In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday October 25th 2017
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Terry Richardson is Dropped by Conde Nast International.
Fashion photographer Terry Richardson will no longer work with top magazines including Vogue and Glamour after being dropped by Conde Nast International.
All 5 Former U.S. Presidents Team Up to Raise $31 Million for Hurricane Victims.
Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter attended “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal,” a benefit concert at the Reed Arena at Texas A&M University in College Station that has already raised more than $31 million for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Twitter Plans to Open Ad Data to Users.
In response to criticism about its role in spreading foreign propaganda during the 2016 presidential campaign, Twitter said on Tuesday that it would bring more transparency to advertisements. Political ads for a candidate or party would carry a special label to make them stand out. Twitter said it would disclose who had paid for the election advertisement and allow users to find information about the buyer, including ad spending history and ad targeting practices.
US Refugee Ban Ends, but ‘Enhanced Vetting’ is Implemented.
The United States will temporarily delay processing for refugees from 11 “high risk” nations, the White House has announced, as a 120-day ban on refugees entering the country came to an end. The new vetting procedures include increased data collection, better information sharing between US agencies and new training protocols for screening, DHS said, adding that “following the implementation of these improved measures, the administration will recommence refugee resettlement processing”.
Weinstein Company Faces Civil Rights Inquiry by New York Attorney General.
The New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, has opened an inquiry into the Weinstein Company examining whether allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against its co-founder Harvey Weinstein reflect broad gender discrimination and other civil rights violations. In addition to the civil case, Harvey Weinstein has come under criminal investigation by the police in New York, Los Angeles and London for allegations of sexual assault in those three jurisdictions.
Congress Approves Another Round of Hurricane, Wildfire Funding.
Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a $36.5 billion emergency spending plan to pay for ongoing relief from recent natural disasters. The Senate voted 82 to 17 on Tuesday to approve the spending plan, which now requires President Trump’s signature. The spending deal includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to natural disasters stretching from Puerto Rico to Northern California. The bill also forgives about $16 billion of the National Flood Insurance Program’s debt, freeing up money under its borrowing limit for additional loans; $576.5 million to address wildfires in the West; and $1.2 billion for nutrition assistance programs that will provide low-income Puerto Rico residents relief after Hurricane Maria slammed the island.
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