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Julian Assange is expected to appear in court Thursday following his arrest in London.

The WikiLeaks founder was expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy after he was holed up there for nearly seven years, and British police had long ago threatened to arrest him as soon as he left the building.

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The 47-year-old Assange was arrested on an extradition warrant issued by the U.S.

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‘This is not a joke’: Trump-loving professor fumes after his QAnon rant results in bursts of laughter

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An Arizona community college professor melted down after students laughed at his presentation of a right-wing conspiracy theory.

Adjunct professor Douglas Belmore, who teaches English at Mesa Community College, showed 14-minute YouTube video in at least two of his classes promoting an online conspiracy theory about satanic pedophiles that have allegedly infiltrated the government, media and entertainment industry, reported the Phoenix New Times.

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White House thought freeing rapper A$AP Rocky and having him grovel before Trump would win black voters: report

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President Donald Trump's unusual efforts to get rapper A$AP Rocky out of Swedish custody after he was arrested for -- and later convicted of -- assault was reportedly part of a White House strategy for winning over black voters.

Yahoo News reports that the campaign to get A$AP Rocky released from jail was designed to eventually "facilitate a scene that would bolster Trump’s image among African-Americans."

Trump, who weeks earlier had gotten in hot water for telling four women of color to "go back" to their home countries despite all being American citizens, apparently believed that helping a high-profile black celebrity would bolster his reputation among black voters who have been among the least likely to support him throughout his first term.

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Trump’s megachurch pastor goes off on Jewish Democrats: ‘I will curse those who curse you’

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump accused Jews who vote for Democrats of being disloyal to Israel. The president's comments conjured the anti-Semitic trope of Jewish dual loyalty. Ironically, the president has falsely claimed that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is an anti-Semite.

Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress is one of Trump’s closest spiritual advisors. The pastor doubled down on the president's comments in an appearance on Fox News radio show, Patheos reports.

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