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Keep up to date with all the interesting world news and current events that relate to RationalWiki's mission here. The most popular entries are found at Best of the world and the older entries found in the archives.

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July 2018[edit]

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1This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects New Zealand. The United Kingdom will have her first spaceport in Northern Scotland.
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3This issue affects Greece. This issue affects Macedonia. Reports from the OCCRP, that a Greek-based Russian has been using a rent-a-mob of football supporters to cause damage to central Skopje over the Macedonian government’s proposed name change of the FYROM.
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5This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. The founder of a Russian pro-gun organsation with close connection to the NRA, Mariia "Maria" Butina has been charged by the Department of Justice in spying for the Russian government in the United States.
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7This issue affects the United States. A federal judge temporarily halts deportations of migrant parents separated from their children.
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13This issue affects the United States. "I think the European Union is a foe", Trump says ahead of Putin meeting in Helsinki
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5This issue affects the United States. NASA may have accidentally burned evidence of life on Mars almost 50 years ago.
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9This issue affects Haiti. Haitian prime minister Lafontant resigns after days of rioting over a plan to raise fuel prices.
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11This issue affects Canada. Ontario is reverting its sex-ed curriculum to what it had in 1998.
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. Theresa May has revealed what President Donald Trump's "advice" on Brexit was to sue the other 27 EU states to force a No Deal rather than bother with negotiations. No wonder she turned it down.
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6This issue affects the United States. Two Georgian police officers have been put on leave due to footage of them using a coin toss app to decide whether to arrest a woman.
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11This issue affects the United Kingdom. Sectarian violence continues to gain traction in Northern Ireland, as a gang of up to 15 masked teenagers partially burn down a school for children with special needs in East Belfast in what PSNI is investigating as a hate crime. In Newry, poppy wreaths were thrown into the river. The DUP; Sinn Féin and SDLP have already condemned the violence.
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7This issue affects Iran. Iranian state media broadcasts a likely forced apology from a teenage girl arrested for posting an Instagram video of herself dancing.
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6This issue affects Israel. Israeli parliament debates over a bill that would legalize Jewish-only communities, make Hebrew the sole official language, and have judges rule based on Jewish law for cases without precedents.
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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. Opinion polls indicate that Jeremy Corbyn is now the most approved of party leader, with Conservative voters turning back to UKIP. Meanwhile, Stephen Bannon calls on Boris Johnson to challenge May's authority.
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7This issue affects the United States. A Californian woman has lost her job after a tirade of racial insults thrown at a black couple on the Freeway was recorded on Twitter.
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6This issue affects the United States. National Security official Jennifer Arangio has left the White House following clashes with Stephen Miller over inaccurate refugee and migration information.
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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. Day 3 of the Trump visit has come to a close. These protests included the pro-Trump Republicans Overseas and EDL #FreeTommy protests. Although warned by police not to cause trouble, incidents such as the harassing of Muslims; glassing a Union leader for expressing his own right to free speech; marching to Trafalgar Square with pig-themed effigies of Sadiq Khan, then attacking Police for removing them, throwing glass bottles at police and their horses; permission for the two rallies to merge was wisely refused by police due to security concerns. UKIP leader Gerard Batten hijacks the protest to have an irrelevant and totally-not-fascistic Nuremberg Recruitment Rally where he accuses the Tories and Labour of committing treason, and that hate laws prevent him declaring Mohammad and his "cult" are paedophiles and gang rapists.
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4This issue affects the United Kingdom. Another Minister has resigned. This time it's nothing to do with Brexit, but a sexting scandal.
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5This issue affects the United States. The proposed $3.9 billion Sinclair-Tribune broadcast merger is just part of a larger trend of television media ownership consolidation aided by FCC deregulation policies.
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3This issue affects the United States. Papa John’s is pulling John Schnatter's image from its marketing after reports he said the N-word.
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24This issue affects the United Kingdom. UK Counter Terrorism find that poison victims just happened to have a bottle of Russian Novichok in their house, warns public not to pick things up from the street.
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7This issue affects the United States. Timothy Trybus has formally been charged with two counts of felony hate crime recorded last week, in which he harassed a Puerto Rican woman.
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10This issue affects the United States. New information confirms that a second attempt to hack into Hillary Clinton's email server took place after then-candidate Donald Trump suggested the action.
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8This issue affects the United States. A member of the National Socialist Movement has been arrested in Nebraska after forcing a train to a halt and threatening the occupants with a gun, insisting he was going to "save the train from the black people."
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8This issue affects the United States. A Massachusetts bus driver has been fired for allegedly refusing to stop for a black customer.
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3This issue affects the United Kingdom. As violence in Northern Ireland escalates, as-yet unknown assailants throw bombs outside the homes of IRA leader Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey.
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4This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. Reuters has learnt of the Trump Administration's attempt (though ambassador Sam Brownback) to pressure Britain into releasing football hooligan Stephen Yaxley-Lennon. #FreeTommy protests are set to take place on the Saturday of Trump's visit.
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7This issue affects the United States. Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price has been found to have wasted at least $341,000 in taxpayer money.
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8This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. In Day 2 of the Trump visit, the President makes a 180 turn, lambasting the Murdoch-owned The Sun for misrepresenting his views on Theresa May's competence over Brexit and is now firmly in favour of a US-UK trade deal regardless of the politics. In a press conference the President again decries the butchering of European cultures by immigration, drawing criticism from former President Bush. He was later criticised for refusing to follow protocol when meeting with the Queen in a potential insult, first by refusing to bow and then by insisting on leading.
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4This issue affects the United Kingdom. Husnain Rashid has been jailed for life over his own terrorist propaganda videos which called for the murder of the child Prince George.
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4This issue affects the United Kingdom. A Primary school head teacher has been banned from teaching after exposing children to propaganda from London Bridge terrorist Khuram Butt.
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4This issue affects Pakistan. 123 were killed in two separate terrorist attacks on Pakistani political rallies.
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8This issue affects Antarctica. A new discovery may explain where cosmic rays come from.
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects Russia. The "witch hunt" has caught more witches: 12 Russian GRU officers indicted by Mueller's investigation for DNC hack.
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9This issue affects Kenya. Seven endangered black rhinos have died while being transported to a new wildlife reserve in Kenya.
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8This issue affects the United States. In its latest purge of fake accounts, President Trump has lost 300,000 followers, along with 71,000 for Elon Musk and 2.8 million for Katy Perry.
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8This issue affects the United States. President Trump, after presumably analysing the various issues in Africa - ethnic conflict; famine and resource shortages and political upheaval - has concluded that more guns is the only way to peace.
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6This issue affects the United Kingdom. The UK's former Ambassador to the US has been seriously assaulted in an unrelated tube station attack (warning: distressing image).
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. Written in Russian, a "Fuck Trump"-themed crop circle has appeared in England.
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8This issue affects the United Kingdom. Scotland's Tennent's Lager weighs in, with their new Trump-themed advertisement "Tiny Cans For Tiny Hands".
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7This issue affects the United Kingdom. Violence returns to Derry with petrol bombs thrown at police officers along with two murder attempts with guns and IEDs.
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10This issue affects the United Kingdom. Michael Fabricant, MP is quick to defend President Trump by sharing a cartoon of a Sadiq Khan balloon effigy being raped by a balloon pig, and then quickly deletes it due to widespread declarations of racism by fellow MPs.
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9This issue affects the United Kingdom. On the first day of President Trump's tour, things did not start well. He is declared a Fascist in Parliament by Dennis Skinner, drives past a 1000-strong protest, and personally offends Theresa May by saying no to a UK-US trade deal and supports Boris Johnson as a potential challenge to her authority in an interview with The Sun (she's already facing a possible No Confidence vote so that's definitely an insult).
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3This issue affects Syria. Syrian government forces have fully conquered the city where the revolt began.
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2This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. US President Donald Trump arrives in the UK for a 3 day working visit.
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8This issue affects the United States. FBI agent Peter Strzok's testimony before Congress about allegations of anti-Trump bias descended into partisan bickering.
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14This issue affects the European Union. Jehovah's Witnesses in the EU now must ask for permission before taking down personal information.
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6This issue affects Spain. This issue affects Germany. German court rules former Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont can be extradited.
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9This issue affects the United States. Papa John's founder John Schnatter resigns after admitting to using a racial slur in a media training session.
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15This issue affects China. Stone tools over 2 million years old found in China show the ancestors of humans migrated out of Africa hundreds of thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
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22Flag of NATO.svg Following his meeting with NATO, President Trump now demands that all member countries pay 4% of their GDP, despite most members consistently failing to reach even 2%. In a usual critique of Merkel, Trump accuses Germany of getting 60-70% of their energy from Russia. In reality, while it is true that Germany imports 50%-75% of her natural gas from Russia, natural gas comprises less than 20% of Germany's energy mix.
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12This issue affects Germany. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is facing calls to resign after his campaign to forcibly return asylum seekers to their home countries resulted in an Afghan man killing himself.
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10This issue affects Turkey. Controversial preacher and definitely not a sex cultist Harun Yahya has been arrested along with at least 166 followers in the latest purge in Turkey.
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15This issue affects the United States. Trade war: Trump administration threatens China with $200 billion in additional tariffs
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17This issue affects Germany. Beate Zschäpe, member of the Neo-Nazi terror group National Socialist Underground (NSU), has been sentenced to life in prison (no less than 15 years) after an intense five years in court.
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10This issue affects the United States. Continuing his pattern of pardoning people who shouldn't be pardoned, Trump pardons Ranchers Dwight And Steven Hammond. Their arrest for arson inspired the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Federal officials out west fear more standoffs due to this decision.
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11This issue affects Ethiopia. This issue affects Eritrea. The two decades-old state of war between Ethiopia and Eritrea finally ends.
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16This issue affects the United States. An Oregonian faith healing couple has been sentenced to six years for their baby's death.
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24This issue affects Australia. Fake "wellness blogger" Belle Gibson has failed to pay a $410,000 fine for lying about being cured from cancer by "wellness" and alternative medicine and is now being prosected by the Victorian Government for contempt of court
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8This issue affects the United States. Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee.
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13This issue affects the United States. The Trump administration freezes billions in payments required by Obamacare.
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15This issue affects the United Kingdom. Guess who's gone? Hint: he's a rich clown who people inexplicably like...
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22This issue affects the United Nations. This issue affects the United States. Add breast feeding to the list of things the Trump administration hates.
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18This issue affects Canada. Local leaders are demanding tougher gun control legislation from Ottawa as a wave of gun-related homicides hits Canada.
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19This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects the European Union. Brexit secretary David Davis resigns following major disagreements with PM Theresa May over EU customs arrangements. Update: also his deputies in the department Suella Braverman and Steve Baker have also resigned. Update: so has Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary. Remember kids, strong and stable!
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12This issue affects Turkey. Turkey sacks over 18500 state employees over alleged links to "terrorist" organizations.
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16This issue affects North Korea. This issue affects the United States. The North Korean Foreign Ministry calls talks with Pompeo "regrettable" and accsuses the US of making unilateral demands.
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10This issue affects the United States. Anti-gun violence protesters shut down part of Chicago freeway.
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10This issue affects Australia. This issue affects the United States. This issue affects the United Kingdom. Marine wildlife stands to benefit from decommissioned oil rigs on the sea floor. Greenpeace is not particularly happy with this proposal.
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15This issue affects the United States. The Kepler Space Telescope is put into hibernation to ensure is has enough fuel to send its final data.
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13This issue affects the United States. South Carolina's governor, Henry McMaster, vetoes $16 million of Medicaid money that goes to family planning for the poor, just to remove $82,000 that went to Planned Parenthood.
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1This issue affects Syria. Rebels in South Syria agree to withdraw and hand over heavy weaponry.
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22This issue affects the United Kingdom. Thanks to the recent heat wave, solar panels became the top power source in the United Kingdom, where solar power was nonexistent just a decade ago.
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13This issue affects the European Union. A satellite capable of exposing polluters and volcanic activities is now in orbit. The Sentinel-5P will become fully operational for all the gases it was designed to watch this fall.
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11This issue affects Ethiopia. Ethiopia fired its prisons chief and took three opposition groups off its "terrorist" list.
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17This issue affects the United States. This issue affects China. This issue affects Russia. American tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods kick in, leading to immediate equal retaliation; Trump now considers a $500 billion tariff to be an appropriate response. Update: Russia is joining in on adding tariffs to US goods.
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20This issue affects Japan. Shoko Asahara, founder of the Aum Shinrikyo cult behind the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system and other murders has been executed.
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11This issue affects the United States. Some immigrant US Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged.
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12This issue affects the United States. Bill Shine, former co-president of Fox News, is the new White House communications director.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has given permission for a Donald Trump counter-protest for his Friday the 13th visit in the form of a giant, orange, inflatable baby.
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25This issue affects the United States. Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the Environmental Protection Agency following a series of controversies.
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8This issue affects Venezuela. To keep the Army on his side, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has given 16,900 soldiers a promotion.
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14This issue affects the United States. In another setback for Facebook's hate speech detection software, the Declaration of Independence has been flagged for the line "merciless Indian savages".
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10This issue affects India. A Christian charity in India is being investigated for baby-selling.
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15This issue affects South Africa. Two suspected rhino poachers have been killed and eaten by lions in South Africa's Sibuya reserve.
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14This issue affects the European Union. EU sends controversial internet copyright reforms back to the drawing board
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2This issue affects the United States. An anti-ICE protester scaled the Statue of Liberty, causing the evacuation of Liberty Island.
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14This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Nigeria. A British-Liberian woman has been prosecuted for slavery offences after arranging for the transport of Nigerian refugees to be sold as slaves in Germany, after first subjecting them to blood rituals.
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7This issue affects the United Kingdom. This issue affects Russia. A British couple was poisoned with the same substance the Russian government used on a former spy and his daughter.
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14This issue affects Poland. Controversy over a Polish law that will force over a third of its Supreme Court to step down.
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14This issue affects the United States. The Trump administration is set to undo Obama-era rules promoting diversity in college admissions.
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12This issue affects Malaysia. Malaysian ex-PM Najib Razak has been arrested due to allegations of massive corruption and misappropriation.
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21This issue affects the United States. The Trump administration is considering a bill that will give the Office of the President the right to change tariff rates whenever he wants to, even if it violates existing trade agreements.
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18This issue affects the United States. A Trumpist has been arrested in Alabama for taking out a gun at an Anglican sermon supporting peaceful protest, though given Alabama law this was only a misdemeanour.
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11This issue affects the United States. An Ohio man has been arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack in July on behalf of al-Qaeda.
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16This issue affects the United States. Ron Paul has been criticised after he shared a Neo-Nazi poster of an East Asian; South Asian; African-American and Jew assaulting Uncle Sam in the name of Cultural Marxism. Paul insists a staff member shared it and not him.
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8This issue affects Germany. This issue affects the European Union. After days of drama between Merkel's CDU and Seehofer's CSU, the two parties compromise on immigration, thus sparing the country from a potential government collapse, for now.
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14This issue affects Canada. This issue affects the United States. $12.6 billion of retaliatory Canadian tariffs on US imports go into effect.