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Devin Nunes “Jokingly” Asks the Russians for Help In Spreading Misinformation

Devin Nunes “Jokingly” Asks the Russians for Help In Spreading Misinformation

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Devin Nunes, the Republican Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, made a “joke” of asking the Russian bots for help to make an article suggesting the Trump Russia connection is an unsupported conspiracy, urging less focus on Russia, go viral. The post Devin Nunes “Jokingly” Asks the Russians for Help In Spreading Misinformation appeared first on Politicus USA.
'A sea of students': Wave of student walkouts and protests engulfs Florida … and Capitol Hill

'A sea of students': Wave of student walkouts and protests engulfs Florida … and Capitol Hill

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Students across Florida walked out in a wave of demonstrations against guns on Wednesday, the day after the Florida House blocked an assault weapon ban (but took action against pornography). But it’s not just Florida. The activist survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have inspired something big.  A CNN anchor described the “sea of students who have walked out of their high schools” in Broward County:  xStudents in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are walking out of school to protest for gun reform. These kids are incredible. ✊ pic.twitter.com/ApWdOvzadz— Brynna Quillin (@brynnaquillin) February 21, 2018 Politicians in Washington, D.C., are hearing from teens, too: xA huge crowd of teens exiting Union Station and heading to the Capitol to call for action on gun violen
Florida Republican can’t explain why state lawmakers prioritized pornography over gun violence

Florida Republican can’t explain why state lawmakers prioritized pornography over gun violence

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During a CNN interview on Wednesday, Florida Rep. Matt Caldwell (R) couldn’t explain why Florida Republicans refused to even discuss implementing an assault weapons ban on Tuesday — the same day the state’s Republican-controlled House declared pornography to be a public health crisis. “Representative Caldwell, why is pornography a bigger health risk than semi-automatic weapons in the hands of a deranged individual?” host Brooke Baldwin asked him, referring to the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last Wednesday that has sparked new calls for AR-15s to be banned, and inspired survivors of the shooting to travel to the state capital of Tallahassee on Wednesday to demand gun restrictions. But Caldwell wouldn’t...
Bad News Republicans, These Gun Control Supporting High School Kids Will Vote In November

Bad News Republicans, These Gun Control Supporting High School Kids Will Vote In November

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High school kids who are protesting for stricter gun laws have a message for Republicans they are going use this issue to decide who to vote for in November. Video: Students protesting for stricter gun laws say they plan to vote in November. pic.twitter.com/hMJqjFT6jT — Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 21, 2018 A high school […] The post Bad News Republicans, These Gun Control Supporting High School Kids Will Vote In November appeared first on Politicus USA.
This isn't just a fight between the U.S. and Russia—and what's at stake can't be overstated

This isn't just a fight between the U.S. and Russia—and what's at stake can't be overstated

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On Tuesday evening, Twitter began an effort to purge some clearly identified bot sites from the service. However, within hours, that effort was being treated as an attempt to “shut out conservative voices” and the hashtag #TwitterLockOut was trending. The reason that an attempt to remove obvious bot accounts might be equated with an attempt to silence conservatives is easily seen by looking at the accounts that are pushing the hash tag up the charts. Because the site Hamilton 68 reveals that that effort to turn the crackdown on bots into a fight is a major concern of … bots. Monitored accounts related to Russian influence campaigns on Twitter have made #TwitterLockOut their No. 1 priority on Wednesday morning.  Bots are not only fighting back against attempts to remove them, they’ve recr
Stunning new research finds fracking a major source of carbon pollution in Pennsylvania

Stunning new research finds fracking a major source of carbon pollution in Pennsylvania

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The evidence is now overwhelming that natural gas is not part of the climate solution, it is part of the problem. A new study finds that the methane escaping from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry “causes the same near-term climate pollution as 11 coal-fired power plants.” And that is “five times higher than what oil and gas companies report” to the state, according to analysis from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) based on 16 peer-reviewed studies. Natural gas is mostly methane, a super-potent greenhouse gas, which traps 86 times as much heat as CO2 over a 20-year period. So even a small leakage rate from the natural gas supply chain (production to delivery to combustion) can have a large climate impact  —  enough to gut the entire benefit of switching from c
Immigrant teen credited with saving lives of at least 20 of his fellow Parkland students

Immigrant teen credited with saving lives of at least 20 of his fellow Parkland students

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Fifteen-year-old Anthony Borges is being credited with saving the lives of at least 20 of his fellow Marjory Stoneman Douglas High classmates. His friend said the two hid as soon as they heard shots, but that Borges “took the initiative to just save his other classmates.” He was shot five times in the process, through both legs and his back, according to a fundraising page. Borges and his family are all immigrants originally from Venezuela: Moved by the Florida student’s actions, U.S. soccer player Landon Donovan rallied his soccer fans to donate to help the teenager’s family. “One of our own was a hero last week and needs our help,” Donovan wrote on his Twitter account. Borges’ GoFundMe had raised more than $446,000 as of Tuesday afternoon from nearly 14,000 donations. The legitimacy