Trump’s misleading claims about Section 230 could last beyond his showdown with Congress

with Tonya Riley

President Trump’s last-ditch salvo to crack down on Silicon Valley by dismantling a key Internet law appears unlikely to work. 

Even Republicans who are open to restructuring the decades-old law that protects tech companies and other website operators from lawsuits for content moderation decisions are united in their opposition to tacking it onto a key defense bill during a lame-duck session.  

  • “[Section] 230 has nothing to do with the military,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Trump ally. “I agree with his sentiments, we ought to do away with 230 — but you can’t do it in this bill.” 
  • “I will vote to override,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), an Air Force veteran, tweeted in response to Trump’s veto threat. “Because it’s really not about you.” 

If Trump follows through on his threat to veto the must-pass military operations bill unless it contains

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The Technology 202: Trump’s misleading claims about Section 230 could last beyond his showdown with Congress

  • “[Section] 230 has nothing to do with the military,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Trump ally. “I agree with his sentiments, we ought to do away with 230 — but you can’t do it in this bill.” 
  • “I will vote to override,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), an Air Force veteran, tweeted in response to Trump’s veto threat. “Because it’s really not about you.” 

Whatever happens in the coming week, the issue certainly won’t go away. 

And Trump’s powerful megaphone, which he’s using to spread misleading claims about the law, could have a long-term impact on how some lawmakers approach Section 230 as they review the power and influence of technology companies – even after Trump leaves office. 

Here are some of the biggest myths the president has pushed this week: 

Trump made the misleading claim that Section 230 is a “liability-shielding gift from the

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Biden will stop Trump’s border wall construction, but there will be maintenance

“We’re looking at project timelines, estimated construction completion and looking to prioritize segments of the wall to minimize the potential threats created by a stoppage,” said one senior CBP official involved in the conversations.

At several locations along the border, crews have been working around-the-clock to install as much of the 30-foot steel bollard fencing as possible before Trump leaves office and the paychecks cease. The companies will be entitled to compensation from the Biden administration for the “demobilization” costs of withdrawing crews and equipment, but the contracts have a termination clause that allows the government to break the deals, said Raini Brunson, a spokeswoman for the Army Corps, which oversees the private companies building the barrier.

“The termination clause permits the government to exercise its right to terminate the contract for its convenience,” Brunson said. “If terminated for convenience, the contractor is entitled to submit a request for termination

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Joe Biden Says U.S. Lacks Leverage Over China, Will Keep Donald Trump’s Tariffs for Now

President-elect Joe Biden will not immediately axe the tariffs imposed on China during President Donald Trump’s trade war and has said that the U.S. needs to work towards increasing its “leverage” over Beijing.



Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President-elect Joe Biden speaks at the Queen Theater on December 1, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.In an interview with The New York Times he said that a new stimulus deal would be his priority.


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President-elect Joe Biden speaks at the Queen Theater on December 1, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.In an interview with The New York Times he said that a new stimulus deal would be his priority.

Biden told The New York Times that when he takes office, the 25 percent tariffs that the Trump administration had slapped on around half of China’s exports would stay in place for the time being.

Ties between Beijing and Washington deteriorated under Trump who picked fights with China over trade and technology. There was a respite when both sides signed a “phase one” trade deal in January, committing China to purchasing $200 billion in extra American goods and services in

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Trump’s “incompetency” and “anti-science” views will plague US long after he leaves office: expert

Of more than 1.3 million deaths from COVID-19 worldwide, over 257,900 of them have been in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore — and the worst might be yet to come this winter. Dr. Irwin Redlener, founding director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University, candidly discussed the United States’ response to the pandemic during an interview with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace and slammed President Donald Trump and his allies for the “anti-science” views that have been coming from the White House.

When Wallace asked Redlener where the U.S. is “heading” on its “current path” with COVID-19, the medical expert responded, “really, the trajectory is out of control right now and heading, basically, straight up. Many of us were predicting that we’ll be seeing 200,000 cases per day by or before Thanksgiving, and I’m afraid that’s where we’re heading. The hospitalization rates are particularly important because

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Hannity: Transparency, integrity at heart of Team Trump’s legal fight

This is a rush transcript from “Hannity” November 19, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: I thought I lost you for a second. It went blank. I said, wait a minute, what happened?

All right, Tucker, thank you.

Welcome to “Hannity.”

All right. Tonight, the Trump campaign vowing to investigate — by the way, wouldn’t every American want to have faith and confidence in your elections? Every election irregularity, legitimate claim of fraud and abuse, these are American people, sworn affidavits, so that every legal vote can be counted in a fair, verifiable way, and we need a system we can all have confidence in, don’t we? So, yeah, it’s worth it.

Coming up, we are going to have more on the recount developments in Wisconsin. Reince Priebus has an update. Ronna McDaniel

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Pfizer vaccine refutes Trump’s nationalism, science attacks

Pfizer’s announcement that its COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective has created significant optimism — except in the Trump camp, where adverse reactions of cynicism have emerged. His acolytes believe the press release was timed to prevent an injection of good news that might have secured reelection.

It is true that Pfizer’s CEO wanted to distance his scientists from the overt politics that would have come with taking Operation Warp Speed money. The company didn’t take funding but entered into an agreement to supply the United States with vaccine once the Food and Drug Administration approved. Trump’s adult children believe this pact was a result of their father’s deal-making prowess — but such supply agreements are quite common.

Whether the release was sat on and prevented a second term for Trump is likely never to be known. Regardless, Americans should feel relief because nothing about this vaccine is to his credit.

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Trump’s FCC nominee sought to enlist Fox’s Laura Ingraham in anti-tech fight

Simington, who works for the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, wrote the email months before Trump nominated him for a five-year term on the FCC.

Trump has spent the final months of his reelection campaign and presidency feuding with the dominant social media platforms after they started fact-checking his posts on topics such as the pandemic and alleged election fraud. In a May executive order, Trump asked the FCC to reexamine a congressionally created liability shield that protects online companies from suits over how they handle user-posted content.

Ingraham, whom Trump frequently has cited favorably, has echoed the GOP’s attacks on the tech industry and years earlier had eyed joining the administration. Fellow Fox News host Tucker Carlson publicly backed Simington’s FCC nomination in an October segment where he pressured Senate Republicans to speed up.

Simington, the NTIA and a Fox News spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to requests

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What’s in Trump’s Latest Executive Order Against China?

By Frank Holmes, U.S. Funds

By now you may have heard that President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning Americans from investing in a select number of Chinese firms that have ties to China’s military.

Since we invest heavily in the country and other Asian economies, through our China Region Fund (USCOX), I figured it’d be helpful to clarify any concerns investors might have.

Simply put, Trump’s ban will not impact our investment strategy in any way. None of the 31 companies listed in the executive order, many of them involved in construction or technology, was held in USCOX as of September 30.

I don’t believe the directive will affect very many Americans’ portfolios, to be honest. It doesn’t ban new purchases of the companies until November 2021, and it allows investors to continuing holding and liquidating the targeted securities indefinitely.

Plus, President-Elect Joe Biden could very well

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