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Facebook Admits Zuckerberg Was Able to Delete Sent Messages, Wants to Turn it Into Feature

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has had special privileges to delete private messages even after he sent them, the company admitted late Thursday in a response to a Techcrunch report .

Variety has since learned that a Messenger retention feature, which automatically deleted sent messages after 90 days, had been available to multiple Facebook executives. The company promised to pause this type of auto-deletion of messages sent by its executives Friday, and is now looking to make a similar feature available to its users in the coming months.

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Texas, Arizona announce troop deployments to Mexico border

Washington (AFP) – The US states of Texas and Arizona on Friday announced plans to send National Guard troops to the southern border with Mexico after President Donald Trump ordered a thousands-strong deployment to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

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Time For Mueller To Lay It All Out

Washington is full of blather, bombast and bullsh-t, but a line about Robert Mueller was the most important thing spoken or written there last week:

“Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel’s office, declined to comment.”

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In an already tough election year, Republican Dana Rohrabacher is struggling with his own party

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was already having a tough election year.

The Orange County Republican has drawn more than a half-dozen Democratic challengers, some of whom have raised more mone than the 15-term congressman.

Election handicappers declared his race a toss-up, protesters have shown up at his home and district office, and Rohrabacher’s name has frequently come up during the investigation into Russian election meddling because of his connections to key figures in the inquiry.

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The Latest: Syrian news agency reports missile attack

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

5:50 p.m.

Syria’s state-run news agency says the military’s air defenses have confronted a missile attack on air base in central Syria and shot down eight missiles.

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GOP’s Tax cut isn’t a gift to the rich analysis finds

The top 20 percent of wage earners will pay 87 percent of all federal income taxes in 2018, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

That’s up from about 84 percent last year.

The increase comes thanks to the tax-reform bill passed in December, which kept the progressive structure of the US tax code.

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Dems And EPA Insiders Are Freaking Out Over Trump’s Refusal To Nix Pruitt

Democratic lawmakers and career officials at the EPA are grasping at straws to understand why President Donald Trump is sticking by one of his most effective lieutenants.

There is a virtual civil war happening inside the EPA as negative reports about agency head Scott Pruitt continue stacking up, agency insiders claim. Capitol Hill Democrats are also not sure how to proceed as Trump dismisses calls to fire the former Oklahoma attorney general.

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Facebook Could Face Record Fines Say Former FTC Officials

Facebook’s disclosure last week that its search tools were used to collect data on most of its 2.2 billion users could potentially trigger record fines and create new legal vulnerability for not having prevented risks to user data, said three former federal officials.

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