News Roundup for Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Crumbling Presidency

Latest Trump defense: Trump says 2016 payments to two women who claimed affairs with him, porn actress Storrmy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, were not illegal. Why? Because the money came from him, and not campaign funds.

If I feared for people’s souls, I’d fear for hers. Sarah Huckabee Sanders says it’s ‘ridiculous’ to accuse Trump of lying hours after he lied

Midterms

Around New Jersey

Even white guys hate white people…  Longtime Rutgers history professor James Livingston could be facing disciplinary action for saying he ‘hates white people’ on Facebook, a comment he says was satirical

Chris Cerf, still a jackass, still at the expense of kids.  How Newark’s former schools chief used a ‘victory lap’ and privately paid consultants to cement his legacy (Chalkbeat)

National

Oklahoma schools close after parents threaten transgender student who used middle school bathroom

Verizon slowed data speeds on firefightersA Northern California fire department says Verizon slowed its wireless data speeds so much last month that firefighters battling the state’s largest-ever wildfire almost couldn’t communicate.

Whether it’s church or state, powerful men are letting us down (Mary C. Curtis, Roll Call)

 

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