Trump speaks out to condemn anti-semitism in scripted remarks. Meanwhile, the federal government looks to roll back Obama policy allowing transgender youth to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity, saying matter should be left to the states. PEN America and leading writers urge Trump Administration against a new visa ban that will impair the flow of arts and ideas. Battle over the fates of the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities heats up, and Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart, with an apology.-Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

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Spicer: Trump has ‘healthy respect’ for free press
President Trump’s top spokesman said Tuesday he has a “healthy respect” for freedom of the press, despite his condemnation of the media as the “enemy of the American people.”

Confusion over U.S. Travel Ban Grounds Foreign Correspondents
New restrictions on immigrants and refugees coming to the United States are also posing challenges for foreign correspondents covering news in the United States.

CNN host shuts down guest for making ‘fake news’ claim
CNN host Don Lemon abruptly ended his show after a commentator continued to call a story they were discussing “fake news” while defending President Trump.

Will Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress Defund the National Endowment for the Arts?
The White House has not stated directly its intentions for the National Endowment for the Arts or for its sister, the National Endowment for the Humanities. But word is that funding for these institutions is on the chopping block.

Why Art Matters to America
All too often, art is seen as a “soft” subject, the first thing to be cut, whether by local school boards or the federal government, when money is tight. But looked at purely in dollars, it is a false saving


Elation as Long-Time Jailed Uzbekistan Journalist is Released
A journalist in Uzbekistan who has languished behind bars for 18 years has been released in a development that has elicited elated responses from rights activists.

Proposed Homeland Security Rule Asks Some Chinese Visitors for Social Media Accounts
The Department of Homeland Security has suggested adding an optional question for some visa recipients from China that asks for social media handles before entering the United States.

Palestinian journalist released after 10 months in Israel jail
Omar Nazzal, 55, was released on Monday after nearly a year in prison and following 13 hearings in an Israeli military court.

Gambian journalists return from exile
About 200 journalists have fled from Gambia since 1994. Now, however, some have become more optimistic that prospects have changed for the better.

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