Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R) announces impending layoffs of Senate employees and last paychecks for Senators. He is making the move in response to Governor Mark Dayton's veto of operational funds for the legislature.
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Google, Facebook and Twitter were hauled in front of Congress last week to explain how Russian bots were able to spread fake news on their platforms.
The concern—and a very real one–is that these bots and fake news sites had a significant impact on the 2016 election.
Fighting fake news, however, is not the only or best way to ensure that our content ecosystem prioritizes real news. This week, a groundbreaking article in Science proves that a better way to secure a media system that works for democracy is to strengthen independent news outlets.
The five-year long study published this week in Science, directed by Harvard Professor Gary King, shows that even small independent news outlets can have a dramatic effect on the content of national conversation. King, along with his now former graduate students Ben Schneer and Ariel White, found that if just three outlets write about a particular major national policy topic – such as jobs, the environment or immigration – discussion of that topic across social media rose by as much as 62.7 percent of a day’s volume, distributed over the week. (more…)
St. Paul is one of four cities where Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to build additional detention centers. Human-rights and immigration-law groups from Minnesota sent ICE a letter of objection.
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