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Civil Rights attorney slams Nate Silver for not disclosing who funds 538 writer

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ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight data journalism website is receiving criticism for continuing to publish a controversial crime analyst without revealing his law enforcement compensation.

New Orleans based “crime analyst” Jeff Asher has used his position at 538 to push so-called “Ferguson Effect” — a claim that increased scrutiny of shootings by police have increased the crime rate.

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“We do have to stick with the facts,” President Barack Obama told the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2015. “What we can’t do is cherry-pick data or use anecdotal evidence to drive policy or to feed political agendas.”

On Friday, FiveThirtyEight cited two pieces by Asher as “some of our best work” of 2017.

A public records request by Shadowproof revealed that Asher is paid by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, a fact not disclosed on 538.

Jeff Asher’s bio at FiveThirtyEight failures to disclose his payments from law enforcement

“Asher’s failure to disclose his ties to law enforcement matters. His claimed independence lends credibility and an air of neutrality to his ideas, which benefit law enforcement agencies like the one that employs him,” Shadowproof explained. “In the post-Ferguson era, Asher became a talking head regarding the so-called “Ferguson effect,” a theory he helped give credence to as a contributor to FiveThirtyEight. Asher argues that we need more proactive policing—as supplied by the drug war—to curb shootings.”

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Rory Fleming, the author of the Shadowproof story, blasted the continued failure to disclose Asher’s payments from law enforcement:

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One of the 2 articles of impeachment against Trump points the way to disqualify him from running for president again

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If President Donald Trump were to be acquitted on articles on impeachment in a U.S. Senate trial and win reelection in 2020, he would be the first president in United States history to be impeached in the House yet win a second term. That’s one possible scenario, depending on what happens in a likely Senate trial and the 2020 presidential election. But journalist Lauren Frias, in an article for Business Insider, describes another scenario: Trump is removed from office by the Senate yet runs for president again anyway.

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Trump pretends he was in the military during White House reception

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President Donald Trump held a White House Hanukkah party a few weeks before the Jewish holiday and during the event, he seemed to be claiming he served in the military when he didn't.

"Like we used to say in the military, make a path,” Trump said.

https://twitter.com/jeffmason1/status/1204938676876263425

Trump not only never served in the military he actively dodged the draft, getting a pass due to alleged bone spurs in his feet. It's unknown if Trump actually has bone spurs, but such a condition doesn't disappear.

Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska Senator and SEAL officer in the U.S. Navy went after the president in March demanding to see proof of the bone spurs.

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America shocked Louie Gohmert outed suspected whistleblower during hearing

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) named the latest person that right-wing media believes is the White House whistleblower during Wednesday's impeachment proceedings in the House Judiciary Committee.

https://twitter.com/AndrewDesiderio/status/1204926692428570624

People were shocked by Gohmert's speech. People suggested the Texas Republican should be referred to the House Ethics Committee for investigation and/or be censured and/or expelled from the House of Representatives.

Here's some of what people were saying:

Cut his mic, escort him the hearing, strip him of all committees....then make him sit a Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan's lunch table!

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