Dec 31, 2019

Judge orders Alex Jones and InfoWars to pay $100,000 in Sandy Hook case

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A Texas judge ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website InfoWars on Monday to pay $100,000 in court costs and legal fees in a case brought forward by a Sandy Hook family, the Daily Beast reports.

Catch up quick: Jones has repeatedly spread unsubstantiated conspiracies about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, in which 26 people died, including 20 children. Multiple families affected by the tragedy have sued Jones over the circulations.

  • Neil Heslin, who lost his six-year-old son to the shooting, is backing the suit at hand. Heslin's lawyers argued that Jones and his site dismissed court rules throughout the case and provided inadequate witnesses.
  • The suit earlier this month also unveiled that Jones' close ally Paul Watson claims he warned InfoWars that it was dealing with non-credible conspiracy theorists.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.