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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Slate reports: A flock of cassowaries — birds the size of human beings with talons like a velociraptor’s – will be available via auction in Florida this Saturday. These birds need a new home because one of them killed their owner when he fell between their cages on April 12. Reporting on the impending murder bird sale for the New …

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Feds Arrest “Students For Trump” Co-Founder On Fraud Charges, Allegedly Posed As Attorney, Faces 20 Years

Law.com reports: A Tennessee man charged by New York prosecutors with pretending to be a Manhattan lawyer and taking thousands from would-be clients was the co-founder of Students for Trump, a national group that mobilized college campuses in the run-up to the 2016 election and plans to do so again in 2020. John Lambert, 23, was arrested last week and …

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Ex-Christie Aide Gets 13 Months In Bridgegate Scandal

New York’s WINS radio reports: Bridget Anne Kelly, former Gov. Chris Christie’s deputy chief of staff who became a central figure in the infamous “Bridgegate” scandal, was sentenced on Wednesday by a federal judge to 13 months in prison for her role in shutting down lanes to the George Washington Bridge. And she had harsh words for the former governor, …

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Facebook Expects Record FTC Fine Up To $5B Over Their Dealings With Data-Mining Cambridge Analytica

CBS News reports: Facebook said it could face a fine of up to $5 billion as the result of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. The agency has been investigating Facebook for possible privacy violations, but has not announced any findings yet. The company set aside $3 billion in its quarterly earnings report Wednesday as a contingency against the …

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VA Dem First Congress Member To Endorse Mayor Pete

The Washington Post reports: Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg won his first endorsement from a member of Congress on Wednesday, as Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) announced that he was backing the young Indiana politician known as “Mayor Pete.” “Everybody I talk to — even my Republican brother-in-law I had breakfast with — is excited about him,” Beyer said in an …

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Deutsche Bank Begins Handing Over Trump’s Financials

CNN reports: Deutsche Bank has begun the process of providing financial records to New York state’s attorney general in response to a subpoena for documents related to loans made to President Donald Trump and his business, according to a person familiar with the production. Last month, the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas for records tied …

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Franklin Graham: Mayor Pete Must Repent Or Face Eternal Damnation For His “Flaunting Homosexuality”

The Daily Beast reports: Franklin Graham, one of the country’s most influential evangelical Christians, has called on Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg to “repent” for being gay. Graham, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, called homosexuality “something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized,” in a tweet Wednesday. Just a few days …

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Twitter Adds Option To Report Election Misinformation

Mashable reports: Twitter is stepping up its fight against misinformation and voter manipulation. In a blog post, Twitter announced a new reporting feature for tweets that attempt to spread false information about the electoral process. The new feature appears as a default option when a user elects to report a tweet. When reporting a tweet, a user can simply select …

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NRA Sues Los Angeles Over New Transparency Law

Reuters reports: The National Rifle Association sued Los Angeles on Wednesday over a new law requiring that contractors disclose their ties to the gun rights group as a condition of obtaining business from the second most-populous U.S. city. Los Angeles was accused of trying to “silence NRA’s voice, as well as the voices of all those who dare oppose the …

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Officials: Measles Outbreak Now Highest In 25 Years

The Associated Press reports: U.S. measles cases have climbed to their highest level in 25 years, largely because misinformation is turning parents against vaccines. New York City health officials on Wednesday reported 61 new cases since late last week. According to an Associated Press count, that pushes this year’s national tally past the 667 cases reported for all of 2014. …

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