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Hackers promise guns to ‘homosexuals’ and ‘besieged’ blacks in fake NRA campaign

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The National Rifle Association was hit by hackers on Wednesday who released a fake announcement vowing to arm more members of the LGBTQ and black communities, MassLive.com reported.

The fake press release touted what it called the “Share the Safety” program, which would “get guns into the hands of statistically under-armed Americans—from homosexuals to the elderly to besieged urban communities.” For every gun bought after July 4, the release stated, a firearm would be donated to “an at-risk American citizen in the urban center of their choice.”

The release was linked to a fake website saying the “program,” supposedly sponsored by Smith & Wesson, would begin on July 4 and target communities like Chicago, Oakland, and East St. Louis, among others. Screenshots from the site can be seen below:

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Officials from both Smith & Wesson and the NRA confirmed that “Share the Safety” was fake on Wednesday, with an NRA spokesperson saying the parties responsible “skinned” the group’s website, meaning that they “grabbed [its] framework.”

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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