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    By Elizabeth Culliford Mar 4 (.) – Alphabet Inc’s YouTube will lift its suspension from former US President Donald Trump’s channel when it determines that the risk of violence has decreased, company CEO Susan Wojcicki said on Thursday. YouTube suspended Trump’s channel for violating policies against incitement to violence after the assault on the United States Capitol by supporters of the former president in January. “The channel remains suspended due to the risk of incitement to violence,” Wojcicki said in an interview with the head of the Atlantic Council think tank. The executive also stressed that recent warnings from the Capitol police about a possible new attack show that there is still a “high risk of violence.” Wojcicki said YouTube would determine the risk of violence by looking at signs such as government statements and warnings, increased law enforcement across the country, and violent rhetoric on the platform itself. (Reporting...
    Alphabet’s YouTube will lift its suspension on former President Donald Trump’s channel when it determines the risk of real-world violence has decreased, the company’s CEO, Susan Wojcicki, said on Thursday. YouTube suspended Trump’s channel for violating policies against inciting violence after the assault on the US Capitol by the former president’s supporters in January. “The channel remains suspended due to the risk of incitement to violence,” said Wojcicki, speaking in an interview with the head of the Atlantic Council think tank. She said recent warnings by the Capitol police about a potential new attack on Thursday showed that an “elevated violence risk still remains.” Wojcicki said that YouTube would determine the risk of violence by looking at signals such as government statements and warnings, increased law enforcement around the country and violent rhetoric on the platform itself. In the aftermath of the Jan 6. riot, social media companies including Twitter...
    The New York Times A failure in contraceptive pills could have caused dozens of pregnancies in Chile The public health system delivered, and then quietly recalled, 276,890 boxes of potentially defective contraceptives. At least 140 women believe they got pregnant because of that mistake. It had to be a mistake, thought Melanie Riffo, staring in disbelief at the result of her pregnancy test: positive. She had taken her birth control pills without fail, Riffo said. She and her boyfriend were careful. Doctors had even told his partner that a childhood ailment could have rendered him infertile. “I didn’t understand anything,” Riffo, 20, said of the test that was done in September. “We had taken all the safeguards that you are supposed to take.” Across the Chilean territory, dozens of women like Riffo say they became pregnant last year after taking one of the 276,890 boxes of oral contraceptives that were...
    YouTube's ban of former President Donald Trump will be lifted once the risk of political violence recedes, CEO Susan Wojcicki said Thursday. “I do want to confirm that we will lift the suspension of the channel ... when we determine that the risk of violence has decreased,” Wojcicki said at an event hosted by Atlantic Council, a think tank. She added that Trump's ban won't be lifted soon due to new concerns regarding violence around the U.S. Capitol. "It's pretty clear right now," she said, "that there is still an elevated risk of violence." Wojcicki said YouTube will evaluate the "risk of violence" by examining factors such as law enforcement readiness levels, government statements, and the level of violent speech on YouTube's own platform. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER However, once Trump's account is reinstated, she said, it could still be permanently removed if it earns...
    By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's YouTube will lift its suspension on former U.S. President Donald Trump's channel when it determines the risk of real-world violence has decreased, the company's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, said on Thursday. YouTube suspended Trump's channel for violating policies against inciting violence after the assault on the U.S. Capitol by the former president's supporters in January. "The channel remains suspended due to the risk of incitement to violence," said Wojcicki, speaking in an interview with the head of the Atlantic Council think tank. She said recent warnings by the Capitol police about a potential new attack on Thursday showed that an "elevated violence risk still remains." (Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in New York; Editing by Matthew Lewis) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    The Biden administration this week will determine the fate of people who were impacted by the Muslim ban, which ultimately targeted a large number of African countries. Rescinding the ban was a critical step toward restarting our immigration system and providing equitable access to Black and brown immigrants. But what about the people who would have received visas during the past four years—some of whom spent their life savings on the process but were nevertheless denied simply because of a discriminatory ban? Trump created this catastrophe, but it’s now Biden’s responsibility to remedy it. In President Biden’s proclamation rescinding the ban, he directed the State Department to send him a report in 45 days. That deadline is Saturday. This report will advise on many things, including how to address Trump’s rampant denials of immigrant visas—that is, visas intended for people to come to the United States, become permanent residents, set...
    The Democratic Party’s House and Senate campaign arms on Wednesday called on Facebook to lift its ban on political ads. Tim Persico, the executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and Christie Roberts, the executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) said in a joint statement that the policy has failed to prevent the spread of disinformation while limiting interaction between voters, lawmakers and activists. “This reckless and haphazard policy has made it harder for campaigns and organizations that do provide accurate information to voters and engage with them in good faith, and it hinders communities of color in particular from fully participating in the democratic process,” they said. “The ability to reach grassroots supporters on these platforms is more important now than ever before," they added. "Continuing to block political ads indefinitely — with zero transparency and no credible explanation behind this decision — helps...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and her predecessor, former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany faced off in a panel segment during the early days of the Trump administration, debating then-President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban. On Tuesday, Psaki spoke with surprising warmth about her time sharing a green room with McEnany when they both were CNN contributors. As part of her response to a question about McEnany’s new role as Fox News contributor, Psaki told reporters that “Like many Americans, we disagree on political issues, but we talked about our families, our spouses, sports, all sorts of things in the green room, and I certainly wish her the best in her future endeavors.” In March of 2017, before McEnany’s stint in Trump’s White House, she and Psaki appeared on a panel together to debate one of Trump’s attempts to get his Muslim ban past the courts with what he then...
    The Biden administration believes the American government alone can effectively vet U.S. visa applicants from terrorist-linked countries covered by former President Donald Trump’s travel ban, Breitbart News learned from the State Department Tuesday. That same day, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before a Senate panel that the U.S. relies heavily on information provided by the origin countries of individuals trying to enter America to vet them for criminal and terrorist ties effectively. Wray conceded that America could not count on most countries listed on Trump’s travel ban to provide accurate information, if any, on potential travelers. Hours after taking office on January 20, President Joe Biden repealed Trump’s travel ban on several nations, including seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa. To justify the bans, Trump cited concerns about foreign terrorist entry to the U.S. and American authorities’ ability to effectively screen visa applicants from terrorist...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden’s quick January repeal of his predecessor's travel ban on Iran has not yet revived Iranian arrivals to the United States, but it has reignited a debate about which Iranians the U.S. should allow to enter and whether existing methods for vetting them are effective.  Biden repealed former President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Iran and 12 other nations within hours of taking office on January 20. He said the visa restrictions on citizens of those nations, seven of them predominantly Muslim states in the Middle East and Africa, were inconsistent with a U.S. tradition of welcoming people of all faiths and undermined national security.   Trump had said the bans were justified by concerns about foreign terrorist entry to the United States and about the ability of U.S. authorities to screen visa applicants from nations afflicted by terrorism. U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order he said would impose tighter...
    New York : The Biden Administration faces significant delay in immigrant visa processes. Photo: John Moore / . The government of the president Joe biden prioritizes from embassies and consulates visa requests for couples and children that were delayed due to the president’s immigration ban Donald trump. The order of the former Republican president caused a severe bottleneck in the processes of all types of visas, including the “green cards” for family reunions and the Diversity Visa program, since in 2020 there were 75,000 appointments for interviews pending, but now there are 400,073 that must be attended. Julie M. Stufft, Deputy Undersecretary of the State Department’s Office of Consular Affairs, emphasized that the figures offered do not include those cases that are just beginning, so the percentage of delay could be much higher. “We are prioritizing immigrant visas for spouses and children of Americans, including...
    President Joe Biden has lifted a freeze on green cards issued by his predecessor during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration to the United States.Former President Donald Trump last spring halted the issuance of green cards until the end of 2020 in the name of protecting the coronavirus-wracked job market - a reason that Trump gave to achieve many of the cuts to legal immigration that had eluded him before the pandemic.Trump on Dec. 31 extended those orders until the end of March.Trump had deemed immigrants a "risk to the U.S. labor market" and blocked their entry to the United States in issuing Proclamation 10014 and Proclamation 10052.Biden stated in his proclamation Wednesday that shutting the door on legal immigrants "does not advance the interests of the United States.""To the contrary, it harms the United States, including by preventing certain family members of United States citizens...
    A group claiming Harvard discriminates against Asian American applicants is asking the Supreme Court to ban the consideration of race in college admissions nationwide. With an expanded 6-3 conservative majority since the last time the court heard an affirmative action case, the court could decide in the spring whether to take up the issue anew. Lower courts have rejected the claims made by Students for Fair Admissions that Harvard imposed a “racial penalty” on Asian American applicants. In November, the federal appeals court in Boston ruled that Harvard looked at race in a limited way in line with Supreme Court precedents. "It is our hope that the justices will accept this case and finally end the consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions,” Edward Blum, the groups president, said in a statement Thursday. Blum has worked for years to rid college admissions of racial considerations. In the last high...
    Reuters February 25, 2021 0 Comments U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked a proclamation from his predecessor that blocked many green card applicants from entering the United States. Former President Donald Trump issued the ban last year, saying it was needed to protect U.S. workers amid high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden rejected that reasoning in a proclamation on Wednesday rescinding the visa ban. The Democratic president said it had prevented families from reuniting in the United States and harmed U.S. businesses. Biden, a Democrat, has pledged to reverse many of Trump’s hardline immigration policies. Immigrant advocates had pressed in recent weeks for him to lift the visa ban, which was set to expire on March 31. Biden left in place another ban on most foreign temporary workers. In October, a federal judge in California blocked Trump’s ban on those foreign guest workers as it affected...
    President Biden on Wednesday revoked a Trump-era suspension of certain immigrant visas that had dramatically cut legal immigration to the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. When enacting them in April 2020, President Trump said the restrictions were necessary to prevent new immigrants from competing with U.S. workers in the labor market during the economic recession caused by the pandemic. Mr. Trump used a broad executive power to prohibit the issuance of certain visas for prospective immigrants hoping to move to the U.S. permanently through petitions filed by their family members or prospective employers in the U.S. The restrictions also froze the diversity visa lottery, a program that allows immigrants from underrepresented countries, many of them in Africa, to come to the U.S. Spouses and children 21 or younger of U.S. citizens were not subject to the immigrant visa limits, which also exempted some health care workers fighting the pandemic,...
    By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday lifted a freeze on green cards issued by his predecessor during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration to the United States. Former President Donald Trump last spring halted the issuance of green cards until the end of 2020 in the name of protecting the coronavirus-wracked job market — a reason that Trump gave to achieve many of the cuts to legal immigration that had eluded him before the pandemic. Trump on Dec. 31 extended those orders until the end of March. Trump had deemed immigrants a “risk to the U.S. labor market” and blocked their entry to the United States in issuing Proclamation 10014 and Proclamation 10052. Biden stated in his proclamation Wednesday that shutting the door on legal immigrants “does not advance the interests of the United States." “To the contrary,...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday lifted a freeze on green cards issued by his predecessor during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration to the United States. Former President Donald Trump last spring halted the issuance of green cards until the end of 2020 in the name of protecting the coronavirus-wracked job market — a reason that Trump gave to achieve many of the cuts to legal immigration that had eluded him before the pandemic. Trump on Dec. 31 extended those orders until the end of March. Trump had deemed immigrants a “risk to the U.S. labor market” and blocked their entry to the United States in issuing Proclamation 10014 and Proclamation 10052. Biden stated in his proclamation Wednesday that shutting the door on legal immigrants “does not advance the interests of the United States.” “To the contrary, it harms the United States,...
    A group of West Virginia legislators are proposing that the state prohibit its contractors and agencies from promoting what they describe as "divisive" ideas about race and sex. Introduced last week, the bill touches on an already raging battle over government-backed training and curricula promoting critical race theory and associated messaging. "It shall be the policy of the State of West Virginia not to promote race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating in the workforce, and not to allow grant funds to be used for these purposes," the legislation reads. "In addition, state contractors will not be permitted to inculcate such views in their employees." "Divisive concepts" included a long list of ideas such as that the "United States is fundamentally racist or sexist," "an individual’s moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex," and that "any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account...
    HOUSTON, TEXAS - A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.   U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state. Biden proposed the 100-day pause on deportations during his campaign as part of a larger review of immigration enforcement and an attempt to reverse the priorities of former President Donald Trump. Biden has proposed a sweeping immigration bill that would allow the legalization of an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. He also has instituted other guidelines on whom immigration and border agents should target for enforcement.   Tipton, a Trump appointee, initially ruled on January 26 the moratorium violated federal law on administrative procedure and the U.S. failed to show why a deportation pause was justified....
    More On: immigration Kamala-mania seizes the press and other commentary White House denies ‘kids in cages’ hypocrisy charge Illegal immigrant lived 3 years in a church to dodge deportation, may get to stay Biden administration cuts citizenship test questions in half A federal judge in Texas indefinitely blocked President Biden’s order banning most deportations for 100 days. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction on enforcement of the ban late Tuesday. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton earlier sued to block the ban, claiming it was “unconstitutional” and would cause substantial economic hardships on the Lone Star State to carry it out. Tipton, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, in January temporarily blocked Biden’s order for 14 days because it faile​d​ “to provide any concrete, reasonable justification for the 100-day pause.” Biden’s 100-day ban would have applied to any immigrants in the country illegally who have received final...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Late Tuesday a federal judge in Corpus Christi indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state. READ MORE: Massive Fire Lights Up Night Sky Over Fort Worth Biden proposed the 100-day pause on deportations during his campaign as part of a larger review of immigration enforcement and an attempt to reverse the priorities of former President Donald Trump. Biden has proposed a sweeping immigration bill that would allow the legalization of an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. He has also instituted other guidelines on whom immigration and border agents should target for enforcement. Tipton, a Trump appointee who serves the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, initially ruled...
    Houston — A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden's administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state. Mr. Biden proposed the 100-day pause on deportations during his campaign as part of a larger review of immigration enforcement and an attempt to reverse the priorities of former President Donald Trump. Mr. Biden has proposed a sweeping immigration bill that would allow the legalization of an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. He has also instituted other guidelines on who immigration and border agents should target for enforcement. Tipton, a Trump appointee, initially ruled on Jan. 26 that the moratorium violated federal law on administrative procedure and that the U.S. failed to show why...
    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state. Biden proposed the 100-day pause on deportations during his campaign as part of a larger review of immigration enforcement and an attempt to reverse the priorities of former President Donald Trump. Biden has proposed a sweeping immigration bill that would allow the legalization of an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. He has also instituted other guidelines on whom immigration and border agents should target for enforcement. Tipton, a Trump appointee, initially ruled on Jan. 26 that the moratorium violated federal law on administrative procedure and that the U.S. failed to show why a deportation pause was justified....
    Former President Donald Trump has filed an appeal concerning his Facebook banishment with an oversight board. The board, funded by Facebook, was set up to be independent, and consisted of 19 former politicians, journalists, and academics, per The Epoch Times. The group hears users appeals and renders decisions within 90 days. Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, co-chair of the oversight board, told a United Kingdom TV network the board was looking into the appeal concerning Trumps Facebook and Instagram accounts. "Its a very high-profile case, but that is exactly why the Oversight Board was created in the first place," Thorning-Schmidt told U.K.s Channel 4 News. Thorning-Schmidt said, although members would like to decide the issue quickly, time would be required to allow for translations, and for experts to share opinions. The former prime minister also said the board already had received "thousands" of public comments regarding the case. The...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Legislature should pass fracking ban There is new legislation that would ban fracking in California by 2027, Senate Bill 467. I hope that it will become law because fracking pollutes both the air and water. It has caused health problems in American Indians, African-Americans and Latinos because they live near the wells where fracking occurs. This is environmental racism at its worst. I urge the state legislators to pass this bill so fracking will be no more. Billy Trice Oakland Consider teachers’ needs for safe schools reopening As a teacher, it’s frustrating to keep reading editorials insisting that schools can reopen safely and blaming the delay in reopening on teachers’ stubbornness or ignorance. Teachers know school districts can reopen in a manner that’s safe for teachers, we just don’t believe they will. Teachers have grown...
    Donald Trump has appealed directly to Facebook's 'supreme court' Oversight Board in a bid to rejoin the platform but a decision on whether to permanently ban the former president is expected to take at least two months.  Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who is a co-chair of the 20-member Oversight Board, told the UK's Channel 4 News on Tuesday that the panel was currently looking over Trump's case.  She said that despite 'trying to do this case a little bit faster', a decision by the panel was not likely for another two and a half months.  The news outlet reported that Trump had made a direct appeal to the Oversight Board to have his ban overturned.  Trump had his Facebook and Instagram accounts suspended in the wake of the deadly riots at the US Capitol on January 6.  The social media giant last month said it was deferring the...
    Reuters February 23, 2021 0 Comments Facebook Inc’s oversight board has received a “user statement” for the case it is deciding about whether the social media company was right to indefinitely suspend former President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, a board spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday. Facebook handed the case to its independent board in January after it blocked Trump’s access to his accounts over concerns of further violent unrest following the storming of the U.S. Capitol by the former president’s supporters. The board’s process gave administrators of Trump’s page the option to submit a statement challenging Facebook’s decision. The spokeswoman said the board would have no further comment until it had issued a decision. The appeal was first reported by the UK’s Channel 4 News. Earlier this month, the oversight board said it was extending the public comment period on the case for a week, citing “high levels...
    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's oversight board has received a "user statement" for the case it is deciding about whether the social media company was right to indefinitely suspend former President Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts, a board spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday. Facebook handed the case to its independent board in January. The board's process gave administrators of Trump's Facebook page the option to submit a statement challenging Facebook's decision. The spokeswoman said the board would have no further comment until it had issued a decision. The news was first reported by the UK's Channel 4 News. (Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    It should surprise no one that on Joe Biden’s short list for attorney general was former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama holdover “who shot to national prominence after President Donald Trump fired her, making her one of the first heroes of the #Resistance.” President Trump fired her after she refused in early 2017 to enforce his travel ban executive order. We filed an appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in order to gain the release of Department of Justice  records about Yates’ gross insubordination.  We argue that the documents are not shielded from disclosure, as they are evidence of government misconduct by Yates. At issue are four records described as “working drafts” of a January 30, 2017 statement by Yates instructing DOJ officials not to defend the executive order issued by then-President Trump. Trump fired Yates after she issued the one-page statement. The appeal concerns a May 2017...
    MICROSOFT founder Bill Gates had some sympathy for the former president, saying Facebook should let Donald Trump return to the platform despite his "corrosive" statements made during the Capitol riots. Gates made his views public when discussing Facebook's lifetime ban of Trump, saying the social media platform should eventually lift said ban. 4Bill Gates said Facebook should allow Donald Trump back on its platformCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Trump was banned from most social media platforms following his push to tell supporters to "fight" on January 6Credit: AP:Associated Press The philanthropist said on Thursday that the social media giant should reconsider its lifetime ban on the president, saying it would be better to follow their original plans. "I think at some point he probably will be allowed back on and probably should be allowed back on," Gates told Andrew Ross Sorkin on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Thursday. Facebook was the...
    Conservatives slammed a bill proposed by House Democrats that would ban “twice impeached” presidents from being buried in Arlington National Cemetery. “This is pathetic, even for you, House Democrats. I heard some of you went to law school. Ever heard of a bill of attainder?” lawyer Harmeet Dhillon tweeted in response to the proposed bill. H.R. 484 was introduced in late January and is known as the "No Glory for Hate Act." It would "prohibit the use of Federal funds for the commemoration of certain former Presidents” who have been impeached twice. Former President Donald Trump is the only president in the nation’s history who has been impeached twice. He was not convicted in either instance. HOUSE DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE BILL TO BAR 'TWICE IMPEACHED' FORMER PRESIDENTS FROM BURIAL AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY Others echoed Dhillon’s tweet, including Rep. Steve Scalise. “Dems just introduced a bill...
    Democratic members of the South Carolina House walked out of the chamber in protest Wednesday before a vote on a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state. Republican members are expected to pass the vote easily and it will head soon to Republican Gov. Henry McMaster for his signature. The proposal passed the Senate on January 28. It faces a final procedural vote on Thursday that likely won't change the outcome and will then be sent to the governor for his signature. McMaster has promised numerous times in news conferences and formal speeches to sign it as soon as possible. The bill requires doctors to perform ultrasounds to check for a heartbeat in the fetus. If one is detected, the abortion can only be performed if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest or the mother's life is in danger.  About a dozen...
    California State Senator Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinoe) introduced legislation Tuesday to prohibit discrimination on the basis of political affiliation, in which she explained was a reaction against “cancel culture” targeting conservatives. The legislation, SB 238, is titled the “Diversity of Thought Act.” As a press statement from Melendez’s office explained, “aims to amend the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) in the Government Code, by adding political affiliation as a protected class under California’s Anti-Discrimination laws. If enacted, the bill protects California residents from discrimination when seeking employment opportunities or housing, based on political affiliation.” Melendez also introduced SB 239, which “amends the Education Code, including political affiliation, to prohibit discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in schools.” “Cancel culture and the efforts to silence differing opinions and voices should be a growing concern for all of us,” she said in the statement. “A climate of intolerance has been established and...
    Iranians in the United States say they were hoping the election of Joe Biden as president would mean that their loved ones would be allowed to come into the country after the reversal of former President Donald’s Trump’s policy to restrict travel from countries with links to terrorism. Iran is considered by the U.S. federal government as a state sponsor of terrorism, but Biden is framing his decision as stopping a xenophobic policy targeting Muslims. Taxpayer-funded National Public Radio (NPR) interviewed Iranian Americans who are disappointed by Biden’s failure to keep his campaign promise: One impact of the Trump travel ban was to divide families. Eli, a 34-year-old Iranian with a green card, lives in Los Angeles. Like all the Iranians interviewed for this story, she asked that her family name not be used for fear of retaliation if she returns to Iran. Eli says of all the issues she...
    DONALD Trump has promised a comeback after the second attempt to impeach him failed. The former President is now free to run for office again after the Democrats were unable to muster enough votes in the Senate. 3Donald Trump said he looked forward to an 'incredible journey'Credit: AP:Associated Press The trial ended on Saturday as Democrats failed to get the two-thirds majority to find him guilty - leading him to blast impeachment as the "greatest witch hunt in history” in a statement. During this trial, the Democratic impeachment managers leading the prosecution against Trump cited preventing him running again in making their case for conviction. But in the aftermath, the former President promised MAGA fans he would be back. "Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,” he said. “In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look...
            by Bradley Stein  Twitter CFO Ned Segal announced on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump would remain banned from his company’s platform even if he was reelected in the future. Segal made the announcement during an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box when the show’s host asked if the former president would be allowed back on the platform if he was reelected. Twitter CFO says company would uphold its ban on Donald Trump even if he were elected President again. pic.twitter.com/fY5kkBpU4V — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 10, 2021 “So the way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO or you are a former or current public official,” said Segal. "The way our policies work, when youre removed from the platform, youre removed from the platform whether youre a commentator, youre a CFO or...
    Senior House Republicans criticized Facebook's deplatforming of former President Donald Trump on Friday and said the social media giant had unfair content moderation standards. Facebook's Oversight Board, which has 20 members from across the world and was established last May, has been asked to rule on the recent suspension of Trump, who was removed from the platform following the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, including Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Ken Buck of Colorado, and Darrell Issa of California, in a letter to the board asked it to ensure there is equal application of the content moderation rules. "We remain concerned that the de-platforming standards are not applied in a fair and neutral manner," the letter stated. The letter claimed there was unfair censorship, including that Facebook prevented a damaging New York Post story regarding Hunter Biden from being shared...
    DEMOCRATS are weighing a "Plan B" to ban Donald Trump from returning to office using the 14th Amendment as an impeachment conviction is unlikely. Prior to Thursday's trial hearing, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer did not reject the idea of a provision of the Fourteenth Amendment. 3Donald Trump's second impeachment trial is taking place this weekCredit: AFP or licensors 3'We're first going to finish the impeachment trial and then Democrats will get together and discuss where we go next,' Schumer reportedly said ThursdayCredit: Splash News "We're first going to finish the impeachment trial and then Democrats will get together and discuss where we go next," Schumer said Thursday when he was asked about using the 14th Amendment, according to Fox News. The question arose prior to the fourth day of Trump's second impeachment trial. To get the former president impeached, 67 votes - including at east 17 Republicans - are...
    A federal judge on Thursday overturned a Trump administration action that allowed mining and other development on 10 million acres in parts of six western states that are considered important for the survival of a struggling bird species. U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill said the decision under Trump to cancel a prior effort to ban mining failed to fully consider how the move would affect greater sage grouse, a wide-ranging, chicken-sized bird that has seen a dramatic population drop in recent decades. Winmill said the 2017 cancellation was arbitrary. He ordered the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management to reconsider whether mining should be allowed. In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo.  David Zalubowski / AP The Idaho-based judge's ruling does not revive a temporary mining ban imposed under Democratic...
    By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday overturned a Trump administration action that would have allowed mining and other development on 10 million acres (4 million hectares) in parts of six western states that are considered important for the survival of a struggling bird species. U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill said the decision under Trump to lift a prior ban on mining failed to fully consider how the move would affect greater sage grouse, a wide-ranging, chicken-sized bird that has seen a dramatic population drop in recent decades. Winmill said the cancellation of the mining ban in 2017 was arbitrary and ordered the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management to reconsider whether mining should be allowed. The Idaho-based judge's ruling does not reinstate the ban imposed under Democratic President Barack Obama. Whether that happens will be up to the administration of President...
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday overturned a Trump administration action that would have allowed mining and other development on 10 million acres (4 million hectares) in parts of six western states that are considered important for the survival of a struggling bird species. U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill said the decision under Trump to lift a prior ban on mining failed to fully consider how the move would affect greater sage grouse, a wide-ranging, chicken-sized bird that has seen a dramatic population drop in recent decades. Winmill said the cancellation of the mining ban in 2017 was arbitrary and ordered the U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management to reconsider whether mining should be allowed. The Idaho-based judge’s ruling does not reinstate the ban imposed under Democratic President Barack Obama. Whether that happens will be up to the administration of President Joe Biden, said attorney...
    NEW YORK - The Biden administration asked a U.S. court Thursday to suspend litigation connected to former President Donald Trump's proposed ban on WeChat while it reviews the policy.  The Justice Department filed a request with the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking a suspension of the case. That followed action Wednesday in which the department asked a federal court for a pause on proceedings aimed at banning TikTok.  Newly installed Commerce Department officials have begun a review of the prior administration's actions on WeChat, including "an evaluation of the underlying record justifying those prohibitions," the DOJ said in the filing.  "The government will then be better positioned to determine" whether "the regulatory purpose of protecting the security of Americans and their data continues to warrant the identified prohibitions," the filing added.  Trump issued an executive order last August declaring both WeChat and TikTok as threats to national security because of data...
    The Justice Department on Thursday motioned toward dropping a series of cases against the app TikTok, as the administration steers away from former President Donald Trump’s China strategy. In a letter sent to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, attorneys at the Justice Department wrote that since the Biden administration is conducting "an evaluation" of Trump's ban, the court should delay all litigation related to the issue. Biden lawyers added that it is likely that the review will "narrow the issues presented or eliminate the need for judicial review entirely." The Office of the Solicitor General asked that every case related to the TikTok ban be delayed until April, a position to which it said lawyers from TikTok agreed. The letter stated that the Biden administration will pursue other means of securing data security. "The Department of Commerce remains committed to a robust defense of...
    Loading the player... Regardless of what Donald Trump’s future plans are he will not be allowed to return to Twitter. On Wednesday, Twitter CFO Ned Segal spoke with CNN and made it clear the former president is permanently banned from the platform. Read More: CDC: Double masking can prevent virus by over 96 percent “The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform,” said Segal. Trump is currently facing an impeachment trial after he was accused of inciting the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol. There are rumors swirling that Trump may try to run for office again in 2024 but even if he does, the ban will stay in place. “Whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO, or you are a former or current public official, remember, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence,”...
    By TALI ARBEL, AP Technology Writer A day after it put a hold on a proposed ban of TikTok, the Biden administration is distancing itself from attempts by former President Donald Trump to ban the China-owned messaging app WeChat. The Commerce Department is reviewing recent actions, such as the rules undermining TikTok and WeChat, to ensure that efforts by the Trump administration to ban them based on claimed national-security threats were justified, according to a Thursday government filing in a suit by WeChat users challenging the ban. Courts have blocked Trump's attempted ban of WeChat from going into effect, saying it would affect affect the First Amendment rights of users. WeChat is a messaging app with other features like social media and payments that is dominant in China, where many American social media and messaging apps are banned. It is also popular with many Chinese speakers in the U.S., with...
    A day after it put a hold on a proposed ban of TikTok, the Biden administration is distancing itself from attempts by former President Donald Trump to ban the China-owned messaging app WeChat. The Commerce Department is reviewing recent actions, such as the rules undermining TikTok and WeChat, to ensure that efforts by the Trump administration to ban them based on claimed national-security threats were justified, according to a Thursday government filing in a suit by WeChat users challenging the ban. Courts have blocked Trump’s attempted ban of WeChat from going into effect, saying it would affect affect the First Amendment rights of users. WeChat is a messaging app with other features like social media and payments that is dominant in China, where many American social media and messaging apps are banned. It is also popular with many Chinese speakers in the U.S., with millions of users,...
    The Joe Biden administration has suspended the plan to force TikTok to divest its US assets while assessing the alleged security risks of the popular Chinese app, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Miami World / diariolasamericas Citing unidentified sources, the outlet claimed that the new government had indefinitely shelved the plan to demand the sale of TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, to US tech giant Oracle, with Walmart as a retail partner. “It is not true to suggest that there is (in this case) a new step” taken by the Biden administration, Jen Psaki, a White House spokeswoman, responded at a news conference. “If we have announcements to do we will do it,” he added. Psaki confirmed, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, that the Biden administration is reviewing former President Donald Trump’s efforts to address the alleged national security risks posed by Chinese technology companies, including...
    The administration of President Joe Biden has reversed attempts by former President Donald Trump to ban the popular video app TikTok, and asked the court on Wednesday to postpone the legal dispute over the measure while the government begins a review of the national security threats posed by Chinese tech companies. Miamimundo / ENH A motion filed with the court indicates that the Commerce Department will review whether Trump’s claims about TikTok’s threat to national security justify attempts to ban the app’s download and deny it critical technical services. Separately, the Biden administration has shelved “indefinitely” a proposal for TikTok to pass into US hands, according to The Wall Street Journal. Last year, the Trump administration negotiated a deal in which US corporations Oracle and Walmart would acquire a huge stake in the Chinese app over national security concerns. The unusual deal stemmed from an executive order Trump issued with...
    Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial is probably not the only concern he currently has. Twitter, Trump’s social media platform of choice, confirmed that the former president is facing a lifelong ban, not a temporary ban, from the platform. Whether or not Trump decides to run for president again will not impact this decision—he will remain banned, Twitter Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal told CNBC News. “The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform — whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO, or you are a former or current public official,” Segal said. “Remember, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service and our policies don't allow people to come back." Segal’s statement comes amid Trump’s impeachment trial in Congress. If acquitted, Trump would not...
    Former President Donald Trump will not be permitted back on Twitter even if he runs again for office and wins, according to the company's chief financial officer.Asked during an interview on CNBC Wednesday whether Trump's tweeting privileges could be restored if he wins the presidency again, CFO Ned Segal clarified that Trump's ban is permanent."The way our policies work, when you're removed from the platform, you're removed from the platform," he said, "whether you're a commentator, you're a CFO, or you are a former or current public official. Remember, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service and our policies don't allow people to come back."The statement comes amid Trump's impeachment trial in Congress. If he is acquitted, Trump would not be barred from seeking the presidency or another federal office.EMBED More...
    A federal government plan to ban tens of thousands of foreign workers from U.S. employment has been killed by the administration of President Joe Biden, according to the White House regulatory agenda. The plan, initially proposed as a federal regulation during former President Donald Trump’s first year in office, would have stripped the right to work from the spouses of H-1B visa holders on track for a green card. “This is a huge sigh of relief for tens of thousands of H-1B workers and their family members,” said Sarah Pierce, an immigration policy analyst at the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute. “These families have lived for four years with constant threat of having their ability to make a living revoked.” An estimated 100,000 foreign citizens, mostly Indian women and many living in the Bay Area, would have been affected by the rule. A number of H-4 visa holders described their predicaments...
    Twitter CFO Ned Segal announced on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump would remain banned from his company’s platform even if he was reelected in the future. Segal made the announcement during an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box when the show’s host asked if the former president would be allowed back on the platform if he was reelected. Twitter CFO says company would uphold its ban on Donald Trump even if he were elected President again. pic.twitter.com/fY5kkBpU4V — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 10, 2021 “So the way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO or you are a former or current public official,” said Segal. “The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO or you are a former or current...
    Donald Trump will never tweet again. The former president’s ban from Twitter is permanent and will not be lifted even if he runs for office in the future or even wins back the White House, according to a top executive at the social network. In an interview with CNBC, the company’s chief financial officer Ned Segal said the platform will not lift Trump’s suspension that was enacted after the company cited his alleged role in inciting the deadly insurrecti on at the US Capitol on Jan 6. In response to a direct question on Trump’s chances of getting his account back if he sought and won another election, Segal was explicit. “When you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform,” he said. “Remember, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence.” Segal also pushed back against the perception that Trump’s absence has...
    More On: donald trump Trump impeachment trial: Day 2 schedule, time and how to watch TikTok deal with Oracle, Walmart reportedly put on hold under Biden Trump lawyer blasts ‘spliced and manufactured’ impeachment video With acquittal a foregone conclusion, the real drama is what Trump does next: Goodwin Donald Trump will never tweet again. The former president’s ban from Twitter is permanent and will not be lifted even if he runs for office in the future or even wins back the White House, according to a top executive at the social network. In an interview with CNBC, the company’s chief financial officer Ned Segal said the platform will not lift Trump’s suspension that was enacted after the company cited his alleged role in inciting the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on Jan 6. In response to a direct question on Trump’s chances of getting his account back if...
    Twitter executive Ned Segal said Tuesday the company would not allow former President Donald Trump to return to the platform, even if he runs for the presidency and wins in 2024. “If he came back, ran for office again, and was elected president, would you allow him back on the platform?” CNBC’s Becky Quick asked Segal, the company’s chief financial officer, in a morning interview. “The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform, whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO, or you are a former or current public official,” Segal replied. “And so our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service and our policies don’t allow people to come back.” Twitter banned Trump on Jan. 9. “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and...
    Armin Deroee measures his family’s separation in moments missed: graduations, Nowruz celebrations and the birth of his niece, Niki. For the last six years, he and his sister have been fighting for their parents to secure green cards — the final step before the elderly couple could leave Iran and move to California to be with their children. Their mother, Mina, received her immigrant visa in 2016. But their father, Ebrahim, was waiting on the results of a background check by U.S. officials when in 2017 the Trump administration passed its first version of a travel ban on Muslim-majority nations that included Iran. Like thousands of others, the 82-year-old physician was barred from entering the United States. “It’s not easy at all, and it has been a whole stress and pressure over the whole family,” said Deroee, an anesthesiologist in Visalia. “In March, my father got COVID while...
    A Republican-led bill in Arkansas that seeks to ban the use of public school funds to teach about The New York Times’ 1619 project failed to advance in a state House committee on Tuesday. The bill, dubbed the “Saving American History Act of 2021,” was introduced last month by Republican state Rep. Mark Lowery and had a handful of Republican cosponsors. It was considered in the state House’s education committee, where Republicans also hold control, before it was shot down in a voice vote on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. The 1619 Project is an initiative that was launched by The New York Times Magazine in 2019 that aims to “reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the United States.”  It includes a collection of essays and pieces from writers that examine “different aspects of contemporary...
    Huawei has asked a court to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s designation of it as a national security threat. The Chinese telecom argues that the FCC overstepped its authority in December 2020, finalizing a ban supported by former President Donald Trump. “The order on review potentially impacts the financial interests of the telecommunications industry as a whole,” Huawei’s request says, including network operators the FCC locked out of buying Huawei components. The Biden administration’s FCC reiterated its support for the decision, however. “Last year the FCC issued a final designation identifying Huawei as a national security threat based on a substantial body of evidence developed by the FCC and numerous US national security agencies. We will continue to defend that decision,” a spokesperson tells The News Brig. Biden’s Commerce nominee has tentatively supported keeping Huawei banned Huawei was deemed a threat under Trump, whose administration used a variety of methods...
    More Americans have concluded that Democrats were always right—Donald Trump is a menace who should be impeached and convicted. But perhaps more importantly, a solid majority wants Trump barred from ever holding office again, which garners even more support than a Senate conviction. Of course, a Senate conviction is a necessary precursor to a permanent ban on Trump, but people's views aren't always rational, and most Americans value the idea of keeping Trump as far away from power as possible. But overall, support for Trump's impeachment and conviction are both up over this time last year, when GOP senators ultimately acquitted Trump of charges over his effort to extort Ukraine into manufacturing an investigation into his political rival, Joe Biden. In an ABC News/Washington Post poll from January 2020, for instance, 47% wanted Trump removed from office while 49% opposed his removal. But in the latest ABC/Ipsos poll, 56% want...
    Gateway Pundit founder Jim Hoft has been permanently banned from Twitter after posting false election fraud claims to the site. Conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root's account was also suspended Sunday after both men were accused of 'violating Twitter's civic integrity policy'.  Following the storming of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, Twitter has banned over 70,000 accounts for sharing misinformation. Donald Trump, who had urged on the mob, has also had his account permanently suspended.  It was not immediately clear which exact posts by Hoft and Root triggered the suspensions. A Twitter spokesperson told DailyMail.com: 'The accounts were permanently suspended for repeated violations of our civic integrity policy.'  Hoft, the founder and editor-in-chief of far-right news website Gateway Pundit, had posted claims that ballots cast for Joe Biden were illegal, an archived version of his account shows.   He had also written about a video Gateway Pundit said showed a delivery of absentee...
    The White House has said Joe Biden will not have the final say on whether Donald Trump can receive intelligence briefings after the president said his predecessor's 'erratic behavior' means 'he might slip and say something'. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki poured cold water on what had appeared to be Biden taking the unprecedented step to deny Trump access to classified information now he has left office.  Psaki said in a statement Saturday the president was merely 'expressing his concern' and will leave the final decision to his intelligence team.  'The president was expressing his concern about former president Trump receiving access to sensitive intelligence, but he also has deep trust in his own intelligence team to make a determination about how to provide intelligence information if at any point the former president Trump requests a briefing,' Psaki said, according to the Washington Post.  It is not clear when...
    (CNN)When Navy SEAL Ashley Nefzger heard rumblings that President Joe Biden could sign an executive order to repeal a Trump-era ban on most transgender Americans joining the military, she was cautiously hopeful."I didn't necessarily want to get my hopes up," she told CNN's Anderson Cooper on "Full Circle" Friday. "I was hopeful for it, but I also wanted to keep my expectations at bay on what exactly it was going to mean." Nefzger has both lived through and written transgender military history since the Supreme Court allowed Trump's ban on transgender people in the military to go into effect in January 2019. The year the ban took effect, Nefzger -- who had already been serving in the military since 2002 -- officially transitioned and became the first active-duty Navy SEAL in history to identify as transgender. Last week, Biden signed an executive order to repeal the ban."That's a weight lifted...
    Former President Donald Trump's Twitter ban has had no discernible impact on the use of the platform. Over 60 million daily users consistently used the platform before and after Trump was kicked off Twitter, according to new data released by mobile research company Apptopia. “It is not easy for one person to have a noticeable impact on such large social network apps,” Adam Blacker, Apptopia’s vice president, told "Big Technology." “Cultural events are seen much better in the data than any singular person's situation," added Blacker. Twitter permanently suspended Trump's account in early January following the Capitol riot. This led some conservatives, in January, to leave Twitter, alleging unfair censorship. However, it does not appear that a significant number of Trump supporters or conservatives have fully left the platform. Despite Trump’s ban, most conservatives and Republicans are likely to remain on Twitter, even as some try alternative...
    A TV news anchor has stormed off set during a live interview with a guest who wouldn't stop ranting about a debunked voter fraud conspiracy theory. Controversial pillow tycoon Mike Lindell, who is also a vocal supporter of former President Trump, was invited on Newsmax's American Agenda to discuss Twitter's decision to "permanently suspend" his account and "cancel culture". 7The segment didn't go as the hosts plannedCredit: Newsmax 7MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell again peddled Dominion voting 'fraud' claims, despite them being debunked.Credit: Newsmax Appearing on the program on Tuesday, Lindell launched into a monologue about how his Twitter account was "taken down because we have all the election fraud with these Dominion machines" - a claim for which there is no evidence. Lindell and Newsmax are already facing potential litigation from Dominion Voting Systems for his accusations that their voting machines played a role in election fraud. "We have 100 percent...
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed in a secretly recorded video that the justification for banning former President Donald Trump was that he felt Trump was trying to “undermine” the transition of power. “It’s so important that our political leaders lead by example. Make sure we put the nation first here. And what we’ve seen is that the president [Trump] has been doing the opposite of that,” Zuckerberg said in the video. “The president intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power.” The video was obtained by Project Veritas, with Zuckerberg’s part of the hours of footage the group obtained from an “insider” working with the company. “OUR INSIDER IS STILL ON THE INSIDE,” Project Veritas wrote on Twitter, accompanied by a video of the exchange. OUR INSIDER IS STILL ON THE INSIDE.Other Facebook employees can contact us securely at VeritasTips@protonmail.com#BeBrave pic.twitter.com/Mj5PxwTULP—...
    Madison Summers February 1, 2021 0 Comments White House press secretary Jen Psaki says former President Donald Trump is not missed by the Biden administration on Twitter. Psaki was asked during Monday’s press conference if it has made the Biden administration’s job “easier” that Trump has been banned from Twitter, especially during talks on COVID-19 relief negotiations. “This may be hard to believe, we don’t spend a lot of time talking about or thinking about President Trump here, former President Trump to be very clear,” Psaki responded. The White House press secretary added, “I can’t say we miss him on Twitter.” The White House rejecting commenting on if Trump should still be banned on Twitter, saying it is Twitter’s decision. She added that there is a “need for social media platforms to continue to take steps to reduce hate speech.” Watch Psaki’s comments below: In response to a...
    President Biden was the clear favorite of Twitter employees when it came to campaign donations during the 2020 election cycle. Twitter employees and their immediate family members donated $193,443 to the Biden campaign compared to $3,023 to the Trump campaign, records show. GOOGLE, MICROSOFT, VERIZON ON BIDEN INAUGURATION COMMITTEE DONOR LIST In fact, Biden was the largest recipient of Twitter-affiliated campaign donations during the 2020 election cycle. However, Twitter's employees don't rank anywhere near the top of Biden donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Facebook and Twitter's actions around the closely contested election on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Washington.  (Bill Clark/Pool via AP) Their donations to Democrats versus Republicans was a 98% to 2% split. Twitter employees gave $783,990 to Democrats and $12,333 to Republicans. On top of that, Twitter gave Biden what Politico dubbed...
    Facebook’s Oversight Board, the independent body empowered to review the social network’s most complex platform moderation decisions, is now accepting public comments on the company’s decision to “indefinitely” ban former President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the US Capitol attack on January 6th. The two posts in question include the one-minute video Trump posted to his account on January 6th repeating false claims that the US election was stolen from him and offering words of sympathy to the Capitol rioters, some of whom were, at that moment, continuing to endanger the lives of Congress members and Capitol police. The second is a written post in which Trump wrote, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love &...
    Protesters rally outside the Supreme Court ahead of its October 2019 ruling on LGBTQ workplace protections.(Carol Guzy/Zuma) Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.In the final hours of the Trump administration—three days before the former president left the White House for his Florida estate—Acting Attorney General John Daukas took a parting shot at transgender Americans. Daukas fired off a memo on Bostock v. Clayton, the landmark 2020 Supreme Court ruling extending federal employment protections to queer and trans people. The Justice Department shouldn’t enforce those rules in sex-segregated institutions like sports and bathrooms, he wrote, and employers who didn’t want to hire queer or trans workers just had to deny them on religious grounds. The Daukas memo capped the last chapter in the administration’s four-year assault on trans rights. On the day of...
    An Army chaplain is under investigation after he saying transgender soldiers are 'mentally unfit' and 'unqualified to serve'. Maj. Andrew Calvert made the comments beneath an article published on Facebook Monday detailing President Biden's new executive order overturning a ban on transgender people in the military.  Calvert, who is a member of the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Hood in Texas, wrote: 'How is rejecting reality (biology) not evidence that a person is mentally unfit (ill), and thus making that person unqualified to serve?' He continued: 'There is little difference in this than over those who believe and argue for a 'flat earth,' despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The motivation is different, but the argument is the same.' An Army veteran took a screenshot of Calvert's comments and shared them to Twitter, writing: 'He cannot be trusted to support soldiers for another minute'.  Army chaplain Maj. Andrew...
    Mohammed Al Zabidi celebrated in 2017 when he learned he had been selected in the U.S. green card lottery, which picks people at random from a large pool of applicants. It was a chance to escape his war-torn homeland of Yemen and pursue his dreams in the United States. “I won! I won!” Al Zabidi cheered. He borrowed money to finance his trip, bought clothes for his new life in America and packed souvenirs for friends there. With no U.S. Embassy in Yemen, he made a grueling journey to Djibouti for his visa interview. But there, after he had been initially approved, his luck ran out: “CANCELLED WITHOUT PREJUDICE,” read the bold, black, all-caps stamp on the unused visa in his passport with a Trump administration travel ban on several Muslim-majority nations, including his, in place. “My family pinned their hopes on me. … My mother wept; this saddened me...
    ISTANBUL - Coffee shops in downtown Tripoli, Libya, are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, so Mohammed Abdulwaheb, 37, got his "to-go" and drank it in the parking lot.   Libya and other countries had been subject to the Trump-era "travel ban" for four years before it was lifted last week. Back then, Abdulwaheb had wanted to attend graduate school in the United States. But that was a long time ago, he said.   "The ban wasn't fair," Abdulwaheb added. "And of course it impacted our lives. The end of the ban will especially improve the lives of Libyans in America."  But experts say it will take time to unravel the regulations that grounded so many travelers. And locals in Libya, Nigeria and Sudan — three impacted countries — say resolving the personal setbacks experienced by individuals may take even longer.   FILE - Demonstrators opposed to President Donald Trump's travel ban listen to speakers...
    The White House announced Thursday morning that President Biden will sign an executive order rescinding a rule known as the Mexico City policy which prohibits foreign non-governmental organizations from receiving U.S. funding if they promote or perform abortion as a method of family planning. The policy, first turned into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1985 and announced at a UN conference in Mexico City, has been repealed by Democratic presidents and reinstated by Republicans for decades. Biden’s order will come almost four years to the day since former President Donald Trump signed an order that revived it. BIDEN TO SIGN EXECUTIVE ORDERS EXPANDING ACCESS, STRENGTHENING OBAMACARE THROUGH SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD "Across the country and around the world, people -- particularly women, Black, Indigenous and other people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and those with low incomes -- have been denied access to reproductive health care," the White House said in...
    Palm Beach officials are conducting a 'legal review' of Donald Trump's use of Mar-a-Lago as a residence because of a 1993 permit that restricts long-term stays at the resort. But Eric Trump, the former president's son and an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said his father is within his rights to stay at the exclusive club as long as he chooses.   Trump signed a 'special exception use' agreement in 1993 that let him convert the historic mansion into a for-profit social club. But the agreement includes a clause that limits stays to no more than 10 guests at one time, for no longer than seven days at a time, up to three non-consecutive visits a year.  Neighbors have claimed that Trump has violated the agreement in the past, and Wednesday marks seven days since he flew there prior to President Joe Biden's January 20 inauguration.  The agreement is 'under...
    The top official in the European Union’s executive branch spoke out this week against Twitter’s decision to permanently ban former President Donald Trump’s account and called for increased international regulation of major tech firms. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen addressed the tech industry’s power while speaking at the World Economic Forum, a prominent annual event held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. She referred to Twitter’s unilateral decision to ban Trump’s account as "serious interference with freedom of expression," the Financial Times reported. Von der Leyen said regulators in the U.S. and abroad should work together to develop a "framework of laws for such far-reaching decisions" as determining when to take action against specific accounts. She called for the Biden administration to work with European officials to "contain the immense power" of the tech industry. Video"I want to invite our friends in the United States to join...
    President Joe Biden will announce a ban on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters on Wednesday, according to several reports. Biden’s decision bars any new fracking on federal lands despite his campaign promise not to ban the practice. “I am not banning fracking. Let me say that again: I am not banning fracking,” Biden said in August 2020 during the presidential campaign. “No matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.” Despite multiple promises to end fracking and fossil fuels during the Democrat primary or end “new fracking,” Biden clarified while campaigning in Pennsylvania ahead of the presidential election that he would only ban new fracking on federal lands. “No, I would not shut down this industry. I know our Republican friends are trying to say I said that,” Biden said about fracking in an interview with Pittsburg’s KDKA News. “I said I would not...
    The Biden administration's attempt to put a 100-day pause on deportations hit a wall when a federal court granted a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit brought by the state of Texas. U.S. District Court Judge Drew B. Tipton stated in a Tuesday order that the directive from acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske that halted removing those who already had final orders of removal against them appeared to run afoul of the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs how federal agencies conduct rulemaking. The same law was used to block a number of Trump administration actions as well. CHAD WOLF: BIDEN IMMIGRATION ACTION 'ABSOLUTELY' GOES AGAINST THE LAW "The Court finds that, by ordering a 100-day pause on all removals of aliens already subject to a final order of removal, it appears that the January 20 Memorandum is clearly not in accordance with, or is in excess of, the authority accorded...
    Former President Donald Trump’s YouTube channel will remain suspended indefinitely, the online video platform said Tuesday. Trump was first banned from the Google-owned company Jan. 12 for at least a week in wake of the riot at the US Capitol. YouTube announced the extension of that suspension last week — before issuing yet another one Tuesday. “In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J. Trump channel will remain suspended,” YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi said in a statement obtained by Politico. “Our teams are staying vigilant and closely monitoring for any new developments.” More than 2.79 million people were subscribed to Trump’s YouTube channel. Former President Trump’s Facebook has also been indefinitely suspended, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced this month. “Our ban is indefinite. We’ve said at least through the transition, but we have no plans to lift it,” she said. Sandberg went on to...
    My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell remained defiant after being booted from Twitter, saying it had already locked him out for almost two weeks – and claiming the company had secretly posted on his behalf, according to reports. Twitter said Tuesday that it permanently suspended the staunch ally of former President Donald Trump because of his “repeated violations” of the company’s civic integrity policy, which it implemented last fall to clamp down on misinformation. “They froze me out. Everyone thought it was still up, but I couldn’t like or do anything,” Lindell told Minnesota’s Star Tribune. “They really had already banned me without the public knowing.” He told the newspaper that he briefly regained control of his account on Monday before being banned permanently. Twitter has not said which of Lindell’s posts prompted the banishment. Lindell, 59, had recently used his personal account and My Pillow’s corporate account to post and...
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    HOUSTON, Texas -- A federal judge on Tuesday barred the U.S. government from enforcing a 100-day deportation moratorium that is a key immigration priority of President Joe Biden.U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a temporary restraining order sought by Texas, which sued on Friday against a Department of Homeland Security memo that instructed immigration agencies to pause most deportations. Tipton said the Biden administration had failed "to provide any concrete, reasonable justification for a 100-day pause on deportations."Tipton's order is an early blow to the Biden administration, which has proposed far-reaching changes sought by immigration advocates, including a plan to legalize an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. Biden promised during his campaign to pause most deportations for 100 days.The order represents a victory for Texas' Republican leaders, who often sued to stop programs enacted by Biden's Democratic predecessor, President Barack Obama. It also showed that just...