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April 2, 2019

The NBA is catching on to what the kids call "subtweeting" and players may no longer be safe to covertly express their opinions without retribution. Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green learned that the hard way on Tuesday.

After a tough 131-130 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves last Friday, the Western Conference-leading Warriors were none too pleased with the officiating, especially a foul called on Kevin Durant, which allowed Minnesota's Karl Anthony Towns to hit a game-winning free throw with less than a second left on the clock. Durant and teammate Stephen Curry openly blasted the call during the post-game scrum, with Durant well aware that he might have a fine coming his way (he was right).

But Green protested in cryptic fashion. Later that evening, he posted two separate tweets containing just four letters.

The first set of initials, the league determined, was likely a reference to Tim Donaghy, an infamous former referee who served prison time for point shaving NBA games. MK, then, reportedly refers Marat Kogut, who whistled Durant for the foul on Towns, which would imply that Green — sarcastically or not — was writing that Kogut was throwing the game on purpose.

This prompted the league to fine Green $35,000 for "making statements on social media which impugned the integrity of NBA officiating." Green's total surpassed both Durant and Curry, proving that honesty might be the more frugal choice, after all. Tim O'Donnell

November 7, 2018

When he's not dispensing opinions about the proper way to cook a steak, the new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has a funny habit of, well, talking about the Robert Mueller investigation. Specifically, ranting on Twitter about what he sees as Mueller's overreach, an opinion that just so happens to be shared by the president:

In other tweets, Whitaker said reports of Mueller's investigation indicated that the special counsel had moved past his "delegation," calling the stories "very concerning." In another tweet, he quoted an article that called Mueller's investigation a "lynch mob."

With former Attorney General Jeff Sessions out, Whitaker is now expected to be in control of the very investigation he has excoriated for more than a year on Twitter. Earlier on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said: "Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general."

It will remain to be seen what Whitaker will do. Jeva Lange

September 18, 2018

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not having a great week.

Shortly after being hit with a lawsuit by the Thai cave diver who he accused of being a pedophile, Musk's company is now facing a Justice Department investigation, Bloomberg reports. This is over Musk's now infamous tweet from August in which he said that he was "considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured." The New York Times subsequently reported that despite what Musk said, he actually had not secured funding and that his tweet was more of a "flip remark."

That remark resulted in Tesla receiving a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which had already been investigating the company over concerns that Musk had misled investors, per the Times. Musk announced at the end of August that Tesla would stay public after all.

CNBC reports that immediately following Bloomberg's report of the Justice Department probe Tuesday, Tesla stock dropped, just as it did after Musk conducted a bizarre earnings call in May, got subpoenaed by the SEC in August, and smoked pot with Joe Rogan in September. Brendan Morrow

July 20, 2018

Disney on Friday cut ties with James Gunn, who was set to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, after prominent conservative Twitter users unearthed Gunn's old tweets referencing pedophilia and rape, reports Deadline.

Gunn was removed from the Marvel Comics franchise, with Disney calling his tweets "indefensible." The offending comments, which also included jokes about 9/11 and the Holocaust, have since been deleted. Right-wing bloggers who resurfaced the tweets have criticized Gunn's political beliefs, reports Fox News, and have condemned his outspoken opposition to President Trump.

Gunn defended himself by describing his tweets as an attempt to be a "provocateur," and said he's "very, very different" than he was in 2010 and 2011 when he posted the "shocking jokes" online. Read more at Deadline. Summer Meza

July 10, 2017

In a tweet Monday morning, Donald Trump Jr. doubled down on his admission that he'd taken a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the presidential election "to hear info about an opponent." Above a Drudge Report link to a story calling reports on the meeting "a big yawn," Trump Jr. sarcastically quipped that he was "obviously ... the first person on a campaign" to take such a meeting:

Trump Jr. met with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 under the impression that she had compromising information about Hillary Clinton. President Trump's campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also attended.

Trump Jr. said in a statement to The New York Times that Veselnitskaya said she "had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton," but "it quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information." Becca Stanek

June 29, 2017

Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) put her foot down Thursday after President Trump launched a sexist attack on Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski. "This has to stop," Collins tweeted, calling for "respect and civility":

Her reminder to the government that they "have a job" comes as Senate Republicans struggle to craft a passable plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Collins has come out against the first draft of the bill, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated would leave an additional 22 million uninsured by 2026, as opposed to under ObamaCare.

Because Republicans can only afford two defections, Collins' support is key for Senate Republican leadership if they want to pass the GOP health-care plan. Trump's sexist Thursday morning tweets about "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" don't seem to be helping the cause. Becca Stanek

May 16, 2016

Twitter is going to stop counting tweets and links toward its 140-character limit, an anonymous source told Bloomberg Technology on Monday.

The change could reportedly happen within the next two weeks, and it means users would have an extra 23 characters to play with in their missives.

Before prolific tweeters get too excited, they would do well to remember that similar rumors have been inaccurate before. The company has yet to raise its character limit to 10,000, as January reports claimed the social network was considering by the end of the first quarter. Julie Kliegman

February 16, 2016

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) sent a very simple tweet Tuesday afternoon.

The reaction to the photo of the presidential hopeful's personalized gun was swift.

You may see the tweet as ominous.

Or desperate for engagement.

Or just flat-out ridiculous.

In any case, like most Jeb-related things lately, it seems like an opportunity ripe for momma's boy jokes. Julie Kliegman

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