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FBI monitored social media on Election Day after suspecting Russian disinformation campaign

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CNN has an explosive report that the FBI was watching in real time on social media (both Facebook and Twitter) as fake news stories flooded the sites.

The report reveals that the stories were largely attacks on Hillary Clinton that they observed in the months leading up to the election on viral news sites known for posting misleading or false stories, conspiracy theories and hoaxes. Sources say that the analysts and agents crowded together at a command center around large screens searching for security threats.

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“We were right on the edge of Constitutional legality,” one person briefed on the investigation told CNN. “We were monitoring news.”

Teams at the FBI, Homeland Security Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence all spoke on conference calls every three hours with those working in the White House Situation Room addressing the concerns.

They considered the work a kind of success because there was no disruption in people voting at the polls. However, an official in former President Barack Obama’s office disagreed saying that the US never responded to the Russian disinformation campaign and as such it was “a failure of imagination.”

“Are you kidding?” the official claimed was the response sent. While others in the White House celebrated, the official exclaimed, “What they did worked!”

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Economists warn Trump policies will result in lost jobs and lower wages for American workers

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The 20-year-old San Diego bakery Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe went out of business this month after an audit by US authorities found immigrants working there illegally.

In April, a small Nebraska town lost a potato processing plant, and the local revenue it generated, in the wake of an immigration raid on its facilities. A restaurant in New York appears to have suffered similar fate in August.

Farmers say they are planting less, turning to automation, eliminating some crops, leaving them to rot in the field or contemplating selling out of the business altogether -- all because they cannot find enough immigrant labor.

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Trump supporter Steve Cortes loses it after Rick Wilson brings up war crimes prosecutions

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The spokesperson for the "official" pro-Trump SuperPAC was admonished twice by an MSNBC anchor on Saturday night during a segment on impeachment that quickly went off the rails.

MSNBC anchor Joy Reid was anchoring a Saturday night special titled, "the impeachment trial of Donald Trump."

Her panel included Rick Wilson, the author of the bestselling 2018 book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever and Steve Cortes, the spokesperson for America First PAC.

Wilson explained why Republican senators refuse to stand up to Trump.

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China reports 323 new cases of mysterious virus — as death toll rises to 54

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The number of confirmed deaths from a viral outbreak in China has risen to 54, with authorities in hard-hit Hubei province on Sunday reporting 13 more fatalities and 323 new cases.

The latest numbers from Hubei, the epicentre of the contagion, would put the nationwide total of confirmed infections at 1,610, based on figures previously released by the central government.

President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a "grave situation" as authorities raced to contain a respiratory illness that has caused the widespread abandonment of Lunar New Year celebrations nationwide and overwhelmed health facilities in Hubei.

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