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Here’s How the US Became a Troll Nation: From Gamergate to the Rise of Trump

Before “MAGA,” Gamergaters claimed harassing women online was “about ethics in video game journalism” Troll To fish for by trolling a: to antagonize (others) online by deliverately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content b: to act as a troll — Merriam-Webster.com, 2017 The national tragedy that was the election of 2016, …

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As GOP tries to stop Don Blankenship from winning Senate primary, Democrats come in to aid him

National Republicans are airing ads for the May 8 GOP primary against notorious West Virginia coal baron Don Blankenship, whom they fear is unelectable against Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, and now, a Democratic group is trying to help Blankenship get nominated. A new super PAC called Duty and Country has launched what Politico says is a $ 380,000 ad …

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New suit seeks to bar private prison from forcing detained immigrants to work for $1 per day

Even most lawyers will admit it’s rare that a legal complaint makes for captivating reading. The complaint that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed this week against CoreCivic, a private prison company, as part of a class action suit is the exception. Unfortunately, it’s the worst kind of captivating—the kind you can’t put down because …

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View from the Left: Avenatti’s forecast for Trump gets even stormier—he won’t serve out his term

Several weeks ago, when Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti was delighting in Donald Trump finally breaking his silence on the $ 130,000 hush-money payment executed by Michael Cohen, Avenatti made the point that Cohen was about to come under intense pressure as the lynchpin in both the Stormy saga and the Russia probe. “If this guy doesn’t …

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From Trump’s US to Syria, even the plain truth is tribal | Jonathan Freedland

The denigration of Robert Mueller and the White Helmets shows the extent to which provable facts are now under siege There was a time when, even if we disagreed about the remedy, we did at least agree that the patient was sick. We might argue about the meaning of this or that event, but all …

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Tennessee legislators strip $250.000 from Memphis for removing Confederate statues

In retaliation for removing two Confederate monuments last year, the Republican-led Tennessee House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to punish the city of Memphis by stripping $ 250,000 away from their budget, earmarked for a bicentennial celebration next year. The statues depicted Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was a …

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Tennessee legislature bans judges from making inmates choose between fertility and freedom

It’s a headline you’d expect to find on microfiche, or maybe in an online archive—not at the top of a post with a 2018 date: “Lawmakers pass bill to forbid judges from sterilizing inmates in exchange for reduced jail time.” In White County, Tennessee, a sheriff and judge have allegedly been making inmates choose between sterilization …

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McConnell says he will not allow vote on bill protecting Mueller from firing

Republican Senate majority leader says bill is ‘not necessary’ because Trump will not fire special counsel, despite bipartisan fears The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has said he will not allow a vote on a bill that would protect the special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by Donald Trump, despite bipartisan concern that the …

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A ‘Bolt’ (ton) from the past

As most people now know, Trump picked John Bolton to be his new National Security Advisor. Many progressive and libertarian outlets have already lambasted Bolton for his Neo Con credentials and agenda. With that nasty smirk on his face, Bolton actually publically has come out for the pre-emptive attacking of both Iran and North Korea… going on …

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Trump’s companies have collected $15.1 million from his campaign and presidency

$ 15.1 million. That’s the minimum amount Donald Trump’s companies have raked in from Trump’s own campaign and presidency. Fifteen million dollars worth of business from checks written to him by everyone from the Secret Service, which was billed for riding on Trump’s plane and renting golf carts at Trump’s clubs, to the suckers that …

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