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Pussy Riot releases new single after being sentenced

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Pussy Riot will not go to jail quietly.

Hours after being sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism, the Russian punk band released a new single, “Putin Lights The Fires,” which has intensified the international criticism of both the verdict and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And, perhaps most importantly of all for a new band, it’s getting some positive reviews, to boot.

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“The song evokes the trashy minimalism of ’70s U.K. punks Crass with the urgency of young women who suspect that speaking their minds might result in a brutal prison sentence,” August Brown wrote in the Los Angeles Times. “And they were sadly proved right.”

Meanwhile, the Associated Press published a guide to the group’s sparse discography – six songs and five videos – while noting its growth.

“The performance and release of each song’s video mirrored important steps in the rise of the opposition movement in Russia that protested Vladimir Putin’s return to power as president,” Mansur Mirovalev wrote.

The band was jailed following a performance of a “Punk prayer” on the steps of the country’s biggest Catholic church asking the Virgin Mary to drive Putin out. In the days leading up to their sentencing, the group had gained the support of artists ranging from Madonna to Bjork. And on Friday, the U.S. State Department released a statement of concern toward the group and the verdict’s potential impact on free speech in Russia.

“We urge Russian authorities to review this case and ensure that the right to freedom of expression is upheld,” department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.

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The Guardian compiled photos and footage of the group’s performance to offer a defacto music video for the new single, which can be seen below:


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‘A bridge too far’: Fox News analyst destroys Barr’s ‘absurd’ desire to charge rioters with sedition

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Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano, a former judge, on Thursday pushed back against Attorney General William Barr's call to charge violent protesters with sedition.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Barr told federal prosecutors that they could use sedition laws in cases where protests turn violent.

Napolitano explained during an appearance on Fox & Friends that charging protesters with sedition would be a "bridge too far."

"There's nothing wrong with aggressive prosecution," Napolitano said. "But this is not the case for sedition. I mean, the sedition laws -- which by the way, go back to 1798 -- the sedition laws were written for those who plan and plot to overthrow the government, either by violence or by some other means."

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‘It’s verboten?’ Newt Gingrich cries out after Fox News cuts him off for blaming violence on George Soros

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A Fox News panel shut down former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) on Wednesday after he tried to blame George Soros for violent protests in America.

Gingrich brought up the liberal billionaire's name during a discussion about the cost of violence linked to anti-police protests.

"Look, the number one problem in almost all these cities is George Soros-elected, left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up," Gingrich opined. "Progressive district attorney are anti-police, pro-criminal and overwhelmingly elected with George Soros' money and they are a major cause of the violence we're seeing because they keep putting the violent criminals back on the streets."

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‘There has to be retribution’: Trump openly endorses extrajudicial killings of suspects by law enforcement

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Discussing the recent police killing of a self-described anti-fascist suspected of fatally shooting a far-right activist in Portland, Oregon, President Donald Trump openly endorsed extrajudicial executions in a Fox News interview Saturday, declaring that "there has to be retribution."

"I put out, 'When are you going to go get him?' And the U.S. Marshals went in to get him," the president told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, referring to Michael Forest Reinoehl. "This guy was a violent criminal, and the U.S. Marshals killed him. And I'll tell you something—that's the way it has to be. There has to be retribution."

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