In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...

Oh my heart: "I got to vote for a woman for president!"

I've got two new pieces at Shareblue: "The worst leaks about Clinton are better than the best tweets by Trump" and "Hillary Clinton's new ad about children is why she should be president."

What is even going on? "The FBI has launched an internal investigation into one of its own Twitter accounts. The account at issue, @FBIRecordsVault, had been dormant for more than a year. Then on October 30 at 4 a.m., the account released a flood of documents, including one describing Donald Trump's father Fred Trump as a 'philanthropist.' But it wasn't until two days later, when the account tweeted documents regarding President Clinton's controversial pardon of Marc Rich that the account began to attract significant attention. The account has not been active since that tweet. ThinkProgress has learned that the FBI's Inspection Division will undertake an investigation of the account."

[Content Note: Refugee crisis; death] Oh dear: "At least 240 people are feared to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean, bringing the annual total to 4,220—the highest in the Mediterranean on record. About 100 people drowned when an inflatable dinghy capsized shortly after leaving the Libyan coast on Wednesday, some of the 29 survivors told the UN refugee agency. A further 140 are thought to have drowned in a second incident in another rubber boat early on Thursday morning. Only two people appear to have survived the second tragedy." Heartbreaking. We have to do better than this for refugees. We must.

[CN: White supremacy; antisemitism; violent rhetoric] David Duke, currently running for the US Senate in Louisiana, spent a debate there last night railing against Jewish people and engaging in violent rhetoric against Hillary Clinton: "In defending some unsavory remarks about Jews, Duke said 'I'm not opposed to all Jews... There is a problem in America with a very strong, powerful, tribal group that dominates our media and dominates our international banking.' He also accused such groups of controlling the reins of American foreign policy, citing the civil war in Syria while attempting to draw parallels between those groups and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. 'The lady should be getting the electric chair, being charged with treason,' Duke said." Good lord.

Meanwhile: Six people were arrested protesting Duke's appearance.

Mysterious! Who could it be? "[A leaked casting notice obtained by Fox News] says that it's looking to hire people for an 'up-and-coming conservative media network currently in development,' although it doesn't specify who is doing the developing. More specifically, the casting notice says that it wants on-air hosts and reporters who are 'knowledgeable about conservative viewpoints, current events and the presidential election,' and who also look 'upscale and intelligent' and are 'outspoken and energetic.' The audition also specifies that the network's content will be streamed over the web, which suggests it might not be a traditional cable news network."

Hello, ma'am! "Wonder Woman Is Here to Save the World in New Trailer."

Blub: "Senior Dog Shows Up to Family's Home and REFUSES to Leave Until She's Adopted."

What have you been reading?

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