Fox News is laying the groundwork for conspiracy theories about Joe Biden’s health


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Fox News spent 2016 pushing unfounded rumors that Hillary Clinton was hiding serious health problems, and it’s gearing up to do the same to former Vice President Joe Biden. Fox News hosts—Sean Hannity and Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery in particular—have repeatedly speculated about Biden’s health, the Daily Beast reports.

Biden “does look very tired,” Kennedy said last week. “Joe Biden’s tired,” Hannity said the same night. “He does not have the energy for this. He’s not up for this challenge. They’re already hiding him like they hid Hillary. They don’t want him out there.” Kennedy has twice invoked Clinton’s “overcoat,” the conservative theory that a picture showing Clinton with a slight bulge on the back of a jacket was evidence she was hiding a defibrillator (rather than the much more likely explanation that it was wireless audio equipment). And she’s claimed that “He is much more like Hillary Clinton,

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Fox News is laying the groundwork for conspiracy theories about Joe Biden’s health


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Fox News spent 2016 pushing unfounded rumors that Hillary Clinton was hiding serious health problems, and it’s gearing up to do the same to former Vice President Joe Biden. Fox News hosts—Sean Hannity and Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery in particular—have repeatedly speculated about Biden’s health, the Daily Beast reports.

Biden “does look very tired,” Kennedy said last week. “Joe Biden’s tired,” Hannity said the same night. “He does not have the energy for this. He’s not up for this challenge. They’re already hiding him like they hid Hillary. They don’t want him out there.” Kennedy has twice invoked Clinton’s “overcoat,” the conservative theory that a picture showing Clinton with a slight bulge on the back of a jacket was evidence she was hiding a defibrillator (rather than the much more likely explanation that it was wireless audio equipment). And she’s claimed that “He is much more like Hillary Clinton,

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Russian trolls spurred anti-vaccine debate with misinformation on Twitter, says new study


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You’ve probably heard that the U.S. is facing some of our worst measles outbreaks in about two decades. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 900 cases of the measles have been reported in 2019 alone. (For the record, it’s also a growing problem on the global scale.) Disturbingly, as evidenced in a new study out of George Washington University, it appears that Russian trolls amped the entire anti-vaccination debate by participating in discussions on the subject way more than typical users on Twitter.

“Compared with average users, Russian trolls, sophisticated bots, and ‘content polluters’ tweeted about vaccination at higher rates,” the study, led by professor David Broniatowski, reports in its findings. “Whereas content polluters posted more anti-vaccine content, Russian trolls amplified both sides.”

To gather their data, the study compared the number of tweets related to vaccines from Russian trolls (bots) to

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‘Sexist trash’: Hillary Clinton on bogus Pelosi videos Facebook refused to take down


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Facebook is pretty much running away with the “Enemy of the People” award for 2019, following up the company’s 2016 contribution to America’s demise. Only this time, the social media giant is willfully spreading fake news in the form of bogus videos portraying the speaker of the House as a drunk. Sure, YouTube took the video down, but not Facebook—it’s angling for a 2016 repeat. And someone who knows a little something about the dangers of Facebook’s craven stewardship is calling B.S. on the company’s refusal to remove the videos. 

“It wasn’t even a close call,” Hillary Clinton said Wednesday during a Hunter College commencement address at New York’s Madison Square Garden. “The video is sexist trash. And YouTube took it down but Facebook kept it up.”

Clinton told the 2019 graduates that the only way to make Facebook take responsibility for the damage it is doing to

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Six times in 24 hours, desperate Donald calls for DOJ and FBI to investigate Hillary


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Donald Trump’s working hard, but naturally it has nothing to do with serving the American people. He’s desperate to find a foil for the Russia entanglements that are beginning to strangle his presidency. Here’s the start of Trump’s Friday morning campaign:

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By “everybody,” we assume he means all his Russian bot followers, whose concerns warranted another seven tweets following that opening bid. Three of those tweets explicitly called on the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate Clinton for, well, everything: “New Donna B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary. What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus…”

It’s clearly driving the Don crazy that he can’t just order two of

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Six times in 24 hours, desperate Donald calls for DOJ and FBI to investigate Hillary


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Donald Trump’s working hard, but naturally it has nothing to do with serving the American people. He’s desperate to find a foil for the Russia entanglements that are beginning to strangle his presidency. Here’s the start of Trump’s Friday morning campaign:

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By “everybody,” we assume he means all his Russian bot followers, whose concerns warranted another seven tweets following that opening bid. Three of those tweets explicitly called on the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate Clinton for, well, everything: “New Donna B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary. What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus…”

It’s clearly driving the Don crazy that he can’t just order two of

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Cartoon: Law & Oranger


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Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is circling closer to the Oval Office. Actually, it’s been circling that part of the White House for a while since everyone close to President Trump seems to have been meeting with someone from Russia throughout the campaign. As the investigation progresses, we will see Trump throw more people under the bus.

Paul Manafort? He was hardly ever part of the campaign, plus, he did all his illegal things before he worked for me! George, I hardly knew him! The Trump crew will keep spinning and keep trying to blame Obama or Hillary or anyone else but themselves.

“Conspiracy against the United States” sounds like a pretty serious charge, one that a guy who was paid handsomely to organize rock-throwing protests against our own troops overseas surely deserves. And here’s hoping George Papadopoulos is truly a “proactive co-operator” who will help reel in

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Steele Dossier was funded first by Trump’s GOP opponents then by Democrats—which we knew all along


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On Tuesday, the Washington Post “broke” the story that sources connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party had taken over funding for Christopher Steele’s Trump–Russia compilation after Trump’s Republican opponents were knocked out of the race.

Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research. …

Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the company in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Before that agreement, Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was funded by an unknown Republican client during the GOP primary.

So, a lawyer with Clinton’s campaign hired Fusion GPS for opposition research—likely because they knew that Fusion had already been hired by at least one of Trump’s Republican opponents. Fusion, in turn, hired Steele’s firm. Only … this isn’t exactly breaking news. Here’s the Guardian story on the dossier

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House Republicans announce a new Russia investigation … about Hillary Clinton


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While Bob Corker is engaging in a twit-off with Donald Trump, there are other Republicans who are very, very anxious to show that they’ll still march off any cliff on Trump’s command. And they have a leader.

Devin Nunes has a job. That job is to turn the House Intelligence Committee into an extension of Donald Trump’s wildest conspiracy theories, no evidence required. Whether it’s leaping from a car to make a mystery visit to the White Housethreatening to jail noted Obama sympathizer Jefferson Sessions, issuing his own subpoenas after he’s recused himself from the investigation, or simply making himself the most ridiculous figure in Washington, Nunes is Trump’s go to guy when he needs someone to prop up his nuttiness.

So when Trump tweets …

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Want to increase black turnout? Make the fight for voting rights a core campaign issue


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If Democrats want to win elections—which is how we’ll be able to make positive changes and make America a more just place—we need to connect the dots. Two articles came out this week about black voters. One looked back to voter suppression in 2016, while the other was about black turnout in upcoming elections this fall. In order to achieve those electoral victories, we need to link these two subjects.

Mother Jones has a terrific piece of journalism by Ari Berman, who has been focused for some time on voter suppression, and who wrote a book on the struggle for voting rights since the passage of the Voting Rights Act. His article highlights the experience of Andrea Anthony, an African-American woman who should have been able to cast her vote last fall in Milwaukee, but was stymied by that state’s draconian voter ID laws, which were passed by Republicans with the

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Want to increase black turnout? Make the fight for voting rights a core campaign issue


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If Democrats want to win elections—which is how we’ll be able to make positive changes and make America a more just place—we need to connect the dots. Two articles came out this week about black voters. One looked back to voter suppression in 2016, while the other was about black turnout in upcoming elections this fall. In order to achieve those electoral victories, we need to link these two subjects.

Mother Jones has a terrific piece of journalism by Ari Berman, who has been focused for some time on voter suppression, and who wrote a book on the struggle for voting rights since the passage of the Voting Rights Act. His article highlights the experience of Andrea Anthony, an African-American woman who should have been able to cast her vote last fall in Milwaukee, but was stymied by that state’s draconian voter ID laws, which were passed by Republicans with the

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The timing of Trump’s most white nationalist week yet is no coincidence


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The bait and switch: it’s one of the oldest tricks in politics—one of the oldest tricks in life. It’s a fundamentally dishonest ploy, and typically appeals to vulnerable people’s most base instincts in order to get them to, as the term suggests, take the bait. Donald Trump is a master at it.

Trump’s Electoral College victory relied heavily on support from white working-class voters. According to data from the Voter Study Group analyzed by Lee Drutman, Trump won 27 percent of the “populists”—people who are economically left-of-center, i.e. supporters of social spending in general, but conservative on racial and cultural identity issues—who had voted for Barack Obama four years earlier. Furthermore, 14 percent of these Obama-voting populists picked a minor party candidate in 2016. Hillary Clinton won only 59 percent of the populists who went for Obama. On the flip side, Trump held on to 93 percent of the populists who had voted for

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Women are ready to run—for office. EMILY’s List is expanding to help them.


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In 2015 and 2016, as Hillary Clinton ran for president, EMILY’S List got a record 920 inquiries from women across the country interested in running for office. Since the election, the number is 16,000, and the organization is ramping up to help as many of them as possible:

EMILY’s List officials said the group is currently in touch with 130 women across 80 U.S. House districts about the possibility of running in down-ballot races. What happens with the 16,000 more broadly comes down, in part, to scale. The team tasked with state and local candidates has nearly tripled in size, but still only stands at 14 people. Eight are “advisers” based regionally in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Virginia, and North Carolina, officials said.

The revamped training department, led by Mũthoni Wambu Kraal, an EMILY’s List official since 2009, is now working to create a digital platform that

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Women are ready to run—for office. EMILY’s List is expanding to help them.


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In 2015 and 2016, as Hillary Clinton ran for president, EMILY’S List got a record 920 inquiries from women across the country interested in running for office. Since the election, the number is 16,000, and the organization is ramping up to help as many of them as possible:

EMILY’s List officials said the group is currently in touch with 130 women across 80 U.S. House districts about the possibility of running in down-ballot races. What happens with the 16,000 more broadly comes down, in part, to scale. The team tasked with state and local candidates has nearly tripled in size, but still only stands at 14 people. Eight are “advisers” based regionally in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Virginia, and North Carolina, officials said.

The revamped training department, led by Mũthoni Wambu Kraal, an EMILY’s List official since 2009, is now working to create a digital platform that

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House judiciary chair: ‘Redundant’ to investigate Trump-Russia, but Clinton is always fair game


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The chair of the House Judiciary Committee sees no reason to investigate Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey or his abuse of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, it’s much more important for the committee to investigate Hillary Clinton. Goodlatte’s logic for what he’s not doing is … special, when you hold it up against what he is doing:

“Until Mr. Mueller’s investigation is complete, it is redundant for the House of Representatives to engage in fact-gathering on many of the same issues he is investigating,” Goodlatte said at a hearing last week.

Given all the probes, he said there’s no reason for his panel to use “taxpayer dollars to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections — or lack thereof — to the Russian government.”

So: it would be redundant and a waste of taxpayer dollars to investigate stuff that’s happening now and being done by an

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House judiciary chair: ‘Redundant’ to investigate Trump-Russia, but Clinton is always fair game


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The chair of the House Judiciary Committee sees no reason to investigate Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey or his abuse of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, it’s much more important for the committee to investigate Hillary Clinton. Goodlatte’s logic for what he’s not doing is … special, when you hold it up against what he is doing:

“Until Mr. Mueller’s investigation is complete, it is redundant for the House of Representatives to engage in fact-gathering on many of the same issues he is investigating,” Goodlatte said at a hearing last week.

Given all the probes, he said there’s no reason for his panel to use “taxpayer dollars to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections — or lack thereof — to the Russian government.”

So: it would be redundant and a waste of taxpayer dollars to investigate stuff that’s happening now and being done by an

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House judiciary chair: ‘Redundant’ to investigate Trump-Russia, but Clinton is always fair game


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The chair of the House Judiciary Committee sees no reason to investigate Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey or his abuse of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, it’s much more important for the committee to investigate Hillary Clinton. Goodlatte’s logic for what he’s not doing is … special, when you hold it up against what he is doing:

“Until Mr. Mueller’s investigation is complete, it is redundant for the House of Representatives to engage in fact-gathering on many of the same issues he is investigating,” Goodlatte said at a hearing last week.

Given all the probes, he said there’s no reason for his panel to use “taxpayer dollars to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections — or lack thereof — to the Russian government.”

So: it would be redundant and a waste of taxpayer dollars to investigate stuff that’s happening now and being done by an

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House Republicans move one step closer to criminalizing dissent in the United States


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Donald Trump hasn’t been able to tweet-harangue Jeff Sessions into resigning as attorney general (yet), but his constant stream of attacks on Sessions for not targeting Hillary Clinton is having an effect in the House of Representatives, where Republicans on the Judiciary Committee took the next step toward Trump’s goal of criminalizing dissent. When Democrats on the committee pushed for an investigation of Trump’s firing of James Comey—you know, the possible obstruction of justice a special counsel is investigating—committee Republicans decided they’d rather investigate Clinton’s emails again, targeting Comey’s investigation of the emails specifically.

“If it’s in the public interest to investigate the Trump administration, it is most certainly in the public interest to investigate the real crimes by the real criminals,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a committee member.

Sure, we could investigate the sitting president’s campaign’s ties to a foreign country’s interference in our democratic elections, and the

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Trump tweet-begs Republicans to help distract from his Russia problem by going after Hillary


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Donald Trump has been on a major tweeting binge over the past day, and Monday morning he issued what looks an awful lot like a strong hint to Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

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In translation: Hey Jeff. You want to get back on my good side? Be a little less beleaguered? You could start by targeting Hillary Clinton to help distract from my Russia problem.

Trump tweet-begs Republicans to help distract from his Russia problem by going after Hillary


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Donald Trump has been on a major tweeting binge over the past day, and Monday morning he issued what looks an awful lot like a strong hint to Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

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In translation: Hey Jeff. You want to get back on my good side? Be a little less beleaguered? You could start by targeting Hillary Clinton to help distract from my Russia problem.