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California lawmaker called for assault weapons ban, but not total gun confiscation

A story twisted the words of a California lawmaker who called for banning possession of semiautomatic assault weapons to falsely state that Democrats want to seize all guns.

"Democrats go full tyranny: now demand nationwide gun confiscation from law-abiding Americans ... at gunpoint, of course," stated a May 7 headline on RevolutionRadio.org, which copied the story and headline by NaturalNews.com.

Facebook flagged this story as part of its efforts to combat false news and misinformation on Facebook's News Feed. You can read more about our partnership with Facebook here. The headline blows out of proportion statements by U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who represents the San Francisco Bay area.

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We Should Be Able To Vote Online

We can do better than endless lines, low turnout, and outdated tech. And the fear of hackers shouldn't stop us.

Hackers and propagandists attacked our electoral system in 2016. We’re still learning about the consequences of that attack, but one result is clear: At the very moment when we need to move our democracy into the 21st century, confidence in the system — and our ability to improve it — has been undermined.

The weaknesses of our electoral system should push us forward to voting technology that’s more secure and easier to use. But the digital chaos of 2016 means many are now more inclined to take our country deeper into the ways of the past — back to hanging chads, never-ending lines at polling stations, even ballot stuffing.

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Questions and answers with the lawmaker who wants your assault weapons

WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., added a new wrinkle to the gun debate recently with a proposal to force Americans to sell off their so-called assault weapons — or else.

Swalwell says he was inspired to act by the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the surviving students who have since led a nationwide campaign to tighten gun laws. His plan, which he debuted in a USA Today op-ed, is modeled on Australia, which responded to a 1996 mass shooting by forcing gun owners around the country to sell newly prohibited weapons.

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Ban Assault Weapons, Buy Them Back, Go After Resisters

After witnessing the horrors that tools of war have wrought on individuals, on families, and on communities, it is time to take a stand. I can no longer hold the false moral equivalence between protecting the Second Amendment and protecting lives - the right to live must take precedence. I am proposing action to protect American lives and America’s future.

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Truth Has Stopped Mattering in the Russia Investigation

On Friday, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a report based on their cursory investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Full of shoddy rationalizations and evasions, it purported to show that America’s intelligence community failed to use “proper analytic tradecraft” in concluding that Russia wanted to help elect Donald Trump, and that there is no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Its real message was that, for Republicans in Congress determined to protect this president, evidence is irrelevant.

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Swalwell says we have good reason to fear more interference at the ballot

As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, sees a lot of intel few others do. And he’s very frustrated that the United States has done little to protect its election system from another attack by Russia, another foreign country or even a lone wolf.

“By what we have done so far — which is almost nothing — we are inviting the Russians to attack us again,” Swalwell said during a talk this week with The Chronicle’s editorial board.

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US Representative Swalwell calls on social media companies to protect elections

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DUBLIN, Calif. (KGO) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee is now inviting the CEO's of Facebook, Twitter and Google to an opening hearing on data privacy. The meeting will happen early next month.

The invitation comes just hours after the Federal Trade Commission announced it's investigating Facebook about the company's privacy practices. Facebook has been under intense criticism after it was revealed that the data of up to 50 million users was improperly obtained by the data firm Cambridge Analytica and used in the presidential election.

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House Republicans are doing all they can to help Trump with the Russia probe

When Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee ended their year-long investigation into Russian election meddling Monday, they took direct aim at the US intelligence community — and added fuel to a simmering political fight about whether Russia actively tried to help Donald Trump win the White House.

Republicans on the committee said Monday that they believed Russia interfered with the election, but rejected the US intelligence committee’s unanimous assessment that Moscow did so with the explicit goal of ensuring Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.

That directly contradicts the intelligence community’s assessment from January 2017, which clearly states that Russia wanted Trump to win. It also contradicts special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians for working to help Trump win by sowing divisions via the internet.

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Hope Hicks refused to answer whether "a litany" of Trump associates asked her to lie

In a rare, on-the-record accounting of some of the House Intelligence committee's secret, closed-door proceedings, two members of the House Intelligence Committee explained to CBS News what led White House communications director Hope Hicks to say her work for President Trump occasionally required her to tell "white lies." Hicks testified for nine hours Tuesday as part of the committee's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election -- and announced one day later she will be resigning, for reasons the White House said were unrelated to her testimony. 

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Editorial: Indictment makes clear — the Russians meddled in a big way

The investigation President Trump long derided as “a witch hunt” just caught its first 13 witches. A 37-page indictment by a federal grand jury provides detailed evidence of a brazen Russian conspiracy that began in 2014 as an effort to disrupt the American democratic process generally, and evolved in 2016 into a concerted effort to boost the candidacy of Donald Trump.

The nexus of this sophisticated operation was a Russian “troll farm” called the Internet Research Agency, which sought to carry out “information warfare against the United States of America” according to the indictment delivered by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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