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Saturday Headlines: More like a brain dump.

On Thursday, Trump directed troops deployed to the US-Mexico border to shoot if someone throws rocks at them, which former military officers confirmed is "an unlawful order."

Here’s what Trump originally said: “They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. We’re going to consider it—I told them: Consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I said: Consider it a rifle.”

On Friday, Trump emerged from his mind palace to employ his sophisticated powers of deception, now claiming: "They were throwing rocks in their face. They do that with us, they're going to be arrested. There's going to be a problem. I didn't say shoot."

In the interim, the Nigerian military posted a video of Trump’s original language, titled “Please Watch and Make Your Deductions,” in an attempt to justify its actions from Monday, when soldiers killed three rock-throwing protestors.

Trump has lied at least 6,420 times so far as president—and he's getting worse as the midterms approach, averaging 30 lies daily.

"The trolls are trying a lot harder to cover their tracks." Yes, Russia is attempting to meddle in the midterms.

Approximately 40,000, or 16%, of the Blexit tweets we collected came from accounts that previously pushed Kremlin propaganda in one of two key Russian disinformation campaigns.

Twitter removes thousands of bot accounts, most of which were posing as Democrats, that were urging people not to vote in the midterms.

A new journalism effort wants to aggregate trust indicators to help outlets make better decisions about the news they publish.

Here's how the political data industry—largely unregulated—knows everything about you, and sells your information to campaigns.

“It was an abuse of power that shouldn’t have happened and if the Clintons can’t accept that fact 20 years later, it’s hard to see how they can be part of the future of the Democratic Party.” In the first election since #MeToo, Democratic candidates are finally steering clear of former fundraising magnet Bill Clinton.

There's no speculating that reinstating ex-felons’ voting rights will result in partisan gain; their political preferences are all over the map.

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The towns first decided to build a bridge connecting them in 1898, but Beuel later backed out of paying. Bonn still built the bridge, but added a small statue of a man sticking his butt out in the direction of Beuel. Humanity’s greatest moments of pettiness.

Amazon and the USPS are well-matched: Both push human workers to the hilt, surveilling every step—or mile—of the way.

Sears used to offer discount tombstones through its mail-order catalog.

Leaving my probably where I went wrong. On working from home and then getting an office job and a cold.

Video: This soothing kinetic sculpture mimics a sea turtle's swimming movements.

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