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‘Anti-American’: Trump Order Regulating Social Media Companies, Possibly Favoring Conservatives, Blasted by Experts

“The mother of all bad ideas” The Trump administration is drafting an executive order that would regulate the largest social media platforms and “Big Tech” companies in the country, from Google to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even Pinterest. President Trump’s goal apparently is to make these critical platforms extra-friendly to conservatives, who falsely have been claiming there’s an anti-conservative bias in the way Silicon Valley operates in the public realm. While multiple reports say the executive order is not finalized, TechCrunch and CNN on Friday report the Federal Trade Commission...
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President Preps Order Forcing Social Media Sites to Give Conservatives Special Rights as Trump Sons Attack Twitter

One Trump Son Starts Following Alt-Right Social Media Site Popular With Extremists Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. are attacking the social media site their father says helped put him in the White House, as President Donald Trump appears to be following through on a promise to go after social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. That promise is based on false and debunked claims that “Big Tech,” from Google to social media sites, are biased against conservatives. Politico reports the Trump White House is circulating several different drafts of...
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Anti-Gay Hate Group Is Suing to Force Boston to Give Special Right to Fly Christian Flag at City Hall

An anti-gay hate group is suing the City of Boston on behalf of its client to force the “City on a Hill” to allow the Christian flag to be flown at City Hall. Liberty Counsel, which appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-gay hate groups, is accusing the City of Boston of religious discrimination. Boston says it cannot fly non-secular flags. Hal Shurtleff, the director and co-founder of Camp Constitution, the organization that wants to fly the Christian flag, claims the city’s refusal is unconstitutional. “There’s no question...
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Trump: It’s Not Free Speech if Journalists ‘Write Bad’ Stories About Me That Make Me ‘Angry’

President Donald Trump’s “Social Media Summit” was attended by a slew of right wing extremists, conspiracy theorists, and bigots, so he had the support of the room when he slaughtered the First Amendment. Trump told attendees Thursday afternoon that it’s not free speech if reporters write bad stories about him if he doesn’t like or agree with the facts, and then becomes “angry” at it. “So to me, free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposely write bad, to me that’s very dangerous speech, and you become...
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Trump Loses ‘Major’ First Amendment Case – Again: The President Is Not ‘A Private Person’

President Donald Trump just lost a “major” First Amendment case – again. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals just upheld a lower court ruling that found President Donald Trump – or any president – cannot block users on social media platforms. The “First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise‐open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees,” the judges wrote, as The Hill reports. The judges say they “conclude...
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Ted Cruz Compares Himself to Rosa Parks in Insane Lawsuit

Claims Law Blocking How Much He Can Be Reimbursed From Donor Funds Is Violating His First Amendment Rights U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is comparing himself to the woman known as “the first lady of civil rights,” and “the mother of the freedom movement,” Rosa Parks. Parks famously refused to follow the law, engaging in civil disobedience by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger. The far right wing Senator from Texas is suing the Federal Election Commission (FEC), claiming a bipartisan law controlling how candidates are...
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Public School’s LGBT-Supportive Mural Deemed ‘Obscene’ by Church So Administrators Have It Painted Over

Why is a public school is being housed in a building owned by a church, and required to not do anything that would violate “Catholic moral values, ethics and faith”? A New Jersey taxpayer-funded public charter school run by a private non-profit organization has the Catholic Church for its landlord. Last week administrators at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter School had a portion of an LGBT-supportive mural, created by a 16-year old junior at the school, painted over because Rev. Paul Prevosto, the pastor of Holy Trinity Church which...
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Assange’s New Indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment

Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with a slew of Espionage Act violations that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life. The new indictment expands an earlier one charging Assange with conspiring with Chelsea Manning, the former soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, to hack into a government computer. Assange is responsible for the dissemination of troves of classified American documents, including hundreds of thousands of military reports, hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables, hundreds...
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Assange’s New Indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment

Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with a slew of Espionage Act violations that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life. The new indictment expands an earlier one charging Assange with conspiring with Chelsea Manning, the former soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks, to hack into a government computer. Assange is responsible for the dissemination of troves of classified American documents, including hundreds of thousands of military reports, hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables, hundreds...
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