a decision released late Tuesday night, a federal judge ruled that up to 29 million Facebook users whose personal info was stolen in a September 2018 data breach are not entitled to sue Facebook as a group for damages -- but the users may be entitled to demand better personal data security at Facebook. Read the rest

TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance wants you to know everything is just fine, really

China-based technology company ByteDance is on a charm offensive, reports Reuters, ramping up efforts to distance its popular social app TikTok from the rest of its Chinese operations. Read the rest

Police sad over spilled donuts get sweet surprise ending

“The final resting spot of the once glorious glazed donuts.” Read the rest

Former CIA officer Jerry Lee sentenced to 19 years for handing U.S. info to China

Today, a federal judge sentenced former CIA officer Jerry Lee to 19 years in prison. He was convicted of gathering United States defense information and other sensitive information, and handing it over to agents for the government of China. Read the rest

The 'Ukraine meddling' thing is a Russian operation, say U.S. intel experts

“Intelligence officials believe that one of the people the Kremlin relied on to spread disinformation about Ukrainian interference was Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who had ties to Mr. Manafort.”

UPDATED: Tony Robbins accused of sexually assaulting high schooler at summer camp

UPDATE: Here is an email I received from Tony Robbins' representative moments after I published this blog post about the Buzzfeed News story. I have appended Mr. Robbins' full statement, and that of his representative Jennifer Connelly, below. -- Xeni Jardin

Connelly, Jennifer 11:23 AM

Dear Xeni,

I represent Mr. Robbins and just saw your story which repeats the false story that BuzzFeed just published. While we appreciate you linking to Mr. Robbins’ Medium article, we respectfully ask that you also include my full media statement, or at the very least link to it.

I have to say I am confused as to why you would republish fake and false news before even reaching out to us for comment? Don’t we deserve the opportunity to comment before you just run with tabloid false news?

This is not ethical journalism and I respectfully request a response from you and your editor. Your headline does not reflect the truth and that is offensive and not credible journalism.

We respectfully request that you run my statement below in full.

Please confirm.

Thank you

Here is my statement

Here is Mr. Robbins statement.

Original blog post follows.

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins is accused of sexually assaulting a high schooler at a summer camp, report Buzzfeed's Katie Baker and Jane Bradley in an extensively investigated story just out today. Read the rest

Watch: Trailer for 'Hunters,' new Jordan Peele series on Nazi hunters starring Al Pacino

Jordan Peele fans (Get Out, Us) rejoice – he has just produced a new Amazon series, Hunters, which comes out sometime in 2020. As an added bonus, it stars Al Pacino. Read the rest

Donald Trump had undisclosed dinner with Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel at White House, Facebook confirms

Facebook today confirmed what has long been rumored: Donald Trump hosted a dinner which was not disclosed to the public in October 2019 with Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel, at the White House. Read the rest

Secret Service spent over $250,000 at Trump properties in first half of 2017 alone

A single Trump golf outing brought Trump's club $28,800 in Secret Service spending. Read the rest

Fiona Hill, 11: 'She put the fire out with her hands, and finished the test.'

Pretty amazing pull quote from this New York Times profile of Dr. Fiona Hill, former top US diplomat in Ukraine, who testified today in the impeachment hearings against Donald Trump. Read the rest

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