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Bill Cosby appeal against sexual assault conviction rejected

Pennsylvania court backs decision to let five accusers testify against Cosby, who is serving sentence of three to 10 years A Pennsylvania appeals court has rejected Bill Cosbys bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction over the trial judges decision to let five other accusers testify. The superior court ruling was being closely watched because Cosby was the first celebrity tried and convicted in the #MeToo era. The same issue has been hard-fought in pre-trial hearings before […]

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The Afghanistan war is more than a $1 trillion mistake. It’s a travesty | Ben Armbruster

If we dont start holding the Washington DC foreign policy establishment to account, they will continue to act with impunity The American people have known that the war in Afghanistan was a lost cause for quite some time. According to the Pew Research Center, Americans views of the war report this week on the so-called Afghanistan Papers, detailing how US officials deliberately mislead the public on the wars progress, is almost sort of unremarkable. If the piece […]

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Iran has ‘military advantage over US and allies in Middle East’

Thinktank says third parties such as Shia militias are more important to Tehran than nuclear plans Iran now has an effective military advantage over the US and its allies in the Middle East because of its ability to wage war using third parties such as Shia militias and insurgents, according to a military thinktank. In one of the most detailed assessments of Irans strategy and doctrine across Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the US sanctions, the report […]

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How key Republicans inside Facebook are shifting its politics to the right

Company has been accused of pro-Republican bias, in both policy and personnel, amid fears it could be broken up if a Democrat wins in 2020 Facebook has been accused of pro-Republican bias, in both policy and personnel, amid fears at the company that it could be broken up if a Democrat wins the White House next year. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg faced fierce criticism this week, first for including Breitbart once described by former chairman Steve Bannon […]

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David Koch, billionaire industrialist and Republican mega donor, dies aged 79

Koch, who was also a major cultural philanthropist, and brother Charles championed conservative causes David Koch, one half of the double act of the billionaire Koch brothers who used their vast wealth as energy tycoons to transform rightwing politics in America with a relentless drive towards free market and libertarian ideals, has died aged 79. News of his death was first announced by Jane Mayer, the New Yorker writer whose statement that said he had died from […]

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White House insists Trump not having second thoughts on China trade war

Asked he is rethinking tariffs, president says: Sure. Why not? only for press secretary to say he meant he regrets not raising tariffs higher Donald Trump admitted on Sunday to having second thoughts about raising tariffs against China, sparking brief hopes of a possible truce in the trans-Pacific trade war. But his spokeswoman later insisted the only regret the president had was not imposing even greater tariffs. It appeared to be the latest incident in a White […]

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Who were the rich and powerful people in Jeffrey Epstein’s circle?

The wealthy financier was connected to well-known names including Trump, Clinton and Prince Andrew before his July arrest Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, whose his recent arrest on charges of sex trafficking, but they included politicians, socialites, royals and top business figures. Donald Trump Donald Trump reportedly nicknamed the Lolita Express. Clinton has denied any close relationship with Epstein, instead linking their contact to aid work in the developing world. Prince Andrew A documents filed by Virginia Giuffres […]

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Kris Kobach: why Democrats hope the GOP won’t stop his run for US Senate

Tolerance for Kansass former secretary of state is waning, with Republican politicians saying the party has become too rightwing It was only nine months ago that Kansas Democrats were bidding good riddance to Kris Kobach as Donald Trumps closest political ally in the conservative midwestern state went down in flames. But now Kobach, who briefly spearheaded Trumps commission on the illusion of voter fraud after using his stint as Kansas secretary of state to target immigrants and […]

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Las Vegas is about to take a gamble on Musks Boring Company

Contract for Tesla-powered underground system reveals lofty goals for a company whose founder is known for missing deadlines Las Vegas is set to give Elon Musks Boring Company its first payout: a $44m contract to build a high-speed underground transit system serving an expanded convention center. But the city is hedging its bets. The contract withholds over two-thirds of payments until construction is complete, and specifies hefty penalties should the system fail to accommodate enough passengers. The […]

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‘The planet is on fire’: Bill Nye driven to F-bomb rant by climate change

The beloved science educator and childrens show host appeared on Last Week Tonight to help explain carbon-pricing John Oliver on Sunday in a climate change, and started throwing the F-word about a lot. (The plan is sponsored by the US House of Representatives Ed Markey, and is known as the Jarvis Johnson (@jarvis) bill nye just grounded me and sent me to my room and i cant come out until i make the planet stop melting May […]

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