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Trump’s blocking of critics on Twitter violates Constitution: U.S. judge | Article [AMP] | Reuters


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-twitter/trump-may-not-block-twitter-users-over-political-views-judge-idUSKCN1IO2P2

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WED MAY 23, 2018 / 5:42 PM EDT
Trump’s blocking of critics on Twitter violates Constitution: U.S. judge
Brendan Pierson

(Reuters) – A U.S. judge in New York on Wednesday ruled that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users from his account on the social media platform based on their political views.

Trump has made his @RealDonaldTrump Twitter account an integral and controversial part of his presidency, using it to promote his agenda, announce policy and attack critics. He has blocked many critics from his account, which prevents them from directly responding to his tweets.

U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled that comments on the president’s account, and those of other government officials, were public forums, and that blocking Twitter users for their views violated their right to free speech under the First Amendment of Constitution.

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Eugene Volokh, a University of California Los Angeles School of Law professor who specializes in First Amendment issues, said the decision’s effect would reach beyond Trump.

“It would end up applying to a wide range of government officials throughout the country,” he said.

The U.S. Department of Justice, which represents Trump in the case, said, “We respectfully disagree with the court’s decision and are considering our next steps.”

Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), which is not a party to the lawsuit, declined to comment on the ruling.

Buchwald’s ruling was in response to a First Amendment lawsuit filed against Trump in July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and several Twitter users.

The individual plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Philip Cohen, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland; Holly Figueroa, described in the complaint as a political organizer and songwriter in Washington state; and Brandon Neely, a Texas police officer.

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Cohen, who was blocked from Trump’s account last June after posting an image of the president with words “Corrupt Incompetent Authoritarian,” said he was “delighted” with Wednesday’s decision.

“This increases my faith in the system a little,” he said.

Novelists Stephen King and Anne Rice, comedian Rosie O’Donnell, model Chrissy Teigen, actress Marina Sirtis and the military veterans political action committee VoteVets.org are among the others who have said on Twitter that Trump blocked them.

Buchwald rejected the argument by Justice Department lawyers that Trump’s own First Amendment rights allowed him to block people with whom he did not wish to interact.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing the White House for a trip to New York, in Washington, U.S. May 23, 2018.
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“While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the president’s personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him,” Buchwald said.

She said Trump could “mute” users, meaning he would not see their tweets while they could still respond to his, without violating their free speech rights.

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Duke University constitutional law professor Stuart Benjamin said he disagreed with Buchwald’s finding that parts of Trump and other officials’ Twitter accounts were public forums. He said he thought such a designation would require a more explicit statement to that effect by the government.

“If Donald Trump is giving a speech to 100 hand-picked people, and one of them heckles him, he gets to throw that person out,” said Benjamin, adding that he thought the president had a strong chance of winning an appeal of Buchwald’s decision.

Buchwald stopped short of ordering Trump to unblock users. Trump had argued that the court did not have the power to issue a direct order against the president.

The judge said she disagreed, but that there was no need to get into a “legal thicket” over the issue because she assumed Trump or his social media director Dan Scavino, who also was a defendant in the case, would unblock the users in light of her decision.

Cohen said Trump had not yet unblocked him as of late Wednesday afternoon.

“Personally, I’m skeptical that he will take that step without more legal pressure,” he said.

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(Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; additional reporting by David Shephardson and David Ingram; editing by Anthony Lin, Franklin Paul, Jonathan Oatis and Cynthia Osterman)

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My pot with flowers today


My pot with flowers today

My pot with flowers today

1988 Giro d’Italia


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Today’s Holiday: Bishop Mule Days


Today’s Holiday:
Bishop Mule Days

This is a raucous salute in Bishop, California, to that workhorse of the ages, the mule. Mule Days was started in 1969 by mule-packers who wanted to have a good time and initiate their summer packing season. Now about 50,000 people show up in Bishop for the celebration. A highlight is the Saturday morning 250-unit parade, billed as the world’s largest non-motorized parade. Other events include mule-shoeing contests and such muleback cowboy events as steer roping and barrel racing. There are also mule shows and sales, western art, barbecues, and country dances. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Margaret Fuller (1810)


Today’s Birthday:
Margaret Fuller (1810)

One of the most influential American literary personalities of her day, Fuller was a critic, teacher, and woman of letters. She was an ardent feminist, and her Woman in the Nineteenth Century is now considered a classic piece of feminist literature. While working in Italy as a foreign correspondent, Fuller met and married a marquis. Exiled for their support of the failed 1848-49 revolution, they sailed for the US with their infant son. What disaster befell them at the end of their voyage? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Pro Wrestler Owen Hart Falls to His Death in the Ring (1999)


This Day in History:
Pro Wrestler Owen Hart Falls to His Death in the Ring (1999)

Regardless of whether one considers professional wrestling a sport or merely choreographed entertainment, one cannot deny that wrestlers often risk serious injury in the ring. High-flying stunts and feats of flamboyant showmanship are now par for the course. Tragically, the dangerous nature of wrestling was graphically illustrated in 1999, when Hart, one of professional wrestling’s most respected stars, was killed during a live event. The tragedy unfolded when what stunt went horribly wrong? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: William Makepeace Thackeray


Quote of the Day:
William Makepeace Thackeray

I am tempted to think that to be despised by her sex is a very great compliment to a woman.

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Article of the Day: Fisticuffs


Article of the Day:
Fisticuffs

Alternately known as fisticuffs, bare-knuckle boxing is the original form of boxing and involves two combatants fighting without gloves or padding on their hands. Though closely related to ancient combat sports, it differs from street fighting in that there are specific rules that participants must observe, such as not striking an opponent who is already down. John L. Sullivan, who won a 75-round match in 1889, was one of the last great bare-knuckle boxers. Who are some other notable pugilists? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: no pressure


Idiom of the Day:
no pressure

Said ironically to emphasize that what is being discussed carries a large amount of importance or makes one feel that one must try very hard to succeed. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: buttonhole


Word of the Day:
buttonhole

Definition: (verb) Detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors.
Synonyms: lobby
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An egg a day may keep cardiovascular disease away, new study says – AOL Lifestyle


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Researchers say an egg a day may keep cardiovascular disease away.

According to a new study, people who consumed an average of one egg per day had a lower risk of problems like heart attack and stroke, compared to those who didn’t eat eggs at all.

And regular egg eaters had an 18 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

But don’t add a three-egg omelet to your daily routine just yet.

Mysterious ‘sound’ sickness prompts warning for Americans in China – AOL News


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Mysterious ‘sound’ sickness prompts warning for Americans in China

NBC News
MAC WILLIAM BISHOP AND ALASTAIR JAMIESON
May 23rd 2018 7:36AM

BEIJING — The State Department issued a health alert to U.S. citizens in China on Wednesday after an American government worker suffered a mild traumatic brain injury following mysterious “sensations of sound and pressure.”

The warning follows the U.S. urging Americans not to visit Cuba following sonic incidents there that sickened 21 embassy staffers and their families, and comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepares to meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Washington later Wednesday to discuss trade.

The employee in China, who was assigned to the southern port city of Guangzhou, “reported subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure,” according to the alert.

“We do not currently know what caused the reported symptoms and we are not aware of any similar situations in China, either inside or outside of the diplomatic community,” it continued.

“While in China, if you experience any unusual acute auditory or sensory phenomena accompanied by unusual sounds or piercing noises, do not attempt to locate their source. Instead, move to a location where the sounds are not present.”

Trailer packed with 90 undocumented immigrants found in Texas – AOL News


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May 23rd 2018 7:59AM

Dozens of undocumented immigrants were found packed in a trailer along a Texas highway near the Mexico border late Tuesday, according to authorities.

State police stopped the truck near the border town of Raymondville at around 10 p.m., officials said.

Inside, police found a stash of 90 people, two of whom were taken to a local hospital and are now stable, Willacy County EMS officials said.

A KGBT-TV reporter said some of the passengers were treated for dehydration. Video of the scene shows local law enforcement investigating the truck parked along Highway 77.

Last year, more than 100 people were found in a broiling trailer near San Antonio. Ten of them died.

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