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How the Psychology of Cyberbullying Explains Trump’s Tweets

Trump bullyingWhen President Donald Trump tweeted last week about “crazy” Mika Brzezinski “bleeding badly from a face-lift,” it was shocking but hardly surprising. His first online barb against the MSNBC host had come at 8:20 on a Monday morning last August: “@morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!”

Since then, Trump has referred to “crazy @morningmika” at least three times; claimed she had a mental breakdown on-air; and threatened to expose the “real story” of her relationship with her co-host, Joe Scarborough. And Brzezinski is hardly alone: The president has demonstrated an unrelenting fondness for Twitter attacks against celebrities, fellow politicians and the media—most recently, and infamously, CNN.

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Justice Department's Corporate Crime Watchdog Resigns, Saying Trump Makes It Impossible To Do Job

DOJOne of the Justice Department’s top corporate crime watchdogs has resigned, declaring that she cannot enforce ethics laws against companies while, she asserts, her own bosses in the Trump administration have been engaging in conduct that she said she would never tolerate in corporations.

Hui Chen -- a former Pfizer and Microsoft lawyer who also was a federal prosecutor -- had been the department’s compliance counsel. She left the department in June and broke her silence about her move in a recent LinkedIn post that sounded an alarm about the Trump administration’s behavior.

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Pope, Trump offer support to parents of dying child Charlie Gard

Charlie GardThe fate of Charlie Gard, a terminally ill infant, has come to the attention of two of the most powerful people on the planet: Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump.

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that a hospital can discontinue life support to the baby, who has a rare genetic disease. His doctors wish to take him off life support, but his parents disagree. Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, wanted the hospital to release Charlie into their custody so they can take him to the United States for an experimental treatment.

TVNL Comment:  Butt out, Donald.  At least Charlie's parents have full coverage for their child whose brain damage is irreversible.  Stop exploiting this tragedy the way poor Terri Schiavo was used as a political pawn in the nineties.

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Feeling unwanted and unwelcome, African migrants hit by new tax in Israel

African migrants in Israel hit with taxNine years ago, Teklit Michael fled Eritrea to avoid military conscription, survived a perilous journey across the Sinai peninsula and sought asylum in Israel.

The 29-year-old Eritrean community organizer now works as a cook at a restaurant in south Tel Aviv -- alone, without family and in legal limbo, awaiting a response to his asylum request.

Since May, Michael's life has faced another challenge with new tax rules that force his employer to put part of his salary in a fund which he can access only if he leaves Israel.

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Merkel campaign program no longer calls US a 'friend'

Merkel no longer calls US a friendThe German election program produced by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party no longer refers to the U.S. as a “friend,” Reuters reported Monday.

The program — which represents the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union parties — now calls the U.S. Germany’s “most important partner” outside of Europe.

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Media reaps dividends from Trump attacks

Media reaps dividends from Trump attacksCable news outlets are pulling huge ratings and reporters are becoming overnight celebrities as the attacks between President Trump and the media enter strange new territory.

The White House has agitated for the fight, believing that every day it spends feuding with the media exposes further press bias and energizes the conservative base.

But Trump’s claim that MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift" unified the media, with anchors from Fox News to CNN expressing outrage at the president’s tweets and pointing to them as evidence that the press should not treat Trump like a normal president.

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Gunmen attack mosque in France, injuring eight

Gunmen attack mosque in FranceGunmen opened fire at a crowd of people Sunday outside of a mosque in France, injuring eight, police said.

The shooting took place in Avignon, Provence, in southern France at approximately 10:30 p.m. Among the injured was a 7-year-old girl.

French news site La Provence reported worshippers were leaving the mosque when two "hooded" men arrived in a Rebault Clio and opened fire.

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18 dead in German tour bus crash: police

German tour bus crashGerman police have confirmed that 18 people were killed when a tour bus burst into flames after colliding with a lorry in the southern state of Bavaria.

The crash happened on a motorway near the town of Stammbach on Monday.

"It's clear now that all 18 of the missing people on the bus died in the accident," police said in a statement on on Twitter. The bus had been carrying 48 people, of whom 30 were taken to hospital, some with serious injuries.

Alexander Dobrindt, Germany's minister of transport, said that 11 bodies had been retrieved from the crash site so far, and a search for the remains of the seven other victims was under way.

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Journalists push back on Trump's media attacks

Journalists fight back against Trump

Journalists are standing in solidarity with CNN after President Trump tweeted a video of him beating an individual with a CNN logo superimposed over his face.

“I think it is unseemly that the president would attack journalists for doing their jobs, and encourage such anger at the media,” The New York Times’ executive editor Dean Baquet said.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, which has devoted much of its work in the past to advocate for the press living under authoritarian regimes, said the president actions are creating an environment where harassment is acceptable.

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