Ninth Circuit court of appeals rebuffs Trump travel ban appeal. White House claims Gorsuch’s remarks on being demoralized by insults to the judiciary were not about any insults in particular – just general, abstract musings. White House touts supposed Kuwaiti copycat immigration order, only to learn it was recycled news from 2011. Republican Town Hall meetings with constituents get raucous, and bipartisan members of Congress refer Kellyanne’s shilling for Ivanka Trump fashion line to Government Ethics Office for review.
-Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

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U.S.

Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss
A federal appeals panel unanimously rejected President Trump’s bid to reinstate his ban on travel into the United States from seven largely Muslim nations.
NEW YORK TIMES

Press Secretary: My Statements Are More Important Than Trump’s Tweets
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to downplay the importance of President Donald Trump’s tweets on Thursday by emphasizing how important Spicer’s own statements to the press are.
HUFFINGTON POST

Hateful Threats Against a Jewish Blogger
Marc Yellin had gotten some criticism during his six years of blogging about Jewish life in Albuquerque, but nothing like the messages he received last month.
NEW YORK TIMES

Wikipedia editors label British tabloid Daily Mail as ‘generally unreliable’
The Daily Mail has been all but banned from Wikipedia after its editors decried the British tabloid Wednesday as “generally unreliable” and advised against using it as a reference.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Why Trump deserves extreme vetting—from the press
Trump has a demonstrated contempt for facts and an aversion to rational analysis, which is a big problem that will only get bigger.
YAHOO FINANCE

 
Global

Palestinian Authority Attorney-General Bans Book for Explicit Language
Palestinian authorities banned a Palestinian novel from all bookstores for sexually explicit language and immoral terms.
THE JERUSALEM POST

Lawsuit over Afghanistan leaks ‘infringement of free expression’
Germany’s government has sued a newspaper alliance for publishing confidential documents. One paper’s editorial team was accused of copyright infringement.
DEUTSCHE WELLE

China’s gay scene attracts censorship and investment
Dating apps draw state money even even as embarrassed official censors curb the portrayal of openly homosexual characters on television and in other media.
FINANCIAL TIMES

Abducted Pakistani blogger breaks silence
A Pakistani activist abducted last month has broken his silence on his weeks-long disappearance, but is refusing to point fingers towards his captors.
THE INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Inside South Korea’s Battle With a State-Sponsored Censorship Crisis
Asia’s entertainment powerhouse is reassessing its young democracy, as top government officials are being arrested for compiling an “artist blacklist” featuring the likes of ‘Oldboy’ director Park Chan-wook.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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