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Source: NBC News

Trump denies collusion again, sparks concerns among lawmakers

Today 06:05 GMT

This weekend, President Donald Trump's fired off on a range of topics, including the Obama administration's dealings with Iran and his belief that hackers are responsible for election interference.

While Trump has emphasized that his campaign did not collude with Russia, the president has never condemned Russia since his inauguration more than a year ago, and lawmakers say it’s more than concerning.

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Source: New York Times

Review: ‘Riot’ and the Art of Kitsch as Protest

Today 04:15 GMT

The angry art of protest is flourishing these days, and its forms are as myriad as the grievances it gives voice to: marches, rallies, occupations, boycotts, black evening wear for televised awards ceremonies.

Well, if it sounds like a communal activity you might want to be involved in (and be warned, it involves pastel spandex and the music of a-ha), then boogie on down to the N.Y.U. Then there is the popular retro-disco-circus protest, featuring family-friendly nudity.

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Source: Fox News

Omarosa explains why she left Hillary Clinton's campaign for Trump's on 'Celebrity Big Brother'

Today 06:04 GMT

Omarosa Manigault Newman is discussing her time in the White House from the comfort of the “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” house once again.

This time, she’s discussing why she made the jump from campaigning for Hillary Clinton to working in the Trump administration. In a preview clip for Sunday’s episode, Omarosa sat down with fellow house guest Ross Mathews to discuss her role in politics over the past couple years.

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Source: The Guradian

Benazir Bhutto showed you can be a mother and prime minister – I know, I am her son

Today 06:05 GMT

In 1988 my mother led a nation-wide election campaign, wrote a bestselling book, had her first child and became the youngest and first female prime minister of the Muslim world.

He imposed dictatorship, hanged my grandfather – the first democratically elected prime minister – on trumped-up charges, and brutalised Pakistani society under the most authoritarian regime our country has ever seen. My mother began her political journey as a symbol of hope and resistance to the repressive, regressive, Islamist regime of General Ziaul Haq.

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Source: BBC

Harry Potter star gives £1m to campaign

Today 06:05 GMT

Some of Britain's biggest stars will be joined on the red carpet ahead of the Baftas by activists, including Laura Bates who founded the award-winning Everyday Sexism project.

Watson is one of the first donors to the UK Justice and Equality Fund, which has launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for a new advice network. The fund has been set up by the 190 women who have signed the letter, along with a group of 160 people - including academics, activists and charity workers - to help victims "access support and justice".

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Source: NBC News

Legal landmines could complicate Trump lawyer's $130,000 payment to a porn star

Friday 14:33 GMT

Michael Cohen, personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, says that a month before the election he paid $130,000 of his own money to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has in the past alleged she had a sexual encounter with Trump.

There is already a pending complaint filed before the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by the group Common Cause, alleging that a hush money payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Cliffords, by the Trump campaign would violate the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA).

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Source: Washington Post

The 21st-century Russian sleeper agent is a troll with an American accent

Sunday 23:40 GMT

Not long after Marat Mindiyarov started working at the Internet Research Agency, the Russian troll factory indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on Friday, he began hearing about the coveted “Facebook Department.”

The campaign unfolded in a way that largely evaded public notice at the time, as Russians used American social media platforms, American payment systems and stolen American identities, birth dates and Social Security numbers to infiltrate American debate at its most unpredictable and intense.

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Source: New York Times

Brazil Looks to Crack Down on Fake News Ahead of Bitter Election

Sunday 20:55 GMT

Worried that Brazilians will soon be flooded with fake news ahead of a critical presidential election, the country is setting out to crack down on organized efforts to intentionally mislead voters.

“It is necessary to consider which of these two principles must be sacrificed in the name of an election that is neutral and not tainted by deceitful news,” said Luiz Fux, a Supreme Court justice who recently assumed the presidency of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, the highest authority on election laws and regulations. “Sometimes the excessive concern with freedom of expression ends up violating a more important principle — the democratic principle.”

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Source: DW

Echoes of 1968 anti-Semitic campaign haunt Poland 50 years on

Sunday 18:11 GMT

As Poland marks the 50th anniversary of a notorious anti-Semitic campaign, some of its leaders call for a clampdown on historical debate and speak darkly about enemies within.

A forced emigre from Poland after the 1968 anti-Semitic campaign, Gross has been accused by some in PiS of being selective with the facts in "Neighbors" and, in effect, demonizing Poland. In 2000, Gross wrote his groundbreaking book, "Neighbors," in which he provided evidence that Polish Catholics in the northwestern Polish town of Jedwabne murdered most of the Jewish-Polish inhabitants of the town on June 21, 1941.

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Source: Washington Post

Indictment shows how Russians conspired to disrupt U.S. politics — but not how to stop them next time

Sunday 13:35 GMT

It’s going to be a huge struggle for tech companies, the media and civil society to build vibrant and constructive spaces for public conversation in response to such tactics, but if we fail, democracy might fail with us.”

Such breadcrumbs provided plentiful evidence for Friday’s indictment by the special counsel of the Internet Research Agency and 13 Russian associates. But even as the disinformation campaign from two years ago finally came into focus, it was far from clear how to prevent future bids to distort American politics.

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Source: The Guradian

‘It was heartbreaking’: the bleak truth behind Bafta-chasing migrant drama

Sunday 10:50 GMT

Aamir, by Vika Evdokimenko, has been nominated for best short film by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts

The plot is based largely around events that Evdokimenko and her husband witnessed while volunteering in the Calais migrant camp, dubbed the Jungle, in 2016. “One day, this 13-year-old Afghan boy with very red eyes approached the build crew, desperate for a door to his shelter, but they didn’t have enough wood – so he threatened them with a box-cutter,” said Evdokimenko.

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Source: New York Times

How Does a Political Reporter Write a Memoir First, Read Books. A Lot of Books.

Saturday 12:41 GMT

I spent mornings in my own head but the afternoons were for Yunior and Lola and Oscar and Sherman and Toph — and just like that I was back in the football stands with Dean Moriarty and in my dorm room in Austin with Esther Greenwood.

Three years later when I sat down to write my first book — a memoir about how covering Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns consumed the formative years of my 20s and 30s — I wished I could ask David what he meant by that foreign land.

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Source: Washington Post

Council candidate who is an aide to Baker was accused of harassment years ago

Friday 14:33 GMT

A Prince George’s County Council candidate who is a senior adviser to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III was accused of sexually harassing a colleague a decade ago while working in a different county government office.

Hawkins received donations from council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel), the campaign committee of council member Andrea C. Harrison (D-Springdale), who is running for state delegate, and former council member Jim Estepp.

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Source: Washington Post

Russia used mainstream media to manipulate American voters

Friday 14:33 GMT

Albright’s research, the most extensive to date on the news links that Russians used to manipulate the American political conversation on Twitter, bolsters observations by other analysts.

Russia’s disinformation campaign during the 2016 presidential election relied heavily on stories produced by major American news sources to shape the online political debate, accoding to a new analysis published Thursday.

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Source: CBS News

Mitt Romney launches Senate campaign in Utah

Saturday 15:26 GMT

Former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is running for a Utah Senate seat, officially launching his political comeback attempt Friday by praising his adopted home state as a model for an acrimonious national government in Washington.

Romney confidantes said leading up to his widely anticipated announcement that he intends to focus his campaign on Utah, where he moved with his wife, Ann, after losing the 2012 presidential election to incumbent President Obama.


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