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Before he was AG, William Barr endorsed a book that claimed campus rape was a hoax

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Before President Trump nominated him to be Attorney General, William Barr praised a 2017 book that claimed campus rape is virtually non-existent, NBC News reports.

In a blurb written for the booCampus Rape Frenzy on its Amazon page, Barr accuses “extremists on campus” of creating “misleading alarms” about rape.

“The frenzy about campus rape has helped stimulate—and has been fanned by—ideologically skewed campus sexual assault policies and lawless commands issued by federal bureaucrats to force the nation’s all-too-compliant colleges and universities essentially to presume the guilt of accused students,” the blurb reads. “The result has been a widespread disregard of such bedrock American principles as the presumption of innocence and the need for fair play.”

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“This book uses hard facts to set the record straight,” Barr continues, adding that it “shows why all students—and, eventually, society as a whole—are harmed when our nation’s universities abandon pursuit of truth and seek instead to accommodate the passions of the mob.”

As NBC News points out, the book, written by by K.C. Johnson and Stuart Taylor, along with Barr’s blurb, were “part of the administrative record” used by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in her decision to roll back Obama-era rules that aggressively pursued campus rape allegations. Speaking to NBC News, Taylor said that he’s hopeful Barr will use his role as Attorney General to “move policy in the direction Betsy DeVos is trying to do.”

In a tweet from this Sunday, Trump called on the Justice Department to “rescue” Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh from renewed calls for his impeachment in the wake of new allegations of sexual misconduct while he was in college.

Democrats are now saying that Barr should have been questioned about his blurb for the book during his confirmation hearings.

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US nuclear weapons are now being held as ‘essentially Erdogan’s hostages’ in Turkey: report

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When President Donald Trump pulled American troops out of northern Syria, virtually giving Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the green light to attack the region’s Kurds, he likely didn’t anticipate a key factor that might get caught in the crossfire: control of U.S. nuclear weapons.

Erdogan’s forces have been raining down terror on the Kurds, long considered to be key U.S. allies in the fight against ISIS, exactly the horrifying scenario that critics of Trump’s move predicted. Turkey even fired on an outpost of U.S. special operation forces. It’s a fraught scenario for the United States to find itself in, made all the more dangerous by the fact that Turkey, itself a NATO ally, is home to an estimated 50 American nuclear weapons. The New York Times reported:

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Shep Smith’s fill-in picks up where he left off by fact checking Trump’s claim he hasn’t abandoned the Kurds

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In the wake of Shepard Smith stepping down as an anchor for Fox News, the network told Newsweek this Friday that "the 3 p.m. hour will remain a news hour called Fox News Reporting with Jon Scott and Trace Gallagher among the anchors filling in."

Smith, whose record of balanced reporting gave him a reputation of being one of the more reliable voices at Fox, worried critics who said his departure would be a green light for the right-wing opinion faction at the network to become more prevalent. But it seems Smith's replacement is picking up where he left off, as evidenced by a Monday report that wasn't exactly favorable to President Trump's decision to withdraw a contingent of US troops from northeast Syria.

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‘Sharpie corrected?’ Internet cracks up as Trump continues to obsess over Fox News impeachment poll 5 days later

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President Donald Trump is still upset about the recent Fox News poll that showed not only support for his impeachment, but it also showed him losing to Democratic challengers in the 2020 election.

When the poll was revealed, the president took to his rally stage to rant about Fox News not being supportive enough of him. Attorney General Bill Bar went so far as to meet with network owner Rupert Murdoch.

"The Fox Impeachment poll has turned out to be incorrect. This was announced on Friday. Despite this, the Corrupt New York Times used this poll in one of its stories, no mention of the correction which they knew about full well! 'Fox News Pollster Braun Research Misrepresented Impeachment Poll: Analysis'" Trump said, citing an editorial by the conservative Murdoch-owned New York Post.

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