Trump’s attempt to ban TikTok and WeChat could face legal trouble for infringing on free speech, according to a First Amendment expert

Business Insider

Kyle Langvardt, a law professor at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, told Business Insider that Trump’s orders “are likely to have First Amendment problems.”

“The reason is that they discriminate based on the identity of the speaker (Bytedance, Tencent), and also, arguably, based on the ‘content’ of their speech,” Langvardt said.

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/trumps-tiktok-and-wechat-bans-could-violate-first-amendment-expert-2020-8

Lawsuit demands sign language at White House virus briefings

The New York Times

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The National Association of the Deaf and five deaf Americans have sued the White House, arguing that the lack of a sign language interpreter at President Trump’s coronavirus briefings violates the First Amendment.

The association is seeking to force Mr. Trump and other White House officials to use American Sign Language, or A.S.L., interpreters during “television broadcasts of their coronavirus press conferences and briefings to make them accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing people.”

The lawsuit contends that the refusal to provide in-frame sign language prevents the plaintiffs from accessing the communications provided by their elected representatives, thus violating their First Amendment rights.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/04/us/politics/asl-interpreter-lawsuit-coronavirus-trump.html

New suit says Trump is still blocking users on Twitter

Courthouse News Service

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It was one year ago this month that the Second Circuit ruled it unconstitutional for Trump to block users who criticize him — affirming a federal judge’s ruling that the block was a First Amendment violation.

Source: https://www.courthousenews.com/new-suit-says-trump-is-still-blocking-users-on-twitter/

DHS compiled ‘intelligence reports’ on journalists who published leaked documents

The Washington Post

DHS Makes Deal With Oregon Governor To Withdraw Federal Agents From Portland

“Upon learning about the practice, Acting Secretary Wolf directed the DHS Intelligence & Analysis Directorate to immediately discontinue collecting information involving members of the press,” a department spokesman said in a statement. “In no way does the Acting Secretary condone this practice and he has immediately ordered an inquiry into the matter. The Acting Secretary is committed to ensuring that all DHS personnel uphold the principles of professionalism, impartiality and respect for civil rights and civil liberties, particularly as it relates to the exercise of First Amendment rights.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/dhs-compiled-intelligence-reports-on-journalists-who-published-leaked-documents/2020/07/30/5be5ec9e-d25b-11ea-9038-af089b63ac21_story.html

Pelosi, Blumenaur condemn ‘egregious abuses of power’ by Trump against Oregon protestors

The Hill

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Earl Blumenaur (D-Ore.) released a joint statement Saturday evening condemning what they said were “egregious abuses of power” after the Trump administration deployed federal officers to Portland amid protests.“

As our nation mourns the loss of our colleague and beloved civil rights leader John Lewis, we are again reminded of the immense power of peaceful protest in the fight against racial injustice and police brutality,” the congressional duo said.

“Yet time and time again, the Trump Administration shows its lack of respect for the dignity and First Amendment rights of all Americans.”

Source: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/507985-pelosi-blumenaur-vow-action-to-curb-egregious-abuses-of-power-by-trump-against