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Trump Calls for Investigation Into Tax Day Protesters, Tweets ‘Election Is Over!’
President Donald Trump on Twitter Sunday lashed out against citizens who’d taken to the streets to exercise their First Amendment rights. While claiming that thousands of people who on Saturday demanded Trump finally release his full tax returns were “paid” protesters, Trump tweeted, “The election is over!”

Berkeley Reschedules Coulter, but She Vows to Speak on Original Date
The University of California, Berkeley, said that it would permit Ann Coulter to speak on campus in early May, just one day after it canceled her appearance that had been scheduled for next week.But Ms. Coulter rejected the university’s offer, saying it came with “burdensome” conditions, and insisted that she would show up and speak as originally scheduled next Thursday.

The man behind the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website is being sued by one of his ‘troll storm’ targets
After hundreds of threatening messages, Tanya Gersh, a Jewish resident of Whitefish, Montana is suing Andrew Anglin, the man who she says is responsible for the “coordinated, repulsive, threatening campaign of anti-Semitic harassment” that targeted her family.

Scientists prepare to march on Trump
Scientists and climate activists opposed to the Trump administration are bringing their message to the streets of Washington. Organizers will host the March for Science on the National Mall on Saturday, followed by the People’s Climate March the week after.


Another journalist is gunned down in Mexico — the fourth in just six weeks
Another journalist has been killed in Mexico — the fourth in just six weeks. Authorities said reporter Maximino Rodriguez Palacios was shot dead outside of a shopping center Friday in La Paz, a coastal city in the state of Baja California Sur.

Turkish newspaper staff accused of ‘aiding’ terrorism, report says
Turkey’s state-run news agency says a court has accepted an indictment against columnists and senior staff from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper for “aiding terrorist organizations.”

She broke the story of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge. Now, she says she has to flee Russia
The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta is no stranger to hostility and controversy. Even so, the wave of threats now being made against the paper and its reporters, especially Elena Milashina and her colleague Irina Gordienko, comes as a shock even to those who work there.

Military court convicts Cameroon journalist Ahmed Abba
A military court in Cameroon has convicted Ahmed Abba, a journalist for Radio France Internationale’s Hausa service, on charges of “non-denunciation of terrorism” and “laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts”.

Deeper Analysis

Great local reporting stands between you and wrongdoing. And it needs saving
The knowledge and depth that comes with local reporting is in trouble as newspaper staffs decline across the country, with many companies struggling to stay solvent after the precipitous — and accelerating — decline in print advertising revenue.

China’s internet censors allow one-on-one complaining, but won’t let you gripe in group chat
The messaging app WeChat is popular in China, used not only for chatting but for tasks like banking and more. While the app goes through censorship, researchers found that censorship is stricter when it comes to group discussions.


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