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Trump welcomes court decision that allows military funds to be used for border wall

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President Donald Trump on Thursday welcomed a court decision that allows $3.6 billion in military funds to be used to build his signature wall on the US-Mexico border.

“Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!” the president tweeted following the ruling by the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals.

A lower court had temporarily blocked the use of the Department of Defense funds for construction of the wall that Trump pledged to build during his campaign for the White House.

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Trump’s efforts to build a wall along the southwest US border with Mexico to stem illegal immigration have been met with numerous court challenges.

The president declared a national emergency last year and turned to the Pentagon for funding after the House of Representatives refused to allocate all of the money he sought for construction of the wall.

In a statement, the White House described the ruling by the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit as a “victory for the rule of law.”

“The Fifth Circuit has lifted an illegitimate nationwide injunction entered by a lower court, and in doing so has allowed vital border wall construction to move forward using military construction funds,” it said.

“We are committed to keeping our borders secure, and we will finish the wall.”

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Expert explains how ‘hate speech and disinformation flow on Facebook’

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Janine Jackson interviewed Free Press’s Jessica González about Facebook promoting hate for the July 3, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Janine Jackson: Civil rights and social justice groups have been grappling for years with ways to address hateful speech, harassment and disinformation on Facebook. The issue is on the front burner again, as major companies like Unilever and Starbucks are pausing their ads—the platform’s source of revenue—as part of a coordinated effort to get Facebook to change policies that allow politicians and others to make false and incendiary claims.

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‘Fed up’ Republicans fleeing Trump as his unpopularity cripples their re-election hopes: report

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According to a GOP campaign consultant, Republicans across the country are increasingly pushing back at Donald Trump and want nothing to do with him as November's election nears, fearing his tumbling approval numbers will hurt their re-election chances.

Speaking with USA Today, the consultant bluntly stated the Republicans are "fed up" with the president's rhetoric and antics and more than a few may skip the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville -- if it even happens.

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Republicans in revolt over Trump’s plan to force schools to reopen during pandemic: report

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According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump's rush to force schools to reopen is getting pushback not only from teachers but also from Republican allies who worry that he is putting kids at risk when the coronavirus pandemic is on the rise again.

On Friday, the preside t tweeted that schools must open and, along with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, threatened federal funding for schools would be withheld if school districts did not comply.

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