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The nuanced political impact of wine cave fundraisers, explained

The nuanced political impact of wine cave fundraisers, explained

The dustup over South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s high-dollar wine cave fundraiser is just one round in a long-running argument about the influence of donors and fundraising on American politics. The view on the left is that the public is crying out for progressive change and is blocked by the influence of big donors…
SNL tackles the political divide and the electoral college with a Christmas dinner spoof

SNL tackles the political divide and the electoral college with a Christmas dinner spoof

As impeachment proceedings continue to expose the United States’ deep partisan fault lines, Saturday Night Live stepped in to point out the things that unite all Americans — including the fact that come November 2020, we’ll all vote well aware of the realities of the electoral college system. Saturday, the show’s cold open centered on…
Facebook still isn’t clear about why it won’t take down false political ads

Facebook still isn’t clear about why it won’t take down false political ads

Facebook has come under heavy scrutiny in recent months over its political ads policy that allows politicians to lie in ads. On Monday, one of Facebook’s top marketers again defended the policy and said the company has no plans to change it, insisting that it’s up to voters to decide what messages resonate and are…
Facebook says it legally can’t take down political ads. That’s not true.

Facebook says it legally can’t take down political ads. That’s not true.

Facebook has come under heavy scrutiny in recent months over its political ads policy that allows politicians to lie in ads. On Monday, one of Facebook’s top marketers again defended the policy and said the company has no plans to change it, insisting that it’s up to voters to decide what messages resonate and are…
Twitter is walking into a minefield with its political ads ban

Twitter is walking into a minefield with its political ads ban

Twitter’s public honeymoon after its announcement of a ban on political ads is over. The social media company now faces the task of actually fleshing its new policy out — and dealing with the inevitable protests and unanswered questions moving forward. On Friday, the San Francisco-based company unveiled the first iteration of its new policies…
2020 Democrats enter the final phase of their Iowa campaigns at the state’s largest political event

2020 Democrats enter the final phase of their Iowa campaigns at the state’s largest...

With three months to go until the Iowa caucuses, Democratic presidential candidates offered voters impassioned pitches about their proposals and their ability to beat Donald Trump at the Liberty and Justice Celebration dinner Friday. The dinner — historically the largest gathering of voters in Iowa — marked the beginning of a final push to the…
Zuckerberg isn’t done answering questions about Facebook’s political ads policy

Zuckerberg isn’t done answering questions about Facebook’s political ads policy

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg gave a long speech defending his decision to allow political ads on Facebook — and to not ban politicians from lying in those ads. On Monday, Zuckerberg ended up repeating many of the lines he used in last week’s speech. But the context was different: Zuckerberg was hosting a press conference…
Mark Zuckerberg isn’t done answering questions about Facebook’s political ads policy

Mark Zuckerberg isn’t done answering questions about Facebook’s political ads policy

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg gave a long speech defending his decision to allow political ads on Facebook — and to not ban politicians from lying in those ads. On Monday, Zuckerberg ended up repeating many of the lines he used in last week’s speech. But the context was different: Zuckerberg was hosting a press conference…
When I twerked onstage with Lizzo, it was an act of political defiance

When I twerked onstage with Lizzo, it was an act of political defiance

Last week, I made one of my dreams come true: I donned a skin-tight purple romper, tied a silver cape around my neck that read “100% THAT BITCH,” and twerked with Lizzo. By day, I am an author and tenure-track professor at a major research university, but when Lizzo invited me up onstage to play…
Elizabeth Warren suggests, without evidence, that Facebook changed its political ad rules after meeting with Trump

Elizabeth Warren suggests, without evidence, that Facebook changed its political ad rules after meeting...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused Facebook on Monday of emboldening Donald Trump, even suggesting that the social media company’s leadership struck some deal with Trump behind closed doors that explains why he is allowed to promote misleading ads on its platform. The ascendant Democratic candidate laid out her argument in a series of tweets on Monday…

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