Trump Thanks Putin For Expelling U.S. Diplomats

After the Russian president moved to expel 755 staffers from U.S. embassies and consulates in response to sanctions, Trump said his administration needs to cut the State Department payroll anyway. Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposed cutting the State Department budget by 29 percent. Read the story from NPR.

Trump Calls Opioid Epidemic a ‘National Emergency’

An initial report on the opioid crisis notes that there are around 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses, making the death toll “equal to September 11th every three weeks.” The president is pledging to increase government efforts to combat the crisis. Read the story from The AP.

New Problems for Uber

On Thursday, Uber Global Operations Chief Ryan Graves announced that he’s leaving the company but will remain on the board. Meanwhile, that board — and its support for former CEO Travis Kalanick — was the subject of a lawsuit filed by Benchmark Capital Partners. Benchmark, which has a 13 percent stake in Uber, claims Kalanick is trying to pack Uber’s board with his allies and eventually return to his post as CEO. Uber says there is no merit for these claims. Read the story from The AP.

CNN Fires Pundit

CNN has severed ties with political pundit Jeffrey Lord after he tweeted “Sieg Heil!” at the head of a liberal advocacy group, Media Matters for America. Read the story from The AP.

Google Cancels Town Hall After Controversial Memo

The meeting had been called to discuss fallout from the memo written by a senior software engineer who complained that “biological causes” explained why women were underrepresented at the tech giant. In an email to employees, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said some questions that had been pre-submitted via Google’s moderating software “appeared externally this afternoon and on some websites Googlers are now being named personally.” Read the story from NPR.

Taylor Swift Lawsuit

A former DJ is suing singer Taylor Swift, saying she defamed him when she accused him of groping her at an event four years ago. Swift is counter suing him. Read the story from The AP.