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Facebook 'did nothing' about violent militia and hate groups for 5 years despite being warned at least 10 times, advocacy group says

Facebook has repeatedly come under fire for ignoring warnings about violent groups using its platform to incite violence. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik The civil-rights group Muslim Advocates is accusing Facebook of long ignoring repeated warnings that militia and hate groups are promoting violence against Muslims. Muslim Advocates published a timeline Wednesday of 10 instances since 2015 in which it said it alerted the company to militias and hate groups using Facebook events to organize armed a...
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'Facebook did nothing' about violent militia and hate speech groups for five years despite being warned at least 10 times, advocacy group says

Facebook has repeatedly come under fire for ignoring warnings about violent groups using its platform to incite violence. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Facebook has long ignored repeated warnings about militia and hate groups promoting violence against Muslims, according to civil rights group Muslim Advocates. Muslim Advocates published a timeline on Wednesday of 10 instances since 2015 where it alerted the company to militia and hate groups using Facebook events to organize armed anti-Muslim ral...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Texas, News, Trends, Social Media, Civil Rights, Muslim, Portland Oregon, Hate Speech, Free Speech, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Phoenix, HuffPost


A Second Trump Campaign Manager Didn’t Vote For POTUS In 2016

It’s now his job to get out the vote and push to ‘Make America Great Again… Again’ but Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, didn’t vote to ‘Make America Great’ the first time — in fact he didn’t cast a ballot at all. The Washington Post reports that according to public records Bill Stepien last voted in 2015 while living in New Jersey where he was then registered.  Although Stepien has been living in Washington, D.C. since 2017, it wasn’t until the end of July — just two weeks after he w...
Tags: Post, Chris Christie, Texas, News, Washington Post, Washington, Cbs News, White House, New Jersey, Trump, Kayleigh McEnany, Make America Great, President Trump, Stepien, Brad Parscale, Bill Barr


'What a despicable man': Schumer rips into Trump for saying the coronavirus death toll would be lower if the US ignored Democratic states

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor, denouncing President Donald Trump's recent comments on the COVID-19 death toll. "The blue states had tremendous death rates," Trump said at a White House news briefing on Wednesday. "If you take the blue states out, we are at a level I don't think anybody in the world would be at." "What a disgrace! It'...
Tags: Florida, Politics, New York, Texas, News, Senate, White House, US, Trends, Donald Trump, Trump, Schumer, Chuck Schumer, Johns Hopkins University, New York Times ABC News, Tom Williams CQ Roll Call Inc


Vote by mail rules differ by state. Here's a map showing how it works where you live.

Volunteer Dexter Hollier fills out postcards encouraging voters to mail-in ballots during the 2020 elections on August 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images Most states will allow all voters to vote from home in this November's presidential election due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just five states — Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas — will require most voters to provide an excuse other than COVID-19 fears in order to vote by mail.  If you're vo...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Virginia, US, Alabama, Trends, US Postal Service, Missouri, Arkansas, Washington Dc, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Los Angeles California, Henry McMaster, US Election Assistance Commission


6 reasons it's really hard to commit voter fraud with mail-in ballots

Mike Babinski opens applications for voter ballots at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, July 14, 2020. AP Photo/Tony Dejak With voting by mail likely to be widespread in November, a number of politicians and other commentators are stoking fears about irregularities with the ballots. The mail-in voting process has built-in safeguards that make it hard for one person to vote fraudulently and even more difficult to commit voter fraud on the scale needed to swing elections. ...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Congress, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Getty Images, Hawaii, Postal Service, Cleveland, Afp, University of Washington, Charlotte North Carolina, Portland Maine, Gene J Puskar, Associated Press Every


Trump Suggests Alarming COVID Death Rate Would Decrease ‘If You Took Blue States Out’

In his latest effort to politicize the COVID-19 pandemic as the country approaches nearly 200,000 fatalities from the infectious disease, President Trump on Wednesday singled out “blue states” for the country’s jarring COVID-19 death rate. During a briefing at the White House on Wednesday, Trump attempted to paint a rosy picture of COVID-19 cases in the country by suggesting that if “you take the blue states out” of the equation, the U.S. wouldn’t be experiencing an alarming death toll rate fr...
Tags: Florida, Texas, News, White House, New Jersey, Michigan, Trump, Democratic National Committee, Johns Hopkins University, New York California, White House Briefing, Summer Concepcion, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Louisiana Mississippi Arizona


Trump says COVID-19 death toll would be lower if you don't count the most densely populated 'blue' states

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci US President Donald Trump on Monday praised his reponse to COVID-19, noting that nearly 200,000 dead Americans was fewer than the 2.2 million one model projected if no mitigating action were taken at state or federal level. Trump said the death toll would be even lower if it excluded states run by Democrats. "The blue states had tremendous death rates," h...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Texas, Washington, Cbs News, White House, US, Trends, Mit, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Trump, Death Toll, Election 2020, US Centers for Disease Control


ICE deported a key witness in an ongoing sexual assault investigation at a Texas detention center, report says

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement's El Paso processing center seen on April 16, 2020. Paul Ratje / Agence France-Presse/AFP The US deported a key witness in an ongoing investigation into sexual abuse at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in El Paso, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune reported Tuesday. The woman said she and others were routinely abused in security camera blind spots, the report said. The Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General had f...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Mexico, Virginia, Immigration, US, Trends, Georgia, Dhs, House, News UK, Ice, Homeland Security, Department Of Homeland Security, Doj


When early voting starts and ends in each state

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens have states have made it easier to vote early or by mail. AP Photo/Eric Gay The 2020 presidential election is on November 3, but many states will begin holding early voting starting the week of September 14, seven weeks before Election Day. In light of the service disruptions and changes at the Postal Service, major public figures including Barack Obama and Taylor Swift are now encouraging Americans to vote early if they can.  Early voting allows voters...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Voting, Taylor Swift, Washington, Kentucky, Oregon, Barack Obama, Trends, Ap, Postal Service, District Of Columbia, Greg Abbott, United States Postal Service, State, 2020 Election


Ted Cruz is 'honored' Trump is considering him for a Supreme Court seat, but he said he's not interested in leaving the Senate

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, leaves the Senate Republican Policy luncheon in Hart Building on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday said he wasn't interested in serving on the Supreme Court after President Donald Trump included his name of a list of possible future appointments to the nation's highest court. “It is deeply honoring,” Cruz said during an appearance on Fox News. “It's humbling to be included in the list. I'm gra...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Senate, Court, Trends, Cotton, Joe Biden, Gop, Missouri, Ted Cruz, Arizona, US Senate, Fox News, Donald Trump


Joe Biden's performance with Hispanic voters will make-or-break his chances in these 3 battleground states

Latinos vote at a polling station in El Gallo Restaurant on November 8, 2016 in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, California. In addition to choosing between Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton for President of the United States, Californians are deciding on 17 ballot propositions. David McNew/Getty Images/AP Latino voters are expected to make up the largest minority voting bloc in the country for the first time this presidential election.  That political influence ...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Elections, Texas, Voting, News, California, White House, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, United States, Jimmy Carter, Arizona


Friday round-up

Coverage and commentary on President Donald Trump’s expanded list of potential Supreme Court nominees continues. NPR’s Nina Totenberg examines how some of the new candidates differ from those on previous iterations of the list. “While the previous three lists included just one elected politician and no administration officials, this list includes three U.S. senators — all fire-breathing conservative Republicans,” Totenberg reports. “All three have, directly or indirectly, criticized Chief Justic...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, California, Barack Obama, New York Times, Fda, Npr, Donald Trump, Greenhouse, Trump, Round-up, Bush, John Roberts, Mark Joseph Stern, Coyle


As Trump Pressured Ukraine, Rick Perry Cut Deals For Friends That Could Be Worth Billions

This story first appeared at ProPublica, Time and WNYC. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Rick Perry came to Washington looking for a deal, and less than two months into his tenure as energy secretary, he found a hot prospect. It was April 19, 2017, and Perry, the former Texas governor, failed presidential candidate and contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” was sitting in his off...
Tags: Google, Europe, New York, Texas, News, Obama, Congress, Colorado, Washington, Senate, White House, Russia, Israel, Barack Obama, Eu, European Union


Senators push for end of forced deferral of federal employee payroll tax

Representatives also introduce legislation to overturn executive payroll action, which also affects members of the military. Internal Revenue Service workers are among the federal employees who will see their upcoming paychecks reflect Donald Trump's payroll tax deferral order. Some lawmakers say workers should get to make the final decision on their withholding. (Photo by David Boeke via Flickr) Maryland and Virginia, the two states that border the District of Columbia, are home to hu...
Tags: New York, Texas, Taxes, Minnesota, Maryland, California, Washington, White House, Virginia, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Gop, United States, Maine, Hawaii, Ted Cruz


Trump releases new list of potential Supreme Court nominees

With just under two months remaining before the 2020 presidential election, President Donald Trump on Wednesday released a new list of potential Supreme Court nominees – his fourth such list since 2016. The announcement of the new list fulfilled a promise that the president made in a tweet in June, when Trump pledged not only to publish a “new list of Conservative Supreme Court Justice nominees” but also to fill any future vacancies on the court from that list. In a news conference at the White ...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Washington, Mexico, White House, Lgbt, Court, United States, Ronald Reagan, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Paul Clement


Trump added 20 new names, including 3 conservative senators, to list of potential Supreme Court picks to fire up his base

U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Eric Thayer/Reuters President Donald Trump announced 20 new names that he may nominate to the Supreme Court if he's re-elected, in an effort to energize Evangelicals and socially conservative voters. Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton were added to the list, though only Cotton expressed interest in the position after the announcement. It's likely that more vacancies will open on the nation's highest court within the next four years, ...
Tags: Utah, Politics, Texas, News, Sixth Circuit, Supreme Court, Scotus, Colorado, Mexico, Kentucky, Senate, US, Trends, Georgia, Cotton, Joe Biden


Here are the conservative lawyers and judges Trump says he may nominate to the Supreme Court if he's re-elected

U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Eric Thayer/Reuters President Donald Trump announced 20 new names that he may nominate to the Supreme Court if he's re-elected, in an effort to energize Evangelicals and socially conservative voters. It's likely that more vacancies will open on the nation's highest court within the next four years, including two liberal justices who are in their 80s. If Trump wins in 2020, he could appoint a sweeping conservative majority in his second term.  Here's a ...
Tags: Utah, Politics, Texas, News, Sixth Circuit, Supreme Court, Scotus, Colorado, Mexico, Kentucky, Senate, US, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Arkansas


McConnell proposes ‘targeted’ coronavirus aid, Dems say it’s not enough

By ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats’ insistence for more sweeping aid. The Kentucky Republican released the approximately $500 billion measure as senators returned to Washington for an abbreviated pre-election session, as hopes are dimming for another coronavirus relief bill — or much else. ...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Congress, California, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, White House, NFL, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Maine, House


Senate Republicans unveil a stimulus plan that implements $300 weekly federal unemployment benefits but leaves out direct payments

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican John Cornyn of Texas are working on a bill that would shield employers from coronavirus-tied lawsuits. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Senate Republicans rolled out a new slimmed-down stimulus plan on Tuesday. It includes a $300 federal unemployment benefit through December, $257 billion in small business aid, and no additional assistance for cash-strapped states. It leaves out a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks, w...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Republicans, Congress, Senate, White House, US, Trends, Markets, Economy, Policy, Gop, House, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump


States have restored voting rights for thousands with felony convictions since 2016. See the laws in every state.

William Freeman, 51, right, poses for a photograph with Arlene Ustin, of the League of Women Voters in Palm Beach County, left, outside of his polling station, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Riviera Beach, Fla. Freeman recently registered to vote after serving three years for grand theft. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky The 2020 presidential election marks the first election cycle in decades in which no US state will bar all or most residents with felony convictions from voting.  Since 2016, all four of ...
Tags: Florida, Politics, New York, Texas, Voting, News, California, Virginia, US, Trends, United States, Maine, Iowa, New Jersey, Guardian, Dc


A racist conspiracy theory called the 'great replacement' has made its way from far-right media to the GOP

Rep. Matt Gaetz Getty The "great replacement" is a conspiracy theory that states that people of color are trying to replace white populations. The conspiracy has been popular on the far right for some time, but now it's making its way into mainstream GOP talking points. Nikki Ramirez is a researcher at Media Matters For America. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The belief that immigrants arrive in...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Senate, White House, US, America, Trends, Conservative, Fox, Gop, United States, South Africa, Fox News, Nazi, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter


From spit hoods to ketamine injections: The controversial police tactics highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement

Portland police and Oregon State Patrol troopers work together to arrest two protesters in front of the Portland Police Bureau North Precinct on the 75th day of protests against racial injustice and police brutality on August 11, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Nathan Howard/Getty Images The ongoing Black Lives Matter movement has put law enforcement policies and police tactics under renewed scrutiny.  Scroll down to see some of the controversial police tactics highlighted amid the Black Lives M...
Tags: Politics, New York, Texas, News, Nbc, Minneapolis, Colorado, Washington, White House, New York City, US, America, Trends, Features, Brooklyn, Washington Dc


Democrats eye Arizona, Georgia and Texas as potentially winnable

Party’s electoral map aims to expand into Republican areasCampaign manager: ‘All of these states are legitimately in play’Former vice-president Joe Biden’s presidential campaign sees Arizona, Texas and Georgia as possible pathways to victory and ousting Donald Trump from the White House.During a press briefing with reporters top Biden campaign officials displayed a map of the states that they see as winnable. The map showed Arizona, Texas and Georgia in the light pink color marked as “expand” st...
Tags: Texas, Republicans, White House, Georgia, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, Party, Biden, Donald Trump, Arizona Georgia, Arizona Texas, US elections 2020


First-term Rep. Lizzie Fletcher looks to retain her seat against Wesley Hunt in Texas' 7th Congressional District

Reps. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Texas., and David Cicilline, D-R.I., attend a ceremony in the Capitols Emancipation Hall to mark the the 400th anniversary of the first-recorded forced arrival of enslaved African people, on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images First-term Rep. Lizzie Fletcher will face Republican Wesley Hunt in Texas' 7th Congressional District. Fletcher defeated 9-term incumbent John Culberson in 2018 by five percentage points, making her th...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Trends, Gop, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Houston, Republican, Donald Trump, Hunt, Election 2020, Sen Ted Cruz, U S Army, Harris County


Eight-term incumbent Rep. Michael McCaul will face Democrat Mike Siegel in Texas' 10th Congressional District

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, talks with reporters after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York. Associated Press/Evan Vucci Rep. Michael McCaul will face Democrat Mike Siegel in Texas' 10th congressional district. The district is located in southeast Texas and contains portions of the Greater Houston and Greater Austin areas. Siegel has only $165,000 remaining in cash on hand – over seven times less than McCaul. Visit Business Insid...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Congress, America, Trends, Austin, House, US Senate, Donald Trump, Democratic, Election 2020, Sen Ted Cruz, Trump Tower, SIEGEL, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul


First-term Rep. Chip Roy looks to defend his seat against Wendy Davis in Texas' 21st Congressional District

LM Otero/AP First-term Rep. Chip Roy will face Democrat Wendy Davis, a former state senator and 2014 gubernatorial candidate, in Texas' 21st Congressional District. The district is home to much of Austin and the suburbs north of San Antonio, including some of Texas' Hill Country. President Trump carried Texas' 21st District by a margin of ten points in the 2016 election.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  First-term Rep. Chip Roy looks to retain his new seat against Dem...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Trends, Austin, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, House Of Representatives, Davis, Mitt Romney, US Senate, Roy, Gillespie, San Antonio, Cruz, Trump, Greg Abbott


First-term Rep. Colin Allred squares off against Genevieve Collins in Texas' 32nd Congressional District

Members chant H.R.3 during President Donald Trumps State of the Union address in the House Chamber on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. The chants were in reference to the House-passed bill requiring Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images First-term Rep. Colin Allred will face Republican Genevieve Collins in Texas' 32nd Congressional District. The district was established in 2003 after Texas added two more congressional districts following the...
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Ted Cruz gets castigated for saying 'pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness' in abortion pill claim

Sen. Ted Cruz. Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted in opposition to an oral drug that can terminate pregnancies, and his wording got him in hot water. "Pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease," Cruz tweeted on Wednesday. Given that the US has the highest pregnancy mortality rate in the developed world, the backlash to Cruz's erroneous claim was swift. Cruz later grumbled about the initial media coverage of th...
Tags: Politics, Texas, US, Trends, Gop, United States, Ted Cruz, Abortion, Fda, Republican, Usa Today, Cruz, Sen Ted Cruz, Bess Kalb, Jake Lahut


Report: Inmates Twice As Likely To Die Of Coronavirus Than Those On The Outside

(CNN) — The Covid-19 infection and mortality rates are significantly higher in prisons than in the general population, though the severity differs widely among states, a new study found. In addition, fewer people are being held in jails since the pandemic began because of excess releases and a sharp drop in new admissions, according to a separate study, and those released have been rebooked back into jails at about the same rate as before the pandemic. Combined, the studies illustrate the risks ...
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