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Supreme Court agrees to hear case that could determine whether Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies can censor their users

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 05:42

Supreme Court agrees to hear case that could determine whether Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies can censor their users | 16 Oct 2018 | The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds. The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor, which can be sued for First Amendment violations. The case could have broader implications for social media and other media outlets. In particular, a broad ruling from the high court could open the country's largest technology companies up to First Amendment lawsuits.

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Honduran ex-lawmaker who helped arrange massive migrant caravan to US is detained

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 05:28

Honduran ex-lawmaker who helped arrange massive migrant caravan to US is detained | 16 Oct 2018 | A former Honduran lawmaker traveling with a caravan of migrants heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border was detained by authorities in Guatemala on Tuesday as President Trump threatened to arrest anyone entering the country illegally.
Ex-legislator Bartolo Fuentes, who is said to have organized the march, was detained by Guatemalan authorities after failing to register with migration officials upon entering the country...An official with the country’s migration agency said that Fuentes was to be taken to a migrant shelter and then deported.

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Trump warns Central American countries he'll withhold funds over immigrant caravan

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 05:19

Trump warns Central American countries he'll withhold funds over immigrant caravan | 16 Oct 2018 | President Trump in a tweet on Tuesday warned Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that he intends to withhold funds if the "caravan" of Honduran migrants reaches the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump earlier in the day had threatened to cut off aid for Honduras over the caravan. "We have today informed the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that if they allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States, with the intention of entering our country illegally, all payments made to them will STOP (END)!" Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening. "Anybody entering the United States illegally will be arrested and detained, prior to being sent back to their country!" he added in another post.

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Judge tosses Stormy Daniels's defamation suit against President Trump

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 05:31

Judge tosses Stormy Daniels's defamation suit against President Trump | 15 Oct 2018 | A federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels's defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday, saying the president made a "hyperbolic statement" against a political adversary when he tweeted about a composite sketch the porn actress's lawyer released. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump in April after he said a composite sketch of a man she said threatened her in 2011 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with the real estate mogul was a "con job." Trump tweeted that the man was "nonexistent" and that Daniels was playing the "fake news media for fools." In an order handed down Monday, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero said Trump's statement was protected speech under the First Amendment.

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Cherokee Nation Calls Elizabeth Warren's DNA Test 'Inappropriate and Wrong'

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 02:46

Cherokee Nation Calls Elizabeth Warren's DNA Test 'Inappropriate and Wrong' | 15 Oct 2018 | The Cherokee Nation called Sen. Elizabeth Warren's DNA test to prove her Native American ancestry "inappropriate and wrong" in a statement Monday. "Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation," the Cherokee Nation's Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. "Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong."

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Elizabeth Warren Shares DNA Test Showing She Has Native American Ancestry

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 02:13

Elizabeth Warren Shares DNA Test Showing She Has Native American Ancestry | 15 Oct 2018 | Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren published a DNA test on Monday that she says shows that her claims to Native American ancestry have a basis in fact. President Donald Trump has alleged that Warren, seen as a potential presidential competitor in 2020, used false claims about her heritage to advance her career as a lawyer...Warren shared a video and a website of testimonials from her colleagues at Harvard University and elsewhere saying her ancestry had no impact on her hiring. Dr. Carlos Bustamante, a professor of genetics at Stanford University, said an analysis of Warren's genome turned up evidence of Native American ancestry.

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GOP Vermont House Candidate Says She Received Letter Threatening Her With Rape, Murder

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 01:26

GOP Vermont House Candidate Says She Received Letter Threatening Her With Rape, Murder | 15 Oct 2018 | Deserae Morin, a GOP candidate for Vermont's House of Representatives, claimed to have received a letter that threatened her with rape and murder, an experience that she said was a first for her. Morin shared a photo of the letter, which was composed of letters that were cut out of various printed materials, and called the letter a "threat to all Vermont Republicans." The letter began by calling Morin a derogatory name for women and the statement, "we are hunting you." "My comrades will kill you and the Constitution," the letter continued. "First, we will rape you for days. You will scream and know that agonizing horror." The letter added that Republicans don't have equal rights and stated, "Socialism is here." "Open season for Republican death in Vermont," the letter concluded. "Fear our revolution."

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Saudi government preparing to admit journalist died during interrogation, sources say

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:40

Saudi government preparing to admit journalist died during interrogation, sources say --CCTV footage shows Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate on October 2. | 15 Oct 2018 | The Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey, according to two sources. One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible. One of the sources acknowledged that the report is still being prepared and cautioned that things could change.

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Police presence at Sen. Collins's Bangor home Monday afternoon after suspicious letter received

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:18

Police presence at Sen. Collins's Bangor home Monday afternoon after suspicious letter received --At least two people in HAZMAT suits were seen entering the house Monday afternoon, just after 3pm.| 15 Oct 2018 | A heavy police presence responded to a West Broadway home Monday afternoon to investigate what police are calling "a suspicious letter." "Members of our Criminal Investigation Division are currently on scene and the investigation is ongoing. The Bangor Fire Department and a HAZMAT team from Orono, Maine, are assisting the investigation," said Sgt. Wade Betters, the public information officer for the Bangor Police Department, in a release.

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Brooklyn witches are planning to put a curse on Brett Kavanaugh

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:49

Brooklyn witches are planning to put a curse on Brett Kavanaugh | 12 Oct 2018 | Brooklyn witches are brewing up a swirl of spells that they plan to unleash on US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. An occult bookstore in Bushwick called Catland promises to curse the newly-minted justice as well as "all rapists" and "the patriarchy" during the an Oct. 20 ritual that 1,000 have pledged to attend. The ritual is organized by a Brooklyn-based practitioner named Dakota Bracciale, who also conjured up three events to hex President Trump last year, according to The Huffington Post.

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UES Republican Club Vandalized, Note Says Attack Is 'Beginning'

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 06:07

UES Republican Club Vandalized, Note Says Attack Is 'Beginning' | 12 Oct 2018 | The Republican Party's New York City headquarters was vandalized early Friday morning, and party leaders are calling the act "political violence." Vandals broke several windows of the Metropolitan Republican Club on East 83rd Street near Lexington Avenue and spray painted a symbol associated with anarchism on the club's doors. Ed Cox, the chairman of the New York Republican State Committee, told reporters that the police have launched an investigation into the vandalism. The vandals left behind a note that reads: "Our attack is merely a beginning. We are not passive, we are not civil, and we will not apologize."

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Ecuador partly restores Julian Assange's internet access at embassy base

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 03:38

Ecuador partly restores Julian Assange's internet access at embassy base | 14 Oct 2018 | Ecuador has partly restored Julian Assange's communications with the outside world from its London embassy where the WikiLeaks founder has been living for over six years, according to reports. The Ecuadorian government suspended access in March because it said Assange had breached "a written commitment made to the government at the end of 2017 not to issue messages that might interfere with other states". On Sunday, the Press Association reported that Ecuador had partly restored Assange's access to the internet, mobile phones and visits at the embassy, which had been restricted to members of his legal team.

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Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist 'recorded his own torture and murder on Apple Watch', Turkish paper claims

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 04:56

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist 'recorded his own torture and murder on Apple Watch', Turkish paper claims | 13 Oct 2018 | A missing Saudi journalist may have recorded the moments he was allegedly tortured and killed on his Apple Watch, a Turkish newspaper reported. Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, went missing more than a week ago after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish officials have said they believe the 59-year-old was murdered there by a 15-member Saudi "assassination squad".

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US pastor freed from Turkey prays with Trump in Oval Office

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 04:45

US pastor freed from Turkey prays with Trump in Oval Office | 13 Oct 2018 | Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson fell to one knee in the Oval Office and placed his hand on President Donald Trump's shoulder in prayer on Saturday, asking God to provide the president "supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him." Trump welcomed Brunson to the White House to celebrate his release from nearly two years of confinement in Turkey, which had sparked a diplomatic row with a key ally and outcry from U.S. evangelical groups. Brunson returned to the U.S. aboard a military jet shortly before meeting the president. He was detained in October 2016, formally arrested that December and placed under house arrest on July 25 for health reasons.

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US repeatedly rejected Russian offer of mutual non-interventionism pact - diplomat

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 04:30

US repeatedly rejected Russian offer of mutual non-interventionism pact - diplomat | 12 Oct 2018 | Russia has proposed mutual guarantees to the US on non-involvement in each other's sovereign affairs, but Washington continues to reject the offer, a senior Russian diplomat has told reporters. Moscow has repeatedly offered such a deal to the US State Department in recent years, and noted that the scheme worked in 1933 for the restoration of healthy relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, the head of the Foreign Ministry's Department for North America, Georgy Borisenko, said. He stated that the last time Moscow proposed a non-interventionism pact to Washington was in June this year, ahead of the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Helsinki. The US again issued a negative reply to the offer.

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New details emerge on anti-Trump dossier as House GOP seeks Fusion GPS boss testimony

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 03:53

New details emerge on anti-Trump dossier as House GOP seeks Fusion GPS boss testimony | 13 Oct 2018 | House Republicans still want Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier, to comply with their subpoena to appear on Capitol Hill despite his plans to invoke Fifth Amendment protections, a GOP House Judiciary Committee aide told Fox News on Friday. The tension with the Fusion GPS co-founder comes as new details emerge about just how widely distributed the unverified and politically funded dossier was back in 2016. A Fox News review of congressional testimony, British court records, emails and other documents indicate that at least five sources worked through other government agencies or fed the dossier to the FBI directly. Simpson made clear this week that he does not intend to answer congressional questions.

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BBC issues 'ally' badges to heterosexual staff in bid to tackle its 'heteronormative culture'

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 22:43

BBC issues 'ally' badges to heterosexual staff in bid to tackle its 'heteronormative culture' --Staff at national broadcaster to wear pin badges to show they are 'LGBT allies' --BBC workers told to use the non-binary pronoun 'they' instead of 'he' or 'she' --Colleagues to even change their email signatures to become more inclusive | 12 Oct 2018 | The BBC is encouraging staff to become 'straight allies' of colleagues who are gay, lesbian or have other gender identities. The move is an attempt to tackle what it calls a 'heteronormative culture', in which being straight is considered the norm. To shift the balance, staff who are heterosexual but 'actively promote' LGBT issues will wear pin badges or use email signatures to signify that they are 'allies' of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender colleagues. So-called 'non-binary pronouns' - for example, referring to someone as 'they' instead of 'he' or 'she' - will also be used by staff.

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Facebook Purges Over 800 Accounts With Millions of Followers; Prominent Conservatives Vanish

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 20:24

Facebook Purges Over 800 Accounts With Millions of Followers; Prominent Conservatives Vanish | 12 Oct 2018 | Just in time for midterms, Facebook [FaCIAbook] has removed 559 pages and 251 accounts they claim have been spreading misinformation and spam. Several of the pages however - some with millions of followers, were pro-Trump conservatives who had spent years cultivating their followings. Facebook has unpublished our page. After five years of building fans Facebook has officially unpublished our page (3.1 million fans), so we can't post on it.

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Fusion GPS co-founder will invoke 'constitutional rights not to testify' - lawyers

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 03:54

Fusion GPS co-founder will invoke 'constitutional rights not to testify' - lawyers | 11 Oct 2018 | Lawyers for Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, told the head of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that his client will "invoke his constitutional rights not to testify," defying a GOP-issued subpoena seeking to compel him to give a closed-door deposition. The lawyers told Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) in an electronic letter that Simpson will not participate in the committee's inquiry because it "is not designed to discover the truth." Simpson, a former journalist who later co-founded Fusion GPS, hired former British spy Christopher Steele to help compile the dossier, which makes a series of salacious allegations about President Trump's possible ties to Russia.

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Student charged for allegedly making false anti-LGBT threats against herself

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 01:23

Student charged for allegedly making false anti-LGBT threats against herself | 10 Oct 2018 | A member of student government at Ohio University has been charged with a misdemeanor after she allegedly made false statements to police about receiving threatening messages. Anna Ayers, who is a member of the OU student senate, was arrested Monday and charged by the Ohio University Police Department with three separate counts of "making false alarms." It is alleged that Ayers falsely reported multiple threatening messages, including a "death threat," which she claims was because of her being a member of the LGBTQ community. But an OU police department investigation revealed that Ayers's claims were false. The probe further uncovered that Ayers had "placed the messages herself, prior to reporting them," according to an OU police statement.

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