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Trump talks politics and lashes out in front of 30,000 youth at a Boy Scout jamboree. Snopes fact-checking website locked in a dispute with a vendor that has cut off revenue to the site, prompting a crowd-funding campaign to keep the accountability service in business. Florida to pay legal fees of doctors who brought successful First Amendment challenge to state ban barring them from talking to patients about firearm risks. Public Radio station in Berkeley, CA cancels a live appearance by notable evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins due to his atheism and past comments about Islam. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director
Trump’s Boy Scouts Speech Broke With 80 Years of Presidential Tradition
Trump bragged about the “record” crowd size, bashed President Barack Obama, criticized the “fake media” and trashed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. He also threatened to fire his Health and Human Services Secretary if he couldn’t convince members of Congress to vote for the Republican health-care bill.
Snopes, in Heated Legal Battle, Asks Readers for Money to Survive
The site, which gets all of its revenue from advertising, created a crowdfunding page, seeking $500,000 to remain operational indefinitely. It says that Proper Media, the vendor that runs its advertising services, has withheld the site’s revenue and has refused to relinquish control of the site.
NEW YORK TIMES
Florida to Pay Legal Fees in Case That Kept Doctors From Discussing Guns
The organization, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said Gov. Rick Scott of Florida had approved the reimbursement to lawyers who represented doctors and medical organizations in the case, which came to be known as “Docs v. Glocks.”
NEW YORK TIMES
Richard Dawkins’ Berkeley Event Cancelled for ‘Islamophobia’
Richard Dawkins had been due to address an event hosted by KPFA Radio when organizers accused him of “abusive speech against Islam” scrapping his appearance, but he argues his criticism was not directed at Islam. Dawkins called on the station to review his past remarks and apologize.
Trump Attacks Washington Post Over Syria Story
Trump slammed the Washington Post and its owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, in an apparent reference to a story published on July 19 that reported Trump decided to end an Obama-era covert CIA program to arm and train Syrian rebels.
Sean Hannity Asked People to Bash Jake Tapper on Twitter. Most Did Just the Opposite.
CNN’s Jake Tapper and Fox’s Sean Hannity have been feuding recently. Hannity decided to rally Twitter to his side, urging people to “tell Fake News Jake Tapper exactly what you think” of him. But instead of painting Tapper in a negative light, most showered him with praise.
Journalists in Azerbaijan Get Free Apartments For Press Day
An editorial in the pro-government Haqqin website said: “We are sincerely grateful to Mr President and hope that our colleagues will be among those to be granted flats!” Investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who has been harassed and detained for investigations into corruption, hailed journalists “who overcame their yearnings and did not receive flats as a bribe”.
Poland’s President Signs Controversial Law Despite Protests
Poland’s president has signed into law one of three contested bills that organizes the judiciary in a way that critics say limits their independence. The law allows the justice minister, who is also the prosecutor general, to name the heads of all lower courts.
Egypt Court Sentences 43 Anti-Government Protesters to Life
Mass trials have been common since the army deposed Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Mursi. Both local and international rights groups have repeatedly voiced criticism. The defendants have been charged with rioting, vandalism and attacking security forces during clashes with police and the army in Cairo in December 2011.
Turkish Journalist Defends Press Freedom As Grand Trial Begins
The government crackdown on the press continued in the aftermath of the coup under the ongoing state of emergency. Journalists accuse the ruling party of putting pressure on advertisers to abandon struggling opposition newspapers. Lawsuits and imprisonments of journalists have created an environment of fear that promotes self-censorship.
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