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French lawmakers vote to target online hate speech in draft bill

French lawmakers vote to target online hate speech in draft billSocial media giants such as Facebook and Twitter would be required to remove any hateful content within 24 hours under a draft bill approved by France’s National Assembly on Friday. President Emmanuel Macron wants to make France a leader in regulating U.S. tech giants and containing the spread of illicit content and false information on the most-used platforms.



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Trump blames rain and teleprompter for his July 4 speech gaffe

Trump blames rain and teleprompter for his July 4 speech gaffePresident Trump on Friday blamed inclement weather and a malfunctioning teleprompter for his odd riff on air travel during the American Revolution.



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Trump news: President’s ‘embarrassing mess’ parade speech widely mocked, amid arrests over July 4 fights between MAGA fans and left-wing activists

Trump news: President’s ‘embarrassing mess’ parade speech widely mocked, amid arrests over July 4 fights between MAGA fans and left-wing activistsDonald Trump delivered his controversial ”Salute to America” address in Washington, DC, on Thursday amid hammering summer storms, his speech managing to avoid partisan politics but marred by an extraordinary gaffe in which he claimed the 1775 revolutionary army “took over the airports”.The president also promised to “plant a US flag on Mars” and encouraged young Americans to sign up for military service, despite receiving no fewer than five deferments himself preventing him from serving in the Vietnam War.While the event featured the Air Force flypast and spectacular fireworks display Mr Trump had promised, it was also defined by an unseemly brawl breaking out between protesters and members of the alt-right militant group Proud Boys after the former set fire to the stars-and-stripes in front of the White House.The president meanwhile saidon Friday he may issue an executive order over his 2020 Census demands. The US Constitution specifically assigns the job of overseeing the census to Congress, limiting the authority of the president over it, which could complicate an effort to add the question via presidential missive.“We’re working on a lot of things including an executive order,” Mr Trump told reporters outside the White House as he left for his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.In a court filing in response to a Maryland-based federal judge’s deadline, the Department of Justice indicated it has not yet come up with a new legal rationale for adding the question after being blocked in the Supreme Court on 27 June.US District Judge George Hazel said on Wednesday that if the administration did not reach a decision he would press ahead with considering allegations based on newly discovered evidence that the decision to add the question was motivated by racial bias.The Justice Department said in its court filing it objects to the case moving forward.Critics have called the citizenship question a Republican ploy to scare immigrants into not participating and engineer a population undercount in Democratic-leaning areas with high immigrant populations. They say that officials lied about their motivations for adding the question and that the move would help Trump’s fellow Republicans gain seats in the US House of Representatives and state legislatures when new electoral district boundaries are drawn.Mr Trump on Friday said the “number one” reason for adding the question was for the drawing of electoral districts, which is not the legal reason the administration gave for adding it.He and his supporters say it makes sense to know how many non-citizens are living in the country. His hard-line policies on immigration have punctuated his presidency and 2020 re-election campaign.Additional reporting by Reuters. Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load



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'Nothing America cannot do': Donald Trump touts U.S. military strength in 4th of July speech

'Nothing America cannot do': Donald Trump touts U.S. military strength in 4th of July speechPresident Donald Trump paid tribute to the military during a hot and rainy Independence Day celebration that drew crowds of supporters and protesters.



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Donald Trump hails America's military might in July 4 speech amid pomp and flyovers

Donald Trump hails America's military might in July 4 speech amid pomp and flyoversDonald Trump delivered a patriotic message during his celebration of America’s Independence Day, accompanied by a full display of the country's military might.  The US president hailed an eclectic mix of the country's heroes, from the armed forces to its pioneers in space as well as civil rights activists.  He largely stuck to his script, delivered from a teleprompter in a rainy Washington DC, steering clear of political rhetoric promoting his re-election campaign. Attendees were treated to flyovers by Coast Guard helicopters, Air Force F-22 fighters, Marine V-22 Osprey helicopters and other military aircraft. As the fighter jets flew overhead, Mr Trump praised America's military prowess and urged young people to join the armed forces. First Lady Melania Trump and US President Donald Trump look on during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event Credit: AFP With well-planned choreography, the president told stories about each branch of the US military as he introduced separate fly-overs of military aircraft. "For over 65 years, no enemy Air Force has managed to kill a single American soldier. Because the skies belong to the United States of America," he said. Mr Trump was the first president in nearly seven decades to address a crowd at the National Mall on July 4, usually regarded as a non-political day of celebration. With tanks positioned in prominent locations in the nation's capital at Mr Trump's request and flanked by Bradley fighting vehicles, he told crowds "our nation is stronger than it ever was before" as he spoke outside the memorial to former US president Abraham Lincoln. "That same American spirit that emboldened our founders has kept us strong throughout our history. To this day that spirit runs through the veins of every American patriot," he said. "It lives on in each and every one of you here today. It is the spirit, daring and defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love that built this country into the most exceptional nation in the history of the world, and our nation is stronger today than it ever was before. It is its strongest now." The Blue Angels (six F-18s) fly overhead as people gather on the National Mall for the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event Credit: AFP He went on to say that "for Americans, nothing is impossible", reciting a litany of American accomplishments over its history, including the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago. He promised that "very soon, we will plant the American flag on Mars." In a nod to the historical nature of his address, in the same location that Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech, Mr Trump paid tribute to several civil rights heroes. He cited as great Americans both Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, African-Americans who campaigned for the abolition of slavery. The event, dubbed a “Salute to America”, has been criticised for its military overtones but several thousand braved the forecasted thunderstorms to attend. At times, the enthusiastic crowd could be heard chanting: "USA! USA! USA!" "I think what Trump's doing with the tanks, all the flyovers, I think it's great," said Brandon Lawrence, his face painted with the colours of the American flag. The US president has publicly spoken of how impressed he was by the Bastille Day military parade he witnessed during a visit to Paris in July 2017 and has been attempting to create something similar.  President Donald Trump speaks during an Independence Day celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial  Credit: AP Democratic presidential candidates were quick to weigh in with criticism. Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted: "This is what authoritarians do: @realDonaldTrump is taking $ 2.5 million away from our National Park Service to glorify himself with a spectacle of military tanks rolling through Washington". Former Vice President Joe Biden, who was at a campaign event in Iowa, said the spectacle in Washington "misses the point." "I wonder what Donald Trump will say this evening, when he speaks to the nation at an event designed more to stroke his ego than celebrate American ideals," he said. The White House has dismissed the claims, saying the president was simply "going to celebrate the greatest country, the greatest idea in the history of the world – the United States of America.” However the uplifting message was not shared by all. Protesters also gathered on the Mall in the nation's capital to voice their opposition to the Trump administration.  A child waves flags as people take photos while U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for the "Salute to America" event  Credit: Reuters One anti-war group, Code Pink, secured a permit to bring a “Baby Trump” blimp, reflecting a similar protest in the UK, to a rival event in the Mall during his speech. "This is costing us millions and millions of dollars. We the taxpayers are paying for it, for Donald Trump to use our military as a prop. And that's just not right," said Code Pink co-director Medea Benjamin. Meanwhile two people were arrested after an American flag was burned on Pennsylvania Avenue, just in front of the White House leading to a violent clash between protesters.    Led by activist Joey Johnson, a group called the Revolution Club had earlier announced its intention to set a flag alight. “I’m going to be speaking to the people of the world letting them know that there are people inside the borders of this country who stand with the people of the world," Mr Johnson said in the press release. The fire led to a scuffle with a far-right group, the Proud Boys, but quickly put out by the US Secret Service. The agency said two people were arrested during the incident, one person for a felony assault on a police officer and malicious burning. The other was arrested for hindering a police investigation and resisting arrest. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.



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Love of country? Or a political stunt? Trump holiday speech divides Americans

Love of country? Or a political stunt? Trump holiday speech divides AmericansJan Shairrick and two friends drove more than a thousand miles from southern Arkansas to join President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” Independence Day celebrations in Washington. Some residents of the capital, however, stayed well away from the nearby festivities for fear of being wrongly identified as Trump supporters. Trump has injected himself into this year’s Fourth of July celebrations by planning a speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial and organizing a show of military power that includes a display of tanks and a flyover of fighter jets.



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Trump officials 'fear embarrassingly tiny crowd' for his Fourth of July speech

Trump officials 'fear embarrassingly tiny crowd' for his Fourth of July speechDonald Trump‘s aides fear an embarrassingly small crowd may turn out for his tradition-shattering Fourth of July address in Washington DC, according to a report.The White House has been trying to ensure a high number of attendees in the face of potentially poor weather and a free concert at the far end of the National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Post reported.Crowd size has been a sore point for Mr Trump, who has repeatedly claimed in the face of the evidence that attendance at his inauguration was the highest ever.The president is set to speak in front of a ticket-only crowd of Republican donors, administration and campaign officials, family members and those who gather to either hear him or protest his policies.It has been nearly seven decades since a president spoke on the Mall on independence day. The Korean War was taking place when Harry Truman addressed a large gathering on the Washington Monument grounds to mark the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.Mr Trump is expected to be flanked by military vehicles amid a huge mobilisation and plans for fly-pasts by fighter jets and a stealth bomber.He dismissed complaints at the probable high cost of the extravaganza in a tweet on Wednesday.“The cost of our great Salute to America tomorrow will be very little compared to what it is worth. We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door (Andrews), all we need is the fuel. We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats. Nice!” he said.The cost of flying a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber for one hour is $ 122,311 (£96,500), according to the US Air Force.



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Trump Revamps July 4 With Speech, Fighter Jets, Military Tanks

Trump Revamps July 4 With Speech, Fighter Jets, Military Tanks(Bloomberg) — Fighter jets and military tanks will set the scene for an Independence Day speech by Donald Trump on the National Mall as the president puts himself at the center of a reimagined July 4 celebration.Trump will speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday evening in what’s billed as an apolitical event that comes as the 2020 presidential campaign is heating up. The “Salute to America,” as Trump calls it, will feature flyovers and an expanded fireworks show that will briefly ground commercial flights.“Our July 4th Salute to America at the Lincoln Memorial is looking to be really big. It will be the show of a lifetime!” Trump tweeted Wednesday.But the show won’t go entirely Trump’s way. Forecasts suggest scattered thunderstorms and some aides fear crowds won’t meet the president’s expectations. Meanwhile, protesters have a permit to display an inflatable version of the president that depicts him as a baby in a diaper with small hands. A similar blimp has greeted Trump on trips to London, but the Washington version won’t be allowed to leave the ground.Rebranded CelebrationGates open at 3 p.m. for his event — six hours before fireworks begin — with temperatures expected to reach the low 90s Fahrenheit.Trump is effectively rebranding a celebration that attracts thousands of families to watch the fireworks but almost never includes presidential speeches on the Mall. Critics say his revisions risk turning Washington’s July 4th into a de facto Trump rally that’s likely to draw counter-protests.Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the District of Columbia in Congress, said Trump’s plans “look like a political event” and predicted a light turnout for his speech.“I think the president is in for another flop, and he’s going to have to explain a flop that he set up,” Norton said. “He’s still smarting from the thin crowds at his inauguration. All I can say is: You ain’t seen nothing yet.”The White House rejected the idea that the celebration would be political. Trump told reporters on Monday that the event will be “about this county and it’s a salute to America.” He said he hoped for a large turnout. Asked if he could give a speech to all Americans, Trump replied: “I think so, I think I’ve reached most Americans.” He went on to criticize Democrats on health care and taxation.Military ParadeTrump conceived the event after his plans for a military parade on Veteran’s Day were stymied by complaints from local officials about the cost. The president has been enamored of the idea of a Washington celebration with a military component since attending the 2017 Bastille Day parade in Paris, which included an aerial display, thousands of marching soldiers and hundreds of military vehicles.Trump’s remarks are expected to last roughly half an hour, an administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. His speech will celebrate America’s independence, the flag and the military, the official added.Trump will reserve space for special guests — the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee have received tickets, while the Department of Defense, with 5,000 tickets of its own, will send several top officials, including Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper.Federal law bars political fundraising in government buildings or rooms where officials perform their duties, but doesn’t restrict presidents from inviting deep-pocketed donors to the White House or official events.The day also includes a parade in the late morning and early afternoon, and a concert at the Capitol.The fireworks generally last about 15 minutes but this year will span 35 minutes after a donation by two pyrotechnic companies valued at $ 750,000. Because of the flyovers, the Federal Aviation Administration will suspend commercial air traffic at Reagan National Airport near Washington for the first time during a July 4th celebration. The FAA said flights would be affected again during the fireworks display.Abrams TanksThe Defense Department said Tuesday that it would provide a pair of M1A2 Abrams tanks and two M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles for the event. They’ll be delivered on flatbed trucks to avoid damaging streets. Organizers had yet to determine where they’d be placed.There will be several flyovers, including by the Navy’s Blue Angels flight team. The air show will also include Air Force One, a Marine One presidential helicopter, two F-35 fighter jets, two F-22 Raptor, two F/A-18 Hornets, a B2 bomber and four Apache helicopters.The event also is renewing a long-simmering feud with local officials in Washington. The city has said it’s still owed about $ 7 million from costs associated with Trump’s inauguration but the administration official said the District hasn’t asked for funds from upcoming federal budgets.Trump said Wednesday on Twitter that the cost of the event “will be very little compared to what it is worth,” while the administration official earlier declined to say how bill would be covered. Norton said Trump is “doubling up, tripling up on what he owes the District of Columbia.”Presidential RemarksWhile some of Trump’s predecessors have spoken on or around July 4th, they haven’t done it in quite the same way.Barack Obama delivered annual Independence Day remarks from the White House. Ronald Reagan gave a “Star Spangled Salute to America” speech at the Jefferson Memorial, near the Lincoln Memorial, in 1987, but did so on the morning of July 3.Richard Nixon recorded an address that played at the July 4th, 1970, celebrations, which were marked by protests over the Vietnam War. Harry S. Truman spoke at the Washington Monument on July 4, 1951, 175 years after the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.Not all presidents’ attempts to celebrate July 4 have gone smoothly. In 1845, President James K. Polk hosted fireworks at the White House. With thousands of people gathered to watch, some of the rockets were accidentally fired into the crowd. At least one person was killed.(Updates with Trump tweet, weather and crowds starting in third paragraph.)\–With assistance from Margaret Talev, Bill Allison and Tony Capaccio.To contact the reporters on this story: Josh Wingrove in Washington at jwingrove4@bloomberg.net;Jennifer Jacobs in Washington at jjacobs68@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Shepard at mshepard7@bloomberg.net, Joshua Gallu, Justin BlumFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Harris sends Biden into a meltdown with poignant speech on race

Harris sends Biden into a meltdown with poignant speech on raceIn a heated moment during the second Democratic debate on Thursday, Kamala Harris took aim at rival candidate Joe Biden on race and civil rights.Harris took Biden to task, saying he worked with segregationist senators to oppose school busing programs meant to integrate schools."It was actually very hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States Senators who built their reputations and careers on the segregation of race in this country," Harris said. "It was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing. And you know, there was a little girl in California, who was a part of the second class to integrate her public school, and she was bused to school everyday. And that was little girl was me."So I will tell you that, on this subject, it cannot be an intellectual debate among Democrats. We have to take it seriously."> WATCH: Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Joe Biden address each other directly on the matter of race and civil rights. DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/jjG20rJrx3> > — CNBC (@CNBC) June 28, 2019Biden defended himself by calling it a mischaracterization of his position, and claiming he never opposed busing.Following the exchange, Harris' Twitter account posted a photo of herself as a young girl.> There was a little girl in California who was bussed to school. That little girl was me. DemDebate pic.twitter.com/XKm2xP1MDH> > — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 28, 2019Meanwhile, Google searches for "busing" increased by more than 3000 percent, according to Google Trends.> Searches for busing have spiked +3,150% since the issue was raised by @KamalaHarris DemDebate2 > > More data: t.co/I0WiP7r7bt> > — GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) June 28, 2019The internet also had its say on the moment.> Oh look Joe Biden accidentally told the truth. timesup t.co/CeMimdvA2G> > — Lacy M. Johnson (@lacymjohnson) June 28, 2019> Joe Biden later on tonight when he thinks about how Kamala Harris fried him on stage pic.twitter.com/ZwaMj2xCTi> > — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 28, 2019> Kamala is going to have to prosecute herself for murdering Biden> > — Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) June 28, 2019> kamala really pile drivered biden in front of god and everybody> > — tracy the emotional support penguin (@brokeymcpoverty) June 28, 2019 WATCH: 'History repeats itself': LGBTQ elders discuss how Stonewall impacted their organizing during the AIDS crisis



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UPDATE 3-Pence puts off China speech sequel ahead of Trump-Xi talks

UPDATE 3-Pence puts off China speech sequel ahead of Trump-Xi talksU.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Friday called off a planned China speech that had been cast as a sequel to a blistering broadside he delivered in October to avoid exacerbating tensions with Beijing before summit talks next week, a White House official said. The decision to put off the Monday speech came ahead of what could be a pivotal meeting on the U.S.-China trade war between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, next week. “There is room for progress, and even if incremental, we didn’t want to step on that potential,” a White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity about why the speech was called off.



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