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GOP governors launch ‘news’ site critics call propaganda

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Republican governors are getting into the “news” business.

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White House taps billionaire to head intelligence review

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The Trump administration asked the founder of a New York-based private equity firm to lead a review of the intelligence community as President Donald Trump vows to crack down on what he describes as “illegal leaks” of classified information. A senior White House official said Thursday that Stephen Feinberg of Cerberus Capital Management has been asked to head the review of the various intelligence agencies and make recommendations on improvements to efficiency and coordination between the various intelligence agencies. The…

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Donald Trump says White House ‘fine-tuned machine,’ despite turmoil

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Donald Trump mounted an aggressive defense of his young presidency Thursday, lambasting reports that his campaign advisers had inappropriate contact with Russian officials and vowing to crack down on the leaking of classified information. Nearly a month into his presidency, Trump insisted in a freewheeling White House news conference that his new administration had made “significant progress” and took credit for an optimistic business climate and a rising stock market. The president denounced media reports of a chaotic start to…

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The new civics course in schools: How to avoid fake news

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Teachers from elementary school through college are telling students how to distinguish between factual and fictional news — and why they should care that there’s a difference. As Facebook works with The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and other organizations to curb the spread of fake and misleading news on its influential network, teachers say classroom instruction can play a role in deflating the kind of “Pope endorses Trump” headlines that muddied the waters during the 2016 presidential campaign. “I think only…

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‘Fake news: What is it; How to spot it’ event in Lakeland Sunday

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Barry Friedman, editor and publisher of the online news site, lkldnow.com,  will discuss the evolution of fake news as a major issue in current events and how readers can become more discerning of online postings. Entitled “Fake News: Democracy in an Age of Media Bubbles and Infotainment News,” the event will be held 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Sunday at the Just Dance Studio, 124 S. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland. An “admission fee” of $5 is requested for light refreshments during the…

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Martin Dyckman: Spreading fake news, a dangerous bell that can’t be unrung

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So Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring out of a Northwest Washington restaurant. Imagine that. Actually, someone did. The fake “news” then raced around the internet like chicken pox through a kindergarten. But who could possibly believe such trash? Actually, people did. The restaurant and its neighbors were besieged with death threats. And Sunday, a man from North Carolina barged into the restaurant with an assault weapon to search for the children he believed were being held there.…

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Joe Henderson: Not just papers; it’s #LoveMyWebsite day, too

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On Sunday afternoon, a man carrying an AR-15 assault rifle walked into a popular pizza place in northwest Washington D.C. and began shooting. No one was hurt, thank goodness and the gunman was arrested. What he said after being taken away, though, should be a warning to us all. He said he came to “self-investigate” whether Hillary Clinton was using the restaurant as a front for a child sex trafficking ring. Just before the election last month, that story had…

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