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4:45 PM ET, June 1, 2017

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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump ethics waiver allows Steve Bannon to interact with Breitbart despite prior ties to the news outlet  —  Exemptions aid Conway, Bannon and four ex-lobbyists.  —  President Donald Trump's executive order on ethics has been waived at least 11 times since the administration came into office in January …
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New York Times:
White House waiver that lets Bannon communicate with Breitbart News may skirt ethics rules; “there is no such thing as a retroactive waiver,” ethics chief says
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Pro-Trump writer Cassandra Fairbanks sues Fusion senior reporter Emma Roller, alleging defamation for tweet claiming Fairbanks made a “white power hand gesture”  —  A pro-Trump journalist and political activist sued a Fusion reporter in federal court in Washington, D.C. Thursday …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
The Intercept is launching a three-tiered paid membership program with perks like invites to events, access to behind-the-scenes reports, and tote bags  —  “We'd be happy to see a healthy portion of our budget paid for by the membership program.”  —  Just because a newsroom is backed …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google will give publishers at least 6 months to prepare for a Chrome-based ad filter coming next year, offering a self-service tool for analyzing ads  —  Internet giant describes tool as a ‘filter’ for ads that are bothersome to web users  —  Google has told publishers it will give …
Reuters:
After committing to EU to remove hate speech, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Microsoft remove 59% of hate speech in 24 hours on average, up from 28% in Dec.  —  Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube have stepped up both the speed and number of removals of hate speech …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The AP Stylebook now includes new guidelines on data: requesting it, scraping it, reporting on it, and publishing it  —  It's fitting that, in a year when the Panama Papers investigation won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting (the entire leaked data set for that investigation …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Sources: Trump's leading candidate to head the Broadcasting Board of Governors is Michael Pack, a Bannon ally and conservative documentarian and publisher  —  With sweeping new powers, the position would oversee public media reaching 100 countries.  —  The Trump administration's leading candidate …
New York Post:
Sources: Verizon made a proposal to acquire Charter, but the offer, valued at $100B+, was rejected because it was too low and Charter wasn't ready to sell  —  Verizon boss Lowell McAdam, his company facing slowing sales of mobile phones, made a proposal to acquire cable-TV giant Charter Communications …
Yesha Callahan / The Grapevine:
Ebony magazine is blocking writers it hasn't paid on Twitter, including Baratunde Thurston and Adrienne Samuels Gibbs  —  Look at Chance the Rapper looking all dapper on the cover of June's Ebony issue.  You'd think that with a cover story that gives an in-depth look at Chance's career and rise to fame …
Jason Guerrasio / Business Insider:
Screening Room, Sean Parker's plan to offer major movies still in theaters for $50 to home viewers, gains little traction after a year  —  Last year, the tech billionaire Sean Parker made headlines with his latest startup: a streaming service called Screening Room that would give users …
 
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