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Ex-Breitbart employee: There’s now a ‘concrete paper trail’ showing Steve Bannon still runs Breitbart

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How much sway does top White House political strategist Steve Bannon have over Breitbart News, the publication he formerly ran before taking a job at the Trump administration?

While there’s no way to know for certain, a newly revealed White House ethics waiver shows that Bannon is still allowed to engage with Breitbart, despite the fact that the White House has denied that Bannon is influencing Breitbart’s coverage of the Trump administration.

Former Breitbart consultant Kurt Bardella tells Raw Story believes this waiver is all the proof anyone needs to see that Bannon is still pulling the strings at his old website.

“This waiver represents a concrete paper trail documenting the White House’s intent to allow Bannon to continue being the de facto editorial director of Breitbart – completely contradicting the public statements they have made to date,” he writes in an email. “What is going on between the White House and Breitbart is unprecedented.”

Throughout the early months of the Trump administration, there have been incidents that have sparked speculation that Bannon still exerts a strong influence over what stories Breitbart will publish — the publication abruptly stopped publishing negative stories about Jared Kushner shortly after Trump reportedly told Bannon to stop feuding with his son-in-law, for example.

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In the past, Bardella has warned that Breitbart has become the “propaganda arm of the Trump White House,” while also warning that the website represents “a worldview that is incredibly dangerous and divisive.”


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American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS

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US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.

A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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Conservative suggests Trump’s racist rhetoric will incite worse than ‘send her back’ chants: ‘One shudders to wonder’

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In a column for the Washington Post, conservative Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kathleen Parker said the refusal by Republican lawmakers and the evangelical community to condemn Donald Trump's racist rhetoric is paving the way for something far worse than mere "send her back" chants.

Under a headline that bluntly states, "Those who don’t condemn Trump’s racism are complicit in his bigotry," Parker gets right to her opinion of the president, writing, "Going out on a limb here: President Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything."

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BUSTED: Leaked drug exec emails showed them encouraging opioid abuse to the point people would eat them ‘like Doritos’

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On Friday, the Washington Post published excerpts from a damning series of emails released in a landmark case in Cleveland around the irresponsibility of drug manufacturers and suppliers in contributing to the opioid crisis.

In one email exchange, Victor Borelli, an account manager for pharmaceuticals corporation Mallinckrodt, told KeySource Medical vice president Steve Cochrane that 1,200 bottles of 30mg Oxycodone tablets had been shipped, to which Cochrane replied, "Keep 'em comin'! Flyin' out of there. It's like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are..." and Borelli responded, "Just like Doritos keep eating. We'll make more."

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