Senators’ Gmail Accounts Targeted:
Foreign government hackers targeted the Gmail accounts of US senators and Senate staff members, Google confirmed to CNN. Google did not say whether the hacking attempts were successful or how many people were targeted, but a Senate aide said both Democrats and Republicans were targets.
Google Says it Didn’t Manipulate Search Results After Leaked Emails:
Back in January 2017 when Trump instituted his first travel ban shortly after taking office (an executive order that barred people from certain Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States that was blocked by a judge), some Google employees brainstormed ways to counter “prejudiced, algorithmically biased search results” for search terms like “Islam,” “Muslim,” “Iran,” “Mexico,” “Hispanic” and Latino” to show links for users to donate to pro-immigration groups and contact their lawmakers, according to leaked emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google said none of the ideas were ever carried out.
“These emails were just a brainstorm of ideas, none of which were ever implemented,” the company said in a statement. “Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology — not in the current campaign season, not during the 2016 election, and not in the aftermath of President Trump’s executive order on immigration. Our processes and policies would not have allowed for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies.”
Kavanaugh Might Still Get Investigated if Confirmed, Democratic Senator Says:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, told our Jake Tapper that if Democrats take control of Congress, they’ll investigate the sexual assault allegations made against Brett Kavanaugh, even if he’s confirmed to the Supreme Court. “This is such bad practice that even if they were to ram this guy through, as soon as Democrats get gavels, we’re going to want to get to the bottom of this,” Whitehouse said.
There’s Going to be a “Mooch” Documentary:
Anthony Scaramucci will be the subject of a forthcoming documentary called “Mooch,” directed by Andrew J. Muscato, who also directed a doc in 2016 on Muhammad Ali. “Mooch” has a trailer but no release date yet.