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Columbia U. Partners with Amazon for A.I. Research Center

Columbia University announced this week that it is working with Amazon to create a research center for the development of AI technology. The center, which will be based in New York City, will operate for the next five years on a $5 million donation from Amazon.

CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos (R) gestures as he addresses the Amazon's annual Smbhav event in New Delhi on January 15, 2020. - Bezos, whose worth has been estimated at more than $110 billion, is officially in India for a meeting of business leaders in New Delhi. (Photo by Sajjad …

Chinese State Media Call TikTok Deal ‘Highway Robbery’

Last week, Chinese Communist state media were hailing a prospective deal between Chinese company ByteDance, Oracle, and Walmart for control of the TikTok social media platform as a huge win for ByteDance and China, and a crushing defeat for President Donald Trump — The terms of the deal, however, changed a little over the ensuing week, prompting Chinese media to denounce it as “highway robbery” on Friday.

President Donald Trump gave TikTok six weeks to sell its US operations

Zoom, YouTube Shut Down San Francisco State U. Event Featuring Terrorist Leila Khaled

This week, YouTube and Zoom pulled the plug on a livestream event hosted by San Francisco State University featuring Leila Khaled, an activist that is best known for her participation in two airplane hijackings that took place in the 1970s. SFSU President Lynn Mahoney argued that that Zoom’s decision to “silence” Khaled is “deeply wounding” to members of the university community.

Leila Khaled BDS (Gianluigi Guercia / AFP / Getty)

Report: UW Madison Newspaper Fires Student Who Criticized ‘Defund the Police’ Movement

The student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Madison reportedly fired a student this week after he submitted a column in which he pushed back against calls to “defund the police.” Student Tripp Grebe was swiftly removed from his role as a columnist at the paper after the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) questioned the university’s administration over the paper’s refusal to publish the column.

Protesters rally Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Phoenix, demanding that the Phoenix City Council defund the Phoenix Police Department. The protest is a result of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Matt York)

California Auditors: UC Berkeley ‘Failed to Establish’ Culture Based on Merit

A recent audit conducted by the state of California revealed that the University of California accepted at least 64 students due to their connections to university staff or donors over more qualified applicants. The majority of the applicants chosen for their connections were found at UC Berkeley, which the state auditors accused of failing to “establish a campus culture that values commitment to an admissions process based on fairness and applicants’ merits and achievements.” 

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Transylvania U. Fails to Condemn Prof. that Targeted Nick Sandmann

Administrators at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, have refused to condemn a professor that said he is prepared to file a disciplinary report on freshman Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic student that found himself at the center of a national media scandal after an encounter with a Native American protester in Washington D.C. in January 2019.

Nick Sandmann and Nathan Phillips in Covington Catholic High School confrontation

Report: AG Barr Not Sold on TikTok Deal

A recent report states that Attorney General William Barr remains unconvinced that a  recently announced partnership between the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok and U.S. companies Oracle and Walmart will safeguard user data from Chinese spying.

Attorney General William Barr talks to the media during a news conference about Operation Legend, a federal task force formed to fight violent crime in several cities, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. Behind Barr is Raphael Taliferro, and Charron Powell, the parents of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro who …

Six Cases of Wikipedia Editors Smearing President Trump

Just as the corporate media have been smearing Donald Trump since he launched his successful run for the presidency, editors on Wikipedia have done the same. This has included a college professor at the beginning of Trump’s term pushing students to add attacks on the President, editors placing mocking or incendiary articles about him on the site’s front page, equating Trump with the Nazis, and advancing the Russian collusion and Ukraine “quid pro quo” smears that have dominated his Administration.

US President Donald Trump speaks as he takes part in the signing of a proclamation on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment during an event in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, DC on August 18, 2020. - The 19th Amendment was created …

5 Key Facts on the TikTok Global Deal

The Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok recently laid out a partnership with U.S. companies Oracle and Walmart in a deal that has delayed the banning of the app for American users — here are five key facts about the deal currently pending government approval.

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‘Taxi Driver’ Screenwriter Paul Schrader: Would Trump Supporters Renounce Him if He ‘Called Ginsberg a ‘Cu*t,’ ‘Martin Luther King a N***er,’ or Pissed on Bible

Renowned filmmaker Paul Schrader is once again using Facebook to air his hatred of all things Trump — this time, targeting Trump supporters in a wild, hypothetical post in which the writer-director wonders if the MAGA crowd would renounce the president if he called the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg a “cunt,” called Martin Luther King a “ni**er,” or urinated on a Bible.

Paul Schrader arrives at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)