Sep 8, 2018

Report: Trump inauguration photos were cropped by National Park Service

President Trump's inauguration crowd. Photo: Bill OLeary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Investigators were told by a government photographer that empty spaces in President Trump's inauguration photos were intentionally removed to make the crowd appear larger, after receiving complaints from the president and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, CNN reports.

Why it matters: The admission from the photographer confirms dozens of photos and reports following the inauguration that there were, in fact, smaller crowds. The administration initially denied claims that the crowd size was smaller than what could be seen from the stage, and Spicer called it "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration."

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Trump administration backs Oracle in Google fight

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The Trump administration is siding with Oracle in the database giant's dispute with Google before the Supreme Court — a move that comes as Oracle's founder hosts a high-dollar fundraiser for the president.

Why it matters: Billions of dollars — and, Google argues, the future of software innovation — are at stake as a long-running copyright dispute between the two giant companies heads to the Supreme Court next month.

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Thanks to companies like AngelList and Carta that make it easier than ever to set up small VC funds, a new generation of so-called “super angels” is cropping up — and established venture funds are backing them.

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