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White House bars major news outlets from gaggle

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News organizations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and POLITICO were blocked from joining an informal, on the record White House press briefing Friday. The Associated Press chose not to participate in the gaggle following the move by White House press secretary Sean Spicer. “The AP believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible,” Lauren Easton, the AP’s director of media relations, said in a statement. Several news organizations were allowed…

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Donald Trump says White House ‘fine-tuned machine,’ despite turmoil

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Donald Trump mounted an aggressive defense of his young presidency Thursday, lambasting reports that his campaign advisers had inappropriate contact with Russian officials and vowing to crack down on the leaking of classified information. Nearly a month into his presidency, Trump insisted in a freewheeling White House news conference that his new administration had made “significant progress” and took credit for an optimistic business climate and a rising stock market. The president denounced media reports of a chaotic start to…

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On Thanksgiving, advice from AAA. And Mom

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No matter how often the trained professional experts at the American Psychological Association tell us that the human brain was not designed for heavy-duty multitasking, we keep stockpiling toys that tempt our drivers to distraction, and sometimes death. Just in time for the holidays, Neal Boudette of The New York Times reminds us that American technological exceptionalism has brought us the biggest spike in traffic fatalities in half a century, and fingers app addiction as the likely culprit. The teenagers,…

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Florence Snyder: A crowd of cousins at The New York Times

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The mortality rate for a family business is staggering. Seventy percent of them will fail or be sold before the founders’ children come of age. Just 10 percent remain active, and in family hands when the third generation is old enough to work for a living. The chances are close to zero that a family business will be around to provide employment for a fifth generation. Somehow, the descendants of newspaperman Arthur Ochs beat the odds. Ochs founded The New York Times in 1896. This…

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The New York Times backs Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate

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The New York Times is weighing in on Florida’s U.S. Senate race. The Times encouraged Floridians to support Rep. Patrick Murphy in an editorial released Saturday. The editorial backing Murphy over Sen. Marco Rubio comes just days before in-person early voting begins in more than four dozen Florida counties. “Mr. Murphy’s positions on climate change — an issue that Mr. Rubio seems deeply ignorant about — gay rights, gun control, and comprehensive immigration reform make him by far a superior representative…

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A wrestler, a website and maybe a billionaire go to the mat

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Is Hulk Hogan‘s courtroom cage match with Gawker being bankrolled by a high-tech billionaire with a grudge against the news-and-gossip site? Two months after Hogan won a $140 million invasion-of-privacy verdict against Gawker for posting a sex tape of him, news reports say the pro wrestler is secretly backed by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website in 2007, and the Gawker…

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Paul Tash’s real answers for Tampa Tribune readers

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An earlier draft of a Q&A on the Tampa Bay Times’ acquisition/homicide of the Tampa Tribune has been discovered. Thank you to the anonymous source who forwarded this. SUBSCRIPTION & DELIVERY I subscribe to both papers. What do I do? — We’ll consolidate your subscriptions. But don’t even think of canceling the Tampa Bay Times — we know where you live. Will my subscription cost go up? — Not until we raise it. I am a long-term Tribune subscriber. What do…

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