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    YouTuber Jake Paul Criminally Charged by Police After Arizona Mall Looting

    Jake Paul, a high-profile YouTube creator and digital influencer, was charged by police in Scottsdale, Ariz., with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly after he was identified among a crowd of looters at a local mall Sunday. "In our continued investigation it was confirmed that Jake Paul was in attendance & remained inside after an unlawful […]

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  • Business

    Happy Birthday, Mr. President: Trump Hits Record On Google Ads

    (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump’s combative response to nationwide protests against police brutality has dominated the news in recent days, but a wave of ads on Google’s YouTube has sought to draw attention to another event: the President’s 74th birthday. In the last full week of May, Trump’s campaign spent $1.48 million on Google advertising, the highest weekly total of the 2020 campaign, according to the search giant’s data. Many of the ads take the form of a digital birthday card the president’s supporters can sign by sharing information like their email addresses.The spending surge shows how the presidential campaign season has continued on digital media even as in-person events, like the large rallies President Trump favors, have been placed on hold. In the interim, Trump’s campaign is increasing its spending, largely to accumulate potential supporters’ email addresses.Alphabet Inc.’s Google is a favorite destination. Trump’s campaign spent about the same amount on Facebook Inc., where it spent $1.48 million over the same period.During the week of May 23, the Trump Make America Great Again Committee spent $1.3 million on Google advertising, while Donald J. Trump for President Inc., another Trump campaign entity, spent $164,500, according to Google’s database.Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign spent $322,600 in the week of May 23. The campaign has pulled back its spending on Google since the primary concluded; Biden’s spending on Google hit a record of $1.72 million for the week of Super Tuesday. Biden spent about $570,000 on Facebook during the week starting May 23.The two main Trump campaign groups have spent $26.3 million on Google ads since July 2018. Over that same period, Biden’s campaign has spent $6.38 million on Google ads.Earlier this year, the Trump campaign outbid rivals to reserve the coveted ad space at the top of YouTube’s homepage in advance for election day and the days before, Bloomberg News reported earlier.A Google spokeswoman declined to comment on the candidates’ campaign spending.YouTube has taken a financial hit in recent months due to the economic downturn, but the company has noted the strong performance of “direct response” marketing -- video ads that prompt viewers to make a purchase or take an action, like Trump’s birthday card messages.“Democrats have just had a little more trouble raising money on Google versus Republicans, not due to a lack of good strategy but due to seeing better returns on other platforms,” said Julia Ager, founder and president of the Democratic digital advertising firm Sapphire Strategies.Digital political advertising has become increasingly prominent -- and controversial -- since the 2016 election. Both Google and Facebook, the market leaders, have begun to disclose more about spending levels and the types of ads candidates run.After an uproar over misleading campaign ads last year, Google banned political commercials with doctored images or “false claims.” It removed some ads from Trump and Democratic candidates in March. But Google has mostly avoided the uproar that Facebook and Twitter Inc. have faced over the past week as the two social media companies have made diverging decisions about how to handle incendiary posts from President Trump.Michael Bloomberg, the owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company for Bloomberg News, who ended his presidential bid in March, remains the top political buyer on Google since May 2018 with $62.3 million spent.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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    The Daily Beast

    UCF Professor Under Fire for Claiming ‘Black Privilege Is Real’ in Twitter Rant

    A professor at the University of Central Florida faces calls for his removal after claiming in a Twitter rant that “black privilege is real” and insisting that the answer to systematic oppression is to “stay in school” amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd. Charles Negy, an associate professor in the Psychology Department, has fired off over 30 contentious tweets about race, inequality, and oppression since May 25—the day Floyd was filmed repeatedly saying he couldn’t breathe while an officer pressed his knee on his neck for several minutes. The controversial tweets, which were sent while thousands of people across the country have taken to the streets to protest against police brutality and racial inequality, have prompted the UCF community to call for his ouster using the hashtag UCFireHim, which has since gone viral.“Sincere question: If Afr. Americans as a group, had the same behavioral profile as Asian Americans (on average, performing the best academically, having the highest income, committing the lowest crime, etc.), would we still be proclaiming ‘systematic racism’ exists?” Negy tweeted Wednesday afternoon. UCF officials said in a Thursday statement the school is “aware” of Negy’s comments on his personal Twitter account and is currently reviewing them. The school, however, added that while being “actively anti-racist means calling out and confronting racist comments,” his critics need to be “mindful of the First Amendment.”“Black privilege is real: Besides affirm. action, special scholarships and other set asides, being shielded from legitimate criticism is a privilege. But as a group, they’re missing out on much needed feedback,” the professor tweeted Wednesday, reposting an article from the “libertarian webzine” Taki’s Magazine, whose staff once included white nationalist Richard Spencer. The article insists the “establishment” treats minority communities as “our Sacred Cows” that are “above criticism, but beneath agency.” That tweet was one of nine sent Wednesday amid news that Minneapolis Attorney General Kieth Ellison was charging the three other Minneapolis cops involved in Floyd’s death with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Ellison also announced that Derek Chauvin, who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, now faces second-degree murder charges, after initially being charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter last week.‘Let’s Keep Fighting’: Protesters Say New Charges Are Just a StartNegy, who has been with the Florida university since 1998, took a different approach to the announcement, which was widely praised as being a stepping stone toward justice and police reform.“Here’s a suggestion to those who think they are being ‘screwed’ and oppressed in the U.S.:  Stay in school. Be the best student possible. Avoid crime. Avoid gangs. Avoid unwanted pregnancy. Avoid drugs and alcohol.  Amazing what a little common sense can do you for your destiny,” Negy wrote. The professor, who wrote a book called White Shaming: Bullying based on Prejudice, Virtue-Signaling, and Ignorance, also slammed white Americans who have joined the Black Lives Matter protests in solidarity. “I love that white liberal young lady (sarcasm). I’m so happy she exists to save us minorities. What would we do without these folks with “white savior syndrome?” he tweeted Wednesday.In another tweet, Negy wrote: “I fear that our leaders shove ‘Diversity is our strength’ down our throats because they know privately what is more likely to happen to us: tribalism will have us fighting non-stop over EVERYthing. We may learn ‘Diversity is divisive.’”Negy insisted the only silver lining about the ongoing protests is that mentions of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic—which has killed over 100,000 Americans—has faded into the background.“The good thing about the riots: MSM stopped telling us 24/7 that we’re all going to die from COVID-19,” Negy wrote. “The riots must have eradicated the virus.”While Negy did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment, the psychology professor said in a statement to the school’s paper, Knight News, that he does “not represent UCF in [his] tweets” and noted he has a “legal right to express my views and raise questions.”Negy also spent some time responding to critics of his online arguments, which were deemed “racist” by hundreds of social-media users and UCF students.  “Fascism at its finest,” the professor responded to a tweet by Tatiyana Sierra, a UCF alum who now works at ESPN. Sierra tweeted that the community does “not stand with this ignorant man” and called for an investigation of his tweets and his ouster. A Change.org petition has also been launched demanding the University of Central Florida investigate Negy and seek more diverse faculty and staff as a way to combat ongoing systemic oppression.This is not the first time that Negy has come under fire for his controversial statements. In 2012, he faced backlash for sending an email to his cross-cultural psychology class stating that students who proclaimed that Christianity is the most valid religion display religious bigotry.“Students in my class who openly proclaimed that Christianity is the most valid religion, as some of you did last class, portrayed precisely what religious bigotry is. Bigots—racial bigots or religious bigots—never question their prejudices and bigotry,” Negy wrote in the 2012 email that was later posted on Reddit, according to InsideHigherEd. “They are convinced their beliefs are correct. For the Christians in my class who argued the validity of Christianity last week, I suppose I should thank you for demonstrating to the rest of the class what religious arrogance and bigotry looks like.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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  • Lifestyle

    Costco Has the Best Father's Day Gifts — Here Are the Best Deals

    Costco members know: This store is a one-stop shop for everything. And when we say "everything," we really mean it. Need tools? They have it. Need a surf board? Yep, it's here. Or, how about some name-brand clothing and accessories? You'll find 'em at Costco. So, when it comes time to go gift shopping — […]

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