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Facebook Is Going Hollywood, Seeking Scripted TV Programming

Social networking giant Facebook Inc. is moving its ambitions in TV-quality video to the front burner, taking meetings and making deals with an eye toward launching a slate of original programming by the end of summer, people familiar with the matter said.

In meetings with major talent agencies including Creative Artists Agency, United Talent Agency, William Morris Endeavor and International Creative Management Partners, Facebook has indicated it is willing to commit to production budgets as high as $3 million per episode, people familiar with the situation say. More…

By News on the Net -- WSJ- Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Full Story

Sketchy firm behind Trump dossier is stalling investigators

A secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more about its connections to the Democratic Party.

The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.—More…

By News on the Net -- NY Post- Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Full Story

Black Unemployment at Lowest Level in 17 Years

Unemployment among black Americans ages 16 years and over fell to 7.5 percent in May, its lowest level since December 2000.

Black unemployment has been on the decline since February — falling from (February) 8.1, (March) 8.0, (April) 7.9, and (May) 7.5 percent, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.—More…

By News on the Net -- Breitbart- Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Full Story

Trump doesn’t hold Ramadan dinner, breaking White House tradition

President Donald Trump did not hold a White House dinner to mark the end of Ramadan, breaking an annual tradition dating back to President Bill Clinton’s administration.

CNN reported that Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama held yearly iftar dinners celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Additionally, President Thomas Jefferson in 1805 made sure a formal White House dinner attended by Tunisian envoy Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, who observed Ramadan, occurred “precisely at sunset” instead of the usual 3:30 p.m., according to the Washington Post.—More…

By News on the Net -- Atlanta Constitution Journal- Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Full Story

Losing: The Failing New York Times Set to Lay Off More Staff, Including Reporters

Peddling fake news does not, in fact, equate to a long-term successful business strategy, reporters for The New York Times are learning the hard way.

The Gray Lady, which many in the media class consider the pinnacle of the information business, is struggling so much financially that reporters are expected to be laid off from the publication, along with many editors, the New York Post reports.—More…

By News on the Net -- Breitbart- Saturday, June 24, 2017 - Full Story

Supreme Court: Immigrants Who Lie to Feds to Become Citizens May Lose Citizenship

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Thursday held that federal law authorizes courts to strip immigrant citizens of their U.S. citizenship if they obtained it as a result of making false statements to the federal government.

Federal law found at 18 U.S.C. § 1425(a) makes it a crime to “knowingly procur[e], contrary to law, the naturalization of any person” to become a U.S. citizen. (“Naturalization” is the legal term for becoming a citizen.) Moreover, a second federal statute, 8 U.S.C. § 1451(e) adds that a foreigner who obtains U.S. citizenship through such a violation will lose that newly granted citizenship.—More…

By News on the Net -- Breitbart- Saturday, June 24, 2017 - Full Story

A Second, Even Bigger Foreclosure Reaches NYC Billionaires’ Row

Another luxury condo at Manhattan’s One57 is scheduled for a foreclosure auction—the second time in a month that a property seizure is being sought at the Billionaires’ Row tower following a mortgage default. And it might be the biggest in New York City residential history.

Apartment 79, a full-floor penthouse that was the eighth-priciest sold in the building, is scheduled for auction on July 19, according to real estate data firm PropertyShark. The owner of the condo, a shell company listed in public records as One57 79 Inc., bought the 6,240-square-foot (580-square-meter) residence in December 2014 for $50.9 million, according to New York City records.— More…

By News on the Net -- Bloomberg- Saturday, June 24, 2017 - Full Story

CNN deletes, retracts story linking Trump and Russia

On Thursday evening, CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank published a potentially explosive report involving an investigation of a Russian investment fund with potential ties to several associates of President Donald Trump.

But by Friday night, the story was removed from CNN’s website and all links were scrubbed from the network’s social media accounts.—More..

By News on the Net -- Saturday, June 24, 2017 - Full Story

Kelly McParland: The Liberals have created a political landscape littered with abandoned promises an

Justin Trudeau enters his second summer as prime minister with a thin record to look back on, across a landscape littered with abandoned promises and public reversals.

Balanced budgets have been abandoned. Limited deficits are a thing of the past. Electoral reform crashed and burned like a damaged drone. Parliamentary reform turned into an embarrassing retreat as the opposition ganged up against Liberal efforts to bend the House of Commons to its will.—More…

By News on the Net -- National Post- Saturday, June 24, 2017 - Full Story

Elizabeth Warren: “Pro-Life” Just Means You Hate Women

Pro-abortion Senator Elizabeth Warren is not happy that Republicans are defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business. She is responding with the typical silly mantra that Republicans supposedly hate women.

While a majority of Americans are pro-life and oppose abortion because they are disgusted by the destruction of human life that abortion entails, Elizabeth Warren seems to think that pro-life Americans just hate women.—More…

By News on the Net -- Lifenews- Friday, June 23, 2017 - Full Story

Senior Obama Official On Handling Of Russia Hacks: ‘We Sort Of Choked’

Some senior Obama officials lament that they did not do enough to stop Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Former President Barack Obama’s handling of the response to Russia’s attempts have come under intense scrutiny from Republicans and Democrats. The only public warning of the Russian governments’ efforts came in an Oct. 7 memo from the Director of National Intelligence ascribing Democratic National Committee hacks to Russia.—More…

By News on the Net -- DailyCaller- Friday, June 23, 2017 - Full Story

Rep. Steve Scalise out of intensive care

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot and critically injured during a GOP congressional baseball practice last week, was transferred out of the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital on Friday, Fox News confirmed.

Scalise, R-La., remains hospitalized and there was no change in his condition, which was upgraded to “fair” on Wednesday.—More…

By News on the Net -- FoxNews- Friday, June 23, 2017 - Full Story

Trump signs VA reform bill, following through on campaign promise

President Trump on Friday signed Veterans Affairs reform legislation meant to protect whistleblowers while making it easier to fire problematic employees at the department.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act passed by Congress earlier this month streamlines the process to remove, demote, or suspend VA employees for poor performance or misconduct. In addition, it authorizes the VA secretary to recoup any bonuses awarded to employees who have acted improperly.—More..

By News on the Net -- Fox News- Friday, June 23, 2017 - Full Story

Caught on tape: Dem official says he’s ‘glad’ Scalise got shot

A Nebraska Democratic Party official was removed from his post on Thursday after an audio recording surfaced of him saying he’s “glad” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise got shot last week.

Phil Montag, now-former co-chair of the state party’s technology committee, was recorded saying he wishes Scalise, R-La., were “dead.”—More…

By News on the Net -- Fox News- Friday, June 23, 2017 - Full Story

Former CIA officer accused of selling top secret information to China

A former CIA officer sold top secret and other classified documents to Chinese intelligence officials, according to charges filed Thursday in Alexandria federal court.

Kevin Patrick Mallory, 60, of Leesburg, Va., was arrested Thursday and appeared briefly in front of Judge Theresa Buchanan on counts of delivering defense information to aid a foreign government and making false statements. He asked to be represented by a public defender.—More…

By News on the Net -- Washington Post- Friday, June 23, 2017 - Full Story

Donald Trump: Robert Mueller Friendship with James Comey ‘Bothersome’

President Donald Trump said that it was “bothersome” special counsel Robert Mueller was friends with former FBI director James Comey, as he signaled hope that he would conduct the Russian investigation properly.

“Robert Mueller is an honorable man, and hopefully he will come up within a honorable solution,” Trump said in an interview with Fox and Friends.—More…

By News on the Net -- Breitbart- Friday, June 23, 2017 - Full Story