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Thai comedian loses appeal against ‘royal slur’ charge and will serve two years in jail

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A Thai comedian and prominent “Red Shirt” political activist lost an appeal Thursday against a two-year prison term under the kingdom’s strict royal defamation law. The Court of Appeals upheld the sentence handed to Yosawaris Chuklom, who goes by the…

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Right-wing Facebook pages are spreading a fake Kamala Harris quote — that actually came from Trump

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Several right-wing Facebook pages have been spreading a quote that supposedly comes from Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, but which actually came from President Donald Trump.

According to FactCheck.org, the Facebook pages have been pairing Harris's image with a quote that reads, "Take the guns first, go through due process second -- I like taking the guns early."

In fact, the quote came from Trump after the mass shooting that left 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida in 2018.

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2020 Election

NBC News correspondent: We’ve seen Trump when he wants to denounce something — this isn’t it

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The contentious press briefing with the White House's Kayleigh McEnany Thursday spawned many questions about why President Donald Trump resists an emphatic denouncing of white supremacy.

McEnany claimed that in the past Trump has denounced racism, reading off a series of quotes from the president. But in many cases, Trump has refused to denounce white supremacists and the armed militia groups because they overwhelmingly support him.

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Donald Trump is biggest driver of COVID-19 misinformation: study

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US President Donald Trump has been the world's biggest driver of Covid-19 misinformation during the pandemic, a study from Cornell University said Thursday.

A team from the Cornell Alliance for Science evaluated 38 million articles published by English-language, traditional media worldwide between January 1 and May 26 of this year.

The database they used aggregates coverage from countries such as the United States, Britain, India, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and other African and Asian nations.

They identified 522,472 news articles that reproduced or amplified misinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic, or what the World Health Organization has called the "infodemic."

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