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Colombia's President On Amnesty For Venezuelans: 'We Want To Set An Example'

"We want to demonstrate that although we're not a rich country, we can do something that is humanitarian ... but at the same time is an intelligent and sound migration policy," Iván Duque tells NPR.

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'Embarrassed' Cuomo Apologizes But Won't Resign Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized for making people feel uncomfortable, but said he would not resign and urged people to wait for the attorney general's investigation before forming opinions.

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The most engaging political news on Facebook? Far-right misinformation.

Protocol/Medium -“A new study shows that before and after the election, far-right misinformation pages drew more engagement than all other partisan news. In the months before and after the 2020 election, far-right pages that are known to spread misinformation consistently garnered more engagement on Facebook than any other partisan news, according to a New York University study published Wednesday. The study looked at Facebook engagement for news sources across the political spectrum between Aug. 10, 2020 and Jan. 11, 2021, and found that on average, far-right pages that regularly trade in misinformation raked in 65% more engagement per follower than other far-right pages that aren’t known for spreading misinformation. That finding was specific to the far right. In every other category — including far left, slightly left, center and slightly right — misinformation pages saw significantly less engagement than non-misinformation pages of the same political slant. The research casts doubt on Facebook’s efforts to limit the spread of election misinformation leading up to Election Day in November and in the aftermath of the January attack on the U.S. Capitol. Far from a barrier to engagement, the researchers wrote, “Being a consistent spreader of far-right misinformation appears to confer a significant advantage.” The researchers analyzed 2,973 news sources that had their own Facebook pages, had at least 100 followers on average and had been graded for both quality and partisan bias by the news rating organizations NewsGuard and Media Bias/Fact Check. They divided those pages on a spectrum from far right to far left and, within those categories, separated out pages that have been identified for spreading misinformation. Finally, they downloaded all of the public posts from all 2,973 pages to analyze their follower and engagement data over time…”

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U.S. Civilian Contractor Dies During Rocket Strike On Iraq Air Base

The Pentagon said the unnamed U.S. national was taking shelter and suffered a "cardiac episode," dying shortly thereafter. The attack followed U.S. strikes against Iran-backed militants last week.

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GAO has issued the 2021 High-Risk List

GAO – “Every 2 years, we report on federal programs and operations that are vulnerable to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement, or that need broad reform—our High Risk List. Our 2021 report reviews the status of the 36 areas on the list and outlines steps to lasting solutions. We testified before the House that the ratings for over half the areas on our 2019 list remain unchanged in 2021. Since our last update, 5 areas regressed and 7 improved. We added 2 areas (small business emergency loans and drug misuse) and removed 1 area due to its progress (Department of Defense support infrastructure)… Seven areas have improved since 2019, and we removed one of those areas, DOD Support Infrastructure Management due to DOD’s progress on this issue. For instance, DOD has more efficiently utilized leased space, reduced its infrastructure footprint, and reduced costs. Additionally, 20 areas showed little change. However, 5 areas got worse:


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Gab's CTO Introduced a Critical Vulnerability to the Site

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 14:30
A review of the open source code shows an account under the executive's name made a mistake that could lead to the kind of breach reported this weekend.
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Senate Democrats, White House Agree To Tighter Income Limits For Stimulus Checks

Moderate Democrats have demanded that the $1,400 stimulus checks be targeted at low- and moderate-income people. The change, if adopted, means the House will need to vote again on the package.

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ICC Investigates Alleged Crimes In Palestinian Territories

The International Criminal Court's prosecutor is looking into alleged Israeli crimes in the Palestinian territories, a move that drew swift condemnation from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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New Initiative By Health Insurers Aims To Help Vaccinate 2 Million Vulnerable Seniors

Officials said Wednesday that a coalition of health insurance providers will team up as part of a new "Vaccine Community Connectors" pilot program.

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Ronny Jackson 'Bullied' Subordinates And Broke Alcohol Rules, Pentagon Report Finds

During a presidential trip, the report says, the former White House physician made inappropriate comments about a female subordinate, then got drunk and banged on her door in the middle of the night.

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What The Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Have To Tell Us

Seven years after the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls, a new book shares insights into their survival strategies — and looks at the mixed blessing of the 'Bring Back Our Girls" campaign.

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Capitol Police Warns Of Another Possible Right-Wing Attack On Congress

The U.S. Capitol Police says it is aware of and preparing for a threat by an unidentified militia group to breach the Capitol complex on Thursday.

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Explosion Outside Dutch Coronavirus Testing Site, Police Say

Dutch police say the explosion went off outside of a coronavirus test center several miles north of Amsterdam. There were no injuries from the blast.

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Germany Places Right-Wing Opposition Party Under Domestic Surveillance

German investigators can now cultivate informants, tap phone calls and read emails as part of its inquiry. The Alternative for Germany party says the move is politically motivated.

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DOD Took Hours To Approve National Guard Request During Capitol Riot, Commander Says

Maj. Gen. William Walker said the Department of Defense took three hours to approve deploying the National Guard to the Capitol on Jan. 6 after a "frantic" request from Capitol Police.

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From 'Jolene' To Vaccine: Dolly Parton Gets COVID-19 Shot She Helped Fund

The country music icon, who is 75, shares a video of herself getting vaccinated in which she riffs off her hit song "Jolene" and urges those eligible to get their shots, too.

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Yard-Sale Bowl Revealed To Be Rare Chinese Artifact Worth Up To $500,000

A Connecticut man bought the small porcelain bowl for $35, then asked Sotheby's experts to appraise it. They say it's a rare 15th-century Ming dynasty piece worth between $300,000 and $500,000.

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'Exit Counselors' Strain To Pull Americans Out Of A Web Of False Conspiracies

With disinformation spreading on an unprecedented scale, experts in cult deprogramming are turning their focus to those who have fallen down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories.

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Here's All the Gear You Need to Start Climbing

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 10:00
You don't need a lot, nor do you need to spend a ton. From harnesses to carabiners, here are our favorites.
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At Least 18 Killed In Another Bloody Day For Myanmar

A crackdown on anti-junta protests in Myanmar showed no signs of letting up, a day after after Southeast Asian foreign ministers issued a tepid call to end to the violence.

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