The Daily Populous

Wednesday July 12nd, 2023 morning edition

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The Justice Department has reversed course and said it no longer believes that Donald Trump should be entitled to immunity for his response to E. Jean Carroll’s accusation of sexual assault, allowing the civil lawsuit to move forward to trial in January.

The change in position eliminates one legal hurdle surrounding Carroll’s 2019 defamation lawsuit against Trump for statements he made while president, denying her allegation of rape decades earlier, that he didn’t know her, and that she wasn’t his “type.”.

Initially, the Justice Department under both the Trump and Biden administrations said Trump was acting within the scope of his duties when responding to reporters’ questions in 2019 about Carroll’s allegations.

That essentially meant that the Justice Department would be substituted as a defendant and the case would likely be dismissed.

Trump, who is appealing the decision, does not face any jail time as a result of the civil verdict.

“And a jury has now found that Mr. Trump sexually assaulted Ms. Carroll long before he became President.

Carroll’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, said they are “grateful that the Department of Justice has reconsidered its position.”. »

Twitter better for ‘freedom of speech’, says senior Afghan Taliban official

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Twitter owner Elon Musk’s freewheeling approach to the platform’s handling of censorship has won support from an unlikely quarter — Afghanistan’s Taliban.

Anas Haqqani, a senior Taliban leader without an official portfolio, said late on Monday that Twitter had “two important advantages” over other social media platforms following the launch of Meta-owned rival Threads.

The remarks drew an angry reaction from some users, who noted the Taliban government did not allow its own citizens the same rights. »

Empty Office Buildings Are Being Turned Into Vertical Farms

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Although the Covid-19 pandemic drove workers out of their offices over three years ago, many office buildings still remain deserted.

In New York, city officials are transforming empty office buildings into apartments around parts of Midtown.

Dan Houston, president of AgriPlay, who has worked in the business for two decades, had long thought that vertical farming and office buildings were a natural match. »

'I will be vindicated': MyPillow CEO scrambles to auction items as company’s revenue plummets

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The auction also comes after an arbitration panel ordered Lindell, in April, to pay $5 million to a software developer who debunked his false 2020 election claims.

According to Star Tribune, when the CEO was asked if "pending lawsuits" have negatively impacted his sales, Lindell replied, "of course.".

READ MORE: 'I need help': MyPillow CEO 'offers stock' to recover over $40M he lost 'trying to overturn the election'. »

Marjorie Taylor Greene introduces amendment directing Biden to withdraw from Nato

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Far-right Rep Majorie Taylor Greene has introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorisation Act that “directs the president to withdraw the US from Nato.”.

“Western European countries could and should be stepping up their financial contributions to ensure the security of Nato.

The Georgia congresswoman’s amendment comes the same day that President Joe Biden expressed the US’ “ironclad commitment to NATO” in a tweet amid a Nato summit in Lithuania. »