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TikTok To Sue Trump Administration Over Ban, As Soon As Tuesday

Source: NPR

TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration, challenging the president's executive order banning the service from the United States.

The video-sharing app hugely popular with the smartphone generation will file the federal lawsuit as soon as Tuesday, according to a person who was directly involved in the forthcoming suit but was not authorized to speak for the company. It will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, where TikTok's American operations are based, the person said.

NPR has learned that the lawsuit will argue that President Trump's far-reaching action is unconstitutional because it failed to give the company a chance to respond. It also alleges that the administration's national security justification for the order is baseless, according to the source.

"It's based on pure speculation and conjecture," the source said. "The order has no findings of fact, just reiterates rhetoric about China that has been kicking around."

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2020/08/08/900394707/tiktok-to-sue-trump-administration-over-ban-as-soon-as-tuesday

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Mouser (cat) resigns, letter enclosed






Trump issued executive order to ban TikTok in 45 days


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President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order that would ban the social media app TikTok from operating in the US in 45 days if it is not sold by its Chinese parent company ByteDance.

The order does not state that a certain amount of money from the sale needs to be sent to the US Treasury Department, which the President has been insisting on for several days.

The order alleges that TikTok "automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories. This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans' personal and proprietary information -- potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage."

It also claims that the platform censors "content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive" and "may also be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party, such as when TikTok videos spread debunked conspiracy theories about the origins of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus."

Flood of eviction filings expected after DeSantis quietly changes Florida's moratorium wording


The relief felt by tenants when Gov. Ron DeSantis extended Florida’s eviction moratorium another month to Sept. 1 may be short-lived because changes to the order’s phrasing explicitly allow eviction filings to resume and for some residents to be kicked out.

The original statewide moratorium that’s been in place since April was much more vague, suspending “any statute providing for an eviction cause of action.”

Some housing advocates interpreted that as meaning landlords weren’t allowed to start filing, but many did anyway. In fact, while the moratorium’s been in place, about 400 commercial and residential evictions have been filed in Orange County alone.

The recent extension, however, specifically suspends just the “final action at the conclusion of an eviction proceeding” and solely for tenants who have been “adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency.”

Because of that, the chief judge over Orange and Osceola courts, Donald Myers Jr., anticipates “that the floodgates will open.” He said he expects to see the backlog of evictions that have been held up since the moratorium was put in place.

Company that bungled Florida unemployment system gets new $135 million state contract


Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is preparing to award a nine-figure state contract to the company responsible for Florida’s disastrous unemployment system.

Deloitte Consulting beat out four other companies for a contract to centralize and manage Florida’s Medicaid data, the state Agency for Health Care Administration announced Monday. The agency is expected to enter negotiations with Deloitte in the coming weeks.

The announcement came after the company has weathered months of scorn for its 2013 overhaul of Florida’s unemployment system. Deloitte was paid more than $40 million to create CONNECT to handle unemployment claims. Amid a crush of coronavirus-related unemployment claims in March, it failed immediately and repeatedly.

DeSantis himself has blasted CONNECT and ordered his inspector general to investigate the state’s 2011 contract with Deloitte, which was signed a few months after Gov. Rick Scott took office.

F*** DeSantis. Isn't this the definition of insanity ?

Beirut bride's special day horribly disrupted, the video...


Cute pic of red pandas


Therapy llama 'Caesar the No Drama Llama' calms tensions at protests


"Caesar the No Drama Llama" is followed by fans on the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Ore., after leaving a protest on July 25. (Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA/AP)

The protests in Portland, Ore., have been calmer in recent days. The shift away from large-scale clashes with police deploying tear gas came after the Trump administration pulled back federal law enforcement officers.

But even during the intensity of the unrest, there were pockets of calm around Caesar McCool.

Caesar, better known as “Caesar the No Drama Llama,” is a retired 6-year-old Argentine grand champion show llama that now works as a therapy llama and “llamactivist.” One of his best talents is offering emotional-support hugs, which people line up to give him at protests and other places where Caesar shows up.

He’s somewhat of a celebrity llama.

For Orange County (and maybe other counties) mail-in ballot must be received on Election Day


For your vote to count, we must receive your voted, signed vote-by-mail ballot no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day – postmarks do not count. (emphasis mine)

If you do not want to mail back your completed ballot, you can drop it off at our office or any early voting location. You can also exchange it for an in-person ballot at your assigned polling place on Election Day.

I did not realize that postmarks do not count. I am going to either 1) mail it in ASAP or 2) take it in physically, to the office at 119 West Kaley Street, Orlando, FL 32806.

Is your county the same ?

Trump threatens lawsuit to block mail-in voting in Nevada

Source: Politico

President Donald Trump threatened legal action Monday after Nevada’s Legislature passed a bill to mail ballots to all active voters, suggesting the measure would make it impossible for Republicans to win there in November’s general election.

“In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court!”

The president’s social media post came after Nevada state lawmakers approved legislation on Sunday to automatically send mail-in ballots to voters. Nevada Gov. Stephen Sisolak, a Democrat, is expected to sign the bill into law.

Trump has aggressively advocated for in-person voting in recent months even as state-level election officials move to expand mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic, which many fear could be easily spread at polling places.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/03/trump-nevada-mail-voting-lawsuit-390878
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