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Police accidentally revealed their spying on progressives — then tried to delete the evidence

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The Massachusetts State Police accidentally revealed surveillance of progressive political groups in a social media post on gas explosions in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover, WBUR reports.

The police posted an image of 39 gas explosion locations. But the screengrab of the police computer included the browser’s bookmarks bar.

The post showed police had booked pages for Massachusetts Action Against Police Brutality (MAAPB), the Coalition to Organize and Mobilize Boston Against Trump (COMBAT), and other activists organizations.

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Police were also monitoring a “Resistance Calendar” of anti-Trump protests.

Kade Crockford, director of the Technology for Liberty program at the Massachusetts branch of the ACLU, slammed the revelation.

“I wasn’t surprised — but I was appalled,” Crockford told WBUR. “American law enforcement has, for a very long time, targeted dissidents. A lot of people like to believe those tactics ended. But that’s not true — and actually, after 9/11, they’ve seen a substantial resurgence.”

Police, in a statement, said such monitoring is “a common – and common-sense – function of any police department.”

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COMBAT, the Coalition to Organize and Mobilize Boston Against Trump, also issued a statement in response.

“The fact that state police, who are funded by our tax dollars, are spending time monitoring groups on Facebook who oppose racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic violence instead of those groups who perpetuate such violence is abhorrent and should be examined with scrutiny,” COMBAT wrote.

The group said police resources would be better spent investigating supporters President Trump in the so-called Alt-Right.

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“COMBAT has actively resisted demonstrations held by members of the so-called ‘alt-right’, who have appeared in public bearing weapons and clad in racist symbols and flags. We question why time is being spent monitoring a group such as COMBAT, who actively condemns these violent ideologies, rather than on these groups who appear in public with weapons,” they wondered.

“We are deeply disconcerted about police surveillance of the left in Boston, as this exists within the historical context of state surveillance and repression of organizations fighting for social justice,” they added.

Screengrab of since deleted @MassStatePolice Twitter post via WBUR

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Kellyanne Conway lashes out at Democratic voters as ‘racist and sexist’ at Ohio GOP dinner

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Making an appearance at a Republican Party dinner in Columbus, Ohio, Kellyanne Conway accused Democratic voters of being "racist and sexist," in a diatribe as she tried to boost the fortunes of her boss, President Donald Trump.

According to a report from Cincinnati.com, Conway attacked the leading Democratic presidential nominees before making her claim.

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Betsy DeVos’ DOE threatens to cut university funding for positive portrayal of Islam

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The DOE ordered the universities to change their program or lose its federal grant money. In a letter to UNC, the department criticized the program, arguing that topics like Iranian art and film have “little or no relevance” to the Middle East studies program. The letter also argues that the program “appears to lack balance” because its programs are not focused on the discrimination faced by “religious minorities in the Middle East," including Christians and Jews.

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Wall Street is ignoring the omens of recession — here’s why

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The Fed lowered its target interest rate by a quarter point on Sept. 18, the second such cut since July – and the first reductions since the Great Recession more than 10 years ago.

Judging by the words of Fed Chair Jerome Powell, this isn’t that big a deal. In his statement following the decision, he said: “We took this step to help keep the U.S. economy strong in the face of some notable developments and to provide insurance against ongoing risks.”

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