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DOJ sues California after governor signs obtuse net neutrality bill

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DOJ sues California after governor signs obtuse net neutrality bill

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed SB 822, establishing net neutrality rules for the state following the Federal Communication Commission’s rollback of Obama-era regulations. Less than two hours after the bill was signed, the Department of Justice sued the state.

“Once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “The Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit today, but we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our Constitutional order.”

The new rules in California go well beyond what the FCC had in place with the Open Internet Rules of 2015. They also go beyond what Oregon, Vermont, and Washington have already done towards net neutrality.

California sued by DOJ after governor signs ‘model’ net neutrality bill

https://phys.org/news/2018-10-california-sued-doj-governor-net.html“Once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement announcing the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California, Sunday. “The Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit today, but we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our Constitutional order.”

In March, Sessions sued California over its “sanctuary” laws on immigration, but the state’s laws were upheld in July.

My Take

I’m against net neutrality, but here’s the thing. In this republic, California and every other state has the right to set its own rules when it comes to in-state commerce. As a California resident, I am appalled. As a Federalist, I do not support the federal government overstepping its boundaries to impose itself where it doesn’t belong.

Every state has the right to set its own rules, regardless of how obtuse they may be, as long as they do not contradict the Constitution. In many cases, they can and should have more impact on the lives of residents than similar federal laws.

Net neutrality is bad, but decrees from DC over the states are even more dangerous. The power must be in the hands of the people rather than bureaucrats consolidating power at the federal level.

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George Washington University students triggered by their mascot

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George Washington University students triggered by their mascot

George Washington University is the home of the Colonials. You know, those people who came to America from Europe and eventually fought against the oppressive government of England in order to win independence for America. These heroes of the American Revolution are now being condemned by the students of George Washington University itself.

While the movement and attached petition haven’t reached a tipping point, the idea of changing the mascot to the “Hippo” is gaining momentum. Why? Well, we’ll let the students themselves tell you what they think.

This video by Campus Reform takes us into the wacky world of triggered college students who are so much in opposition of the people who made this country possible that they’d rather be named after the “river horse” of sub-Saharan Africa.

 


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Trump to Acosta: ‘You have an agenda. You’re CNN. You’re fake news.’

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Trump to Acosta You have an agenda Youre CNN Youre fake news

During President Trump’s press conference announcing his declaration of a national emergency, CNN’s Jim Acosta asked whether the President was concocting the national emergency in order to build his border wall because he couldn’t get it done through Congress. The President responded in standard fashion, attacking Acosta’s question itself as biased.

“You have an agenda. You’re CNN. You’re fake news,” the President said to the reporter.

Acosta has been at the center of controversy throughout President Trump’s term, tussling with members of the administration and the President himself at times. He lost access to the White House in November, 2018, after an altercation with a White House staffer.

This time, the President answered Acosta’s question about whether or not the emergency was manufactured by telling him to ask the Angel moms sitting in the front row if they thought the emergency was manufactured. Acosta did not.

 


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President declares national emergency. Now the craziness begins.

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President declares national emergency Now the craziness begins

As expected, President Trump signed the omnibus to keep the government from a second shutdown. Then, as expected, he declared a national emergency at the southern border to allow his administration to free up funds for the building of a wall at our southern border.

Now, the expectations shift to how Democrats will attack this move. During his announcement of the national emergency, the President noted he’s aware of how the process is going to go: lawsuits, appeals, more lawsuits, more appeals… and eventually it will be decided by the Supreme Court.

Reactions on social media were mixed.

My Take

From here, it goes insane. It should be noted the President made what many are considering a mistake when he said he “didn’t have to” declare an emergency but wanted the wall built faster. That seems like grounds to attack the declaration itself.

 


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