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Legal & Justice

Trump’s executive order on Twitter ignores that he’s the real danger to speech – The Washington Post

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“By Editorial Board May 30, 2020 at 5:00 a.m. PDT”

” “We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers,” President Trump said on Thursday as he signed an executive order designed to punish social media sites for exercising free speech. To honestly identify the danger to free speech, he would have had to include a mirror in the signing ceremony.”

“The White House has been plotting its assault on Internet platforms for some time now, and the directive marks the first shot formally fired. It comes as a response to Twitter applying a fact-checking label to tweets from the commander in chief that falsely suggested that vote-by-mail is systemically fraudulent. Twitter early Friday rallied rather than retreating, slapping a warning on a presidential tweet for glorifying violence. The tweet from the president, and then from the official White House account, called protesters in Minneapolis “THUGS” and declared that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” “

Source: Trump’s executive order on Twitter ignores that he’s the real danger to speech – The Washington Post

Shining sunlight on Trump’s idiocy is the best disinfectant – The Washington Post

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“Timothy Klausutis is right: His late wife deserves better than a president who has cynically seized on the tragic circumstances of her death at 28 and “perverted it for perceived political gain.” President Trump’s unfathomable cruelty in suggesting that then-Rep. Joe Scarborough had an affair with Lori Klausutis, an aide in his office, and murdered her almost 19 years ago, is sickening.”

“Her husband’s anguish over what he described as the “constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died” is palpable in the letter he sent last week to Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey, imploring him to remove Trump’s tweets about his wife.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/twitter-would-be-making-a-mistake-to-delete-trumps-tweets/2020/05/27/a6f09264-a04e-11ea-b5c9-570a91917d8d_story.html

Twitter labels Trump’s tweets with a fact-check for the first time – The Washington Post

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“Twitter on Tuesday slapped a fact-check label on President Trump’s tweets for the first time, a response to long-standing criticism that the company is too hands-off when it comes to policing misinformation and falsehoods from world leaders.”

“The move, which escalates tensions between Washington and Silicon Valley in an election year, was made in response to two Trump tweets over the past 24 hours. The tweets falsely claimed that mail-in ballots are fraudulent. Twitter’s label says, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” and redirects users to news articles about Trump’s unsubstantiated claim.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/05/26/trump-twitter-label-fact-check/

 

Donald Trump, the Most Unmanly President – The Atlantic

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Editor’s Note: May be behind paywall, but a great article on this unmanly fool as POTUS.

Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/donald-trump-the-most-unmanly-president/612031/

Trump administration to withdraw from Open Skies treaty in a further erosion of arms control pacts with Russia – The Washington Post

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, shown earlier this month with President Trump, has said Russia has violated the treaty for many years. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)



Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2020/05/21/882d460a-9b68-11ea-b60c-3be060a4f8e1_story.html

“The Trump administration began privately informing allied nations this week that the United States will withdraw from a nearly 30-year-old treaty designed to reduce the chances of an accidental war between Russia and the United States by allowing reconnaissance flights over the two countries, according to diplomats familiar with the discussions.”

“A withdrawal from the Treaty on Open Skies risks driving another wedge between the United States and its European allies, some of which urged the United States to remain in the pact in recent weeks despite U.S. concerns about Russian compliance.”

Pompeo’s elite taxpayer-funded dinners raise new concerns

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Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/pompeo-s-elite-taxpayer-funded-dinners-raise-new-concerns-n1210746

“WASHINGTON — As federal workers file out of the State Department at the end of a Washington workday, an elite group is often just arriving in the marbled, flag-lined lobby: Billionaire CEOs, Supreme Court justices, political heavyweights and ambassadors arrive in evening attire as they’re escorted by private elevator to dinner with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.”

“Until the coronavirus shut them down in March, the gatherings were known as “Madison Dinners” — elaborate, unpublicized affairs that Pompeo and his wife, Susan Pompeo, began in 2018 and held regularly in the historic Diplomatic Reception Rooms on the government’s dime.”

From the Las Vegas SUN, 5/17/2020: ACCOMMODATING GOP, TRUMP ARE TRANSFORMING AMERICA INTO A DICTATORSHIP

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“The time has arrived to confront a grim realization in calm but forthright terms.”

“Since 2016, observers in the U.S. and around the world have remarked on President Donald Trump and the Republican Party exhibiting authoritarian “tendencies.”

“With a sense of numb shock, we now must acknowledge the facts before us. By any objective standard, the Trump administration and GOP leadership have moved well past authoritarian reflexes.”

“Simply put, our nation has entered the early stages of a dictatorship.

It’s an immature dictatorship and still gathering power. But it’s not theoretical and it has happened faster than any rational person might believe.”

Source: https://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/ReviewJournal/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=LVRJ/2020/05/17&entity=Ar03301&sk=8E3AA686&mode=text

THE ENABLERS | Vanity Fair | August 2017

Editor’s Note: From 2017, but still quite valid. The President is a pathogen on our Nation.

“If Donald Trump is the political equivalent of a pathogen, just doing what’s in his nature, who’s responsible for letting him wreak havoc in the national bloodstream? Calling out the president’s most powerful enablers—six seemingly rational men, who must surely realize how dangerous and corrupt he is—SARAH ELLISON takes a long hard look at their motives for helping Trump gain, and hold on to, the White House”

via THE ENABLERS | Vanity Fair | August 2017

What 74 former Biden staffers think about Tara Reade’s allegations | PBS NewsHour

Above: Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) speaks about the Coronavirus and the response to it at the Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington, DE. Photo Illustration PBS NewsHour / Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

“Over his decades-long career in the Senate, former Vice President Joe Biden was known as a demanding but fair and family-oriented boss, devoted to his home life in Delaware and committed to gender equality in his office.”

“He was not on a list of “creepy” male senators that female staffers told each other to avoid in the elevators on Capitol Hill.”

Source: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/what-74-former-biden-staffers-think-about-tara-reades-allegations