Dow plunges 600 points, worst day for stocks in 2 years

Stock indexes plunged on Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling by more than 600 points mid-day.

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Full Text: GOP Nunes memo released over FBI and Justice objections

Here is a full text copy of the much-disputed memo from GOP lickspittle Devin Nunes on Russia, which President Donald Trump approved in defiance of FBI and Justice officials. Short version: Much ado over a thinly sourced document that trips over itself, and provides nothing new of substance.

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'NO.' God tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Al Franken's Senate seat

A billboard mysteriously appears in St. Paul, Minn. in which God offers a special message to noted crazy ex-congresscritter Michele Bachmann. Hope she obeys The Lord.

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Thousands of SF marijuana convictions to go up in smoke, DA applying new pot legalization laws all the way back to 1975

San Francisco plans to retroactively apply California's new marijuana legalization laws to thousands of pre-existing pot related convictions, the SF district attorney's office announced Wednesday. Thousands of misdemeanors and felonies dating to 1975 will either be expunged or reduced, and the lives of people convicted of those crimes will be changed for the better.

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Train carrying GOP lawmakers crashes with trash truck, killing one and injuring others

An Amtrak train carrying GOP lawmakers and their staff to a retreat has collided with a garbage truck, killing at least one person, and injuring others. This is a developing story.

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Cute puppy cries each time little boy cries, then cheers him up

Roxy the dog lives in Riverton, Australia.

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'Freedom to say goodbye' — Judge says Trump immigrant deportations resemble 'regimes we revile'

"There is, and ought to be in this great country, the freedom to say goodbye." Read the rest

Why is the President suing Florida officials over his Trump golf club — again?

In what has become an annual tradition, President Donald Trump is once again suing the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser over the valuation of his Trump National Golf Club. Publicly, he boasts of massive success. But in the court papers, he demands that county officials in Palm Beach lower their valuation of the Jupiter, Florida property.

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FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stepping down effective today

Under increasing pressure from President Donald Trump, Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is leaving his post effective today, multiple news outlets are reporting this morning.

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The Fall singer Mark E. Smith has died, at the age of 60

Mark E. Smith, the inscrutable and inimitable poet frontman of UK post-punk band The Fall has died. He was 60.

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At Oval Office meeting, Trump asked FBI acting director Andrew McCabe how he voted — Wash. Post

Not long after Donald Trump fired FBI chief James Comey in May, 2017, he summoned the bureau’s acting director Andrew McCabe to the Oval Office for “a get-to-know-you meeting.’

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5 women sue Monster Energy over abusive and discriminatory culture

Yeah, 'Monster' sounds about right. Five women are suing beverage maker Monster Energy over a workplace culture where discrimination and sexually abusive behavior by male executives proliferated with impunity.

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Americans, not Russians, are mostly behind #ReleaseTheMemo, Twitter early analysis shows

“Despite claims the Kremlin is driving a campaign to disclose an anti-FBI memo, a source says an early in-house analysis concludes the hashtag has been mostly pushed by Americans,” reports Daily Beast.

“If these reports are accurate, we are witnessing an ongoing attack by the Russian government through Kremlin-linked social media actors directly acting to intervene and influence our democratic process,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff, two California Democrats, wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier on Tuesday.

#ReleaseTheMemo has been trending widely since late last week.

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But a knowledgeable source says that Twitter’s internal analysis has thus far found that authentic American accounts, and not Russian imposters or automated bots, are driving #ReleaseTheMemo. There are no preliminary indications that the Twitter activity either driving the hashtag or engaging with it is either predominantly Russian.

In short, according to this source, who would not speak to The Daily Beast for attribution, the retweets are coming from inside the country.

The source pointed to influential American users on the right, including Donald Trump Jr., with his 2.49 million followers, pushing the hashtag forward. It’s become a favorite of far-right Republican congressmen, including Steve King, who claimed the still-secret memo shows the FBI was behaving “worse than Watergate” in one viral tweet. Mark Meadows called it an “absolutely shocking” display of “FISA abuses,” referring to a counterintelligence process.

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Satanic temple challenges abortion law in Missouri

A Satanic Temple's "Mary Doe" says her religious beliefs were violated by Missouri's informed consent law that required her to wait 72 hours before having an abortion in May 2015.

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Wanna buy a baby's Social Security number? Reports of infants' SSNs for sale on dark web

Dastardly cybercriminals. Is there nothing they won't do?

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SEC to scrutinize public companies getting overnight bitcoin makeovers to cash in on cryptocurrency hype

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today pledged to aggressively scrutinize publicly-traded companies that suddenly change their name or their business model to try to profit from the nutty hype surrounding cryptocurrency. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton threw this wet towel on the blockchain bubble Monday.

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#Shutdown to end, Senate votes to reopen government, #Dreamers in limbo

The Senate voted to reopen the government after 81 senators broke a Democrat-led filibuster that shut it down for 2 days and 17 hours. The fate of the 'Dreamers' is still undetermined. A crucial House vote to end the shutdown is next.

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