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Right-wing conspiracy theory site flounders as conservative authors allege nonpayment of royalties: report

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WorldNetDaily, a far-right conspiracy theory website, was a prominent corner of the Internet for attacks on President Barack Obama just a decade ago. It was one of the most prominent hubs of the “birther” theory, which held that Obama was lying about being an American citizen.

Flash forward to today. According to the Washington Post, the site is in serious trouble, with several conservative authors alleging that the founder, Joseph Farah, is stiffing them on promised royalty payments as part of his company’s publishing arm.

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One such author is former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who complained, “He doesn’t keep his commitments. He doesn’t keep his word.” But Coburn isn’t the only author accusing Farah and WorldNetDaily of leaving them high and dry:

Other authors, initially attracted to WND by the image Farah crafted for himself as a devout evangelical Christian, have groused that they paid WND’s pay-to-publish division thousands of dollars to have their books printed but haven’t received the royalties they were promised or other items, such as audio versions of their works. Their complaints, requests for basic accounting statements and pleas for help were largely ignored, according to emails and interviews with more than a dozen authors.

Reached by phone last week, Farah’s wife, Elizabeth — the site’s co-founder with her husband — declined to discuss the accusations in detail, but added that “the angst of a former employee does not impress me as to the legitimacy of complaints.”

WorldNetDaily is also suffering a loss of readership and revenue, according to interviews with employees and shareholders, as well as financial statements obtained by the Washington Post.

One of WorldNetDaily‘s most famous alumni is Jerome Corsi, a former partner of President Donald Trump’s campaign adviser Roger Stone who was caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia. Corsi was offered a plea deal, which he rejected, but ultimately was not prosecuted.

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured phones that were vulnerable to Russian surveillance: report

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On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has communicated with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani via unsecured and unencrypted phone lines that are potentially vulnerable to interception and monitoring by Russian intelligence officials and other hostile foreign powers.

"Trump is not identified by name in the House phone records, but investigators said they suspect he may be a person with a blocked number listed as '-1' in the files," stated the report. "And administration officials said separately that Trump has communicated regularly with Giuliani on unsecured lines."

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