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USA POLITICS: Revealed! Google Uncovered Russia-Backed Ads on YouTube, Gmail During 2016 Election

USA POLITICS: Revealed! Google Uncovered Russia-Backed Ads on YouTube, Gmail During 2016 Election

The discovery by Google is also significant because the ads do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-affiliated troll farm that bought ads on Facebook – a sign that the Russian effort to spread disinformation online may be a much broader problem than Silicon Valley companies have unearthed so far.

Some of the ads, which cost a total of about US$100,000, touted Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and the Green party candidate Jill Stein during the campaign, people familiar with those ads said.

Google runs the world’s largest online advertising business, and YouTube is the world’s largest online video site.

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USA POLITICS: Unilever Dove ‘Racist’ Body Wash Advert Backfires

USA POLITICS: Unilever Dove ‘Racist’ Body Wash Advert Backfires

“Dove’s marketing team is fundamentally racist. A clean body is not a white body. Black bodies aren’t systematically dirty,” wrote Abigail Sewell, 34, a sociology professor at Emory University in Atlanta, on Facebook. “I’ve used their products forever, but it’s time to move on.”

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USA POLITICS: ‘Hillary Clinton a Narcissist and They Never Accept Defeat’: Myles Hoenig, American Political Analyst, Activist Says

USA POLITICS: ‘Hillary Clinton a Narcissist and They Never Accept Defeat’: Myles Hoenig, American Political Analyst, Activist Says

“It’s easy being a narcissist when you have such powerful enablers. To Clinton, the number one cause of her loss was the Russians,” Myles Hoenig, American Political Analyst, Activist stated.

“Every major media source supports her claim. Almost never have they ever used the word ‘alleged’ in their reporting of Russian hacking, considering that except for the 3 agencies cherry picked to report on Russia’s involvement, even the intelligence community as a whole admits Russian hacking is only a belief,” he noted.

“From MSNBC to Fox to NPR, the word is that Hillary was robbed of what she so rightly inherited (certainly not earned),” he said.

“Today Facebook, tomorrow who knows? Keep it up Hillary. Many of us are enjoying seeing your party implode by your leadership,” the commentator concluded.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Reaches Out to Democrats to Do ‘Great’ Healthcare Bill

USA POLITICS: Trump Reaches Out to Democrats to Do ‘Great’ Healthcare Bill

“I told the president that’s off the table,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. “If he wants to work together to improve the existing health care system, we Democrats are open to his suggestions.”

“I called Chuck Schumer yesterday to see if the Dems want to do a great HealthCare Bill,” U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “ObamaCare is badly broken, big premiums. Who knows!”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Eviscerates Health Insurance Birth Control Mandate

USA POLITICS: Trump Eviscerates Health Insurance Birth Control Mandate

“The Trump administration just took direct aim at birth control coverage for 62 million women,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards said in a statement.

“This is an unacceptable attack on basic healthcare that the vast majority of women rely on. With this rule in place, any employer could decide that their employees no longer have health insurance coverage for birth control,” Richards added.

Trump, who criticized the birth control mandate in last year’s election campaign, and won strong support from conservative Christian voters. The Republican president signed an executive order in May asking for rules that would allow religious groups to deny their employees insurance coverage for services they oppose on religious grounds.

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USA POLITICS: Trump ‘Furious’ After ‘Moron’ Report on Tillerson: NBC News

USA POLITICS: Trump ‘Furious’ After ‘Moron’ Report on Tillerson: NBC News

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson openly referred to Trump as a “moron” during the July 20 meeting at the Pentagon with members of his national security team and Cabinet members. Trump and members of the administration have publicly rejected reports of tensions between the two.

On Wednesday morning, Tillerson hurriedly called a news conference to address the NBC report, but he did not deny that he used the word “moron” to describe the Republican president.

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USA POLITICS: $10bn Trump’s Wall Approved By US House Panel

USA POLITICS: $10bn Trump’s Wall Approved By US House Panel

Prior to the voting, committee Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas praised Trump’s focus on border security and called on the committee members to seize the opportunity.

“We finally have a partner in the White House who has prioritized this issue, and it’s time for Congress to do its job,” he said.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Rejects Gun Control Debate in Wake of Las Vegas Mssacre

USA POLITICS: Trump Rejects Gun Control Debate in Wake of Las Vegas Mssacre

“Look we have a tragedy. What happened in Las Vegas is in many ways a miracle. The police department has done such an incredible job. We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by,” Trump said.

The massacre in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, has once again thrust the bitter debate over gun control back to the center of politics in Washington. Gun control activists and some congressional Democrats say now is the time to discuss restrictions on firearms such as semi-automatic rifles as well as high-capacity magazines.

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USA POLITICS: Las Vegas Massacre: 58 Dead, 515 Injured, Trump Calls It ‘Act of Pure Evil’

USA POLITICS: Las Vegas Massacre: 58 Dead, 515 Injured, Trump Calls It ‘Act of Pure Evil’

“The Intelligence Community is aware of the claim of responsibility by a foreign terrorist organisation for the shooting in Las Vegas,” CIA spokesman Jonathan Liu said in an email. “We advise caution on jumping to conclusions before the facts are in.”

“To all those political opportunists who are seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas to call for more gun regs. … You can’t regulate evil,” Kentucky’s Republican Governor, Matt Bevin, said on Twitter.

The dead in Las Vegas included a nurse, a government employee and an off-duty police officer.

“It was an act of pure evil,” Trump said in a White House address.

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USA POLITICS: Brutal Deaths By Bullets in Las Vegas Music Festival

USA POLITICS: Brutal Deaths By Bullets in Las Vegas Music Festival

“The shots just kept coming. Everyone was telling us ‘run, run as fast as you can’,” a witness named Christine told CNN both she and her husband had separately taken shooting victims to two hospitals, the University Medical Center and the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Police described the suspect as being a local Las Vegas man who acted alone and was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.

“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph said. “Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.”

Off-duty police were believe to be among the victims, the sheriff said.

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USA POLITICS: Health and Safety Rules Targeted as Trump Begins to Slash Red Tape

USA POLITICS: Health and Safety Rules Targeted as Trump Begins to Slash Red Tape

More than 1,500 accidents at chemical plants have been reported in the United States since 2007, and amendments to the Clean Air Act issued in the last days of former President Barack Obama’s administration would have forced plants handling risky chemicals to coordinate emergency plans with local responders.

President Donald Trump’s administration suspended the regulations, placing them in a two-year review. Trade associations argued the new rules were inconsistent with Trump’s pledges to cut regulations and with his executive order issued in January requiring federal agencies to offset each new regulation with two deregulatory actions.

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USA POLITICS: Tillerson in China as US Presses North Korean Economic Squeeze

USA POLITICS: Tillerson in China as US Presses North Korean Economic Squeeze

“Tillerson‘s working against the unified view of our intelligence agencies, which say there’s no amount of pressure that can be put on them to stop,” Senator Bob Corker told a Senate hearing on Thursday.

Kim, Corker said, saw nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles as “his ticket to survival.”

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USA POLITICS: Kyrsten Sinema Biography

USA POLITICS: Kyrsten Sinema Biography

Kyrsten Sinema was born 12 July 1976. In the Arizona where Kyrsten Sinema grew up, strong schools and tight-knit communities meant opportunity for future generations.

Sinema is committed to helping our country return to the values that make America great—the same values that have guided her life so far: hard work, access to public education, fairness and opportunity.

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USA POLITICS: White House ‘Probes Use of Private Email By Top Aides’

USA POLITICS: White House ‘Probes Use of Private Email By Top Aides’

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, asked if Trump was concerned about the reported use of private emails, told reporters earlier on Thursday, “The White House has been clear and instructs all staff to fully comply with the Presidential Records Act. All staff has been briefed on the need to preserve those records, and will continue to do so.”

“The White House counsel’s office is reviewing the accounts to determine if the messages are germane to any investigations such as the ongoing Russia probes by Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller,” Politico reported.

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USA POLITICS: Roy Moore Biography

USA POLITICS: Roy Moore Biography

Roy Moore was born on 11 February 1947. Judge Roy Moore is a life-long Alabamian and a committed constitutional conservative that has stood up for liberty and religious freedom his entire career.

Roy’s poetry:
Moore has often spiced up his political rhetoric with live renditions of original verse.
Here’s a snippet from one widely quoted poem. It begins, ruefully:
America the beautiful, or so you used to be.
Land of the Pilgrims’ pride; I’m glad they’ll never see:
Here it gets graphic:
Babies piled in dumpsters, Abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty; your house is on the sand.
And so on. He goes on to weave in a message in favor of capital punishment:
Too soft to put a killer in a well deserved tomb,
But brave enough to kill that child before he leaves the womb.
If you want to read more, this October 2015 feature from The Atlantic includes an extended recollection of a poem Moore recited during a convention of Southern Baptists.

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USA POLITICS: Donald Trump New Approval Rating and Impeachment Odds

USA POLITICS: Donald Trump New Approval Rating and Impeachment Odds

At the 100-day milestone, Gallup daily polling showed that just 40 per cent of Americans approved of the way Trump is handling his new job – compared to 55 per cent that disapprove.

Historically, it has usually taken American presidents hundreds of days before they reach a majority disapproval rating.

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USA POLITICS: US Imposes Sanctions on North Korean Banks, Executives

USA POLITICS: US Imposes Sanctions on North Korean Banks, Executives

In a letter to international leaders on Sunday, a North Korean parliamentary committee said Trump’s threat constitutes a declaration of war against Pyongyang. The letter described Trump’s comments as an “intolerable insult to the Korean people, a declaration of war against North Korea and grave threats to the global peace.”

“If Trump thinks that he would bring North Korea, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it is a big miscalculation and ignorance,” read the letter.

The new sanctions also came days after Trump threatened to “totally destroy” the nuclear-armed nation, which is opposed to US hegemony.

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USA POLITICS: US ‘Student’ Otto Warmbier Was ‘Tortured Beyond Belief’ By North Korea: Trump

USA POLITICS: US ‘Student’ Otto Warmbier Was ‘Tortured Beyond Belief’ By North Korea: Trump

“Otto was tortured beyond belief by North Korea,” Trump said on Tuesday on Twitter.

Pyongyang said Warmbier’s release had been based on a court decision and “on humanitarian grounds.” No further details were provided.

He had been convicted of crimes against the state for trying to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel in Pyongyang and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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USA POLITICS: US Fed Up With Misconduct, Behavior of Top Ranks Army Generals

USA POLITICS: US Fed Up With Misconduct, Behavior of Top Ranks Army Generals

“The idea that we’ll be perfect, I think, is unrealistic, but we can be better and we strive to be better,” said Lieutenant General Ed Cardon, who is tasked to review the problem and devise ways to strengthen the senior officer corps. “Competence is no longer enough. Character is as or even more important.”

According to Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley, the US military has also struggled with combat stress disorders, suicide and other problems but officials have often focused on enlisted troops or lower-ranking officers and ignored senior ranks.

“We recognized senior executive leaders, with varying amounts of stress, lacked a holistic program that focuses on comprehensive health,” Milley said.

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USA POLITICS: My ‘Brain Cancer Prognosis 3%-14%’ Chances of Survival: McCain Reveals

USA POLITICS: My ‘Brain Cancer Prognosis 3%-14%’ Chances of Survival: McCain Reveals

“They said that it’s very serious,” McCain said on 60 Minutes Sunday. “Some say 3%, some say 14%. You know, it’s — it’s a very poor prognosis. So I just said, ‘I understand. Now we’re going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can.'”

“I am more energetic and more engaged as a result of this because I know that I’ve got to do everything I can to serve this country while I can,” Senator John McCain said.

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