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‘Shep is a D*CKBAG’: Trump fans go nuts after Fox hosts call out president’s ‘anti-Muslim hate videos’

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On Thursday, Fox News host Shep Smith called out President Donald Trump for retweeting “unverified anti-Muslim hate videos” from a far-right British woman who’d been convicted of inciting violence — and naturally, the network’s fans had a lot to say about it.

“Will somebody get this left-wing propagandist and nut job Shepard Smith off the air?” one Twitter user posted.

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The theory that Smith is some sort of undercover liberal for discussing the president’s open Islamophobia appeared pervasive.

“This Shep Smith is another lib plant in fox [sic],” another user wrote. “Something seriously wrong with this guy.”

Another user took the opportunity to refer to Smith as a “drama queen,” potentially making reference to the host’s somewhat recent admission that he is gay, writing “The drama Queen allows Fox news to give some lefty side to the news of the day. I would be prepared to rendez vous [sic] with Gloria Allred to say, The emasculated Shep raped me. Just to get rid of him.”

You can watch video of Smith discussing the president’s latest foray into anti-Muslim sentiment — and see Fox News-watching Twitter’s reaction to it — below.

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Pope decries euthanasia as Italy court considers assisted suicide

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Pope Francis on Friday again spoke out against assisted suicide and euthanasia, days before a top Italian court is to examine the thorny question in the largely Roman Catholic country.

"We can and we must reject the temptation, which is also favored by legislative changes, to use medicine to satisfy a sick person's possible wish to die," the pope told a delegation from the Italian Doctors Order.

Italy's Constitutional Court has called a session for Tuesday to reexamine the question of potentially legalising assisted suicide, without mentioning euthanasia.

The court last October gave parliament a year to fill a legal void on the question, but MPs have not done so.

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How Facebook makes money when people are slaughtered

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The National Rifle Association nearly doubled its spending on pro-gun Facebook propaganda for three weeks after the mass shootings last month in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, according to analytics provided to The Intercept.The social advertising surge began just one day after the Aug. 3 El Paso massacre, which left 22 people dead, and on the same day as the Dayton killings, which took 10 lives. At one point in this period, the NRA was spending $29,000 on a day’s worth of Facebook ads, nearly four times as much as before the shootings, according to Pathmatics, a company that monitors online advertising spending. The ad spending was conducted through the NRA’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, which, in the four weeks before the shootings, spent on average just over $9,400 a day on Facebook ads.Between Aug. 4 and Aug. 25, the institute spent around $360,000 on Facebook — roughly $16,500 per day — reaching a peak of over $29,000 on Aug. 18, according to Pathmatics, which said that it gathered this data from a panel of hundreds of thousands of Facebook users who opt in to automatically share information about the ads they’re shown. Altogether, the ads bought in this period were viewed tens of millions of times, the analytics firm estimated. “The NRA’s ad spend has spiked significantly, which isn’t surprising for an organization in the midst of a reputation battle and crisis,” Pathmatics CEO Gabe Gottlieb said.

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Is a strange Twitter glitch censoring the left?

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The Working Families Party, a New York-based progressive political party, has a reputation befitting its name as a left-populist political organization. So when the organization endorsed the center-left Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren — who was once a hardcore Republican and has emphasized her capitalist credentials — over the explicitly democratic socialist candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sanders (I-Vt.) supporters were understandably disappointed. After all, the party overwhelmingly endorsed Sanders in the previous presidential election. What had changed?

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