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January 2018[edit]

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17Electricity from all forms of renewable energy is set to become cheaper than that from fossil fuels by 2020.
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18This issue affects the United States. For nearly 45 minutes, residents of Hawaii expected to die, thanks to an incorrect "THIS IS NOT A DRILL" missile warning. Luckily, Trump carried on playing golf.
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26This issue affects the United States. US states that legalised marijuana report large falls in violent crime.
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6This issue affects Switzerland. Anti-globalization protestors protest President Trump's upcoming visit to Switzerland.
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24This issue affects the United States. The entire continent of Africa is demanding an apology for Trump's "shithole" comment.
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29This issue affects Saudi Arabia. In another wave of reforms, Saudi Arabia now allows women to attend sports matches.
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11This issue affects the United States. Missouri governor Eric Greitens has been accused of blackmailing a hairdresser with nude photographs to prevent her outing an affair.
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8This issue affects the United States. Trump lawyer 'paid porn star $130k to stay silent about sexual encounter with Trump', says report
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20This issue affects Norway. This issue affects the United States. Norwegians tell Trump: We don't want to come to your s***hole country.
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13This issue affects Spain. This issue affects Netherlands. It has been revealed that the Dutch think tank that sent observers to the Catalan referendum had been paid to do so by the Catalan government.
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15This issue affects the United States. Bernie Sanders will host a town hall on his universal healthcare proposal, dubbed Medicare for all, on January 23rd.
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13This issue affects Norway. This issue affects the United States. Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg pointed out to U.S. President Donald Trump the economic opportunities provided by environmental friendliness. (Video link)
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14This issue affects China. This issue affects Canada. China's new tough standards on accepting recyclables leave many Canadian cities with piles of plastic and cardboard. Meanwhile, the City of Montreal presses ahead with its ban on plastic bags.
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16This issue affects Canada. Dozens of charges laid against two Canadians selling MMS, i.e. literal poison, as a miracle tonic.
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27This issue affects the United States. Trump referred to Haiti and African countries as "shithole countries". He said, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"
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11This issue affects South Korea. South Korea prepares to ban all cryptocurrency trading.
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11This issue affects Italy. Silvio Berlusconi lures Italian voters with flat tax plan He is back...
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17This issue affects the United Kingdom. The prestigious University College London is investigating how a conference on eugenics and racial differences in intelligence was secretly held on its premises. Also, our friend Emil O. W. Kirkegaard attended the event.
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54This issue affects the United States. Steve Bannon steps down from Breitbart.
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22This issue affects Italy. 169 have been arrested and €50 million (£44.06m; $59.79m) in assets seized in a series of coordinated raids targetting the 'Ndràngheta crime network in Italy.
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-16This issue affects the United States. Freeman on the Land "hero" Cliven Bundy has charges dismissed.
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16Scientists found a way to explain why the atmospheric concentration of methane, a greenhouse gas 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide, is rising rapidly.
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18This issue affects the United States. James Damore, a former employee for Google, fired for his advancement of "harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace", is now suing Google for "unfairly discriminating against white conservative men."
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25This issue affects the United States. A megachurch in Memphis is standing by a pastor accused of sexually assaulting a 17 year old. The pastor has admitted to doing the act, though he stated he deeply regretted doing it.
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16This issue affects the United States. Sessions terminates U.S. policy that let legal pot flourish
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29This issue affects the United States. Turns out the Jewish lawyer Roy Moore's wife bragged about to deny allegations of antisemitism is a practicing Christian.
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25This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. North Korea has now resumed talks with South Korea with the apparent goal of taking part in the Winter Olympics hosted there.
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44This issue affects the United States. Lawyers seek to halt Journalist Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House book release because of its contents, which President Trump insists are lies. In response to the attempts, the book has been published early.
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28Major flaw in millions of Intel chips revealed, and Apple has confirmed its own Intel-produced chips for their iPhones and Macs are vulnerable to spyware.
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39This issue affects the United States. In a major split, Steve Bannon called a 2016 meeting between Trump's campaign team and a Russian lawyer "treasonous" in journalist Michael Wolff's new book Fire and Fury; Trump shot back that Bannon has "lost his mind"
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44This issue affects India. Physicians in India protest a plan to allow Ayurvedists, homeopaths and the like to practice medicine.
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32This issue affects the United States. Houston police don't think the white guy, found with a hotel room full of weapons was planning to use them. He was just worried they'd be stolen from his truck, because he'd been "drunk for days."

December 2017[edit]

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33This issue affects the United Kingdom. Statistics reveal that 2017 was the greenest year for the United Kingdom, as far as power generation is concerned. Indeed, she (i.e. the UK - not Theresa May, lest anyone be under the misapprehension that she has actually accomplished anything of note) has reduced carbon emissions faster than any other G7 countries.
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14This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects South Korea. South Korea seized a vessel suspected of delivering oil to North Korea, violating U.N. sanctions. U.S. satellite imagery show Chinese vessels of doing the same. China dismissed all allegations as "not consistent with the facts."
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18Amid a brutal cold spell with temperatures falling to record lows hitting the U.S. and Canada, President Trump opined that global warming is good and told people in the affected areas to bundle up.
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19Iran faces anti-government protests from anti-war demonstrators and secularists.
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22SWATting fatality in Wichita, Kansas, after an argument between two Call of Duty gamers over a $2 wager. One gave the other a false address, resulting in an innocent neighbour being SWATted and fatally shot by police.
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18Gävle Goat sees December 25, 2017
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-26Greek anarchists are injecting food with poison
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35

In a rare act of truth Breitbart's editor-in-chief, Alex Marlow, has admitted that Leigh Corfman’s claims against Roy Moore “had a lot of credibility” and Breitbart only defended Moore in an attempt to protect Predator-in-chief Trump. Big shocker there, right?

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23Clinton and Trump are now equally unpopular at 36% favorability.
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21Potential terror plot by ex-marine has been foiled by the FBI.
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35Trump's travel ban has been blocked again.
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36A bad day for Trump's new Dutch ambassador Pete Hoekstra, who accuses an interviewer of reporting fake news about his belief in violent no-go zones in the country, then, when shown footage proving it, declares the claim he called it fake news to be fake news.
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35An outbreak of mumps in New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, is now officially out of control and a national epidemic. Authorities are blaming low vaccination rates among 10-29 year olds - a "missing generation" thanks at least in part to anti-vaccine panics in the 1990's and 2000's.
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28The Pentagon ran a secret program investigating UFOs from 2007 - 2012
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30Right-Wing Media Blames Amtrak Derailment on Leftist Activist (Alex Jones and Jack Posobiec).
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59The Trump administration has apparently banned the CDC from using words like "science-based", "evidence-based", "vulnerable", and "transgender" in any budget-related official documents.
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-53Predictions of many resignations coming from Congress in the next 72 hours. You heard it first here folks. UPDATE: oh, look. Nothing happened.
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25Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star
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-17The FCC has voted in favor of repealing net neutrality.
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47A Roy Moore campaign representative, a former elected official no less, vapor locks and goes slackjawed when told a well known fact about separation of church and state.
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14Poland: Beata Szydło forced to resign from being the Prime Minister, succeeded by Mateusz Morawiecki - which makes little sense from the state's perspective, seeing that Szydło is quite popular among Poles. On the other hand: following a recent penalty on a Polish TV channel for broadcasting the course of protests issued by the National Broadcasting Council (met with a backlash requiring a response from NBC), a resolution project allowing NBC (or KRRiT, if you prefer the Polish abbreviation) to censor the Internet was leaked. If the majority of MPs sign it, PiS' influence over media will increase. It is not a coincidence that those two things are happening at the same time - the majority of media focus only on the new Prime Minister. For now.
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39The Alt-Right parallel web is not really good and technically buggy... We expect that the self-proclaimed "master race and sex" to at least make half-decent websites... along with half-decent video games.
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29Iraqi commander says his country's war against DAESH Islamic State has ended
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14Following the passage of a bill that allows the carrying of concealed firearms by the U.S. House of Representatives, a school shooting has left several dead.
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22U.S. Senator Al Franken says he will resign from the Senate after charges of sexual misconduct.
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49After a two month long postal survey, some political delays and various nonsense spouted by those opposed, Australia becomes the 25th country to legalise same sex marriage, with four out of 150 members in the lower house opposing the bill. Couple who swore they'd get divorced if it passed back down.
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29Time magazine's Person of the Year goes to "The Silence Breakers" (the people who spoke out about sexual abuse and harassment).
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24Donald Trump announces that the U.S. will move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, fulfilling a campaign promise but risking further instability in the Middle East
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23Ten people so far have been arrested by Maltese police over the recent car-bombing of an anti-corruption activist and journalist.
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15The UK government has suspended a foreign aid project after a BBC investigation found money for (dead) police officers was being siphoned off to Nour al-Din al-Zenki.
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11The former President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is believed dead after Houthi rebels bombed his home as their political alliance fell apart.
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22A Polish-born Britain First donor has been arrested for trying to use a van to murder a Muslim restaurant worker.
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72Former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn has been charged with lying to the FBI, has pleaded guilty, and is cooperating with the special counsel's investigation into Russia's interference in last year's election.

November 2017[edit]

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24Riko Muranaka wins the 2017 John Maddox prize for countering HPV vaccine misinformation.
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44President Trump provokes hostility in the United Kingdom by sharing views from a far-right fake news outlet, which the White House defends as a simple promotion of border-security. British Prime Minister Theresa May insists the President was wrong to do so, and is told to mind her own business.
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20Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak dies after taking poison in court
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26Turns out that yetis are basically just bears.
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9Matt Lauer fired by NBC due to "inappropriate sexual behavior."
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57The Washington Post busts a transparent attempt by Project Veritas to trip them up in their investigation of Roy Moore's sex abuse scandal. Short version: a woman went to the Post claiming that Moore impregnated her as a teenager, and she was suspiciously interested in seeing to it that Moore lost his campaign for Senate. (Non-paywalled version, though still bitchy about adblock.)
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36Vaccine refusal in the US seems to have stopped increasing. (original study here)
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63Remember how back in July, the South Carolina Supreme Court tried to extend domestic violence protections to same-sex unmarried couples, but then stayed their own order when they realized they accidentally took them away from all unmarried couples? Well, they finally fixed their mistake; now all couples--married or unmarried, same-sex or opposite-sex--are covered equally by the state's domestic violence laws. This is surprisingly progressive news out of the Deep South, especially since all parties involved, even the state's Attorney General, agreed that it should happen; the only dispute was over the best way to do it.
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20Youth pastor arrested for allegedly murdering family on Thanksgiving
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112018 Melbourne atheist convention cancelled due to lack of interest.
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42 Thousands are signing a petition to fire Federal Communications Committee chair Ajit Pai as people protest the possible end to net neutrality. Here is what could happen once Net Neutrality is repealed. Unsurprisingly, a think-tank funded by Google and other private tech companies believes consumers will likely remain safe.
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26Egypt faces its worst terrorist attack in modern history; gunners kill 235 people in a Sinai mosque.
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25Galapagos - the islands that keep on giving: Finches caught in act of speciation... oh you naughty finches!
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21Richard Spencer is reportedly banned from 26 European nations, and it has nothing do with his nonNazi views.Do You Believe That?
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26California Flat Earth believer will launch self in home made rocket on Saturday, 11/25/2017, hoping to take pictures of curvature or lack thereof in a later flight. UPDATE. Cancelled for now due to "bureaucratic" and mechanical problems.
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5Nebraska approves the construction of TransCanada's Keystone XL Pipeline, albeit choosing a different path.
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26Bosnian Serb military commander and war criminal Ratko Mladic has been sentenced to life in prison for genocide by a UN tribunal.
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17Democratic Congressman John Conyers accused of sexual misconduct.
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49Robert Mugabe, finally, finally, finally resigns.
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2310 of the 12 water companies in the United Kingdom admit to using dowsers to find leaks and buried pipes. (Original source)
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29A homophobic Ohioan lawmaker ironically resigns after a gay sex scandal.
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14President Trump is poised to declare North Korea a state-sponsor of terrorism, in a move that will impose fresh sanctions.
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17After the Chinese state authorities release several UCLA basketball players from jail for shoplifting, President Trump immediately regrets his decision because the families weren't thankful enough.
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8Talks of forming a government between the mainstream German parties have broken down, and a general election may have to be called.
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35Criminal Charles Manson has died at the age of 83.
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11Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has announced his intentions to step down.
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11Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen has been arrested again; this time by the Police Service of Northern Ireland after complaints were made about a speech she made in Belfast.
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18Former president George H.W. Bush has received an eighth accusation of improper behaviour.
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12Following the Daily Telegraph's attempt to smear Conservative MPs as traitors for opposing a fixed Brexit deadline, an MP speaks of death threats she received afterwards.
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10Another US warship in the Pacific has been involved in a collision. This time a Japanese tug was involved.
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14Radioactive cloud detected over Eastern Europe. Signs point to accident in Russia or Kazahkstan.
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19FCC plans in December to vote about killing Net Neutrality rules
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11A judge running for Ohio governor boasted that he had bedded 50 women.
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23The Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of crude oil in South Dakota. This comes at the time when the operator, TransCanada, is seeking approval from the state of Nebraska in order to build the Keystone XL Pipeline.
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9A North Korean defector is found to be riddled with parasitic worms.
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15The new Bible museum in Washington, D.C., funded by the Hobby Lobby family, may be displaying fake Dead Sea Scrolls artifacts.
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17Democrat senator Al Franken issues an apology after being accused of forcible kissing and groping a model. Update: Franken is accused of sexual misconduct by a second woman.
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20Alberta woo-meisters' conviction in son's meningitis death upheld as defense lawyer argues judge allowed "too many experts". Crown prosecutors, meanwhile, are appealing seeking stiffer sentences.
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27Yet more trouble in Zimbabwe. Military launches coup, Robert Mugabe under house arrest. Prepare to meet the new boss...
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33Russia's defense ministry posts an image from a video game as "irrefutable proof" that the U.S. is aiding ISIS.
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41In a non-binding national postal survey, Australia votes overwhelmingly in favour of same sex marriage. 61.6% voted yes with a 79.5% response rate. The majority voted yes in 133 out of 150 electorates.
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43To the surprise of absolutely no-one, it turns out WikiLeaks collaborated closely (and secretly) with the Trump family during the 2016 US presidential election. Furthermore, the site requested several favors throughout this collaboration, including asking Donald Trump Jr. to place Julian Assange as Australia's ambassador to the USA.
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18Vault 8: WikiLeaks Releases Source Code For Hive — CIA's Malware Control System
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22Police estimate that 60,000 people took part in a march on Poland's independence day in what was one of the largest gatherings of far-right activists in Europe in recent years. A demonstrator interviewed on state TV said he was marching to "remove Jewry from power" and other demonstrators covered their faces and chanted "pure Poland, white Poland!"
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3Harvard hosted "Sex Week". (Its Facebook page)
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40Republican politician Roy Moore is accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. Republican responses range from "defending pedophilia, to 'rather a pedophile than a Democrat' (Salon)" to advocating due process and saying he should resign (Daily Wire)
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24Comedian Louis CK acknowledges accusations of sexual misconduct are true - issues apology. In related news, actor George Takei has also been accused of sexual assault.
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33A possible stopped clock moment for Donald Trump: A Trump aide says that Donald Trump thinks that Scientology should not have a tax exemption.
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28The UK's Commons Speaker, John Bercow, vetoes Donald Trump addressing the Houses of Parliament, saying, "he hasn't earned the right."
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39Syria signs the Paris Climate Agreement, a couple of weeks after Nicaragua signed on, leaving the US the only country in the world refusing to sign. (Warning AutoPlay Video). Related: Trump is not invited to Paris climate summit in December. (Warning AutoPlay Video).
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23Juli Briskman, a now former employee of the government contractor Akima L.L.C., was fired following an incident involving her flipping off Trump's motorcade.
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32Another mass shooting in the United States, this time at a Baptist church in Texas on Sunday, 26 worshippers killed (4% of the town) before the murderer appeared to have shot and killed himself following a car chase. The shooter was an atheist as described by his friends and classmates, and others are trying to link him to the Antifa movement without much evidence.
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20A series of misconduct scandals has moved through British politics, with allegations including online hate speech, groping, forced kissing, sexting, and sexual assaults. Three Conservative Secretaries of State are under investigation with one already resigned; a further three MPs are also being investigated with a fourth serious enough to be referred to the police. Labour meanwhile is investigating three party members for groping allegations, including one who has just been fired from the Welsh government. Two party members have reported to have been sexually assaulted by a senior official several years ago. Another MP was also suspended for making offensive online remarks. For the SNP, a Scottish government minister has also resigned. Update: Former Welsh minister kills himself
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26Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has accused the Pentagon of deliberately withholding an official report denouncing the existence of Iraqi WMDs, and argues that Britain's entry in the war would not have otherwise taken place.
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2713.4 million documents relating to backhand business deals and tax-avoiding in the Cayman Islands have been leaked. President Trump's commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, was found to be doing business with Vladimir Putin's son-in-law, Kirill Shamalov. Queen Elizabeth's Duchy of Lancaster has been hiding funds for twelve years. Stephen Bronfman, an aid and fundraiser for Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, was also implicated.
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27Trump appoints air pollution researcher Robert Phalen at the Irvine campus of the University of California as part of EPA's Scientific Advisory Board, a guy who thinks that "[m]odern air is a little too clean for optimum health" and children need some irritants in their lungs to help them "learn" to ward them off. He's also a lil' "skeptical" of climate change.
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31Climate change science is backed up... again. Humankind is still the primary cause of global warming.
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38Unearthed confidential chat logs from the website of the "anti-communist" (read: Neo-Nazi) organization Anticom reveal that members thereof goaded each other into constructing bombs and committing mass killings. (These are the people that provided security at Spencer's Florida speech; just so you know). Gee, I wonder what we'd call this, and how we'd respond to it, if it were Muslims doing it?
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17Unemployment in the U.S. has fallen to 4.1%, the lowest in 17 years. Furthermore, the U.S. economy gained 261,000 jobs in October.
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16A new GOP bill would allow churches to endorse political candidates and still keep their tax-free status.
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14Note found in truck claims Manhattan attack done for ISIS, source says

October 2017[edit]

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33It is revealed that George Papadopoulos, a low-level Trump adviser, was told as early as April 2016 that Russians had "thousands of emails" with "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos had been arrested in July 2017 for making false statements to the FBI.
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41A federal judge blocks the enforcement of Trump's ban of transgender people in the military.
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8Kevin Spacey accused of having sexually assaulted actor Anthony Rapp (who was 14 at the time) in 1986.
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51Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been indicted on charges that he funneled millions of dollars through overseas shell companies. Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign official, has also surrendered to federal authorities. The indictment of Manafort and Gates makes no mention of Trump or election meddling. Update: Trump's response: "Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren't Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus????? ....Also, there is NO COLLUSION!"
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10With relations between Baghdad and Erbil rapidly deteriorating, Iraqi Kurdistani President Masoud Barzani is to step down ahead of the currently unscheduled 2017 election.
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11Former Nixon aide and retired fired Trump advisor Roger Stone has been suspended from Twitter for ToS violations in regards to comments directed towards a CNN journalist. Stone intends to sue Twitter, though it is not presently known what exactly for.
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20Two back-to-back "White Lives Matter" rallies held in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to protest the resettlement of Muslim refugees in the state.
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28Germany generates so much power from renewable energy that prices could become negative.
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12Catalonia government dissolved after declaring independence from Spain
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17A 22-year old has been charged over a plot to butcher an MP with a machete after earlier police raids against the Lancastrian wing of National Action, a British terrorist organization.
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16UN investigators find that Bashar al-Assad's forces were responsible for the April 2017 chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun.
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8Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to a robot for the first time ever
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18A Gallup poll shows that 51% of Republicans now support legalizing marijuana.
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20American consumers lose the right to sue companies.
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37Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman has vowed to return the country to a "moderate Islam open to the world and all religions."
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16Robert Mugabe has said that people who murdered white farmers during a government-sanctioned purge in the 2000s will never be prosecuted.
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11Officials in London accused of being ‘wilfully blind’ to massacre of thousands by Robert Mugabe in 1980s
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12 The BBC apologises after BBC Radio 4's Today show did not question Nigel Lawson's statement that global temperatures have not risen.
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22Betsy DeVos rescinds 72 guidance documents outlining rights for disabled students. (Despite never once in her life having worked with such students and knowing nothing about their needs).
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18The Trump administration prevents climate and environmental scientists from presenting their work at a conference.
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22The GOP is fearing a Democratic tidal wave in 2018 as wealthy donors, fed up with an apparent lack of progress, continue to abandon it.
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20The WHO appoints Robert Mugabe as a Goodwill Ambassador. It goes about as well as you'd expect.
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14President Trump to allow the release of currently classified JFK documents, which were scheduled to be released under the 1992 Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act.
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18 Norway has chosen to make all three major officers of the state (the finance minister, foreign minister & prime minister) women
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12New Zealand has chosen as its delegate for Prime Minister, a female agnostic Labour leader from the Mount Albert constituency that isn't Helen Clark.
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18By 2030, say projections, a third of Americans will have no religious preference.
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15Trump's pick for the head of the Council on Environmental Quality considers CO2 to be "the gas of life" and believes that fossil fuels helped end slavery
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14The "new and improved" EPA scrubs dozens of links and resources about climate change from its websites.
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17About nine million people died in 2015 due to pollution, a number higher than that due to all wars and other forms of violence.
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26Richard Spencer speaks at the University of Florida. He's received, it should come as no particular surprise, by a barrage of counter-protestors both inside and outside the auditorium - with the former drowning him out with chants for the entire duration. Outside, yet another Nazi ends up getting punched in the face.
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18President Trump declares, "Freedom is a gift from God".
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7President Trump is bringing Merry Christmas back.
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18Raqqa liberated.
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30A Hawaiian judge has struck down Trump's 3rd travel ban. On top of the failures to repeal Obamacare, to build a wall along the Mexican border, and to revitalize the Midwestern coal industry, this adds nothing to the number of major electoral promises Trump has succeeded in keeping, a nice tidy zero.
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25Ironically, Donald Trump's actions undermining the Affordable Care Act hurt those who voted for him the most.
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24Physicists have detected gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars for the first time. This paves the way for improved understanding of the origins of heavy elements of the periodic table.
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10Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera is a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives who claims she's been on board a spaceship piloted by extraterrestrials who have "communicated telepathically with her several times in her life."
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16Somalia faces one of the most lethal terrorist attacks in recent history with 239 people believed dead
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21And...this year's award for Worst Pseudoscience Of The Year goes to Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop.
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27Authors face retraction (again) of their study claiming vaccines-autism link. Scientists demolish it - and find fake data.
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17California bans the sale of non-rescue animals in pet shops.
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18Angered by gun control, this lawmaker drafted a bill to require licenses for journalists
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16Rebounding from the Great Recession, the city of Lancaster has become the solar capital of California.
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26Sesame Street teaches children on how to cope with trauma.
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23Sovereign citizen claims to be 'some sort of agricultural product' to get out of trial. Judge is unimpressed.
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11EPA chief Scott Pruitt announced in Hazard, Kentucky, that his agency will repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Act.
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18Utah legislator considers bringing back "porn czar".
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22Geophysicists are confident that the number of anthropogenic earthquakes are on the rise.
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19In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, the National Rifle Association (NRA) calls for stronger gun regulations. [No, not The Onion.]
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32Trump issues a ruling that allows employers to opt out of providing free birth control if it contradicts their beliefs.
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23Russian internet troll factories spreading Islamophobia and secessionist ideas in Texas
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36Measles and rubella officially eradicated from New Zealand after 3 years with no new cases.
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32A conservative Republican who has traditionally opposed abortions changes his mind after it was revealed that he had encouraged his mistress to have one.
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31The GOP is losing rich donors over its inability to repeal Obamacare.
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22Fox News Blames CNN and Atheism for Las Vegas Massacre
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13According to Yahoo, all three billion accounts were hacked in the August 2013 data breach.
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18Iraq liberates the last ISIS urban stronghold.
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15The Disturbing Rise of Cyberattacks Against Abortion Clinics
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14A small subset of Technolibertarians who love Bitcoin decided that an all-meat diet was a fantastic idea and is the most healthy diet ever; hint: they are wrong
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18Mississippi’s Draconian Anti-LGBT Law, the Worst in the Nation, Is Set to Take Effect
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27Paul Ryan touts mental health reforms (and the power of prayer) as key to preventing future incidents of gun violence while defending a GOP bill that undoes an Obama-era regulation making it hard for those with mental illness to purchase firearms.
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14This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to three researchers who developed cryo-electronic microscopy, an imaging technique allowing for the visualization of complex biological molecules in exquisite detail. Soon, all the secrets of life at the most fundamental levels will be revealed to us.
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16On the Internet, nobody knows you are a Russian dog. A number of "blacktivists" actually Russian spies. Putin stoked racial tensions during 2016, pitting black against white, to install orange.
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27The U.S. votes against the United Nations' ban on the death penalty for same-sex relations.
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33The Nobel Prize in Physics this year is shared by three American physicists who played an instrumental role in the detection of gravitational waves. Similarly, another three Americans earned the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for advancing our understanding of the circadian rhythm.
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52Worst mass shooting by a single individual in the US, this time at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Currently tied with the Orlando shooting for number dead but far more injured (and the number of dead may rise). Third worst rampage killing of all time (behind Breivik and the Nice mass murders) The shooter was a wealthy real-estate investor.
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18Tensions increase in Downing Street over the quality of the current government. There have now been repeated calls for Boris Johnson to be fired for interfering with other departments, and Theresa May faces similar calls over her failure to do so. In an effort to win over new voters should an emergency election be called (again), a new youth activist wing is to be set up to compete with Labour's Momentum, spearheaded by Reese-Mogg, while more popular policies such as helping people get a Mortgage and changing the policy on paying back student debt are announced.
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27Puerto Rico remains without power after being hit by a hurricane, and upper limit estimates put it at eight months for repairs of the grid to be finished. A million are without drinking water, and homes and hospitals have been damaged, while Washington and Puerto Rico's government are in disagreement over the effectiveness of federal aid. Typically, President Trump has used the event to deride local mayors for being lazy and incompetent in waiting for federal aid, and accused critics of being part of a Democrat conspiracy.
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10Four pedestrians and a police officer in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, have been injured in a suspected terrorist attack using a van and knife as seen in London earlier this year. A man matching the suspect's identity has been arrested.
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10A suspected terror attack has taken place in Marseille as a man stabs several people at the St. Charles train station before being shot by armed police. At least one stabbing victim has also died.
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16As many as 337 people have been injured in riots in Catalonia started by a judicial order to police to forcibly close schools used for their independence referendum.

September 2017[edit]

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18A record number of Americans have sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), many of them newborn children who contracted STDs from their mothers, said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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18Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price resigns after being caught spending some $400,000 of taxpayers' money on chartered flights. He was previously under fire for owning over $100,000 worth of pharmaceutical and medical stocks.
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11In an example of Sunday School environmentalism gone bad, wood burning stoves that were once seen as environmental wonder for heating are being investigated for possible banning by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. This is due to high levels of pollutants coming from the chimneys.
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20Do you want Roko's basilisk? Because this is how you get Roko's basilisk.
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15Evangelicals urge more action from Trump against 'alt-right'
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13Potential members of the scientific advisory board of the EPA consist of numerous people from the fossil fuel industry, including those to reject mainstream climate science.
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15Mimicking the experiences of Anjem Chaudary, British terror group National Action’s latest revivals, Scottish Dawn and NS131, have also been proscribed as terrorist organisations and, since Wednesday, eleven men have been arrested over their continued membership.
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20A wellness blogger in Australia has been found guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct and fined $410,000 after falsely claiming she had brain cancer and was cured through alternative therapies and nutrition.
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23Yet another detection of gravitational waves caused by the collision of two black holes. Now that Virgo, a new detector in Italy, has come online, it is possible to triangulate the source of the waves and to measure their polarization.
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28...aaaaaannnd once again, the Obamacare repeal has been defeated. Somewhere, the Kochs and Mercers are tearing up like in that famous photo of a Frenchman during the Nazi invasion of Paris, whilst the world's littlest violin plays in the background.
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33Saudi Arabia's King Salman decrees that women in the kingdom should be allowed to drive, and from tomorrow they can apply for driving licenses.
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34 Ireland's taoiseach (prime minister) has announced that next year there will be a referendum on whether or not the 8th amendment of the Constitution of Ireland would be repealed. This amendment makes having an abortion illegal in Ireland.
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-36Alejandro Villanueva is NFL's top-selling jersey since standing for anthem.
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7Man opens fire in Nashville church, killing at least one and wounding many.
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26Making public colleges and universities free is not only increasingly popular among Democrats, but is so among Republicans as well.
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18India's minister of education is under fire for attempting to rewrite the history of science and technology.
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22Even Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback and personal friend of Donald Trump, thinks Trump's comments on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem went too far.
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36Pharmaceutical researchers at the US National Institutes of Health and the company Sanofi have engineered an antibody capable of neutralizing 99% of all HIV strains.
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14A giant iceberg (6000 square kilometers in area) leaves the Antarctic ice shelf. On the bright side, fishing (and presumably oil exploration) in the area previously covered by the iceberg is banned for two years.
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20Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos revokes Obama-era rules on the handling of sexual assault cases on college campuses.
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24The President of the USA goes to war with the NFL, using harsher language to attack Colin Kaepernick (Son of a bitch), than he ever did to attack actual Nazis, who actually murdered someone.
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33Neo-Nazis host a "Straight Lives Matter" rally in Sydney in protest of Australia's gay marriage postal poll. (Only a stone's throw away from a monument to LGBT people killed during the Holocaust). The organizer predicted that "hundreds" would show up. 15 actually do, vastly outnumbered by counter-protestors. The organizer boasts that, no, actually, a whopping 30 people turned up, and more people didn't arrive only because they were afraid of violent retaliation from LGBT activists. Yeah, sure.
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20An English Defence League rally has been called off after only six attend.
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11Scott Pruitt, climate change denier and head of the EPA, rescinds an Obama-era plan to protect an ecologically important wetland and fishery in Southwest Alaska from mining activities after a meeting with a lobbyist.
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18NASA opens a new computational research facility in Hampton, Virginia, named after Katherine Johnson, an African-American female mathematician who was instrumental in its space program. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
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25John McCain to vote against Graham-Cassidy.
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-8Gwyneth Paltrow offers Los Angeles sex dust and vampire repellent.
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18 Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, who is pushing for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, is under fire for using a luxurious chartered private jet paid for by tax money in his travels.
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20The U.S. Senate voted to increase the military budget by $80 billion (to around $700 billion), an amount more than enough to make public colleges and universities tuition free, about $47 billion.
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20A large proportion of Canadians apparently think science is a matter of opinion. But over 80% trust scientists and scientific institutions viz ~20-25% social media and word of mouth - so there is hope.
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15Spanish police have arrested the Catalan region's junior economy minister as part of a morning raid on several government offices in the run-up to an independence referendum. The October 1 independence referendum has been dubbed undemocratic and illegal by the central government.
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21Saudi Arabia plans to "accept Israel as a brotherly state", reported by a twitter account believed to be the member of the ruling family.
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3In Brazil., a judge approves gay conversion therapy
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20The real unknown of climate change is human behavior. On the bright side, economic trends indicate that coal can never be great again.
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16At the U.N. Assembly, governors of multiple US states, most notably Jerry Brown of California, indicated that on the topic of global warming and climate change, they will take matters into their own hands, regardless of what the federal government might do. Meanwhile, Gary Cohn, the White House chief economic advisor, reiterates that while the Trump administration intends to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, it remains open to renegotiation, but does not clarify what new conditions are required.
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25 The BBC has reprimanded Adam Rutherford, a radio science presenter for breaking impartiality rules. This is because he tweeted a message calling for a climate-change denying MP, not to be re-elected as a member of the science and technology parliamentary committee.
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16Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to his impoverished countrymen - let them eat cake rabbit..
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13Poland demands a trillion dollars from Germany in reparations for World War II.
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42A judge ordered Martin Shkreli, the notorious Pharma Bro, to be imprisoned early, arguing he posed a danger to the public thanks to one of his Facebook posts, in which he offered money to whoever gets a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair.
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21Cassini Crashes Into Saturn, Its Mission Celebrated and Mourned. In related news, the European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL), was inaugurated earlier this month in Hamburg, Germany. Home to the world's most powerful X-ray laser, its mission is to conduct research in materials science, molecular biology and medicine.
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14A terror incident has occurred in London when an IED consisting of chemicals in a paint can was set alight on a train. No deaths have currently been confirmed, and many injuries were from the rush to get out of the cabin rather than the explosion.
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32Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to terminate gerrymandering.
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18Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin is being investigated by his own department after requesting use of a $25,000-per hour government jet to fly him and his wife around Europe for their honeymoon.
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24Bernie Sanders officially announces his Medicare-for-all bill (YouTube link).
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34Ted Cruz, Senator from Texas and fervent opponent of pornography, likes a tweet that shares pornography. He blames the problem on his "staff", who, in turn, blames a "hacker".
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19Thousands take to the streets to protest Macron's labor reforms.
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14Phrenology back in vogue
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26Universal basic income: Half of Britons back plan to pay all UK citizens regardless of employment
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26An IT firm found a way to adapt an algorithm used in experimental high-energy physics to help supermarkets reduce food waste.
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20Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Florida.
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26Woman who sought to join Islamic State group gets 8 years
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29A new study suggests that (at least) 139 countries worldwide could transition completely to renewable energy by the year 2050 and that in some large countries, such as the United States, the process may be easier than first thought.
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29A Democrat instrumental in the passage of the Affordable Care Act changes his mind on universal healthcare, saying its time has come. He joins at least two other Democrats in supporting Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-all bill.
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17German hackers found security holes in vote-counting software just a few weeks before the German federal election.
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25State Department approves a $3.8 billion arms sale to repressive Bahrain, where dissidents are getting jailed for tweeting.
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30Medical scientists have found a way to re-engineer the Zika virus such that it can be used to treat brain cancer. In equally encouraging news, the FDA approved a gene therapy that treats a form of leukemia. This is the very first gene therapy available in the United States.
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39After telling listeners Irma was a liberal hoax, Limbaugh quietly evacuates South Florida.
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22Equifax doxxes half the population of the United States.
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30Lessons from Germany's push towards renewable energy.
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24Donald Trump nominates a climate "skeptic" who wants to clean up space junk and install a permanent Moon base to head NASA.
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14EPA assigns final financial award decisions to John Konkus, a former Trump campaign aide with, typical of Trump administration asshattery, virtually no qualifications and hostility to climate change researchers.
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22Despite being repeatedly informing that Christmas carols are not banned in South Australian schools by the Department of Education. The local newspaper, commercial talk radio station and two national breakfast TV stations still peddle that line that they are.
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26Trump, or rather racist gnome, Jeff Sessions, gleefully announces he's ending DACA, but tosses the time-bomb to Congress, to pass legislation before March 2018.
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26Four British soldiers have been arrested for being members of the terror group, National Action.
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37What's a bigot to do when those pesky Muslims open up all their local mosques to help out victims of the Texas flooding? Why, invent a mosque that shuts its doors to Christians, of course! Bonus point: the imam in the fake news report lives in Canada and has never even been to Texas.
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24Kenya Supreme Court Nullifies Presidential Election
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24A baby gets lead poisoning after chewing on a homeopathic "healing bracelet".
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27Poland: Law and Justice (PiS) introduced lawful segregation of disabled students in schools. Disabled children are to be taught at their homes without an option to opt for individual classes at school. Funny twist of irony is that the party also opposes abortion - including when the child is going to be severely impaired.

August 2017[edit]

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23Burmese leader and Nobel prize winner Suu Kyi has turned into an apologist for genocide against Rohingya Muslims. When you're rejecting UN investigations you know there's something wrong.
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10Florence, a nearly 3-mile-wide asteroid, to swing by Earth on Friday
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37'We only kill black people’: Georgia cop caught reassuring nervous white woman during traffic stop.
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14Israel’s Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage is not a right
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30Just stabbed yourself? Blame a black guy, because... um.... politics? Why would anyone create a hoax like this?
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19

The Republican challenging Luther Strange in next month's GOP Senate primary runoff in Alabama? Why, none other than Roy Moore. And he might win.

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26Trump blocks Obama-era rule designed to prevent pay discrimination.
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28"Nowhere is political journalism so free, so robust, or perhaps so rowdy as in the United States." So says a federal judge in dismissing Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times.
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53Major Ku Klux Klan and Nazi Website Stormfront Has Been Kicked Offline
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35Three-for-three. Alt-righters announce a rally and subsequent press conference in San Francisco. The threat of a backlash grows so strong that they cancel the event altogether. Thousands show up to counter-protest them anyway. We can keep doing this forever, alt-right.
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9Transgender troop ban is now official.
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27Sebastian Gorka, who has links to neo-Nazis, leaves White House post.
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18As promised, Trump has pardoned Mr. Pink PJ's, effectively violating the Bill of Rights.
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12South Carolina governor Henry McMaster signs order "directing state agencies to stop providing funds to any medical practice affiliated with an abortion clinic."
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22Following the recent terror incidents in London and Manchester, moderate Islamic group Minhaj-ul-Quran UK hopes to do more to counter the effect DAESH propaganda on British teenagers with their annual "al-hidayah" summer camp.
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11Terrorist incident in Brussels as a Somalian man assaults a soldier with a knife before being shot dead.
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1623 people have died and 2500 arrested after a series of riots in northern India following the conviction of religious leader Ram Rahim Singh for rape.
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23Another neo-Nazi rally in San Francisco on Saturday. Local residents have made preparations to welcome them; the neo-Nazis will be up to their jackboots in dog poop
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32A new study investigating publicly available documents from Exxon Mobil and the research on climate science they sponsored suggests the corporation has been deliberately misleading the public about climate change. This comes at a time when the corporation is facing various lawsuits for its position on the issue.
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25Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce
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18Democrats in Congress are trying to form a panel of psychiatrists and psychologists to assess Donald Trump's mental health.
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28A solar eclipse passed along the continental US August 21st.
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38Trump'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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33Two-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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15Information is power: savvy customers taking advantage of genetic testing worry life and health insurers.
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25The 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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31Neo-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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43Some 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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32PayPal 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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29Donald 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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17Racist teens vandalize Asian American cemetery, spray paint racist slurs and topple 40+ headstones.
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19Four 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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6North Korea holds off its plan to launch a nuclear strike against the US territory of Guam.
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21Lebanon 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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8The 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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-12Somehow, 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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23In 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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16Despite 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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29Web 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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6The BBC on Robert Hooke's wacky adventures with public funds. All in the name of science, of course!
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35White nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA: Car plows into crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring dozens.
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246000+ people hold far-right rock concert in Germany featuring Hitler salute, "Heil" chant and 40+ other racist crimes.
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19Hundreds 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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8In 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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21Special 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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12Venezuela 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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17Faced 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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22A 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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50Jordan 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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9A UK "email prankster" tricked a number of WH officials into thinking he was other WH officials.
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17Scientists 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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25A 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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40Everyone's favorite (ex)sheriff, Joe Arpaio, has been convicted of criminal contempt.
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45Anthony Scaramucci is fired as the White House Communications Director. His 10-day term pretty much summed up the Trump administration.
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23Two 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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25Trump replaces former chief of staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
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34Oops. 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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24Another 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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21Kris Kobach's vote fraud detection system gets 200 false positives for every problematic vote it finds, is generally garbage.
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15Richard 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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19Trump 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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21Surprisingly, 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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27The AHCA fails to pass the Senate, 43-57.
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30Scientists 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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16Physicists performed a table-top experiment that could teach us much about elementary particles, black holes, and electronic properties of materials.
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23A 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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45The NHS in England has received new guidelines asking it to stop prescribing homeopathic medicines.
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31Trump staffers continue to jump ship, as White House Press Secretary Melissa McCarthy Sean Spicer resigns.
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32Special Counsel Mueller expands his probe to Trump's business dealings.
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43After 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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18Switzerland's arbitrary - and sometimes weird - citizenship tests come under scrutiny.
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31A court orders Trump's staff to turn over Mar-a-Lago visitor records.
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34Protests 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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25Think 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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25A 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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24Malcolm 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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25Rep. Sherman of California introduces articles of impeachment against Trump
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27Iraq 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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22There is a correlation between voting for Donald Trump and being in a place with high military casualties.
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31Senators 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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27France 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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13The Catholic Church addresses its most important problem: gluten-free communion bread.
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26El 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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0Stephen Hawking says Donald Trump could turn Earth into a Venus-like planet with 250°C and sulphuric acid rain
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18NJ 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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28Less 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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11In 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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43The 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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31Pennsylvania 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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37The 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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24Another 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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46In a rare moment of honesty, Fox News is dropping its ‘fair & balanced’ slogan
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29South 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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37Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice.
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22A 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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-23The Guardian to become tabloid.
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34In what is totally not a Nixonian move, Trump may be considering firing the head of the Russia investigation Robert Mueller.
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31Sandy Hook families denounce NBC and Megyn Kelly for an Alex Jones interview.
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27Montana Republican Greg Gianforte sentenced to community service for assaulting Guardian reporter.
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31Michael "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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18A 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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26Donald Trump's state visit to Britain put on hold until the British public supports him coming.
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15Republican 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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22Bernie 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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42Sandy Hook truther gets prison time for threatening victim's father.
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43Paleoanthropologists 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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31Ironically, 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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50As Trump’s problems mount, Breitbart’s numbers are cratering.
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31Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested he could resign amid rising tension with President Trump (Warning: Autoplay video)
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28Leaked 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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36A 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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18A 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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34After 334 years on being on the books, Denmark abolishes blasphemy
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11HBO 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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30Trump 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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26The 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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9Trump asks the Supreme Court to reinstate the Muslim travel ban.
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21Air 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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19Citizenship of certain countries is now a commodity.
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11Trump 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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8Lebanon 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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29A 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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324th 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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12"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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20An 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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30The 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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16Donald Trump praised Rodrigo "I am like Hitler" Duterte for his drug policy.
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16Trump signs Holocaust memorial guestbook the way only he can. (Warning: Autoplay video).
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24Trump'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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24Facebook'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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24The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun dismantling Obama-era regulation on Internet service providers, better known as Net Neutrality.
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39After 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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6Sweden temporarily suspends rape investigation surrounding Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
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34Lawsuit: The male athletes at America's largest Baptist university (Baylor University) used gang rape as a "bonding experience".
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21Rep. 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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-11A 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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39Roger Ailes, founding CEO of Fox News, dead at 77.
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5Four 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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22NATO 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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19The 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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5 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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32The 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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43White house press secretary Sean Spicer literally hid in the bushes to avoid answering questions about James Comey's firing.
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63Recently-elected French president Emanuel Macron wants to fight global warming and is inviting U.S. experts to France to help.
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66In 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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26Belgium'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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62After 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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24Texas adoption agencies could ban couples that are Jewish, Muslim, gay, interfaith, and/or single from adopting based on religious grounds.
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27The 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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25Tennessee 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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45Trump tries to air "fake news" 2020 campaign ad; is rejected by all major TV networks.
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34Donald 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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35In 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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18Despite 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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13DAESH claims responsibility for a suicide bombing in Kabul which killed eight civilians and wounded three American soldiers.
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15With 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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10Puerto 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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26Founder 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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29Congress 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.

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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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28China bans Muslim names for babies in Western China.
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8Milo 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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23Donald 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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29The Environmental Protection Agency removes all of its websites that contain information about climate change data and research.
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20If 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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42Donald Trump finds out that running a country is not the same thing as running a corporation.
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22Democrats 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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30Finally, something we agree with Trump on. Even he misses life before he became President.
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25A 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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36Trump sets up 'criminal alien' hotline, people use it to report UFOs.
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12A 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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16The rudiments of Trump's tax plan have been released, and they're a disaster of flat taxes and tax cuts.
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23A 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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21A 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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33Ivanka Trump booed after calling her father a champion for women. No really.
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48Yogurt company Chobani sues conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for allegedly posting false information about the company.
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38Trump complains about "fake" polls giving him very low approval ratings.
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39Nationalists 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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15For 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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24People trust science, so why don't they believe in it?
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27Trump'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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34Dow Chemical pressures US government to ignore results of studies showing pesticides are harmful to endangered and threatened species.
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23 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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68Fox News to drop Bill O'Reilly amid allegations of sexual harassment.
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-14In 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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36The old joke finally enters real life, as a Clairvoyant Evening is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
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30In Zimbabwe, the goat is now legal tender for school fees.
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34Meanwhile 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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36In 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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28U.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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27North 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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27The 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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57What 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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36Schadenfreude: 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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32Chicago 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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23Smoking 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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