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Sandy Hook parents sue Infowars host Alex Jones for defamation

Jones has been at the front of a group of conspiracy theorists who contend that the shooting was a staged false flag event intended to push gun control Two of the families who lost children in the small but loud group of conspiracy theorists who believe that the shooting was a staged false flag event, intended to push US public opinion toward increased gun control. Undoubtedly, theres a cover-up, theres actors, theyre manipulating, theyve been caught lying, and they were pre-planning before it, Jones said in a March 2014 broadcast.…

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Jeremy Corbyn calls Syria airstrikes legally questionable

PM should have sought parliamentary approval before taking military action, says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has described airstrikes on Syria as legally questionable and accused Theresa May of trailing after Donald Trump in an attack that could escalate the conflict. The Labour leader was responding to the news that the Theresa May: Syria strikes ‘right and legal’ option video Labour has opposed a military strike on Syria since the chemical weapons attack on Douma. On Thursday, Corbyn urged May to remember the lessons of intelligence failures in the buildup to…

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Donald Trump praises Syria strikes and declares: ‘Mission accomplished’

US president thanks London and Paris for their wisdom and power while Russia loses UN vote to condemn airstrikes Donald Trump hailed the strikes carried out against Syria by the US, UK and France as perfectly executed on Saturday, adding: Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished! The US president thanked London and Paris for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military in joining Washington in launching more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Trump added: So…

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Laura Ingraham is a victim of a totalitarian campaign from the left, apparently

The American right have revealed a vision of free speech that is very expansive for conservatives but far less accommodating for those who disagree with them In the past week, the American right has rallied around a number of their own who have spoken unwisely. In doing so, they have revealed a vision of free speech that is very expansive for conservatives, but far less accommodating for those who disagree with them. The biggest fight has been centered on Laura Ingraham, Fox News star, talk radio host, bestselling author and…

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Alton Sterling shooting: two police officers will not be charged with any crime

Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II wont be charged for incident that occured in July of 2016 that sparked unrest throughout Baton Rouge The two police officers involved in the fatal shooting of captured on video and sparked unrest throughout the summer of 2016. Alton Sterling. Photograph: Handout/Reuters In a press conference immediately after Landrys, Sterlings family expressed deep frustration and called for voters to eject the attorney general and other elected officials. We dont cry no more, thats why you dont see tears, said Sandra Sterling, an aunt of…

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Stormy Daniels: I was told to ‘leave Trump alone’ in parking lot threat

Adult film actor says man told her in 2011: Thats a beautiful little girl. Itd be a shame if something happened to her mom Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who alleges she had sex with Donald Trump in 2006, claimed on Sunday night that she was threatened with physical violence after she first attempted to go public with the story by a man who told her: Leave Trump alone. Speaking to Anderson Cooper in a highly-anticipated broadcast on CBSs news magazine, 60 Minutes, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie…

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Where’s Zuck? Facebook CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds

Amid calls for investigation and a #DeleteFacebook campaign, company releases an official statement but its figurehead keeps quiet The chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has remained silent over the more than 48 hours since the Observer revealed the harvesting of 50 million users personal data, even as his company is buffeted by #DeleteFacebook. Facebooks shares slid 6.77% on Monday following the news, knocking $36bn off the companys valuation as investors worried about the consequences of the revelations. Zuckerberg owns 16% of the company and personally saw his fortune fall…

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Cambridge Analytica and Facebook accused of misleading MPs over data breach

Call for Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to testify before parliamentary committee The head of the parliamentary committee investigating fake news has accused Cambridge Analytica and Facebook of misleading MPs in testimony, after the Observer revealed details of a vast data breach affecting tens of millions of people. After a whistleblower detailed Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: ‘We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles’ video The whistleblower Chris Wylies claim that the 50m, mostly American, profiles were harvested in one of Facebooks biggest data breaches caused outrage on both sides of the…

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Texas newspaper edits son’s same-sex marriage out of mother’s obituary

It wiped John completely off the picture like he didnt exist says Barry Giles as editor, a Baptist pastor, calls decision to delete ethical and lawful When Brenda Light died last month, her obituary in a small-town Texas newspaper included a wealth of biographical details. But one important family connection was missing the fact that her son is married to another man. The obituary submitted to the Olton Enterprise included the line Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Barry Giles, and his husband, John Gambill of Dallas.…

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

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 program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box. A whistleblower has revealed to the Observer how Cambridge Analytica…

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Paul Ryan sold shares on same day as private briefing of banking crisis

Vice-presidential candidate denies he profited from a 2008 meeting with Fed chairman in which officials outlined fears for financial crisis Paul Ryan, Mitt Romneys vice-presidential running mate, sold stock in US banks on the same day he attended a confidential meeting where top level officials disclosed the sector was heading for a deep crisis. The congressman on Monday denied profiting from information gleaned from the meeting on 18 September 2008 when Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, then treasury secretary Hank Paulson and others outlined their fears for the banking sector.…

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Artist Nan Goldin stages opioids protest in Metropolitan Museum Sackler Wing

New York Big Pharma demonstration sees activists dump specially made bottles in moat around Egyptian Temple of Dendur The artist Nan Goldin and around 100 fellow demonstrators threw pill bottles into the moat surrounding an ancient Egyptian temple at the Metropolitan Museum in New York on Saturday, to protest sponsorship by the family that owns one of the largest makers of opioids. The pill bottles had been labeled by the protesters to say prescribed to you by the Sackler Family. The Sackler family Temple of Dendur stands. Goldin, who recently…

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The Shape of Water wins best picture at Oscars 2018

Guillermo del Toros creature feature, starring Sally Hawkins, takes the top prize of the night at the Academy awards Guillermo del Toro, it led to the Mexican film-makers first nomination for best picture though Del Toro was also nominated in 2007 for best original screenplay and best foreign language film for Pans Labyrinth. Having led the nominations list with 13, The Shape of Water had been considered a strong candidate for the best picture Oscar, and it also won best film at the Critics Choice awards and the Producers Guild…

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Ex-Trump adviser sold $31m in shares days before president announced steel tariffs

Carl Icahn sold $31.3m of shares in a company dependent on steel imports days before the commerce department mooted stiff tariffs on imports Carl Icahn, a former special adviser to Donald Trump, sold $31.3m of shares in a company heavily dependent on steel imports last week, shortly before Trumps announcement of new tariffs sent its shares plummeting. Icahn, a billionaire investor who was a major Trump supporter, started selling shares in the crane and lifting equipment supplier Manitowoc Company on 12 February, days before the commerce department first mooted Think…

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