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‘Gaslighting’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2022 – Associated Press

Photo: Gas lamps illuminate St. Louis’ Gaslight Square on April 2, 1962 “Gaslighting” — behavior that’s mind manipulating, grossly misleading, downright deceitful — is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. Lookups for the word on merriam-webster.com increased 1,740% in 2022 over the year before. But something else happened. There wasn’t a single event that drove significant

David Harsanyi

Opinion: The GOP’s Hunter Biden Probe Is Legit – David Harsanyi

As a tactical concern, the House GOP’s decision to open an investigation into Biden family corruption is questionable. It promises limited political return. It would serve Republicans, and the country, far better if the House focused on a hyper-politicized Justice Department that targets the political opposition, labels concerned parents “domestic terrorists” and ignores violence aimed

Elections

EXPLAINER: Threats to US election security grow more complex – Associated Press

Photo: Employees test voting equipment at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Oct. 19, 2022 Top U.S. election security officials say protecting the nation’s voting systems has become increasingly challenging. That’s due mostly to the embrace by millions of Americans of unfounded conspiracy theories and false claims about widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential race. With

Social Media

Social media platforms brace for midterm elections mayhem – Associated Press

A Facebook search for the words “election fraud” first delivers an article claiming that workers at a Pennsylvania children’s museum are brainwashing children so they’ll accept stolen elections. Facebook’s second suggestion? A link to an article from a site called MAGA Underground that says Democrats are plotting to rig next month’s midterms. “You should still

Public Trust

Choose your reality: Trust wanes, conspiracy theories rise – Associated Press

Photo: This aerial image from video, shows damage to the Georgia Guidestones monument near Elberton, Ga., on July 6, 2022. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the monument, which some Christians regard as satanic, was damaged by an explosion before dawn Daniel Charles Wilson believes the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were an inside job.

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