USA Today, for the first time in its 36-year history, is taking a side in a presidential race, urging readers to vote against Donald Trump. The newspaper, one of the most widely circulated in the country, published a scathing critique of the Republican nominee on Thursday, arguing that no presidential contest until now has warranted such a statement. “This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences,” reads the editorial. “This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.” The editorial continues: “From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.” The editorial lists reasons to vote against Trump, including his prejudiced rhetoric, his erratic temperament, his “checkered” business history and his dishonesty. The paper stopped short of endorsing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “Stay true to your convictions,” the board urged readers. “That might mean a vote for Clinton, the most plausible alternative to keep Trump out of the White House. Or it might mean a third-party candidate. Or a write-in. Or a focus on down-ballot candidates who will serve the nation honestly, try to heal its divisions, and work to solve its problems. “Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue,” concludes the editorial. “By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.” Read the full editorial here. USA Today’s editorial adds to a string of high-profile, anti-Trump statements by newspapers, including right-leaning publications. On Tuesday, the Arizona Republic endorsed Clinton, the first time the paper hasn’t endorsed a Republican candidate in 126 years. (The paper has since lost subscribers.) The Cincinnati Enquirer made a similar break with a 100-year tradition by endorsing Clinton. (USA Today, the Arizona Republic and the Cincinnati Enquirer are all owned by Gannett.) The Dallas Morning News endorsed Clinton in June, and the New Hampshire-based Union Leader endorsed Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, breaking a 100-year streak of backing Republicans. While the influence of newspaper endorsements has declined along with readership, surprising statements still have an impact. A 2008 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that newspaper endorsements matter most when they buck their own traditions. Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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A New York judge has rejected a media request to make public the contents of a 25-year-old court file on Donald Trump's divorce from wife Ivana, saying the courts have no business deciding what information could be useful to voters.The New York Times and the Gannett newspaper chain filed a motion to unseal the records, arguing the move was needed to contribute to public debate over the real estate mogul and Republican nominee's fitness for the presidency.Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Frank Nervo rejected that argument."Were the court to make the confidential records available for journalistic, and thus public, scrutiny, it would impermissibly inject itself into the political process by making the value judgment of what information is useful in determining the present candidate's, or any other candidate's, fitness for office," Nervo wrote. "The court's role in the electoral process is strictly limited to determining whether a candidate complies with the Election Law. The court will not take an action that exceeds that limitation."Earlier this month, lawyers for both Donald and Ivana Trump filed legal papers opposing the unsealing.The GOP presidential nominee argued that New York's legislature has put divorce files off-limits in most circumstances.His ex-wife agreed, but also contended that since she is not running for office, she should not have to sacrifice her privacy even if the court found an enhanced interest in her husband's actions. Her submission to the court noted published reports alleging that she claimed during the divorce that he had raped her. However, Ivana Trump's brief said that was not her view and dismissed those reports as "previous misinterpreted statements and allegations.”The judge agreed with Ivana Trump that there was no reason to intrude on her privacy."The court is obviously aware that one of the parties, who opposes this motion, is a presidential candidate. The court is also aware that the other party, who also opposes this application, is not seeking public office," Nervo wrote. "If the court were to deprive the candidate party of his rights...on the ground that there may be something in the confidential file that would be useful in determining his fitness for office, that ground does not exist in the case of his former wife, who is not a candidate."A lawyer for the news outlets, David Schulz, said no immediate decision had been made about whether to appeal. "We are pleased with the Court's well-reasoned decision and order," Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz said.Nervo's conclusion that judges shouldn't try to judge information's utility to voters is not universally shared on the bench.Several judges handling federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuits seeking information about Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state have cited the upcoming election as a reason to speed release of records held by the State Department.
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Они желают знать, кто именно и за какую плату помог ведомству прошлой весной взломать iPhone экстремиста Саида Ризвана Фарука, который в декабре прошлого года устроил бойню в Сан-Бернардино (штат Калифорния). При расследовании того инцидента ФБР придавало настолько большое значение доступу к данным телефонного аппарата, что пыталось даже через суд заставить компанию Apple сотрудничать со следствием. В результате некий подрядчик вызвался помочь спецслужбам и взломал смартфон, как позже утверждали со ссылкой на свои источники различные СМИ, менее чем за 1 миллион долларов. Теперь информационное агентство Associated Press, медиахолдинг Gannett и компания «Вайс медиа» на основании закона о свободе информации требуют доступа к документам о той сделке.
Информационное агентство AP, медиахолдинг Gannett и компания Weiss Media на основании закона о свободе информации подали судебный иск против ФБР
The Associated Press, Vice Media, and USA Today's parent company, Gannett, are suing the FBI over access to information about the technology the FBI used to gain access to the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The lawsuit, filed Friday in a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., pertains to information about the outside contractor that the FBI enlisted to gain access to the locked iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife shot and killed 14 people and injured 22 more in San Bernardino, California, before they were killed in a police shootout. The FBI hired the outside contractor after Apple refused to provide backdoor access to the phone, a legal battle that prompted a national debate about privacy “[T]hrough this action, the News Organizations seek to compel the FBI to provide records of the publicly-acknowledged business transaction that resulted in the purchase this March of the so-called iPhone access tool,” the suit reads. “The public interest in receiving this information is significant.” In the first half of 2016, USA Today reporter Brad Heath, AP reporter Eric Tucker, and Vice reporter Jason Leopold all filed FOIA requests to get records of information about the agreements to the outside party that helped the FBI gain access to Farook’s iPhone. The FBI has subsequently denied all of the requests, as well as the news organizations’ appeals. The news organizations argue that withholding the records is unlawful. “There is no lawful basis under FOIA for the FBI’s denial of the three Requests that are the subject of this action, and its withholding of the responsive documents identified in connection with those Requests is unlawful in violation of FOIA,” the suit reads.
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Donald Trump and his ex-wife Ivana are fighting an effort to unseal records of their 1990 divorce, arguing that the real estate mogul's presidential bid is no basis for prying into court filings related to the couple's split.The Trumps filed separate legal briefs Tuesday in state court in Manhattan, urging a judge to reject the unsealing motion brought last month by The New York Times and newspaper chain Gannett."In seeking to invade the Trumps' 26-year old confidential matrimonial files, the Times and Gannett, as shown in Mr. Trump's filing in opposition to their motion, rely on entirely unprecedented and erroneous arguments that are contrary to the protections afforded by the Legislature over 150 years ago," attorney Marc Kasowitz wrote in Donald Trump's response to the media motion.Under New York law, divorce records are normally sealed, but can be released if a judge decides that "special circumstances" justify disclosure.The Times and Gannett argued that Donald Trump's treatment of women, finances and personal credibility are at issue in the presidential campaign, creating an "intense" public interest in the divorce files. The news outlets also noted that the divorce was granted in 1990 on grounds of "cruel and inhuman treatment" by the real estate mogul.However, Donald Trump's lawyers say the interests advanced by the media don't amount to the kind of "special circumstances" that justify disregarding the presumption of secrecy."The courts [in New York] have never overridden those protections because of a purported public interest in vetting political candidates," wrote Kasowitz and other attorneys from the New York-based firm Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman as well as longtime Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen. "There is simply no importance, overriding or otherwise, to unsealing the matrimonial records of a political candidate."The GOP presidential candidate's brief also veers into one of the hot political topics of the day—Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's health—with a warning that a decision to open up divorce files could create "an untenable slippery slope" leading to opening other records normally considered confidential such as candidates' academic and medical records."For example, President Obama did not release his academic records, even though he made his intelligence and preparation campaign issues, and Secretary Clinton is not revealing her medical records, even though her medical condition is being raised as an issue in the current campaign. Nor could or should they be compelled to do so," Donald Trump's submission says.Clinton has released a two-page statement about her health issued by her physician, but has not disclosed original or detailed medical records. Trump has released a less-detailed statement from his doctor. Both candidates have indicated plans to make more health information public.The real estate mogul's legal team also argues that he should not face additional court-ordered disclosures just because he has discussed aspects of the divorce publicly. "It may very well be the undisclosed details that deserve and require the most protection," the brief says.The judge handling the motion, Supreme Court Justice Frank Nervo, has not yet indicated whether he plans to hear arguments on the matter.
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Традиционные СМИ являются неотъемлемыми компонентами корпоративного Запада. Они представляют собой высоко интегрированные многопрофильные корпорации или диверсифицированные компании. Так, по данным 2000 года, восемь многопрофильных корпораций Америки контролировали подавляющую часть национальных