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Melania Trump Publicly Launches Cyberbullying Initiative

First lady had promised to make online harassment one of her priorities, will hold first public event

(Newser) - Melania Trump is hosting executives from major online and social media companies to discuss cyberbullying and internet safety, more than a year after saying that would be her issue as first lady. The meeting Tuesday marks her first public event on the topic, a choice some observers have questioned given... More »

Trump Rips 'Fake Memos'

Andrew McCabe 'never took notes when he was with me'

(Newser) - President Trump is raising doubts about whether former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe kept personal memos outlining McCabe's interactions with the president. McCabe was fired Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump tweeted Sunday: "Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he... More »

Judge Has Some Twitter Advice for Trump to End Lawsuit

'Isn't the answer he just mutes the person he finds personally offensive?'

(Newser) - A judge recommended Thursday that President Trump mute rather than block some of his critics from following him on Twitter to resolve a First Amendment lawsuit, the AP reports. US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald suggested a settlement as the preferred outcome after hearing lawyers argue whether it's constitutional... More »

Parks and Rec Stars Not Happy NRA Used Amy Poehler GIF

Cast, creator tweet angrily at the NRA

(Newser) - Amy Poehler is no fan of the NRA, so she and her Parks and Recreation colleagues were less than pleased when the organization used a GIF showing Poehler's character from the show. "[T]hank you for being the voice of over 5 Million #NRA members," the NRA's... More »

Trump Slams Washington Post for Running 'False Accusation'

Rachel Crooks retells her accusation about a forcible kiss, and president denies

(Newser) - One of the women who has accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct retells her story in a front-page Washington Post feature that caught the attention of the president himself. "A woman I don't know and, to the best of my knowledge, never met, is on the FRONT PAGE... More »

Trump: 'They're Laughing Their Asses Off in Moscow'

President is continuing his Twitter rant about Russian meddling

(Newser) - President Trump continued to vent his Saturday night fury over the Russia probe into Sunday, reports the AP , arguing that the Obama administration bears some of the blame, insisting that he never denied the election meddling, and declaring that "they are laughing their asses off in Moscow." In... More »

Paul Ryan Challenger Banned From Twitter Over Markle Post

Paul Nehlen put Cheddar Man's face on Meghan Markle's body

(Newser) - Paul Nehlen is vying for Paul Ryan's Wisconsin House seat, and he won't have Twitter to help him in his quest. The man described by the Washington Post as a "fringe challenger" who lost to Ryan 16% to 84% in 2016 had his account permanently suspended in... More »

Twitter Finally Makes a Profit, but There's Bad News, Too

Monthly active users aren't growing

(Newser) - Twitter beat Wall Street's cautious expectations with its first quarterly profit in history, but that isn't going to solve the company's broader problems any time soon, reports the AP . On Thursday, the company said it had an average of 330 million monthly active users in the final... More »

Trump Attacks 'Little' Schiff After Brutal Op-Ed

Schiff said Trump would use FBI against political opponents

(Newser) - The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee has fallen into President Trump's crosshairs after attacking the president over the weekend. "Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington," Trump tweeted Monday, adding Schiff... More »

Ryan Lauds a $1.50/Week Pay Hike, Quickly Regrets It

Takes heat for celebrating woman's modest raise compared to nation's wealthy under tax overhaul

(Newser) - House Speaker Paul Ryan used Twitter to highlight a school secretary benefiting from the Republican tax overhaul, then deleted the tweet after online criticism that he is cheering an increase of $1.50 a week. The AP reported on Thursday that changes in tax withholding were sparking bigger paychecks, citing... More »

Stars Accused of Buying Twitter Followers; Now, Consequences

For one, film critic Richard Roeper's columns have been put on hold with the 'Sun-Times'

(Newser) - Film critic Richard Roeper's Chicago Sun-Times columns have been put on hold, and it's in a kerfuffle over his Twitter account. "We became aware over the weekend of issues," Sun-Times editor-in-chief Chris Fusco says in a statement to the Washington Post , and while they're looking... More »

Sean Hannity's Twitter Was 'Compromised,' Vanishes

And conspiracy theories were rampant

(Newser) - Conspiracy theories flew Saturday morning after the Twitter account of conservative TV host Sean Hannity was "briefly compromised," according to a Twitter spokesperson, and unavailable for a few hours. The AP reports after the Fox News star's verified account posted a message that simply and cryptically said... More »

He Becomes Twitter Sensation With Very First Post

Former Obama staffer Gary Lee recounts a moment

(Newser) - Gary Lee had zero tweets to his name as of Jan. 12. That changed in a big way on Jan. 13, when he posted this series of tweets about his Korean heritage and suddenly became Twitter famous, reports Yahoo News . Lee once worked as a staffer in the Obama White... More »

With One Tweet, a Houston Dad's Bakery Is Saved

18-year-old daughter took to social media to save failing business after Hurricane Harvey tanked sales

(Newser) - A Texas high school senior figured out how to wield social media for good, and she may have saved her family's business in the process. ABC News and KTRK report on how 18-year-old Jackie Garza was fretting about how to get her dad, Trinidad Garza, not to shutter La... More »

Newspaper Editor Canned After Twitter Kerfuffle

Denis Finley of 'Free Press' said Vt. driver's license change on gender would bring on 'apocalypse'

(Newser) - Denis Finley has taken to Twitter to call Politico a "whore," sniff about David Letterman's upcoming Netflix show featuring Barack Obama, and call for the destruction of all office buildings, but it was his tweets about a potential change to Vermont's driver's licenses that cost... More »

Turning a Mugshot Into a Business Opportunity

A hairdresser in North Carolina knew opportunity when she saw it

(Newser) - Shia Yearwood knows how to spin bad news into good business. On Jan. 3, the Charlotte, NC, native was taken into police custody on a misdemeanor charge, after which her mugshot was posted to the website Charlotte Mugshots and its Twitter page. That's when Yearwood, a professional hairdresser, decided... More »

Trump Rolls Out New Nickname for Steve Bannon

He's now 'Sloppy Steve'

(Newser) - Steve Bannon's fall from grace is now complete: President Trump has given the former White House strategist a disparaging nickname, much as he did with "Crooked" Hillary Clinton and "Crazy" Bernie Sanders. In an angry tweet late Thursday, Trump blasted both "Sloppy" Steve Bannon and author... More »

Teacher's Viral Tweet Reveals How Deep First-Graders Are

Bret Turner's riddle was about the letter 'e'; his student chose to link it to death

(Newser) - A fun riddle a teacher posed to his students sent at least one of them spiraling into an existential abyss, with an answer as deep as it now is viral, the Washington Post reports. Bret Turner, who instructs first- and second-graders at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, Calif., gave his... More »

Trump Announces 'Corrupt' Media Awards

President says 'most dishonest' outlets will be named Monday

(Newser) - The Golden Globes are Sunday, but President Trump has another awards ceremony he's promoting, one scheduled for the very next day. Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to announce, in all caps, the "most dishonest & corrupt media awards of the year," set for 5pm ET Monday. "... More »

Trump on Palestinian Authority: US Gets 'No Respect'

President threatens to cut off aid

(Newser) - Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, President Trump appeared to threaten to cut off US aid money to the Palestinian Authority Tuesday, asking why the US should make "any of these massive future payments" when the Palestinians are "no longer willing to... More »

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