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Trump tells Republicans he may begin cutting social security and Medicare if he wins in 2020

Trump tells Republicans he may begin cutting social security and Medicare if he wins in 2020Republicans on Capitol Hill say Donald Trump may be willing to cut Social Security and Medicare if he wins in 2020, reportedly describing the potential move as a “second-term project”.Several senators told the New York Times in a report published this week they spoke to the president about reducing the costs of the federal health care and retirement programmes — a move that would likely stir controversy in a presidential election season.



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Police are investigating a social media threat of the 'biggest mass shooting in modern American history' targeting Walmart stores in Missouri

Police are investigating a social media threat of the 'biggest mass shooting in modern American history' targeting Walmart stores in MissouriThe threat was posted this week to Reddit by someone claiming to have two AR-15 semi-automatic weapons and 22 pipe bombs.



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2020 Democrats blasted on social media for linking Trump to El Paso shooting

2020 Democrats blasted on social media for linking Trump to El Paso shootingDemocrats push political message in wake of tragedy; reaction from Republican NYC councilman Joe Borelli and former Deputy Attorney General of Virginia Stephen Cobb.



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Miss Michigan stripped of title over 'offensive' social media posts

Miss Michigan stripped of title over 'offensive' social media postsKathy Zhu received an email Thursday dismissing her as a Miss World America pageant participant and revoking her Miss Michigan World America title.



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'What am I supposed to do with you?' Judge bars Roger Stone from social media for breaking gag order

'What am I supposed to do with you?' Judge bars Roger Stone from social media for breaking gag orderA federal judge ordered former Trump adviser Roger Stone to stop using social media after saying he had violated a gag order in his criminal case.



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'What am I supposed to do with you?' Judge bars Roger Stone from social media for breaking gag order

'What am I supposed to do with you?' Judge bars Roger Stone from social media for breaking gag orderA federal judge ordered former Trump adviser Roger Stone to stop using social media after saying he had violated a gag order in his criminal case.



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No More Social Media for You, Irked Judge Tells Roger Stone

No More Social Media for You, Irked Judge Tells Roger Stone(Bloomberg) — A federal judge who has warned Roger Stone to stop criticizing the criminal case against him on social media finally banned him from the platforms outright.Prosecutors had complained to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson that the longtime Republican party operative and former adviser to President Donald Trump has been using social media to assail the government’s case, in violation of her February directive that he limit his comments to professing his innocence.Jackson read her new ruling from the bench, following a 45-minute recess from a contentious two-hour hearing.“I’ve twice given you the benefit of the doubt,” she told Stone, alluding to prior infractions, then added that he’d now forced his lawyers into contortions to contend he was in compliance with her prior order.Reprising a theme she raised in the case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Jackson said Stone’s behavior “had more to do with middle school than with a court of law” and banned him from posting on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, and even from reposting or liking other people’s content on the platforms.Read More: Who Framed Roger Stone? His Instagram Account Demands an AnswerStone is accused of lying to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks over its publication of material damaging to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. He is also charged with obstruction and witness tampering.Stone’s was the last indictment brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The case is now being prosecuted by the office of Washington U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu and is set for trial in November.Before issuing her final order, Jackson engaged in a prolonged sparring session with Stone counsel Bruce Rogow, who denied that his client had run afoul of the judge’s prior ruling, even as she peppered him with Instagram posts and other examples of Stone’s behavior she found questionable.“I don’t think any of these things pose a threat to a fair trial,” Rogow told her.Stopping short of asking the court to send the political provocateur to jail, prosecutor Jonathan Kravis raised the idea of Jackson barring him from using social media. “What we are most concerned about is protecting the integrity of the jury pool,” he said.Ultimately the judge did just that, scolding the defense for its effort to “ignore the exponential power” of social media and particularly what it means for Stone to take an item published by someone else and spread it “with his imprimatur.”‘Asking You Now’During an earlier portion of the Tuesday court hearing, Stone’s lawyers argued that the government can’t prove Russian agents hacked Democratic Party computers during the election, rendering 18 FBI search warrants based on that premise invalid and the evidence collected under them subject to exclusion.Defense attorney Robert Buschel told the judge the warrants weren’t obtained in good faith. He said they were based only on reports by a private cybersecurity firm and the U.S. intelligence community’s “high confidence” that the Russians were behind the theft of materials later published by WikiLeaks, not on factual certainty.Buschel called it “government doublespeak,” suggesting the theft was just as likely to have been carried out by agents of China or the U.K.That line of argument drew a pointed response from Jackson, who repeatedly asked Buschel to identify a single statement in any of the filings that he saw as knowingly false or reckless — and what that had to do with the charges against Stone.“I’m asking you now,” Jackson said after a series of exchanges with the attorney. “I want you to read me a false sentence.”Russia ConnectionStone’s lawyers have sought to discredit the Russia connection by suggesting that metadata on the WikiLeaks documents came from a portable memory device connected to a computer from which they were downloaded and not through a trans-Atlantic computer connection.Even accepting that premise, Jackson asked, how would that invalidate the warrants?Buschel replied that lack of conclusive proof of Russian hacking rendered Stone’s allegedly false statements to the congressional committee probing the incursion “irrelevant.”Prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky defended the warrants, telling Jackson that Stone’s lawyers were “trying to backdoor a debunked conspiracy theory” about other potential hackers, relieving the Russians of culpability.“There is voluminous evidence that the Russians were responsible for hacking” the Democratic Party computers, Zelinsky told the judge. In any event, he said, Stone was charged with lying to Congress and other offenses, not with being involved in the hacking.The case is U.S. v. Stone, 19-cr-18, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).(Updates with exchange about social media starting in eighth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in Washington at aharris16@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter JeffreyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Judge restricts social media use of Trump friend Roger Stone

Judge restricts social media use of Trump friend Roger StoneA federal judge barred Stone from posting on social media Tuesday after finding that the longtime confidant of President Donald Trump repeatedly flouted her gag order. Stone, who is charged with lying in the Russia investigation, has used social media repeatedly to disparage the case against him and the broader election interference probe.



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Teen girl brutally killed before photos of her body posted on social media, New York police say

Teen girl brutally killed before photos of her body posted on social media, New York police sayThe brutal killing of 17-year-old Bianca Devins is drawing international attention after her alleged killer shared images of the slaying online.



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72 officers off streets amid probe into social media posts

72 officers off streets amid probe into social media postsPolice Commissioner Richard Ross says 72 Philadelphia police officers have been placed on administrative duty amid an initial investigation into a national group’s accusation of officers in at least five states posting racist and anti-Muslim comments on social media. The commissioner said the internal affairs division prioritized posts “clearly advocating violence or death against any protected class such as ethnicity, national origin, sex, religion and race.” An independent law firm had been hired to determine whether posts were constitutionally protected before any discipline is imposed.



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