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Devin Nunes’ troubled lawyer in the spotlight after his error-ridden lawsuit ignites a wave of mockery

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is suing Twitter for defamation. He’s also launched a lawsuit against the Fresno Bee and McClatchy. The Congressman is suing the social media platform for a parody account called “Devin Nunes’ Cow.” He’s going after the newspapers for a story about a yacht party that involved cocaine and prostitutes put on by a winery that Nunes’ had invested in — the story had not suggested that Nunes’ attended the party, but the paper is being sued regardless.

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee published a story chronicling the errors made by the lawyer behind Nunes’ lawsuits, a Charlottesville, Virginia solo-practitioner named Steven S. Biss.

When Twitter revealed Biss’ identity, the social media platform quickly got to work exposing the many flaws in Nunes’ lawsuit.

“In the original version of the lawsuit, Nunes and Biss accuse a Fresno Bee reporter of emphasizing the words “woman,” “Devin,” and “cocaine” with a bold font in a tweet about the story on the winery lawsuit. While a screenshot of the tweet in the original lawsuit showed the words in bold font, the original tweet has text only in plain font,” the Sacramento Bee observes.

According to the Bee, law blogs called it an “embarrassing mistake over how Twitter works.” When users search certain words on Twitter the resulting tweets show the words searched for in bold.

Nunes’ case is not Biss’s first defamation suit. He also sued NPR for a story about a man who’s alleged to have promoted Seth Rich conspiracy theories.

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‘I’m getting shot’: Shocking video shows police in Louisville hitting journalists with pepper bullets

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Police fired pepper bullets at a camera crew doing a live broadcast of the police violence protests in Louisville on Friday evening.

"WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust appeared to have been hit by rubber bullets reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville," the station reported.

Rust was wearing a fluorescent safety vest at the time of the incident.

"I'm getting shot," she shouted.

The news anchor asked, "who are they aiming that at?"

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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot to Trump: ‘What I really want to say … begins with F and it ends with U’

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday ripped President Donald Trump, saying he’s fomenting violence and playing to racist urges for political gain in response to the killing of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent rioting.Lightfoot’s comments were an apparent response to Trump tweeting a message that included “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” in reply to rioting in Minneapolis and elsewhere following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck while he was in custody. Lig... (more…)

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Law enforcement files discredit Brian Kemp’s accusation that Democrats tried to hack the Georgia election

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It was a stunning accusation: Two days before the 2018 election for Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp used his power as secretary of state to open an investigation into what he called a “failed hacking attempt” of voter registration systems involving the Democratic Party.

But newly released case files from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reveal that there was no such hacking attempt.

The evidence from the closed investigation indicates that Kemp’s office mistook planned security tests and a warning about potential election security holes for malicious hacking.

Kemp then wrongly accused his political opponents just before Election Day — a high-profile salvo that drew national media attention in one of the most closely watched races of 2018.

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