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Is McConnell working a little magic?

The Judiciary Committee has reset the vote on Kavanaugh for this Friday, the day after Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford are due to testify before the committee.

Facebook has removed about a dozen liberal and conservative pages because they violate their anti-spamming policy.

Apparently, all the pages are connected to Laura Ingraham's


All of the removed pages had recently, and almost exclusively, been promoting links to, the conservative website founded by Fox News host Laura Ingraham. It was sold last year to Canadian billionaire Daryl Katz, though Ingraham maintains a minority stake in the company, according to CNN. LifeZette's content continues to be heavily promoted on Ingraham’s social media accounts. (Her Facebook page and the main LifeZette page were not removed by Facebook. The company did not respond to requests for comment.)

The removals come as Facebook says it is in the midst of stepped-up efforts to detect possible policy violations on political pages in advance of the midterms. The takedowns deal a huge blow to a group of once-prominent hyperpartisan publishers on Facebook, and reinforces how much that business has declined since 2016 thanks to algorithm changes and heightened policy enforcement by the social network.

Last week, BuzzFeed News noticed that the now-removed pages had suddenly started sharing content. LifeZette’s right-leaning stories were even being promoted on liberal Facebook pages such as Truth Examiner.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the coordinated sharing activity across pages helped trigger the review and ultimate removal of the pages.

“Our systems detected a set of Pages with administrators who were using fake accounts and violating our spam policies,” the spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “We've reviewed and removed accounts and Pages associated with this activity."

This is the definition of "fake news," not news that reflects badly on Trump or the Democrats.

There are probably hundreds of similar spam sites out there. While the motive appears to be an effort to monetize a website, more nefarious motives can easily be imagined.


The Bee comes through again:

Steve, you realize that after handicap, that makes it a Six Pinocchio fact-check?