Free Speech

A National Guard member – who was cut from the Volunteers in Service to America Program after her supervisor discovered she was the author of a book about her time as a phone-sex operator – cannot pursue her case against any federal defendant, the Seventh Circuit ruled. The woman may sue her supervisor individually for violations of her First Amendment rights.  

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Mystery Grows Over Trump Administration Hold on Lebanon Aid

The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

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Impeachment FOIAs

Two impeachment-related FOIA complaints were filed Wednesday against the State Department: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington wants records on U.S. security assistance and military aid for Ukraine; and the Democracy Forward Foundation wants information on State Department officials’ correspondence about Hunter Biden, both in D.C. Federal Court.

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Tim Kaine Has Questions About Trump’s Call — the One With Putin

As the impeachment inquiry focused Tuesday on two live witnesses to President Donald Trump’s phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, Senator Tim Kaine’s thoughts circled on a different phone call that Trump had with Russian President Vladimir Putin some five days later.

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