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Court Favors Trump Twitter Trolls
Thomas Gallatin  
Alex Acosta out: Resigns amid furor over 
sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein plea deal
by Sean Higgins } ~ Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned amid the controversy surrounding his handling, as an assistant U.S. Attorney... of the 2008 prosecution of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein for sex crimes. President Trump told reporters Acosta called him Friday morning to give him the news, and that it was Acosta's decision. Acosta said that his resignation was effective one week from Friday. Deputy Patrick Pizzella will become acting secretary, the president said. Trump also had praise for Acosta, calling him "a great labor secretary, not a good one" and saying that he thinks Acosta had explained his thinking in agreeing to the plea deal. He said Acosta is a “tremendous talent” and noted he “went to Harvard.” Trump said Acosta felt it would be a distraction to stay on, but that he could have lived with him remaining in place. "There are so many good things that he didn't want to distract from," Trump said. "I've already talked about the Epstein matter," Acosta said, declining to address questions about the case. "My point here today is we have an amazing economy," the outgoing secretary said, adding he didn't want to attract unrelated headlines. Democrats have argued that Acosta went easy on Epstein, a politically connected donor who was indicted on sex-trafficking charges on July 8. Acosta, 50, a Florida native and child of Cuban immigrants, has defended his management of Epstein's plea deal, arguing he got a tougher sentence for Epstein than what the government had initially sought a decade ago. The plea deal resulted in Epstein's conviction on two counts of prostitution and 13 months in county jail. Epstein had previously faced a 53-page federal indictment. Acosta applauded the July 8 indictments of Epstein, suggesting that they were based on information that wasn't available to him a decade ago...  
Senate Dems Demand JCN Disclose 
Donors, Ignore Own Dark Money
By Joe Schoffstall } ~ Senate Democrats pressuring the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), a right-leaning organization, to release a list of their donors have close ties to liberal dark money groups themselves... and receive help from such outfits for judicial fights. The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer (D., N.Y.), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.), and several other Democratic senators released a letter calling on the JCN to make public the names of individuals who have given the group more than $10,000 since 2017. The demand responded to a $1.1 million ad campaign JCN launched calling on 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to release their supposed secret "list" of judges. Within the letter, the senators criticize the organization for "continuing to conceal the identity of their donors" who "have contributed tens of millions of dollars used to fund political advertising campaigns in support of nominees like Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch." In addition to asking them to reveal their donors, the Democrats want JCN to release the total number of individuals who have given to the group in the past two years. However, the Democratic senators decrying JCN over its funders—and demanding their names— are themselves closely affiliated with dark money groups, including those that work in the same realm as the JCN.  Sen. scumbag-Schumer is tied to Majority Forward, which hides its donors and was the biggest dark money spender throughout the entirety of the 2018 election cycle. Majority Forward is a Democratic nonprofit incorporated in 2015 by Marc Elias, the go-to attorney for national Democrats who acted as the top lawyer for scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and filling the same role now for Sen. lowlife-Kamala Harris's (D., Calif.) campaign.  Majority Forward is closely affiliated with the Senate Majority PAC, a political action committee aligned with scumbag-Schumer. The two organizations share office space, staff, and count J.B. Poersch, a scumbag-Schumer ally, as their president. Additionally, the Senate Majority PAC marks its contributions from Majority Forward as rent, salary, and insurance. Watchdog groups have described the relationship between Majority Forward and the Senate Majority PAC as "ridiculously cozy."...
liar-Pulosi Rejects U.S. Sovereignty – U.S. Immigration Subject to Laws of
“A Global Society"
by sundance } ~ In a stunning press conference today U.S. House Speaker liar-Nancy Pulosi explains why she she has taken no action to curb the illegal immigration influx into the U.S... While explaining why she will not allow congress to debate, change or modify U.S. immigration laws, liar-Pulosi outlines how the United States is part of a global society, without borders and without any sovereign right to impede the “human society” from entering our nation. Therefore, according to her outlook and worldview, U.S. politicians have no right to stop any migration movement. Keep this in mind as we approach the 2020 election. The Speaker of the House is essentially saying, openly, publicly and without any reservation or concern, the United States of America is no longer a sovereign nation.
Clay (D) Blasts commie-AOC For liar-Pulosi Racism
Accusation: ‘Juvenile,’ ‘Ignorance Is Beyond Belief’
By Alex Griswold } ~ Rep. Lacy Clay (D., Mo.) laid into his Democratic colleague commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Thursday for her comments accusing Speaker of the House liar-Nancy Pulosi of racism... The New York freshman sparked controversy Wednesday by suggesting that liar-Pulosi's criticisms of her, as well as Reps. worthless-Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), worthless-Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) and worthless-Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.)—all women of color—had to do with their race. "When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood," commie-Ocasio-Cortez told reporters. "But the persistent singling out… it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful… the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color." commie-Ocasio Cortez backed off those comments somewhat the next day, saying liar-Pulosi was "absolutely not" acting out of racial animus, and insisting she was just "pointing out a pattern." "We're not talking just about progressives, it's singling out four individuals and knowing the media environment we're operating in, knowing the amount of death threats we get, knowing the amount of concentration of attention, I think it's worth asking why," she told CNN's Manu Raju. liar-Pulosi herself avoided weighing in on the dust-up during her weekly press conference, telling a reporter who tried to ask her about commie-Ocasio-Cortez that he was wasting his question. "We respect the value of every member of our caucus," she said. "The diversity of it all is a wonderful thing. Diversity is our strength, unity is our power, and we have a big fight, and we're in the arena. And that's all I'm gonna say on the subject." But Clay—himself an African-American member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus—was not satisfied, telling reporters in the Speaker's Lobby that commie-Ocasio-Cortez was "juvenile" and ignorant.  "You're getting push back so you resort to using the race card? Unbelievable," he said...
House votes to subpoena a dozen 
current and former top Trump aides
by Susan Ferrechio } ~ House Democrats voted Thursday to subpoena a dozen Trump administration officials, including Jared Kushner, to obtain information about the treatment of illegal immigrants on the southern border... as well as alleged obstruction of justice by the president. The 21-12 vote fell along party lines and is likely to escalate the ongoing battle between Democrats and the Trump administration over access to witnesses and documents related to the border situation, as well as former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into alleged Russian collusion with the 2016 Trump campaign. Those who do not comply with the subpoena could be subjected to a contempt-of-Congress vote. The dozen include Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former chief of staff John Kelly, one-time Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump tweeted about the vote Thursday morning. “Now the Democrats have asked to see 12 more people who have already spent hours with Robert Mueller, and spent a fortune on lawyers in so doing,” Trump tweeted. “How many bites at the apple do they get before working on Border Loopholes and Asylum.” House Judiciary Committee Chairman scumbag liar-Jerrold Nadler said before the vote that the subpoenas are needed because the Trump administration has ignored requests for information about corruption allegations and the conditions along the border. “This committee cannot sit idly by,” the New York Democrat said. “There must be oversight and accountability.” scumbag liar-Nadler said the panel wants to know more about reports that Trump offered former DHS acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan a pardon if McAleenan faced legal consequences for closing the southern border... Where were these House Judiciary Committees in the last admin?
Court Favors Trump Twitter Trolls
Thomas Gallatin:  “The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise-open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees,” declared Judge Barrington Parker in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against President Donald Trump for blocking critics from his Twitter account. The Second Circuit’s ruling upheld the decision of a district court.

This rather confusing ruling has opened the door for more lawsuits, as demonstrated by an almost immediate suit against Rep. commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for her similar practice of blocking people from her Twitter account.

There are several issues here — some of which the court addressed and others it indicated it would intentionally avoid. The first and biggest was the question of First Amendment rights, specifically the free-speech rights of all Americans. The court noted that government officials are not allowed to prevent individuals’ access to publicly presented information, nor may public officials prevent private individuals from speaking freely on that information. Essentially, the court asserted that Twitter was a public forum because Trump was using it as such.

This, however, is the crux of the issue: Twitter is a private company that explicitly notes in its user agreement that it holds full authority over whatever content a user may place on its platform. Citing that user agreement, National Review’s David French observes, “There is no [Twitter user] ‘control’ at all, temporary or otherwise. … There is instead a public official using a private platform to attempt to amplify his specific message, with the permission of the entity that controls the platform. The court’s ruling, in this circumstance, represents government intervention in Twitter’s control of its own service. The court is overriding the permissions Twitter gave its own user.”

Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey makes another cogent point about First Amendment rights: “It doesn’t necessarily follow that I’m forced to listen to [certain speech], either, nor are public officials. The First Amendment guarantees the right to speak, not a right to an audience.” Trump blocking critics on his Twitter account does not block them from Twitter itself, nor does it prevent them from seeing his posts. He is simply refusing to allow hecklers and trolls to post comments on his Twitter feed. Hecklers and trolls are removed from public speeches, too.

For the record, we have criticized Trump’s Twitter habits before, and, frankly, were henot such a troll on the platform, this case likely wouldn’t have made it to the courts in the first place.

Meanwhile, the court’s ruling brings into question the censoring practices that Twitter and other social-media platforms have increasingly engaged in. If Twitter serves merely as a public forum, then is not its censorship practice a violation of Americans’ First Amendment rights?

There is no word yet as to whether Trump will seek to appeal the ruling, as he has already been in compliance with the district court’s ruling. But keep an eye on his Twitter feed…  ~The Patriot Post  

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TRUMP:  Trump To Give ‘Start Your Engines’ Command At Dayton

President Donald Trump will give the command for drivers to start their engines before the Daytona 500.

Daytona International Speedway officials named Trump the grand marshal for NASCAR’s season opener, meaning he will deliver the most famous four words in auto racing. “Gentleman, start your engines,” has been a staple of races around the country and world for decades.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday the president plans to attend the race. Track president Chip Wile confirmed the news in a release.

“Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting presidents of the United States over our history,” Wile said. “We’re honored that the president of the United States has chosen to experience the pageantry and excitement of ‘The Great American Race.’”

Trump is the third sitting president to attend a race at Daytona, but only the second to attend the Daytona 500. George W. Bush attended in 2004. Trump is the first to be given an honorary role in pre-race ceremonies.

Trump is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday and the U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach — a restriction put in place for presidential visits.

Trump has hosted previous NASCAR champions at the White House and last October awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to motorsports titan Roger Penske. Last year, Trump also praised retired driver Mario Andretti, the Daytona 500 winner in 1967, reminiscing about a ride Andretti gave him in a race car for his reality show “The Apprentice.”

“I said, ‘Mario, get me out of here. I want to get out of this car,’” Trump recalled. “We went so fast. We literally — we covered four blocks in like a second.”

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