Sep 7, 2017

Trump Jr. denies telling his father about Russia meeting

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At his meeting with Senate Judiciary staff today, Donald Trump Jr. denied that he told his father about the infamous Trump Tower meeting on June 9, 2016 or took any Russians to meet his father following its conclusion, per CNN. Trump Jr. has made similar denials before, but the stakes are higher now as lying to Congress is a crime.

  • More from the hearing: Trump Jr. also stated that Trump's tweet on the afternoon of the meeting β€” one of his first mentions of Clinton's 33,000 missing emails β€” along with Trump's promise on June 7 of a "major speech" on "all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons" had no connection with the meeting, stating it was all simply the way his father speaks.
  • Why it matters: Trump Jr.'s statements here are both forceful and potentially disprovable if, as was the case when news of the meeting first broke, he gave misleading information.

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina β€” especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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