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'An egregious assault': Twitter erupts over GOP candidate's alleged attack on reporter
GOP candidate allegedly 'body slams' journalist The alleged assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte set social media alight on Wednesday night. Jacobs said he was asking Gianforte questions about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate "body slammed" him. The Guardian released an audio recording that supported Jacob's account of the incident, which was also backed up by witnesses. Gianforte was charged with assault on the eve of […]

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GOP candidate allegedly 'body slams' Guardian reporter
The Republican candidate in Montana's special congressional election allegedly body slammed a reporter and broke his glasses on Wednesday night, according to an audio recording of the event and eyewitness accounts. The altercation, which took place at Greg Gianforte's campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, took place the night before the state's special election. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office said it was conducting an ongoing investigation into "allegations of an assault involving […]

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Sean Hannity's conspiracy theory puts pressure on Fox
July 2016: DNC staffer Seth Rich fatally shot Sean Hannity's decision to promote a baseless conspiracy theory about the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich has brought new public pressure on Fox News, just as it was beginning to emerge from a year of high-profile scandals. Cars.com, Peleton exercise bikes and mattress company Leesa Sleep withdrew their advertisements from Hannity's program on Wednesday -- a move reminiscent of last month's advertiser boycott in response to […]

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Fox News stirred up an online riot with Seth Rich story, and it's too late to restore peace
July 2016: DNC staffer Seth Rich fatally shot Matt Boyle, the Washington editor of the far-right website Breitbart, thought Fox News had wimped out. Minutes after Fox News retracted its inaccurate story peddling a conspiracy theory about the fatal shooting of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, Boyle sprang into Breitbart's Slack channel. "I'm hearing house and senate may soon announce investigation into Seth Rich death," Boyle wrote, according to a screen shot of the conversation […]

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Mnuchin to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling before you go home
Why raising the debt ceiling is not a license to spend Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is warning Congress not to leave Washington for its summer recess before raising the country's debt ceiling. Mnuchin urged lawmakers to act "sooner rather than later" to increase the nation's borrowing limit before the Treasury Department runs out of emergency measures to avoid heading into default.

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10 airports testing extra screening for tablets and e-readers
Ten U.S. airports are testing enhanced security screening that requires passengers to send any electronics bigger than a cellphone through the X-ray machine in a separate bin. The testing eliminates a small perk of traveling with devices like iPads and e-readers: At most airports, fliers don't have to fish them out of carry-on bags, like they do for laptops. A TSA official said the testing was being conducted to stay ahead of evolving threats, and stressed that there are no changes to what's […]

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Nearly 19,000 in Missouri could be stranded after insurer pulls out of Obamacare
Winners and losers of the Republican health care bill Here we go again. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is the latest insurer to announce it is withdrawing from Obamacare next year, citing big losses and uncertainty. The move would leave nearly 19,000 residents in Western Missouri without a coverage option unless another carrier steps in.

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Ken Kurson resigns at Kushner-owned 'New York Observer'
Ken Kurson, the editor-in-chief of Jared Kushner's family-owned New York Observer, has resigned and will take on a new job at in strategic communications. Kurson will join the powerful C-suite advisory firm TENEO as a senior managing director. In a memo to staff, Kurson said Kushner had "never received the credit he deserves for supporting independent journalism and contributing to the cultural fabric of our city." Defending Kushner against the "snark" and "unfair criticism" of his detractors, […]

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Fiscal conservative eviscerates Trump's budget
Rep. Sanford rips Mulvaney for 3% growth assumption So apparently even some conservatives think the White House budget is built on fantasy. Fiscal conservative Mark Sanford of South Carolina on Wednesday publicly eviscerated the White House claim that President Trump's budget can generate sustained 3% economic growth, going so far as to call it a "lie."

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Democrats demand Deutsche Bank disclose information on Trump and Russia
Deutsche Bank, which was hit in January with $630 million in penalties over an alleged Russian money-laundering scheme, is in the crosshairs of Democrats looking into the bank's ties to President Trump. The lawmakers want the German bank, which has made loans to Trump's businesses, to release any internal reviews it may have conducted into loans to Trump and his family members and tied to allegations Deutsche helped wealthy Russians launder billions of dollars.

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