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Harambe the Dead Gorilla Loses Support, Still Tied with Jill Stein (Klaus)
For some reason, Public Policy Polling (PPP) has included Harambe, the gorilla killed in a Cincinnati zoo, and a fictional presidential candidate called Deez Nuts in its presidential preference poll for Texas. The latest results show that Green Party candidate Jill Stein can beat neither but she has at least drawn even with Harambe this month.
Pelosi: Future Leaks Could Contain Russian Lies (Dan)
In an effort to deflect any criticism from future leaks, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi input the idea of Russian falsifications.
Bacteria Genetically Engineered to Conduct Electricity (Milicent)
Scientists sponsored by the Office of Naval Research have modified a common soil bacteria to create super thin wires that conduct electricity. (Previously, Aarhus University researchers discovered bacteria in the seabed that already conduct electricity naturally.)
Aetna’s Exit From Obamacare Constricts Insurance Choices (Trevin)
Action leaves many with one or no health insurance options.
Turkey Releases ‘Tens of Thousands’ to Imprison Coup Suspects (Dan)
As one human rights lawyer said, “[Erdogan is releasing] thieves, all the criminals, to fill the prisons with intellectuals, writers, human rights activists, as well as the coup people.”