Government & Communications

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President Trump inciting ‘violence’: More than 200 retired journalists condemn president’s ‘un-American’ attacks on press

More than 200 journalists condemned President Donald Trump’s “sustained pattern” of attacks on the free press in an open letter, describing his behavior as “un-American and utterly unlawful and unseemly for the President of the United States and l

When Trump Phones Friends, the Chinese and the Russians Listen and Learn

When President Donald Trump calls old friends on one of his iPhones to gossip, gripe, or solicit their latest take on how he is doing, American intelligence reports indicate that Chinese spies are often listening — and putting to use invaluable in

Explosive Devices Sent to Clinton, Obama, CNN, Former Head of Democratic National Committee

A series of bombs in manila envelopes with similar address labels were sent to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other prominent Democrats, setting off a nationwide manhunt for the terrorist behind what officials believe was a targeted attack.

Chairman Pai Response Regarding Alleged DDOS Attacks on FCC Comment Filing System

On Dec 11, 2017, Reps Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai expressing disappointment at the Chairman's failure to provide documentation relating to the May 7, 2017 alleged dis

Saudis’ Image Makers: A Troll Army and a Twitter Insider

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, has focused the world’s attention on the kingdom’s intimidation campaign against influential voices raising questions about the darker side of the crown prince.

Trump’s Attacks on the Press Are Illegal. We’re Suing.

President Donald Trump's frequent threats and hostile acts directed toward journalists and the media are not only offensive and unbecoming of a democratic leader; they are also illegal. Although the president can launch verbal tirades against the

President Trump lashes out at the Associated Press, calls headline 'FAKE NEWS!'

President Donald Trump attacked the Associated Press over a headline it had on a story about comments he made on the midterm elections, saying the headline "was very different from my quote and meaning in the story." The headline on the AP story f

New York Attorney General Expands Inquiry Into Net Neutrality Comments

Apparently, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors, and Washington advocacy organizations, seeking to determine whether the groups submitted millions of fraudu

PEN America files lawsuit against President Trump for First Amendment Violations

PEN America, the leading national organization representing writers and literary professionals and defending free expression, filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump for using the powers of the federal government to retaliate against journa

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Wed, 10/17/2018 - 15:00 to 16:15

The American press has long been an institution seeking to uphold the integrity of our democracy. Past presidential administrations may have criticized the media at times, but the Trump administration has elevated such attacks to unprecedented levels, declaring the press as being an “enemy of the American people.” As President Trump fuels the “fake news” fire and a general distrust of journalists, the power of the press is weakening in some segments of society.