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August 28, 2018
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President Trump may have been googling himself during his executive time, or he may have been reading PJ Media.

Trump on Tuesday said that Google News had "rigged" search results to unearth negative articles about him, questioning whether the phenomenon of his unpopularity may be "illegal." He complained that most search results were from "left-wing media," while "voices of conservatives" were suppressed.

Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale pointed out that the complaint sounded suspiciously similar to a recent article from the right-wing site PJ Media. The conservative blog wrote that it had discovered "blatant prioritization of left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets."

"CNN was the big winner," the site wrote, echoing Trump's note that "Fake CNN is prominent" in results. Trump tweeted that 96 percent of results are from "left-wing" news sites, just as the blog claimed. PJ Media went on to lament the fact that "PJ Media did not appear in the first 100 results," nor did other conservative sites that are decidedly outside of the mainstream, like The Blaze.

Meanwhile, the article continued, major outlets like NBC News and The Washington Post appeared on the first page of results. Dale noted that Trump's gripe appears to be rooted in the fact that Google's "News tab for Trump brings up ... news sites ... rather than right-wing opinion sites."

Much like Trump's frequent parroting of Fox & Friends, it looks like right-wing theories have tunneled their way directly to the desks of federal officials. Trump has tweeted links to PJ Media stories before, so it's plausible his angry morning tweets were a direct result of his reading the recent article, which gained traction in conservative circles since its publishing Saturday. Summer Meza

10:57 a.m. ET

President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday, speaking directly to the gathered world leaders for the second time in his presidency. "One year ago, I stood before you for the first time," Trump said to begin his speech, explaining that he planned to update U.N. leaders on the "extraordinary progress we've made."

Rote introduction dispensed with, Trump's solemn tone forecasted a serious, on-message speech. That is, until his very next sentence. "In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country," he said — prompting laughter from his audience. Trump interrupted himself to say his declaration was "so true," which only evoked heartier laughter from the crowd.

After an awkward beat, Trump relented: "Didn't expect that reaction, but that's okay," he said with a half-smile. Again, the crowd laughed, this time with applause. Watch the stunning moment below. Kimberly Alters

10:54 a.m. ET
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Accessory design giant Michael Kors on Tuesday purchased Italian luxury brand Versace for $2.1 billion, reports The Washington Post, and some Versace fans are not happy.

The luxury brand, founded by Gianni Versace in 1978 and currently helmed by his sister Donatella, sells high-end goods that often sell for five times as much as Michael Kors' sportswear items, says The Associated Press. When rumors of the sale began to swirl, Versace loyalists revolted, saying Kors would "ruin" or "kill" the brand. Some begged the brand to reconsider, writing, "think about what Gianni would want, Donatella ... please."

Kors reportedly wants to open about 100 new Versace stores, focus on selling shoes and accessories, and increase the brand's online shopping profile. The company hopes to more than double Versace's revenue in coming years. Donatella Versace will remain on as a creative director, and NPR reports that she and other family members will receive about $177 million worth of shares in the newly-formed parent company, Capri Holdings.

"STAY AWAY FROM VERSACE," said one Twitter user, echoing the sentiments of many others who said Kors would diminish Versace's "heritage" and "Gianni's memory." Others directly attacked Kors' designs as "tacky," and worried that Versace would "go from high-end luxury" to "duty-free cheap s--t you buy at the airport."

The Versace family, for their part, called it "a very exciting moment," reports USA Today, and said the sale "will allow Versace to reach its full potential." Read more at The Washington Post. Summer Meza

10:07 a.m. ET

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his wife, Heidi, were heckled out of a restaurant in Washington, D.C., on Monday night by a group of protesters chanting, "We believe survivors."

Footage posted by the activist group on Twitter shows that one protester initially questioned Cruz about how he plans to vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and Cruz declined to answer, saying, "God bless you, ma'am." Then, as chanting continued — mostly on-message, aside from one assertion that Cruz's election challenger, Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), is "way hotter" than the sitting senator — Cruz decided to leave:

This is not the first time a prominent Republican has been thus protested. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled in a Mexican restaurant in June, as was senior policy adviser Stephen Miller. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant by its owner. Bonnie Kristian

9:59 a.m. ET
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It looks like Netflix's barrage of content won't be slowing down anytime soon.

Per entertainment analysis firm Ampere Analysis, Netflix currently has over 250 originals planned. That means there are more new projects on the way than have been released to date, per The Hollywood Reporter. Thus far, the streaming giant has put out 229 original shows.

In addition, the study shows that Netflix is continuing to focus on original sci-fi and comedy shows, as these genres both appeal to a younger audience. About 17 percent of the originals in the works are dramas, the study concludes; by contrast, that number is 29 percent for Amazon.

Part of the reason Netflix has ramped up its original production so significantly is that it now must compete with several new rival streaming services that did not exist a few years ago. Disney, for instance, has hosted content on Netflix since 2016. But in 2019, it will pull much of its library and take it to a streaming platform of its own.

Netflix, no longer as able to rely on other companies' content, must ensure that its own shows are enough to keep subscribers on board. As top Netflix executive Ted Sarandos put it in 2013: "The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us." Brendan Morrow

9:47 a.m. ET

President Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are both in New York on U.N. business this week, but Rouhani has made it clear he does not want to meet his American counterpart.

"Naturally, if someone is keen on having a meeting and holding dialogue and creating progress in relationships, that person would not use the tool of sanctions and threats [and bring] to bear all of its power against another government and nation," Rouhani said Monday. "That means that the necessary willpower is absent in order to resolve outstanding issues." Tehran has consistently refused talks with the Trump administration since the president withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year, labeling Trump an "untrustworthy" diplomatic partner.

A day after Rouhani's remarks, Trump on Twitter claimed he'd rejected Rouhani's request for a meeting:

This forlorn effort to save face was undercut by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement on NBC's Meet the Press just two days ago that Trump has "been pretty clear" he is "happy to talk with" Iran "at any time." Bonnie Kristian

9:39 a.m. ET

The White House is "open" to the possibility of a second accuser testifying against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared on Good Morning America on Tuesday and said that President Trump "would be open" to having Deborah Ramirez testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Ramirez recently told The New Yorker that when she and Kavanaugh were students at Yale University, he exposed himself to her while drunk at a party. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

Ramirez has not commented publicly on whether she would like to testify before lawmakers vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh. The nominee will testify to refute claims from another woman, Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh forcibly groped her when they were in high school.

"The president has been clear," said Sanders. "Let them speak, but let's also let Brett Kavanaugh speak." Watch the clip below, via Good Morning America. Summer Meza

9:10 a.m. ET

The Trump administration is staying mum about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's fate.

During an interview on Good Morning America on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly declined to answer questions about Rosenstein after reports emerged Monday that he would be leaving the administration, either by resigning or by being fired. Rosenstein and President Trump are currently set to meet Thursday. When asked if Trump told Rosenstein on Monday that he wants him to stay on, Sanders wouldn't say.

Sanders also would not answer a question about whether Trump will fire Rosenstein Thursday if he doesn't resign, saying she doesn't want to "get ahead of" the conversation. But things certainly don't sound great for Rosenstein: When Sanders was asked if Trump has confidence in his deputy attorney general, she also declined to answer, simply saying, "The president has confidence in the system."

The New York Times reported Friday that Rosenstein has discussed wearing a wire to secretly record Trump, as well as invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. While Sanders didn't address the Times report directly, she did say there have been a "number of incidents" at the Justice Department and the FBI that have "caused a great deal of concern." Watch Sanders' full interview below. Brendan Morrow

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