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Friday, April 20, 2018

Trump’s Vote Suppressor Hit With Contempt, Legal Fees

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

Trump’s voter suppression czar Kris Kobach just got hit with a double whammy in federal court. Republican U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found the Kansas secretary of state in contempt of court for failing to comply with her 2016 preliminary injunction against his voter ID scheme.

And on top of that, she directed him to pay the ACLU’s legal fees stemming from the organization’s motion filing.

Kobach has worked for years to push burdensome ID requirements on voters. His scheme has led to more than 36,000 Kansans being shunted from the voter rolls, often without realizing it until they went to the polls.…

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Republicans Threaten Facebook For Content ‘Censorship’

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

A parade of Republicans warned Facebook to stop removing right-wing content on Wednesday, accusing it of censorship and holding the cudgel of federal regulation over its head, in the second day of congressional testimony by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

“There’s an issue of content discrimination,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington. “It is not a problem unique to Facebook. There’s a number of high-profile examples of edge providers engaging in blocking and censoring religious and conservative political content… What is Facebook doing to ensure that its users are treated fairly and objectively by content reviewers?”

“It’s been said many time here that you refer to Facebook as a platform for all ideas.…

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On Anniversary, Trump Campaign Sends ‘Thoughts And Prayers’ To King Family

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Sure, Donald Trump regularly attacks black athletes and black reporters while defending neo-Nazis and white supremacists as “very fine people.” But he’s not racist! Just ask him; he’ll be the first to tell you he’s the least racist person he knows.

And to prove it, his re-election campaign sent a brief email commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., sending “thoughts and prayers to Dr. King’s family and close associates.”

Thoughts and prayers.

It’s the number-one phrase used in the immediate wake of tragic shootings by pro-gun politicians unwilling to take any action whatsoever.…

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