US, UK and France launch Syria strikes targeting Assad’s chemical weapons

April 22, 2018

Washington (CNN)The US, UK and France launched strikes against targets at three sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning, following a week of threats of retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Damascus enclave of Douma. Official: US response to Syria is not over Russia’s news agency TASS reported that none of the missiles fired by the three western nations struck areas near…

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Chinas $1 Billion White Elephant

April 21, 2018

Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port spurs worries in India, Japan Operator China Merchants is ‘hell bent’ on turning it aound helped ease "the Chinese part of the debt burden." Still the decision remains unpopular with many Sri Lankans. Ironically that’s boosted the political fortunes of Rajapaksa, who lost a 2015 election in part due to concerns he was too cozy with China. On a recent afternoon at the port, vehicle traffic…

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FBI raids Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s office, seizes Stormy Daniels documents, bank records

April 19, 2018

Washington (CNN)The FBI raided the office of Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer and confidant of President Donald Trump, Cohen’s attorney confirmed to CNN Monday. The Monday raids included the Loew’s Regency hotel where Cohen has been staying, according to a source familiar with the matter. There were approximately a dozen FBI agents involved, the source said. Additionally, The Wall Street Journal reported the raid included Cohen’s home. Ryan’s statement called…

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House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t seek re-election: ‘I like to think I’ve done my part’

April 18, 2018

Washington (CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan is not seeking re-election and will retire from Congress after this year, the Wisconsin Republican announced Wednesday. Ryan’s departure is a blow to GOP members who saw the Wisconsin Republican as a stable and policy-oriented leader in a party shaken by the tumultuous Donald Trump presidency. He has been a fundraising juggernaut ahead of the midterms this fall, and helped translate GOP agenda items into…

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Federal Judge Upholds Massachusettss Assault-Weapons Ban

April 18, 2018

Suit was filed over state’s response to Pulse club shooting Gun-rights group claimed the 1998 ban was unconstitutional shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were left dead. Survivors mobilized on social media and successfully pushed for a new gun-control law in Florida, which triggered a lawsuit by the National Rifle Association. The law raised the age to purchase a gun to 21 from 18. The…

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Sinclair Employees Say Their Contracts Make It Too Expensive to Quit

April 17, 2018

owns or operates 193 TV stations in more than 80 markets across the country and reaches an estimated 38 percent of households. This weekend, it video montage posted over the weekend by Deadspin showed dozens of Sinclair anchors saying such “false news” is “extremely dangerous to our democracy.”  “The critics are now upset,” Scott Livingston, vice president of news at Sinclair, wrote in a memo to employees Monday provided to Bloomberg. “There is a lot of noise…

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Showing Both Sides: ABC Is Balancing Out Roseannes Pro-Trump Politics By Airing A Scene After Every Episode Where Donald Trump Drowns In The Conner Family Bathtub

April 17, 2018

Though ABC’s Roseanne reboot is a bona fide ratings success, the show has become a lightning rod for controversy, with Roseanne Barr’s right-wing beliefs drawing ire from the left and praise from conservatives in equal measure. Now, the primetime network is taking major steps to make sure the show caters to viewers on both ends of the political spectrum: ABC is balancing out Roseanne’s pro-Trump views by airing a scene…

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Ted Nugent calls Parkland survivors ‘liars’ and ‘soulless’ in interview

April 12, 2018

(CNN)National Rifle Association board member and classic rocker Ted Nugent slammed survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, calling them “liars” and “poor, mushy-brained children.” Nugent’s comments come six weeks after 17 people were gunned down at the high school, reigniting a national debate on the nation’s gun laws. An outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, he joins a growing list of conservative pundits, commentators, and government officials who have…

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Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

April 11, 2018

Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters How Cambridge Analyticas algorithms turned likes into a political tool The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trumps election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech giants biggest ever data breaches, and used them to build a powerful software…

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Want to understand the Trump effect? Go see ‘The Death of Stalin’

April 10, 2018

Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, John McCain, and General John Kelly … or rather, their 1953 Russian variants.Image: IFC Someday in the not-too-distant future, you’ll be sitting in the dark of a multiplex as a trailer plays for the first big-budget movie rendering of the Donald Trump administration. No doubt there will be laughs, gasps, boos, and intense online debates about whether it’s too soon to turn our…

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YouTube Bans Firearms Demo Videos, Entering the Gun Control Debate

April 8, 2018

Google’s new policy prohibits promotion of guns, bump stocks At least one video gun blogger ditched YouTube for PornHub greater restrictions on content several times in the past year, responding to a series of issues with inappropriate and offensive videos. Most of those changes involved pulling ads from categories of videos. Google is more reluctant to remove entire videos from YouTube, but has been willing to do so with terrorism-related…

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