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Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

TeaserIn this study, we analyze both mainstream and social media coverage of the 2016 United States presidential election. We document that the …

Making 2 Become 1: Ironing Out Senate and House Tax Bill Differences

The Senate tax bill, which passed early Saturday morning, contained several last-minute changes that only widened the differences with the House-passed bill.<p>Lawmakers from both chambers are now headed to conference, where they will try to work out their differences and emerge with a final bill that …

Ethics panel denied details on lawmakers accused of harassment

Members of Congress voiced frustration Thursday that they remain in the dark about exactly how many of their colleagues have been accused of sexual …

Black Lives Matter Supporters Call Attention to Graphic Video of Arizona Shooting

Black Lives Matter activists were among those who used social media on Friday and Saturday to call attention to the case of Daniel Shaver, a …

Black Lives Matter

How much is the GOP willing to sacrifice for a Senate seat?

<b>(CNN) —</b> This Tuesday, the GOP faces a defining moment. With Donald Trump in the White House and the possibility of Roy Moore in the Senate, the nation is watching closely to see whether the GOP is becoming the party of the GOB -- the good old boys.<p>While some Senate elections are just about the …

Snowstorm marches north after blanketing Southeast

<b>(CNN) —</b> The South got an early taste of winter, but the Northeast didn't have to wait much longer.<p>The same weather system that dumped snow Friday on much of the Southeast -- leaving a foot in some pockets of the Southeast -- marched up the East Coast, dropping several inches of snowfall over the …

Weather

Trump ignores backlash, visits Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and praises civil rights leaders

Amid backlash and boycotts, President Trump addressed an invitation-only gathering Saturday at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson — instead of attending the public opening ceremony.<p>The change in plans came after Trump’s plans to attend the opening of the museum, which honors civil …

Minnesota's voter dress code unconstitutional?

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will hear arguments over Minnesota's controversial dress code for voters.<p>Minnesota has a law that bans any …

How the Kremlin Tried to Pose as American News Sites on Twitter

The Kremlin-backed Russian Internet Research Agency operated dozens of Twitter accounts masquerading as local American news sources that collectively …

Social Media

Can I Use This Photo on Social Media? Understanding Image Copyright

Has this ever happened to you? You’re crafting a social social media post. You’ve nailed the message you want to convey. You know that your post …

Why Trump’s Pardon of Arpaio Follows Law, Yet Challenges It

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio was characteristically unconventional. It came late on a Friday night as a hurricane bore down on Texas. It concerned a crime some said was particularly ill-suited to clemency, and it was not the product of the care and deliberation that …

Donald Trump

Trump and Manafort get big reminder that pardon power does not extend to state crimes

Politico reported Wednesday that New York’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman is now working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in the probe of financial transactions involving Paul Manafort, a story independently confirmed by The Washington Post by a source familiar with the investigation.<p>…

Donald Trump

Dusting Off the Constitution's Obscure Clauses

Get out your magnifying glass. This is the time to explore neglected nooks like the emoluments clause.<p>This became the year of the obscure, unlitigated constitutional clause. The First and 14th Amendments usually hog all the glory, and each did get a few big moments over the last year. But much more …

How Rodrigo Duterte Turned Facebook Into a Weapon—With a Little Help From Facebook

It’s social media in the age of “patriotic trolling” in the Philippines, where the government is waging a campaign to destroy a critic—with a little …

GE Ranks First in 2017 Downsizing After 12,000 More Job Cuts

General Electric Co. already has the distinction of being the worst performer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average this year. Now it’s taken the lead …

Employment

Family lawyer: Slager sentencing 'historic' - CNN Video

Walter Scott family lawyer L. Chris Stewart calls the sentencing of Michael Slager, the former South Carolina police officer who killed unarmed black man Walter Scott, a historic day for civil rights.

Several wounded after shooting at New Mexico school, reports say

Two students were killed when a fellow student opened fire at a northern New Mexico high school Thursday morning, law enforcement officials said.<p>The gunman also was killed, a spokesman for the New Mexico State Police told Fox News. Police released very little information about the shooter, …

Harold Ford Jr., ex-congressman and frequent MSNBC guest, fired by investment bank for sex misconduct

Former Democratic congressman and MSNBC mainstay Harold Ford Jr. was fired on Thursday by Morgan Stanley after he was accused of “harassment, intimidation, and forcibly” grabbing a woman several years ago, according to HuffPost.<p>The accuser was “not a Morgan Stanley employee but interacted with Ford …

Arizona newspaper owner says he was poisoned with rat toxin

The co-owner of an Arizona newspaper says he was poisoned last year with a chemical found in a rat toxin, and he thinks he knows who did it -- but he has no idea why.<p>Joseph Soldwedel, 65, the co-owner of The Daily Courier, a paper based in Prescott, Arizona, said he was poisoned with lethal doses …

Southern California firefighters face 'unprecedented' winds in wildfire fight

The firestorm that's engulfed parts of Southern California has fire crews keeping an eye on "unprecedented" wind gusts as they work to fight the flames on what officials have described as "steep, inaccessible areas."<p>The National Weather Service has extended a red-flag warning through the weekend …

Al Franken's resignation gives Republicans 'huge' opportunity to win seat: GOP leader

The chair of the Minnesota Republican Party told Fox News that Sen. Al Franken’s resignation on Thursday is a “huge” opportunity for the party to win over a Senate seat.<p>“There’s a number of great people I think that would be in the considerations to help us win a U.S. senate seat on the republican …

The Latest: German Social Democrats back talks on government

next<p>prev<p>The Latest on efforts to form a new government in Germany (all times local):<p>7:00 p.m.<p>Members of Germany's center-left Social Democrats have agreed to open talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on whether to renew their governing coalition or at least support a minority …

Ex-South Carolina cop Michael Slager gets 20 years for Walter Scott killing

<b>Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) —</b> Michael Slager, the former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in federal prison, a decision the Scott family said gave it a "sense of justice."<p>"This is an historic day for civil rights, in particular …

Al Franken's totally unapologetic resignation

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Two things were clear after Al Franken finished his speech on the Senate floor just after noon on Thursday:<p>1. He was resigning his seat by the end of the year.<p>2. He didn't believe he had done anything for which he should have been forced to resign.<p>Franken's speech was defined …

How Democrats win the future

<b>(CNN) —</b> Trust holds families together, and our Democratic family is no exception. As we enter the final meeting of the Democratic National Committee's Unity Reform Commission, where members will vote on proposals to reform the Democratic Party, we must focus on ensuring that voters across the …

It's your move now on harassment, Republicans

<b>(CNN) —</b> Your ball, GOP.<p>Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday that he was resigning from the United States Senate amid allegations, leveled at him by several women, of inappropriate conduct. After denying those allegations, Franken told the chamber, "I, of all people, am aware of the irony that I am …

Liberals Claim Electoral College Is Biased. Here Are the Facts.

In 1824, Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams were both members of the same political party. But in every other election with a discrepancy between …

ACLU Silent on Gay Coffee Shop Owner Who Kicked Out Pro-Lifers

The American Civil Liberties Union has remained silent on the issue of a gay coffee shop owner kicking out a group of Christians, despite multiple …

LGBTQI

Supreme Court seems divided in case of baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple

The Supreme Court seemed closely divided Tuesday over whether the First Amendment protects a Colorado baker from creating a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy likely to cast the deciding vote.<p>Kennedy, who wrote the court's 5 to 4 decision in 2015 saying gay couples …

Civil Rights