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The Florida Democratic Party will reportedly return roughly $780,000 received under the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program, following bipartisan backlash about accepting the money appearing unethical.

The group made the announcement Wednesday that it would return the money, a small business loan made available under the $670 billion Paycheck Protection Plan that Congress made passed this spring to help small businesses through the coronavirus pandemic, according to Politico.

“Like many employers during the shutdown, FDP was concerned about meeting payroll and keeping our staff employed, so we applied,” the group said in a statement. “The bank, the loan processor and agents of the Small Business Association approved the funding. It now seems they made a mistake in approving the funding so we are volunteering to return it.

In May, party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo, reportedly called the PPP a “disaster” that “funneled” money to large corporations but failed to disclose that the group had applied for a loan of $350,000 to $1 million.

The loan agreement was discovered earlier this week when the Small Business Administration released a report on recipients.

Among the prominent Florida Democrats to purportedly criticize the state party’s decision to apply for and accept the money is Rep. Donna Shalala.

She has demanded that the party return the money and has refused to participate in a news conference Friday about President Trump’s upcoming visit to Miami, two sources told Politico.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/florida-democratic?utm_source=justthenews.com&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=external-news-aggregators
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>>650533
Im sure republicans did it too but unlike the DNC they have 0 integrity so they'll keep it quiet
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>>650537
>following bipartisan backlash about accepting the money appearing unethical.
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>>650533
>https://justthenews.com
I've never heard of this source, literally. Are they founded in previous week?
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>>650581
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/just-the-news/
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>>650533
Wow, Liberals are so evil. Dear God please save us.

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A Black Lives Matter mural was defaced and painted over to read, “All Lives Matter” in a village near Chicago this week, according to officials and a new report.

The mural, painted two weeks ago in Oak Park, Illinois, was vandalized overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, village officials said.

Portions of the mural were covered up so that it read “All Lives Matter,” according to The Chicago Tribune.

The graffiti was largely cleaned off by 10 a.m. Wednesday, but local officials and artists who created the mural said they will discuss whether additional work is needed to fully restore it, the outlet reported.

The mural was the idea of Cullen Benson, a graduate of the local Oak Park and River Forest High School.

The “Black Lives Matter” message is nearly 100 feet wide, according to the paper. Work began on June 24 and the project was completed in less than two days, Benson told the outlet.

The mural nods to the colors of the LGBTQ+ pride flag, as well as navy blue and orange, the high school’s colors, according to the report.

Village officials called the mural “a testament to community acknowledgment of the Black Lives Matter movement that has focused public attention on the inequities and systemic racism that have such a negative impact on people of color.”

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>>650617
>wasting taxpayer dollars on monuments to racism
Just read a book guys lol
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Only white lives matter desu
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>>650609
Based
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In case anyone wants to play the game in the OP
https://www.moralmachine.net/
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>>650609
Good! BLM is disgusting.

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8 year old Secoriea Turner was shot by Antifa & BLM for crossing their illegal boarder.

> “They say Black Lives Matter. You killed your own. You killed your own this time. Just because of a barrier? They killed my baby because she crossed a barrier and made a u-turn. You killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to nobody.”

https://twitter.com/NatishaLance/status/1279916014071959552

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/atlanta-shooting-victim-secoriea-turner-was-full-joy-feisty-spirit/Gtp5Dy9zNKOGlyEQJNjCpO
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>>650451
Doubt
Probably more capitulation until nothing is left. Only the hyper rich will remain.
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>>650083
Isn't CHAZ already over?
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>>650650
Not on Fox News it's not.
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>>650650
Kind of, theres some lingering issues like lawsuits the businesses affect are lining up against the city and I doubt the smell will be taken care of until August
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>>650053
>implying walls don't work

New York is breaking bad.

Federal agents have been seizing an increased amount of methamphetamine in New York City and the surrounding area, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration told The Post on Tuesday.

The surge of the illicit stimulant into the Big Apple comes amid a proliferation of meth labs in Mexico feeding organizations in the Midwest — and even in the Northeast, acting DEA Administrator Timothy Shea said.

“That is a hideous drug with no treatment, so we have to do everything we can to stop the growth of meth labs,” he said.

Cont'd:
https://nypost.com/2020/07/07/dea-reports-fed-agents-seizing-meth-at-nyc-as-labs-thrive-midwest/
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Confessions of a Chinese Drug Trafficker

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/5dzyba/confessions-of-a-chinese-fentanyl-trafficker-im-really-afraid-of-hurting-people
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Millions of Meth pills, tons of marijuana seized in 3 major drug hauls.

https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/crime/millions-of-meth-pills-tonnes-of-marijuana-seized-in-3-major-drug-hauls
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>>649784
Damn shame, it was such a nice city for a couple decades too

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Some 150 writers, academics and activists - including authors JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood - have signed an open letter denouncing the "restriction of debate".

They say they applaud a recent "needed reckoning" on racial justice, but argue it has fuelled stifling of open debate.

The letter denounces "a vogue for public shaming and ostracism" and "a blinding moral certainty".

Several signatories have been attacked for comments that caused offence.

That includes Harry Potter author JK Rowling who was fiercely criticised this month for comments about transgender people.

A diverse cross-section of figures from across the globe put their names to the letter which was published on Tuesday in Harper's Magazine.

It includes US intellectual Noam Chomsky, eminent feminist Gloria Steinem, Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov and author Malcolm Gladwell.

Several have had works banned in some countries, including British novelist Salman Rushdie, who lived in hiding after receiving death threats for his 1988 book Satanic Verses.

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>>649668
"restriction of debate"
No. People are just using THEIR freedom of speech and expression and demanding people take responsibility for their words and disagreeing with them. That's not restriction. Freedom of speech goes both ways. Somebody or me can say something stupid and other people can disagree with me. If I behave like an idiot, people have the right to say that I'm not being fair. People can also demand somebody to get fired too if they behave like idiots. That's their freedom to do so. Now, workers shouldn't be fired for brainfarts. But people have the freedom to demand consequences for bad behaviour. For example if a worker behaves like a racist, they can be fired if people want to do that. Nothing is absolute. Not even freedom of speech if it hurts other people like minorities or individuals. There can be consequences. That's how society works. But I think you shouldn't get fired so easily. But that's another problem. People can get fired too easily in the US for example.

tl:dr If you say something, prepare to be challenged and take responsibility for your words and bear the consequences.
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>>650106
This.
The leftists are debating with themselves.
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>>650469
I wouldn't say that's what this is about
This seems to be a case of these people being fed up and making a statement against the cultural phenomenon of online mobs being out to get a person, hating them and wanting to viciously destroy people's lives because they've said something the people don't like or have an opinion that others oppose
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>>650546
>No. People are just using THEIR freedom of speech and expression and demanding people take responsibility for their words and disagreeing with them.
Is this how people have begun framing death threats and laws banning books?
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>>650592
Go to bed, Rowling. Nobody is going to murder you.

The 2nd president of the confederacy does it again!

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/trump-requests-toppled-confederate-statue-put-back-up-in-dc/2343633/

President Donald Trump personally requested that a statue of a Confederate general be put back up, less than a week after cheering protesters toppled it and set it on fire in a Washington, D.C., park, NBC News reports.

Trump called Interior Sec. David Bernhardt and asked the Park Service to restore a statue of Brigadier General Albert Pike, two sources told NBC News.

The White House did not provide a comment, NBC News reported.

But an Interior Department spokesman reiterated Bernhardt's call for law and order.

"The Secretary has made his position quite clear when it comes to lawlessness, violence against police, and destruction of public property," the spokesman said.

The fight over statues and public memorials in the capital reached a boiling point this week, putting the White House, city officials and protesters at odds with each other.

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>>648487
turns out the union also murdered plenty of US citizens around the same time
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>>648476
Nope, it was about slavery. the state's right lie sailed even before the war when the south demanded the federal government stop the North from passing laws that protected run away slaves.
It's funny how the south tried to cheat and still lost. Then committed treason and got BTFO.
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>>641252
Nice unbiased reporting from you anon
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-race-florida-statue/as-confederate-monuments-fall-a-florida-community-to-vote-on-putting-one-up-idUSKBN2481D7
>Flordia Republicans vote to put up statue of traitor and klansman
>Claims honoring the traitor will bring the community together
Burn Florida to the ground.
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>having a separatist warlord immortalized as a statue in your capital

how cucked can you be

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>It's the Top Ten list no one wants to be on.

>Moments after the feds busted Ghislaine Maxwell Thursday for allegedly roping in underage girls for pal Jeffrey Epstein's perverted pleasure, fireworks started going off in the lives of certain billionaires and playboys who palled around with the two.

>And not the happy Fourth of July kind.

>Since no one was closer to the billionaire pedophile than Maxwell, whose network spanned from New York to France, Israel, Buckingham Palace and the Caribbean, those in the know are undoubtedly fretting over the dirt she could dish to keep herself out of jail.

>Particularly after prosecutors vowed to "bring justice" to other potential enablers of Epstein's sex abuse and trafficking.

>And her friend, TV host Christopher Mason, said he believes she had access to videotapes from all of Epstein's properties - and the footage has gone missing.

>"I'm sure she has access to the videos," Mason said. "A lot of powerful people will be more than a little worried."

>So who among Epstein's infamous black book will need a good lawyer if "G-Max" - the alias Maxwell used when moving around money - starts singing?

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She will meet the same fate as Epstein or a patsy will be caught for murder. She will not be allowed to testify.
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>>649477
Most likely
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>>649401
fuck?
me too!!
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>>647997

I'm still astounded they didn't literally tactical nuke her hidey house, how the hell is she still alive?

https://apnews.com/651b85a438d142858cefc2e1ab3640d4
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More countries need a good old fashioned parliament storming.
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Based Serbian peoples.
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How does storming a parliament solve a pandemic?
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>>650121

Are they rioting because a lockdown is anounced?
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>>650369

that was just initial reason, real one is because of corrupt goverment of Vucic and SNS (Serbian Progressive Party)

> 7. July 18:00 lockdown announced
> 7. July 18:30 - ~2:00 protest that turns into riots start, storming of parliament happens, police is on the streets, police brutality happens
> 8. July 15:00 announcment that lockdown won't happen, accusation that foregin intelligence is disrupting Serbia (lol)
> 8. July 18:00 protests in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis.. Vucic brought police from all over the country in Belgrade, breaking demonstrations beating people


Today we will see what happens

>>650367

it doesn't help pandemic, it's bad to have mass gatherings during pandemic

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled broadly Wednesday in favor of the religious rights of employers in two cases that could leave more than 70,000 women without free contraception and tens of thousands of people with no way to sue for job discrimination.

In both cases the court ruled 7-2, with both liberal and conservative justices ruling in favor of the Trump administration and religious employers.

In the more prominent of the two cases, involving President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the justices greenlighted changes the Trump administration had sought. The administration announced in 2017 that it would allow more employers to opt out of providing the no-cost birth control coverage required under the law, but lower courts had blocked the changes.

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany joined conservative groups in cheering the court’s contraception decision. “Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a big win for religious freedom and freedom of conscience,” she said in a statement.

Liberal groups and Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, decried the decision, which she called a “fundamental misreading” of the health care law.

Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority of the court, said in Wednesday’s decision that the administration had the authority to make the changes and followed appropriate procedures in doing so.

The government had previously estimated that the rule changes would cause between 70,000 women and 126,000 women to lose contraception coverage in one year.

https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/07/08/court-some-employers-can-refuse-to-offer-free-birth-control-2/
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited those numbers in dissenting.

“Today, for the first time, the Court casts totally aside countervailing rights and interests in its zeal to secure religious rights to the nth degree,” she wrote in a dissent joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Separately Wednesday, the Supreme Court sided with two Catholic schools in California in a decision underscoring that certain employees of religious schools can’t sue for employment discrimination.

The case the justices decided Wednesday involved two Catholic school teachers who taught religion as part of their jobs and who sued their schools for discrimination after their contracts were not renewed.

“When a school with a religious mission entrusts a teacher with the responsibility of educating and forming students in the faith, judicial intervention into disputes between the school and the teacher threatens the school’s independence in a way that the First Amendment does not allow,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority, saying the teachers’ lawsuits should not be allowed to go forward.
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Looks like the court is more right wing tha we thought. Time to pack it.
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Nice to see some good news for a change
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>more than 70k white trash scanks and negresses deprived of birth control
Americans sure love to get their country more BLACKED.
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>>650163
Don't be ridiculous anon. Obama wrote the law, the democrats passed it. They could have specifically had it cover abortion. They chose not to, and specifically left it to the executive branch. That's not even counting the chances Obama and Clinton had for a constitutional amendment protecting abortion when they had democratic supermajorities.

Kagan and Breyer aren't exactly bible thumpers. Just skip ahead to the civil war part 2 if you want that shit that badly.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Life with the possibility of parole, that’s the sentence agreed upon in a plea deal for a man charged with the 2018 murder of a Savannah Police officer and his wife.

Michael Anthony Barber pled guilty to felony murder today for stabbing Luis and Akia Molina to death in their Chatham County home.

Because of restrictions because due to coronavirus, the plea hearing played out over video conferencing.

Appearing over a live stream along with a public defender, Michael Anthony Barber agreed to a guilty plea for felony murder, voluntary manslaughter and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

All told, the sentence carries life with the possibility of parole plus five years served consecutively.

Presiding Judge Benjamin W. Karpf said, “I’m going to go ahead and accept the plea of guilty on those counts as entered by Mr. Barber. I’m going to find that the pleas were entered freely, knowingly, voluntarily with full knowledge of all the consequences. And I’m also going to find that there is sufficient factual basis to support the pleas.”

Barber, Akia Molina’s brother, was staying with the Molina’s in 2018.

Investigators found that he fatally stabbed Luis while he slept, then when confronted by his sister, fatally stabbed her too.

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Judge Karpf said, “Having reviewed the victim impact statements, I note that there was expressed a profound sense of loss, as well as some anger which is understandable in these circumstances. But Mr. Barber needs to understand that some of the folks in there expressed some compassion as well.”

Judge Karpf also told Barber that even though he’ll be eligible for parole in the future, that it will be a long time from now. The judge encouraged Barber to do the work that he needs to over that long period of time, and told Barber over the course of the rest of his life to not take anything away from the world again, and instead find a way to give back.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia woman who previously served in the Air Force planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government, prosecutors said Monday in announcing her conviction in federal court.

Elizabeth Jo Shirley pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement to one count each of willful retention of national defense information and international parental kidnapping, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news release.

Shirley, 46, of Hedgesville, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the national security charge and up to three years and a $250,000 fine on the kidnapping charge. The statement did not say whether a sentencing date was set in federal court in Martinsburg.

"Federal government employees and contractors with high level security clearances pledge to protect classified information from foreign adversaries. It's an essential responsibility in guarding our country's national security," said Michael Christmas, the FBI's special agent in charge in Pittsburgh.

"Ms. Shirley had a duty to safeguard classified information. Instead, she chose to break the law and trust placed in her and made plans to pass national defense information to Russian officials, which could have put our citizens at risk."

Prosecutors said Shirley leased a storage unit and kept a document — without authorization — relating to national defense that outlines intelligence information regarding a foreign government's military and political issues.

Shirley worked on assignments with the National Security Agency while serving in the Air Force.
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>>649123
>40% of Republicans think Russia is an ally
Fucking kek.
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>>648919
*sigh*
Once again.
Another thread exists.
Learn to catalog.
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>>648919
Based, fuck America.
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>>649111
>the two lefties
Only two of them, I always thought that there are at least five and sometimes six of them, I guess I was wrong.
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>>649440
There is a handful of you faggots at most.

>>650265
I dont think you know what a bot is - or - your banter is absolutely dreadful. hard to tell.

>>650382
meh, 2 or 6 or 12 its a pathetic number. Those faggots in /ptg/ on /pol/ hit thread bump limits in 15-40 minutes (300 posts), the whole of /news/ gets maybe 600 posts per day max.
>Its a sad little enclave of buncherchan and discord fags foisting their talking points onto every topic and throwing their toys out the cot if they get any push-back at all.

Its oh so tiresome

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>>649397
Diversity will tear us apart
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>>648973
https://www.theadvocate.com/image_f6864a2a-befe-11ea-9b43-63d06d893b2a.html
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>>648973
>>649397
If you bothered to read the article, you'd have learned that the shooting was an accident. The accused was showing the weapon to a guest at a BBQ when it went off.

Also from the story:
> The fatal incident was among three shootings across the parish Saturday that left two people dead and six others injured.
Yet, only the black-on-white shooting gets any attention. Hmm.
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>>650054
>only the black-on-white shooting gets any attention. Hmm.

Who are you trying to impress, anon?

https://www.foxnews.com/us/bart-officials-withholding-crime-surveillance-tapes-for-fear-of-racial-stereotyping

>BART officials withholding crime surveillance tapes for 'fear of racial stereotyping'.

>The transit system that serves San Francisco is under fire for refusing to release video from surveillance cameras that captured several recent train attacks by gangs of young black riders.
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>>649397
is there proof for this? are you talking up your ass? i live in a pasty white region of the country. more fights are happening for sure, but black people usually arent involved.

rubes ITT fell for OP's racist bait. as did i.

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Facebook and Twitter have confirmed they have suspended processing demands for user data from Hong Kong authorities following the introduction of a new Beijing-imposed national security law.

A spokesperson for Facebook told TechCrunch it will “pause” the processing of data demands until it can better understand the new national security law, “including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with human rights experts.” The spokesperson added: “We believe freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and support the right of people to express themselves without fear for their safety or other repercussions.”

Facebook said its suspension will also apply to WhatsApp, which it owns.

News of the suspension was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Soon after, Twitter also confirmed it followed suit. “Given the rapid pace at which the new National Security Law in China has been passed and that it was only published in its entirety for the first time last week, our teams are reviewing the law to assess its implications, particularly as some of the terms of the law are vague and without clear definition,” said a Twitter spokesperson.

“Like many public interest organizations, civil society leaders and entities, and industry peers, we have grave concerns regarding both the developing process and the full intention of this law,” the spokesperson said.

Twitter said it suspended transfers of user data subject to Hong Kong demands immediately after the law went into effect.

https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/06/facebook-whatsapp-hong-kong-data/
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Google, Microsoft, and Telegram also said Monday that it will no longer process data requests from Hong Kong authorities.

Tech giants have long seen Hong Kong as a friendly outpost in Asia as a semi-independent city nation state, albeit under the control of Beijing under its “one country, two systems” principles. Hong Kong has far greater freedoms from mainland China, where government surveillance and censorship are widespread.

But the new national security law, imposed unilaterally by the Chinese government on June 30, effectively undermines any protections Hong Kong nationals had. The law removes provisions for authorities to require a court order before it can demand data from internet companies, like Facebook and Twitter.

One industry leader, who chairs the Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association, said internet providers would have little choice but to comply with the new law.

The move is likely to put Silicon Valley tech giants — and other companies that follow in their footsteps — on notice with Beijing, which already has sweeping bans against some Western tech giants, including both Facebook and Twitter, on the mainland. WhatsApp is highly popular in Hong Kong, alongside Telegram and WeChat.

Updated with comment from Twitter, and later to include Microsoft and Google.
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>>649080
>The spokesperson added: “We believe freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and support the right of people to express themselves without fear for their safety or other repercussions.”
I'm not sure if this is an honest answer to the public, especially if you look at what are they doing (FB corp) in the meantime.
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nice, now do the rest of the world

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WASHINGTON — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday praised President Trump as “respectful” and “kind” to our neighbors to the south as the two signed a new trade agreement at the White House.

Lopez Obrador, a veteran of leftist politics who is often compared to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, effusively praised Trump in the Rose Garden.

“Thank you, President Trump, for being increasingly respectful to our Mexican fellow man,” he said through a translator. “To you, President Trump, I want to thank you for your understanding and the help you’ve given us in issues related to trade, commerce, oil, as well as your personal support for the acquisition of medical equipment that we needed urgently to treat our patients of COVID-19.”

Lopez Obrador said that he defied criticism and made the trip because he wanted to deliver a message about Trump to US residents.

“You have never sought to impose anything on us violating our sovereignty. Instead of the Monroe Doctrine, you have followed in our case the wise advice of illustrious and prudent George Washington, who said, ‘nations should not take advantage of the unfortunate condition of other people.’

“You have not tried to treat us as a colony. On the contrary, you have honored our condition as an independent nation and that’s why I’m here: to express to the people of the United States that their president has behaved with us with kindness and respect,” the Mexican leader added.

Lopez Obrador did not directly address Trump’s past condemnation of crime linked to Mexican illegal immigrants and his vow to make Mexico pay for his border wall.

Trump also gushed over Lopez Obrador, describing him as a fellow corruption-busting populist.

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so how much did trump pay him for this stunt?
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>>650302
Nothing it was mutual love.
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Trudeau was too smart too attend, the beaner had to, though
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>>650302
Nothing. You pay.
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>>650302
Same amount Obrador paid him for the wall.

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Mount Rushmore has come under fire from liberals in recent weeks for its depiction of presidents who were slaveholders, but before President Donald Trump gave a speech there, it was revered by figures on the left.

While covering Trump's Mount Rushmore visit over the weekend, CNN reporter Leyla Santiago described the famed South Dakota site as a "monument of two slaveowners and on land wrestled away from Native Americans," and MSNBC's Tiffany Cross criticized Trump for picking the "most grandiose symbol of U.S. imperialism on earth."

It's a far cry from how it was described when Democratic politicians were mentioned alongside it.

MSNBC's Al Sharpton wondered in 2013 if President Barack Obama deserved a spot alongside Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, as did MSNBC's Chris Matthews.

Matthews also cut a "Lean Forward" ad for MSNBC in front of Mount Rushmore in 2012, praising the four presidents as makers of American history.

In 2008, CNN's Jim Acosta covered Obama's visit during the Democratic primary as "a fitting campaign stop for a presidential contender looking to make history." Another CNN anchor called it "quite a sight if you haven't seen it."

In office, Obama referred to Mount Rushmore as one of the nation's "most iconic landmarks," on par with the Statue of Liberty.

In 2016, CNN's Jeff Zeleny covered Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I., Vt.) visit there and noted he took in the "majesty of the moment."

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>>648995
You better be careful, Anon, Antifa is watching.
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>>648743
i thought you meant his mouth
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>>650308
>using acids to damage a porous structure

oh anon, please dont say more words, you might hurt your gentle brain
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>>648710
It would be like if he was standing in front of an MLK statue in Detroit on Juneteenth and CNN reported he was "standing in front of a statue of some nigger in a city that's been a shithole ever since it had a black majority"

It's disrespectful and inappropriate


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