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Analysis: Team Trump Was Illicitly Surveilled

Republican nominee Donald Trump was a first-time contender for public office, and during the 2016 presidential campaign, his missteps were so numerous that he was declared dead out of the water. Polls showed him behind former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by double digits weeks before the election, and the most generous prognosticators pegged Trump’s chances of winning at less than 30%. However, on November 8, 2016, Trump swept thirty states and won the presidency of the United States.

Once the dust settled, November 8th was a day of jubilation for Trump as well as a day of reckoning for members of the media and the political class of the United States, who had thrown their eggs in the Clinton basket. After November 8th, the defeated attempted to prolong the inevitable through recount efforts and attempts to sway presidential electors. However, these pursuits proved unsuccessful, and the beleaguered shifted toward attempts to delegitimize Trump. They took advantage of a fled…

Chris Stucchio: Gender Doesn't Drive Hollywood Pay Gap

There was a firestorm of outrage in January 2018 when it was revealed that Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for reshooting his scenes in All the Money in the World while Michelle Williams was paid less than $1,000.1 Kevin Spacey originally starred in the film as well, but after sexual misconduct allegations were made public against him, he was removed from it and his scenes were reshot with Christopher Plummer in his place.2


Many people saw this as another example of the gender pay gap in Hollywood, and that became the angle that most media outlets focused on when discussing the story; however, a USA Today article by Andrea Mandell that was published on January 9, 2018, said the following: “The Washington Post first reported Wahlberg's reshoot fee, noting that the actor ‘along with manager Stephen Levinson and agency WME, have a reputation in Hollywood for driving a tough bargain.’”3

Mandell also had an article published in USA Today two days later saying that “Wahlberg had co-…