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Nonprofit Report Slams Hollywood for “Normalizing” Self-Censorship of Films for China

A new report from the nonprofit PEN America slammed Hollywood studios and A-list directors for increasingly self-censoring its films “based on an effort to avoid antagonizing Chinese officials.” The report digs into the troubling signs that Hollywood self-censorship is become increasingly “normalized,” as the industry tiptoes around any subjects — like the erasure of Tibetan characters in Marvel movie Doctor Strange, or removal of scenes that paint China in a bad light in World War Z — that cou...
Tags: Hollywood, Tibet, Movies, Senate, China, Beijing, Chinese communist party, Tilda Swinton, Richard Gere, PEN America, Business and Industry News, William Barr, James Tager PEN


30 PPP Fraud Prosecutions So Far, and Counting

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans have aided more than 5 million small business owners, providing a much needed lifeline during the Coronavirus outbreak crisis. The overwhelming majority of business owners are legitimate and will use the money as intended to retain employees and stay operational. But the PPP program has attracted a few rotten apples. And you won’t believe how rotten they are. To date, the Justice Department has filed 30 PPP fraud cases. Defendants are charged with bilking...
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Ex-acting AG Sally Yates defends FBI investigation into Flynn, calls Barr move to drop charges 'highly irregular'

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates pushed back Wednesday on current Attorney General William Barr's move to dismiss charges against President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, saying that the FBI's interviews with Michael Flynn were legitimate and calling the Justice Department dismissal "highly irregular."
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Adam Schiff Accused of Protecting a Suspected FBI Surveillance Dragnet

Nearly a dozen civil liberties organizations have accused Congressman Adam Schiff and other Democratic leaders of purposely undermining the online privacy of U.S. citizens and immigrants; possibly in an effort, they say, to conceal the unlawful surveillance of Americans’ web browsing activity by the FBI’s national…Read more...
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'They're dying … it is what it is': key takeaways from Trump's shocking interview

President floundered in conversation with Axios, claiming Covid-19 was ‘under control’ and attacking mail-in votingDonald Trump stumbled through his second damaging interview in as many weeks, floundering in a conversation with the news website Axios over key issues he is tasked with responding to as president.It’s been just over two weeks since the president made a series of shocking statements in a one-on-one interview with Fox News, but he packed another host of extraordinary claims into a 37...
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Trump gives $35 million to aid human trafficking victims

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced more than $35 million in Justice Department grants to organizations that provide safe housing for victims of human trafficking. Attorney General William Barr and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump announced the awards at a White House event attended by human trafficking victims and organizations that serve them.
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Deborah Birx warns Covid-19 now 'extraordinarily widespread' in US – as it happened

Birx says virus has taken a hold over large parts of the USGOP reportedly to ban media from Republican national convention Is US attorney general William Barr a danger to democracy?QAnon is finding a home in the Republican partySign up to our First Thing newsletter 10.40pm BST We’ll be shutting down today’s blog shortly. Here’s a glance at today’s major news items: 10.03pm BST The US economy could benefit if the nation were to “lock down really hard” for four to six weeks, a top Federal ...
Tags: Republicans, Congress, US, US news, Democrats, US politics, Federal Reserve, Donald Trump, Neel Kashkari, William Barr, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Deborah Birx, Birx, USGOP


Deborah Birx warns Covid-19 now 'extraordinarily widespread' in US – live

Birx says virus has taken a hold over large parts of the USGOP reportedly to ban media from Republican national convention Is US attorney general William Barr a danger to democracy?QAnon is finding a home in the Republican partySign up to our First Thing newsletter 3.21pm BST House speaker Nancy Pelosi turned her attention to Deborah Birx on ABC’s This Week, and didn’t exactly give her a ringing endorsement.“I think the president has been spreading disinformation about the virus and [Birx] i...
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Is Trump's top cop, attorney general William Barr, a danger to democracy?

The attorney general’s many critics saw his combative display on Capitol Hill as proof of his willingness to enable Trump’s darkest impulsesWilliam Barr was hungry. “Mr Chairman, could we take a five-minute break?” the attorney general asked Jerry Nadler of the House of Representatives’ judiciary committee. “No,” retorted Nadler, his hearing almost done. Barr responded sardonically: “You’re a real class act.”It was pure Barr: a proud, combative, unflappable and unapologetic partisan warrior in t...
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US Department of Justice sets two execution dates for late September

As I have mentioned before, in this recent post I wondered aloud "How many federal death row prisoners does Attorney General William Barr want to see executed in 2020?".  My central point in that post was that, after the completion of three federal executions earlier this month thanks to SCOTUS lifting lower court stays, there is every reason to believe that AG Barr will be able to complete however many executions he decides to set in the near future. Thereafter, as reported in this post, DOJ se...
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Is Trump's top cop, attorney general William Barr, a danger to democracy?

The attorney general’s many critics saw his combative display on Capitol Hill as proof of his willingness to enable Trump’s darkest impulsesWilliam Barr was hungry. “Mr Chairman, could we take a five-minute break?” the attorney general asked Jerry Nadler of the House of Representatives’ judiciary committee. “No,” retorted Nadler, his hearing almost done. Barr responded sardonically: “You’re a real class act.” Related: Trump badly miscalculated in Portland – and even he knows it | Cas Mudde Co...
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‘He’s Terrified of Losing’—Trump Goes Into Hyperdrive to Delegitimize the Election

As much of the political world went into an uproar over Donald Trump floating the idea of delaying the November election, inside the president’s orbit, his Thursday morning tweet suggesting just that was seen as something far narrower and more strategically focused.The president isn’t really trying to delay the vote. He is trying to preemptively delegitimize the likely results.Two administration officials and another individual close to the president say that what they saw Thursday morning was t...
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US Department of Justice sets another execution date for last week of August

In this recent post I wondered aloud "How many federal death row prisoners does Attorney General William Barr want to see executed in 2020?".  My main point in that post was that, after the completion of three federal executions earlier this month thanks to SCOTUS lifting lower court stays, it would now seem that AG Barr is likely to be able to complete how ever many executions he decides to set. Yesterday, via this press release, we learned that AG Barr wants to see at least one more execution ...
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McConnell And McCarthy Say No Way To Election Delay: ‘We Should Go Forward’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) rejected an idea floated by Trump to delay the November presidential election, saying Thursday that it should go forward as planned.  “Never in the history of the federal elections have we ever not held an election and we should go forward with our election,” McCarthy told reporters when asked about the proposition of a delay during a press conference.  The remarks follow a Thursday morning tweet by the President that suggested delaying the electi...
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Litman: William Barr's a danger to democracy. He channels what the president wants

The attorney general knows what Trump wants and needs, no memo or Oval Office directive required.
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Trump floats November election delay, but it won’t happen

By ZEKE MILLER  and COLLEEN LONG WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is for the first time publicly floating a “delay” to the Nov. 3 presidential election, as he makes unsubstantiated allegations that increased mail-in voting will result in fraud. The date of the presidential election — the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in every fourth year — is enshrined in federal law and would require an act of Congress to change, including agreement from the Democratic-controlled House of Repres...
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Rep. Louie Gohmert, who often went without a mask, tests positive for the coronavirus

Gohmert was in close contact with lawmakers and others on Capitol Hill, including Attorney General William Barr, on Tuesday.
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CNN host says Trump loyalist owes broadcaster an apology over video played at Barr hearing

CNN host Jake Tapper has demanded that Republican congressman Jim Jordan apologise for playing an edited video that misleadingly showed reporters describe the George Floyd protests as “peaceful”.On Tuesday, attorney general William Barr took part in his first congressional hearing since he took the role, and faced questions on topics including his response to the protests and the subsequent deployment of federal law enforcement agents to cities such as Portland, Oregon.
Tags: News, Cnn, Republican, Trump, Jim Jordan, Jake Tapper, Barr, William Barr, George Floyd


Trump Admin In Talks With Oregon Governor To Pull Federal Forces From Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trump administration has started talks with the Oregon governor’s office and indicated that it would begin to draw down the presence of federal agents sent to quell two months of chaotic protests in Portland if the state stepped up its own enforcement, a senior White House official said Tuesday. The official stressed to The Associated Press that the talks with the office of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown are in the early stages and there is no agreement. The official was...
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'I'm losing my patience': Jayapal, Nadler spar with Barr over Portland, politicization

Attorney General William Barr cites black-on-black crime as he testifies to House Judiciary on federal officers deployed to Portland and other cities.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Lawmaker: Barr will always be Trump's henchman

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) discusses Attorney General William Barr's testimony during the House Judiciary Committee hearing and his relationship with President Donald Trump.
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"House Democrats have been waiting for more than a year to grill Attorney General Bill Barr, a man they’ve accused of all manner of professional misconduct..."

"Today they finally had their chance, as Barr testified, at long last, before the House Judiciary Committee. For Trump and Barr’s toughest critics, however, it was a frustrating experience.... Many of the committee’s senior Democrats chose to use their limited time not to seek answers from Barr but to make speeches. 'Reclaiming my time' quickly became the anthem of the day. 'This is a hearing,' the attorney general complained at one point. 'I thought that I was the one who was supposed to be hea...
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U.S., Oregon in talks about pulling federal agents from Portland

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and ANDREW SELSKY and JONATHAN LEMIRE PORTLAND, Ore.  — The Trump administration has started talks with the Oregon governor’s office and indicated that it would begin to draw down the presence of federal agents sent to quell two months of chaotic protests in Portland if the state stepped up its own enforcement, a senior White House official said Tuesday. The official stressed to The Associated Press that the talks with the office of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown are in the early ...
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5 things to know for July 29: Stimulus, William Barr, election 2020, DACA, tech hearing

Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
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Sen. John Kennedy says Barr hearing triggered his gag reflex

House Democrats staged an attempted persecution of Attorney General William Barr, says Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy, Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Takeaways from combative hearing with Barr

Democrats launched a full-scale assault against Attorney General William Barr at Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing, clashing with Barr repeatedly as the hearing jolted from topic to topic.
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Democrats launched a full-scale assault against Barr at a House committee hearing. Here are the takeaways.

Democrats launched a full-scale assault against Attorney General William Barr at Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing, clashing with Barr repeatedly as the hearing jolted from topic to topic.
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Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec says Barr hearing was 'lost opportunity' for the American people

Attorney General William Barr was prepared to answer lawmakers' questions but House Democrats refused to let him speak, says Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.
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Pelosi calls Barr 'despicable' after contentious appearance before House panel

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) believes Attorney General William Barr accomplished one thing during his appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.Barr "demonstrated to the American people the contempt that he has for our democracy," Pelosi told MSNBC's Ari Melber. Throughout the hearing, Barr was on the defensive, as Democrats accused him of intervening in the criminal cases of people close to President Trump and questioned him about his role in sending federal agents...
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Dems Were Dying to Take Down Bill Barr. Then They Nearly Blew It.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee waited months for the chance to interrogate Attorney General William Barr on everything from his handling of sensitive prosecutions to his clampdown on police protests. And by the time the five-hour hearing wrapped on Tuesday, they were claiming success in eliciting the type of newsworthy admissions and made-for-Twitter exchanges that could bolster their broader criticisms of the Trump administration.But the journey to those victories was decidedly rock...
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