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As a War with DC Looms, Facebook Lawyers Up

It looks as though Zuck and Co. know what’s headed their way.

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There are righteous and serious concerns in America today about the power of Facebook, particularly when it comes to our current war over information.

In 2018, it has become ever so difficult to express your First Amendment right to free speech online.  This has been due to Facebook, Google, and others, and their overt liberalism acting as a guide as to what content is allowed on their platforms.  Dissenting opinions are often throttled in reach, or deleted wholly, leaving the network to act as nothing more than an echo chamber for the liberal left.

Now, with President Trump having already threatened to seek action against the thought-policing, it looks as though Facebook is preparing for war.

Facebook has hired one of the top antitrust lawyers in Silicon Valley, in a sign that the company could be preparing for war with Donald Trump’s administration.

Kate Patchen, the chief of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division in San Francisco, has joined Facebook as director and associate general counsel of litigation.

Patchen updated her LinkedIn profile earlier this month with the news, which was first spotted by the Financial Times. Business Insider has contacted Patchen and Facebook for comment.

Trending: Virginia Democrats Take A Step Back From Gun Control Plan After Receiving Major Backlash From Gun Owners

Facebook’s strange behavior began in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, as Americans were being inundated with bizarre conspiracy theories about Russian collusion with the Donald Trump campaign.

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These rumors have been under the microscope for well over a year by one of the nation’s most adept criminal investigators, with no evidence having been presented to bolster the theory thus far.

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Virginia Democrats Take A Step Back From Gun Control Plan After Receiving Major Backlash From Gun Owners

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Democrats in the state of Virginia have discovered that a great many folks who make up their constituency are supporters of the Second Amendment right to bear arms after they received massive backlash from gun owners after unveiling their gun control plan. Now, in light of the all the criticism, Democrats in the state have decided to take a step back from the proposal. Check out the details from TheBlaze: Democrats will assume control of the Virginia General Assembly next year, and lawmakers quickly began submitting gun control bills that previously had little-to-no chance of passage. Gun-rights advocates statewide responded by forming “sanctuary” counties in which enforcement of new gun control laws would be de-emphasized or neglected altogether. Monday, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and incoming Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw said they were adding a “grandfather clause” into the proposed assault weapon ban, which would allow gun owners to keep weapons under the policy that were already legally owned — as long as they register them. “I’m not going to lock up a large part of Virginia,” Saslaw told the Virginia Mercury, acknowledging that a grandfather clause would “make sense.” Gun-rights activists in Virginia are not letting their guard down after what seems like a victory, being well aware of the fact that the left will keep pushing for further restrictions on the Second Amendment. Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League said, “We’ve been down this compromise road and their version of a compromise is they never give up anything. We are expected to give up something every time and we’re not doing it anymore. I think gun owners are tired of this and they’re gonna stand up and fight this stuff.”

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President Trump Set To Create New Executive Order To Protect Jews On College Campuses

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President Trump has decided to take action against the rampant anti-Semitism that is rising up on college campuses across the country by signing an executive order designed to protect Jews on college campuses. The order will redefine Jews as more than a religious class, making them a nationality or ethnic group according to a new report that has been published by the Washington Post. Here are more details from TheBlaze: The updated classification will have a significant impact, allowing the government to consider anti-Semitic discrimination a violation of the Civil Rights Act. Specifically, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and national origin. “There’s been a lot of unclarity surrounding the application of Title VI to Jewishness, basically, because of a question of about whether Jewishness is primarily a religion — in which case Title VI would not apply to anti-Semitic discrimination — or whether it’s a race or national origin. This EO will clarify that Title VI applies to anti-Semitism,” an administration official told reporters Tuesday, according to the Post. The New York Times reported that Trump decided to take action because Congress has long stalled bipartisan legislation meant to combat the problem. “Today’s executive order will have a real, positive impact in protecting Jewish college students from anti-Semitism,” Republican Jewish Coalition national chairman Norm Coleman told the Washington Free Beacon. The Post went on to report that the executive order mandates that the Department of Education use the definition of anti-Semitism created by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. That particular definition includes a bit that calls out folks who consider the existence of a State of Israel to be a racist endeavor, something that critics of the executive order have said will stifle the free speech of Palestinian activists who might desire…

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