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 2018-09-21 21:04 

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New emails show NRA's sway over Florida government officials...

The Tampa Bay Times released hundreds of emails between NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer and the Florida Department of Agriculture on Friday, revealing a close relationship between one of the most influential champions for gun rights and the agency tasked with ...

 2018-09-21 19:12 

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Alex Jones and InfoWars banned from PayPal...

In recent weeks, Infowars — the go-to website for the tinfoil hat brigade — has seen its audience plummet after companies like Apple, Spotify, and Google removed the publication one by one from their platforms. Before it was removed, more than...

 2018-09-21 18:06 

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New report reveals 1 in 5 Californians are living with a conviction...

When Jay Jordan walked out of prison in 2011, after serving seven years for a robbery he committed in Northern California when he was 19, he was determined to get past his conviction and start a new life. He sought out work, first looking for employment a...

 2018-09-21 17:46 

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Man who shot two officers in his home won't be charged after Maryland cops admit fault...

Police are entirely capable of resolving encounters with armed individuals without killing anyone, an extraordinary exchange of gunfire in Maryland proved on Wednesday. A Prince George's County man fired his shotgun on officers who raided his home bas...

 2018-09-21 17:35 

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Extreme right rallies to defense of Brett Kavanaugh...

Beleaguered Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, reeling from accusations of sexual assault, has found an unsurprising ally in his push for the highest court in the land: the extreme right. White supremacists, white nationalists, and members of the so-c...

 2018-09-21 17:10 

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Bipartisan consensus helps Delaware clamp down on offshore oil and gas drilling...

Delaware has become the latest state to take a hard line against offshore fossil fuel efforts, with a bipartisan push to protect the coastal state's waters from oil and gas development. Two bills allowing Delaware to both withhold permits from oil and...

 2018-09-21 16:55 

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Trump gives up the game, admits he doesn't care what Kavanaugh's accuser has to say...

President Trump indicated Friday that he does not particularly care what Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has to say. "Let her testify, or not, and TAKE THE VOTE!" Trump ...

 2018-09-21 16:49 

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BREAKING: Coal ash may be flowing into river upstream from downtown Wilmington, NC...

Coal ash from a retired power plant could be spilling into the Cape Fear River upstream from Wilmington, North Carolina, according to the Associated Press Friday morning. Floodwaters also caused a power plant to be shut down overnight. On Thursday, Duke E...

 2018-09-21 15:42 

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3-D printed gun advocate Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan...

Cody Wilson, the gun enthusiast who has been the center of national debate over 3-D printed guns, was arrested in Taiwan Friday after being charged with sexual assault in Texas, according to Taiwan News. Wilson, who missed his flight home from Taipei, Tai...

 2018-09-21 15:38 

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Thoughts and prayers: The NRA is bleeding money...

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has lost tens of millions of dollars in membership dues since the 2016 election and is more than $30 million in debt, according to an audit obtained by OpenSecrets. The gun advocacy group previously alleged financial h...

 2018-09-21 15:31 

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With new Kavanaugh tweet, Trump makes Kellyanne Conway look like a fool...

At 9:13 a.m. on Friday, Kellyanne Conway told reporters that President Trump didn't need to be advised not to attack Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her — b...

 2018-09-21 15:16 

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Michael Cohen flips on Trump...

President Trump's former lawyer and longtime "fixer" Michael Cohen has officially flipped. Sources who spoke with ABC News Thursday afternoon said Cohen, who pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges in August, has spoken with Special Counsel R...

 2018-09-21 15:16 

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McConnell says Kavanaugh will be on the Supreme Court 'in the very near future'...

WASHINGTON D.C. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) addressed the annual Values Voters Summit on Friday and promised Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is currently facing allegations of sexual assault, would be confirmed "in...

 2018-09-21 14:54 

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CDC receives $1 million to tackle Florida's toxic algae crisis...

Floridians suffering from the devastating impacts of an ongoing toxic algae crisis plaguing the state are set to see some relief, even as Florida continues to grapple with the ongoing environmental disaster. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

 2018-09-21 14:44 

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Wisconsin school district failed to protect gay student from bullying, lawsuit says...

A gay former student is suing the Kenosha Unified School District in Wisconsin, claiming the district failed to protect him from bullying across multiple schools. According to the federal civil rights lawsuit, which was filed last week, Guadalupe Paredes,...

 2018-09-21 14:26 

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Trump tweets: Dr. Ford must provide documentation of her assault...

In a pair of tweets Friday morning, President Trump lashed out at Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and her parents, insisting that the credibility of her story depends on whether she can produce documentation showing she reported Judge Brett Kavanaugh's sexu...

 2018-09-21 14:02 

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Six endangered House Republicans still haven't divested of their Elliott Broidy donations...

Republican Rep. Mimi Walters, who represents California's 45th Congressional District, casts herself a "proven champion fighting for domestic violence victims." She serves on the House Ethics Committee. She also accepted $5,400 — the leg...

 2018-09-21 13:51 

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Fox News spreads crackpot 'mistaken identity' theory about Kavanaugh accusation...

During Friday morning's edition of Fox & Friends, hosts spread a completely irresponsible theory about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — that someone else might have perpetr...

 2018-09-21 13:23 

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Bill Cosby's sentencing is next week. Here's what you need to know....

He could go to prison and die there. For now, he waits in a mansion. In April, Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. He was released on $1 million bail and has been awaiting his sentencing under house arrest at his ...

 2018-09-21 12:45 

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Dissent is a slow brew on the streets at this year's UN General Assembly...

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK — For a city that never shuts up, New York is pretty quiet in the first days of this year's United Nations General Assembly — the annual circus that brings the entire world into Manhattan. From politicians to activi...

 2018-09-21 12:00 

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Vulnerable Republicans omit key detail in campaign ads touting their work on the opioid crisis...

When it comes to health care, Republican incumbents are waging defensive campaigns, attacking challengers who support Medicare for All or defusing criticism over their position on pre-existing conditions. But some vulnerable conservatives have found solac...

 2018-09-21 12:00 

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Vulnerable Republicans omit key detail in campaign ads touting their work on the opioid crisis...

When it comes to health care, Republican incumbents are waging defensive campaigns, attacking challengers who support Medicare for All or defusing criticism over their position on pre-existing conditions. But some vulnerable conservatives have found solac...

 2018-09-21 12:00 

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How used electric car batteries will turbocharge the renewables revolution...

Plummeting battery costs have made electric vehicles (EVs) a truly disruptive technology. In fact, EVs now use more lithium ion batteries than consumer electronics. But Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) projects EV-battery demand will rise another 25-fo...

 2018-09-21 12:00 

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Electric car batteries' 'second life' could be a clean energy game-changer...

Plummeting battery costs have made electric vehicles (EVs) a truly disruptive technology. In fact, EVs now use more lithium ion batteries than consumer electronics. But Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) projects EV-battery demand will rise another 25-fo...

 2018-09-20 22:56 

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ICE is arresting the sponsors of undocumented children...

The Trump administration is using the process of placing undocumented immigrant children with sponsors as a way to track down and arrest undocumented individuals, according to a CNN report. From early July through early September, Immigration and Customs ...

 2018-09-20 21:15 

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Rubio gets mad at John Kerry for talking to Iran, forgets he signed Republicans' 2015 letter to Iran...

Former Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, has come under scrutiny from conservatives for his relationship with Iran. The Massachusetts Democrat told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewit...

 2018-09-20 21:03 

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The depths of one of Europe's largest money laundering scandals have been exposed...

For years, the Estonian branch of the Denmark-based Danske Bank ignored repeated warnings about specific clients and the source of their money. The warnings came from regulators and government officials alike — even from the Russian Central Bank. No...

 2018-09-20 20:34 

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Russian anti-doping program fails to meet key guidelines, gets certification reinstated anyway...

In an unsurprising yet somehow still stunning decision, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) voted on Thursday to lift their ban on Russia's anti-doping program (RUSADA), which was suspended in 2015. After "missing" just one Olympics — th...

 2018-09-20 19:45 

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HHS to cut funds from Head Start, cancer research to pay for the detention of immigrant children...

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning to divert millions of dollars in funding originally allocated for programs like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to pay ...

 2018-09-20 19:44 

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Anti-transgender bigots sink to new low with latest ad...

This November, Massachusetts voters will consider Question 3, a referendum on whether to retain a 2016 law protecting transgender people from discrimination in public places. Opponents of the law — who call themselves "Keep MA Safe" — ...

 2018-09-20 18:21 

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Toxic coal ash ponds at risk of flooding as Duke Energy issues 'high-level' emergency alert...

On Thursday morning, almost a week after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, the storm's floodwaters overran a lake which had been flooded by tons of coal ash earlier in the storm. Residents now risk coal ash-polluted water flowing bac...

 2018-09-20 18:18 

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California's Businesses Improvement Districts use their power to harass the homeless, study says...

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are harassing homeless people and violating California's state laws through their political spending and likely through cruel actions such as confiscation of homeless people's possessions, University of Califo...

 2018-09-20 18:05 

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3 hog waste lagoons breached, 130 others at risk of overflowing in North Carolina...

Three hog waste lagoons are believed to have breached due to Hurricane Florence's record rainfall, according to the North Carolina Pork Council. Six sites have suffered structural damage so far and nearly 130 other lagoons are overflowing or at risk o...

 2018-09-20 17:58 

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Trump defends record on Maria amid doubts over White House's ability to handle Florence...

On the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, President Donald Trump is hailing his administration's recovery efforts in Puerto Rico as "historic" even as Puerto Ricans continue to struggle with the hurricane's enduring legacy. The trage...

 2018-09-20 17:29 

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Republicans who voted to repeal pre-existing conditions protections run ads pretending they didn't...

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 banned the long-standing practice of health insurers discriminating against customers on the basis of their pre-existing conditions. The Trumpcare legislation that narrowly passed the House of Representatives last May would...

 2018-09-20 17:24 

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Jeff Sessions' ugly attack on BLM shows he's desperate to distract from evidence they're right...

After months of workshopping in speeches around the country, Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems to have settled on a final version of his newest inflammatory stiff-arm to all criticism of law enforcement. Black Lives Matter, the ACLU, and other critics ...

 2018-09-20 17:17 

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Shocking chart shows how badly Trump botched Puerto Rico's recovery after Maria...

A White House "fact sheet" released Thursday, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria slamming into Puerto Rico, claims President Donald Trump's administration "helped lead a historic recovery effort" on the island. In reality, the...

 2018-09-20 16:16 

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Shooting in Maryland leaves 'multiple' dead or injured...

"Multiple" people were killed or injured in a shooting at a warehouse in Aberdeen, Maryland, police said Thursday. Authorities told WBAL-TV lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller the suspected shooter was a woman who had been transported to a ne...

 2018-09-20 15:36 

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Roy Moore urges Republicans to ignore sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh...

Failed Alabama Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore is urging fellow Republicans to "take a stand" against Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape her. Moore, who was accused of sexually abusing a...

 2018-09-20 15:09 

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Top Grassley aide isn't even pretending to take Kavanaugh assault allegation seriously...

On Wednesday evening, Mike Davis, chief counsel for nominations for the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), posted a tweet indicating he's not even pretending to take Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegat...

 2018-09-20 14:56 

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Death toll in DRC Ebola outbreak reaches 97, vaccinations continue...

At least 97 people have died as a result of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to the World Health Organization's most recent figures. This is the second large-scale Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic the country ha...

 2018-09-20 14:50 

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Alliance Defending Freedom: Homeless shelters should be allowed to refuse transgender women...

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the hate group challenging LGBTQ protections all over the country, has a new client: the Downtown Soup Kitchen ("Hope Center") in Anchorage, Alaska. Because the charity wants permission to refuse to shelter tr...

 2018-09-20 13:57 

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Spanish foreign minister claims Trump wanted to build wall across Sahara desert...

Another day, another stunningly brilliant policy proposal from President Donald Trump. According to Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, Trump suggested to him that Spain should build a wall across the Sahara desert as a way of curbing the influx of mi...

 2018-09-20 13:04 

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Trump's lawyer pushes insane lie about Trump's Lester Holt interview...

During an interview on Wednesday's edition of Chris Cuomo's CNN show, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow suggested that footage of the infamous May 2017 interview with NBC's Lester Holt in which the president essentially copped to obstruction of justice...

 2018-09-20 12:28 

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Is America's Religious Right turning its back on Russia?...

Ever since its inception in the mid-1990s, the World Congress of Families (WCF) has worked to bring Russia and America's Religious Right together. The project has served many roles over the years: policy shop, networking opportunity, geopolitical tool...

 2018-09-20 12:00 

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What happens when your congressional opponent gets arrested and decides to run anyway?...

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) this week reversed his decision to suspend his re-election campaign, one month after being arrested on insider trading charges. Collins will keep his name on the ballot in New York's 27th Congressional District and run for re...

 2018-09-20 12:00 

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Rep. Chris Collins got arrested and still wants his job. Here's what it's like to run against him....

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) this week reversed his decision to suspend his re-election campaign, one month after being arrested on insider trading charges. Collins will keep his name on the ballot in New York's 27th Congressional District and run for re...

 2018-09-20 12:00 

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As Kavanaugh hearings remind observers of Anita Hill, history is repeating — and diverging...

As someone with a ringside seat during the provocative 1991 Senate hearing as then-University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill accused Thomas of sexually harassing her when he was her boss at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, I'm bracing my...

 2018-09-20 12:00 

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As Kavanaugh hearings remind observers of Anita Hill, history is repeating — and diverging...

As someone who had a ringside seat during the provocative 1991 Senate hearing as then-University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill accused Thomas of sexually harassing her when he was her boss at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, I'm bracing...

 2018-09-20 12:00 

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Top Toyota expert: Truly driverless cars 'might not be in my lifetime'...

Few technology transitions that are so potentially consequential and dangerous have been as over-hyped as driverless cars. In June 2017, The New York Times wrote, "There are increasing signs that autonomous cars have arrived — and may be driving...

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