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In a huge upset, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just beat Joe Crowley in the #NY14 Democratic primary.

She’s a 28-year-old first-time candidate and a socialist. He’s a machine politician who had a shot at taking over from Nancy Pelosi.…
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ran on a slate of issues now popular on the left — Medicare for All, abolishing ICE, and stripping corporate money out of politics.…
“Shell shocked” was the phrase an aide who works closely with Democratic House leadership used to BuzzFeed News to describe the night. “I don’t know what else to say. We joked about it today. I can’t believe this is real life.”…

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Oct 5, 2018
Paula English’s husband was charged with abducting her. She thought he would kill her. When they divorced, she was still ordered to pay him $1,000 a month in alimony – and she’s not alone.…
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Republicans keep on saying Democrats leaked Dr. Ford’s letter at the last minute in order to sabotage Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.

But there’s not much evidence to support that. Here’s a play-by-play of what happened…
1/ During the summer, Senator Feinstein received the letter, which was dated July 30. She says she kept it a secret out of respect for Ford, who didn’t want to come forward publicly.

That lines up with what Ford’s lawyer has said too:…
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Sep 12, 2018
NEW: Federal investigators are looking at a series of international bank transactions following the planners and participants of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting #MoneyTrail…
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Sep 10, 2018
WhatsApp is a huge part of India’s social fabric. It's the country's most used app. Lately, it's been getting people killed.

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Sep 8, 2018
When Rebecca Lopez was 14, she was taken from her bedroom one night by two strangers and delivered to a remote Christian boarding school in California. Her mother knew – it was an attempt to “fix” her sexuality – and it was all legal.…
Though California was the first state to ban conversion therapy by medical professionals for minors, there's nothing in the law that stops private boarding schools like River View Christian Academy from trying to "scare the gay away.”
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It's a problem Facebook knows about, but he says the responsibility of cleaning it up has fallen to him.…
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Denny met Kathy Kostrub-Waters through the scam (a friend of her mother’s was a victim). Together they’ve reported about 2,000 fake military accounts and have met with Facebook employees to discuss their work.
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