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Facebook Is Still Downplaying Its Role in the 2016 Election

Gabriel Sainhas/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Immediately after the 2016 election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the notion that fake news stories disseminated over his platform had influenced the outcome of the presidential race. Facing an outpouring of criticism about Facebook’s role in spreading disinformation, Zuckerberg and his…

Mueller’s Team Just Said Manafort Lied to Investigators After His Plea Deal

Mark Wilson/Getty Images Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. On Monday evening prosecutors from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team said Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, lied to investigators after agreeing to a plea deal back in September.  “After signing the plea agreement, Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to…

What the Cult of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Got Wrong

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg places some items in her bag before speaking at Georgetown Law School, Friday, April 6, 2018, in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP Photo Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. On the Basis of Sex, a feature film on the pioneering legal work of Supreme Court Justice Ruth…

“It’s Awful:” A Signature Expert Weighs In On How Florida Is Handling Ballots

Florida Canvassing Board members examine signatures on absentee ballots in Miami-Dade County.Lynne Sladky/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. When Patricia Fisher sees news stories about Florida election workers comparing the signatures on mail-in ballots with signatures in the state registration database, she can hardly believe her eyes. “I’ve been horrified,”…

Trump’s New Acting Attorney General Claimed There Was No Evidence Russia Interfered in the 2016 Election

Charlie Neibergall/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. As soon as President Donald Trump installed Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general, media outlets began mining his appearances as a radio and television pundit and discovered he had repeatedly denigrated the Mueller investigation, which he now will be overseeing, and claimed there…

Text Messages Show Roger Stone Was Working to Get a Pardon for Julian Assange

Mother Jones illustration; Emily Molli/NurPhoto/ZUMA; Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/ZUMA Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. In early January, Roger Stone, the longtime Republican operative and adviser to Donald Trump, sent a text message to an associate stating that he was actively seeking a presidential pardon for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange—and felt optimistic…