By: Tyler Cooper of Podium
By: Jon Queally of Common Dreams
Civil liberties groups are warning of a major threat to online freedoms and First Amendment rights if a leaked draft of a Trump administration edict—dubbed by critics as a “Censor the Internet” executive order that would give powerful federal agencies far-reaching powers to pick and choose which kind of Internet material is and is not acceptable—is allowed to go into effect.
“If these reports are a trial balloon from the White House, then it’s time to pop it.”
—Chris Lewis, Public KnowledgeAccording to CNN, which obtained a copy of the draft, the new rule “calls for the FCC to develop new regulations clarifying how and when the law protects social media websites when they decide to remove or suppress content on their platforms. Although still in its early stages and subject to change, the Trump administration’s draft order also calls for the Federal Trade Commission to take those new policies into account when it investigates or files lawsuits against misbehaving companies.”
While Politico was the first to report how the draft was being circulated by the White House, CNN notes that if put into effect, “the order would reflect a significant escalation by President Trump in his frequent attacks against social media companies over an alleged but unproven systemic bias against conservatives by technology platforms. And it could lead to a significant reinterpretation of a law that, its authors have insisted, was meant to give tech companies broad freedom to handle content as they see fit.”
Following reporting on the leaked draft, free speech and online advocacy groups raised alarm about the troubling and far-reaching implications of the Trump plan if it was put into effect by executive decree.
By: Jennifer Ruben of Washington Post
On Sunday morning, former congressman Beto O’Rourke spoke for millions of Americans.
For decades now, Republicans have insisted mass murders with semiautomatic weapons are not reflective of a gun problem. I can no longer comprehend how such a ludicrous assertion is remotely acceptable. But in one sense they are right: It’s not merely Republicans’ indulgence of the National Rifle Association that puts Americans’ lives in jeopardy; it is the support and enabling of a president that inspires white nationalist terrorists — and even denies white nationalism is a problem.
The Dayton, Ohio, mass killing is the 32nd“mass killing by firearms” this year. And while Trump continues to demonize Muslims and foreigners, the facts indicate white nationalists are responsible for more deaths than Islamic fundamentalist-inspired killings under this president. The Anti-Defamation League reported:
Twenty people are dead and more than two dozen are injured following a shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said.
The suspect in the deadly shooting at an El Paso shopping center is Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, three sources tell CNN.
The information comes from two federal law enforcement sources and one state government source. The federal sources tell CNN that investigators are reviewing an online writing posted days before the shooting that may speak to a motive.
The online posting was believed to be written by Crusius, the sources said, but that has not been confirmed.
In a news conference, Sgt. Robert Gomez of the El Paso Police Department told reporters the suspect in custody is a white male in his 20s.
It is looking like this may be a hate crime as Crusius posted his concerns about Mexicans flooding across the Texas border in his manifesto less than an hour before the shooting.
By Lady Hamilton
The following link to the Op-Ed Co-signed by 148 African Americans who served in President Obama’s Administration is a UC Netwotrk recommended must read. It begins with;
“We are African Americans, we are patriots, and we refuse to sit idly by“
Mr. Trump lead the birther campaign during the Obama Administration, constantly challenging the legitimacy of President Obama’s American birth, and eligibility to be President of the United States. The Op-Ed authors stand with the the four Congresswomen; Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, who President Trump has publicly told to go back to where they came from if they do not like what is going on in America, even though three of them were born in the United States.
The Op-Ed authors state:
“We are proud descendants of immigrants, refugees and the enslaved Africans who built this country while enduring the horrors of its original sin. We stand on the soil they tilled, and march in the streets they helped to pave. We are red-blooded Americans, we are patriots, and we have plenty to say about the direction this country is headed. We decry voter suppression. We demand equitable access to health care, housing, quality schools and employment. We welcome new Americans with dignity and open arms. And we will never stop fighting for the overhaul of a criminal-justice system with racist foundations.”
Their example is one for all people to take a stand for what is right and righteous.
Stand for something, or fall for anything.
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By Lady Hamilton
President Trumps unprecedented behavior has raised concerns about America’s future, democracy, and electoral process integrity. Americans seeking the truth about what happened before, during, and after the 2016 Presidential election were provided the opportunity to find out what was submitted to Congress in Robert Mueller Congressional hearing televised to millions. Although truth is not an opinion, and the interpretation of the facts, based on truth, should not result in many opposing views; that was not the outcome of the hearing. People receiving the same information had very different interpretations and outcomes.
Democrats who have been vocal about Impeaching President Trump hoped Mueller’s testimony would provide direct, unmistakable, confirming, justification, evidence and support for their movement. The citing of numerous obstruction of justice claims seemed obvious during California Representative, The Hon. Karen Bass’ questioning of Mueller during the Congressional hearing:
Ohio Representative Hon. Michael Turner came to President Trumps defense with his observations that practically negated the investigation stating that neither Mueller or Attorney General Barr have the authority to exonerate the President in the first place. It sounds like a valid argument until one factors in that Mueller’s report was an investigation that would provide the facts to be submitted before Congress who do have the authority to exonerate or Impeach the President.
Yet, after the hearing President Trump told the media that the investigation was a hoax, Mueller did a horrible presentation, and has stated there were no valid claims of obstruction or collusion with Russia in the 2016 election process.
It is critically important that everyone is informed about the issues that impact America’s future so they can vote for leaders who represent what is aligned with their beliefs. It is no longer enough to just rely on what is on the news, or what parents, family, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and colleagues say. It is everyone’s responsibility to pay attention to what is being said and done to know that they know for their-self. Every vote matters and it is important more than ever for 2020. Vote for truth and keep our elected officials accountable.
Truth is established when actions and words match.
By: Betsy Woodruff & Sam Brodey of The Daily Beast
Special Counsel Robert Mueller told Congress on Wednesday that he did not exonerate President Trump and that he could, in fact, be indicted after he leaves office. And he hinted that he believes Trump’s written answers to questions may have contained falsehoods.
In a curt exchange with Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck, the former special counsel said the Justice Department’s legal rules don’t shield Trump from criminal charges after he’s out of the White House.
“Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?” Buck asked.
“Yes,” Mueller replied.
“You believe that he committed––you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?” Buck asked.
“Yes,” Mueller replied.
House Judiciary Committee Democrats, including Rep. Jamie Raskin, nodded excitedly through the exchange—the closest Mueller came to explaining the significance of his refusal to exonerate the president in his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction by the White House. It followed a similar, shorter exchange earlier with the Democratic Judiciary chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler.
Compliments of CNN
Tropical Storm Barry presents New Orleans with an unprecedented problem, according to the National Weather Service. The Mississippi River, which is usually at 6 to 8 feet in midsummer in the Big Easy, is now at 16 feet, owing to record flooding that’s taken place this year all along the waterway.
In the meantime, Barry is spinning away in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening a storm surge of 2 to 3 feet at the mouth of the river, said Jeffrey Graschel, a hydrologist with the weather service’s Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, Louisiana.
The unusual confluence of factors adds up to a forecast that has the river cresting Saturday at 19 feet, a level not seen since February 1950 and about 2.3 feet shy of the record set in April 1922, the weather service said Thursday.
“Look, there are three ways that Louisiana floods: storm surge, high rivers and rain,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday. “We’re going to have all three.” States of emergency have been declared in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes. Jefferson Parish and Plaquemines Parish have instituted mandatory evacuations as a precaution in low-lying areas or those outside major levees.