10 Things in Politics: Trump’s a blogger now

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Here’s what we’re talking about:

Trump went back to the past to find his online future
The top House Republican tore into Rep. Liz Cheney when he thought he was off the air
The Justice Department must turn over a secret memo Barr used to clear Trump

One thing to look out for today: President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. ET about the implementation of his rescue plan.

1. GEOCITIES SLICKER: Former President Donald Trump has returned to the late 1990s. Trump’s team found a new way for him to communicate directly with his supporters via a one-way website that allows supporters to post his content on their Twitter and Facebook feeds. This is not the highly touted social-network site Trump is said to have in the works. But its creation comes just before a landmark decision is expected on his online future.

All eyes on Facebook: The social network’s independent review board is set to announce later this morning whether to allow Trump back on the platform after he was barred following the deadly January 6 riot at the US Capitol. His fate will be decided by a mix of 20 internet-freedom advocates and former politicians from around the world who make up the so-called Facebook supreme court.

There are major political implications at stake: Trump and his digital team used Facebook to help build what became the GOP’s best fundraising list. His campaign pumped millions of dollars into the platform to raise money and to tout his policies during the 2020 campaign. The social network is also key to maintaining the valuable list.

  For Trump, A Little Contrition Could Have Gotten Him Back on Facebook

Someone will be unhappy: Republicans and Democrats have drilled into large companies like Facebook. Conservatives have pressed top executives about what they perceive as a bias against them. Liberals have taken social networks to task for not doing more to stop hate speech. Trump’s case intersects with both views, almost guaranteeing an angry response from one side.

2. The White House has a new goal as vaccinations continue to dip: President Joe Biden wants 70% of eligible Americans to be at least partially vaccinated by July 4. The White House said the next phase of its campaign would focus on making shots “more accessible than ever before,” including through smaller community vaccination sites. The federal government also plans to spend $130 million to improve vaccine education in underserved communities. Biden also wants to get shots into the arms of adolescents “as soon as possible,” pending authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.

3. The Department of Justice must turn over a secret memo Barr used to clear Trump: A federal judge ruled that the DOJ must release an internal memo that then-Attorney General Bill Barr cited as a defense for clearing …read more

Source:: Business Insider – Politics

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