Politics

Misinformation has created an alternative world for some Americans

Misinformation has created an alternative world for some Americans

There’s a tendency in this heated political climate to simply reject people who are saying false things and to write off conspiracy theorists writ large. But as the US approaches the third straight election in which misinformation — and the fight against it — is expected to play a role, it’s important to understand what’s driving people who don’t believe in US elections. CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan and his team have an hourlong documentary, “MisinfoNation: The Trump Faithful,” airing on “The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper” on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. I talked to O’Sullivan about the documentary, in which…
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Two Trump courtroom dramas could help shape the tone of a future presidency

Two Trump courtroom dramas could help shape the tone of a future presidency

A wild day of often outlandish legal arguments and tabloid tales could not obscure the stakes for the country. Only Donald Trump could conjure a two-city legal spectacle that gave equal billing to the deepest thoughts of George Washington and a former National Enquirer publisher known for lurid celebrity scandals and dubious UFO sightings. The former president was the epicenter of attention Thursday during key testimony from media magnate David Pecker at his first criminal trial in New York and, in absentia, at a US Supreme Court hearing devoted to his audacious claims that the president should have total, king-like…
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Takeaways from the Trump hush money trial: Ex-publisher details tabloid tactics

Takeaways from the Trump hush money trial: Ex-publisher details tabloid tactics

Former American Media Inc. chairman David Pecker took jurors in Donald Trump’s hush money case inside how he paid for Karen McDougal’s story to keep her quiet about her alleged affair with Trump – and how his decision not to pay for Stormy Daniels’ story led to Michael Cohen ultimately paying for it. Prosecutors on Thursday wrapped up their direct testimony with Pecker, who was on the stand for three days describing in detail how he worked with Trump and Cohen to buy up damaging stories about Trump throughout the 2016 campaign. His testimony laid the foundation for the rest of the Manhattan district…
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CNN Poll: Few think Trump is being treated the same as other defendants

CNN Poll: Few think Trump is being treated the same as other defendants

As the first criminal prosecution of a former American president began just 13% nationwide feel Donald Trump is being treated the same as other criminal defendants, a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS finds. Most of the country was divided over whether he is being treated more harshly (34%) or more leniently (34%) than other defendants. The poll, which began fielding a few days after the trial’s jury selection phase kicked off April 15, finds only 44% of Americans express confidence that the jury chosen for the case will be able to reach a fair verdict, while 56% more skeptical that a fair…
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Fact check: Donald Trump attacks Jimmy Kimmel for something Al Pacino did

Fact check: Donald Trump attacks Jimmy Kimmel for something Al Pacino did

On Tuesday, late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel delivered another monologue making fun of former President Donald Trump. On Wednesday morning, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee fired back on social media — in part by attacking Kimmel for something Kimmel didn’t do. Trump, calling Kimmel “stupid,” blasted the comedian for his general performance as host of the Academy Awards in March and specifically for having read aloud, from the stage, Trump’s mid-show social media post criticizing how he was doing. Then Trump claimed that Kimmel had read out the post “right before he stumbled through announcing the biggest award of all,…
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A jury that will decide Trump’s fate begins to take shape as first criminal trial powers ahead

A jury that will decide Trump’s fate begins to take shape as first criminal trial powers ahead

There are two Donald Trump criminal trials now taking place. There’s the one in a Manhattan courtroom, where a judge, attorneys for both sides and prospective jurors are making strenuous efforts to lay the foundation of the fair trial to which the ex-president and every other citizen is entitled. And there’s the imaginary trial that exists in Trump’s rhetoric, led by “heartless thugs” and a “very conflicted judge” who is “rushing the trial” that the presumptive GOP nominee claims is a “Biden inspired witch-hunt.” In court on Tuesday, Trump made eye contact with potential jurors and was admonished by Judge…
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Here’s Why New York is Suing Trump and His Company

Here’s Why New York is Suing Trump and His Company

The Trumps and their company are accused in a 221-page civil complaint filed Wednesday of engaging in a yearslong scheme to enrich themselves by inflating the values of a wide swath of properties, stretching across their international real estate empire. The complaint accuses the company of more than 200 instances of false asset valuations, described as being derived from “objectively false assumptions and blatantly improper methodologies with the intent and purpose of falsely and fraudulently inflating Mr. Trump’s net worth to obtain beneficial financial terms from lenders and insurers.” “The number of grossly inflated asset values is staggering, affecting most…
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Telepathy? Trump Claims He Could Declassify Documents ‘By Thinking About It’

Telepathy? Trump Claims He Could Declassify Documents ‘By Thinking About It’

Donald Trump just made one of the broadest claims of presidential power yet, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity he could declassify government documents with his mind. Or, as one U.S. senator summed it up, Trump appears to think it can be done “telepathically.” The claim comes after the FBI discovered highly sensitive government documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago private club in Florida while executing a search warrant last month. Trump and those close to him have claimed ― although not in court ― that he had declassified those documents while he was still president, but they haven’t offered evidence. On…
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