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Trump Administration suggests consideration of regulating Google after president sees stories from major news outlets appearing in search results as biased against him. President Trump also baselessly raises specter of violence should voters give Democrats control of the House in November election. In pointed message to President Putin, Sen. John McCain chose Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza as one of the dignitaries to carry his coffin at national funeral service. Virginia congressional candidate accuses Republican aligned political committee of obtaining her federal security clearance application and using the sensitive personal information in it against her. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

The most pressing threats and notable goings-on in free expression today

U.S.

Trump’s economic adviser: ‘We’re taking a look’ at whether Google searches should be regulated
Regulating search results could violate the First Amendment, said lawmakers from both parties, free-speech advocates, and tech experts. The Trump administration’s threat drew rebukes from Democrats and a few Republicans, who said government shouldn’t play a role in monitoring search results or other content online.
WASHINGTON POST

If G.O.P. Loses Hold on Congress, Trump Warns, Democrats Will Enact Change ‘Quickly and Violently’
The blunt warning—delivered to about 100 of the president’s most ardent supporters in the evangelical community—was the latest example of Mr. Trump’s attempts to use the specter of violence at the hands of his political opponents and to fan the flames of cultural divisions in the country.
NEW YORK TIMES

McCain’s choice of Russian dissident as pallbearer is final dig at Putin, Trump
The choice of Vladimir Kara-Murza, who twice suffered organ failure from poisoning, appears aimed at Putin and Trump, who McCain had criticized for sounding too cozy with the Russian leader, amid an investigation into whether the U.S. president’s allies cooperated with Moscow’s efforts to intervene in the 2016 election.
POLITICO

C.I.A. Officer-Turned-Candidate Says PAC Obtained Her Security Application
Abigail Spanberger, the Democratic candidate challenging Representative Dave Brat of Virginia, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Corry Bliss, the executive director of the Congressional Leadership Fund, demanding that the super PAC destroy all copies of the form and agree to not use the information in any fashion.
NEW YORK TIMES

Vermont’s Only Black Woman Lawmaker Pulls Out Of Race In Wake Of Online Threats
Vermont state Rep. Ruqaiyah “Kiah” Morris, has decided against running for re-election in the state’s House, citing the online harassment and racist threats made during her tenure as among the reasons why. The representative said in a Facebook post on Friday that the online vitriol has made political participation difficult.
HUFFINGTON POST

 
Global

India: Outrage after activists arrested over alleged Maoist links
The crackdown was condemned by lawyers, academics, authors and rights watchdogs, with government critics accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of attempting to silence its opponents.
ALJAZEERA

Brutal Beating Of Bosnian Serb Journalist Draws More Protests
Nearly 200 journalists on August 28 gathered in the center of Bosnia’s capital, Sarajevo, to demand an end to attacks on journalists in the Balkan country and to urge authorities to quickly find those responsible for the assault against Vladimir Kovacevic of the independent Bosnian Serb television station BNTV.
RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY

World leaders ignore rights in China: censored author Yan Lianke
Yan, who offers frank portrayals of Chinese life prompted years of state censorship, said leaders flocking to China have become too focused on economic ties. The novelist told AFP that Beijing needs to face up to its human rights issues, but visiting politicians “don’t really care about these things now.”
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

German far-right mobilized by ‘fake news’ after stabbing: officials
Far-right groups spread “fake news” on social media to mobilize their supporters for violent protests targeting migrants after the fatal stabbing of a German man, said officials in the eastern German state of Saxony where they took place.
REUTERS

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