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Don’t call it post-truth. There’s a simpler word: lies

Post truth?  No, LIESSixteen years ago, I sat in court 73 of the Royal Courts of Justice in London and felt the ground crumble beneath my feet. I was following the libel trial brought by David Irving, the Holocaust denier and “pro-Nazi polemicist” – to quote the judge’s eventual verdict – against Penguin Books, which had dared publish a text which told the truth about him.

I watched as Irving discarded the usual rules of evidence. The eyewitness testimony of survivors was dismissed as lies. Confessions by the guilty were waved away as fake. Inconvenient documents were written off as forgeries. All that was left was what he wanted to believe.

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Trump taps another retired general to run National Security Council

Gen Keith KelloggPresident-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday that retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg will serve as chief of staff and executive secretary of the National Security Council, placing another former senior military officer in a crucial national security post.

Kellogg, 72, will work directly under retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's choice for national security adviser, and K.T. McFarland, a Reagan administration official who will serve as Flynn's deputy.

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Trump picks hardline attorney as Israel envoy, angering Jewish left

Trump selects right wing Orthodox lawyer as envoy to IsraelPresident-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate David Friedman, an Orthodox Jewish lawyer with highly conservative views on Israel, as the next U.S. ambassador to the tiny Jewish-majority state.

Friedman helped advise Trump during the campaign and has assisted him in bankruptcy proceedings in the past. He is considered a key force behind the incoming president's relatively hard-line pro-Israel positions, including supporting moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Trump's Cabinet picks have more wealth than third of American households combined

Trump's cabinet wealthThe 17 people filling President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet and similar positions earn more money than a third of households in America combined, Quartz reported Thursday.

The amount of wealth possessed by the 17 picks, at least $9.5 billion, is greater than the 43 million least wealthy households in America.

Quartz included Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, on its list.

The wealthiest members of Trump’s Cabinet include Education pick Betsy DeVos, who is worth $5.1 billion, and Commerce pick Wilbur Ross, who is worth $2.9 billion.

TVNL Comment:  Can you say PLUTOCRACY?  That's what we have.

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U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack

Putin involved in election hackingU.S. intelligence officials now believe with "a high level of confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

Two senior officials with direct access to the information say new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used. The intelligence came from diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies, the officials said.

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368 Child Gymnasts Have Alleged Sexual Abuse in 20 Years

child gymnasts claim abuseA 12-year-old gymnast molested by an Olympic coach during “therapy” sessions.  Children as young as 6 secretly photographed nude by coaches.  Coaches who slipped a finger inside girls’ leotards.  A coach having almost daily sex with a 14-year-old at one of the country’s most prestigious gyms.

No one knows exactly how many children have been sexually exploited in America’s gyms over the past 20 years. But an IndyStar-USA TODAY Network review of hundreds of police files and court cases across the country provides for the first time a measure of just how pervasive the problem is.

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Army report: Trump adviser Flynn improperly shared classified intelligence

Gen. Michael FlynnMichael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for national security adviser, violated regulations regarding intelligence while an Army general, a U.S. military report indicates.

Flynn "inappropriately shared" classified information with foreign military officers while serving in Afghanistan, newly released documents obtained by The Washington Post show. A 2010 investigation of Flynn's actions remain classified so the report is incomplete, but former U.S. officials familiar with the situation have said Flynn revealed activities of the CIA and other agencies working in Afghanistan, the newspaper said Wednesday.

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