#1  May 18 - 9 House Repubs vote no on bill ensuring access to baby formula for low-income

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The alt-right are truly comic book villains.

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#2 May 18 - Texas parents sue Apple alleging alert on AirPods caused son's hearing damage

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@news      By Stupendamatic      1 hour ago


May 18, 2022, 11:14 AM EDT
By Elisha Fieldstadt
A Texas couple sued Apple Monday alleging that their 12-year-old son suffered "permanent hearing loss" when his AirPods emitted an alert so loud that it tore one of his eardrums.

The boy, now 14 and identified in the lawsuit as B.G., was using his AirPods Pro with his iPhone to watch Netflix in 2020 when an Amber Alert came through, said the suit, filed by Carlos Gordoa and Ariani Reyes of San Antonio.

B.G. was watching Netflix on a "low volume," the suit said, but when the Amber Alert was issued, it "went off suddenly, and without warning, at a volume that tore apart B.G.’s ear drum, damaged his cochlea, and caused significant injuries to B.G.’s hearing."

B.G. will have to wear a hearing aid for the rest of his life, the suit said. He also suffered from dizziness, vertigo, nausea and tinnitus after the incident.

"The AirPods do not automatically reduce, control, limit, or increment notification or alert volumes to a safe level that causes them to emit," the suit said. It added that there are no directions to adjust the alert sound or warnings that the volume could be so loud that it would cause damage.

Gordoa and Reyes's lawsuit said Apple knew or should have known about the defect that caused the loud alerts, but chose not to fix it

The suit includes examples of customers complaining about the problem online, lamenting that there is no way to adjust alert volume. The suit said there are hundreds of people seeking a solution to the issue on Apple's support website.

"Please fix this. I literally threw my AirPod across the room when I got a shrill text alert while listening to peaceful music. Not cool," one reads.

Apple representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

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Great, a new fear I didn’t know I had.

Those amber alerts be loud as fu*k, I can’t imagine having that full blast in your ears.

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#3 May 18 - Most in new poll say Twitter was right to ban Trump

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@news      By BX Politican      3 hours ago

In a new poll, just over half of U.S. voters said that Twitter was right to ban former President Trump after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, though many said that Trump should be allowed back on the platform.

In a*Politico-Morning Consult poll released Wednesday, 53 percent of voters surveyed said Twitter made the right decision when banning the former president from the platform. However, 11 percent of those respondents said that it is time to end the ban.

In contrast, 37 percent said that the ban was wrong and that Trump should be allowed on the platform. Eleven percent said they don’t know or don’t have an opinion.

Perception of the ban varied heavily based on party identification: 77 percent of Democratic respondents said Twitter was right and should continue its ban on Trump, while 72 percent of Republicans surveyed said the former president should have never been banned at all and should return to the platform.

Overall, 47 percent of respondents said that Trump should be allowed back on Twitter, while 42 percent said the ban should continue.

The*new poll of 2,005 registered voters was conducted May 13-16 and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.
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#4 May 18 - U.S. accuses casino tycoon Wynn of acting as Chinese agent

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@news      By BX Politican      3 hours ago

The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday sued Steve Wynn, the former CEO of Wynn Resorts*(WYNN.O), to compel him to register as an agent of China and accused him of lobbying then-President Donald Trump at Beijing's behest in 2017.

Wynn's lawyers denied the allegations, saying he had never acted as an agent of the Chinese government and "had no obligation to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act" (FARA).

From at least June through August 2017, Wynn contacted Trump and members of his administration to convey a Chinese request that Trump cancel the visa of a Chinese businessperson who had sought asylum in the United States, the department said.

The department's civil suit alleges it had advised Wynn in 2018, 2021 and April 2022 to register as an agent of China under FARA but he declined to do so. Wynn stepped down as Wynn Resorts CEO in early 2018.

Where a foreign government uses an American as its agent to influence policy decisions in the United States, FARA gives the American people a right to know," said Matthew G. Olsen, a*sistant attorney general for the department's national security division.

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#5 May 18 - Biden Invokes Defense Production Act for Baby Formula Shortage!

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@news      By quarter      3 hours ago


Great news we're getting it from other countries!!!!

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#6 Households are now spending an estimated $5,000 a year on gasoline

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@news      By BX Politican      4 hours ago

U.S. households are now spending the equivalent of $5,000 a year on gasoline, up from $2,800 a year ago, according to Yardeni Research.

In March, the annual rate of gasoline spending was at $3,800, Yardeni noted. During the week of May 16, the national retail price for gasoline reached a record $4.59 per gallon, the firm said.

"No wonder that the Consumer Sentiment Index is so depressed. The wonder is that retail sales have been so surprisingly strong during April and May," Yardeni said in a note.

Yardeni said consumers' inflation-adjusted incomes are barely growing, but they have accumulated a lot of savings, and they are charging more on credit cards.

But Yardeni said don't bet against the U.S. consumer: "When we are happy, we spend money. When we are depressed, we spend even more money!"

Retail sales data for April, released Tuesday, was surprisingly strong. On a year-over-year basis, retail sales rose 8.2% for the month.

Gasoline sales actually declined in April from March, as prices temporarily fell before ramping up to record levels in May. Spending on gasoline in April surged almost 37% from a year ago, according to Commerce Department data.

The price of gasoline was $3.04 per gallon a year ago, according to AAA. This week, the average price rose above $4 a gallon in all 50 states, according to AAA data.

The national average Wednesday was $4.57 per gallon, according to the AAA website.

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#7 May 17 - Chinese plane crash that k*lled 132 caused by intentional act: US officials

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@news      By Jdog168      5 hours ago

The China Eastern Airlines plane crash that k*lled 132 people is believed to have been caused by an intentional act, according to U.S. officials who spoke to ABC News.

The Boeing 737-800 passenger jet was flying from Kunming to Guangzhou on March 21 when it plunged into a mountainous area in Guangxi, China. All 123 passengers and nine crew members were k*lled.

The Wall Street Journal was first to report the news.

The officials who spoke to ABC News point to the plane's flaps not being engaged and landing gear not put down. The near-vertical descent of the plane, they believe, would've required intentional force.

The plane slammed into the ground with such force that it created a 66-foot deep hole in the ground, according to Chinese officials.

Investigators also looked into one of the pilots' personal lives and background and believe he may have been struggling through certain issues right before the crash, ABC News has learned.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said all information on the investigation will come from their counterparts in the Civil Aviation Administration of China, but regulators and Boeing have not flagged any mechanical issues. Sources said Chinese investigators also haven't flagged any mechanical issues.

MORE: Black box analyzed for pilots' actions in China Eastern Airlines crash
"The NTSB will not be issuing any further updates on the CAAC's investigation of the China Eastern 5735 crash," the NTSB said in a statement. "When and whether CAAC issues updates is entirely up to them. And I haven't heard anything about any plans for them to do so."

The first black box, the c*ckpit voice recorder, was found on March 23, while the flight data recorder was found on March 27.

Early data showed the airliner plunged from 29,000 feet to 8,000 feet, leveled off and then went into a freefall. One video showed the plane nose-diving into the ground.

ABC News' Mark Osborne contributed to this report.

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#8 May 18 - Russia fired missiles at Israel’s Air Force in Syria

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@news      By boobalo1      5 hours ago

Russian forces may have opened fire at Israel's jets in Syria, according to a report.
The alleged attack is believed to have taken place in Syria on Friday last week, according to Israel's Channel 13 news.

Newsweek has not been able to independently verify whether the attack did take place and whether it was the act of Russian forces.

The unsourced report alleges that Russia used its S-300 anti-aircraft missiles as the Israeli jets attacked targets in Northwestern Syria.

On Friday night, at least five people were k*lled and seven injured in the alleged airstrike, according to Syria's state news agency. However, other media in the country claimed that six people were k*lled.

The reports indicated that the Syrian military fired off dozens of anti-aircraft missiles at the Israeli jets. As well as this, Syria's S-300 batteries, that are operated by the Russian military and cannot fire without their approval, were also used against the jets. The reports also claimed that S-300 radar did not manage to lock onto the Israeli jets.

Russia, a close ally of Syria's Bashar al-Assad, has forces based and operating in Syria.

Beyond providing Syria with its air defenses, Moscow also maintains state-of-the-art S-400 air defense systems to protect its own a*sets in Syria, but has never turned them on Israeli planes.

Tensions between Russia and Israel have remained high since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February.

This was intensified after comments at the beginning of May from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as he said that Adolf Hitler may have had "Jewish blood."

After this, Putin offered an apology to Isreali Prime Minister Naftali Bennett according to Israeli media outlets.

Israel PM office says: Putin apologized to PM Bennett for Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov's anti-semitic remarks," tweeted Amichai Stein, a journalist with Israel's KAN News.

"Bennett thanked Putin for the president's attitude toward the Jewish people and the memory of the Holocaust," Stein said.

However, the Kremlin denied that Putin apologized to the prime minister and issued a statement detailing the phone conversation the pair had.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the leaders' talks were "exactly as disclosed" in the statement, The Cradle reported.

The denial could intensify already strained tensions between Russia and Israel that stemmed from Lavrov's controversial remarks. The conflict may cause Russia to lose a key Middle East ally in Israel, which has so far taken somewhat of a mediator role in the Russia-Ukraine war by expressing support for Ukraine while refraining from publicly criticizing Moscow.

Newsweek has contacted the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israel's Ministry for Defense for comment.

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#9 May 18 - Elon Musk is Big Mad After Tesla Loses Spot on an S&P Global Index

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@news      By ProfessionalDon      5 hours ago

Musk is currently have a mental break down on Twitter..

Tesla CEO Elon Musk called ESG “an outrageous scam” after the electric vehicle maker lost its spot on an S&P Global index that tracks companies on their environmental, social and governance standards.

Expressing his displeasure in a series of tweets, Musk said the index compiler had “lost their integrity” and said “political attacks” on him would “escalate dramatically in coming months.”

S&P Dow Jones Indices cited concerns related to working conditions at Tesla among its reasons for removing the automaker from its S&P 500 ESG Index.

The index provider also cited concerns related to working conditions and the firm’s handling of an investigation into deaths and injuries linked to its driver-assistance systems. A lack of low-carbon strategy and codes of business conduct also counted against Elon Musk’s company, it said.

“While Tesla may be playing its part in taking fuel-powered cars off the road, it has fallen behind its peers when examined through a wider ESG lens,” Margaret Dorn, senior director and head of ESG indexes for S&P Dow Jones in North America, said in a Tuesday blog post.

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#10 May 18 - The IRS missing out on $50 billion a year in unpaid crypto taxes

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@news      By Sin      5 hours ago

The Internal Revenue Service may be missing out on more than $50 billion a year from crypto traders not paying their taxes. And the agency is taking notice.

In a new analysis released by Barclays last week, managing director Joseph Abate estimated that the tax gap from crypto trades — the difference between how much tax revenue the IRS collects and how much it is owed — may be as much as $50 billion per year.

Barclays made its calculation by extrapolating data referenced by the IRS in 2017 to estimate that the current crypto tax gap represents a full 10% of the overall national tax gap.

However, the gap is likely much larger, according to Barclays. That’s because “much of the DeFi activity occurring today did not exist four years ago.” DeFi, which stands for decentralized finance, aims to recreate traditional financial systems, such as banks and exchanges, with cryptocurrency. Most run on the Ethereum blockchain.

“While all transactions may be visible on the blockchains, if all the counterparties are anonymous, it is difficult for the IRS to figure out who owes taxes,” Abate writes. “Without any supporting IRS data, our sense is that the $50 billion estimate for the crypto tax gap is probably too small.”

This isn’t to say that crypto traders should try to get away with not paying taxes on their gains. Instead, they should be more diligent than ever in reporting, as the IRS has greatly increased its crackdown on would-be crypto tax evaders in recent years.

“The IRS has been leaning very hard, investing in both personnel as well as process and form amendments,” says Austin Woodward, a certified public accountant and CEO of crypto accounting platform TaxBit.

For the past two years, the first item that taxpayers have encountered on their 1040 forms after filling out their contact information is a question asking if “at any time during 2021, did [they] receive, sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of any financial interest in any virtual currency,” which taxpayers must answer under penalty of perjury.

“If you answer ‘no’ and don’t report your crypto gains, now, there’s intent behind this willful negligence,” Woodward tells CNBC Make It. Failing to report gains could result in a lengthy IRS audit and possible fines.

The best course of action for crypto traders is to be upfront and honest on their taxes about the crypto purchases and sales they make in a given year. Because the IRS audits on a two-year lag, Woodward says that traders who failed to report gains in the past may still get caught.

He recommends keeping detailed records of your transactions so that you can answer any questions the agency may have for you. If you need to amend a previous tax return, you can do so electronically with the IRS at this link.

“I think the best approach for any cryptocurrency user is to act like it’s not anonymous at all,” he says. “Just because you feel like you’re safe and in the clear a few months after you file your tax return, that is not the case. This thing can linger on for many, many years.”

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#11  May 18 - Martin Skrelli: A Lot of Cats Got Fat When I Was Away. It's My Time To Eat Now

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#12 May 18 - Martin Shkreli Released From Prison Two Years Early: Details

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@news      By BX Politican      6 hours ago

Martin Shkreli first came to prominence after an unsettling interview in which he talked about rising drug prices at his company Retrophin. He was eventually named the "Pharmabro" and people largely hated him. It also didn't help that he was constantly antagonizing the public with his wealth all while holding a very rare Wu-Tang Clan album hostage.

Back in 2017, Shkreli's lifestyle caught up to him as he was sentenced to seven years in jail for securities fraud. Throughout his time in jail, Shkreli had been quite vocal about getting out early although his wish was never granted. In fact, the latest development for Shkreli was the report that stated he was banned from the Pharmaceutical industry.

According to TMZ and Shkreli's attorney Benjamin Brafman, the man is now out of jail. Despite this, Shkreli isn't entirely free. He will now have to live in a halfway house under community confinement. This will confinement will take place for an indefinitely amount of time, however, based on the latest photo below, it appears clear that Shkreli is just happy to be out of jail and on his way to a place that is a lot less restrictive than prison.

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#13 May 18 - Euro could slide below dollar parity for first time in 20 years

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@news      By BX Politican      6 hours ago


The euro is on the verge of U.S. dollar parity for the first time in two decades.

Europe’s common currency has already slumped to a five-year low near $1.03, buckling from a rush into the greenback as a haven from market turmoil and on the war in Ukraine. That’s led the likes of HSBC Holdings Plc and RBC Capital Markets to predict the two will hit parity in 2022.

Hedge funds are already betting on it. They’ve piled on $7 billion in notional value into options wagers on parity in the past month alone, making it the most popular trade among those looking for a further drop in the common currency.

“The euro itself is not an attractive currency at the moment,” said Francesco Pesole, a currency strategist at ING Groep NV. While the Dutch bank is keeping its official euro forecast for the next six months at $1.05, Pesole admits the dollar’s strength and market volatility means parity is likely.

To a large extent the euro’s plight is a function of dollar strength, which has been supercharged as the Federal Reserve presses on with bigger interest-rate hikes than its peers. A fresh bout of global risk aversion that has taken the wind out of equity and credit markets is only adding momentum to the move into haven currencies.

There’s also a darkening outlook for the European economy. A continuing standoff with Moscow over the supply of natural gas to the continent has raised the prospect of a pronounced slowdown. The International Monetary Fund has slashed its 2022 growth forecast for the currency bloc to 2.8%.

That’s left the European Central Bank walking a tightrope. It has to balance the need for tighter policy to tame record inflation against the prospect of the economic damage that could cause -- especially in some of the region’s most indebted member states such as Italy. While officials may raise rates above zero before the end of the year, there are doubts over further hikes beyond that.
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#14 May 16 - trump.....puts on his cape for madison cawthorn

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Former President Trump is doubling down on his support for embattled Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) ahead of a Tuesday primary contest that will determine whether the 26-year-old congressman will get a chance at a second term in the House

“When Madison was first elected to Congress, he did a great job,” Trump said in a post on Truth Social, the social media platform that he founded last year. “Recently, he made some foolish mistakes, which I don’t believe he’ll make again…let’s give Madison a second chance!”

Trump endorsed Cawthorn for reelection last year. But his latest show of support comes as Cawthorn is facing a f*ght for political life following a series of controversies that have fueled GOP criticism of the first-term congressman

Several Republicans jumped into the primary in Cawthorn’s district after he decided to run in another district closer to Charlotte following the redistricting process. He returned to his old district, however, after state courts struck down North Carolina’s new congressional map.

Since then, things have gotten more complicated for him. Cawthorn enraged many of his fellow Republicans earlier this year when he suggested in a podcast interview that fellow GOP lawmakers were participating in orgies and doing cocaine. He’s also suffered from a series of salacious revelations, including a leaked nud* video

Trump’s late effort to remind voters of his support for the far-right congressman, however, could give Cawthorn a boost and help him avoid a lackluster performance on Tuesday.

He will need to win at least 30 percent of the vote to advance to the general election as the Republican nominee in North Carolina’s 11th District

Still, Cawthorn is facing opposition from several high-profile Republicans in the state. The top Republicans in the state General a*sembly have endorsed one of his rivals, state Sen. Chuck Edwards, as has Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

Meanwhile, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who’s retiring at the end of his current term, has criticized Cawthorn, calling him an “embarrassment” during a March appearance on CNN

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#15  May 18 - King of Incels Jordan Peterson Quits Twitter After Being Roasted

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@news      By ProfessionalDon      9 hours ago

Basically cry baby drug fiend Jordan Peterson said thick women are not beautiful and that putting them on magazines covers is authoritarian

This led to people roasting him from both left and right and even some of JP's die hard fans turned on him

He went on the defensive by posting a science study, but astute twitter users quickly pointed out that the study he was citing was about "facial beauty" and not physical.

Peterson then had another mental episode and said he was basically quitting twitter because everyone was being mean to him

He claims this beautiful women is ugly

Jordan Petersons and his "beautiful" wife

Anti-woke Canadian psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson QUITS Twitter after being bombarded with a 'vicious flood of insults' for saying plus-size Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model Yumi Nu is 'not beautiful'

Controversial Canadian psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson has quit Twitter after coming under furious fire for saying that a plus-size Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model is 'not beautiful'.

Peterson, 59, who is famous for his stances against political correctness and 'woke' ideologies, shared his views on the magazine's latest cover star Yumi Nu on Twitter on Monday, posting an image of the 36-year-old curvy model's shoot, while writing: 'Sorry. Not beautiful.

'And no amount of authoritarian tolerance is going to change that.'

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#16 May 18 - Pentagon probe finds US not guilty for strike that k*lled 64 civilians

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@news      By BX Politican      9 hours ago

An investigation into a 2019 strike by US forces in Syria that k*lled numerous civilians found no violations of policy or wanton negligence, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

The internal US Army investigation focused on an operation by a special US force operating in Syria which launched an airstrike on an Islamic State bastion in Baghouz on March 18, 2019.

The investigation was sparked last year after the New York Times reported that in the original strike the US military had covered up dozens of non-combatant deaths.

The Times report said that 70 people, many of them women and children, had been k*lled in the strike.

But the final report of the investigation rejected that conclusion Tuesday.

It said that the US ground force commander for the anti-Islamic State coalition received a request for air strike support from Syrian Democratic Forces f*ghting the extremists.

The commander "received confirmation that no civilians were in the strike area" and authorized the strike.

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#17 May 18 - Dow tumbles 1,000 points on Wednesday, heads for the biggest loss since 2020

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#18 May 17 - Kathy Barnette - black gop women candidate who many thought would win taking an L

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#19 May 17 - Twitter calls Elon Musks bluff; will enforce merger

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  @news      By Lord God      1 day ago


Twitter's board said Tuesday that it plans to "close the transaction and enforce the merger agreement" between Elon Musk and Twitter, The New York Times reports.

Driving the news: "The board and Mr. Musk agreed to a transaction at $54.20 per share," Twitter's board said in a statement to The New York Times. "We believe this agreement is in the best interest of all shareholders. We intend to close the transaction and enforce the merger agreement.”

The big picture: Musk said last week that the $44 billion deal with Twitter was "temporarily on hold" until CEO Parag Agrawal publicly proves that less than 5% of users are bots or spam accounts.

"My offer was based on Twitter's SEC filings being accurate," Musk said in a tweet. "Yesterday, Twitter's CEO publicly refused to show proof of <5%. This deal cannot move forward until he does."

Yes, but: Musk currently has a contractual obligation to buy Twitter at the agreed price, Axios' Felix Salmon writes.

This followed an earlier statement from Twitter that said it was “committed to completing the transaction on the agreed price and terms as promptly as practicable."
Predicting he’ll pay the $1B to end this and act like the victim.

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#20 May 17 - Progressive Dem John Fetterman wins primary for open Senate seat in Pennsylvania

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  @news      By Gramz      1 day ago

Big win for progressives tonight!

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