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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Real News? How Americans Confront Big Problems At The Grassroots

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A decade ago, some barons of the media establishment designated themselves America’s official arbiters of political truth. One of their tools is PolitiFact, a project of the Tampa Bay Times and several other major newspapers, which issues an award for the year’s most outrageous falsehood.

Last year’s election was infested with so much disinformation and dishonesty, however, that PolitiFact’s 2016 Lie of the Year was not a single prevarication, but that cluster bomb of whoppers collectively branded “Fake News.”

Just as troubling as fake news is the media’s systematic omission of grassroots news that people could really use. What’s missing is real news of the ordinary Americans in practically every zip code, who are finding innovative solutions to big problems that the elites do nothing about.



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#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Takes A Closer Look At Nunes, Kushner, And The Kremlin

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With presidential aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner suddenly scheduled to testify about his meetings with various Russians — including a banker who looks suspiciously like an intelligent agent — Seth Meyers has noticed a pattern: At this point, it would be easier to list the Trump administration staffers who don’t have shady connections with the Kremlin than those who do. And the Late Night host even suspects the White House gardener.

A sense of impending doom seems to have driven Trump to tweet desperately about the Clintons’ supposed Russian connections, while insisting that his own scandal is just a “hoax.” But at long last, Meyers debunks the bogus “Clintons and Russian uranium” story that got so much undeserved traction thanks to Steve Bannon (and the New York Times) during the presidential campaign.



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Trump’s Fool On The Hill: Nunes Makes Mockery Of Russia Investigation

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Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, could not have been clearer in his questioning of FBI director James Comey last week.

NUNES: Director Comey, I remain extremely concerned about the widespread illegal leaks that you just referenced in your—in your testimony. Just for the record though, I wanna get this on the record.

Does the unauthorized disclosure of classified information to the press violate 18 USC 793, a section of the Espionage Act that criminalizes improperly accessing handling or transmitting national defense information?

COMEY: Yes.

NUNES: Would an unauthorized disclosure of FISA-derived information to the press violate 18 USC 798, a section of the Espionage Act that criminalizes the disclosure of information concerning the communication and intelligence activities of the United States?



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