If you played Pokémon Go during the runup to the 2016 presidential election, you may have been targeted by the Russian government’s massive propaganda campaign. Indeed, Moscow’s efforts to influence the election stretched so far beyond social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that Russian trolls even found time to peddle “LGBT-positive sex toys”…
When a photograph of Steve Bannon and the Italian strongman Matteo Salvini appeared on Twitter last month with the caption “He is in!”, it marked the official arrival of the American political operative’s next big project: uniting Europe’s populists in a right-wing insurgency. Bannon announced his ambitious plan in July to fuel a populist revolt…
Happy holidays! It’s the loneliest time of the year. And depending on your age, it might be even lonelier than usual. People most frequently experience peak loneliness at three key periods of their lives, according to new research published this week in the journal International Psychogeriatrics. Researchers found that people reported moderate or severe loneliness…
Pearl Kim, Anna Eskamani, Deidre DeJear, and Morgan Zegers don’t have much in common. But they all agree on one thing: They never thought they’d become politicians. That changed in the last two years. Frustrated over issues like sexual assault, gun violence, voting rights, and corruption, these four women decided to join the historic wave…
Over the past year, far-right extremists bombed a mosque, shared bomb-making materials online, and descended in droves on Charlottesville last August for a rally that left one person dead and dozens injured. But when the largest annual gathering of FBI agents convenes this weekend — FBI National Academy Associates — attendees will get an earful…
Michael Cohen once said he’d take a bullet for Donald Trump. Now he wouldn’t even take a presidential pardon. That’s according to Lanny Davis, Cohen’s lawyer, who conducted multiple media interviews Wednesday, hours after his client implicated the president while pleading guilty to eight federal charges, including violating campaign finance laws with a hush-money payment…
Ever since becoming Italy’s first black government minister, Cécile Kyenge has faced a shocking barrage of abuse from politicians in the far-right Lega party, including being publicly compared to an orangutan. Now Lega, currently the most popular party in Italy, is suing Kyenge for defamation over accusing the party of racism. In response, Kyenge said…
Late Friday, a federal judge in Texas ruled the entire Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, putting things like coverage for pre-existing conditions, access to care for poor people, and free cancer screenings at perhaps their greatest risk since Obamacare was passed in 2010. Obamacare, which currently insures almost 12 million people through marketplace plans and made…
More than 200 protesters knocked over a divisive Confederate monument at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill called “Silent Sam” ahead of the school’s first day of classes. Videos posted to Twitter show the statue draped in banners and toppling to the ground Monday night amid cheering and applause. The statue — a gift…
Washington just became the second state to ban NRA-backed insurance, which hands gun owners cash to cover civil and criminal legal fees if they become involved in a shooting. The NRA’s program, called “Carry Guard,” is marketed as a protection for gun owners who act in self-defense. But officials in Washington state, usually a stronghold…
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