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China detains Taiwanese man who reportedly shared troop photos at Hong Kong border

China detains Taiwanese man who reportedly shared troop photos at Hong Kong borderChina has arrested a Taiwanese man on state security charges after he crossed from Hong Kong into the mainland and reportedly shared pictures of troops, renewing fears about arbitrary detention amid the ongoing political unrest in the financial hub.  Lee Meng-chu, a volunteer activity organiser in the small Taiwanese fishing community of Fangliao, went missing on August 20 when he entered Shenzhen, a border city which links Hong Kong to Southeast China.  Mr Lee, who studied in the US and is also known by the name Morrison, allegedly shared information about the ongoing Hong Kong protests on social media and sent Chen Ya-lin, the Fangliao mayor, a photo of Chinese troops massing equipment on the city’s border.  The Shenzhen police had previously told Mr Lee’s worried family that they had no record of him arriving in the city, despite local friends reporting that they had dinner together before he disappeared.  Last month the Taiwanese government also made official enquiries about his whereabouts but received no reply from China.  On Wednesday, Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing, confirmed that he was being investigated after he “allegedly engaged in illegal activities that endanger state security.” Mr Ma did not elaborate further.  Lee Meng-chu was detained after crossing from Hong Kong into mainland China in August Credit: Pingtung County Fangliao Township Office Mr Lee’s detention comes amid reports of Chinese citizens being arrested or harassed in relation to the protests, and of the Chinese authorities checking the phones of passengers travelling to the mainland from Hong Kong.  Last month Simon Cheng, an official at the UK’s Hong Kong consulate was held in Shenzhen for 15 days before being released without charge. His supporters believe he was investigated for signs of supporting the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement in an attempt to suppress free speech.   The Taiwanese government, which has tense relations with China, said it was “deeply concerned” about Mr Lee’s detention and urged the “relevant agencies” to negotiate “in full force” over the issue.  Friends of Mr Lee expressed their fears about his well-being and the growing risk of enforced disappearances and China’s opaque justice system on his Facebook page. His case has been compared to Taiwanese rights activist Lee Ming-che, who disappeared for weeks in southern China in 2017 before resurfacing to be sentenced to five years in prison for “the subversion of state power.”



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Rep. Jerry Nadler slams 'growing anti-Semitism,' condemns cartoon shared by Omar and Tlaib

Rep. Jerry Nadler slams 'growing anti-Semitism,' condemns cartoon shared by Omar and TlaibZach Friend and David Bahnsen weigh in on controversial comments made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ilhan Omar and President Trump.



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Private Investigator Says He Shared Two Epstein Female Fixer Names with Feds

Private Investigator Says He Shared Two Epstein Female Fixer Names with FedsPrivate investigator Michael Fisten first started digging into financier Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking crimes more than a decade ago when attorney Brad Edwards hired him. After Epstein signed a non-prosecution deal with federal prosecutors in 2008, Edwards had sued Epstein in civil court on behalf of a number of alleged victims who had been blindsided by the plea deal (which a judge later ruled to have violated the Crime Victims' Rights Act). Fisten was tasked with finding as much incriminating information on the financier as he could.Fisten, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, said he was shocked and disgusted by what he uncovered. In a wide-ranging interview with CNN, the P.I. said that he was able to identify two young women who have arranged access to girls for Epstein in recent years. He and Edwards have handed over the names and “associated information” over to federal authorities, he said, though he did not name the alleged fixers to CNN.Judge Who Denied Bail to Jeffrey Epstein Calls Him ‘Uncontrollable’ and a ‘Danger’Fisten also said that his investigations led to the discovery of countless lapses in security during the time Epstein was on work release from the Palm Beach county jail—in a cushy deal that allowed the convicted sex offender out of confinement 12 hours a day, six days a week. On Friday, the Palm Beach sheriff’s office announced that it had opened its own internal investigation into whether deputies, who often referred to Epstein as a “client” instead of an inmate in logs kept at the sheriff’s office, had broken with procedure. Fisten told CNN that he was angered that Epstein was allowed to go to a luxury office instead of remaining behind bars. Fisten said he was disgusted when he saw “lavish lunches being brought into the office and a parade of young females going in and out of the place.”The Palm Beach sheriff’s office now admits that Epstein was also allowed to go to his luxury mansion and spend time there unsupervised. Fisten tried to obtain the sheriff’s office logs that should have documented the names and ages of everyone who came into contact with Epstein during work release, but the logs “have inexplicably vanished,” he said to CNN. “We wanted to get those logs so we could see who the girls were,” Fisten said. “They’re missing. No one knows where they are.”Fisten also repeated previous claims that Epstein wielded his power to silence his accusers during and after his incarceration, even hiring his own private investigators who were paid to harass his victims. “They were former Miami cops,” Fisten told CNN. “He paid an extremely large retainer to them and all their job to do was to follow the girls around and intimidate them.”Fisten even ran into Epstein’s private investigators first hand. Once, when driving one of Epstein’s accusers home, he told CNN he saw one of Epstein’s detectives parked across from her house filming her comings and goings. Fisten said the father of another of Epstein’s accusers was “run off the road” by one of the former cops in Epstein’s employ.Of Epstein's alleged victims, Fisten noted, “Once these girls lost their braces and their pubescent look and started becoming 16-years old or 17-years old, they were too old for him.”“So then he started using them as recruiters to bring the younger girls.” Epstein was denied bail on Thursday as he faces federal sex trafficking charges in New York. Fisten says the victims finally feel that justice could be served. “They couldn’t be happier,” he told CNN. “It’s all they ever wanted.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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AOC to DHS chief: Border agents shared 'images of my violent rape' in secret Facebook group

AOC to DHS chief: Border agents shared 'images of my violent rape' in secret Facebook groupRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan about the whereabouts of Border Patrol agents who threatened her in a secret Facebook group.



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Michelle Obama just shared a glorious text exchange with her mom from Grammys night

Michelle Obama just shared a glorious text exchange with her mom from Grammys nightBecoming First Lady of the US means a lot of big life changes, but the one thing it apparently doesn't put an end to are wonderfully awkward messages from your mom.Nothing stops those. Not even becoming a best selling author, or a super popular surprise guest at the Grammys.SEE ALSO: 17 books every activist should read in 2019On Wednesday morning, Michelle Obama took to Instagram to share a truly A+ message exchange she'd had with her mom, after appearing at the Awards show on Sunday.Make sure you swipe on the post below — the second page may be even better than the first…> View this post on Instagram> > When your mom doesn't think you're a "real" celebrity…Tonight in Phoenix, I shared this text thread from my mom from Grammys night, and I just had to share it with all of you. TextsFromMom > > A post shared by Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on Feb 12, 2019 at 10:35pm PSTSo many wonderful highlights in that thread that it's hard to pick a winner.The "real stars" quip is a good one, as is the bluntness of the "No you did not" message. But our favourite might be the final, understated "Yeah". WATCH: Here are the top five moments where women stole the show at this year's GRAMMYs



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Donald Trump Jr. shared a meme about women and it backfired spectacularly

Donald Trump Jr. shared a meme about women and it backfired spectacularlyDonald Trump Jr. might want to hold off sharing Twitter memes for a bit while he recovers from the internet dragging him.Following the State of the Union, the president's son decided to tweet a meme about the Democratic women of Congress on Wednesday, who wore suffragette white to the address to make a powerful visual statement.Trump Jr. tweeted the meme — a photo of the women with the words "NOT ONE AMERICAN FLAG AMONG THEM" across it — to his 3.3 million followers on Wednesday, adding, "Speaks for itself and no one is at all surprised."> Speaks for itself and no one is at all surprised. pic.twitter.com/kLoJzMmY10> > — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 6, 2019SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert breaks down where we're at with Trump's State of the Union addressAfter tweeting the meme, many people challenged Trump Jr. by sharing a photograph he shared of his own family right before the State of the Union address. Here it is.> Getting ready to watch @realDonaldTrump at the big show. Love this group. sotu pic.twitter.com/RXHtdEslGj> > — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 6, 2019As you may have noticed, not one of these seven individuals — including Trump Jr. himself — appears to be wearing a flag pin. Hmm…One might go so far is to say there is "Not one American flag among them," and that perhaps their choice to not wear American flag pins to the State of the Union "speaks for itself." As you may have guessed, it wasn't long before people called Trump Jr. out for his hypocrisy and came to the defense of the women.> Not one American flag pin in sight. pic.twitter.com/rDPhqZzCrj> > — Cole (@TryUsingGoogle) February 6, 2019> Not one Pin or a shred of integrity in your group either, sonny. pic.twitter.com/ds6felZNTH> > — Decency must win (@KindNotWeak2019) February 6, 2019> Not one indicted or under investigation for criminal wrongdoing or collusion with Russia either t.co/5V0fKnDI38> > — The last Master Cherokee Conjurers (@lostcitymagi) February 6, 2019> Not one of them are being investigated for taking a meeting with Russians either. MAGA> > — Maggie Jordan (@MaggieJordanACN) February 7, 2019> Yeah Junior, some people show their patriotism through their actions. Others are Republicans wearing flag pins.> > — Evan Hurst (@EvanHurst) February 7, 2019> Not one indictment among them!> > — barbara james (@leapie454) February 6, 2019Photos taken from during the event showed the Trumps without pins. The First Family at the State of the Union, pinless.Image: Getty ImagesIf you're gonna tweet the meme, you really have to wear the pin yourself, dude. I think that's just how it works. WATCH: Steve Carell to reunite with 'The Office' creator for Netflix's 'Space Force'



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Documents Show Facebook Shared Users’ Data With Large Companies

Documents Show Facebook Shared Users’ Data With Large CompaniesDocuments released by the British Parliament revealed Facebook shared users’ data – without users knowledge – to companies such as Lyft, Netflix, Badoo, and AirBnB, according to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the British Parliament. Other whitelisted companies discussed in the emails and related documents include Tinder and the Royal Bank of Canada. The 250 pages of documents made public include summations, emails, and memos from specific businesses and Facebook staff discussing access to users’ data through apps.



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Turkey shared Khashoggi recordings with Saudi, US and others: Erdogan

Turkey shared Khashoggi recordings with Saudi, US and others: ErdoganTurkey has shared recordings linked to the murder last month of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Riyadh, Washington and other capitals, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday. “We gave the recordings, we gave them to Saudi Arabia, we gave them to Washington, to the Germans, to the French, to the English,” he said in a televised speech. “They listened to the conversations which took place here, they know”, he said, but added that they were not accompanied by any written documents.



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Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes down conservative TV host who shared picture of her childhood home

Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes down conservative TV host who shared picture of her childhood homeDemocratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit back at a conservative news host who shared a photo of her childhood home in an attempt to discredit her campaign. Ms Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old member of the Democratic Socialists of America, used a grassroots campaign to storm to victory against Democrat stalwart Joe Crowley in a New York primary last week. John Cardillo, who hosts shows on conservative outlets Newsmax and Rebel TV, shared a photo of Ms Ocasio-Cortez’ childhood home in Yorktown Heights in New York.



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Trump Shared One Awkward Kiss And Handshake With Emmanuel Macron

Trump Shared One Awkward Kiss And Handshake With Emmanuel MacronPresident Donald Trump once again drew laughs over a bizarre embrace with a



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