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Turkey PM Recep Ergdodan Cracks Down On Media Following Failed Coup

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Turkey’s hardline Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is bringing down the hammer on the country’s media following on from the failed coup earlier this month. More than 130 media outlets, including 16 television stations, 23 radio stations, 45 newspapers, are being shut down as the Turkish government moves to consolidate its power. It follows on from the closure of other media outlets associated with the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former Erdogan ally turned… Read

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Trevor Noah On Trump’s Call For Russia To Hack DNC: “Are You [Expletive] Me?!”

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The Daily Show With Trevor Noah tonight dipped its toes back into the overtly political waters forded regularly under the captaincy of former host Jon Stewart with a fiery, blunt takedown of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump. The reason? Per tradition, Donald Trump caused no small amount of controversy earlier today during a press conference to talk about the recent hack of DNC computers and subsequent distribution via Wikileaks of highly embarrassing (though… Read

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Fiery Joe Biden Touts Top Dems, Roasts “Clueless” Donald Trump & Stokes American Pride At DNC

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Joe Biden took the stage at the Democratic National Convention tonight to “Gonna Fly Now,” the theme from Philly-set Rocky, and was met with rapturous cheers. A longtime favorite of the Dem rank and file, he gave a fiery, crowd-pleasing speech that was long on praise for the party’s leaders, and longer on patriotic truths about “the unbreakable spirit of the people of America.” On what likely will be his last star turn on a national stage after a nearly half-century… Read

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Part Of James Cameron’s Global-Warming Video Shown At Dem Convention

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OK, let’s try to wrap our heads around the following: Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican former governor of California, just talked about global warming at the Democratic National Convention. No, he didn’t make a backlit entrance for an impassioned speech, but he is among the narrators and appears in “Not Reality TV,” a video about climate change produced by James Cameron that was shown in Philadelphia and aired on TV. Watch it above. The man who replaced Donald Trump… Read

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Berlusconi And Bollore Face Off As Vivendi Looks To Change Terms Of Mediaset Pay TV Deal

Vivendi Chairman of the Supervisory Board Vincent Bollore during the general meeting of shareholders of Vivendi. Paris, FRANCE-17/04/2015./MEIGNEUX_meigneuxA001/Credit:ROMUALD MEIGNEUX/SIPA/1504171708 (Sipa via AP Images)

French media giant Vivendi is looking to change the terms of its deal with Mediaset over the Italian company’s pay TV unit. Vivendi confirmed that it is no longer looking to take control of 100% of Mediaset’s loss-making pay TV unit, earning the chagrin of Mediaset execs, who have fired back and accused Vivendi of breaking a signed agreement. Back in April, when news of the deal closing was announced, the Vivendi-Mediaset alliance was being heralded as a game-changer for… Read

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Samantha Bee Victorious As TBS Apologizes For Post Comparing Hillary Clinton To Hyena

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TBS late-night star Samantha Bee scored a big win this morning when TBS apologized for its tweet comparing presumptive Dem nominee Hillary Clinton to a hyena. "This post was obviously a poor attempt at humor and has been taken down," TBS said this morning in a statement of the post, presenting a video produced by one of its comedy sites. "Moving forward we'll leave political satire to professionals like Samantha Bee." That’s a pretty embarrassing statement for the… Read

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Disney-Owned Foodles Production Admits Two Breaches Over Harrison Ford ‘Star Wars’ Accident

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Foodles Production, the Disney-owned production company responsible for working on the UK et of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has admitted two health and safety breaches following the accident that crushed Harrison Ford’s leg. Ford found himself pinned by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon spaceship during filming. A Milton Keynes magistrates court heard that the accident could have killed the then-71 year old Ford, who was reprising his iconic turn as… Read

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Paramount And European Union Finalize Deal Over Anti-Trust Investigation

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Paramount Pictures and the European Union have finalized a deal as part of the EU’s anti-trust investigation into the six studios’ geoblocking of pay TV rights with Sky TV. The European Commission first launched its case in July last year against pay TV platform Sky and the six major Hollywood studios, arguing that customers across Europe should have access to Sky's services in the UK and Ireland. At the time, E.U. competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager had argued… Read

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DNC Apologizes To Bernie Sanders As He Urges Supporters To Play Nice At Convention

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The news keeps coming from Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention: In a bid to unite a party whose fractures have become clear this morning in Philadelphia, the Democratic National Committee has issued “a deep and sincere apology” to Bernie Sanders over “the inexcusable remarks made over email.” The news comes as the Vermont senator and party renegade sent a text to his supporters urging them not to protest on the convention floor. “I ask you as a personal courtesy… Read

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz To Resign As DNC Chair After Convention

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UPDATED, 10:58 AM: Despite her pending resignation as DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz still was scheduled to gavel in the Democratic National Convention and likely deliver a speech — until today. The Florida congresswoman, who was booed by Bernie Sanders backers at her home state’s breakfast meeting this morning, will not open the gathering today after all and won’t speak at the quadrennial confab. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, who also is secretary of… Read

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Chinese Authorities Crack Down On Online News Reporting

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Looks like the Drudge Report won’t be coming to China anytime soon. China’s top online regulator, the intriguingly monikered Cyberspace Administration of China, is cracking down on internet companies’ original news reporting. A report by Bloomberg states the regulator has ordered leading internet companies such as Sina Corp and Tencent, to stop its own original news content and rely instead on state run agencies. The crackdown on the Middle Kingdom’s online news portals… Read

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Donna Brazile Will Remain On CNN For Convention Coverage Before Taking Over As DNC Chair – Update

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UPDATED, 5:53 PM: Donna Brazile will continue to appear on CNN’ as it covers the Democratic National Convention next week, a knowledgeable source tells Deadline. Despite her being named today as the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, plans remain intact for Brazile to be among the network’s key talking-head contributors for the event. The source said, however, that she won’t be paid for her appearances. Brazile is set to take the committee’s reins after… Read