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Supreme Court strikes down Minnesota's voter clothing law 14.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The justices ruled Thursday that the law violates the First Amendment. Still, the justices' 7-2 ruling suggested that some restrictions on what people can wear to vote are permissible.
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The Gawker Case Has Become More Interesting 14.6.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Chris O'Meara Reality TV star and former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan, right, whose real name is Terry Bollea, and his attorney David Houston, left, look on as attorney Charles Harder, speaks during a news conference at the United States Courthouse, in Tampa, Florida. Review Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue By Ryan Holiday screen_shot_2018-06-13_at_2.47.04_pm.png President Trump has always been infuriated by bad press, and never more than when he learned of last January’s impending publication of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Leaked excerpts of the book showed Trump’s administration as full of “chaos and dysfunction,” with advisors and family members routinely sniping at one another while competing for the fleeting attention of their uninformed boss. Seeking to control the damage—or perhaps just change the narrative—Trump retained an attorney to send an eleven-page “cease and desist”  letter  to Wolff and his publisher, Henry Holt ...
The Eerie Silence Surrounding the Assange Case 10.6.2018 ConsortiumNews.com
Julian Assange remains cut off from the world in Ecuador’s London embassy, shut off from friends, relatives and thousands of supporters, leaving him unable to do his crucial work, as John Pilger discusses with Dennis J. Bernstein. By Dennis J…Read more →
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HUD Scheme Will Increase Rent by 26%, Year After Year, For Lowest-Income Households: 'BradCast' 6/8/2018 9.6.2018 BradBlog
It was another very difficult day, with a fire hose of incoming news, figuring out what most needs to be covered, underscored, highlighted and given context to on today's BradCast. Here are some of the stories that made the difficult cut. [Audio link to show follows below.]... First up: The Department ...
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Trump Unblocks Twitter Users, Appeals Ruling That He Can’t Block Twitter Users 6.6.2018 Outside the Beltway
President Trump has unblocked Twitter users, but at the same time his lawyers are appealing the ruling that he can't block Twitter users.
The Press is Wrong on Masterpiece Cakeshop. The Baker Lost. 5.6.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/David Zalubowski Baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, manages his shop in Lakewood, Colorado. The press is reporting that the Christian baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding has won his case in the Supreme Court. That is technically accurate but deeply misleading. He did get the decision against him reversed, but the next time he turns away a same-sex couple (as he has said he will do), he will lose his case. The case was sent back to the Colorado courts on a procedural issue that can’t change the ultimate result. The Court’s opinion provides no tangible help for other religious objectors to antidiscrimination laws, though it offers them some important moral encouragement. The facts of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission are simple. Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited the Masterpiece bakery and looked through a photo album of custom-designed cakes. When the owner, Jack Phillips, greeted them, they told him (according to his own testimony) ...
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Chris Cillizza, In Three Tweets, Loses War With Kathy Griffin 1.6.2018 Crooks Liars
Bloated talentless pundit Chris Cillizza gets pwned by noted comic and first amendment expert and local hero Kathy Griffin: This isn’t about whether Samantha Bee CAN say it. It’s about whether she SHOULD say it. And whether we as a society SHOULD condone it. https://t.co/egEshw5Ubv — Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) May 31, 2018 Shut the fuck up you hack. When the White House Press Secretary, on behalf of the President, says “Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast..” we’re heading into first amendment territory. That I have to explain this to you reminds me how dumb you are. https://t.co/UGAOapDVG8 — Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 31, 2018 Name-calling is pointless. — Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) May 31, 2018 And thus we are reminded to look at Cillizza’s ...
Major Right-Wing Media Outlets Can't Keep Up With The Racism Of Their Audiences 31.5.2018 Crooks Liars
The firing of Roseanne Barr appears to be one of the rare moments when even the conservative press acknowledges obvious racism. When was the last time this happened? The Dylann Roof massacre? On Fox, the hosts of The Five were critical of Barr: The hosts of Fox News’ The Five opened with a segment blasting Roseanne Barr for the racist tweet that got her show cancelled. Jesse Watters said, “What a dumb thing to think and then to say on Twitter.” Dana Perino noted how through her Twitter account, Barr screwed over all the people who worked on her show. Greg Gutfeld noted that Twitter “can ruin a career faster than a string of felonies” these days.... ... as far as Watters is concerned, “I just don’t see her ever coming back to something like this.” Another Fox host was also critical: On "Outnumbered Overtime," Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov said Barr's tweet was an example of "blatant racism." "Roseanne Barr is a racist," Tarlov stated, pointing out that Barr has had a history of making anti-Semitic ...
The Cynical Truth Behind Trump’s Attacks On The News Media 29.5.2018 Outside the Beltway
The President's constant attacks on the news media are meant for a single purpose, to undermine even accurate reporting about wrongdoing in his Administration.
Hey, NRA! Ask Yourself Why Your Little Stunt Worked 26.5.2018 Crooks Liars
Yesterday, NRATV posted a YouTube video in which one of its spokestrolls, Colion Noir, accused news organizations of encouraging school shootings. Noir appeared to advocate censorship of the media. Can anyone tell me the last time a mass school shooter left a manifesto, a comment on social media, or a video where they said they were inspired to commit their atrocity ... by a firearm. Name one. I'm sure you can't and neither can I. Because as much as the media love to pivot the conversation after a mass school shooting to gun control, the pen is still mightier than the sword. These kids aren't being inspired by an innate hunk of plastic and metal laying on a table, they're inspired by the infamous glory of past shooters who they relate to ... and no entity on the planet does a better job whether directly or indirectly, of glorifying these killers, and thereby providing the inspiration for the next one ... than our mainstream media. After a montage of televised massacre coverage, Noir says: It's time to ...
Federal Judge: Trump Cannot Block People On Twitter For Political Reasons 24.5.2018 Outside the Beltway
A Federal Judge in New York has ruled that President Trump cannot block users from reading his tweets.
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Houston police chief 'hit rock bottom' after Santa Fe shooting. Then came a nasty feud with the NRA. 24.5.2018 Washington Post
Houston police chief 'hit rock bottom' after Santa Fe shooting. Then came a nasty feud with the NRA.
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Live from D.C. (but not the Supreme Court), it's Merrick Garland! 24.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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Mike's Blog Round Up 23.5.2018 Crooks Liars
Many of us, fellow Crooks and Liars, put a reasonable amount of responsibility (blame) on the Villagers for our current political hellscape. While we are all in for the First Amendment and Journalism, we really need better practitioners of the craft in our dystopian times. Yes, today we take a clear-eyed look at our media. Driftglass notices a new Declaration of Independents. Pharyngula also notes that both sides don't, despite what Bill Maher and Barri Weiss said. Zander Versus the Stupid shows us the result of what happens when you have a false equivalence: but her emails... Bonus Track: We need something uplifting, and a reminder that sometimes the good guy wins. Let's take look at how one of the greatest films ever, Casablanca was made. It's a longish read, you might want to save it for lunchtime. Play it again, ...
Sarah Sanders Gets Testy About Questions On EPA's Manhandling Of Reporters 23.5.2018 Crooks Liars
Sarah Huckabee Sanders put her porcupine suit on and started shooting spines at everyone during the press briefing earlier today when asked about apparent flagrant violations of the first amendment by Scott Pruitt's EPA earlier today. The EPA was having a conference on water contaminants today, when this happened: The @EPA told @AP , @CNN they weren't invited to @AdministratorPruitt's #PFAS summit. EPA guards grabbed AP reporter by shoulders, shoved reporter out of building when she asked to talk to agency public-affairs person about covering meeting https://t.co/9g1BZsG8cy — Ellen Knickmeyer (@KnickmeyerEllen) May 22, 2018 It turns out that Ellen Knickermeyer has written many negative articles about Scott Pruitt and the EPA, but we're sure there's nothing to see there, ...
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Note to President Trump: Mueller's 'witch hunt' isn't just about collusion 17.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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Beware the DNC’s lawsuit against the Trump campaign 16.5.2018 Washington Post
Beware the DNC’s lawsuit against the Trump campaign
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Michael Avenatti is using Trump tactics to battle Trump 15.5.2018 Washington Post
The lawyer representing adult-film actress Stormy Daniels uses Twitter and cable news to make accusations in his case against President Trump and Michael Cohen. The take-no-prisoners approach has turned Avenatti into a darling of the political left. But his tactics could jeopardize his ability to represent his client, some experts say.
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Cambodia makes 1st arrest on charges of insulting monarchy 13.5.2018 Washington Post: World
A Cambodian school director has become the first person to be arrested on charges of insulting the monarchy after posting comments on Facebook critical of the authoritarian government.
The Ideas Industry meets the intellectual dark web 11.5.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Regardless of their own political preferences, most of the intellectual dark web participants’ core audience consists of those on the right — or, rather, people who despise the left.
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