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August 2017[edit]

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16Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce
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15Democrats in Congress are trying to form a panel of psychiatrists and psychologists to assess Donald Trump's mental health.
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21A solar eclipse passed along the continental US August 21st.
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29Trump's response to the Navy warship collision that left 10 sailors missing: "that's too bad". Imagine the Republican reaction if Obama or Clinton said this.
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25Two-for-two. Neo-Nazis host an anti-Muslim protest in Vancouver. 28 people turn up. 4,000 people turn up to counter-protest them. Man, everyone sure agrees with you, don't they, alt-right? It'd sure be you who would win in a hypothetical second Civil War, wouldn't it?
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13Information is power: savvy customers taking advantage of genetic testing worry life and health insurers.
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20The anti-vaccine movement may have a new target -- veterinary medicine. So, can dogs and cats even get autism? Vets say "no!" Anti-vaxxers are beginning to say "you don't know, so let's risk rabies!"
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28Neo-Nazis host a "free speech" rally in Boston. Roughly a few dozen people turn up. Between 15,000 and 40,000 people turn up to counter-protest them.
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40Some good news for a change, Steve Bannon has left the White House. Update: "Bannon the Barbarian" is back at Breitbart waging war against the President's opponents.
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14Multiple stabbings left one person dead in Turku, Finland. As of now, there's no indication of the assailant's motive.
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16Five terrorists related to the attack in Barcelona killed by the Spanish police. One woman, stabbed by one of them, has died
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31PayPal shuts down access for Richard Spencer and other right wing extremists after finding out their service was used to raise funding for Charlottesville rally. Apple makes a similar move as well.
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11A rented van has driven into crowds in Barcelona's central street, La Rambla, killing as many as thirteen and leaving fifty more injured. One suspect has been arrested by the police, other has been killed in a gunfight, and another thought to be related to the terrorist attack died in a house explosion
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28Donald Trump unabashedly mourns the removal of Confederate statues from public space. Unsurprisingly, he finds himself increasingly isolated.
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21Russia is erecting statues for dictator Stalin.
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16Racist teens vandalize Asian American cemetery, spray paint racist slurs and topple 40+ headstones.
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21Four Confederate monuments were removed in Baltimore, Maryland.
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14A recent study by Europe's Joint Research Centre suggests that super heatwaves, similar to the one currently scorching the continent called "Lucifer", will likely become increasingly frequent in the future if nothing is done to curtail global warming. In related news, US climate scientists deliberately leaked a report, which shows that global average temperatures and sea levels will continue to rise, to prevent its suppression by Donald Trump.
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8North Korea holds off its plan to launch a nuclear strike against the US territory of Guam.
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19Lebanon abolishes a law allowing rapists to marry their victims in order to escape punishment.
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17Following seven CEO departures in the wake of the Charlottesville rally, the White House has been forced to close both the Strategic and Policy Forum and the White House Manufacturing Jobs Initiative councils. UPDATE: the new National Infrastructure Advisory Council has gone, too.
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10The Rebel Media in steady decline, says Maclean's, as co-founder Brian Lilley quits the site in disgust after Charlottesville. Two part-time contributors, Barbara Kay and John Robson, followed him out the door.
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21Donald Trump's approval ratings continue to drop. Even some of those who voted for him are now having doubts.
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-11Somehow, mom of Charlottesville victim thanked Trump for "comfort".
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5In an attempt to increase its presence in America the Daily Mail is starting on September 18th, a syndicated TV "news" show, Daily Mail TV.
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29FBI just foiled a bombing plot by a white supremacist terrorist in Oklahoma City.
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22In the wake of the Charlottesville riot, protesters in Durham, North Carolina, where a state law prohibits local authorities from removing Confederate monuments, decided to just do it themselves.
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34Martin Shkreli, the infamous "Pharma Bro" who raised the price of a lifesaving drug 5000% overnight, faces up to 20 years in prison for charges of fraud.
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14Despite fiery rhetoric from President Trump, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, clarifies that military actions against North Korea will only be measures of last resort.
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30Web host GoDaddy has given the Daily Stormer 24 hours notice to switch providers, following the site's mocking of a victim of the Charlottesville rally.
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9Research shows a significant decline in sperm count among Western men.
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7The BBC on Robert Hooke's wacky adventures with public funds. All in the name of science, of course!
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36White nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA: Car plows into crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring dozens.
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256000+ people hold far-right rock concert in Germany featuring Hitler salute, "Heil" chant and 40+ other racist crimes.
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21Hundreds of white nationalists protest in the University of Virginia, against whatever oppression they are facing.
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16US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un confront each other in a nuclear standoff.
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9In a move that leaves many wide... mouthed, Goatse.cx is stretching its boundaries and expanding into Goatse Coin, its own crytocurrency.
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17Shit just got real: Researchers encode malware in a strand of DNA that compromises the computer analyzing it.
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27Emails reveal that scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are required to avoid making explicit references to climate change.
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19Donald Trump proposes to cut the number of legal immigrants to the United States in half. But economists argue that reducing or halting legal immigration to the United States does not necessarily lead to more jobs for Americans.
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20Special counsel investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential Election Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury and issued subpoenas.
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14Venezuela ousts their top prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz (a Chavista who has been challenging the legality of Maduro's activities). Her passport and accounts have been seized and her employees in their office have been surrounded by National Guard soldiers.
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19Faced with potential lawsuits, the EPA reverses an earlier decision to delay the implementation of air pollution standards introduced by the Obama administration. In related news, climate change now poses a real workplace hazard in certain parts of the United States.
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23A National Security Council member is fired after writing a crazy memo alleging a conspiracy between Islamists and "globalists" / "Cultural Marxists", utilizing Maoist insurgency tactics, to defeat Trump's political agenda.
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47Jordan votes to repeal its "marry the rapist" law.
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38Sen. Cory Booker introduced a bill that would legalize marijuana at the federal level, with incentives for the states that haven't done so to legalize it, too.

July 2017[edit]

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10A UK "email prankster" tricked a number of WH officials into thinking he was other WH officials.
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18Scientists discovered a patch of plastic garbage 1.5 times the size of Texas in the South Pacific. Cleaning up with nets is no longer plausible. Furthermore, an estimate cited by the U.N. states that plastics could outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050.
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27A lawsuit alleges that the White House colluded... with Fox News and a wealthy GOP donor to push the evidence-free Seth Rich conspiracy theory. Fair and balanced!
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41Everyone's favorite (ex)sheriff, Joe Arpaio, has been convicted of criminal contempt.
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47Anthony Scaramucci is fired as the White House Communications Director. His 10-day term pretty much summed up the Trump administration.
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24Two studies posted on the same day both conclude that that the 2° rise in global temperatures is very likely by 2100 and will trigger catastrophic droughts and animal extinctions. If that weren't bad enough, 3° is also likely with not out of the question.
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26Trump replaces former chief of staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
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36Oops. That domestic violence ruling from the South Carolina Supreme Court? Lawyers from both sides pointed out that, thanks to the court's wording, instead of giving protections to same-sex unmarried couples, it made things equal by taking them away from opposite-sex unmarried couples. The court placed a stay on its own ruling until it can correct the wording to grant rights to all.
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25Another blow to Biblical literalism: The Bible says the Canaanites were wiped out by Israelites, but scientists just found their descendants living in Lebanon.
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22Kris Kobach's vote fraud detection system gets 200 false positives for every problematic vote it finds, is generally garbage.
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16Richard Dawkins hits back at allegations that he is Islamophobic after Berkeley event is cancelled
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35Snopes is in danger of going dark and needs funds to fight a law case.
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21Trump announces that the U.S. military will not allow transgender people to serve, putting that statement at odds with current policy.
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21Extreme nationalists and pro-fascists were invited into the Polish Parliament, while also keeping people protesting against judiciary reforms away. Robert Winnicki, the leader of Nationalist Movement announces he will file a request to ban funding of Polish NGOs by foreign philantropists, like - according to him - George Soros.
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23Surprisingly, good news for gay rights out of South Carolina; state's supreme court rules that unmarried, same-sex couples must be treated the same in domestic violence cases as unmarried opposite-sex couples. Previously, domestic violence laws only applied to same-sex couples if they were married, while unmarried opposite-sex couples got the full protection of the law; violence between unmarried same-sex couples was only protected by the lesser charge of assault, and they had more difficulty obtaining protection orders.
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29The AHCA fails to pass the Senate, 43-57.
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32Scientists have found evidence of widespread water in the Moon's interior.
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25Thousands of protesters against judiciary reform gather just in Warsaw, let alone countrywide. Jarosław Kaczyński will have to build HUGE prisons for these couping, clusterfucking traitors and communists who do not want the Great Polish Poland for Poles™ with proper justice.
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18Physicists performed a table-top experiment that could teach us much about elementary particles, black holes, and electronic properties of materials.
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25A county judge in Tennessee to bring back eugenics for prisoners, "offering" prisoners a month off their sentences in exchange for vasectomies and birth control implants.
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44The NHS in England has received new guidelines asking it to stop prescribing homeopathic medicines.
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33Trump staffers continue to jump ship, as White House Press Secretary Melissa McCarthy Sean Spicer resigns.
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31Special Counsel Mueller expands his probe to Trump's business dealings.
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44After failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans blame each other and Democrats. Trump threatens to let the ACA fail and "force the Democrats" to help the Republicans, and now Republican are attempted to repeal ACA... and then wait and come up with something [1]
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19Switzerland's arbitrary - and sometimes weird - citizenship tests come under scrutiny.
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33A court orders Trump's staff to turn over Mar-a-Lago visitor records.
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35Protests in Poland against Law and Justice (PiS) and Kaczyński's regime, which is about to overtake the Supreme Court of Poland and citizens found that worrying. The national TV claims it was a coup attempt - and that there were very few protesters, too. Something does not hold up.
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27Think people and apes are the only ones that can plan ahead? Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore'. A new study shows compelling evidence for cognitive abilities in ravens, and in one test, they scored better than apes and four year old humans.
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26A self-published study, hyped up by James Delingpole, the Daily Caller, and Breitbart, purports to have evidence that climatologists have been cooking the books on temperature records in order to fabricate evidence for global warming. A closer look reveals that, if anything, corrections to temperature data have gone in the opposite direction, with the original, uncorrected data making temperature rise appear greater than it actually is.
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26Malcolm Turnbull, Australian Prime Minister, claims that "The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia", apparently has no idea how encryption actually works.
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26Rep. Sherman of California introduces articles of impeachment against Trump
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28Iraq formally declares victory in the Battle for Mosul.
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50Trump Jr. admits he met with a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties during the 2016 election to get dirt on Hillary Clinton. This statement could place him in legal trouble.
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24There is a correlation between voting for Donald Trump and being in a place with high military casualties.
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33Senators John McCain and Bill Cassidy say the bill to repeal Obamacare is probably dead.
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33The Church of England's synod passes a motion that bans conversion therapy, and asks the UK government to make illegal. Church of England demands ban on conversion therapy. It also asks for a proposal to create a ceremony for transgender people, to celebrate their new identity. Transgender worshippers could get church services to celebrate their new identity after synod vote
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26France to phase out vehicles running on fossil fuels by 2040.
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19KKK members march in protest at the planned removal of confederate General Robert E. Lee's statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. 50 or so Klansmen were escorted to and from the event by police and were heavily outnumbered by anti-racist counter protesters, which the police later deemed 'unlawful' after having used tear gas to disperse them.[2]
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14The Catholic Church addresses its most important problem: gluten-free communion bread.
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27El Salvador teen rape victim sentenced to 30 years in prison after stillbirth
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22In a time of increasing opposition to Austerity, a Conservative MP is facing sharp criticism for his opposition to increasing nurses' pay. Not because of his Tory economic views, but because increasing pay means the Communists win!
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2Stephen Hawking says Donald Trump could turn Earth into a Venus-like planet with 250°C and sulphuric acid rain
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20NJ Governor Chris Christie seen on deserted beach after his state shut down all beaches over budget issues, adding to his record unpopularity.
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36German parliament (Bundestag) approves same-sex marriage

June 2017[edit]

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29Less than 24 hours after it was put up, Arkansas's 10 Commandments monument is destroyed by a man with a car.
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25Australia's most popular religious affiliation is now "no religion."
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12In Pakistan, a fuel tanker has overturned and, while nearby people tried to gather the fuel, it exploded, resulting in 153 deaths.
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19A new call for British patriotism in the media by a minister in Her Majesty's Government. No comment on if it involves demonizing Washington, Franklin and Gandhi.
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43Trump admits he lied about White House tapes.
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44The White House concedes that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. However, they deny that it changed the result.
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38A pathetic attempt to go green: Trump proposes adding solar panels to his wall to cut costs, inadvertently admitting that solar power is cost-effective.
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32Pennsylvania Supreme Court finds that the state's Environmental Rights Amendment must be interpreted broadly, in a victory for environmental groups.
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18Two separate terror incidents in Europe this week. On the Monday an Islamist on the terror watchlist killed himself by ramming a car filled with weapons and gas bottles into a police van. On Tuesday, a DAESH sympathiser detonated a small explosive in Brussels before being shot. No civilians reported dead in either attack.
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38The European Court of Human Rights shreds Russia's "gay propaganda" law, stating it shows "predisposed bias, unambiguously highlighted by its domestic interpretation and enforcement" and that "by adopting such laws the authorities reinforce stigma and prejudice and encourage homophobia, which is incompatible with the notions of equality, pluralism and tolerance inherent in a democratic society."
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39An apartment block in an affluent district of London burns down, killing at least 58 people. Allegations the council did not meet up with fire safety standards also lead to demonstrations highlighting class and wealth disparity.
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26Another terror incident in London as a far right extremist hits Muslim worshipers outside a mosque in Finsbury Park with a van.
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12Bill Cosby's trial for rape ends in a mistrial.
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19The US government is finally dropping its Y2K preparedness bureaucracy.
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48In a rare moment of honesty, Fox News is dropping its ‘fair & balanced’ slogan
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31South Carolina law reduces crime by being both soft and tough: most non-violent criminals aren't sent to prison, but violent offenders get harsher sentences.
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38Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice.
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24A shooting takes place at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Five people are wounded, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and two Capitol Police officers. The only fatality was the shooter, who was stopped by police.
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16The Trump Administration eliminates a rule protecting endangered whales and turtles from being caught in fishing nets.
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-22The Guardian to become tabloid.
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35In what is totally not a Nixonian move, Trump may be considering firing the head of the Russia investigation Robert Mueller.
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33Sandy Hook families denounce NBC and Megyn Kelly for an Alex Jones interview.
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28Montana Republican Greg Gianforte sentenced to community service for assaulting Guardian reporter.
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33Michael "lemme remove global warming from the school curriculum" "the people are tired of experts" Gove has been appointed the UK's new Environment Secretary. BoJo remains Foreign Secretary.
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19A New York attorney has been dismissed by President Trump after refusing an offer of close friendship as unprofessional.
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14Struggling to form a sizable administration, Theresa May risks the Good Friday Agreement with a pact with the extreme-right DUP. Orangemen rejoice over the pact, starting an unscheduled celebration march spate of civil disobedience in Liverpool, and have hopes of un-banning sectarian events. Meanwhile, Sinn Fein ominously declares that the DUP has betrayed the people of Northern Ireland.
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22A Florida judge rules that a neo-Nazi armed with guns, ammunition, explosives and who had in his possession white supremacist propaganda as well as a framed photo of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is not a threat and could be released on bond.
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27Donald Trump's state visit to Britain put on hold until the British public supports him coming.
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16Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher said that a recent ISIS attack in Iran could be a “good thing” and even suggested that the U.S. government support ISIS for attacking other terrorist groups.
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24Bernie Sanders and other left leaning Democrats draw strength from the UK Labour Party and argue for compassionate policies that appeal to the many, not the few
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29James Comey testifies before the Senate. Warning: Autoplay video.
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44Sandy Hook truther gets prison time for threatening victim's father.
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44Paleoanthropologists unearthed the oldest known fossils of Homo sapiens, dating back 300,000 years. Previously, the oldest human fossils are almost 200,000 years old.
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33Ironically, the push towards renewable energy is the most aggressive in "red states".
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31Trump allegedly told James Comey,"I need loyalty. I expect loyalty."
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49As Trump’s problems mount, Breitbart’s numbers are cratering.
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30Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested he could resign amid rising tension with President Trump (Warning: Autoplay video)
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29Leaked NSA report says Russians tried to hack state election officials Alleged source of leak arrested by FBI after Intercept provided copy to NSA.
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37A Walgreens pharmacist refused to fill a prescription related to a girl's birth control due to his religious beliefs. The ACLU and the Southwest Women's Law Center have filed two complaints to the New Mexico human rights bureau for the girl and her mother.
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19A terrorist attack has taken place in London with both a car crash and stabbing spree. Three suspects wearing fake suicide vests were found and shot within minutes, and controlled explosions took place on London Bridge. Police confirm an additional six civilian deaths.
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35After 334 years on being on the books, Denmark abolishes blasphemy
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13HBO under pressure to fire Bill Maher after he calls himself a "house n****r" on TV show.
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23Once again, Ireland shows us how it's done, as Leo Varadkar, an openly gay man, becomes the leader of Ireland's ruling party Fine Gael. He is a conservative, for austerity, for banning public workers from striking, and is anti-abortion.
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32Trump campaign plans ‘Pittsburgh, not Paris’ rally to cheer climate deal exit. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto releases the following statement where he condemns Trump's decision, labeling it as "disastrous for our planet, for cities such as Pittsburgh, to the commitments the United States made to the rest of the world, and to our responsibility to save the globe for future generations."
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28The governors of New York, California and Washington, in opposition to Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, agree to form a U.S. Climate Alliance and urge other states to join. (Warning: autoplay video).
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11Trump asks the Supreme Court to reinstate the Muslim travel ban.
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23Air has officially become a highly priced commodity in places where air pollution is particularly bad.
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21Alea iacta est: Trump is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.

May 2017[edit]

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5Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate deal.
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21Citizenship of certain countries is now a commodity.
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13Trump is launching his own subscription box service. Order now and receive “a handpicked bundle of exclusive and vintage OFFICIAL Donald J. Trump merchandise delivered to your door every month as a recurring donor.”
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10Lebanon calls for ban of Wonder Woman 2017 movie due to the film's lead star, Gal Gadot, being an Israeli that served in the Israel Defense Force and supports it.
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30Dr. Farid Fata, a convicted cancer quack who administered unnecessary treatments to his victims, will spend forty years in prison.
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31A man goes on an "anti-Muslim and anti-everything" rant at two Middle Eastern-looking women on a commuter train in Portland, Oregon. When other passengers get up and confront him over it, he fatally stabs two of them.
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344th Ct. Court of Appeals pwns Trump's Muslim ban: "an Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination." (text of the order)
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14"He had the massive boat designed by a veteran of amusement park attractions, commissioned an original soundtrack to enhance the experience, and stocked the interior with an animatronic (and freakishly real) talking Noah, along with lifelike models of Earth’s manifold creatures. Including dinosaurs...And he saw that it was good." The Washington Post profiles the Creation Museum, an amusement park in Kentucky built by Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis.
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21An astroturfing bot is spamming the FCC website with anti-net neutrality comments using customer names and addresses. You can check if your name's been misused at comcastroturf.com - for now.
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31The Trump administration has been warned by the British Home Secretary to stop leaking details of their ongoing counter-terrorism investigations to reporters after the identity of the bomber was revealed before his house was searched.
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18Pope Francis and Trump exchange gifts during the president's visit to the Vatican. Trump gave His Holiness books by Martin Luther King Jr. while the Pope gave the president copies of his writings, including his encyclical on climate change.
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18Donald Trump praised Rodrigo "I am like Hitler" Duterte for his drug policy.
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18Trump signs Holocaust memorial guestbook the way only he can. (Warning: Autoplay video).
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25Trump's latest budget proposal: "dead on arrival on Capitol Hill."
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24Emergency services on alert in Manchester after an explosion is reported at an Ariana Grande concert. Update: 22 fatalities reported.
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25Facebook's bizarre rulebook on dealing with violence, sex, etc. Making threats towards Trump, for example, is not acceptable, but insinuating violence against anyone else is totally okay.
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26The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun dismantling Obama-era regulation on Internet service providers, better known as Net Neutrality.
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40After the hottest year ever, The Global Seed Vault, designed to preserve crop varieties for future generations, is flooded by melting permafrost.
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35Fired FBI Director James Comey agrees to testify before a Senate intel committee.
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7Sweden temporarily suspends rape investigation surrounding Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
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35Lawsuit: The male athletes at America's largest Baptist university (Baylor University) used gang rape as a "bonding experience".
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22Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is expected to announce today Thursday that he is resigning before the end of this congressional term.
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-9A car has sped into pedestrians in Times Square, injuring at least twenty-two people and killing one person. The suspected driver is in police custody.
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27New anti-scientific education legislation finds success in various US states, encouraging the teaching of controversies. Naturally, evolution and climate change are the victims.
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40Roger Ailes, founding CEO of Fox News, dead at 77.
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7Four people have been arrested in East London in another MI5-corrdinated anti-terror raid.
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50Chelsea Manning has been released from prison.
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24NATO is scrambling to tailor its upcoming meeting to avoid taxing President Donald Trump’s notoriously short attention span. (Not the Onion).
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44Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russia, via New York Times.
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21The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal in a case which struck down discriminatory voting laws in North Carolina, via Vox.
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13GOP overturns 14 Obama-era rules.
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7 Is Mexico really the second deadliest country? Contradictory evidence abounds.
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34Andrew Snelling of Answers in Genesis is suing the National Park Service for refusing to give him a Grand Canyon research permit.
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34The US Senate blocked the repeal of an Obama-era environmental protection rule restricting the emission of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. In related news, here is a (possibly incomplete) list of environmental protection rules the Trump administration has attempted to overturn so far.
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28Because when half of the country is making Watergate comparisons, who better to invite to the White House than... Henry Kissinger?
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45White house press secretary Sean Spicer literally hid in the bushes to avoid answering questions about James Comey's firing.
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62Recently-elected French president Emanuel Macron wants to fight global warming and is inviting U.S. experts to France to help.
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68In a totally above-board move that in no way looks like Watergate, Nixon Trump fires Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox FBI Director James Comey.
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27Belgium's Walloon parliament has banned the killing of unstunned animals, harming the production of traditional Kosher and Halal meat in the country - those that do stun should be fine.
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64After the House voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump admitted to the Prime Minister of Australia that Australians have better healthcare. Ironically, Australia's universal healthcare system is called Medicare.
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25Texas adoption agencies could ban couples that are Jewish, Muslim, gay, interfaith, and/or single from adopting based on religious grounds.
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29The religious right are the latest constituency that Donald Trump abandoned his promises towards, as his "religious freedom" executive order turns out to be more smoke and mirrors.
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27Gardaí (Irish Police) launch blasphemy probe into Stephen Fry comments on 'The Meaning of Life'
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26Tennessee Senator Mark E. Green, Trump’s second nominee to be secretary of the Army, pulls out of the nomination after being lambasted for criticizing federal attempts to bar discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender people in workplaces and businesses.
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46Trump tries to air "fake news" 2020 campaign ad; is rejected by all major TV networks.
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36Donald Trump freezes funding for groups fighting white supremacism.
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39The US House successfully votes to repeal Obamacare. It could only get enough votes once they found a way to strip protections for those with pre-existing conditions and exponentially raise their costs in addition to ensuring that 24 million people will lose their insurance. The bill still has to pass the Senate, where it is likely to face massive changes in order to even have a chance. Actually, the Senate won't vote on House Trumpcare bill, will instead draft a whole new bill (Warning Autoplay Video).
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37In a stroke of irony, alt-righters call for Stephen Colbert to be taken off the air after allegedly homophobic comments involving Donald Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin. Who's a special snowflake now?
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20Despite claiming it to be a racist organization run by Nazis, Ottoman Sultan Recip I continues to demand entry into the European Union despite no attempt to conform with its entry requirements or else he is leaving and never coming back.
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15DAESH claims responsibility for a suicide bombing in Kabul which killed eight civilians and wounded three American soldiers.
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17With inter-religious tensions increasing in Uttar Pradesh, four members of a Hindu nationalist group are arrested for the murder of a Muslim farmer over an interfaith marriage.
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21Brexit 'divorce bill' could go up to €100bn after fresh demands from EU member states.
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12Puerto Rico officially files for a bankruptcy-like proceeding to restructure its massive debt load after talks with its creditors failed.
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18California Lawmakers Want Third-Gender Option on IDs. NBC News Fox News InfoWars (can you believe InfoWars isn't transphobic here?)
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28Founder of Reddit's RedPill forum outed as a New Hampshire state senator Bobby Fisher.
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29The Supreme Court rejects an attempt to overturn the gay conversion therapy ban in California.
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31Congress rejects Trump's call for $1.2 billion cut for the NIH in the 2017 fiscal year and approves $2 billion funding boost for the next five months.

April 2017[edit]

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-1Rumors circulate that Anthony Kennedy may be considering retiring from the US Supreme Court. If he does retire, Trump/Pence-led conservatives will certainly have the 5-seat majority on the Court needed to roll back decades of progress. If any others retire or pass away, we're looking at a conservative majority for potentially decades.
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26China bans Muslim names for babies in Western China.
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9Milo Yiannopoulos's back! With what he says is a $12 million stake from secret investors, the former Breitbart tech editor is launching Milo Inc., a live-event touring company, dedicated to making progressives’(read: journalists, professors, politicians, feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, and other "professional victims") lives a “living hell.”
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21Donald Trump signs an executive order eliminating restrictions against oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic put in place by the Obama administration.
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28The Environmental Protection Agency removes all of its websites that contain information about climate change data and research.
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19If we are to rely more and more on renewable energy, such as sunlight, we may have to extract certain minerals from the ocean floor. (Video link) Update: Even if there is a drastic reduction in carbon emission into the atmosphere, dramatic effects of global warming will likely be seen in the upcoming decades, as the Arctic is warming at a rate twice that of the rest of the planet.
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41Donald Trump finds out that running a country is not the same thing as running a corporation.
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23Democrats are proposing a bill to raise the US federal minimum wage to $15 per hour in stages.
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14Over the past week over a dozen DAESH militants have been arrested and another thirty killed by Lebanese forces on the Syrian border.
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26Supreme conspiracy theorist, champion of the far-right, and Internet meme Alex Jones loses custody over his children.
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29Finally, something we agree with Trump on. Even he misses life before he became President.
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26A German soldier has been arrested under suspicion of registering as a refugee and linking this identity to terrorism in order to promote anti-refugee sentiment ahead of the election.
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37Trump sets up 'criminal alien' hotline, people use it to report UFOs.
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13A Russian spy ship has sunk off the coast of Turkey after colliding with a freighter in the fog.
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13A terror suspect carrying knives has been arrested near the Houses of Parliament in a planned police operation, having been under surveillance for some time. A further four people have been arrested, and another suspect shot by police.
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17The rudiments of Trump's tax plan have been released, and they're a disaster of flat taxes and tax cuts.
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22A Republican representative from New Hampshire is outed as the creator of Reddit's r/redpill. Democrats call for his resignation and Republicans denounce him, but he still pledges to "stand strong for Men's Rights."
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22The Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii, found that Earth's atmosphere now contains more carbon dioxide than in all of human history. This means bad news even if the Paris Climate Agreement is working, which it is not.
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22A federal judge has blocked a Trump order on sanctuary cities that would withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.
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31Ivanka Trump booed after calling her father a champion for women. No really.
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47Yogurt company Chobani sues conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for allegedly posting false information about the company.
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39Trump complains about "fake" polls giving him very low approval ratings.
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38Nationalists rejoice as Le Pen makes her way into the second round of the French election. Conveniently, they leave out that Macron received the most votes.
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16For the first time ever, a judge in Italy has ruled that excessive cellphone use can result in brain cancer. (more details translated from an Italian article) The 2016 study mentioned in the Newsweek article was criticized for its apparent flaws and lack of publication in a reputable peer-reviewed journal, and there seems to be little scientific justification for this kind of ruling.
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14Former Colombian presidents and anti-peace accord with the FARC hard liners Alvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana took a trip to Mar-a-Lago and met with Trump. Meanwhile, Nicky had to go and mouth off and claims that Colombia secretly plans to massacre the FARC.
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22People trust science, so why don't they believe in it?
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25Trump's love affair with Wikileaks is apparently quite over as the Justice Department prepares criminal charges against Julian Assange. (Autoplay video, but original source)
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13One police officer dead and two others seriously injured after a man opened fire in Paris before being killed.
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33Dow Chemical pressures US government to ignore results of studies showing pesticides are harmful to endangered and threatened species.
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24 Over in the UK, Theresa May realises she doesn't have the parliamentary leverage to deliver her corrosive plans so she asks the opposition parties to help her out. They say OK.
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67Fox News to drop Bill O'Reilly amid allegations of sexual harassment.
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-13In a great victory for multiculturalism and secularism, Jakarta has decided to keep their Chinese Christian governor. Wait no, the opposite of that. The new governor insists he is a "moderate" Muslim in spite of his disturbingly close relationship with various Islamists.
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35The old joke finally enters real life, as a Clairvoyant Evening is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
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29In Zimbabwe, the goat is now legal tender for school fees.
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33Meanwhile in North Carolina: the same Representative that introduced a bill to "reverse" Obergefell last week said that "Lincoln was the same sort of tyrant as Hitler" (because apparently same-sex marriage is just as bad as the Holocaust).
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37In his lawsuit to get custody of his kids, Alex Jones' lawyer is claiming that he is playing a character and that he is a "performance artist", likening his entire media persona to Jack Nicholson's The Joker. (Original source. Also, he said Obama's kids aren't really his a few days before the hearing.)
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27U.N. peacekeepers ran a child sex ring in Haiti. (full report).
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30All hail the autocracy! Erdogan wins vote to expand his powers, may be able to stay El Presidente until 2029.
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44The European Court of Human Rights has struck down French regulations requiring mandatory sterilisation for transgender people. (Text of the judgement, in French)
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26North Carolina wants to ban same-sex marriage, because Obergefell v. Hodges and the Supremacy ClauseWikipedia's W.svg apparently do not exist.
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34A Detroit emergency room doctor has been charged with performing genital mutilation on young girls in what is believed to be the first criminal case of its kind brought by U.S. prosecutors.
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28The U.S. Air Force has dropped the largest non-nuclear weapon in their arsenal, the GBU-43/B, more often known as the "Massive Ordnance Air Blast" or "Mother of All Bombs" in Afghanistan, marking the first time it has been used in combat.
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12German soccer team Borussia-Dortmund's team bus was hit by an explosion, wounding only two people.
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56What the Hell is even going on anymore? White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, "You had someone who was despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons." When immediately called out by reporters in the room over holocaust denial, he fumbles the clarification, "Thank you, I appreciate that. There was not in the – he brought them into the Holocaust centers – I understand that. But I’m saying in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down into the middle of towns." Also, note in the video he almost said "where he went into towns and dropped them to innocent", then managed corrected himself realizing how much worse he almost made it.
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37Schadenfreude: South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson, who infamously yelled "you lie" at President Obama, now has those same words shouted at him by his constituents during a meeting about health care.
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33Chicago plans to become the first major US city to have all of its government buildings powered entirely by renewable energy by 2025.
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24Smoking causes one in ten deaths globally. According to the study, "The scale-up of tobacco control ... is a major public health success story. Nonetheless, smoking remains a leading risk for early death and disability worldwide".
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20Sir Tim Berners-Lee wins the 2016 ACM Turing Award for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. (the press release indicates the formal event will take place on June 24, 2017)
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32Chechnya opens first gays only concentration camp.
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19Dylann Roof is sentenced to 9 life sentences by the state. He has been sentenced to death by a federal court already.
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27Millions of children in Yemen vaccinated against polio through UN-backed campaign while Australia considers bill to ban childcare centres for unvaccinated children.
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19The Basque separatist group ETA gave up its guns. "ETA has been defeated."
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14Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches that left at least 44 dead. The attacks have been claimed by ISIS as part of a campaign against Egypt's Christian minority.
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30In a new study, Washington University researchers found that a previously reported connection (probably here) between the serotonin gene, depression and stress wasn't evident. Meanwhile, Australian scientists begin the world’s largest genetic study into depression. The results of this research will eventually help eliminate the guesswork involved in treatment.
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62 Trump's CBP tried unsuccessfully to get usernames and other details about a fake USCIS Twitter account which criticised him.
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37Non-religious population of Ireland increases by nearly 3/4 in just 5 years
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21Suspected terror attack as a hijacked truck rams into people at a shopping centre in central Stockholm, Sweden. More details here and here.
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24In other news, U.S. unemployment has hit an all-time low, at 4.5%
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8An MIT graduate was arrested on charges of terrorism and possession of weapons of mass destruction. "He thought people were following him. He thought certain groups were following him."
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24Atheists and highly religious people are the least scared of death according to a study by researchers from the University of Oxford in the UK.
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24It's official. The U.S. has launched an assault on Syria.
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26War breaks out between the Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner (whom Bannon called a "cuck") factions in the White House.
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22Researchers have generated the first immortalised cell lines which allow more efficient manufacture of red blood cells.
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16Newly uncovered report details fallout from 1950s Soviet nuclear weapons test at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan.
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24Amy Robertson, recently hired as principal of a Pittsburg, Kansas high school, resigned after her credentials were questioned in the high school's newspaper. Robertson claimed dubious experience and degrees, including a masters and PhD degrees from "Corllins University," a known diploma mill.
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56Steve Bannon removed from National Security Council role.
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13Acupuncture becomes popular as battlefield pain treatment. "some people just don’t want to take medicines; they just want something else for a change." According to this blog the quackery that is "battlefield acupuncture" is almost always primarily auricular acupuncture. On the bright side, "It’s a little uncomfortable but it’s not like being shot".
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36Attempting to create a worldwide dystopian hellhole, the US withdraws from the UN population fund, the arm of the UN that provides family planning and sex ed to the poorest parts of the world.
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23Newly discovered cavefish displays superfast evolution.
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24South Africa's credit rating slips to junk, as mismanagement by the ANC and Zuma continues.
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34Muslim school in NYC disciplines teacher for pointing out Adam and Eve probably aren't real.
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28DAESH militants shoot dead the Imam of a mosque — in front of his parishioners — for refusing to approve a death sentence against people who refused to take part in terrorist operations against the security troops deployed there.
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16How did medieval villagers prevent the Zombie Apocalypse? They multilated the dead to stop them rising.
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30In keeping with growing xenophobia and hate crimes in the United States, a Baha'i refugee from Iran is being forced out of his home by a far-right Oregon mob who think he is an Islamist terrorist.
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24The makers of the horror film franchise The Conjuring are being sued for $900 million by a biographer of Ed and Lorraine Warren who claims that they ripped him off. The fun part: a key component of his lawsuit is that the Warrens are frauds, and that therefore, his book The Demonologist ought to be treated as a work of fiction (and therefore not subject to fair use like a historical event).
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25Text analysis reveals, 'Violence more common' in Bible than Quran. The Old Testament was found to be more than twice as violent as the Quran.
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13Super-hard Brexit: how UK planned to blow up the Channel Tunnel with a nuclear bomb
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15Flooding and landslides in Colombia have killed 254 people, injured hundreds and devastated entire neighborhoods.
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15Gilbert Baker, designer of rainbow flag, enduring symbol for gay rights, has died.
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19The Somali Federal Parliament approved of a new 27-Minister cabinet that includes six women, the largest number of female ministers ever to be named to a Federal Government cabinet. In addition, Somalia’s new prime minister, Hassan Ali-Khaire, vowed to tackle corruption.
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23More protests in London as Britain First and the English Defense League independently make anti-islam demonstrations veiled as anti-terrorism demonstrations. Several Antifascist protestors, who have become increasingly violent since the murder of Jo Cox, broke out of their own police-guided demonstration and attacked the far-right demonstrators and have been arrested. Turning to the lighter side, The Guardian notes that barely 10% of Biffers who showed interest in the event actually attended.
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-38Authors of the famous pee-pee memo may themselves be Russian agents.