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WATCH: Here’s the Morning Joe segment bashing Sinclair that set off Trump’s furious tweet

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough hosted a segment on the right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group that apparently prompted President Donald Trump to praise the media company and bash their competitors.

The “Morning Joe” host bashed the broadcast company for making its anchors read a script promoting a conspiracy theory about “deep state” government employees trying to bring down the president, and said station owners had abused their viewers’ trust.

“We are trying to figure out any example of newspapers or television stations that actually gave people scripts and ordered them to read it,” Scarborough said. “It would be like the New York Times going to Nick Kristof, saying this is the op-ed that you’re going to put in the newspaper this week, and you’re going to sign your name to it and go, and these local anchors — what they’re doing is they’re employing the people who really are the most trusted faces in news, and those are America’s local anchors.”

Scarborough said the company’s motivations were clear, as Sinclair awaits FCC and Justice Department approval for its proposed $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media.

“What this sounds like (is) where you have somebody that’s trying to get favors with the president, with the White House, sending out scripts to journalists all over the country and not only do they have must-read, must-perform segments,” Scarborough said, “but more disturbingly to a lot of these anchors, they are scripts that they are forced to read, that set up the segments, that frame is segments and so many of these anchors we’re starting to find out believe that it’s just pure propaganda that they’re pushing to promote Donald Trump.”

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New details revealed in the bizarre story of Jerry Falwell Jr, a pool boy and ‘compromising photographs’

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The New York Times has put together a lengthy report about the utterly bizarre circumstances surrounding Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., former Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen, a former pool boy, and purportedly "compromising photographs."

The story begins in 2012 when Falwell and his wife enjoyed a stay at the Fontainebleau, a Florida luxury resort known for topless sunbathing and a massive underground nightclub described by one travel guide as "30,000 square feet of unadulterated fun."

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Revealing gruesome new details of Khashoggi murder, UN report says ‘inconceivable’ crown prince not involved

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In a thorough and damning report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi released Wednesday, United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard found that Khashoggi was "the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing" that was likely orchestrated by top officials in the Saudi government, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"Evidence points to the 15-person mission to execute Mr. Khashoggi requiring significant government coordination, resources, and finances," Callamard wrote. "Every expert consulted finds it inconceivable that an operation of this scale could be implemented without the crown prince being aware, at a minimum, that some sort of mission of a criminal nature, directed at Mr. Khashoggi, was being launched."

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Critics lament as 126 House Democrats join forces with GOP to hand Trump ‘terrifying’ mass domestic spying powers

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Privacy advocates and civil liberties defenders are expressing outrage after the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night voted down a bipartisan amendment designed to end, as one group put it, the U.S. government's "most egregious mass surveillance practices" first revealed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

In a final vote of 253-175, it was 126 Democrats who joined with 127 Republicans to vote against an amendment introduced by Rep Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) that would have closed loopholes in Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that critics charge has allowed the NSA to abuse warrantless surveillance capabilities and target the emails, text messages, and internet activity of U.S. citizens and residents. See the full roll call here.

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