James Murdoch Quits News Corp Board Over Editorial Disagreements

James Murdoch Quits News Corp Board Over Editorial Disagreements

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James Murdoch has resigned from the board of his family’s news behemoth, News Corp, due to disagreements over editorial content published by the company’s notoriously right-wing outlets, The Daily Beast has confirmed.

“Mr. Murdoch informed the Company that his resignation was due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions,” a company statement said. He was immediately scrubbed from the company’s online list of board directors.

The move comes a little over six months after Rupert Murdoch’s eldest son issued a stunning rebuke of his family’s media empire and its promotion of climate-change skeptics during Australia’s bushfire crisis.

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Ex-Weinstein Attorney Lisa Bloom Loses Money Grab in Autistic Kid’s Settlement

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A federal magistrate on Friday denied attorneys’ fees to camera-ready victims’ rights lawyer Lisa Bloom, who had tried to block a multimillion-dollar settlement for a sexually abused autistic teenager who was briefly Bloom’s client.

San Francisco-based U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler instead invalidated Bloom’s lien on the settlement from the West Contra Costa Unified School District and awarded $2,250,000—a figure which includes costs and attorneys’ fees—to “Brennon B.,” a severely disabled student who was repeatedly sexually assaulted on school property by fellow special needs students and a staff member.

“In light of the benefits that the plaintiff has received in the litigation…the court finds that the settlement is reasonable and that the attorney’s fees are reasonable and appropriate,” Beeler ruled, while denying Bloom’s request to maintain her lien on just the attorneys’ fees.

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Beyoncé’s Masterful ‘Black Is King’ Will Change How You See the World

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There is not a single frame of Black Is King that is wasted. 

You could freeze the action at any moment and spend untold amounts of time lavishing in the striking visuals, appreciating the framing and studying the juxtapositions in color, fashion, nature, elegance, past, and present that are in beautiful, constant tension. Especially with the context of the music and lyrics enlivening every scene, each sequence invites exploration and consideration about Black history, African culture, and our current moment in time. 

Black Is King is a triumph, elevating the standard for what a visual album is, could be, and, most importantly, could say—a standard that Beyoncé set herself with Lemonade in 2016

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The Best New Launches from Dagne Dover, Brooklinen, The Sill, and More

New Kids on the Block helps you navigate all the new and exciting launches from our favorite brands, all in one place.

Brooklinen Retro-Inspired Summer Patterns: We’re spending a whole lot more time in our bedrooms these days. Brooklinen introduced new retro-inspired, polka-dot bedding to add some whimsy to your bedding. 

The Sill Limited Edition Plants: There’s no shame in filling your entire house with plants during this pandemic. The Sill is launching three limited edition plants to liven up any corner in your humble abode: Sansevieria Moonshine, the Ponytail Palm, and the Red Aglaonema. 

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Teenage ‘Mastermind’ Among Three Charged Over Huge Twitter Hack

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A Tampa teenage “mastermind” was one of three people charged on Friday for their alleged roles in a huge Twitter hack that targeted some of the world’s wealthiest and most influential people.

The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office filed 30 felony charges against Graham Ivan Clark, 17, for “scamming people across America” in the July 15 attack. The scheme “stole the identities of prominent people” and “posted messages in their names directing victims to send bitcoin” to accounts associated with the Tampa teen, prosecutors said.

“He’s a 17-year-old kid who apparently just graduated high school,” State Attorney Andrew Warren said in a Friday press conference. “But make no mistake, this was not an ordinary 17-year-old. This was a highly sophisticated attack on a magnitude not seen before.”

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Judge to Release Video of Black Inmate Who Died After Being Restrained by Guards

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A North Carolina judge has ordered the release of video showing a man’s final moments in a Winston-Salem lockup, where he cried out, “I can’t breathe,” while detention officers placed him face-down and struggled to remove his handcuffs.

John Elliott Neville, a 56-year-old father of five children, died at a hospital three days after his December 2019 arrest. He was cuffed on a warrant for allegedly assaulting a woman and booked into the Forsyth County jail, where officers restrained him in what’s been described as a hog-tie position. Neville was asphyxiated, according to an autopsy report. He died of a brain injury due to cardiac arrest, the report stated.

On Friday, Superior Court Judge R. Gregory Horne ruled the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office must release two video files by 12 p.m. on Aug. 5. 

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A Summer Camp Took Almost Every Precaution. The Majority of Kids Still Got COVID-19.

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As state officials across the country scramble to solidify plans to reopen schools in the fall, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzing the transmission rate at a Georgia overnight camp suggests that the spread of the coronavirus among students is inevitable. 

The study, released Friday, analyzed 597 children and staff who attended the overnight camp between June 21 and June 27. At the end of the week, 76 percent of campers who were tested came back positive—despite the organizers following most state guidelines set by the governor and the CDC. 

The camp, however, didn’t require campers to wear masks, only the staff, or open windows and doors for increased ventilation, per CDC guidelines. And it allowed attendees to engage in outdoor and indoor activities—like singing and cheering—that also contributed to the high transmission rate, the report stated.

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CDC’s Redfield Pleads Ignorance on Messy Coronavirus Hospital Data Scheme

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Between fiery exchanges and partisan monologues, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, testified on Capitol Hill on Friday that he wasn’t told until after a decision was made that hospitals would be directed to bypass his agency, sending COVID-19 data straight to another database in Washington.

Redfield answered a string of questions on the subject from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), saying he never discussed the decision with Vice President Mike Pence or Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar—but that he believes the plan will help allocate critical experimental COVID-19 drugs like Remdisivir to the hospitals who need it. 

Though the Trump administration told hospitals the new online system would be an improvement over the old platform run by the CDC, NPR has reported that data analysts say the new system is rife with significant inconsistencies and errors. The New York Times reported at the time that the change came as a surprise to the rank-and-file at the CDC.

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Tammy Duckworth Wants to Know WTF Are We Supposed to Do With Our Kids During COVID?

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth may be on Biden’s VP shortlist. But when it comes to childcare during the pandemic, she’s just as confused as the rest of us. 

“So my choice is five hours of homeschooling every day for my daughter and failing her, because I’m not a trained educator, or sending her to a school where she could very likely get this virus or bring it home and get her 2-year-old sister sick or my 79-year-old mom, who lives with us,” Duckworth tells Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson on the latest episode of The New Abnormal.

“That’s the problem: impossible choices.”

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The Senate Just Shut the Door on Trump’s Most Appalling Nominee. But He Still May Be Coming to the Pentagon.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated throughout.

On Thursday, hours after this story originally posted and moments before the Senate Armed Services Committee was set to hold a hearing on Anthony Tata, president Trump’s anti-Muslim nominee to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon, Senate Republicans cancelled the hearing. The White House also reportedly withdrew his nomination, though a formal withdrawal could take weeks.

This is rare good news because Tata’s record should disqualify him from being an intern at the Pentagon—let alone its third highest-ranking official. But it may not be a happy ending, as the Trump administration may still try to get him in through the back door.

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