5 Times David Pecker and The Enquirer Defended or Championed Trump

Supported by Politics 5 Times David Pecker and The Enquirer Defended or Championed Trump Photo The National Enquirer, which is owned by David J. Pecker, has long protected President Trump, including in an edition this month. President Trump and his old friend David J. Pecker, whose company owns The National Enquirer, have long had a mutually beneficial relationship. Now that Mr. Trump is president, Mr. Pecker has showcased his access to him, including when he recently sought to do business with people in Saudi Arabia.
Here are five times that Mr. Pecker and his company, American Media Inc., protected, defended or championed Mr. Trump.
Killing a model’s story about an affair with TrumpKaren McDougal, a former Playboy model, recently filed a lawsuit against American Media, saying she wants to be free to speak about an affair she says she had with Mr. Trump over a decade ago. She said she signed a legal agreement with the company in 2016 that prevented her from talking about her alle..

Tesla Looked Like the Future. Now Some Ask if It Has One.

Supported by Business Day Tesla Looked Like the Future. Now Some Ask if It Has One. Photo A Tesla charging station near the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. Tesla’s pioneering role in electric cars is being overshadowed by questions about its finances. Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times Just a year ago, Tesla looked like a rising force destined to revolutionize the auto industry.
Its battery-powered Model S sedan was the rage among luxury-car buyers. Its Autopilot system seemed far ahead of its competitors in self-driving technology. Its chief executive, Elon Musk, was promising that the more affordable Model 3 would soon roll off its assembly line and bring emission-free driving to the masses.
Wall Street was enraptured. Tesla’s market value rose to surpass that of either General Motors or Ford, car companies with a century of experience.
What a rough ride it’s been since then.
Not only has the Model 3’s introduction been mired in glitches and delays — “manufactur..

Brazilian Auction Draws Oil Companies Back to Offshore Drilling

Supported by Business Day Brazilian Auction Draws Oil Companies Back to Offshore Drilling RIO DE JANEIRO — Exxon Mobil and other oil companies opened their wallets at an offshore oil auction in Brazil on Thursday in a sign that the industry was stepping back into the deepwater drilling business.
It was the third encouraging Brazilian offshore auction since September, and a vote of confidence for the country’s energy reform program at a time when oil companies have been reluctant to make ambitious offshore investments.
As oil prices plunged in recent years, global investment in offshore oil and gas operations collapsed to roughly $160 billion in 2017, from a high of $335 billion in 2014. Rystad Energy, a Norwegian energy consulting firm, projects that offshore investments will level off at $155 billion this year, and gradually pick up over the next five years.
But BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Germany’s Wintershall defied the global trend and were among the big winners at the Brazilian..

Laura Ingraham, Facing Boycott, Apologizes for Taunting Parkland Survivor David Hogg

Supported by Media Laura Ingraham, Facing Boycott, Apologizes for Taunting Parkland Survivor David Hogg Photo David Hogg, a student who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, addressing the crowd during the March for Our Lives rally in Washington last week. Credit Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Laura Ingraham, a Fox News host, apologized under pressure on Thursday for taunting a survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., as three companies confirmed they would pull advertising from her show.
The dispute began Wednesday when Ms. Ingraham shared an article about the student, David Hogg, 17, getting rejected from some of the colleges to which he had applied and accused him of whining about it.
David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.) https://t.co/wflA4hWHXY
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 28, 2018 In response, Mr. Hogg, who has rapidly bec..

Adnan Syed of ‘Serial’ Is Granted a New Trial

Supported by U.S. Adnan Syed of 'Serial’ Is Granted a New Trial Photo Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore, Maryland on Feb. 5, 2016. An appeals court ruled on Thursday that Mr. Syed, the subject of the first season of “Serial,” should be granted a new trial. Credit Carlos Barria/Reuters An appeals panel on Thursday vacated the conviction of Adnan Syed, whose case was chronicled in the first season of the hit podcast “Serial,” and ruled that he should be granted a new trial on all charges.
Mr. Syed was convicted in 2000 of the first-degree murder and kidnapping of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee.
In the ruling, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals said that he had received ineffective legal counsel at his trial because his original lawyer had failed to call a witness whose testimony, if believed, “would have made it impossible for Syed to have murdered Hae.”
“Accordingly, Syed’s murder conviction must be vacated, and because Syed’s convicti..

Charlie Walk, Record Executive Accused of Harassment, Is Out at Republic

Supported by Music Charlie Walk, Record Executive Accused of Harassment, Is Out at Republic Photo Charlie Walk, the president of the Republic Group, and the company “have mutually agreed to part ways” following an investigation into allegations of harassment. Credit Richard Shotwell/Invision, via Richard Shotwell, via Invision, via Associated Press Two months after the start of a sexual misconduct investigation into the high-ranking music executive Charlie Walk, the president of the Republic Group, the label and Mr. Walk “have mutually agreed to part ways,” the company said last night in a brief statement.
Universal Music Group, which oversees the label, declined to comment further on the outcome of the review, which was conducted by an outside law firm. Mr. Walk, who worked with artists including Lorde, the Weeknd and Ariana Grande, and who also appeared as a judge on Fox’s singing competition show “The Four,” did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Accused in Janua..

Eric Holder Says He’ll Sue to Block Citizenship Question on Census

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Eric Holder, the United States attorney general under President Barack Obama, said Facebook should be viewed as a communication company and be regulated.

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Eric H. Holder Jr., the United States attorney general for six years under President Barack Obama, stepped away from public service in 2015 but has since emerged as a bulwark against the Trump administration, taking a leading role in challenging the president’s policies in court and trying to chip away at the Republicans’ grip on state governments. Mr. Holder discussed his efforts to fight Republican gerrymandering, whether Facebook should be regulated and the potential legacy of Mr. Trump’s presidency in a wide-ranging TimesTalks conversation with the reporter Alexander Burns on Wednesday night in New York.
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