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Chinese University of Minnesota Student Jailed for Anti-Xi Tweets Has Been Released to Wuhan

Chinese University of Minnesota Student Jailed for Anti-Xi Tweets Has Been Released to WuhanA Chinese student of the University of Minnesota sentenced to six months in prison for posting tweets critical of president Xi Jinping has been released to his hometown of Wuhan, which is coincidentally under quarantine due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, the Minnesota Star Tribune reported on Friday.The Tribune received a message from student Luo Daiqing's university email address saying he had been released.University of Minnesota spokesman Jake Ricker told the paper that while Luo had attended for the 2018-2019 academic year, the student was not currently enrolled at the University. Ricker said that while the University had learned of Luo's arrest from a Wednesday report on Axios, the administration would not take immediate public action regarding the situation."I am honestly not sure what a public university can do regarding another country’s legal system," Ricker said. The University of Minnesota's campuses host around 3,100 students from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.Politicians from across the political spectrum condemned China's arrest of the student, including Senators Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) and Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), along with Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) in whose district Luo was studying."This is what ruthless totalitarianism looks like," Omar said in a statement. "Luo Daiqing made these posts while he was in the U.S. — attending college in my district. Here in the United States, we believe in free speech.""The Chinese Communist Party ought to release Luo Daiqing immediately, and the University of Minnesota ought to give him a full-ride scholarship,” Sasse said in his statement. “Don’t forget that the Chinese Communist Party has banned Twitter, so the only people who even saw these tweets were the goons charged with monitoring Chinese citizens while they’re enjoying freedom here in the United States. This is what ruthless and paranoid totalitarianism looks like.



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Tweets urge calls to Supreme Court for fair Senate trial

Tweets urge calls to Supreme Court for fair Senate trialThe Supreme Court doesn’t have a public comment line for its own work, much less the Senate’s. The court is receiving “a higher than usual number of public calls,” Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. Roberts is presiding over the Senate impeachment trial.



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China Student’s Jailing for U.S. Tweets Shows Beijing’s Reach

China Student’s Jailing for U.S. Tweets Shows Beijing’s Reach(Bloomberg) — Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next.The case of a Chinese student jailed for tweets he sent while studying in America underscores that being overseas is no protection from Beijing’s censors.Luo Daiqing, who attends the University of Minnesota in the U.S., was sentenced to six months in jail by a district court in November for “provocation” after he posted tweets that “defaced the image of the country’s leaders” and had a “negative impact” on society. He was detained in his hometown of Wuhan between July 12 and Jan. 11.A Twitter account linked to Luo posted photos showing government slogans printed over a cartoon villain who looks similar to Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to Axios, which first reported the case Wednesday. The account, which was inaccessible on Thursday, also posted images of Winnie the Pooh, whose likeness is considered sensitive on Chinese social media due to unflattering comparisons to the Communist Party chief.The case is another sign that China is cracking down on government criticism, even outside its borders. While Twitter Inc.’s service is one of many foreign websites banned on the mainland, it’s accessible using virtual private network software that mask a user’s location and Chinese propaganda organizations maintain a robust presence on the platform.The court said Luo had “confessed” to using a false identity for a post that included altered pictures in a bid to attract attention. He later deleted them after realizing they were “improper.” Human rights groups have long accused Chinese authorities of extracting forced confessions as a condition of release, even though local law excludes such evidence from trial.The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing didn’t immediately respond to a faxed request for comment Thursday.U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican who sits on the Intelligence Committee, criticized the prosecution in a statement.“The Chinese Communist Party has banned Twitter, so the only people who even saw these tweets were the goons charged with monitoring Chinese citizens while they’re enjoying freedom here in the United States,” Sasse said. “This is what ruthless and paranoid totalitarianism looks like.”\–With assistance from Lin Zhu.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Sharon Chen in Beijing at schen462@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Chris KayFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.



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‘They will take your guns away’: Trump tweets support for pro-gun activists ahead of rally set to be attended by neo-Nazis

‘They will take your guns away’: Trump tweets support for pro-gun activists ahead of rally set to be attended by neo-NazisDonald Trump has defended pro-gun activists and attacked Virginia Democrats over efforts to pass gun control laws ahead of a rally that is expected to be attended by neo-Nazis and white supremacist extremist groups.Authorities in Richmond, Virginia’s capital, have warned of “credible threats of violence” amid fears a pro-gun rally, which has been billed a peaceful event to defend Second Amendment rights, could become a repeat of the violent Charlottesville rally which saw three deaths in 2017.



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Trump tweets warning to Russia, Iran against killing ‘innocent civilians’ in Syria

Trump tweets warning to Russia, Iran against killing ‘innocent civilians’ in SyriaThousands of civilians have fled fighting in Syria for the border with Turkey.



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Tweet that: Trump appears to hit record for daily tweets

Tweet that: Trump appears to hit record for daily tweetsThe president’s @realDonaldTrump account had tweeted and retweeted 115 times by late Thursday night, marking what could be his most active day on the platform yet. The avalanche came as the House Judiciary Committee pressed toward a historic vote to approve articles of impeachment against him. Trump has noticeably ramped up his tweeting during the impeachment inquiry.



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Trump Jr. tweets name of alleged whistleblower

Trump Jr. tweets name of alleged whistleblowerFor weeks, President Trump and his supporters have demanded the identity of the whistleblower who triggered the impeachment inquiry be exposed. On Wednesday, Trump’s eldest son revealed the name of the alleged whistleblower in a tweet.



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Trump tweets with fury, says impeachment push helps him

Trump tweets with fury, says impeachment push helps himFifty-eight floors above Manhattan, President Donald Trump watched his legacy change and his political future grow more uncertain. The president, back in his hometown of New York for the U.N. General Assembly, was taking “executive time” at his Trump Tower penthouse late Tuesday afternoon when Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House was launching a formal impeachment inquiry against him. Pelosi’s move increases the odds that Trump will become the third U.S. president to be impeached.



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Trump lashes out at MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid, tweets that he 'never met' the TV host but that she has 'NO talent' and a 'bad reputation'

Trump lashes out at MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid, tweets that he 'never met' the TV host but that she has 'NO talent' and a 'bad reputation'Joy-Ann Reid, who recently published a critical book about Donald Trump, was the target of the president's vitriol on Twitter Saturday morning.



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Donald Trump Tweets Bizarre Cat Meme About Doctored Hurricane Dorian Map

Donald Trump Tweets Bizarre Cat Meme About Doctored Hurricane Dorian MapDonald Trump Tweets Cat Video About Hurricane Dorian



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