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Trump to Talk Cuba Policy Changes, Did Russia Just Take Out ISIS Leader? A.M. Links

Russian claims that it has killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, during a May air strike in Syria. “The U.S.-led military coalition fighting against Islamic State said it could not confirm the death,” noted Reuters, “and several Iraqi officials told Reuters they were skeptical.” President Trump is expected to announce a new policy toward Cuba […]

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Shots at Congressional GOP Baseball Practice, Rolling Stone Settles With UVA, Lawmaker Kills Chicken on Camera to Show He’s Pro-Life: A.M. Links

At least five people, including U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana), were shot early Wednesday in Alexandria, Viriginia, during GOP Hill-staff and member baseball practice; no one was killed. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told MSNBC there were as many as 50 shots. The shooter appeared to be a white male, according to Alabama Republican […]

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Congress Wants to Let Cops Wiretap Sex Workers, the CDC Study Them, and Homeland Security Screen Them

Jonathan Hayward/ZUMA Press/NewscomSo far this year, federal lawmakers have introduced more than 30 bills related to “sex trafficking,” which many in government now define to mean all prostitution. This week alone brought three new efforts. And following the familiar pattern of the drug war, these measures mostly focus on giving federal law enforcement more “tools” […]

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Campus Sex-Crime Investigator Buys Porn With School Account, Gets Glowing Rec from Dean of Students

As deputy Title IX coordinator at the University of Florida (UF), Chris Loschiavo oversaw student complaints related to sexual assault, harassment, and misconduct. Meanwhile, he was busy buying BDSM, cyborg, and “erotic torture” porn using his UF email account and publicly interacting with a porn-account on Twitter. UF eventually fired him for this activity, and […]

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Trump Budget Would Slash Funds for Drug and Title IX Offices, California Could See Nonbinary IDs, Is Twitter Destroying Us All? A.M. Links

The Trump administration has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse lower-court rulings that blocked President Trump’s executive order banning travel to the U.S. from six majority-Muslim countries. Department of It’s-Not-All-Bad-News: Trump’s proposed budget would make significant cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy—a nearly 94 percent cut in 2018, according to CNN […]

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‘Operation Big Bad John’ Used 75 Cops, Six Federal Agencies to Catch 13 Sex Buyers

Howard Lipin/ZUMApress/NewscomEvery day I could bring you another example of how “human trafficking operation” and “sex trafficking sting” are simply police code for “prostitution bust.” The story never changes: Police arrest sex workers or their clients, slap a catchy title on their efforts, call it a win against “modern slavery,” and blast it out to […]

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House Overwhelmingly Supports Bill Subjecting Teen Sexters to 15 Years in Federal Prison

Teens who text each other explicit images could be subject to 15 years in federal prison under a new bill that just passed the House of Representatives. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, has called the measure “deadly and counterproductive.” “While the bill is well intended, it […]

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Au Revoir to the Paris Climate Accord, Trump Criticizes ‘Press Covfefe,’ Why White Supremacists Are Wrong to Love Vikings: A.M. Links

President Trump plans to withdraw America from the Paris climate accord, according to Axios. Why does it matter? “Pulling out of Paris is the biggest thing Trump could do to unravel Obama’s climate legacy,” notes Jonathan Swan. It also “sends a combative signal to the rest of the world that America doesn’t prioritize climate change […]

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We’ve Killed 44 Children in Syria This Month, Trump to Talk Climate Change With World Leaders, Texas Allows Balloon-Based Hunting of Feral Pigs: A.M. Links

U.S. airstrikes in Syria have killed 225 civilians, including 44 children, between April 23 and May 23. President Trump is talking trade, climate change, and other sensitive topics with world leaders gathered in Sicily today. Body slamming Montana Republican Greg Gianforte won Thursday’s special election to replace Ryan Zinke in the U.S. House of Representatives. […]

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