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Court rules that 4 million people can sue Mike Huckabee over robocalls promoting Christian film

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Approximately 4 million people who received robocalls from former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) promoting the Christian holiday film “Last Ounce of Courage” are eligible to join a class action suit, the Daily Beast reported Saturday night.

Residents from Nebraska to Oklahoma received a mailer this week that reads, “If you received one or more telephone calls that used the recorded voice of Mike Huckabee to deliver a message as part of a campaign for the movie Last Ounce of Courage, you may be a class member in a class action lawsuit.”

The suit was originally filed by Dorit and Ron Golan in 2014 alleging that 4 million automated calls using Huckabee’s voice were made to promote “Last Ounce of Courage” — which was released straight to DVD and has a zero percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes, the online movie review site.

The couple’s lawsuit charges that the calls were a violation of the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which stipulates that unsolicited messages with commercial content via telephone are illegal.

“Huckabee himself was originally listed as a defendant but was later removed from the case, according to a memorandum from United States District Judge E. Richard Webber, the person who initially determined that the Golans did not have a case,” wrote the Daily Beast’s Ben Collins and Gideon Resnick. However, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed the case to proceed.

The class action suit now has a website, LastOunceClassAction.com and .PDF files of the complaint and Class Certification Order are available to download here.

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“The advertising campaign for Last Ounce of Courage included approximately 4 million telephone calls to residential telephone numbers through many states in the United States and ‘Email to Text (ETT) Messages’ to 30 million cell phones,” the complaint says.

Furthermore, the calls were disguised as telephone surveys, with questions like, “Hello, this is Governor Mike Huckabee with a 45-second survey. Do you believe in American Freedom and Liberty?”

The calls reportedly continued, “Would you, like me, Mike Huckabee, like to see Hollywood respect and promote traditional American values?” and said, “I am an enthusiastic supporter of a new movie called Last Ounce of Courage. It is a film about faith, freedom, and taking a stand for American values.”

The calls also included plugs for Huckabee’s talk radio show, which is included in the complaint.

Huckabee, the complaint charges, “composed, reviewed, and modified the script, made the recording, inserted material into the script and recording advertising his radio show, inserted material into the recording personally benefitting him, all with the knowledge and expectation that his recording be played on 4 million illegal calls.”

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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