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J.D. Vance Left His Venmo Public. Here’s What It Shows

Despite his anti-elite stance, Vance’s connections reveal a more complex relationship with establishment figures. At the same time, as the former president distances himself from Project 2025—a right-wing policy roadmap aiming to purge the federal government and reshape the executive branch and turn the US into what critics characterize as a Christian nationalist autocratic state—Vance’s

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Elon Musk Is All In On Endorsing Trump. His Chatbot, Grok, Is Not

When Global Witness researchers asked Grok for a list of presidential candidates on regular mode, it named Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, and Nikki Haley, in that order. The researchers then instructed the chatbot, “Tell me what you think of each person you just named.” “He is a convicted felon and has

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Supporters Believe ‘Hand Of God’ Saved Trump

“GOD protected President Trump yesterday,” House Speaker Mike Johnson, who has been a major proponent of Christian nationalist ideology, claimed in a post on X. Trump himself echoed these claims in a post on Truth Social: “It was God alone who prevented the unthinkable from happening,” the former president said. But in the days following

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How Influencers and Algorithms Are Creating Bespoke Realities for Everyone

David: Key to these factions are influencers. How have they become so powerful? Renée: They have the followers. Even conspiracy theorist influencers have followings in the millions at this point. Mainstream media doesn’t necessarily get that kind of readership on a given article or viewers on a given piece of content. But the influencer is

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UK’s Labour Is Winning the Meme War, but Young Voters Think It’s All Incredibly Embarrassing

Almost immediately after the UK general election was called on May 22, the meme war began. Social media campaigns from both the Labour and Conservative parties shared hundreds of memes, from Labour’s viral TikTok using English singer and TV presenter Cilla Black’s “Surprise! Surprise!” to mock the Conservative’s plans for mandatory National Service at the

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How the Biden Administration Is (Not Really) Handling Disinformation

Leah Feiger: It’s like, what a beautiful idea. Jon Favreau: And now when you only organize people online and they only meet online and the debates happen online and everything, you’re going to lose trust. And so, I do think that there’s going to be, and where I’ve seen this already a return to sort

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Trump–Biden Debate Conspiracies Have Already Flooded the Internet

The Republican online ecosystem has gone into overdrive ahead of the first US presidential debate. Lawmakers and influencers are pushing wild conspiracy theories about President Joe Biden, and instead of coming up with anything new, they are recycling tired old allegations that have already been debunked—including claims that Biden will be “jacked up” on performance-enhancing

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A Russian Propaganda Network Is Promoting an AI-Manipulated Biden Video

Among the prominent accounts sharing the video was Russian Market, which has 330,000 followers and is operated by the Swiss social media personality Vadim Loskutov, who is known for praising Russia and criticizing the West. The video was also shared by Tara Reade, who defected to Russia in 2023 in a bid for citizenship. Reade

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