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Jussie Smollett apparent hoax burns Democrats Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, media

Jussie Smollett apparent hoax burns Democrats Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, media

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For Sens. Kamala D. Harris and Cory A. Booker, Democratic presidential candidates who were promoting an anti-lynching bill, the "attack" on actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago looked like a horrible yet opportune talking point.
Jussie Smollett ‘f—ed up Black History Month,’ Cardi B says in Instagram video

Jussie Smollett 'f---ed up Black History Month,' Cardi B says in Instagram video

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Who cares about wasting police resources and smearing Trump supporters as racist gay-bashers? Jussie Smollett has ruined Black History Month, according to rap star Cardi B.
Nick Sandmann, Covington Catholic teen, sues Washington Post for $250 million

Nick Sandmann, Covington Catholic teen, sues Washington Post for $250 million

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Attorneys for Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann filed Tuesday a $250 million defamation lawsuit against the Washington Post, accusing the newspaper of targeting the teenager in "a modern-day form of McCarthyism."
Nigerian brothers in Jussie Smollett case meet with police, prosecutors at courthouse

Nigerian brothers in Jussie Smollett case meet with police, prosecutors at courthouse

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A Chicago police spokesman says two brothers who were arrested and later released from custody in connection with the attack reported by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett have met with police and prosecutors at the courthouse.
The Fantasies of Regime Changers

The Fantasies of Regime Changers

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Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro is an evil man, but President Trump has no business threatening him with military action ( Marcos Salgado/Shutterstock) Regime changers always assume that toppling another government will be simpler and less costly than it turns out to be: Many among Venezuela’s opposition and its U.S. backers figured President Nicolás Maduro’s regime…
No Thanks, Lefty, We’re Good

No Thanks, Lefty, We’re Good

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CNN’s Don Lemon angrier at Virginia governor than black Virginians ( CNN screenshot) Jesse Singal points out that most black Virginians want Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam to stay in office (58 percent — more support than Northam has among whites). Most Latinos don’t want to be called “Latinx”. Only nine percent of Native Americans want…
Who is Policing the Prosecutors?

Who is Policing the Prosecutors?

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Five years after being released from death row for a crime he did not commit, a Louisiana jury awarded John Thompson $14 million in damages—one million for every year of his incarceration—after private investigators discovered that prosecutors in the case had withheld exculpatory evidence. But Thompson was never able to collect on his award, thanks…
How an Anti-Semitic Attack Marked the End of the Yellow Vests

How an Anti-Semitic Attack Marked the End of the Yellow Vests

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The Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) movement has been in steady decline since Christmastime. But the grotesque assault on Alain Finkielkraut in Paris last Saturday marks its end as a social force one could be hopeful about. The Gilets Jaunes emerged last November from the French version of flyover country with stunning speed, a protest of…
Trump’s Alarming Abuse of Executive Power

Trump’s Alarming Abuse of Executive Power

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There may be worse executive power abuses than President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the Mexican border that Congress has steadfastly refused to fund. But if there are, they don’t readily come to mind. Trump’s national emergency declaration is worse than the 59 others declared by presidents since…
DNA access to police solves cases, raises ethical questions

DNA access to police solves cases, raises ethical questions

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A woman researching her ancestry submitted her DNA to a genealogy website -- and ended up leading police to her half brother, who left his DNA at a crime scene decades ago. The successes of DNA matching, however, are raising all sorts of legal and ethical que…