Aug 28, 2018

Kudlow: Trump administration "taking a look" at regulating Google

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Larry Kudlow, President Trump's chief economic adviser, told reporters outside of the White House this morning that the administration is "taking a look" at whether Google searches should be subject to government regulation, per The Washington Post.

The big picture: Kudlow's statement joins a controversial pair of tweets by President Trump this morning, adding high drama to a joint Capitol Hill appearance next week by Facebook, Google and Twitter.

  • "Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good," Trump tweeted.
  • "They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!"

In a 5:24 a.m. wake-up call for Big Tech, Trump began:

  • "Google search results for 'Trump News' shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal?"
  • "96% of ... results on 'Trump News' are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous."

What spurred the tweet: Trump's tirade appears to stem from a PJ Media article titled, "96 Percent of Google Search Results for 'Trump' News Are from Liberal Media Outlets," which was covered last night by Fox Business' Lou Dobbs.

  • In a test that she admitted was "not scientific," PJ Media editor Paula Bolyward Googled the word "Trump" and classified each result based on a media chart compiled by right-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group anchor Sharyl Atkisson.

Be smart: Trump has been whacking social media, on social media, to shift next week's hearings to how he’s a victim of social media.

Big Tech testifies a week from tomorrow (Sept. 5) about censorship and election interference.

  • The platforms are better prepared than they were for a joint appearance a year ago, Axios' Sara Fischer writes.
  • The companies are bringing in higher level witnesses: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is coming, and Twitter will send CEO Jack Dorsey. Google so far has offered SVP and general counsel Kent Walker, which Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr rejected.

Go deeper: Tracing Trump's Google censorship tweet

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and South Korea ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 on Friday to 433 on Saturday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins

Bernie Sanders rallies in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 21. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Center-left think tank Third Way urgently called on the Democratic front-runners of the 2020 presidential election to challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders on the South Carolina debate stage on Feb. 25, in a memo provided to Axios' Mike Allen on Saturday.

What they're saying: "At the Las Vegas debate ... you declined to really challenge Senator Sanders. If you repeat this strategy at the South Carolina debate this week, you could hand the nomination to Sanders, likely dooming the Democratic Party — and the nation — to Trump and sweeping down-ballot Republican victories in November."

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Warren Buffett. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage

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