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The Inquisitr offers a constantly updated mix of the latest stories to hit the web, covering news, entertainment, technology, news, sport, health and everything else.

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    Steph Curry celebrates with the Warriors' trophies

    Sports Illustrated on Monday morning announced that it has named the Golden State Warriors the 2018 Sportsperson of the Year. In the summer, the Warriors won their third NBA championship in four years.

    “Why them?” the magazine says in its online article by reporter Chris Ballard. “There’s no franchise in sports quite like the Dubs, who were once again wildly successful, socially conscious, fun to love, fun to hate- and never boring.”

    The Warriors team, led by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, and coached by Steve Kerr, is in the midst of one of the NBA’s great runs of success. In addition to the championships, the team has changed how the game of basketball is played, especially with their emphasis on high-volume three-point shooting. In addition, many players on the team have spoken out about political issues, and the team last year declined to visit the White House following its championship win this year.

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    The Washington Post's offices, where the Fact Checker is located

    It often appears these days as though fact-checkers and hoax-debunkers are fighting a losing battle. But the likes of Politifact, Snopes, and The Washington Post have continued the daily grind of trying to disprove public false statements, whether they originate in the fever swamps of the Internet or from the podium in the White House briefing room.

    The Washington Posts Fact Checker column, written by Glenn Kessler, has launched a new tool in the war on fake news: The Bottomless Pinocchio.

    It might sound like a fancy drink, but the Bottomless Pinocchio is actually a new designation the column will now use for “politicians who repeat a false claim so many times that they are, in effect, engaging in campaigns of disinformation.”

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    A group of individuals carrying confederate flags marches.

    Chris Cantwell gained notoriety in August 2017 when he was photographed at the Charlottesville, Virginia, riots after having been hit in the eyes with teargas, an image which — along with a video taken as he had learned there was a warrant out for his arrest — earned him the nickname the “Crying Nazi.” Now he is in the media yet again, after hearing about the conviction of fellow neo-Nazi James Fields Jr.

    As reported by the Chicago Tribune, Fields is the man who drove his car into the protesting crowds in Charlottesville, injuring 35 people and killing one woman, Heather Heyer. On Friday, Fields learned of his verdict for the crime, in which he was convicted of murder.

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    Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at The Royal Festival Hall on December 03, 2018 in London, England. The former First Lady's memoir titled 'Becoming' has become the best selling book in the US for 2018 according to figures released by her publisher Penguin Random House

    Former First Lady Michelle Obama said that she sometimes suffers from imposter syndrome while speaking on Monday in London, England about her new book, “Becoming.”

    According to a Merriam-Webster definition, imposter syndrome is when someone feels that their success is a product of luck or fraud, rather than skill.

    “I still have a little impostor syndrome, it never goes away, that you’re actually listening to me,” Michelle Obama said. “It doesn’t go away, that feeling that you shouldn’t take me that seriously.”

    The former First Lady talked to Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie during her book tour in London and Ngozi asked her how does it feel being seen as a “symbol of hope,” Business Insider reported.

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    Roger, a muscular kangaroo, stands in frame.

    When people envision cuddly kangaroos, they think about soft fur and cozy pouches for the joeys. But one particular kangaroo who hailed from Australia stunned people around the world with his physique. Per CNN, the kangaroo in question was “ripped.”

    Roger the kangaroo was rescued as a little joey when his mom was tragically killed in a car accident. Chris Barnes, a former national park tour guide also known as “Kangaroo Dundee,” was the one who pulled Roger from his mother’s pouch after the accident.

    Five years after the incident, Barnes built the now 188-acre kangaroo sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia, where he cared for the kangaroo and his lady friends. When Barnes found the baby, he couldn’t get over his huge ears – and that’s how the male kangaroo earned his name, Roger, for the movie character Roger Rabbit.

    But it didn’t take long before Roger grew into those ears.

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    Human Rights Watch Deputy Program Director Tom Porteous, Georgetown University Senior Fellow at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding Abdullah Alaoudh, Committee to Protect Journalists Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch, and Ahmed Bedier of the Justice for Jamal Campaign take part in a panel discussion during a memorial service for Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Mayflower Hotel on November 2, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    In his final moments of life, Jamal Khashoggi said “I can’t breathe” before he succumbed to the torture he was going through at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

    The transcript of the audio recording of the killing has been leaked to the media, according to Telegraph.

    Khashoggi, a Saudi-born journalist, was living in the US and working for the Washington Post when he entered the consulate on October 2 of this year. He did not leave the building alive. According to Turkish officials, who conducted an exhaustive investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance and subsequent death, he was tortured, killed, and dismembered inside the building by a hit squad of Saudis. His body still has not been recovered.

    Turkey has stated for weeks now that they have audio recordings of the killing. According to the transcript, the journalist recognized at least one of his killers, General Maher Mutreb.

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    Rand Paul frowns.

    On Sunday, Republican Senator Rand Paul slammed Donald Trump’s decision to nominate William Barr to the position of Attorney General. The Kentucky Senator heavily criticized Barr’s views on surveilling Americans, referring to them as “very, very troubling,” according to Yahoo! News.

    While appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press, Rand Paul discussed his concerns with voting to confirm Barr.

    “I’m concerned that he’s been a big supporter of the Patriot Act, which lowered the standard for spying on Americans,” he told host Chuck Todd. “And he even went so far as to say, you know, the Patriot Act was pretty good, but we should go much further.”

    Paul has long been a passionate opponent of the Patriot Act, which was enacted following the attacks of September 11. It granted the United States government extended powers when it came to surveillance of American citizens.

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    U.S. Army troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border line up to receive a Thanksgiving meal at a base near the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge on November 22, 2018 in Donna, Texas.

    This week, the Pentagon will start removing hundreds of troops who were sent to the US-Mexico border just prior to the midterm elections. According to the Military Times, about 2,200 individuals will withdraw from active service at the border in time for Christmas.

    The troops were put in place by President Trump to deal with a caravan of immigrants approaching the border of the US to seek asylum. At one point, there were 5,900 troops in place to assist border patrol by installing fencing, providing transportation, and giving food and supplies to border agents. All told, about 2,200 troops will be pulled from service in the area, adding to the 500 or so that have already left, leaving about 3,000 people in place who will mainly provide military police and helicopter transport.

    “Some units have completed their mission and they have already started to partially redeploy. Other units have been identified to rotate home and will be returning home over the next several weeks,” Army Col. Rob Manning said.

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    Revelers dressed as Santa Claus drink inside at a bar in the East Village neighborhood during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event

    A Salt Lake City holiday gathering went awry, and a fall into the Christmas tree ended up with shots fired and an arrest on a number of charges, throwing a wrench into the season.

    The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that Randal Weed Dickinson, 57, was attending a holiday party when after becoming “highly intoxicated” he fell into his host’s Christmas tree.

    “Dickinson was highly intoxicated and he fell onto the Christmas tree while attempting to cross the living room of a Summit County home. The homeowner then helped Dickinson to the room where he was staying and told him to sleep it off.”

    The police added that instead of calling it a night, Dickinson returned to the party with a gun, firing it at the homeowner and his son, missing both, but instead hitting cabinets, counters, appliances, and walls.

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    Big dump truck or Mining truck is mining machinery, or mining equipment to transport coal from open-pit or open-cast mine as the Coal Production.

    Ministers from 130 countries around the world are meeting in Poland at the United Nations’ climate change conference to discuss action to address global warming. But instead of coming with the intention of reaching a resolution, critics say that the United States showed up to push fossil fuels, the Washington Post reports.

    Wells Griffith, a top adviser in Donald Trump’s White House, spoke to a crowd of about 200 people at the conference in an attempt to promote the use of fossil fuels like coal in an “efficient” way. He told people at a scheduled event that the US has a good deal of natural resources and that the country has no intention of leaving them in the ground, vowing to “share” fossil fuel resources with the world.

    “We strongly believe that no country should have to sacrifice economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability,” Griffith, an official with the US Department of Energy, told the crowd.

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    Pro DACA and Dreamer supporters march towards the US Capital on the National Mall on March 5, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    The right to assemble and the right to freedom of speech is guaranteed under the First Amendment. But under Trump, it’s no longer going to be free.

    The National Park Service has a proposal that will prevent people from protesting for free on the National Mall. This is a famous space that has been used for rallies, demonstrations, protests and gatherings of all sorts — including the famous “I have a dream” speech delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr.

    And under this proposal, people who want to gather in the National Mall must pay for the privilege, according to NJ.com.

    The National Mall is a large, open area in front of the Washington Monument. Many protests and rallies are held here yearly.

    “It is the stage upon which Americans have long exercised their rights, guaranteed by the Constitution, to freely assemble and petition their representative government,” said Allen Dickerson, the legal director of the Institute for Free Speech.

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    A view of the Washington Monument, National Mall and Capitol Christmas tree before the start of the U.S. Capitol Christmas T

    In the past, all that was required to protest on the National Mall was a permit, but the Trump administration is proposing that a fee should be charged to march or assemble. The location, which for generations has been dedicated to free speech and the right to assemble, might soon be tagged with a price.

    New Jersey.com reports that there is a proposal on behalf of the National Park Service to restrict who can march on the Mall. For decades, people have marched for Civil Rights, to end wars, and to bring like-minded people together. Allen Dickerson, Legal Director of the Institute for Free Speech, says the National Mall is the ultimate place for Americans to express themselves.

    “It is the stage upon which Americans have long exercised their rights, guaranteed by the Constitution, to freely assemble and petition their representative government.”

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    A hospital bed

    McKenzie Adams, a 9-year-old black girl from Alabama, reportedly took her own life after facing cruel and racist bullying from classmates.

    As the Tuscaloosa News reported, the girl’s family found her dead in her home in Linden on December 3. The report noted that the fourth grade student had been relentlessly mocked over her friendship with a white boy in her class, with some of the other classmates even encouraging the young girl to take her life.

    “She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as ‘kill yourself,’ ‘you think you’re white because you ride with that white boy,’ ‘you ugly,’ ‘black b-tch,’ ‘just die’,” the girl’s aunt, Eddwina Harris, told the newspaper.

    Harris, who is a television host in Atlanta, said she hopes that the news surrounding her niece’s death will help draw attention to bullying.

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    Police tape strung between 2 pillars.

    Breana Rouhselang, 17, was a cheerleader at Mishawaka High School in Indiana as well as a softball coach and manager of the football team. After realizing she was pregnant, she left her home to speak with the baby’s father and never returned. Aaron Trejo, 16, a football player and the alleged father of Rouhselang’s unborn infant, reportedly killed her upon finding out the news, according to People.

    When Rouhselang first went missing, police searched the area around her Mishawaka home where she was last seen. They found what they believed to be a variety of her personal items, including a bloody hat and glasses. They used these clues to locate the teen’s body in a dumpster of a nearby restaurant near her home.

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    Sharon Bush, Lauren Bush Lauren and Ashley Bush attend Women's Health Hosts Hamptons 'Party Under The Stars'

    With the inclusion of Donald Trump to the list of those invited to the funeral of George H.W. Bush, it seemed like everyone was invited to attend, except Sharon Bush, the former wife of Neil Bush, who says she was snubbed from the event.

    Page Six says that Sharon, who was a member of the Bush family for 23 years, called Neil, her ex, to verify that she would sit with their three children, Lauren, Pierce, and Ashley at the service for her former father-in-law. Neil Bush’s secretary called back to say that there wouldn’t be enough pews in the National Cathedral for her to attend.

    “I was going to take the train down. I wanted to pay my respects. But I paid my respects by raising three wonderful children during a 23-year marriage.”

    All three children of Sharon and Neil Bush are active in various charities, and Sharon says she taught them everything they know.

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    An image of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    Time magazine announced on Tuesday its pick for who should adorn the cover of its annual “Person of the Year” issue, and their selection is one that will likely ruffle a few feathers of leaders around the world: journalists.

    Specifically, Time chose to honor Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who left his country after writing scathing criticisms of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and started writing for the Washington Post as a U.S. resident. While in Istanbul at the Saudi consulate in October, Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi forces, allegedly at the behest of bin Salman, according to most intelligence officials in countries from around the globe.

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    Mark Zuckerberg smiles while wearing a suit.

    The staff at the biggest tech companies in the world have largely donated to Democratic candidates over the years, according to a new report by Business Insider. Teaming up with political data firm GovPredict, Business Insider took a look at political data drawn from employees of Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Netflix — and the results definitely skewed toward the Democratic party.

    The data in the poll was gathered over a period of 14 years. It measures the political contributions of employees, as recorded in campaign filings. It does not, however, indicate company-level donations to candidates, which is an entirely different matter.

    According to GovPredict, the results are overwhelmingly Democrat. Over 90 percent of donations made since 2004 by tech company employees has gone to Democratic nominees and groups. That’s a significant chunk of the estimated $40 million experts say has been donated over the past 14 years.

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    Don Lemon poses while attending the 12th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute on December 9, 2018.

    Don Lemon cannot stand President Donald Trump’s claims about the 2008 Obama campaign, and last night, the Daily Beast reported he decided to address it.

    The CNN host started the beginning of his prime-time show CNN Tonight with Don Lemon on Monday, December 10 by bringing up something that had been “bugging [him] for the last few days” and makes him “want to scream” at the television whenever he sees it on the air.

    Lemon went on to fact check President Trump’s claims from a series of tweets yesterday morning, where he indicated that the campaign finance felonies committed by Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney who allegedly paid women to be quiet about affairs they claimed to have had with the president, were similar to what former President Barack Obama’s campaign had done during his first election run.

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    Jared Kushner listening as U.S. President Donald Trump speaking to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a meeting with Trump in the Oval Office

    The world was rocked in October by the sudden disappearance of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he had entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Within weeks of his October 2 disappearance, it was confirmed that the Washington Post journalist had been killed inside the consulate, and so began a slew of accusations leveled at the Saudi Arabian government and just as many denials out of Riyadh.

    While the Saudis’ story has changed numerous times since October 2, they finally admitted Khashoggi had died at their hands, and investigations began around the world to determine who had ordered his murder. In the United States, the CIA concluded after their investigation that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible, with “zero chance” that he had nothing to do with it. But since then, Washington has made it clear that those in the White House don’t take their own intelligence agency’s investigation as their singular resource.

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    Donald Trump walks past some foliage.

    In public, Congressional Republicans have remained firm in their support of Donald Trump, even after last week’s allegations that Trump was personally involved in illegal payments to silence women with whom he had affairs, in order to influence the 2016 presidential election — and the possibility, as the Inquisitr reported, that he may face indictment and even jail time.

    As CNN reported, Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch — when asked for his reaction to Trump’s involvement in felonies as alleged by federal prosecutors — replied, “I don’t care.” Another leading Republican, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, dismissed the claims against Trump made in a sentencing memo for Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen. Grassley called Cohen “a liar.” Maine Senator Susan Collins and South Dakota Senator John Thune also “shrugged,” as CNN put it, saying that it was “premature” to form an opinion on Trump’s involvement in the alleged crimes.

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