advertisement advertisement advertisement In its first earnings report since it booted former President Trump from its platform, Twitter Inc. revealed lower-than-expected user growth for the fourth quarter of 2020—and it warned that growth will continue to slow this year. advertisement advertisement Monetizable daily active users, the metric Twitter uses to measure the size of its base, were up 27% to 192 million, which is slightly below the 193.5 million that analysts were expecting. At the same time, Twitter’s financial picture is healthier than ever, with fourth-quarter revenue of $1.29 billion versus expectations of $1.19 billion, according to a consensus cited by CNBC. Earnings per share were 38 cents, compared to 31 cents expected. Advertising revenue, where Twitter makes most of its money, was up 31% for the quarter. But the social network warned that the pandemic-driven growth it experienced in 2020 will inevitably fall back to earth this … [Read more...] about Twitter tempers growth expectations as it plots a future without Trump
advertisement advertisement advertisement Before he took office, Donald Trump said that he wanted to “get rid” of the EPA “in almost every form.” advertisement advertisement The 50-year-old agency still exists. But over the last four years, his administration steadily weakened the agency’s ability to protect the environment. The EPA ditched the Clean Power Plan, a key climate policy, and tried to replaced it with a plan that allowed more pollution (this year, courts finally rejected that attempt). It eliminated a key science office in the agency, disbanded other scientific advisory committees, and made a new rule limiting the scientific research it could use in its decisions. Among dozens of other rollbacks, the EPA reversed a ban on a pesticide shown to impact brain development in children, allowed more mercury pollution, and weakened fuel efficiency standards. Inspections and criminal cases against polluters sharply dropped. … [Read more...] about How to rebuild the EPA after Trump trashed it
advertisement advertisement advertisement The historic second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump will begin this afternoon as the Senate hears arguments about his role in the January 6 Capitol riots. Trump, who stands accused of “incitement of insurrection,” was impeached by the House of Representatives last month. The Senate now must decide whether to convict, although with few Republicans on board, that outcome does not seem likely at the moment. advertisement The proceedings are expected to begin today (Tuesday, February 9) at around noon ET. If you’re looking to stream the impeachment trial live on your phone, computer, or TV, we’ve rounded up some easy ways to do that below: Stream coverage from a cable or broadcast TV network Major cable news networks will stream coverage of the trial, including CNN, which says it will provide a free stream all week (12-7 p.m. ET) on CNN.com, CNNgo, and via the CNN mobile apps. Viewers … [Read more...] about How to watch the Senate Trump impeachment trial live on CNN, PBS, and elsewhere without cable
advertisement advertisement advertisement House impeachment managers made a tight, focused argument in the opening hours of former President Trump’s impeachment hearing, before Representative Jamie Raskin closed with an emotional, first-person account of the events of January 6. advertisement advertisement At this point, the ball was in Team Trump’s court to defuse the tension in the room and make a case that the entire process is technically unconstitutional. In order to achieve this goal, the team sent in Bruce Castor, the Pennsylvania prosecutor who refused to prosecute Bill Cosby. With the game ball in hand, Castor proceeded to sort of clumsily dribble the ball around the court in a bravura turn of verbal flatulence. Bruce Castor. Verbatim: "I saw a headline, 'representative so and so seeks to walk back comments about'— I forget what it was. Something that bothered her. I was devastated when I saw that she thought it was necessary to … [Read more...] about Trump’s defense attorney inspires internet memes with bizarre impeachment speech
advertisement advertisement advertisement It’s now an image forever etched into the history of America: Donald Trump descending the gold escalator of his Fifth Avenue hotel to announce his candidacy for president. The words he delivered after would be just as long-lasting. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he famously spouted, not even two minutes into his 45-minute campaign launch speech . “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” It was evident from the very start that Donald Trump’s presidency was founded on anti-immigrant sentiment. advertisement advertisement It wasn’t mere talk: His changes to immigration law will be one of Trump’s primary legacies. Border wall construction and an outright ban on people from certain Muslim-majority countries lasted throughout his presidency. He instated policies that separated families, and gave ICE … [Read more...] about Can Biden do more than just undoing Trump’s anti-immigration legacy?