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Orlando police take message from Anonymous as threat against mayor

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An apparent message from a hacker with protest group “Anonymous” was taken by police as a direct threat against the mayor of Orlando and an investigation has been launched, according to published reports.

Police made the announcement after a photo of the mayor’s home was found hanging from a street sign, along with a Guy Fawkes mask — the signature symbol of Anonymous, popularized by the movie “V for Vendetta.”

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The Orlando Sentinel reported that police were stepping up patrols in the neighborhood in search of “anybody who looks like they don’t belong there.”

“It was just proving a point,” an Anonymous Twitter account explained. “Anon will always be non-violent… we are however watching. Expect us.”

Anonymous has been on a hacking campaign against websites hosted by the City of Orlando and other groups promoting the city, in response to the arrests of more than 20 activists who merely sought to feed the city’s homeless population in a public park.

So far they’ve toppled the websites of the Orlando Chamber of Commerce, the Orlando International Airport, Orlando’s fraternal Order of Police, the mayor’s reelection site and two popular tourist and events websites featuring the city’s attractions.

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They have also sent an image (pictured) of Walt Disney mascot Mickey Mouse, face covered by a Guy Fawkes mask, to tens of thousands of fax machines and Orlando-based email addresses, in an effort to drum up support for feeding the homeless.

A spokesman with Food Not Bombs in Orlando told Raw Story earlier this week that they see the hackers’ campaign as a “distraction” to the real work at hand: feeding the city’s homeless population, estimated to be near 10,000.

Anonymous says its campaign, formally titled “Operation Orlando,” is meant to drum up political and media support for Food Not Bombs and encourage city officials to rethink policies that push poor people out of downtown.

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Stephen Colbert rips ‘idiot’ GOP senator for defending Trump’s unconstitutional self-dealing

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"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert returned from New Zealand for a new show that aired Monday evening.

"I have been as far from the insatiable black hole of news that is Donald Trump as you can get on this planet.

I've heard there have been some developments over the last 10 days that did not go well for Donnie,"

The host ripped Trump's 71-minute press conference.

"Seventy-one minutes is not a press conference, it's a one man show," he explained. "If you liked 'Fleabag,' you'll love Donald Trump in 'Douchebag,'" he said.

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Texas Republicans are abandoning the state’s GOP Speaker: ‘We no longer support him’

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Some of the most powerful Texas House Republicans said Monday they no longer support GOP Speaker Dennis Bonnen, marking the biggest blow yet to his political future amid the fallout from a secret recording released last week by a hardline conservative activist.

Five Republicans considered senior members of the lower chamber issued a statement withdrawing support for him: State Reps. Four Price of Amarillo, Dan Huberty of Houston, Lyle Larson of San Antonio, Chris Paddie of Marshall and John Frullo of Lubbock.

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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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