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‘Why hurt us more?’ Sandy Hook victim’s parents shame Facebook CEO for not booting Alex Jones

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Lenny Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, two parents who lost their 6-year-old son in the 2012 massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, have written a scathing open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over his decision to not kick conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off his platform.

The two parents called out Zuckerberg for letting Jones, who claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre was a “false flag” operation set up by the federal government as a pretext for seizing Americans’ guns, continue to propagate misinformation on Facebook.

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“Conspiracy groups and anti-government provocateurs began making claims on Facebook that the massacre was a hoax, that the murdered were so-called ‘crisis actors’ and that their audience should rise up to ‘find out the truth’ about our families,” they write, in a letter posted in the Guardian titled “our child died at Sandy Hook – why let Facebook lies hurt us even more?” “These claims and calls to action spread across Facebook like wildfire and, despite our pleas, were protected by Facebook.”

Because of these bogus conspiracies, the parents write, they have had to endure “online, telephone, and in-person harassment, abuse, and death threats” that have forced them to relocate multiple times to protect both themselves and their surviving kids.

The two parents conclude with a damning indictment of Zuckerberg’s ethics and business priorities.

“We are unable to properly grieve for our baby or move on with our lives because you, arguably the most powerful man on the planet, have deemed that the attacks on us are immaterial, that providing assistance in removing threats is too cumbersome, and that our lives are less important than providing a safe haven for hate,” they write.

Read the whole letter here.

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Donald Trump sounds like a complete lunatic because he’s isolated himself in a far-right media bubble

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

If you have an older relative who spends way too much time stewing in the conservative media, you may have experienced a moment when you not only disagreed with him, but you realized that you had no earthly clue what he was going on about. Perhaps it was when he started talking about the UN plot to eliminate golf courses and replace paved roads with bicycle paths. Maybe he stopped you in your tracks with a discourse on why flies were attracted to Barack Obama, or complained about the government insisting on referring to Christians as "Easter-worshippers" or expressed outrage over 9/11 hijackers being given leniency by Muslim jurists.

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Trump’s claim impeachment ‘nullifies’ 2016 election blown up in new House Judiciary Committee report

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On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee released their report outlining the offenses committed by President Donald Trump, and the legal framework for impeachment — which clears the way for Congress to write and approve articles of impeachment against him.

One of the key issues examined by the report is the claim, repeatedly made by the president and his supporters, that impeachment would "nullify" the 2016 presidential election and the popular will — which is already a weak claim given that Trump never won the popular vote, and that impeaching Trump would still install Mike Pence as president. But the report more broadly rejects the entire claim that an election result immunizes a president from punishment for official misconduct.

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READ IT: House Judiciary Committee releases report defining Trump impeachable offenses

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On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee released a report outlining the impeachable acts committed by President Donald Trump.

"Our President holds the ultimate public trust," said the report, titled "Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment," in its introduction. "A President faithful only to himself—who will sell out democracy and national security for his own personal advantage—is a danger to every American. Indeed, he threatens America itself."

The report clarifies the procedures for impeachment, analyzes whether president can be "impeached for abuse of executive powers," and "whether it is preferable to await the next election when a President has sought to corrupt that very same election."

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