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Protests in France against a new “global security” law that prohibits certain documentation of police actions have turned violent as protesters and police clash in Paris.

The new bill limits freedom of expression in a number of ways, but the most contested aspect prohibits “disseminating by any means or medium whatsoever … the image of the face or any other identifying element of an officer … when engaged in a police operation,” if the image could “harm the physical or mental integrity.” The offense is punishable by a year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros ($53,300). Critics claim this poses a grave threat to press freedoms in the country.

Protesters concerned with the possible implications of the law have taken to the streets since its adoption. One video reportedly taken Saturday near the Bastille shows a car that appears to have been lit on fire by protesters.

Other footage shows the dramatic attempt by swaths of police to wrangle unruly protesters amid fires in the city streets.

In another instance, protesters appear to be attacking police attempting to control the crowd.

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WATCH: Trump Attorney Slams Media In CBS Interview, Tells Host ‘You Are Bloodthirsty for Ratings’

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Zak began the interview by accusing van der Veen’s usage of the term “insurrection” as contradicting his prior statements about the January Capitol breach.

Sure, I used the word ‘insurrection’ in my closing argument when closing the charging documents,” replied Trump’s attorney. “What happened at the Capitol on January 6 is absolutely horrific. But what happened at the Capitol during this trail was not too far away from that. The prosecutors in this case doctored evidence. They did not investigate this case and when they had to come to the court of the Senate to put their case on, they hadn’t done any investigation. They doctored evidence.”

The CBS host followed up with a question about van der Veen’s reference to doctored evidence by the prosecution, attempting to trivialize it.

To be clear for our viewers, what you’re talking about is a checkmark that’s a verification on Twitter that did not exist on that particular tweet, a 2020 that should have actually read 2021, and the selective editing, you say, of the tapes,” Zak said. “Is that the doctored evidence of what you’re speaking?

This ridiculous comment pushed the interview off the rails, as Trump’s attorney called her out for attempting to portray the doctoring of evidence in an impeachment trial as of little significance.

Van der Veen then went on to own Zak, demonstrating media malfeasance in covering the impeachment.

Ma’am, your question is turned. What has to happen, the media has to start telling the right story in this country. The media is trying to divide the country. You are bloodthirsty for ratings, and as such, you’re asking questions now that are already set up with a fact pattern. I can’t believe you would ask me a question indicating that it’s all right just to doctor a little bit of evidence. There’s more stuff that we uncovered that they doctored, to be frank with you, and perhaps that will come out one day. …

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What I’m telling you is that they doctored evidence, and I believe your question says, ‘Well, it’s only a Twitter check and changing a year of date here.’ They switched the date of a Twitter a year to try to connect it to this case. That’s not a small thing. ma’am. The other thing they did is they put a check mark on something to make it look like it was a validated account when it wasn’t. And when they were caught, they didn’t say anything about it. They didn’t even try to come up with an excuse about it. And that’s not the way our prosecutors or our government officials should be conducting themselves.

And the media shouldn’t be letting them get away with it, either. I’m tired of the biased media on both sides, left and right. What this country wants, what this country needs, is this country to come together; to take the left and the right and find a middle ground and start responsibly being our public officials, our elected officials. And one of the reasons why they do it is because of the media. Because the media want to tell their narrative, rather than just telling it is. And frankly, I’m tired of it. I’m not in front of your cameras all the time, but what I’ve been subjected to this last week 

At the end of the interview, van der Veen tossed his microphone aside and walked off the camera, while Zak looked flushed.

The media’s disdain for facts and preference for their own truth lives on.

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“I’ve had enough,” Michigan congressman quits GOP over Trump’s election fights

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Rep. Paul Mitchell is leaving the Republican Party, the Michigan congressman announced Monday, citing his dismay with President Donald Trump and the party’s efforts to delegitimize the 2020 presidential election.

Mitchell revealed his decision during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, in which he said he’d asked the clerk of the House to change his party affiliation to “Independent.” Mitchell plans to retire from Congress next month, at the end of this term.

“It became clear to me I could no longer be associated with a Republican Party that the leadership does not stand up and say the process, the election is over. It’s over today,” Mitchell said. “This party has to stand up for democracy first, for our Constitution first and not political considerations. It’s not about a candidate. It’s not simply for raw political power and that’s what I feel is going on, and I’ve had enough.”

In a letter to GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, he called the election process this year “traumatic,” and expressed concern for “the stability and strength of our democracy.” He added that he would continue to raise money for individual candidates who are in line with his conservative values.

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“I have stated publicly numerous times that when entering the political arena, a person must be willing to accept winning and losing with grace and maturity,” Mitchell wrote in his letter, a copy of which he shared on Twitter.

Mitchell said he supported Trump and his policies, voting for him in 2016 and acknowledging the president’s right to request recounts. But Trump’s repeated efforts to sow mistrust in the election results and fight his loss in court — as well as the party leadership’s support in those efforts — pushed Mitchell to leave.

(Politico)

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Sidney Powell talk to Newsmax TV: Dominion Contracts Warrant Criminal Probe

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The $107 million contract awarded by Georgia for Dominion Voting Systems should be thoroughly investigated for potential “benefits being paid to family members of those who signed the contract,” according to former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell on Newsmax TV.

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“There should be an investigation, a thorough criminal investigation, frankly, of everyone involved in acquiring the Dominion [Voting] System for the state of Georgia,” Powell told Saturday’s “The Count” hosted by Tom Basile and Mark Halperin.

“And frankly for every other state, given how appalling the system is and the fact it was designed to manipulate the votes and destroy the real votes of American citizens who were casting legal votes.”

Powell’s investigation is turning up potential criminal allegations, including “money or benefits being paid to family members of those who signed the contract for Georgia.”

“I think there are multiple people in the Secretary of State’s office and other that should be investigated in Georgia for what benefits they might have received for giving Dominion the $100-million, no-bid contract,” Powell said.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported in 2019, however, Georgia did receive three bids for the new voting systems, with Dominion winning on being “the lowest-cost system among three companies that submitted bids.”

That contract was pursued by the state after Stacey Abrams never conceded to Gov. Brian Kemp in the 2018 midterm elections, claiming the Secretary of State and Kemp unlawfully ”suppressed” votes by voiding registrations found to be illegitimate.

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