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Mark Zuckerberg Needs to Wake Up: Fake News Still Rampant on Facebook

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg learned the hard way that he was an unwitting dupe in the flood of fake news and conspiracy theories that flooded his social media site during the 2016 election. But he still doesn’t get it. A new study by the Poynter Institute, a non-profit school for journalism in St. Petersburg, Fla., has found that two of the leading purveyors of fake news and conspiracy theories–InfoWars and YourNewsWire– are still publishing freely on Facebook....

Tale of Russian Women: Pussy Riot Bedevils Putin; Mariia Butina Is His Red Sparrow

Pussy Riot, the all-female Russian punk-rock protest group, is a thorn in Vladimir Putin’s side. But their visage of feminist rebellion against Russia’s oppressive, male-dominated oligarchy, is a sharp contrast to their counterpart, Mariia Butina, the fetching Russian spy. The contrast was brought into sharp focus this week with Butina’s arrest for acting as a clandestine intermediary between the Kremlin and American officials, most notably those with the shadowy National Rifle Association (NRA)....

Trump, Family Accused of ‘Persistent Illegal Conduct’ Running Trump Foundation

Donald J. Trump, daughter Ivanka and sons Donald Jr. and Eric Trump have been named in a lawsuit filed by New York State for using the Trump Foundation as a personal and political slush fund in what it called “persistent illegal conduct.” "So, the Democrats make up a phony crime, Collusion with the Russians, pay a fortune to make the crime sound real, illegally leak (Comey) classified information so that a Special Councel (sic) will be appointed, and then Collude to make this pile of garbage take on life in Fake News!" Trump countered. The suit, filed today (June 14) alleges the illegal conduct occurred over more than a decade involving “extensive unlawful political coordination” with the Trump presidential campaign....