Trump reveals 'Fake News Awards,' website crashes

President Donald Trump has announced the “winners” of his “Fake News Awards.” While the link failed to open for many amid the high internet traffic, a web archive reveals the New York Times and CNN among the top recipients.

Trump also tweeted that there are “great reporters” whom he respects. However, he did not name any of those journalists, unlike the treatment dished out to the “Fake News” awardees.

A blog titled “The Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards” on the official Republican Party website shows the top winner of Trump’s fake news accolades to be New York Times columinist and economist Paul Krugman, who claimed on Election Day 2016 that the “economy would never recover” from Trump’s “historic, landslide victory,” according to a copy of the GOP blog archived by the nonprofit Internet Archive.

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Second place went to ABC News reporter Brian Ross, whose reporting cited an anonymous source claiming that an associate of Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was going to testify that Trump “directed him to make contact with the Russians” as a candidate. However, Ross corrected that report to say that Trump was president-elect at the time, but not before causing a crash in the stock market.

In third place was CNN. Without mentioning CNN reporter Manu Raju by name, the award refers to a false report that Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., received advanced exclusive access to documents published by Wikileaks via email. Raju corrected the story when it was discovered that his anonymous source got the date of the email wrong, but not before several other news networks made the exact same error, also citing anonymous sources.


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Tension relief? Hawaiians rush to Pornhub minutes after false ballistic missile alarm

Thousands of Hawaiians eased their anxieties by watching porn just moments after a ballistic missile alert last Saturday turned out to be a false alarm, Pornhub traffic data has revealed.

Most Hawaiians predictably abandoned their porn to save their lives from an imminent ballistic threat, Pornhub, the largest pornographic video sharing website, revealed Wednesday. Within fifteen minutes after the Islanders received the emergency alert reading: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” traffic to Pornhub dropped dramatically.

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Traffic dropped some 77 percent from its usual numbers. Either the remaining 23 percent were too hardcore to skip their Saturday porn fix, even in the face of incoming missiles, or they were in too much of a rush to hit pause. Or maybe they were all set for a good time in the comfort of their bunkers.

“Based on real-time, per-minute page-views, and compared to levels on the previous two Saturdays, our statisticians found a precipitous drop in traffic at 8:07am immediately after the warning was sent out. By 8:23 am, traffic was a massive -77% below that of a typical Saturday,” Pornhub said.

The need for porn surged right back up as soon as the all-clear signal came in at 8:45, when authorities reassured Hawaiians that the original alert was, in fact, a false alarm. By 09:00am, there was a dramatic increase as people were online again to work off the tension.

“Traffic began to return to normal and Hawaiians collectively breathed a sigh of relief,” Pornhub said. “Those seeking further relief headed back to Pornhub where page views surged +48% above typical levels at 9:01am.”

“Asian” became the most popular search term from Hawaii in 2017, while “hentai” peaked at the ‘top gaining searches’ category, Pornhub’s data revealed. Thirty-two-year-old Japanese-American porn star, Asa Akira, topped the search list.

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‘It’s just bad PR’: Meet Jerusalem's new UK-born deputy mayor and her controversial opinions

Jerusalem’s new UK-born deputy mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum says Israel has an issue with bad PR – and hasn’t done anything to deserve its bad reputation. She is the first British citizen to hold a senior political role in Israel.

So who is Fleur Hassan-Nahoum?

She is the new deputy mayor of Jerusalem who believes that Israel’s negative global perception is a consequence of “atrocious” PR.  Hassan-Nahoum claimed there must be something more sinister at play to explain “how the liberal public in Europe have so blindly accepted the rhetoric” of the Palestinians.

“The world shouldn’t take this totally one-sided narrative of the poor Palestinian and this brutal, apartheid Israeli rule,” she said. “I can only conclude that the oldest hatred in the world, antisemitism, is just at play here.”

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“Israel’s PR is currently atrocious and we are war criminals in the foreign media. I intend to become an important figure for Israel in terms of how we are represented outside of our country,” she added. She insists that is is the Palestinians, not the Israelites, who “time and again, when they are at a crossroads of peace or war, have chosen the path of war.”

Hassan-Nahoum is a member of the Yerushalmim party, and seeks to gain supporters from all strands of Israeli society – from Ethiopian Jews to ultra-Orthodox Charedi women. Local media have dubbed her the “Orthodox feminist.”

“I’m a religious woman, and in this country, the extremist groups have excluded women from the public sphere and political life,” Hassan-Nahoum said.

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“I don’t think if you are religious or Orthodox that you then can’t have a voice as a woman.”

Hassan-Nahoum was born in London, but grew up in Gibraltar where her father was the chief minister for more than 20 years. When she was 18 she moved back to the UK to study law at King’s College London. Despite her ties to London, she took a swipe at the UK’s Labour Party and said that while people wearing hijabs can do so proudly in the UK, Jewish friends of hers in London are shunned.

“I think it’s tragic what is happening in the Labour party. When I went to England in April I met with a lot of city councillors from the Labour party. They are so angry at what is going on…,” Hassan-Nahoum said.

“I do feel that this has only got worse since my time at university and in England – it’s what I hear from my friends in London. The fact is that you can wear a hijab and not have to make an excuse for yourself, yet friends of mine in London have to take off their yarmulkes because they are scared of getting attacked.”

Hassan-Nahoum also dismissed comments by UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson about what a peace deal between Palestine and Israel should look like. “We should have the say on what our borders will look like, not a British Foreign Secretary,” she told the Independent. Hassan-Nahoum has also embraced President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US will now recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli state.

“Absolutely, we welcomed it, even if it does nothing more than confirm a reality which already exists on the ground,” she said. “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, always has been, every independent country should have the right to choose its own capital. It is not just the capital of the state of Israel but also the capital of the Jewish people and it has been for thousands of years.”

“Yes, I’m very happy that they gave us that recognition. Did we need it? No. Is it significant geopolitically? Yes.”

Hassan-Nahoum has been touted as a future prime minister of Israel, but indicated that she favors more of a diplomatic role. Although she chanced her arm by calling the UN a “morally warped organisation which sanitises world dictatorships,” she “can see [herself] in a foreign role long term, [such as] Israeli ambassador to the UN.”

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Russian influence threatens ‘low-level educated population’ worldwide – Senate witness

Low-educated people worldwide be warned, Kremlin agents are trying to seduce you through social media, says a Washington pundit invited to a Senate hearing about social networks and extremism.

On Wednesday, officials from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube spoke before the Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee to explain what the social media platforms were doing to “combat the spread of extremist propaganda” on the internet. Committee chairman, Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), titled the session, “Is Big Tech doing enough?”

One would imagine, therefore, that the committee’s focus would be on details of policies and practices shared by Facebook’s Monika Bickert, YouTube’s Juniper Downs, or Twitter’s Carlos Monje. Instead, the hearing was dominated by Clint Watts, a serial fabulist who sees “Russian influence” in every tweet, post or video.

Given ample time to delve into the “dastardly things” Russia was allegedly doing to undermine America by the committee’s ranking member, Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida), Watts argued that Russian agents were posting on social media about social issues, in order to create division and polarize the information landscape.

“You see it in Myanmar, or the Philippines… Any low-level educated population around the world, that’s on social media, particularly through mobile applications, is highly vulnerable to this,” he said. “They’ve not built up the ability to assess information or how to avoid being influenced, and so they’re highly vulnerable to this influence technique.”

Rather than backing any particular party or candidate, Russia seeks to break down the lines between fact and fiction and thus create apathy in the electorate, so “you actually cannot keep democracy moving forward,” Watts argued.

Presented at the hearing as a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Watts has become more famous as one of the people behind the Hamilton 68 Dashboard, a project that sees the hand of the Kremlin behind literally every trending topic on social media.

The dashboard is run by the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund with an advisory council that reads like a who’s who of Washington establishment politics: from former heads of the CIA and Homeland Security to onetime senior aides to Hillary Clinton and Republican hawk John McCain.

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“If you want to know where the Russians are going,” Watts told the senators Wednesday, watch where they set up “state-sponsored outlets” such as RT and Sputnik. “They’re looking very heavily into Latin America.”

RT has just launched a French-language broadcast channel. The Spanish-language RT Actualidad has been operating since 2009.

Watts also claimed that “there’s been no response from the US government with regards to Russian influence campaigns on social media.”

Posing as an expert on Russian “active measures,” Watts speaks no Russian and his scholarship on Russian affairs appears nonexistent. In the words of journalist Max Blumenthal, who published a profile of Watts for Alternet last November, “he is as much an expert on Russian affairs as Harvey Weinstein is a trusted voice on feminism.”

Blumenthal also quoted a speech by Watts to his colleagues at FPRI, in which he talked of spending 15 years and billions of dollars in counter-terrorism influence operations in the Middle East, with “almost no success.”

It appears he finally found a receptive audience, not just among the “Russiagate” twitter conspiracy theorists, but in the US Senate as well.

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Accused cop-killer tells court he wishes he had ‘killed more’

A suspect in the killing of two North California sheriff’s deputies told a court that he wished he had killed more police officers. Facing the death penalty, it’s not the first time the illegal immigrant has acted out.

In his opening statement in Sacramento Superior Court Tuesday, prosecutor Rod Norgaard described how Deputy Scott Brown retreated under heavy fire that killed Deputy Danny Oliver, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The suspect, Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes, who immigrated to the US illegally, appeared in court heavily shackled. He grinned and called Brown a “coward” before he was admonished by Superior Court Judge Steve White.

“I wish I had killed more of the mother——-,” Bracamontes later told jurors, adding that “I will break out soon and I will kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me… There’s no need for a f—— trial.”

Judge White briefly dismissed the jury as defense attorneys said Bracamontes’ outbursts were more signs that their client is unfit to stand trial.

“We believe Mr. Bracamontes’ outbursts, his laughter, are a function of his mental illness…,” Bracamontes’ public defender Jeffrey Barbour said.

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A day-long rampage in October 2014, left two Sacramento sheriff deputies dead. The two suspects in the case are Bracamontes, 37, a Mexican native was deported on numerous occasions before slipping back into the US, and his American wife, Janelle Monroy 41, who faces life without parole.

The violence began in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when Bracamontes allegedly shot Oliver in the head as the deputy approached him and asked for ID. The suspect fired a hail of bullets as he fled, carjacking several vehicles along the way before confronting Deputy Davis and shooting him and injuring another deputy.

The case has dragged on as Bracamontes has raged about the delays, asked to be executed, and repeatedly confessed to killing the deputies.

“He shot them both,” Barbour told the court Tuesday, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Barbour urged jurors to listen to the evidence so they can consider it during the penalty phase if his client is convicted.

Bracamontes is alleged to have been high on excessive levels methamphetamine that lawyers will argue made him paranoid and agitated, and that he tried to kill himself and responding officers by turning on the gas in a house where he was hiding before surrendering, his lawyer said.

Barbour said Bracamontes wrote a suicide note before surrendering.

“Forgive me, God,” the note read. “Please take me with you. I love you, Janelle.”

His wife is also charged in the twin slayings.

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Separate juries are hearing the cases against the couple. Only jurors hearing Bracamontes’ case were in court at the time of his outburst.

His wife claims she was a victim of her abusive and paranoid husband who frequently used methamphetamine, marijuana and alcohol during a meandering journey across several western states from their home in Utah.

Bracamontes’ lawyer has argued that anti-immigrant sentiment spurred by President Donald Trump has make it unlikely that his client can get a fair trial. They have tried, without success, to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Bannon in spotlight on Russia probe, but much remains secret

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is being questioned as part of the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, but few details of his testimony have been made public.

Bannon reportedly struck a deal to testify before the staff for special counsel Robert Mueller, after the House Intelligence Committee slapped him with a subpoena over his refusal to answer a number of questions, claiming executive privilege.

This is the second subpoena issued to Bannon, following a reported summons from a Mueller-impaneled grand jury.

Bannon appeared before the House committee Tuesday, where he was questioned for 10 hours on a range of issues concerning Donald Trump’s campaign, transition team and White House operations, according to AP.  The meeting turned contentious, as Bannon repeatedly said he could not answer questions, citing executive privilege.

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Representative Mike Conaway (R-Texas) told WNBC the committee’s subpoena remains in effect and described the interview as in “recess.”

After Bannon’s  interview, Democrats on the committee accused the White House of exerting influence over Bannon to keep him from talking about his time in the West Wing, according to the New York Times.

The White House is “going to be fully cooperative” with Mueller and “encourage everybody involved in the process to be fully cooperative,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday.

“I think we’ve been dealing with this hoax for the better part of a year. If we have to endure the ridiculousness for another month, we can certainly handle it. Do the American people deserve that? No, I don’t think they do,” she said.

Reporters brought up the fact that Bannon’s attorney was relaying the questions asked by the committee to the White House in real time.

“That is the same process that is typically followed,” Sanders replied. “Sometimes they have a White House attorney present in the room. This time it was relayed via phone and was following standard procedure for an instance like this.”

The subpoena issued to Bannon last week was the first time Mueller has used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of Trump’s “inner circle,” as first reported by the New York Times.

FBI agents that showed up at Bannon’s home last week were unaware that Bannon had retained Washington lawyer William Burck just hours earlier, who is also representing two other witness in the probe led by Mueller, according to WNBC News.

Burck is also representing White House Counsel Don McGahn and Trump’s former chief of staff, Reince Preibus. Both met with Mueller last year.

The Times has speculated that the subpoena could be a negotiating tactic, with Bannon likely to forgo the grand jury appearance if he agrees to be questioned by investigators in a less formal setting.  Bannon left his position as chief strategist at the White House last August.

The House committee summons came after Bannon was quoted in a new book, ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,’ in which he called Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016 “treasonous.” Bannon also allegedly said there was “zero” change that Trump Junior did not walk the Russians to meet his father.

Since the book was published, Bannon clarified those comments and said they were directed to then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, not Trump Jr.

On Wednesday, the House committee interviewed Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and senior White House aide Rick Dearborn behind closed doors.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight Tony Ferguson in Brooklyn at UFC 223 – Dana White

Rumors about a possible bout between undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov and American Tony Ferguson have finally been confirmed by UFC head Dana White.

“That fight is going to happen,” White said talking to Boston’s ‘Toucher and Rich’ radio show, when asked about the possible bout between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson in Brooklyn.

“It will happen,” he added.

The possibility of the fight was first reported in Russia by TASS on Tuesday, who said that it will happen at UFC 223, which is scheduled for April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The card is also expected to include a number of fighters from Russia, with some of them already being confirmed, such as lightweight Mairbek Taisumov, who is currently on a five-knockout winning streak in the UFC. According to RT Sport’s sources, it could also include Zabit Magomedsharopov, Magomed Bibulatov and Alexey Oleynik.

Nurmagomedov, who made a dominant UFC comeback after a one-year break with a unanimous decision win over Edson Barboza in December, was previously scheduled to fight Ferguson as many as three times.

One of those fights was cancelled due to a Ferguson injury. The other two were down to issues with the Russian; one fight was canceled because of an injury to Khabib and the other due to health concerns caused by the weight cut.

Ferguson has since successfully captured the interim championship title in a fight against Kevin Lee, whom he submitted in the third round. And while Irishman Conor McGregor holds the primary championship title in the lightweight division, it’s unclear at the moment, whether Nurmagomedov and Ferguson will fight for his belt, or contest the interim title.

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Just a few days ago, White told reporters about plans to strip McGregor of his title. “If (McGregor) comes back in September, that’s almost two years (since he won the title). That can’t happen. It’s not fair to everybody else. The belt would have to move on. You do Khabib versus Tony Ferguson; we’re working on that fight now. If and when Conor comes back, he would get the first crack at the title.”

That move would also suggest a possible fight between Nurmagomedov and McGregor in Moscow, should the Russian beat Ferguson in New York. Last Friday, staff at Moscow’s Olympiyskiy Stadium (Olympic Stadium), which has a capacity of up to 35,000, confirmed to RT Sport that a UFC show is booked at the venue for September 14 and 15.

UFC has confirmed the booking to ESPN, calling it a strategic move. “As standard operating procedure, UFC strategically holds dates with venues around the world in order to continually develop its brand internationally by bringing fight fans world-class events,” UFC officials were quoted saying.

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Cop bodycam captures moment teen pulls weapon on officer (VIDEO)

Shocking bodycam footage shows the moment a police officer came face-to-face with a gun-brandishing robber. The teen – armed with a fake gun – was jailed for more than two years.

West Midlands police officer PC Jemma Follows can be heard saying “what are you doing?” as Reece Lones, 19, pops out of a room and into the hallway of a Stourbridge home with what appeared to be a gun. The imitation weapon was later discovered to be a BB gun designed to look like a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

In the high-octane footage, Follows can be seen withdrawing from the house before chasing the suspects in a taxi. The chase ended dramatically about two hours later when Lones was arrested after being spotted by firearms officers on Stourbridge High Street.

On Wednesday, Lones, of no fixed address, was jailed for 27 months after entering a guilty plea for the possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

DC David Franks, who investigated the case, said: “This was fantastic police work by PC Follows. She kept her calm throughout, and whether she was dealing with members of the public or suspects, she knew exactly what to do.”

Superintendent Phil Dolby, who oversees the work of firearms officers, said: “[Police] used the minimum amount of force, while using their training about using strong verbal commands to keep the suspect contained.”

PC Follows, who has been with the force since 2007, said: “When I saw [the gun], I thought anything could happen. Was I about to be shot? It has reminded me not to be complacent. I’ve been to similar jobs since and to a degree, I did think: Is the same thing going to happen again?

“It does stick with me. It’s a reminder not to let your guard down too much because you never know what’s going to happen.”

In interview, Lones admitted that the gun was pointed at PC Follows, but that he hadn’t deliberately aimed it and had only been mucking around with the fake weapon.

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Chelsea Manning – 'A threat to the establishment’

Manning is a threat to the status quo, and the establishment is going to unleash every dirty trick to try and suggest that she’s not a real candidate, Arvin Vohra, Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee said.

US whistleblower and former US Army soldier Chelsea Manning announced she will be running for a seat in a Senate for the state of Maryland. Following her statement, some members in the Democratic Party, including the head of its leading think tank, accused the Kremlin of being behind Manning’s decision and that Moscow is again trying to subvert American democracy.

RT:What do you make of the claims that the Kremlin is behind this run for the Senate seat?

Arvin Vohra: I am running for that same senate seat, and even I’m the first who admit it – such a claim is nonsensical. Chelsea Manning is an American hero. This is the person who brought forth what was going on in Guantanamo Bay, the horrible abuses. This is the person that brought the information for the famous ‘Collateral Murder’ video that showed what the US military was actually doing. This is somebody who has been reporting to the American people what the US government has been hiding from the American people. Manning is an absolute hero to the American people… If the Russian government has a bunch of American heroes sitting around like that, I encourage them to please send more of them our way.  

RT:What would be the motivation for influential Democrats to be spreading sorts of conspiracy theories such as this?

AV: There is a good chance that Manning will embrace some of the anti-establishment views that they are afraid of. I don’t know all of her policies… Maybe she is opposed to foreign wars; maybe she wants to shut down the military base and bring the troops home; maybe she opposes the NSA wireless wiretapping. There could be a million things that she supports that the establishment, that Democrats don’t like. If that is the case then she is a threat. Now they have an actual person registered as a Democrat saying the things that Democrats will not usually say in a state in which they are very established. Maryland is basically a very, very Democratic state, and this is somebody who has the name power, has the public support, has a star recognition, it is somebody that the American people, including her opponents like me, could have just the highest respect and honor. So she is at threat to the establishment, she is at threat to the status quo, and of course they’re going to do every silly dirty trick they can to try to suggest that she is not a real candidate.

RT:  In today’s climate, the way that US-Russia relations are evolving, are Americans likely to believe this sort of thing.

AV: I imagine probably a few people will, but I think the vast majority of the people will see her acts of heroism. They watched the collateral murder video. They’ll see the information about Guantanamo Bay that she shared that was published by the New York Times… That really shed light on the horrific atrocities being committed by the US government against non-military, non-combatants that are just prisoned there without trial.

When people see the amazing good that she’s done, when they see the great work that she’s done, I think they are going to side with her; they are going to side against the Democratic Party establishment. They are going to say: “Here is somebody that we can look up to. Here is somebody that we can trust. Here is somebody that is an American hero that is going to fight some of these establishment policies.”  

RT:What would Russia even really stand to gain by encouraging Manning to run for the Senate?

AV: Unless Russia has become an American crony capitalist state – which I don’t think it has – here is nothing for Russia to gain. There are many things, however, for established interest to gain from keeping an anti-establishment candidate out. For example, there are so many established interests in Maryland and in Washington DC, who get unfair privileges from the government, who get huge subsidies from the government, who get all kinds of regulatory benefits. They are used to getting those from because they are well-connected with the Democratic Party establishment.

Someone like Chelsea Manning could turn that on its head. She can turn that around. It is one of the reasons that I am so excited to be in the same race; that is one of the reasons so many people in America are so excited to see a true American hero, really stepping up and standing up to the establishment. And we know she can do it, because she’s already done it. She’s already put her own freedom and safety on the line to fight for the American people. Even though I am running against her, even though I have some different policies, that is someone I can respect.

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