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Why Trump’s Threats Against Media Licenses Might Actually Violate the First Amendment

Jeff Malet Photography/NewscomOne of the truly great things about the First Amendment is that it applies to everyone. Well, almost everyone. With very few exceptions, the free speech protections enshrined in the U.S. Constitution give Americans the right to say pretty much whatever we want, whenever we want. And the courts have carefully protected that right for a long time—even that silly thing about not being allowed to shout fire in a crowded theater was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court—guided by the wisdom that free speech is vital…

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FCC Chair Preemptively Rubbishes Trump’s Dumb Tweet About Challenging Media Licenses (UPDATED)

Is it a day ending in the letter “y”? Then yes, President Donald Trump has said something flippantly authoritarian, made a wholly empty threat, and blasted the media, all before lunch. Helpfully, he accomplished this all with just one tweet: With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017 ReasonThe president is correct, if unintentionally so, that challenging a media company’s license out of frustration…

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Anti-Trump Republicans Need to Re-Examine Their Own Reckless Foreign Policy

There will come a day, hard as it is to visualize right now, when Donald Trump will no longer be president. When we make it to that finish line, hopefully without any intervening mushroom clouds or global cataclysms, will we have decisively avoided what Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) recently warned might be “World War III“? Not so fast, I argue in today’s L.A. Times. Corker, while more of a self-styled “realist” in comparison to uberhawkish fellow Trump apostate Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), nonetheless has wanted to arm the Ukranians, “get…

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FCC Chair Preemptively Rubbishes Trump’s Dumb Tweet About Challenging Media Licenses

Is it a day ending in the letter “y”? Then yes, President Donald Trump has said something flippantly authoritarian, made a wholly empty threat, and blasted the media, all before lunch. Helpfully, he accomplished this all with just one tweet: With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017 ReasonThe president is correct, if unintentionally so, that challenging a media company’s license out of frustration…

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Judge Won’t Let Feds Have Full Access to Names of People on Anti-Trump Site

Carol Guzy/ZUMA Press/NewscomA judge has added new limits to a warrant the Justice Department is using to try to track down the anti-Trump activists who disrupted Inauguration Day activities. As part of an effort to identify any protester who did anything illegal in D.C. the day Donald Trump was sworn in as president, the Department of Justice served a warrant against the web host DreamHost. The warrant was absurdly broad, attempting to get private data on anybody who had so much as visited DisruptJ20.org, a site used to organize anti-Trump…

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Trump Proposes Awful-Sounding ‘Economic Development Bill’ That Might Not Actually Exist

J Gerard Seguia / Pacific Press/NewscomPresident Donald Trump says he has a secret plan for economic development. He wants to throw money at American businesses and punish—somehow—companies that don’t do what he wants. The president floated the idea of what he called an “economic development bill” during an exclusive interview with Forbes, published today. The bill, Trump told Forbes‘ Randall Lane, is a secret for now (or at least it was) and will reward companies for keeping jobs in America while those that move jobs overseas will be “penalized severely.”…

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“The War On Coal Is Over,” Declares EPA Administrator Pruitt

Cnlj/DreamstimeThe Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will file a proposal later this week to repeal the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), EPA administrator Scott Pruitt declared in a speech in the coalfields of Kentucky today. The draft repeal proposal argues that the Obama administration exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Acts when it imposed rules on power generators that went beyond making improvements in their own plant operations. Specifically, the CPP would likely require power generators to create or subsidize significant amounts of generation from power sources –…

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Should You Be Able to Buy Birth Control – or a Tank – Over the Counter? [Podcast]

“The NRA is constantly doing these kind of dick moves… If a cop kills a black guy they’re silent, if a white person gets caught in the crossfire then they’re all pissed,” says Reason’s Nick Gillespie. “The NRA is a special interest group that pushes a Republican agenda first and kinda Second Amendment rights second.” Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Andrew Heaton join him in a conversation about gun-control proposals in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting and whether Jeff Sessions’ new push for religious liberty really means that…

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Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Recovery Just Got Even More Expensive

Loren Elliott/ZUMA Press/NewscomEven though Puerto Rico has months of work ahead to recover from Hurricane Maria, the Department of Homeland Security will not extend a waiver that exempted the island from a nasty federal law that drives up shipping costs to the island. The Jones Act—technically known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920—requires that ships that travel from port to port in America and its territories be made in America and owned and crewed by Americans. This means that foreign ships bringing goods to import into America can stop…

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Corker Against World War III Now That Trump Is for It

Alex Edelman/ZUMA Press/NewscomSen. Bob Corker is getting a lot of kudos from progressives for his recent criticisms of President Donald Trump. On Sunday, the Tennessee Republican called the White House an “adult day care”—you know, the kind of place where people stick elderly people with dementia—and said the president is steering America toward “World War III.” Corker “admits what others won’t say about Trump,” cooed Vanity Fair, in what has been a common framing: He’s a maverick! But despite this show of supposed resistance, there not really much daylight between…

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