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[edit] February's 2017

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2A man in Kansas shoots two Indian men in a bar, yelling,"Get out of my country!"
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18An Indian official used $750,000 of public funds to offer gold at a temple to "thank the gods".
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41The Pope says "an atheist is better than a hypocritical Catholic."
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31Astronomers discover that nearby star has seven Earth-sized planets, three of them at least being likely to support liquid water
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35Google delists NaturalNews and its subdomains from its search results. Mike Adams, predictably, loses it.
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14Iraqi & US forces retake Mosul airport.
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11Alan Colmes, Fox News pundit, is dead.
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16Invisible particles washed off from products like synthetic clothing and car tires account for up to a third of pollution by plastic.
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6India is seeing an alarming rise in caesarean section surgeries.
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18And the destruction of the few federal level LGBTQIA protection begins. (Dept. of Ed. Rescinds Obama-era rule on transgender students' bathroom use.)
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43Same-sex marriage policies are associated with reduced adolescent suicide attempts.
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26 Texas is probably going to be the next location for a future outbreak.
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27The Dutch House of Representatives has approved a bill to legalise cultivating marijuana.
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23Famine has been formally declared in parts of South Sudan with 100,000 people facing starvation and a further 1 million people classified as being on the brink of famine.
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59Milo Yiannopoulos dropped from CPAC amid his pedophilia controversy. Edit:Simon & Schuster has pulled their book deal, as well. And he's resigned from Breitbart.
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30Arctic and Antarctic sea ice extent was the lowest on a 38-year-old satellite record for the month of January.
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19Malaysia has recalled its North Korean ambassador.
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22The Detroit Free Press published an article on ChurchMilitant.tv.
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19Norma McCorvey, Roe in Roe v. Wade, dies.
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29One million Ukrainian children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
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34Small victory for sanity: Court overturns Florida's law preventing doctors from asking their patients about gun ownership.
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27Should presidents be tested for dementia?
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22Apparently we are in danger because we don't feel threatened, but that can be fixed with a holy war and reliance on 'facts and spiritual conviction' which couldn't possibly have anything to do with conspiracy theories. (sarcasm: fact or fiction? you decide!)
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25The Endangered Species Act may become endangered.
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28The release date for Milo's latest book has been pushed back by 3 months. Seeing a pattern here? His last 2 book projects mysteriously disappeared without trace, and his only published books to date - poetry books - contained substantial amounts of plagiarism.
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21A coastal region in South Africa is about to face water shortages.
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21The Australian financial regulator APRA officially recognizes climate change as a financial risk.
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28Goats can recognize their friends from sight or sound
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18Cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski has been fined and put under severe restrictions by the Texas Medical Board.
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30In Holland, paranoid racist True Hero Geert Wilders is the current frontrunner of the elections, with his party expected to get 20% of the votes. Virtually everyone else has sworn never to work with him, but him getting the largest vote would normalize anti-Euro and xenophobic sentiment throughout Holland, and encourage other ultra-nationalists throughout Europe.
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32France’s Marine Le Pen quietly pledges to end same-sex marriage.
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12U.S. airstrikes on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled areas employed depleted uranium, which has been accused of causing cancer and birth defects.
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20Trump Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Withdraws, First Cabinet Pick To Fall
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18Hallucinations are more common than people realize, aren't exclusively symptoms of psychosis, and shouldn't be stigmatized.
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26Kellyanne Conway banned from show "Morning Joe" with the host saying,"I don't believe in fake news."
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15Dementia replaces HIV/AIDS at number 7 position in global list of leading causes of death. (WHO portal and data sheet)
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16Europe is affected by anti-migrant fake news and the German newspaper Bild has apologized for publishing a false report of mass sexual assault based on unreliable claims by 'witnesses'.
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14And now for a tinsy bit of lulz: there is an executive order on how to make executive orders. Trump violated that.
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9After several Republicans balked at supporting his nomination to Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder has withdrawn.
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13In South Sudan, a humanitarian crisis started in 2013 is still deepening, overwhelming aid organizations and putting millions of lives at risk.
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36Dear Kremlin: it's great that you're finally realizing that just because you can support an insane ideologue, doesn't necessarily mean you should.
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19In the ancient city of Palmyra, Daesh militants have destroyed two of Syria's most iconic archaeological monuments.
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21Librarians are protesting Trump's anti-immigration executive orders.
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27Teenaged former member of banned terrorist organisation is ordered to attend counselling after making pipe bomb - This leniency obviously has nothing to do with him being white and far-right.
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28Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has resigned.
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29Coders are volunteering time and scripts to save scientific data from being 'disappeared'.
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12The UN Security Council voiced strong opposition to the latest ballistic missile launch by North Korea.
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21Water pollution is more widespread than previously thought. Scientists have discovered alarmingly high levels of chemical contaminants in the deepest of ocean trenches on Earth.
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8The CIA just gave a medal to a Saudi Prince for his "anti-terror efforts". Despite the irony, this kind of stupidity is to be expected from the CIA.
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20The Intercept: Telecom companies team up with civil rights groups to support Donald Trump's culling of net neutrality.
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20Antisemitic incidents reached a record high in the UK in 2016. Interesting to note: of 236 antisemitic incidents showing clear ideological motivations, 162 showed far-right motivations, while just 12 showed Islamist motivations.
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16W3C is considering standardizing DRM-enabling technology posing potential security, legal and ethical challenges, and possibly redefining how we access the web.
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21Some people just "know" that reality is fake.
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17In India, local temporary Internet shutdowns for "security reasons" have increased in the past 2 years.
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22The National Security Adviser got his hand caught in the cookie jar.
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23Here we go again: Kentucky debating bill that would protect students' religious expression...and allow teachers to use the Bible.
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16Mencius Moldbug denies a report that he has been in secret talks with Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon
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23Trump flips his stance (again?) and backs One China policy in his first call with Xi.
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25Donald Trump 'to approve arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain' blocked by Barack Obama.
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30Trump's executive order for travel ban suffered a major setback on Thursday after a panel of three judges upheld a temporary restraining order issued last Friday to prevent the enforcement.
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19French Intelligence Agency Braces for Russian Bots to Back Le Pen
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21Children being born in the United States today have a near one in two (43%) chance of being born into households living on the brink of poverty.
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22The Guardian: Fact checking AI is having a hard time with Trump because he makes no sense.
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2The Guardian, "Fake news for liberals: misinformation starts to lean left under Trump"
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20Cutting off Internet access (to prevent "spreading false news") is becoming routinely used as an oppression tool in some African countries like Cameroon.
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34Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as 'unreliable' source. Rationalwiki was light-years ahead!
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20Elizabeth Warren is prohibited from reading a Coretta Scott King letter denouncing Jeff Sessions. Her supporters protest on social media.
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23ISIS calls Trump's travel ban "the blessed ban".
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16Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced bills to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Education.
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26Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz discussed their diametrically opposing viewpoints on healthcare on live television. However, they agree to go after the pharmaceutical industry.
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19Syria conflict: As many as 13000 people hanged by Assad regime at Saydnaya prison, Amnesty says. Witness reports that the victims were condemned to death in a two- to three-minute hearing.
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25Trump more or less singlehandedly saves an entire failing American industry, the mainstream media
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17For the second time in less than 2 months, India's Supreme Court authorizes an abortion at 24 weeks for medical reasons (there is a plan to extend the current legal limit of 20 weeks to 24).
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-11Most Europeans want immigration ban from Muslim-majority countries, poll reveals. A ban was supported by 71 per cent of people in Poland, 65 per cent in Austria, 53 per cent in Germany and 51 per cent in Italy.
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-20Betsy DeVos is confirmed as Education Secretary only after a tie-breaking vote from Mike Pence.
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-40In an effort to tackle the spread of HIV and AIDS, the Chinese government is growing support for home remedies.
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33A UKIP MEP has been ordered to pay a total of £196,000 to three Labour MPs after being taken to court for accusing them of being complicit in a campaign of child sexual abuse by taxi drivers in South Yorkshire.
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44Russian Academy of Science issued memorandum that calls Homeopathy a pseudoscience. UPD: Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (which has to combat false advertising) supports this point of view. UPD2: Russian Ministry of Health considers ban on homeopathic remedies.
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45A federal judge in Seattle said he would temporarily block enforcement of the President's ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the United States.
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14Citing its recent missile test and its support for rebels in Yemen, the US imposed new sanctions on Iran. President Trump said he would not be as "kind" on Iran as Obama was.
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34Betsy DeVos faces serious opposition from the American public as the new Secretary of Education.
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12The US economy added about 227,000 new jobs in January. However, wages on average are increasing very slowly.
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-23DAESH claims responsibility for a machete attack on a group of four soldiers at the Louvre. The attacker, posing as an Egyptian tourist from Dubai, was injured and detained. One soldier was injured.
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21 The Trump administration will cut white supremacists from counter-terrorism programme.
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19Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, has stood down from his role as an economic advisor to Trump due to fears that an immigration ban could damage the taxi industry, as well as the recent #DeleteUber backlash .
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34Protests erupting at UC Berkeley over Milo Yiannopoulos's plan to speak there. The event has been canceled.
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46A leaked draft shows Trump's forthcoming "Executive Order to Respect Religious Freedom" will allow widespread discrimination in services, employment, education and healthcare against same-sex couples, LGBT people, women who have or need an abortion, and even people practicing premarital sex. In other words, Trump wants to shove Christian sex ethics down Americans' throats.

[edit] January 2017

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53Reuters instructs its staff to cover the Trump Presidency the same way it covers authoritarian regimes in other countries where journalists are routinely shut out, censored and harassed.
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-35More Americans support Donald Trump's travel ban (49%) than oppose it (41%), poll shows. Also the poll finds 31 per cent of Americans feel 'more safe' because of the ban, compared with 26 per cent who say they feel 'less safe' A more recent poll suggests the majority oppose the ban and feel it makes the USA less safe.
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41Under Trump scientific data must be vetted by politicians before publication. It is feared inconvenient scientific data, notably data showing global warming is real, may be suppressed.
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38In a scene reminiscent of Richard Nixon's 1973 "Saturday Night Massacre," the acting US Attorney General orders the Justice Department not to defend the President's refugee ban. Update: The White House has fired Yates.
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61Donald Trump has hit a 51% disapproval rating in in just eight days.
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39Some interesting facts about which countries were banned by Trump; none of them have any dealings with Trump's businesses nor have had any citizens kill in the US in at least two decades, though he continues to do business in certain countries...
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29Gunman opens fire in Quebec City mosque, five reported dead. The mosque was targeted with vandalism in the past, including a hog's head left on the front door six months ago. (Link in French)
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27The immigration ban isn't the only concerning story involving the Trump administration right now.
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48 A federal judge has blocked Trump's immigration ban hours after it was signed.
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40Mainly due to continued rising distrust of government and government elites, the U.S. democracy score has fallen from 8.05 in 2015 to 7.98 in 2016, demoting it from "full democracy" to "flawed democracy".
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32Top State Department officials are resigning with very little notice.
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31A British woman rebels when required to wear high heels to work.
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39 After backlash, the USDA has lifted the imposed gag order on its research arm. (autoplay video)
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30 And so it begins. Trump has signed an executive order to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.
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17 North Korean defector claims Kim Jong Un's days are numbered.
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39 Multiple Trump aides report that the Loser-in-Chief cannot stand being embarrassed, in the form of various embarrassing stories about him.
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30Der Orangenführer selects racial gerrymandering defender to the Civil Rights Division of the federal Department of Justice, which has fought many racially based voting restrictions.
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25Beall's List of Predatory Open Access Publishers has vanished, apparently due to legal threats.
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30Theresa May: We will "take back our sovereignty" and ignore the Sovereignty of Parliament. Supreme Court: No.. Edit: The Daily Heil is outraged at these "elites" "showing their contempt for Brexit voters".
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17Der Orangenführer: social class segregationist at inauguration balls.
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43Republicans in 5 states have proposed anti-peaceful protest bills.
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9Meet Donald Trump... the tiny moth.
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50The Washington DC Metro (subway) confirms that the Women's March on Washington gave them their second busiest day ever on Saturday, second only to President Obama's Inauguration Day in 2009. By comparison, Donald Trump's Inauguration Day on Friday generated slightly fewer journeys than the average for a normal weekday.
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24Republicans have introduced a bill — the American Sovereignty Restoration Act — which would withdraw the USA from the United Nations.
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4Julian Assange's WikiLeaks wants der Orangenführer's tax returns.
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58Live coverage of the hundreds of thousands of protesters taking part in the Women's March in the US - and around the world. UPDATE: With US turnout numbers estimated at around 3.5 million people, this marks the single largest protest march in the history of the United States.
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31Nine months ago, one of Dennis Hastert's sex abuse victims sued him for $1.8 million. (No surprise there.) In response, the former Speaker of the House has shown his victim his great big balls once again by counter-suing for the return of the hush money that he paid out over the decades. (No surprise there.) BTW, the molestation was uncovered when bank examiners traced all the money flowing out of Hastert's accounts.
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4Brexit: The United Kingdom can now charge a gambling tax over Gibraltar as they're both "one entity" regarding European Union freedom to provide services.
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23In the first trial of the year over terrorist organization National Action, a 17 year old Yorkshireman is charged with manufacturing explosives for an implied terror campaign in Bradford.
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74 Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence.
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12A proposed law in New Hampshire, intended to prevent false rape accusations, would reject victims' testimony (including children's) where is no corroborating evidence or prior convictions.
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54Inauguration desperation: the Trump team tries to shift surplus tickets by offering them for free and running paid Facebook ads that tell random users that "President-elect Trump wants to personally invite you." Even ticket scalpers are making a loss.
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31Dozens of U.S. Congress representatives are boycotting Trump's inauguration.
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22Trump attacks John Lewis on Twitter for boycotting his inauguration.
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26Just in case you forgot what kind of man Richard Nixon was...
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20Since the introduction of Shariah law in the Indonesian province of Aceh in 2001, Indonesia's conservative drift has led to calls for the wider adoption of Shariah law in the ostensibly secular country.
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19Tory Chancellor, Philip Hammond tries to use a threat of a post-Brexit UK as a tax haven as a lever against the EU in the Brexit negotiations. Eurocrats are probably whistling a tune along the line of "Guernsey, Jersey, Man, Bermuda, Cayman and the British Virgin Islands all look to London with a smile, a nod and a wink in return, dada dada..."Wikipedia's W.svg
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43Donald Trump's motto "grab 'em by the pussy" seems to be catching on: an elected Republican town official in Greenwich, Connecticut, has been arrested for grabbing a woman's groin, telling her "I love this new world, I no longer have to be politically correct."
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23Senate staffers overwhelmed by deluge of angry calls about Jeff Sessions and other issues
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26Some Republicans in Indiana and Idaho want to make abortion murder.
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36UNVERIFIED: Allegations arise that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia during elections. Trump, Kremlin denies. Unlike Pizzagate, this report is not true (nor false) until proven otherwise.
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20Knights of Malta embroiled in scandal for distributing condoms in Burma.
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25James Comey refuses to tell Senate if FBI is investigating Trump-Russia links
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26Dylann Roof gets the death penalty.
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20New York Times: Indian Point, one of the longest-running nuclear power plants in the United States, is to be shut down in 2020, with no clear plan to make up the difference in power production with renewables.
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32June 2016, Sen. Tom Cotton: "Secretary Clinton and the Obama administration put four Americans... in harm's way in an area teeming with terrorists, without adequate security, and with no military assets within close range."
January 2017, Sen. Tom Cotton: Co-sponsors a bill with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to halve U.S. Embassy security, construction, and maintenance if the U.S. doesn't move their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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22Talks to secure Cyprus reunification, 'best and last chance' for resolution, enter final stages.
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18Scientists watch growing Antarctic crack but are not alarmed
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21China starts 2017 engulfed by smog, issues pollution alerts.
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16Several UK companies have been linked to an Azeribaijan pipeline bribery scandal.
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29Low and middle-income students who are residents of New York will soon be able to attend state, city, and community colleges without having to pay tuition fees. Oregon and Tennessee have already covered the costs of community college for their residents.
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34Japan has virtually eradicated gun violence.
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19Israel denies immigration of 9 Venezuelan Jewish converts
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42German police quash Breitbart story of mob setting fire to Dortmund church; The fire was caused by stray fireworks, caught only netting covering scaffolding on church, and was put out in 12 minutes.
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12Official intelligence reports haven't confirmed Putin ran a campaign to help Trump. P.S.: however, the report contains nothing new and/or conclusive.
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16South Carolina's Department of Public Safety was offering Christian-based pamphlets to families of traffic fatalities. (Link contains autoplay video) After criticism from American Humanist Association, DPS says they'll drop the pamphlets and offer a secular checklist for those grieving.
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14A shooting at an airport in Florida has left 5 people dead and 8 people injured, with reports indicating the gunman is in custody.
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21Planned Parenthood launches a campaign to fight Republican attempts to defund it.
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22Milo Yiannopoulos has a $250,000 book deal with Simon & Shyster Schuster. Leslie Jones is pissed.
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3After 12 years at Fox News, Megyn Kelly moves to NBC.
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22India opens a chemical plant that makes soda ash from carbon dioxide gas extracted from a coal power plant nearby and what is currently the world's largest solar power plant.
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36With no warning, House Republicans curtail the powers and independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics, an investigative body created in 2008 after three members of Congress were arrested for corruption charges. Update: After Trump calls them out on it criticizes their "timing", House Republicans back down.
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32Trump's Press Secretary has begged the American people to stop mocking the Tangerine Terror.
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18Cannabis ingredient (cannibidiol) to be classed as medicine in UK


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