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Million-Dollar Lawsuit Filed Against Alex Jones and InfoWars for Calling Man a ‘Commie’ – and Claiming He Was the Parkland Shooter

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Massachusetts man is suing Alex Jones, InfoWars and an InfoWars reporter for more than $1 million after they falsely accused him of being the Parkland shooter in February.

The Daily Beast reported Monday that Marcel Fontaine, the “commie” accused by InfoWars reporter Kit Daniels of being a suspect in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting on Valentine’s Day, is suing the company and the individual reporter for defamation.

In both a tweet from InfoWars’ Twitter account and the article written by Daniels, Fontaine was identified as a suspect in the shooting. In the photo of him that accompanied the claim, the Massachusetts man, who was seen wearing a popular shirt from independent t-shirt brand Threadless featuring Karl Marx with a lampshade on his head, was described as wearing “communist garb.”

The Beast noted that in his suit, Fontaine claimed that his reputation has been “irreparably tainted” and that he is still the recipient of “ridicule, harassment, and threats of violence” from InfoWars readers who believe the article, which still hasn’t been taken down. The Massachusetts man also noted that when he requested a correction, InfoWars didn’t respond.

Along with the complaints about the conspiracy theory he was at the center of, Fontaine’s suit also reportedly contains a detailed history of InfoWars’ false claims about mass shooters — an inclusion First Amendment litigator Ken White told the Beast could cause it to be thrown out in Texas, where it was brought.

“The core of the lawsuit—that InfoWars falsely accused Mr. Fontaine of being the shooter—states a very plausible claim for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress,” White said. “The problem is that the complaint buries that core wrong into a general attack on InfoWars and Alex Jones and their fans.”

He went on to note that Texas has strong laws barring “strategic lawsuits against public participation,” also known as “SLAPP.”

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Fauci: Trump Hasn’t Been to a Coronavirus Task Force Meeting in ‘Months’ and Hasn’t Talked to Me ‘in a While’

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NIH Director Says White House Now Has ‘Different Priorities’ Than Coronavirus

Dr. Anthony Fauci says President Donald Trump has not attended a coronavirus task force meeting in “several months.” Fauci, the most respected and most recognized health official in the federal government, also says meetings of the task force have been only “about one per week.”

Almost since its inception the task force had been meeting daily, but that dropped done to weekly several weeks ago, Fauci told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd. Vice President Mike Pence still leads the group.

Fauci also says, “I definitely don’t have” Trump’s “ear as much as Scott Atlas,” the Fox News radiologist who has all but made “herd immunity” the official policy of this White House.

“Direct involvement with the President,” Fauci said, “I have not done that in a while.”

It is a staggering revelation, as the U.S. heads into what experts are calling America’s “third wave” of the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday more than 70,000 new coronavirus cases were recorded. The U.S. now has had 8.7 million COVID-19 cases and is rapidly approaching 230,000 deaths.

Meanwhile, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently called it “a bit of a chaotic time with the election,” noting that “there’s not a direct connection between the task force members and the president as there was a few months ago. But this seems to be a different time with different priorities.”

 

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Judge Shoots Down Effort to Delay Hearing on Trump Rape Case — After Barr’s DOJ Was Caught Lying: Report

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The United States Department of Justice received a public rebuke from a federal judge on Wednesday.

At issue was a hearing about the DOJ’s efforts to have taxpayer-funded lawyers defend President Donald Trump in a civil case over whether he defamed E. Jean Carroll after she accused him of sexual assault.

The DOJ attempted to delay the case after a government attorney was denied access to the courthouse due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The DOJ claimed that the new rules had started on Tuesday, even though Gov. Andrew Cuomo had announced the ban a week earlier.

The judge denied the motion and noted the hearing could be conducted by phone.

The judge added that “contrary to the government’s suggestion, it appears that Virginia was added to the list of Restricted States over a week ago.”

The order was posted to Twitter by Courthouse News reporter Adam Klasfeld:

 

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Biden Is Offering ‘Xanax for Americans’ Who Need ‘Calm’ After 4 Years of Trump: CNN Panel

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A CNN panel on Wednesday said that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign has taken the nickname “Sleepy Joe”to heart and is now using it as part of its closing argument in the 2020 race.

Reacting to the Biden campaign ad that aired during the first game of the 2020 World Series, host John Berman noted that much of the 60-second spot seemed dedicated to projecting a return to normalcy after four chaotic years under President Donald Trump.

CNN correspondent Jeff Zelany shared Berman’s assessment.

“He’s hoping to present it as you know, Xanax for Democrats, milk of magnesia for Americans,” he said. “That ad in the World Series speaks volumes about where the Biden campaign is right now: They have resources and he is in command of this race. So he is trying to present an air of calm, really like he’s been trying to do from the very beginning.”

Reporter Abby Phillip also thought that the ad signaled where Biden’s closing argument is headed.

“What you do hear from a lot of voters is that they really are tired,” she said. “They really are kind of exhausted by this whole thing, they really do want things to be a little bit more calm.”

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