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Trump-supporting news network promoted conspiracy theory that Mississippians tried to vote illegally in Alabama

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The pro-Trump One America News Network not only prematurely called the Alabama Senate election for Roy Moore on Tuesday — it also was caught promoting a conspiracy theory about Mississippians trying to cast illegal votes in the election.

As Dave Weigel at the Washington Post reported Thursday, OANN appears to have pre-empted the conspiracy theory cited by conservative radio host Bill Mitchell. In an election night report captured on video, a reporter for the alternative cable network claimed that they’d heard of 50 instances of attempted voter fraud, mostly with people from Mississippi.

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“We have reports that a number of people have been caught trying to sneak into voting booths and vote illegally,” OANN correspondent Pearson Sharp said in the video. “[Moore’s] campaign told me that most of the people who have been turned away so far have been across the state line in Mississippi. But they say that voting fraud hasn’t been too much of a problem yet, and that only 50 people had been caught.”

By Wednesday, that theory made its way to Mitchell, who was summarily dismissed by tens of thousands of Twitter users.

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Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s office, who “sided with Moore’s campaign during several election controversies,” confirmed to the Post that they had not received credible complaints of voter fraud surrounding Tuesday’s election.

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“There’s a lot of misdirection that comes in around Election Day,” Merrill’s spokesperson John Bennett. “We got no reports that caused us enough concern to act against them.”

 

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Pompeo State Dept. homepage advocates ‘being a Christian leader’ — here’s why that’s more disturbing than it sounds

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The website of the U.S, Department of State currently features a photograph of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the words, “Being a Christian Leader.”

The link on the State Dept. homepage goes to a video and the text of Pompeo’s speech to the American Association of Christian Counselors in Nashville, Tennessee on October 11.

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Russia denies US news report it bombed 4 Syria hospitals in 12 hours

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Russia on Monday denied a US newspaper report that its warplanes bombed four hospitals in rebel-held territory in Syria over a period of 12 hours this year.

The Russian defence ministry rubbished the claim in a report by The New York Times, saying "the alleged 'evidence' provided by the NYT is not worth even the paper it was printed on".

The May strikes -- which the newspaper tied to Moscow through Russian radio recordings, plane spotter logs and accounts by witnesses -- are part of a larger pattern of medical facilities targeted by forces supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's devastating civil war.

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Black family arrested for ‘loitering’ on their own front lawn

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On October 1, a black family was standing in the front yard of their home, when police approached. They were arrested for loitering even though they were on their own property, reports KYW news.

Loitering offenses have historically been used as a way to purge people seen as undesirable, such as the homeless, from public spaces.

Now, the family is demanding answers from the Chester Township Police Department in Pennsylvania.

"It's a terrifying thing. It makes me feel as though the police can knock down your door, and drag you out of your home at anytime," Rachel Briggs told KYW. "This is an incident that made me feel like I'm a prisoner in my own home," she added. Her sons and nephew were dragged off to jail, where they spent the night while the family scrambled to make their bail.

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