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Racist Border Patrol groups show Facebook still has work to do on hate speech

Racist Border Patrol groups show Facebook still has work to do on hate speech

Facebook keeps saying it’s getting better at filtering out racist, sexist, and other hateful content. But if it’s struggling to do so with public posts, the company may have an even harder time in private posts behind tightly closed doors. Case in point: the multiple secret Facebook groups of US Customs and Border Protection agents…
Trump’s bizarre attack on McCain lowlights raucous speech to evangelical group

Trump’s bizarre attack on McCain lowlights raucous speech to evangelical group

President Trump gave a dizzying, rambling speech to an evangelical group on Wednesday, including a very weird aside about the late Sen. John McCain, who he seemed pleased to say has “gone on to greener pastures ... or perhaps far less green pastures.” McCain, who died last August, cast the decisive vote against repeal of…
A High School Paper Profiled A Student Sex Worker — & Sparked A Free Speech Battle

A High School Paper Profiled A Student Sex Worker — & Sparked A Free...

On April 11, however, district superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer issued a letter — a cease and desist of sorts — to Duffel, demanding district officials be allowed to review and approve the article before publication. Failure to comply, the letter warned, could result in discipline “up to and including dismissal.” The district’s main concerns, Nichols-Washer stated,…
It took Trump 90 seconds to lie about the “Mueller report” during Michigan speech

It took Trump 90 seconds to lie about the “Mueller report” during Michigan speech

Less than two minutes into President Donald Trump’s speech in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he lied about special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. “The collusion delusion is over,” Trump said on Thursday night, in his first speech since Attorney General Bill Barr announced some of Mueller’s key conclusions on Sunday. “The special counsel completed its report…
Trump’s free speech executive order isn’t about free speech

Trump’s free speech executive order isn’t about free speech

President Donald Trump gleefully pressed on another culture war hot button Thursday afternoon, issuing an executive order that’s supposed to address allegedly serious threats to free speech on America’s college campuses. The order itself does very little in practical terms: As my colleague Ella Nilsen explains, it basically amounts to reminding universities about existing law.…
A philosopher makes the case against free speech

A philosopher makes the case against free speech

I don’t consider myself an absolutist about anything — except for free speech. The value of free expression seems so fundamental to me that it hardly needs a defense. It is, after all, enshrined in the First Amendment of the US Constitution. But like any dogma, there is utility in occasionally challenging the assumptions that…
Trump has no clue how to strike a deal with Dems. His State of the Union speech proved it.

Trump has no clue how to strike a deal with Dems. His State of...

President Donald Trump’s most famous book, The Art of the Deal, says “you can’t con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don’t deliver the goods, people will eventually catch…
Early excerpts from President Trump’s State of the Union speech

Early excerpts from President Trump’s State of the Union speech

President Trump’s State of the Union speech will hit many of the classics — the need for aggressive immigration enforcement, to fix the bad trade deals of the past, to spend a lot of money on American infrastructure — based on early excerpts released by the White House. The speech is supposed to be a…
The New York Times and AP bungled their fact checks of Trump’s speech — badly

The New York Times and AP bungled their fact checks of Trump’s speech —...

Fact-checkers wandered into false equivalency territory Tuesday night after President Trump’s Oval Office address on immigration and Democrats’ response to it. The Associated Press was clobbered on Twitter after it anointed the Democratic claim that Trump was at fault for the shutdown “false,” saying that the Democrats are at fault too. As the AP put…
An underwhelming speech by a president without a plan

An underwhelming speech by a president without a plan

The measure of a politician’s commitment to a policy isn’t how often he asks for it but how much he’s willing to trade away to get it. By that measure, President Trump has never seemed committed to the border wall. When Republicans controlled Congress, Democrats offered Trump a deal: the wall for legalizing the young…

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