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Devin Nunes dealt a blow in his legal battle with CNN

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Fresno Republican Devin Nunes, photo by Gage Skidmore.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was dealt a setback in his defamation suit against CNN after failing to convince a judge that the trial should be held in Virginia.

This Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Payne decided the case is best adjudicated in New York.

As The Hollywood Reporter points out, Nunes is claiming $435 million in damages over what he says was a “demonstrably false hit piece” about a meeting between him and an ex-Ukrainian prosecutor to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. “CNN’s source is said to be a lawyer for Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of President Donald Trump’s own attorney Rudy Giuliani. Nunes insists he never met with the Ukrainian, didn’t tell Parnas anything of the sort, and that CNN had obvious reasons to doubt a source facing prosecution,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Eriq Gardner writes.

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Nunes’ suit inspired Virginia lawmakers to pass a SLAPP bill, which makes it harder to pursue frivolous lawsuits targeting free speech.

Read the full report over at The Hollywood Reporter.


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Justice Sotomayor pens scathing dissent to COVID-19 ruling: This ‘will only exacerbate the Nation’s suffering’

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor blasted her more conservative colleagues for barring New York state from reimposing coronavirus restrictions on religious gatherings.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4, in a late-night emergency ruling, that state officials could not reimpose limits on churches and synagogues to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus, and Sotomayor penned a scathing dissent that was joined by Justice Elena Kagan.

"Amidst a pandemic that has already claimed over a quarter million American lives, the Court today enjoins one of New York’s public health measures aimed at containing the spread of COVID–19 in areas facing the most severe outbreaks," Sotomayor wrote.

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Conservative rips GOP ‘turkeys’ for turning Thanksgiving COVID safety measures into a culture-war fight

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Writing in The Bulwark this Thursday, Tim Miller says that America should be experiencing a time of national solidarity in the midst of a global pandemic. Instead, "we have a president whose focus is entirely on his effort to perpetrate a fraud on the American public."

According to Miller, Republicans are disseminating a narrative that says coronavirus restriction should be met with a sort of "organized resistance" from individuals and businesses that feel unfairly oppressed. While everyone wants to be with their families on Thanksgiving, "one thing that most people have learned by the time they are adults is that they don’t get to do whatever they want whenever they want."

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‘Fox & Friends’ graphic destroys Trump for ‘baselessly’ and ‘falsely’ claiming election was rigged

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Viewers of Fox & Friends were treated to a dose of the truth on Thursday when the show admitted that President Donald Trump has "baselessly" and "falsely" claimed that the 2020 election was rigged.

The message to Fox News viewers appeared on the network's ticker graphic that is displayed at the bottom of the screen.

"President Trump phoned into a meeting organized by Republicans in Pennsylvania Wed., baseless claiming that the election was 'rigged' and falsely claiming that he won it 'by a lot,'" the Fox News ticker reported. "Most of Trump's legal efforts to challenge voting procedures in PA, MI and other states have been thrown out and his campaign has not produced sufficient evidence to back up claims of widespread voter fraud."

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