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Devin Nunes cries ‘fake news’ as the reason he is suing parody accounts in Sean Hannity interview

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In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Rep. Devin Nunes tried to claim that his lawsuit against the parody accounts and against Twitter is really more about “fake news” than it is about his own ego.

While Nunes refused to reveal who is paying for the lawsuits, he told Hannity it was just the beginning his war against fake news.

“This is the first of many, Sean, we are actually going after Twitter first because they are the main proliferator and they spread fake news and slanderous news,” Nunes said. “The case we were basically making is that this is an orchestrated effort. So people were targeting me, there were anonymous accounts that were developed. Look, there are — these accounts aren’t supposed to exist. Twitter says they don’t have accounts that do this.”

Anonymous accounts are allowed to exist on Twitter, and any account can tweet whatever it wants as long as it follows the terms of service of Twitter. Nunes appears to be conflating fake news accounts with these parody accounts.

One of the tweets cited in Nunes’ complaint said that he wasn’t going to be allowed to play anymore Minecraft if he doesn’t return home to his fake mother:

“This is the first of many lawsuits that are coming. But there were several fake news accounts, whether its regards to the Russian investigation or to me, and we have to hold all of these people accountable,” Nunes said. “Because if we don’t, our First Amendment rights are at stake here. This isn’t 20 years ago, Sean. What’s happening is that Twitter becomes the gaslighting for all the news. When they are regulating us, they’re regulating what people can see on my tweets, which they have done, and they are proliferating out things that they agree with with the algorithms that they develop, they need to come clean. They are a content developer. That’s right. If you remember last summer, they shadow banned me.”

Nunes explained that a “shadow ban” is a conspiracy theory that Twitter is censoring people they don’t like. Twitter allows users to set their timelines to show them only the best tweets from their followers or a running timeline of tweets.

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Lawrence O’Donnell throttles Donny Deutsch for saying Elizabeth Warren can’t beat Trump: ‘This is pure guesswork’

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Lawrence O'Donnell and Donny Deutsch had quite the exchange in the post-debate conversation on MSNBC Wednesday.

Deutsch tried to say that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's outstanding debate performance doesn't matter because Warren can't win in a match-up against President Donald Trump.

"I do not believe Elizabeth Warren, on stage with Donald Trump, beats him," he told the MSNBC panel. "And I think if we're honest with ourselves and we look hard at ourselves, I think a lot of people agree with me. It's — and I also think when you can label somebody a socialist, 57 percent of this country thinks that word is un-American. I'm not saying it's fair. When he can blanket Elizabeth Warren as a socialist, and he's on stage with her, the Democrats lose."

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Father and daughter drowning at the border fuels anger at Trump immigration policies

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A shocking photograph of a Salvadoran man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande fueled a surge of emotion around the world Wednesday -- as US Democrats furiously denounced Donald Trump's immigration policies.

"Trump is responsible for these deaths," said Beto O'Rourke, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls who took to Twitter to lash out at the president.

Former vice president Joe Biden, who is also seeking the presidency in 2020, called the image "gut-wrenching."

"History will judge how we respond to the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant families & children -- we can't be silent," he said.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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