Rand Paul: Nuclear Iran Not a Threat to U.S., Israel

Endorsed Bilderberg conspiracy theories before winning Senate seat
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Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) denied that a nuclear Iran would pose a national security threat to the United States or Israel in a 2007 radio interview with talk show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Voice of Russia Hit with Racial Discrimination Complaint

EEOC investigating Russian propaganda network after complaints of retaliation
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Russia’s Washington-based media empire is under federal investigation for racial discrimination in the workplace after at least three of its radio journalists complained they were subjected to or witnessed racial insults from management, unequal treatment of black employees, and retaliatory firings.

NYT Editor to Accept Honorary Degree from Brandeis Despite Controversy

NYT editor won't comment on Brandeis because paper is covering story
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New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is still scheduled to accept an honorary degree from Brandeis University next month, despite the firestorm over the school’s decision to rescind its honorary degree invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Ex-Countrywide Exec Co-Wrote Mortgage Reform Bill

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Controversial housing finance reform legislation making its way through the Senate Banking Committee was co-written by a former mortgage trader for Countrywide Financial and Wachovia, two of the subprime mortgage behemoths at the center of the housing market crash in 2007.

Cotton Campaign Hits Back on Pryor’s ‘Insurance’ Charges

Pryor claim received ‘four Pinocchios’ from WaPo
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Republican senate candidate Rep. Tom Cotton’s (R., Ark.) campaign is pushing back on Sen. Mark Pryor’s (D., Ark.) claim that Cotton once worked for insurance companies, asking Pryor to remove the allegation from his website.

Russia Today President Facing Prison for Tax Fraud

Alexei Iazlovsky pleaded guilty to tax fraud last July
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The president and owner of RTTV America is facing up to three years in prison for federal tax fraud after he admitted to cooking the books for the Washington-based Russian news channel by filing over $1 million in phony corporate tax deductions.

Ron Paul’s Putinistas

Head of Ron Paul Institute blasts criticism of Russian aggression
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The Ron Paul Institute is accusing the president of a prominent libertarian youth group of “neocon warmongering” and being “in bed with [the National Endowment for Democracy]” after he publicly objected to the Russian government’s invasion of Crimea.

David Brock Joins Ron Paul, Rafael Correa in Criticism of Free Beacon

Media Matters founder decries incivility in the media
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Media Matters founder David Brock criticized the Washington Free Beacon for its reporting on Hillary Clinton before citing the Free Beacon’s reporting in his own attacks on Rand Paul during a speech at the Clinton School of Public Service dedicated to “Countering the Culture of Clinton Hatred.”

With his comments, Brock joined critics of the Free Beacon including Ron Paul and Ecuadorian strongman Rafael Correa.

Warning Signs Ignored

Former U.S. ambassador to NATO warned Putin had his eye on Ukraine in 2008
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The U.S. ambassador to NATO warned after Russia’s invasion of Georgia six years ago that President Vladimir Putin could encroach on Ukrainian territory next, according to a 2008 cable published by Wikileaks.