Why we’re susceptible to fake news, how to defend against it

Thought processes and belief systems that people develop early in life to help protect against the anxiety and stress of an uncertain world may help explain why some individuals fall victim to what has come to be known as fake news, but psychologists can offer some strategies to defend against it.
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Ex-Trump aide cancels CNN interview because ‘he couldn’t defend’ president

A former top aide to President Trump canceled his appearance on cable news Monday night because he “couldn’t defend” the president’s news conference in Helsinki. Ex-National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton backed out of CNN’s “Out Front” with Erin Burnett after Trump’s joint news conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin. “Michael Anton, Former Trump NSC…
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They live in fear of rape. Now they’re learning to defend themselves

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Trump administration tells court it won’t defend key provisions of the Affordable Care Act

The Trump administration won’t defend central provisions of the Affordable Care Act, saying in a legal filing Thursday night that key provisions of the Affordable Care Act should be invalidated and that the individual mandate is unconstitutional.


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NeNe Leakes Sparks RHOA Season 11 Filming Assumptions – Fans Defend Kim Zolciak

We recently reported that NeNe Leakes is back on Instagram after her short break that she took due to her husband Gregg Leakes’ health issues. She posted a gorgeous pic with Porsha Williams which left fans impressed by their friendship, and they asked the two RHOA stars to take care of each other.

Now, NeNe shared a few pics, and in some of them there’s a crew present who is filming her, Fans assume that the filming for the 11th season of RHOA has begun. Check out a few pics and what fans have to say.

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‘Y’all filming RhoA season 11 already ?’ someone asked NeNe.

‘This is one Black Queen I can truly say I’m proud of! LOVE, Respect a Longevity! KEEP GOD FIRST and Make those Coins 💸💰💰💴 Hun!’ one of her fans gushed over her.

‘It’s about time for her to have her own show! I would love to see her in something like Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane @bravoandy’ someone else said, assuming that NeNe will have her very own show.

‘Keep making big money moves. Congrats. You don’t need joggers. Ha ha ha,’ a commenter told the RHOA star.

‘I tell people you can be covered and still be sexy as Hell to men. We prefer it,’ one of her followers gushed over her look.

‘@neneleakes confused on why you don’t have your own show!!! @bravotv get nene her own show please,’ another fan said, wanting to see NeNe having her very own TV show.

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‘She needs to go away forever can’t stand you. You are nothing but a hater and a bitch. Once ghetto always ghetto. What you’ve done to Kim Zolciak you should be ashamed of yourself. You’re the racist not her. Like they say you can take the girl out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the girl. No wonder your son Bryson is on drugs. If you were my mother I’d be on drugs too,’ a hater commenter said, slamming her of racism.

We wish NeNe all the best if she has her own show or regardless of her plans.

And we don’t think that this is a ‘good’ time to be hating NeNe as she’s been struggling with a lot of hard issues such as the health of her beloved husband. Overall, we don’t encourage such hating behavior ever.

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US reaffirms its ‘ironclad commitment’ to defend South Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke on Saturday with their South Korean counterparts after the historic meeting between leaders of the two Koreas, and Trump said “things are going very well” as he prepares for an expected summit with the North’s Kim Jong Un.
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White House shows documents to defend Jackson on car accident, some questions over pills

A White House official showed CNN documents that the official claims exonerate Dr. Ronny Jackson from some allegations that he inappropriately dispensed pills and that he wrecked a government vehicle after leaving a Secret Service going-away party.


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Actors’ Equity Reps Attend National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. to Defend NEA Funding

Representatives from Actors’ Equity Association are currently attending the 31st annual Arts Advocacy Day meeting in Washington, DC, a national arts action summit meeting. During this time, they will learn new skills needed to protect and defend funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Asia is wondering if Trump will defend Taiwan

The Pentagon’s latest National Defense Strategy defines “revisionist” powers as the “central challenge to US prosperity and security,” and China’s recent actions make clear just who tops the list. Yes, ISIS will attack us at home even after losing territory abroad. And yes, some will insist climate’s our biggest global threat. But, as the strategy…
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Mailbag: Will Serena Williams Defend Her Australian Open Title in 2018?

A guide to attending the Australian Open, Serena Williams’s title defense in Melbourne, a word on Davis Cup and more in this week’s Mailbag. 

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Eva Marcille’s Boyfriend to Defend Russell Simmons Against Rape Accusations

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Russell Simmons is the latest industry bigwig to be hit with multiple accusations of sexual assault. At least five different women have accused the Def Jam co-founder of various levels of inappropriate contact, from unwanted fondling to full blown rape.

Simmons will be represented in court by former Atlanta mayoral candidate Michael Sterling, who happens to be the boyfriend of model Eva Marcille. The couple are currently expecting their first child together. The hip hop icon is also being represented by attorney E. Carlos Tanner, according to The Jasmine Brand.

Earlier this month, Marcille defended Simmons on social media, saying it is unfair to condemn the music mogul based purely on accusations.

“Allegations and accusations are not facts…how quick we are to condemn an amazing man because of what someone says…what about his denial of these horrible accusations, do they not have weight? I know Russell to be an amazing upstanding man period.”

The father of two has already decided to step down from his various companies, with J.C. Penney and HBO disassociating themselves with his brand soon after allegations were made public.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Struggles to Defend Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ Jab

Sarah Huckabee Sanders probably didn’t think she would have the spend the bulk of her first White House press conference after Thanksgiving weekend defending President Trump’s use of the name “Pocahontas” to refer to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during an event honoring Native American veterans. But there she was Monday afternoon doing just that.

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#HereToStay: The Fight to Defend DACA Isn’t Over

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that the Trump administration is ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a five-year immigration program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

The repeal is contingent upon Congress’s ability in the next six months to draft a replacement to the popular Obama-era policy, which provides nearly 800,000 youth and teens, known as “DREAMers,” with documentation that protects them from deportation and enables them to obtain valid driver’s licenses, enroll in college and secure work permits. Until then, the Department of Homeland Security will no longer process applications for the program, and the implications for current DACA beneficiaries remains nebulous.

Angie Kim, who arrived in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant before DACA’s inception, told DemocracyNow! on Thursday that she knows “what it’s like to live life in a limbo where you don’t have the ability to work, make a living, support your family, go to school.”  With the creation of DACA in 2012, Kim was released from this state of precariousness, “and now, five years later, I think I’m sort of back in that place where my life is back in limbo.”

Kim is just one of thousands of women who are now more vulnerable to deportation, discrimination, violence, and abuse. Without DACA, countless Americans could be ripped from their homes to be sent to another country—and many DREAMers have had little to no relationship with their country of birth since the day they left. “Today’s announcement fundamentally uproots the lives of millions of people,” Eleanor Smeal of the Feminist Majority Foundation said in a statement, “disrupts our communities and potentially ends the dreams of DACA recipients.” The organization has launched a campaign calling on Congress to immediately pass legislation restoring DACA.

In a tweet on Tuesday, the National Organization for Women reminded its followers that “DREAMers are our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers, and our family.” They are also an integral part of the nation’s economy. 97 percent of DACA recipients work or go to school. To eliminate DACA would be to wrench nearly 700,000 people from the labor force, cutting the GDP by $ 460 billion over the next ten years.

While some see the six-month wind-down period as a sign of hope, insofar as it could potentially provide Democrats and moderate Republicans who stand behind DACA with time to galvanize greater congressional support for the program, others fear that our gridlocked Congress—whose goal as of late has been to simply keep government running—will not be able to reach a consensus. After all, it was the threat of attorneys general from 10 separate states to sue the administration unless it ends DACA that sparked recent talk of rescinding the program.

In New York on Wednesday, hundreds of DACA supporters marched to Trump Tower, demanding that the Trump administration not cancel a program that has allowed thousands of individuals to live free from fear of deportation while making positive contributions to communities across the country. Across the country, activists are gathering today in protest of the Trump administration’s announcement.

While the threat to end DACA has been looming for weeks, the program is still in place today. The resistance, once again, is working, but we must keep fighting—especially in states like Texas, where an estimated 120,000 undocumented youth benefit from DACA, making the state home to the second-largest grouping of DACA recipients nationwide.

Jessica Merino is an editorial intern at Ms.

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Analysis: Can the U.S. defend itself against North Korea’s missile threat?

North Korea recently tested an intercontinental ballistic missile and said it was developing a plan to target Guam. President Donald Trump responded that North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

What exactly does that mean? What kind of attack can North Korea actually launch? Here’s a look at what we know and whether the U.S. can defend itself against North Korea’s threats.

What did North Korea launch?

North Korea conducted a flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that it has designated the Hwasong-14. During the July 3 test, the Hwasong-14 traveled for around 40 minutes before landing in the Sea of Japan, inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. The missile was launched on a highly lofted trajectory to an altitude of about 2,800 kilometers and traveled some 930 kilometers in distance. Had the same motor’s thrust been put to a range-maximizing flight path, the Hwasong-14 could have traveled as far as 7,000 kilometers, enough to reach Alaska and well in range of Guam. If fired in an eastward direction to take advantage of the rotation of the earth, the Hwasong-14 could potentially reach up to 8,000 kilometers, putting Hawaii at risk. The missile appears to employ at least two stages and operates on liquid fuel.

How significant is this event?

This launch represents North Korea’s first-ever test of a true ICBM. An ICBM is classified as a ballistic missile that can deliver a warhead to a range of 5,500 kilometers or more. The definition was set during the Cold War, as 5,500 kilometers is approximately the minimum distance between contiguous Russian and U.S. territories.

For North Korea to cross the 5,500-kilometer threshold is partly a symbolic accomplishment, but to do so with a 7,000- to 8,000-kilometer-ranged missile is a major step forward. Pyongyang would still require a missile of over 8,000 kilometers to begin reaching the lower 48 states, and at least 10,000 kilometers to reach the U.S. East Coast. North Korean press statements claim the Hwasong-14 can strike “any part of the world.” This is untrue, but the Hwasong-14 is indeed the first North Korea–based missile able to reach mainland North America, if one excludes North Korea’s Unha rockets, which are ostensibly space-launch vehicles with limited military utility. The July 3 flight could have also included a test of a reentry vehicle, as the missile’s lofted trajectory would provide a steep and fast path back into the atmosphere approximating the reentry of a still longer-range ICBM.

Equally significant is North Korea’s continued and rapid missile activity over the last few years, including launches of the Musudan and Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missiles and the mobile, solid-fueled KN-15 medium-range missile.

These actions also bear considerable political significance for the Republic of Korea (ROK) and for U.S. alliance relations with both ROK and Japan. In recent weeks, ROK president Moon Jae-in suspended the deployment of additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense launchers on the Korean peninsula, to the deployment of which China has repeatedly objected. In the face of North Korea’s new missile technologies, it seems more likely that Japan and ROK will pursue more, rather than fewer, military capabilities, including missile defenses, strike capability, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR).

What is the immediate threat?

Both the Hwasong-12 and Hwasong-14 demonstrated new capabilities, but whether these will translate into near-term deployments remains unclear, at least for the time being. The configuration tested on July 3 represents a demonstration of rocket motors that could be used as part of a still-larger ICBM capable of ranging the continental United States. The Hwasong-14 appears to have been successful in its initial flight test, but this was preceded by several ground tests, as well as at least four tests of the Hwasong-12, which uses a similar engine. As such, the degree of confidence in the motors may be greater than this one flight test alone might suggest. We may expect to see more tests like this in the coming years to achieve increased range, capability, and reliability. Further development could include the addition of a third stage.

In addition to threatening Alaska and Hawaii, North Korea’s new missiles could also provide it with improved regional strike capabilities. The additional heft could be used to deliver a heavier payload at shorter ranges and do so on a more lofted trajectory with a faster reentry velocity, which might be comparatively more challenging to defeat.

Can the United States defend against an ICBM?

The United States operates the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system designed to defeat long-range missile threats to the homeland, such as those from North Korea. GMD is the only U.S. missile defense system currently devoted to defending the U.S. homeland from long-range ballistic missile attacks. First operationally fielded in 2004, GMD and its associated elements today span 15 time zones, including two Ground-based Interceptor (GBI) sites at Ft. Greely, Alaska, and Vandenberg AFB, California; seven types of sensors; and various command and control systems. By the end of this year, a total of 44 GBIs will be deployed, with 40 at Ft. Greely and another 4 at Vandenberg. In the event of a crisis, these interceptors and the broader system would provide a measure of protection that helps preclude blackmail, assure allies, and support the overall U.S. deterrence and defense posture.

GMD has had a mixed but improving performance record over the course of two decades of testing, logging successful intercepts in 10 out of 18 attempts. The last two intercept tests have been successful, validating the fixes applied to address prior technical issues. In the most recent GMD test this May, a GBI destroyed an ICBM-class target for the first time. As a result, the Pentagon’s weapons tester upgraded its assessment of the system’s effectiveness, declaring that GMD has a “demonstrated capability to defend the U.S. homeland from a small number of intermediate-range or intercontinental missile threats with simple countermeasures.”

Homeland missile defense is nonetheless in need of continued modernization of its interceptors, sensors, and ground systems. In a CSIS report published earlier this year, entitled Missile Defense 2020, we recommended the continuation or expansion of improvements to the system’s reliability, capability, and capacity. This includes continuing current interceptor modernization, such as the Redesigned Kill Vehicle and Multi-Object Kill Vehicle programs. Additional interceptors may also be in order in the near term, as may development of a space-based sensor layer to better track missiles in flight.

This backgrounder first appeared on July 6 on the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ website.

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CBS Execs Defend Network Amid Hawaii Five-0 Shake-Up & Continued Criticism Over Diversity

Hawaii Five-0Incoming CBS Entertainment execs Kelly Kahl and Thom Sherman did not have an especially easy time during their first executive session in their new positions during the network’s day at the…

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How To Defend Yourself Against A Trump-Style Handshake

President Donald Trump’s unique style of shaking hands has some people shaking their heads, and one martial arts instructor providing some timely self-defense advice.

Trump tends to shake hands in an awkward way that pulls people towards him.

Here he is going mano a mano with Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo:

Watch him pull Secretary of State Rex Tillerson into him.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch also got shaken up by Trump’s handshake.

The trend inspired Robin Gieseler, a jiujitsu instructor in Columbus, Ohio, to produce a video showing viewers what to do if someone tries to “over-dominate” them in a similar fashion. 

The defense video can be seen below, but it basically works by leaning into the shake and then wrapping the arm around the shaker’s elbow.

”As he grabs really hard and pulls you in, I go with it. I step in with the outside foot, I wrap around the elbow,” he says in the video. “As I do that, I’m going to block his arm from here, I bend the wrist in, the other hand wraps over the top of the knuckles and boom ― now you have what we call a goose neck.”

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In the interest of self-preservation, Gieseler is quick to add that this is only a demonstration and not a threat to the president.

“Secret Service, I promise, if I meet the president, I probably won’t wrist lock him,” he says in the video. 

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