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Trump delegate and Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel bankrolled Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker

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PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has been paying for Terry Bollea — aka Hulk Hogan’s — legal battle against Gawker, Forbes reported on Tuesday evening.

A spokesperson for Thiel, who is currently a managing partner at the Founders Fund venture capital fund, did not comment on the report, which Forbes published citing sources who asked for anonymity. He was named a delegate for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump earlier this month.

Hogan was awarded $140 million in March after a jury in Florida determined that the news site violated his privacy by publishing footage of Hogan having sex with a friend’s wife. Gawker challenged the ruling last month, arguing that key evidence was withheld during the trial.

The report came one day after Gawker founder Nick Denton told the New York Times he “had a hunch” that a Silicon Valley executive could have been involved in the suit as a third party, because of his company’s reporting on the tech industry.

Denton later told Forbes that he had heard speculation that it could have been Thiel.

“We write stories about powerful people in New York, but there are plenty of outlets writing stories about powerful people in New York,” Denton said. “We write stories about powerful people in LA, but there are plenty of outlets writing stories about powerful people in LA. What’s unique about Gawker is that we’re an internet publication and the tech industry is of particular interest to us. There are powerful people in Silicon Valley and the power of Silicon Valley is a relatively new phenomenon.”

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Thiel has slammed both Gawker and its tech news companion site, Valleywag, since the former attempted to reveal his sexuality — Thiel is gay — without his consent in 2007. Two years later, he said the latter, which ceased operations last December, was “the Silicon Valley equivalent of Al Qaeda.”

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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Here are 5 questions Robert Mueller must answer during his Congressional hearings

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will be testifying publicly before Congress on July 17th, the chairs of the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees announced on Tuesday.

The special counsel had fought against testifying but was subpoenaed to compel his attendance.

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‘Finally #MuellerTime’: Internet celebrates Mueller’s upcoming public testimony on Russia investigation

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On Tuesday, the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees announced that special counsel Robert Mueller will publicly testify about the Russia investigation's findings before Congress.

Quickly, the internet reacted to the news:

This will really matter, even if Mueller merely repeats what he said in his report. The vast majority of Americans have never read it. https://t.co/ZuRHqbRAEv

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