A coal kingpin’s defamation lawsuit against John Oliver has been dismissed

John Oliver’s legal tussle with a man he once called a “geriatric Dr. Evil” is over and the HBO late night host has every reason to be happy. West Virginia judge Jeffrey Cramer has dismissed the defamation lawsuit filed against Oliver by Robert Murray, the coal baron behind Murray Energy Corp. SEE ALSO: The 9 funniest lines from a coal kingpin’s lawsuit against John Oliver Murray, along with his company,…

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Meeting That Gates Admits Lying About Matches Rohrabacher Dinner

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates just admitted to lying to U.S. investigators about a March 19, 2013, meeting between his boss, Paul Manafort, and an unidentified U.S. congressman. Public filings show a meeting that day between Manafort and Dana Rohrabacher, a Russia-friendly Republican congressman from California. Gates pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy against the U.S. and making false statements about a meeting that day. In a criminal information unsealed Friday,…

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Ending H-1B visa renewals won’t help put ‘America First’

Image:  skynesher / E+ / Getty Images This column is part of a series called “Voices of Women in Tech,” created in collaboration with AnitaB.org, a global enterprise that supports women in technical fields, as well as the organizations that employ them and the academic institutions training the next generation. As the daughter of a family of overachievers in Kolkata, India, I knew that an advanced degree from an American university…

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Trump Aides Confess: He Only Hears the NRA

In the days since the 17 students and educators were killed in Parkland, Florida, President Donald Trump has surveyed virtually everyone in his orbit about what should be done to stem the epidemic of mass shootings in America. Family members urged caution. Close friends made the case to act boldly. Advisers reminded him of the political risks while lawmakers on the Hill outlined a variety of legislative proposals. On Wednesday,…

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Amy Poehler sent a very candid message to the NRA after it used a GIF of her.

Dana Loesch, a controversial spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, has ruffled feathers yet again. Loesch was panned at a Feb. 21 CNN Town Hall for misleading the public on where the NRA — one of America’s most powerful gun lobbying groups — stands on gun control measures while going head-to-head with student survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after they were gunned down on Valentine’s Day. The tragedy…

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Parkland survivor Sarah Chadwick’s hot memes are a powerful form of activism

Sarah Chadwick, one of the students behind the '#NeverAgain' movement, is tweeting about her activism to perfectionImage: Getty Images In the days since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people, students from the school have taken up a gun-control movement highlighted by powerful speeches, a tenacious CNN town hall appearance, and, in the case of Sarah Chadwick, cuttingly funny tweets. SEE ALSO: After Florida shooting,…

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32 images that highlight the kind of movement the Parkland teens are building.

It’s been just over a week since the horrific massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, but survivors have already been busy pushing for gun reform. Within a day of the shooting, Douglas students became cable news fixtures, many calling on Congress to restrict access to semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 used to kill 17 of their teachers and classmates. On Feb. 17, students gathered outside the…

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Singapore Plans to Boost Goods and Services Tax to 9%

Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced a range of tax increases in his budget, including a surprise hike in property levies, as he seeks to shore up savings to cope with a rapidly aging population. The stamp duty on residential properties in excess of S$1 million ($761,600) was increased to 4 percent from 3 percent, effective from Tuesday, Heng said in a speech in Parliament. The government also plans to…

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Justin Trudeau wouldn’t stop wearing ceremonial clothes in India, and he’s getting dragged

Image: Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can’t stop being the worst version of himself while touring India. During an official visit this week, Trudeau has once again dipped back into his charisma well to inspire good headlines, and global affection. Only this time, it looks like he’s drowned. Every day of his trip, Trudeau opted to don grand, ceremonial outfits traditional for India. It can…

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Brexit UK ‘won’t be Mad Max-style world’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWill ministers be locked in a room ‘all night’? Britain will not be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction” after it leaves the EU, the Brexit secretary has said. David Davis said the UK wanted to lead a “global race to the top” in rights and standards not, as some feared, a “competitive race to the bottom”. British…

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Sources: Ex-Trump Staffer Rick Gates to Drop His Lawyer in Russia Probe

Former Trump campaign official CNN and Muellers team, and noted that Gates lawyerTom Green of Sidley Austinis known for his work negotiating such pleas. If Gates had started cooperating with Mueller, it would certainly have been a boon to the prosecution. Instead, Gatesfor the time being, at leastisnt flipping. And Green is out, replaced with Barry Pollack, of Miller Chevalier, according to sources familiar with the matter. Neither Green nor…

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In Parkland, the Kids Are Already Changing Things on Guns

PARKLAND, FloridaThe stages of grief are active in the young lives of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday. It was the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook. Unlike mass murders since then, where people have resigned themselves to gun laws not changing, this time already appears to be different, thanks to the kids. I dont even have a job. I dont even have any money, Emma Gonzalez, a senior…

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Prosecutors claim to have evidence of Manafort’s financial fraud thanks to his inability to convert a PDF to a Word doc

Paul Manafort made a big oops.Image: Alex Wong/Getty Images In the end, it’s our own mistakes that bring us down.  Former Trump advisers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are learning that lesson first hand. Apparently, prosecutors have evidence of the pair’s fraud thanks to a paper trail caused by Manafort’s inability to turn a PDF into a Word doc and vice versa. SEE ALSO: Paul Manafort’s favorite password is even…

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‘Hunger Games’ gave today’s teens the best blueprint for defeating the NRA

Peeta and Katniss: Playing the media game in 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire'Image: lionsgate Inside the Capitol, the political elite have become immune to the regular killings splashed across their screens. They’ve rationalized it as the price they have to pay for their way of life. But a handful of teenage survivors of the slaughter are starting to speak out, using their status as heroes to start questioning the whole system…

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U.S. Companies Abandon the NRA as Boycott Call Grows

A call to boycott the National Rifle Association became the top trend on Twitter as users of the global social media platform demanded that a variety of companies sever ties with the lobbying group. The online furor comes a day after the NRA’s leaders attacked the media and Democrats, claiming the fallout from last week’s Florida high school massacre was being politicized. One another. On Friday, LifeLock owner Symantec, Hertz, Avis Budget,…

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Muellers Move on Ex-Skadden Lawyer Puts Heat on Manafort, Gates

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller intensified legal pressure on ex-report has already come under the glare of Mueller’s team, which has previously accused Manafort and Gates of secretly funneling $4 million through offshore accounts to pay for it. The two pages of accusations against van der Zwaan, filed on Feb. 16 and unsealed Tuesday, came in the form of a criminal information, which prosecutors typically file before a guilty plea….

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