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Balderson declares victory, dangerous brand of performance journalism, viral videos of Tom Cruise's career and more

• Aug 8, 2018 at 6:22 PM

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POLITICO: 12th Congressional District: Troy Balderson declares victory, but ballots in tight race remain to be tallied

Balderson (R) has 50.2 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts in, compared to 49.3 percent for Danny O'Connor (D). There are still 3,300 provisional ballots and some more absentee ballots outstanding.

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THE ATLANTIC: Jim Acosta's dangerous brand of performance journalism

The verb to accost comes from the old French that meant “to sail up close to a ship or a shoreline.” CNN’s Acosta lived up to his patronymic (which has comparable coastal roots in Portuguese and Spanish) when he confronted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders with guns blazing last week, demanding to know if she shared President Donald Trump’s belief that the press is the enemy of the American people.

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TONIC: How can you treat someone who doesn't think they are mentally ill?

“There really isn’t anything we can do. The only time she’s going to get help is if they put her in the hospital, and the only way they’ll put her in the hospital is if she’s a danger to self or others,” Linda says. Wandering the streets and shouting at strangers, without adequate food and water, didn’t qualify.

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USA TODAY: Booting Infowars' Alex Jones from social media wasn't wrong, but it could be dangerous

On Monday, the Internet was rocked by bombshell news: Jones, the Edward R. Murrow of far-right tinfoil-hat crankery, had been booted from Facebook, YouTube, Apple and Spotify, potentially limiting his access to his massive following.

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ONE COOL THING: Viral videos were the scourge and savior of Tom Cruise's career

TEN YEARS AGO, Tom Cruise’s public image was dangerously close to self-destructing. In January of 2008, a nearly 10-minute-long video of Cruise solemnly discussing Scientology wound up on the now-deceased Gawker.

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