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In one verse, Kendrick Lamar captured the turbulent aftermath of the election

  • Kendrick Lamar has talked about President Donald Trump before, but his new album Damn., he finally turns his attention to the election. 
  • On “Lust.,” a track about vices, hedonistic routines and coping mechanisms, Lamar addresses the confusion and anger much of the nation felt in the wake of the 2016 election.
  • Lamar identifies one of the most important struggles of the anti-Trump protest movements: the struggle to keep up the energy and sustain the protests long term, without getting fatigued. Read more (4/14/17 11 AM)

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Report: Election rage made hate crimes rise by 20% in major US cities last year

  • Nine major U.S. cities reported increases in hate crimes by more than 20% in 2016, according to one researcher who spoke to NBC News on Tuesday. 
  • The reason for the spike? Flaring tensions in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.
  • California-based researcher Brian Levin culled data from police departments as director of the nonpartisan Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, where he teaches criminal justice.
  • The new numbers show that bias crimes increased in the nine major metropolitan areas he studied — New York; Washington; Chicago; Philadelphia; Montgomery County, Maryland; Columbus, Ohio; Seattle; Long Beach, California; and Cincinnati — in the wake of the election.
  • “We might very well be at the start of a trend where anti-Semitic incidents are going up each year,” Levin told NBC. “We were seeing an over-decade decline in anti-Semitic incidents.
  • According to NBC, hate crimes against Muslims and the LGBTQ community accounted for most of the growth reported in the rate of bias crimes in America. Read more (3/14/17 5:21 PM)

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Russian hackers reportedly tried to get into Emmanuel Macron’s campaign in French election

  • Emmanuel Macron — the pro-European Union centrist facing off against far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election — was the target of Russian hackers, Time reported Tuesday.
  • According to Japanese antivirus firm Trend Micro, hackers linked to Russia created fake websites in an attempt to steal passwords and online credentials from Macron staffers.
  • Mounir Mahjoubi, digital chief for the Macron campaign, confirmed there were attempts to hack the campaign but said they were unsuccessful.
  • “It’s serious, but nothing was compromised,” Mahjoubi told the Associated Press on Monday night.
  • Though it didn’t point its finger at any governments, Trend Micro said it was “very, very likely” a group called Pawn Storm — which U.S. intelligence considers a Russian spying organization — is behind the attempted hacks. Read more (4/25/17)
It’s part of Trump’s M.O. to discredit the media. It’s meant to not only try to intimidate the media, but it’s also meant to cause people to question their trust in the media, question what they’re seeing with their own eyes, and try to convince them that they should believe what Trump says and not what their eyes tell them.
—  Sarah Posner, investigative reporter for The Nation, with Terry Gross

Russian hacker sought by the US arrested in Spain

  • Police in Spain arrested a Russian hacker sought by American authorities on Friday, amid rumors that the man is linked to interference in the 2016 United States presidential election.
  • According to the Washington Post, Pyotr Levashov was detained in Barcelona on a U.S. computer crimes warrant, which isn’t necessarily anything out of the ordinary. 
  • Foreign speculation kicked into high gear, however, after Levashov’s wife said in an interview with a Russian RT broadcaster that her husband had told her during a phone call from the police station that he had been brought in for creating a computer virus “linked to Trump’s election win.” Read more. (4/10/2017 10:34 AM)