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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

New from our pal Matt Baume: One freezing night in 1967, drag performers from across the country gathered in a cramped theater for a pageant that would forever change the face of drag. And by a stroke of luck — as well as some clever marketing — a documentary crew happened to be there, and managed to capture a moment …

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Trump Rages After Twitter Fact-Checks His Lies: They’re “Completely Stifling FREE SPEECH” And I’ll Stop Them!

Axios reports: President Trump responded via tweets Tuesday evening to Twitter fact-checking him for the first time on his earlier unsubstantiated posts claiming mail-in ballots in November’s election would be fraudulent. As of Tuesday evening, Twitter added a link to each tweet giving users the option to “get the facts about mail-in ballots.” Clicking on the link takes users to …

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Trump Campaign Wails After Twitter Slaps Fact-Check Labels On Trump’s Lying Tweets: “Biased Fake News”

“We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting his message through to voters. Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility.” – Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, via …

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House GOP To Sue Pelosi Over Proxy Voting System

USA Today reports: A group of Republican lawmakers is planning to file a lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the chamber’s new proxy voting system, according to House GOP leadership aides, a challenge to the rule set to be used for the first time on Wednesday. The House developed and passed its new — and historic — proxy voting …

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Trump Gaslights: I Didn’t Mock Biden For Wearing Mask

The Hill reports: President Trump on Tuesday said he found it “unusual” that Joe Biden wore a mask to a Memorial Day ceremony the previous day. “Biden can wear a mask, but he was standing outside with his wife, perfect conditions, perfect weather. They’re inside they don’t wear masks,” Trump said during a Rose Garden event on insulin prices. “And …

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Twitter Slaps Fact-Check Labels On Trump’s Tweets

The Washington Post reports: Twitter on Tuesday slapped a fact-check label on President Trump’s tweets for the first time, a response to long-standing criticism that the company is too hands-off when it comes to policing misinformation and falsehoods from world leaders. The move, which escalates tensions between Washington and Silicon Valley in an election year, was made in response to …

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DOJ Drops Insider Trading Probe Into Sen. Kelly Loeffler

The Daily Beast reports: The Justice Department will not file insider trading charges against Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. DOJ informed lawyers for Loeffler and two other senators scrutinized for their coronavirus-era stock trades that they are closing their investigations into the matters. A DOJ investigation into Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) remains ongoing, the …

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WSJ: Mark Zuckerberg Told Staff Not To Bring Him Any More Algorithmic Edits To Suppress Extremist Content

Business Insider reports: Facebook has reportedly long known its platform encourages extremist and polarizing content, and the company’s disinterest in making changes to solve these problems goes all the way up to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The Wall Street Journal reports that research Facebook conducted internally in 2016 and 2018 showed the platform’s algorithm contributed to the proliferation of polarizing content. …

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DOJ Files Brief Backing Alabama Absentee Ballot Rule Requiring Two Witnesses Or Notary For Mailed Ballots

Via press release from the Justice Department: The Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest Monday in an Alabama federal court to promote the proper and uniform interpretation of the Voting Rights Act. The Statement of Interest is part of the Department of Justice’s continuing efforts around the country to enforce our nation’s federal voting rights laws. The lawsuit …

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