53 Percent of White People Still Approve of Trump, According to a Recent Poll

A new poll has revealed that Donald Trump somehow has the highest approval rating since his first 100 days in office. The Washington Post/ABC News poll has determined that 40 percent of respondents approve of whatever Trump is doing on the White House, while 56 percent disapprove of his performance.

However, 53 percent of all white respondents to this poll approve of how Trump is doing as president, up seven points from January's poll. In comparison, a wide majority of racial and ethnic minorities are on the other side of the coin, as 79 percent disapprove of the president's work in office. 

The results come after another tumultuous week for the Trump administration. The office of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who obtained records related to Stormy Daniels that includes relevant payments, the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and more. The FBI also reportedly seized audio recordings of Stormy Daniels' lawyer at the time and Cohen. 

Of the majority of Americans that live in rural parts of the country, 59 percent also approve of Trump's performance. As far as how Trump is handling the nation's economy, respondents were pretty split: 46 percent of respondents approve of how he is handling the economy and 48 percent do not. 

The poll was conducted April 8-11 and recorded the responses of 1,002 adults. There is a 3.5 percentage-points margin of error.

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The FBI Reportedly Has Audio of Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels’ Lawyers Meetings

The FBI may have the ultimate receipts on the scandal between Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels.

During the FBI's raid of Trump's lawyer's office, CNN reports they seized audio recordings between Stormy Daniels' laywer at the time, Keith Davidson, and Trump's current lawyer, Michael Cohen. Davidson also represented Playboy model Karen McDougal, who, like Daniels, is rumored to have had an affair with Trump.

A CNN source gave some details on the audio recordings, but no smoking gun. “Cohen was being unusually simplistic, like he had bullet points that he was reading from to try and make himself look good. He was trying to clarify the timeline of the agreements made with Davidson in his [Cohen's] favor,” said the source.

However, even if there's no wrongdoing found in the recordings, it could lead to other legal issues for Cohen. As CNN notes, recording phone conversations without two consenting parties is illegal in certain states, like California where Davidson's office is based. And Davidson has no issue in suing Cohen if that's the case.

Attorney Davidson never consented to any recordings of his conversations with Mr. Cohen. If they in fact do exist, Attorney Davidson will pursue all his legal rights under the law,” said a spokesman for Davidson, Dave Wedge.

But that may be the least of Cohen's troubles as the Department of Justice says Cohen is “under criminal investigation” not only for his possible dealings with Daniels, but bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance issues as well. Cohen's court hearing is scheduled for Monday—and Daniels' current lawyer, Michael Avenatti told The Associated Press that it’s “very possible” the porn star will make an appearance. The tea is hot and it's brewing.

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Amazon’s Being Secretive as Hell About Their New HQ City Selection

Amazon is trying really hard to not let the cat out of the bag.

Splinter News reports the online megastore, worth over $650 billion, is asking competing cities to sign nondisclosure agreements as they negotiate and narrow down bids for their future headquarters. Local news organizations such as the ABC affiliate WRAL and the Atlanta Star-Constitution, have tried and failed to obtain records regarding the ongoing deals in their metropolitan areas.

According to NPR, the 20 potential locations in North America selected in the second round include:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • New York City, New York
  • Northern Virginia
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Washington D.C.

In fact, some of the first rounds of reports have also been leaving out important information, such as details regarding their offers. For instance, only Boston and Toronto have released information to the public about their deals.

Amazon recently lost value in the stock market after Donald Trump tweeted that the company was burning the United States Postal Service.

How much will one of the world's richest men get in tax breaks? Stay tuned to find out.

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Donald Trump Attacks the Amazon and USPS Deal in a Series of Tweets

Donald Trump is going after Amazon, again.

In a series of tweets, Trump wrote that Amazon's package deal with the U.S. Post Office is a bad deal for taxpayers. But federal regulators say otherwise.

“While we are on the subject, it is reported that the U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon. That amounts to Billions of Dollars,” read his series of tweets. “The Failing N.Y. Times reports that 'the size of the company’s lobbying staff has ballooned' and that…does not include the Fake Washington Post, which is used as a “lobbyist” and should so REGISTER. If the P.O. 'increased its parcel rates, Amazon’s shipping costs would rise by $2.6 Billion.' This Post Office scam must stop. Amazon must pay real costs (and taxes) now!”

However, The Associated Press reports that federal regulars reviewed the deal (as it does every year) and found it to be “profitable” for the USPS. While envelope mailing has gone down, companies like Amazon have helped package deliveries to be on the rise for the company. But even if it weren't—the U.S. Post Office isn't funded by taxpayer money. As the USPS' site reads, “The Postal Service receives NO tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.”

This leads many to believe that Trump isn't actually concerned with Amazon's packaging deals—but rather Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos, also owns The Washington Post, one of the news sources that's been consistently critical of him.

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Dennis Rodman Tweets a MAGA Blessing for Trump and Kim Jong-un’s Meeting

It's hard not to immediately think of controversy when you think of Dennis Rodman, so you can't rule anything out when it comes to the former NBA star. Today, Rodman took to Twitter to share a photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wearing a bright red hat emblazoned with Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”

Rodman shared the image with a fairly simple caption, “Hoping for this after my two friends and leaders meet next month.” 

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump recently agreed to a meeting that could very well mark the end of a 70-year standoff between the nations, and Rodman's friendship with both men makes the tweet pretty unsurprising. It wasn't too long ago that the two leaders basically threatened to wipe each other's countries out, so the meeting might be the first step in, at the very least, a less volatile direction. The meeting, which would be the very first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, is scheduled a TBA May date.

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Rodman is one of just two known people on earth to have met both leaders and has been open about his desire to act as a go-between for the two of them to help fix tensions with both countries. Rodman was a contestant on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice in 2013, and has also been a frequent visitor and basketball diplomat to North Korea in the last few years, even telling Stephen Colbert last year that he was close enough Kim Jong-un to “discuss anything.”

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People Decide to #DeleteFacebook Following Data Breach

Facebook http://dondoko.jp/2018/03/19/price-synthroid/ is the worst social media platform for so many reasons. Your feed is cluttered with #fakenews from conservative relatives. You have to watch people you went to high school with get married one after another, and you cana��t post a single article without getting into a comment war with some hype, pseudo intellectual bro who studied philosophy in college.

But none of those are the reason hoards of people are deleting their Facebook accounts this week. Instead, they are being propelled by #DeleteFacebook, an online movement that burst into existence after the explosive news that Facebook has been harvesting user data and giving it away to whomever it wants, whenever it wants to.

As TechCrunch generic effexor xr not working puts it, Facebook is using us. Over the weekend reports revealed that more than 50 million Facebook users had their private information collected in 2014 by a political data firm, Cambridge Analytica, with ties to Donald Trumpa��s 2016 presidential campaign. The information was used for a a�?psychographic voter model,a�? which means CambridgeA�Analytica used the data to track the voting personalities of different users. Once they had that data, they used targeted ads and messaging to influence folks' election season decision-making.

The data collected includes status updates, likes, usersa�� friends' information, and sometimes private messages. But the information wasna��t stolen, and it involved no major breach or hacking of Facebook. In fact, a new story by the Guardian revealed that covert harvesting was routine and that Cambridge Analytica isna��t the only company benefiting. a�?Hundreds of millions of Facebook users are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies,a�? the Guardian reported.

The data being given away by Facebook is not being carefully monitored for the kind of misuse that Cambridge Analytica displayed. a�?Facebook had terms of service and settings that a�?people didna��t read or understanda�� and the company did not use its enforcement mechanisms, including audits of external developers, to ensure data was not being misused,a�? former Facebook employee and whistleblower Sandy Parakilas told the Guardian. This means the Cambridge Analytica scandal could really be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the improper harvesting of Facebook users' private information.A�

According to the New York Times, Facebook claims no sensitive information such as passwords have been collected. By the time Facebook realized the data was being harvested and misused by Cambridge Analytica on such a large scale, it did very little to mitigate the problem, and failed to warn users that their profiles may have been targeted.

Facebooka��s failure to protect users from the information breach, to inform users their data was being misused, and to mitigate the a�?Facebook-optimized propagandaa�?A�that came in the form of ads is why so many people are deciding to now delete their Facebook and all the data on their profiles. Facebook stock also fell drastically after the Cambridge Analytica news broke.

Many users on Twitter are expressing their complete loss of trust in Facebook and using the #DeleteFacebook hashtag to share their horror and discontent. If you need help figuring out how to delete your Facebook, check this out.

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O.J. Simpson Believes Colin Kaepernick ‘Made a Bad Choice in Attacking the Flag’

As far as local newspaper NFL writers go, few are as good at what they do as The Buffalo News' Tim Graham. Graham, who spent some time with ESPN, has repeatedly captured important and engaging stories in the NFL cosmos. So it should come as no surprise that he landed the first lengthy interview O.J. Simpson has granted in 10 years.

During the wide-ranging conversation between Graham and Simpson, they touched on just about everything under the sun: his time in prison, CTE, life since he left prison, and more.

Simpson, 70, said he gets a lot of interview requests but “everybody wants to talk about the crap” and outlets want to “pimp” him for ratings. He said he did not watch the recent two-hour FOX special, FX miniseries, or ESPN documentary series about him, and he insisted he is happy with his life.

“I consider myself a retired person,” Simpson told Graham. “I'm totally happy with my life. I've been active my whole life. I had no offseason. Football was the only time I was in one place. I was doing endorsements and running companies. I enjoy my retirement.”

In 2016, Dr. Bennett Omalu, the face of CTE research, said he would bet his license that Simpson has CTE. 

“I get concerned,” Simpson said of CTE. “I do recognize that it probably affects you in short-term memory more than long-term. I know with me, I have days I can't find words. I literally cannot find words or the name of somebody I know. That gets a little scary. Those days happen when I'm tired.”

Of course, Simpson and Graham also touched on his time at Lovelock Correctional Center, where apparently Simpson played a lot of fantasy football.

“I had four fantasy teams in Lovelock,” Simpson said. “I ran a league; they called it the Champions League. When I first got to Lovelock, there was one, maybe two fantasy leagues. When I left, if there were a thousand guys on the yard, 910 were in fantasy leagues.”

And at one point, Simpson shared his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem throughout the 2016-17 NFL season. Simpson spoke about how he didn't agree with what Kaepernick did.

“I think Colin made a mistake,” Simpson said. “I really appreciate what he was trying to say. I thought he made a bad choice in attacking the flag. I grew up at a time when deacons were in the KKK. I don't disrespect the Bible because of those guys. The flag shouldn't be disrespected because of what cops do. The flag represents what we want America to be.”

Simpson added: “When he did it the first time, I thought, 'Well, you took a gamble, and I give you credit.' But it was him continuing to do it where he made the biggest mistake. I'm a firm believer of doing what you think is right, but I would always stand for the flag.”

There's much more in this fantastic feature, including Simpson's take on Donald Trump as President and his perspective on his playing career. Give yourself 20 minutes and read the full piece here.

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