Trump is unleashing an executive order against social media companies, and it could trigger a legal fight they desperately want to avoid (FB, TWTR)

Donald Trump plans to issue an executive order targeting social media companies on Thursday. The US President has been railing against tech companies after Twitter fact-checked two of his tweets. It's not immediately clear what the executive order will detail — but it threatens to plunge tech firms into a fight they've tried desperately to avoid. The right have accused tech companies of deliberately discriminating against conservatives, which they deny. Trump threatened to shut certain social ...
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Sam Johnson, ex-Texas GOP congressman and Vietnam POW, dies

Former Texas Rep. Sam Johnson, a military pilot who spent years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before serving more than two decades in Congress, died Wednesday at age 89.The conservative Republican, who lived in the northern Dallas suburb of Plano, died at a Plano hospital of natural causes unrelated to the coronavirus outbreak, said his former spokesman, Ray Sullivan.Johnson flew nearly 100 combat missions in Korea and Vietnam. He was flying a bombing mission in 1966 when he was shot down and ...
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Suing the President for Libel

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a Joint Session of Congress to marks the 150th anniversary of the First Congress. He talked about the Bill of Rights in that speech, as the first set of amendments was proposed by the First Congress. In describing the freedom of speech, FDR said this:It is indeed a freedom which, because of the mildness of our laws of libel and slander, goes unchecked except by the good sense of the American people. Any person is constitutionally entitled to cri...
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California GOP Lawmaker Loses Duties After Harassment Found

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials removed a lame-duck California state lawmaker from his committee assignments on Wednesday after investigators found that he twice sexually harassed women, including by insinuating that he could help one politically if she went home with him. The state Assembly’s investigators found that Republican Assemblyman Bill Brough also inappropriately touched an unnamed woman on one of the two occasions. Redacted letters to Brough and the accuser say he put his hand on ...
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Donald Trump to sign executive order on social media companies

US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on social media companies on Thursday, White House officials said after Mr Trump threatened to shut down the platform he accused of stifling conservative voices. The officials, who spoke to reporters travelling with Mr Trump to Washington from Florida aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, gave no further details. Before leaving for Florida earlier in the day to observe a space launch that was postponed because of bad weather, Mr Trump again acc...
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Top campaign advisor says Biden would sanction China over Hong Kong

Joe Biden would sanction China if president for its plan to impose new national security rules on Hong Kong, his campaign said on Wednesday, and accused President Donald Trump of having "enabled" Beijing's curbs on freedoms in the former British colony. The United States had to "take a stand against China's crackdown in Hong Kong," said Tony Blinken, a senior foreign policy advisor for Biden, the likely Democratic nominee to take on Trump in November's election.
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Approval of Trump's pandemic response stays steady, Biden favored in election: Reuters/IPSOS poll

Public approval of President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic remained steady this week as the number of U.S. deaths from the illness surpassed 100,000, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. Asked to rate Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, 41% of Americans approved and 53% disapproved, about the same as last week but down significantly from late March when Americans approved of Trump's response to the pandemic by a small margin. Earlier ...
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White House health expert Anthony Fauci said he wears a mask to be a 'symbol' of what 'you should be doing'

Fauci acknowledged that masks are "not 100% effective" at preventing infection, but said wearing one is out of respect for one another.
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Trump plans to sign an executive order 'pertaining to social media' on Thursday, shortly after he accused Twitter of squashing free speech (TWTR, GOOG, GOOGL, FB, AAPL)

The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, has said President Donald Trump plans to issue an executive order "pertaining to social media," several White House reporters aboard Air Force One tweeted on Wednesday. McEnany gave no details about what Trump's order would do but said it would be signed Thursday, according to Yamiche Alcindor, the "PBS NewsHour" White House correspondent. The Washington Post reported that the order might encourage federal agencies to investigate tech compani...
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Trump will sign an executive order 'pertaining to social media' on Thursday, shortly after he accused Twitter of squashing free speech (TWTR, GOOG, GOOGL, FB, AAPL)

Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the President plans to issue an executive order "pertaining to social media," several White House reporters aboard Air Force One tweeted on Wednesday. McEnany gave no details about what Trump's order would do, but said it will be signed on Thursday, according to PBS Newshour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor. The proposed order comes after Twitter added a fact-checking label Tuesday to the president's tweets falsely claiming mail-in voting i...
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Trump to sign social media executive order, after lashing out at Twitter

Always an aggrieved victim, isn't he. Donald Trump got super mad when Twitter added a little fact-checking note on a couple of his bogus 'voter fraud' disinformation tweets. Next, Trump threatened tthreatened to shut down Twitter, one of the platforms he falsely accuses of stifling conservative voices. Now, he is said to be planning to sign some kind of social media executive order to express his outrage. [email protected] will sign an executive order shortly about social media and int...
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Trump to sign executive order on social media on Thursday -White House

U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on social media companies on Thursday, White House officials said after Trump threatened to shut down the platform he accused of stifling conservative voices.
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Trump will sign an executive order on social media companies - White House spokeswoman

U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order shortly regarding social media companies, a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
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Tory anger at Dominic Cummings grows as 61 MPs defy Boris Johnson

MPs break ranks to criticise PM’s chief of staff, with 44 calling for him to quit or be sackedThe full list of critical MPsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 60 Conservative MPs have continued to defy Boris Johnson’s calls to “move on” from the Dominic Cummings crisis as a senior minister broke ranks to accuse the aide of inconsistencies in his account of his behaviour during lockdown.The intervention of Penny Mordaunt deepened the turmoil within government fol...
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Trump Will Sign Executive Order On Social Media After Lashing Out At Twitter

President Trump is set to sign an executive order on social media following his threat to shut down platforms after Twitter used a new fact-checking label to correct his false vote by mail claims. During the flight back from the President’s visit to Florida on Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that Trump will sign an executive order “pertaining to social media,” according to a pool report. The pool report said that McEnany did not provide details ...
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Report: Kayleigh McEnany Voted By Mail 11 Times In Last 10 Years

The White House press secretary railed against allowing Americans to vote by mail even as she's taken advantage of it.
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Proposed Bill Would Ban Microtargeting of Political Advertisements

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Internet-based advertising has been a boon for both political campaigns and disinformation campaigns, which love to take advantage of the ability to slice and dice the electorate into incredibly tiny and carefully targeted segments for their messaging. These ads -- which may or may not be truthful and are designed to play very specifically on tiny groups -- are incredibly difficult for regulators, researchers, and anyone else not in the targ...
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White House press secretary voted by mail 12 times in 12 years

McEnany and President Trump have claimed vote-by-mail leads to voter fraud, though there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
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SpaceX is about to launch NASA astronauts to the International Space Station on its Crew Dragon spaceship. Here's what to expect.

Eighteen years after Elon Musk founded SpaceX, the rocket company is preparing to launch its first people. On Wednesday, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley boarded SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship in preparation to ride it to space atop a Falcon 9 rocket.  The Demo-2 test mission for NASA is set to launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:33 p.m. ET, and take about nine minutes to reach orbit. Behnken and Hurley will fly to the International Space Station, where they will stay f...
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Facebook says Trump's false claims about mail-in ballots don't break its rules

On Tuesday, Twitter angered the White House by flagging multiple tweets from President Donald Trump about mail-in ballots as being potentially misleading, in a first for the company.
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Why Trump Can’t Claim Twitter Is Violating His Free Speech

President Donald Trump is not happy with Twitter, usually his favorite social media platform. On Tuesday night, he accused Twitter of "interfering" with the 2020 presidential election and "stifling free speech" by placing a fact-check label on two of his tweets. It's the first label Twitter has put on one of the president's tweets, and...
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Essential Workers Stage Protest In Cars At Capitol Over Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Cuts

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Health workers, home care workers, social workers and janitors brought a caravan to the California State Capitol on Wednesday to protest proposed budget cuts. The caravan of more than 60 cars honked their horns and circled the capitol, calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to change his budget plan. Workers are saying that cuts to pay and services would harm at-risk communities, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. The group that organized Wednesday’s protest is part of the SE...
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Sheriff Villanueva thinks oversight is not for him

There is something in a powerful elected executive that does not love an inspector general. To a person used to getting his way, whether as commander in chief in the White House or as the top law enforcement official in Los Angeles County, pesky civilian oversight seems positively designed to be annoying. President Trump can and does remove inspectors general who are not to his liking. So far, county Sheriff Alex Villanueva has not attempted to fire Inspector General Max Huntsman or the Measure ...
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Trump Supporters Single Out Twitter Employee After Site Fact-Checks President’s False Tweets

Accusing Twitter of anti-conservative bias, supporters of Donald Trump — including a top White House aide — have waged a campaign singling out one company employee who has posted tweets critical of Trump and other Republications in the past. The online attacks against Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of site integrity, came after the social network […]
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Ex-aide to LA Councilman Jose Huizar to plead guilty to racketeering

Councilman Jose Huizar is seen above in a file photo. His former aide, George Esparza, has agreed to plead guilty to a federal racketeering charge. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News / SCNG) LOS ANGELES — A former aide to a member of the Los Angeles City Council Wednesday became the fourth person to agree to plead guilty to a felony charge stemming from the City Hall “pay-to-play” federal corruption probe. George Esparza, 33, agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiring to viol...
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The 'super-driven' ex-TalkTalk chief behind England's track-and-trace scheme

With UK’s route of lockdown dependent on success, Dido Harding faces a huge challengeCoronavirus – latest updatesGovernment unveils test-and-trace stragegy for England The ex-TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding is facing one of the biggest moments in her eventful career, as she leads the government’s new track and trace programme upon which the country’s path out of lockdown depends.Baroness Harding, 52, the chair of NHS Improvement, was brought in to shoulder the responsibility of this signif...
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Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

Attorney General William Barr says he doesn't expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, the former vice president and President Donald Trump's Democratic opponent this summer.
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Trump's press secretary reacts to information revealing her voting history

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is defending her record of mail-in voting as President Trump continues to criticize absentee ballots. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
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Report: Trump press secretary voted by mail since 2010

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is defending her record of mail-in voting as President Trump continues to criticize absentee ballots. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
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