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Mueller names social media accounts in indictment — here are the tweets

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE On the day of the 2016 U.S. election, a popular Twitter account alerted its followers to a potentially serious problem with the voting system. “BREAKING: Machine Refuses to Allow Vote For Trump in Pennsylvania!! RT the hell out of it! #VoterFraud #voted,” tweeted @TEN_GOP to the account’s more than 140,000 followers. That account appeared on Friday as part of an indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice against against 13 Russian operatives employed…

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President Trump Pledges to Address School Safety, Without Mentioning Gun Control

(WASHINGTON) — Declaring the nation united and grieving with “one heavy heart,” President Donald Trump is promising to tackle school safety and “the difficult issue of mental health” in response to the deadly shooting in Florida. He made no mention of the scourge of gun violence. Not always a natural in the role of national comforter, Trump spoke deliberately Thursday, at one point directly addressing children who may feel “lost, alone, confused or even scared.” “I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be,”…

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Mysterious brain trauma that hit US diplomats in Cuba caused by UNKNOWN force, report says

In 2016, 24 US diplomats reported hearing loss, fogginess, vertigo, and problems with their vision after hearing chirping sounds. The first public reports of the problems, released in August, sparked fears of a sonic weapon attack in Havana. This theory, however, was rebuked under the knowledge that inaudible sound waves are not able to physically cause concussion symptoms. Nonetheless, the US withdrew more than half of its staff from Cuba and warned American tourists not to travel to the island as a health precaution in September. The study’s authors wrote:…

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Warren hits Trump on ‘Pocahontas’ slur, details her Native American roots

Sen. Elizabeth Warren hit back on Wednesday at President Donald Trump for repeatedly ridiculing her as “Pocahontas,” saying he has tried to make Native American history “the butt of a joke” while also defending herself against criticism she hasn’t been forthright about her heritage. “We have a president who can’t make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without reducing Native history, Native culture, Native people to the butt of a joke,” Warren, a possible Democratic presidential candidate, said during an unscheduled speech at the National Congress of…

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Case study: Can Trump’s private investment plan really rebuild America?

Four years ago, the pipes under Missoula, Montana were leaking nearly 8,000 gallons of water a minute and, by the city’s tally, needed nearly $100 million in repairs. But Missoula couldn’t fix it: A private company owned the water system. Missoula took the owners to court, using eminent domain laws to bring its fully privatized water system back under public control. Around the same time, 1,170 miles south, Rialto, California was looking to private companies to help solve its own water infrastructure problems. It signed a 30-year concession agreement with…

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Fired officer who refused to shoot suspect gets $175,000 settlement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia police officer who was fired after he refused to shoot a man who had a gun has settled a lawsuit for $175,000. The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia announced the settlement with the city of Weirton on Monday. In the lawsuit, Stephen Mader said he did nothing wrong in May 2016 when he tried to persuade 23-year-old R.J. Williams of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, to put down his weapon. Another officer later saw Williams with his gun raised and fatally shot him. Williams’…

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How recycled astronaut poop might sustain a mission to Mars

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE In the 2015 movie “The Martian,” astronaut Mark Watney survives on Mars by growing potato plants in his own waste. The scenario is fictional, of course, but it underscores a real-world challenge for NASA: How can the space agency ensure an uninterrupted supply of safe, nutritious food for astronauts who are tens of millions of miles from the nearest supermarket? The successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket marked a big step toward developing the technology needed to transport colonists to Mars, though the strategy…

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The Obamas' Official Portraits Are Being Unveiled. Here's What to Know About the History of Presidential Paintings

On Monday, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama painted by, respectively, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald. The new paintings will be part of the exhibit America’s Presidents at the National Portrait Gallery, the only place outside the White House with a complete collection of presidential portraits from George Washington to Barack Obama. The earliest presidential portraits sometimes served as the only images of the president. These days, it’s easier than ever for the White House to take and share photographs of the President on…

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Cash-hungry states betting Supreme Court will legalize sports gambling

They have placed their bets. From New York to California, lawmakers in at least 20 states are wagering that sports gambling could become legal by summer and are crafting legislation to make that happen within their borders. The rush of action stems from a pending case before the Supreme Court — Christie v. NCAA — under which New Jersey, through a suit filed by then-Gov. Chris Christie, is seeking to strike down a federal law that prevents the state from allowing gambling on sports. New Jersey has argued that the…

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The biggest primary races to watch in 2018

WASHINGTON — The 2018 primary season — featuring ideological battles, grudge matches, free-for-alls and California’s “jungle primaries” — officially kicks off less than a month from now, when Texas holds its intraparty contests on March 6. The action starts off a bit slowly in the Lone Star State: The headliner contests are the Democratic race for governor, as well as a crowded Republican field to replace retiring Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. Illinois goes two weeks later, when Democrats hold their competitive gubernatorial primary for the opportunity to face vulnerable Republican…

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