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Why the Parkland students have made pro-gun conservatives so mad

The American right is officially terrified of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.<p>Those students, who rapidly turned themselves into activists and organizers after 17 of their fellow students and teachers were murdered at their school, have become the most visible face of this new …

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Donald Trump Jr.’s tour through India is staggeringly corrupt

The Trump brand is surprisingly hot in India — and the president’s son is exploiting his connections to milk this moment.<p>Donald Trump Jr. arrived in India on Tuesday for a week-long visit, and his trip has already revealed a couple of things.<p>First, it’s clear that the Trump administration is still …

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Has Anyone Seen the President?

Michael Lewis goes to Washington in search of Trump and winds up watching the State of the Union with Steve Bannon.<p>Back when he was president, Barack Obama told me that only two people treated any interaction with him as a zero-sum game. One was Vladimir Putin, the other congressional Republicans. …

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The Follower Factory

Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market.

Black Market

Russians got tens of thousands of Americans to RSVP for their phony political events on Facebook

Russian operatives used Facebook to publicize 129 phony event announcements during the 2016 presidential campaign, drawing the attention of nearly 340,000 users -- many of whom said they were planning to attend -- according to a company document released by the Senate Intelligence Committee …

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How the Interrogation of Reality Winner Reveals the Deceptive Tactics of “Exceedingly Friendly” FBI Agents

In late January, George Papadopoulos did what a lot of Americans do when FBI agents ask for a few minutes of their time — he agreed to talk. It’s a …

Welcome to Law Enforcement’s “Dark Side”: Secret Evidence, Illegal Searches, and Dubious Traffic Stops

Federal agents at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration speak in veiled terms about the secret DEA unit that shares intelligence from the National …

Fake news is a threat to humanity, but scientists may have a solution

“Technocognition” proposes that we use technology and psychology to break through the mental barriers that make people deny threats like climate change<p>People are very good at finding ways to believe what we want to believe. Climate change is the perfect example – acceptance of climate science among …

Hard Times in Trump Country

Jamie Stewart voted for Donald Trump, but she thinks the president is a “jackass.” She doesn’t really love to talk about what he’s doing or why she …

What is net neutrality about? Protecting us from corporate power

Net neutrality is a rule against censorship and manipulation. By eliminating it, we do real damage to our democracy<p>This Thursday, Trump Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai will force a vote to repeal net neutrality protections for broadband providers. This is an important step …

Former Facebook executive: social media is ripping society apart

Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice-president of user growth, expressed regret for his part in building tools that destroy ‘the social fabric of how society works’<p>A former Facebook executive has said he feels “tremendous guilt” over his work on “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how …

Special Report: Inmate deaths reveal 'torturous' use of Tasers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Corporal Matthew Stice pointed his Taser at Martini Smith’s bare chest.<p>Smith was 20 years old, pregnant and stripped nearly naked, standing in a cell in the Franklin County jail in Columbus, Ohio. She had been detained on charges of stabbing a boyfriend she’d accused of …

This Israeli Presentation on How to Make Drone Strikes More “Efficient” Disturbed Its Audience

Research backed by the U.S. and Israeli military scandalized a conference near Tel Aviv earlier this year after a presentation showed how the …

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President Trump and accusations of sexual misconduct: The complete list

<i>“Women are very special. I think it’s a very special time, a lot of things are coming out and I think that’s good for our society and I think it’s very, very good for women and I’m very happy a lot of these things are coming out. I’m very happy it’s being exposed.”</i> <b><br>— President Trump, remarks to</b> …

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Anti-Trump protesters risk 60 years in jail. Is dissent a crime?

More than 200 people who were arrested on Trump’s inauguration day risk up to 60 years of jail. Meanwhile, the white supremacists in Charlottesville walk free<p>On the morning of President Trump’s inauguration, police trapped and arrested more than 230 people. Some were anti-Trump demonstrators; some …

Yes, the Clintons should be investigated

President Trump’s critics are arguing that GOP calls for the Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton and Democrats’ ties to Russia are an effort to distract from the real Russia investigation, into potential Trump-Russia collusion.<p>No, they are not.<p>Ever since Watergate, the mantra of all …

Government

Videos Reveal A Close, Gory View Of Police Dog Bites

Donald W. Cook is a Los Angeles attorney with decades of experience bringing lawsuits over police dog bites — and mostly losing. He blames what he calls "The Rin Tin Tin Effect" — juries think of police dogs as noble, and have trouble visualizing how violent they can be during an arrest.<p>"[Police] …

Law Enforcement

How a half-educated tech elite delivered us into evil

If our supersmart tech leaders knew a bit more about history or philosophy we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now<p>One of the biggest puzzles about our current predicament with fake news and the weaponisation of social media is why the folks who built this technology are so taken aback by what has …

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Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker: site made to exploit human 'vulnerability'

Site’s founding president, who became a billionaire thanks to the company, says: ‘God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains’<p>Facebook’s founders knew they were creating something addictive that exploited “a vulnerability in human psychology” from the outset, according to the company’s …

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Ashamed to work in Silicon Valley: how techies became the new bankers

Wall Street has long been the industry people love to hate. But as big tech’s reputation plummets, suddenly a job at Facebook doesn’t seem so cool<p>When Danny Greg first moved to San Francisco to work at Github in 2012, he used to get high-fives in the street from strangers when he wore his company …

The ‘Paradise Papers’ expose Trump’s fake populism

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><b>President Trump entered the White House on a platform of populist rage.</b> He channeled ire against the …

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President Trump Was Elected A Year Ago — And Americans Are Feeling Aggrieved

Donald Trump won the votes of whites without a college degree by a bigger margin than any Republican presidential candidate since 1980. And there is reason for that. He gave voice to a group of people who have felt left behind.<p>"Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her …

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End these offshore games or our democracy will die

The message of the Paradise Papers could not be clearer. Tax-avoiding elites must be reined in<p>The Paradise Papers are not about tax. They do not focus on palm-tree islands strewn around the Caribbean. Their implications are not technical but political. What they reflect is something far bigger: the …

Paul Manafort is charged with violating a law enacted to fight Nazi propaganda

The Foreign Agent Registration Act, the obscure statute used to charge Paul Manafort, explained.<p>At the heart of special counsel Robert Mueller’s case against Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and Manafort’s aide Rick Gates is a 1938 law that most Americans likely haven’t heard of.<p>The Foreign Agent …

I started Occupy Wall Street. Russia tried to co-opt me

We are witnessing the advent of social movement warfare: the deployment of social protest as an effective alternative to conventional military conflict writes Micah White, one of the co-creators of Occupy Wall Street<p>I have sometimes been approached by persons that I suspected were either agents or …

George Papadopoulos’s Plea Deal Is Very, Very Bad News for Attorney General Jeff Sessions

The biggest news of Mueller Monday — the rollout of a money-laundering indictment against Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser, Paul Manafort and …

Top Trump Official John Kelly Ordered ICE to Portray Immigrants as Criminals to Justify Raids

A directive to immigration officials across the country to try to portray undocumented immigrants swept up in mass raids as criminals came directly …

Thom Hartmann: The America I knew has almost disappeared

What’s left of our democratic institutions are under siege<p>Like an alcoholic family that won’t discuss alcoholism (proving Don Quixote’s warning never to mention rope in the home of a man who’s been hanged), far too many Americans are unwilling to acknowledge or even discuss the ongoing collapse of …