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What really ruined Rare?

In March of this year Axios reported that Rare, the viral news site catering mainly to libertarians, would shut down. The article suggested that Rare had been a victim of the same plague afflicting many media producers when Facebook changed its algorithms, causing traffic to the site to plummet to about a quarter of what […]

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Politics

Milo Yiannopoulos sends coded neo-Nazi message to New Yorker fact-checker

Talia Lavin received $14.88 from the provocateur.

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Politics

What are the odds of Trump going to jail?

Runners and riders for Mueller’s next arrest.

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Womp! Womp! Corey Lewandowski fails to get John Kelly fired

In the Trump White House, a senior official not being fired is newsworthy. So Cockburn is eager to tell you that, after months of rumblings about an imminent departure, it appears White House chief of staff John Kelly is here to stay. A source close to the president told Cockburn that efforts to nudge Kelly […]

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Is John Bolton spreading Fake News against the President?

President Trump is upset at the media’s mischaracterisation of the G7 summit earlier this month. It’s Fake News, apparently, to suggest that Trump fell out with other world leaders. Trump did nothing to help create this impression, of course, and anyone who saw his tweets about Justin Trudeau should know he was not being literal […]

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Trade

What’s the real reason Jared Kushner lost his security clearance?

Qatari ministers, Chinese conglomerates and 666 Fifth Avenue could have something to do with it.

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Russia

The truth about Putin’s ‘chef’

Yevgeny Prigozhin has been charged by Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 election.

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Politics

Who is the mysterious sociologist following Richard Spencer around?

And why has she signed an NDA with his think-tank?

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‘You are a DISGRACE!’ Listen to extraordinary caller ranting at the Weekly Standard…

Pity the poor Never Trumpets at the Weekly Standard! All they wanted was a bit of creative instability in the Middle East and Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush or David French or just about anyone in the White House other than Donald J Trump. And yet here we are two years into the Trump administration […]

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Oh fo’ Shah! Did Deputy Communications Director Raj leak Kelly Sadler’s McCain remark?

The media pack may have moved on, yet questions still linger as to who exactly was behind the leak of White House staffer Kelly Sadler’s remark about Senator John McCain. For those unfamiliar (or who have simply run out of room in their brains for media outrages), Sadler made a nasty comment during a closed-door […]

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How Trumpworld really works

The Trump campaign often appeared too chaotic to have been engaged in a treasonous conspiracy with the Kremlin. ‘We couldn’t coordinate with the Republican Party in Pennsylvania, let alone with Russian intelligence,’ a former senior aide to Trump said privately. If a conspiracy was in place, why were there such fumbling attempts by people in […]

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Meet Orbannon — the hottest couple in populism right now…

Steve Bannon and Viktor Orban snapped together in Hungarian Parliament.

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CNN is struggling in the age of Trump. Really struggling.

Donald Trump is certainly right about one thing: CNN is failing. Its primetime lineup gets walloped by Fox News and MSNBC on a nightly basis. Several times in the past few weeks, Anderson Cooper’s 8pm show has lost to his time slot rival Tucker Carlson’s re-run at midnight on Fox, according to figures reviewed by Cockburn. Thursday […]

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Failing Glenn Beck still appears to have a personal chef

Glenn Beck’s online media business is crumbling and he just became a former “Never Trumper,” but he appears to still have a personal chef. The Daily Beast reported in September that Beck fired 30 percent of the The Blaze’s staff, but had kept on his personal chef. Beck has since put his private jet up for sale […]

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Michael Cohen’s cover-ups, denials and supposed Russian connections

What exactly does Robert Mueller have on Trump’s former lawyer?

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