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Why reading depressing news stories is addictive; CNN fires back at Trump; Russia's propaganda and more

• Aug 30, 2018 at 11:38 AM

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FOX NEWS: CNN fires back at Trump, stands by controversial story: ‘CNN does not lie’

A full-blown war of words between the first family and CNN broke out late Wednesday on Twitter, with the cable network mounting an unprecedented attack on President Trump in a jarring official statement defending a widely questioned story -- and the president delivering a withering counterattack.

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VOX: It feels like the world is ending — and I can’t stop reading about it

Why reading depressing news stories feels so addictive.

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BUZZFEED: This is how Russia's propaganda actually works in the 21st century

The Russian government discreetly funded a group of seemingly independent news websites in Eastern Europe to pump out stories dictated to them by the Kremlin, BuzzFeed News and its reporting partners can reveal.

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DW AKADEMI: Women increasingly drawn to right-wing populist parties, study shows

Right-wing populists are often depicted as angry white men. A new study, however, has found that women are increasingly supporting right-wing populist parties, and they are often more radical than their male peers.

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ONE COOL THING: See Christy Mathewson hurl

The New York Giants great retired at age 28 to become an insurance agent after a stellar 1908 campaign in which he led the National League with 37 wins, a 1.43 ERA, 259 strikeouts, 34 complete games, 11 shutouts, and 390⅔ innings pitched. The footage here is was put together from a flipbook the insurance company distributed to promote its new agent.

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