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Trump runs out of cover in fight for Jan. 6 documents

The U.S. Supreme Court denied former President Donald Trump’s request to stop the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection from obtaining presidential records. Contrary to Trump’s assertions, a lower court found a serious legislative need to see the documents and no valid executive privilege to withhold them since President Joe Biden has the power to withhold or release documents to Congress under these circumstances. (SCOTUSblog, January 19, 2022, by Amy Howe) The ruling also

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Florida professors victorious in free speech case

University of Florida received a stiff reprimand by a federal judge who ruled that they could not prevent six professors from providing expert testimony on lawsuits against the state. Judge Mark E. Walker said the university committed viewpoint discrimination by singling out the six professors while allowing others to speak freely. (The New York Times, January 21, 2022, by Michael Wines) For related FAC coverage, click here.

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Biden averse to news conferences, interviews

President Joe Biden leads his predecessors in avoiding press conferences and interviews. After speeches before reporters he may answer one or two questions but then walks off leaving reporters without news. (AP News, January 9, 2022, by Aamer Madhani) Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki said last November that the dearth of press conferences was a media problem rather than one for the America people. Psaki claimed Biden answered 20 to 30 questions a week in

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Missouri governor investigates journalist on hacking charge

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter who happened on teacher Social Security numbers on a government website immediately informed state education officials of this serious breach of privacy. Nonetheless, Missouri Governor Mike Parson chose to open a criminal investigation claiming the reporter hacked a state website. (The Washington Post, January 9, 2022, by William H. Feivogel) The Editorial Board of the Springfield News-Leader, October 15, 2021, castigated the governor for his poor understanding of the internet

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Poldcast, Facebook lies fueled Jan. 6 attack on capitol

Brookings researchers found that there was a “tsunami” of podcasts before the January 6 insurrection with lies about the 2020 presidential election. They found 60 percent of the most popular political podcasts gave credence to election fraud conspiracy theories. (The New York Times, January 4, 2022, by Stuart A. Thompson) An avalanche of posts on Facebook between the election and January 6 also attacked Joe Biden’s victory, many of them calling for violence and executions

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