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Woman Qualifies For Special Forces Training, Could Be The First Female Green Beret

Woman Qualifies For Special Forces Training, Could Be The First Female Green Beret

For the first time since women have been allowed to apply, a woman has passed the initial Special Forces Assessment and Selection process, placing her on the path to become the first female Green Beret.The Army opened special operations jobs to women in 2016 but only one has passed the first stage, a 24-day program designed to push soldiers to the brink of mental and physical exhaustion.

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Woman Qualifies For Special Forces Training, Could Be The First Female Green Beret

Georgia's Stacey Abrams Admits Defeat, Says Kemp Used 'Deliberate' Suppression To Win

Georgia's Stacey Abrams Admits Defeat, Says Kemp Used 'Deliberate' Suppression To Win

Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp greet each other before a debate last month in Atlanta.Republican Brian Kemp will be the next governor of Georgia, with Democrat Stacey Abrams bowing out Friday afternoon. She promised a “major federal lawsuit” against the state over voting practices.

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Georgia's Stacey Abrams Admits Defeat, Says Kemp Used 'Deliberate' Suppression To Win

Fox News pushes Trump administration's bogus claim that CNN's Jim Acosta "placed his hands" on an intern, after judge orders White House to reinstate Acosta's press pass

Fox News pushes Trump administration's bogus claim that CNN's Jim Acosta "placed his hands" on an intern, after judge orders White House to reinstate Acosta's press pass

JON SCOTT (CO-ANCHOR): If you are a little befuddled as to what this is all about, there was a White House press conference right after the election during which the president was speaking, Jim Acosta from CNN got in a very heated exchange with him. A White House intern tried to take away the microphone and there was a little bit of an altercation. The White House said that he actually placed his hands on the intern. That’s open to interpretation. Some saw it as such, some say it was overblown. But the White House pulled his press pass. Now he is getting it back according to this ruling from a federal judge.

Related:

CNBC: Judge orders Trump administration to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press pass

Previously:

Fox’s Howard Kurtz: It was a “misstep” for the White House to smear Jim Acosta with a “doctored video put out by Infowars”

Fox’s Stuart Varney: “Jim Acosta is a disgrace… He struggled with a young White House intern. It was an awful display, shameful, frankly.” 

Fox Business’ Trish Regan asks attorney to use her background in sexual assault cases to assess CNN’s Jim Acosta’s refusal to give up microphone

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Fox News pushes Trump administration's bogus claim that CNN's Jim Acosta "placed his hands" on an intern, after judge orders White House to reinstate Acosta's press pass

New Jersey Couple's GoFundMe Campaign To Help Homeless Man 'Was Predicated On a Lie'

New Jersey Couple's GoFundMe Campaign To Help Homeless Man 'Was Predicated On a Lie'

Katelyn McClure, Mark D’Amico and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. were charged with second degree theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception on Thursday. They could get 10 years in prison.


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New Jersey Couple's GoFundMe Campaign To Help Homeless Man 'Was Predicated On a Lie'

How A Lawyer In The CNN Case Saved Me From Being Shut Down On My Beat

How A Lawyer In The CNN Case Saved Me From Being Shut Down On My Beat

NPR’s Nina Totenberg was frozen out at the Justice Department in the early 1980s. Ted Olson, among those defending Jim Acosta over his revoked press pass, got Totenberg back in the loop.

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How A Lawyer In The CNN Case Saved Me From Being Shut Down On My Beat

<em>WSJ</em>'s James Freeman warns against regulating Facebook, instead pushes focus on fake claims of conservative censorship

<em>WSJ</em>'s James Freeman warns against regulating Facebook, instead pushes focus on fake claims of conservative censorship

MORGAN ORTAGUS (NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST): I think the question is not when is regulation coming but what kind. I mean, Facebook, Google, everyone knows that it’s on its way. Me, Dagen, many others have called for these social media companies taking more of a self-regulatory approach which might be, you know, too late at this point. But I think what might be in Facebook’s favor like many industries that we’re looking at is the divided Congress, can you get the Democrats in the House and Senate Republicans on the same page as it relates to any sort of regulation. I think that is — that’s a tough call but that would have to come in a broader package as it relates to election security writ large.

MARIA BARTIROMO (HOST): Yeah, it’s a good point, are the Democrats going to go along with this.

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BARTIROMO: In terms of regulation, is it the fact that they are incredibly powerful that they are going to be forced to get smaller? Or is it the fact that they are censoring conservative ideas, which we know they have done? 

JAMES FREEMAN (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL): Yeah, it’s amazing that Times story, apparently there was internal backlash when [Facebook’s Mark] Zuckerberg said, no, we’re not going to censor Donald Trump’s tweets. I mean —

ORTAGUS: Facebook posts, but yeah. 

FREEMAN: — or I’m sorry, his Facebook posts, excuse me, not tweets, his Facebook posts, which, you know, a media company should not be in the business of doing, right, so — 

BARTIMORO: Just the fact that they said that just shows so much. 

FREEMAN: It’s interesting. But I really think, to me, the danger is regulation here, because I worry that you do get a bipartisan deal with Facebook and the other social media giants that basically puts up barriers to new competitors, freezes the market as it is. I don’t think we — as many problems as people may see in Facebook, I don’t think a federal internet regulator is the answer. I think what you want is to keep the pressure on them not to do what they appear to have been doing in terms of diminishing conservative voices.

Related:

NY Times: Delay, deny and deflect: How Facebook’s leaders fought through crisis

Previously:

Study: Analysis of top Facebook pages covering American political news

Under Facebook’s new algorithm, conservative meme pages are outperforming all political news pages

Facebook once again gives special treatment to conservative media

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<em>WSJ</em>'s James Freeman warns against regulating Facebook, instead pushes focus on fake claims of conservative censorship