Nunes sues newspaper chain, claiming character assassination: Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, has filed a defamation lawsuit seeking $150 million against the

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 newspaper chain, alleging “character assassination” by its Fresno Bee paper, The New York Times reports. Elizabeth Mair, a Republican strategist critical of President Trump, also was named as a defendant.

His suit comes after the Bee ran an article last year that linked him to a California winery that allegedly held a charity cruise featuring prostitutes and cocaine. The article said he was a partial owner of the Alpha Omega Winery, adding that it was unclear whether Nunes was aware of the lawsuit or was affiliated with the fundraising event at which the cruise was auctioned.

The hashtag “#YachtCocaineProstitutes” was trending on Twitter on Tuesday following news of the congressman’s lawsuit.

McClatchy shares fell 2.4% in early trade, and have lost 42% this year.

Senators ask FTC to take action against tech giants: Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Tennessee Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn have asked the Federal Trade Commission to take action against giant tech companies over potential privacy, data security and antitrust violations involving online platforms, the Hill reports.

Their letter specifically mentions Facebook Inc.

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and Alphabet Inc.’s

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Google, noting they dominate key markets. The missive also asks the FTC to disclose whether it’s conducting an investigation of any online platform and describe the nature of any probe.

Grassley warns about Trump’s Homeland Security moves: President Donald Trump is “pulling the rug out from the very people that are trying to help him accomplish his goal,” said Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley amid a purge of Homeland Security leaders.

Don’t miss: Trump is cycling through cabinet members faster than Obama, Bush or Clinton

The most senior Senate Republican is warning the White House not to oust another top immigration official, making appeals to the administration against dismissing Lee Francis Cissna, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a Washington Post report said.

See: Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns as Trump focuses on border

And read: Trump removes Secret Service Director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles

Trump helped build hotel with ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: After Trump on Monday designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organization, multiple reports are noting his past link to the military force.

The link was detailed in a 2017 New Yorker article, which said the president helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to the Revolutionary Guard.

Trump had no problem with the Iranian force when he was doing business with its associates, said a Vanity Fair article published late Monday.




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