Tuesday, May 17, 2022

DWAC Merging With Trump's Truth Social Warned Investors Of His Bankruptcy And Failures

In a filing Monday, Digital World Acquisition Corp. (DWAC), the company that will merge with Trump's new Social Media company, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMtG) behind Truth Social, highlighted the Bankruptcies of Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza, Trump Castle, and the Failures of Trump University, Trump Vodka, and Trump Steaks, among others.

Digital World, a SPAC or "blank-check" firm, allow Companies to get on the Stock Exchange. is seeking to merge with Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), the Owner of Truth Social. Trump himself would control between 47% and 58% of the Merged Company and would serve as its Chairman, Monday's filing shows.

DWAC said in its filing: "A number of companies that were associated with President Trump have filed for bankruptcy. There can be no assurances that TMTG will not also become bankrupt." It continued: "A number of companies that had license agreements with President Trump have failed. There can be no assurances that TMTG will not also fail."

It added: "While all of the foregoing were in different businesses than TMTG, there can be no guarantee that TMTG's performance will exceed the performance of those entities."

But, the signs so far are that Truth Social is a Flop.

Since it launched, Downloads and time spent on the App have trended Downwards. It has slumped from being the number one Download on Apple's U.S. App Store to number 173, according to an Analysis by Similarweb.

That's partly down to the App's lengthy Waitlist, which keeps wannabe Users locked out for weeks. But even when you got off the Waitlist and into the App, there still Not much to see or do.

Monday's filing also showed that Trump has agreed to Post on Truth Social Six hours before making similar Posts on other Platforms. However, it also stipulated that Trump can Post from any Platform at any time for "political messaging."

Trump launched Truth Social in February, 2022, as an alternative to Mainstream Social Media Platforms, most notably Twitter. Truth Social was plagued with Technical Difficulties upon launch and Trump was silent on the Platform until late April.

Twitter permanently Suspended Trump's Account in January 2021, after he posted a Video telling Rioters at the January 6 Insurrection: "We love you; you're very special." However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has proposed buying Twitter for $44 billion, has said he would Reinstate Trump's Account if the Deal completes. But did say he would Suspend not permanently Suspend Trump, depending on content of Posts.

Trump told Fox News he Won't return to Twitter even if his Account is Reactivated, although Advisers close to him, said they doubted this.

TMTG is planning to launch a Streaming service called TMTG+ and has posted Job ads for: Producers, Forbes reported Friday.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

White House Expands Flights To Cuba

The White House announced a historic shift in its policy toward Cuba Monday night, saying that for the First time in Six Decades, it will sign off on an American Company investing in a Private Cuba-based and Cuban-owned Business.

The Deal is pending Approval by the Cuban Government, but could open the door for additional American Dollars flowing to Entrepreneurs in the Island Nation.

Additionally, the Biden Administration said it would authorize Flights to Cuba beyond Havana, reinstate the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program, which allows Cubans to join Family Members in the U.S., on a Temporary basis, with the potential for obtaining Permanent Status, and lift the $1,000 per Quarter limit on Remittances per Sender-Receiver pair, and allow for Donative Non-Family Rremittances.

The Administration characterizes these moves as “measures to further support the Cuban people, providing them additional tools to pursue a life free from Cuban government oppression and to seek greater economic opportunities.”

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Loophole Gives Pipeline Builders Green Light To Cut Corners And Pollute Clean Water

Fossil Fuel Pipelines threaten our Rivers, Streams, and Wetlands.

They can Pollute Drinking Water Sources and Damage Wildlife Habitat. They lead to Pollution that fuels the Climate Crisis, and Threatens our ability to meet the Goals needed to Protect our Planet.

And yet, dangerous Pipeline Projects are in the Works across the U.S.

Many of these ill-conceived Projects, move forward thanks to a Loophole known as Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP12), a notoriously Problematic License under the Clean Water Act, that is used to Fast-Track Pipelines without proper Environmental Review.

Nationwide Permits are a type of General Permit issued by the Chief of Engineers and are designed to Regulate with little, if any, Delay or Paperwork certain Activities in Federally Jurisdictional Waters and Wetlands, where those Activities would have No more than Minimal Adverse Environmental Impacts.

The Army Corps of Engineers is inviting Public Comments on NWP12 through May 27, so we have an important Opportunity to close that Loophole and help Stop Dangerous, Climate-busting Fossil Fuel Pipelines from seeing the light of day.

NWP12 has allowed Fossil Fuel Companies to build Pipelines that threaten Communities, Drinking Water Sources, and Wetlands. This includes: the notorious Dakota Access Pipeline that Travels under both the Missouri River and Lake Oahe; a Reservoir that is the Primary Water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Compromising this critical Water source would pose an Imminent Threat to the Safety of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Canceling NWP12 is One Major step, we can take to Protect our Clean Water, Wetlands, and stop disastrous Pipeline Projects from jeopardizing Communities, our Health, and the Environment.

Blocking Dirty energy pipelines is critical to fighting the climate crisis and securing an equitable 100% clean energy future.

CLICK HERE to send a Message to the Biden Administration today.

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Biden Approves Plan to Redeploy Ground Forces Into Somalia

Biden Approves Plan to Redeploy several Hundred Ground Forces, capped at around 450, into Somalia. Biden also Signed-Off on targeting about a Dozen Al Shabab Leaders, in the war-torn Country, from Trump's withdrewal of 700 ground Troops in his final weeks in Office.

The Somali Terrorist group is affiliated with Al Qaeda. Since Biden took Office, Airstrikes have largely been limited to those meant to defend Partner Forces facing an immediate threat.

Together, this will revive an Open-Ended American Counterterrorism Operation that has amounted to a slow-burn War through Three Administrations. Biden signed off on the Proposal by Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III in early May. In a Statement, Adrienne Watson, the National Security Council Spokeswoman, acknowledged the move, saying it would enable “a more effective fight against Al Shabab.”

“The decision to reintroduce a persistent presence was made to maximize the safety and effectiveness of our forces and enable them to provide more efficient support to our partners,” she said.

The Biden Administration’s strategy in Somalia, is to try to Reduce the Threat from Al Shabab, by suppressing its ability to Plot and carry out complicated Operations. Those include a deadly Attack on an American Air Base at Manda Bay, Kenya, in January 2020.

The Militants of Al Shabab collect Taxes, decide Court Cases, and control the Streets. Somalis ask, will a New Government even matter?

Targeting a small Leadership cadre, especially People who are suspected of playing roles in developing Plots outside Somalia’s Borders or having Special Skills, is aimed at curtailing “the threat to a level that is tolerable.”

Some outside Analysts criticized the move, including Sarah Harrison, a Senior Analyst at the International Crisis Group, who is the Lead Author of an upcoming Report on U.S. Policy in Somalia. The U.S. had been trying to curb Al Shabab using Military Force for 15 years, and it had Not worked, she said; it might have even Prolonged the Conflict.

“Sending in more U.S. troops and honing in on a small number of senior Al Shabab leadership is narrow in its aims and by definition cannot end the broader military fight absent more concerted and effective diplomatic and political efforts by the United States and others,” she said.

Intelligence Officials estimate that Al Shabab has about 5,000 to 10,000 Members; the group, which formally pledged Allegiance to Al Qaeda in 2012, has sought to impose its Extremist version of Islam, on the chaotic Horn of Africa Country.

While Al Shabab mostly Fights inside Somalia and only occasionally attacks neighboring Countries, some Members are said to harbor Ambitions to Strike the U.S. In December 2020, Prosecutors in Manhattan, Charged an accused Shabab Operative from Kenya with Plotting a Sept. 11-style Attack on an American City. He had been Arrested in the Philippines as he trained to fly Planes.

Biden’s Decision followed months of Interagency Deliberations led by the White House’s Top Counterterrorism Adviser, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, over whether to accept the Pentagon Plan, Maintain the status quo, or further reduce Engagement in Somalia. In evaluating those Options, Ms. Sherwood-Randall and other Top Security Officials visited Somalia, and nearby Kenya and Djibouti, both of which host American Forces, in October, 2021.

The Administration’s deliberations about whether and how to more robustly go back into Somalia have been complicated by Political Chaos there, as Factions in its fledgling Government fought each other and Elections were Delayed. But Somalia recently Elected a New Parliament, and over the weekend, Leaders selected a New President, deciding to return to power, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who led the Country from 2012 to 2017.

Intelligence Officials have raised growing Alarm about Al Shabab, over the past several years, as it has Expanded its Territory in Somalia. In its final year in Office, the Obama Administration had deemed Al Shabab to be part of the Armed Conflict the U.S. authorized against the Perpetrators of the Sept. 11 Attacks.

But Trump loosened Controls on Airstrikes there, and the Pentagon significantly escalated American Combat Activity. But shortly before leaving Office, Trump ordered most American Troops to Pull-Out of Somalia, except for a Small Force, that has guarded American Diplomats at a Bunker by the Airport in Mogadishu.

On the First day in Office, the Biden Administration Suspended a Permissive set of Targeting Rules, put in place by the Trump Administration, instead requiring Requests for Strikes, except in Self-Defense, to be routed through the White House. Africa Command also invoked that Exception for Strikes undertaken in the “collective” Self-Defense of Somali Partner Forces.

That pause was supposed to take only a few Months while the Biden Administration reviewed how Targeting Rules had worked under both the Trump and Obama Administrations, and devised its own. But even though it has largely completed a Proposed Replacement, described as a Hybrid between the Two preceding versions, Final Approval of that has Stalled amid competing National Security Policy matters.

The Military, for its part, has tried to continue Training, Advising, and assisting Somali and African Union forces without a Persistent Presence on the Ground, but gradually increased the Length of Shorter stays. During a Visit to Somalia in February, General Townsend warned of the Threat Al Shabab posed to the Region.

“Al Shabab remains Al Qaeda’s largest, wealthiest and most deadly affiliate, responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocents, including Americans,” he said. “Disrupting Al Shabab’s malign intent requires leadership from Somalis and continued support from Djibouti, Kenya, the U.S. and other members of the international community.”

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MO Legislature Passes New Congressional Map

The Missouri Senate Approved a New Congressional Map on Thursday evening, pushing a last-minute Proposal through the Chamber despite continued Opposition from some Republicans.

Passage of the Map comes after nearly Five months of Infighting and Stalemates in the Senate, numerous trashed Drafts and a previous attempt that got inches from the finish line, before stalling out. Debate began on the matter with just over 24 hours remaining until the Legislature’s Friday evening Deadline and ended in a 22-11 Vote.

The Final Version will likely retain Missouri’s current Partisan Alignment, with Six Districts favoring Republicans, and Two favoring Democrats.

It passed the House last week after Lawmakers renewed their push to fulfill their Constitutional obligation, with Lawsuits filed in both State and Federal Courts looming. The House will need to take a Final Vote of approval before the Deadline.

“This map is a result of compromise,” said State Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-6th District, Jefferson City), who Chairs the Redistricting Committee. “Everybody’s been given an opportunity to be heard and I don’t think anybody could say different.”

St. Louis City’s 1st District remains the Majority-Minority District for the State, according to the Voting Rights Act.

The 5th District in Kansas City will remain in Democratic hands, despite attempts from some Republicans to cut it out, in a more aggressive “7-1” Map adding another GOP Seat.

The 2nd District in Suburban St. Louis, will still favor Republicans, but could become Competitive for Democrats, if Voting trends in that Region continue.

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Tech Industry Asks Court To Block TX Law That Targets Social Media Companies

Two Technology Trade groups came to the Supreme Court on Friday night, asking the Justices to Block a controversial Texas Law that bars Large Social Media Platforms like, Facebook and Twitter, from moderating Speech based on the Viewpoints of their Users. Describing the Law as an “undisguised effort to level the speech playing field and control ‘Big Tech’,” the groups urged the Court to Reinstate a Decision by a Federal District Judge in Texas, that barred the State from Enforcing the Law.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed the Law, known as H.B. 20, last September, and it was slated to go into effect on Dec. 2, 2021. But the Two Trade groups, NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, went to Federal Court in Texas, where U.S. District Judge Robert Pittman, on Dec. 1, 2021, issued an Order prohibiting the State from Implementing the Law.

On Wednesday, a divided Panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, issued a One-sentence Order in which it Lifted Pittman’s Injunction, clearing the way for the State to Enforce the Law.

Represented by Two former Texas Solicitors General, Scott Keller and Kyle Hawkins, as well as Paul Clement, who served as the U.S. Solicitor General during the George W. Bush Administration, the Trade groups told the Justices that H.B. 20 Violates “bedrock First Amendment principles established by” the Supreme Court, which has “repeatedly recognized that private entities” – including websites – “have the right under the First Amendment to determine whether and how to disseminate speech.” Indeed, they suggested, “the entire impetus” for the law “was that Texas did not like how platforms were exercising” their Editorial discretion “to remove or refrain from disseminating certain speech.” In his Official signing Statement, the groups noted, Abbott specifically stressed that it “is now law that conservative viewpoints in Texas cannot be banned on social media.”

Allowing the Law to go into effect, the groups contended, will impose substantial Costs on Social Media companies, requiring them to Revamp how they Operate in Texas. Moreover, they added, the companies will lose Money, as Advertisers will pull their Ads rather than have them appear “next to vile, objectionable expression” such as Russian Propaganda or Holocaust Deniers, which the Platforms will be obligated to permit under the Law.

The groups also cited the Cursory Nature of the 5th Circuit’s Order, reinstating the Law as another reason to put the Order On-Hold while their Challenge, as well as a Challenge to a similar Law in Florida, plays out. “Whether or not this Court ultimately agrees or disagrees,” the groups concluded, “Texas should not be allowed to transform the Internet before a single judge explains why Texas’s effort complies with the First Amendment.”

Justice Samuel Alito, on Saturday morning, directed Texas to file its response to the groups’ Request by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

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Court Proposed NY Congressional Maps Create House Battleground

A Court Appointed Special Master tasked with Redrawing New York’s Congressional District lines, released a Proposed Draft Monday that would make the Empire State an Epicenter for the National Fight to Control the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Proposal, offered by Carnegie Mellon Political Scientist Jonathan Cervas, would create 15 Districts that favor Democratic Candidates and Five that favor Republicans.

The remaining Six Districts, on suburban Long Island, on Staten Island, and North into the Hudson Valley, would likely be Competitive between both Parties, Cervas said in a Filing made with the Court overseeing the Redistricting Process.

The New Maps come after an Initial version Approved by the State Legislature was Struck-Down by Steuben County Supreme Court Judge Patrick McAllister. Those Maps would have given Democrats an advantage in 22 of the 26 Districts, New York will have for the next Decade to come.

Instead, Cervas has proposed a Map that could give Republicans an opportunity to win up to 11 Seats in Congress, in the Right Political atmosphere. Republicans have Not held that many Seats in New York since the 2002 Elections.

Cervas’s proposed Map gives Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-11th District) a much better chance of keeping her Staten Island-based District. Under Democratic lines, Malliotakis’s District would have added Thousands of new Democratic Voters, Voters who would stay in Districts held by Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-10th District) and Yvette Clarke (D-9th District) under Cervas’s Proposal.

The Maps set up an explosive Clash between Two longtime Democrats who now find themselves drawn into the same District. In statements after the Maps were released, Nadler and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-12th District,) both said they would run for the same District.

Nadler, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Maloney, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, both won Election to Congress in 1992.

Districts held by Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-3rd District), who is running for Governor, and Andrew Garbarino (R-2nd District), both on Long Island, would become much more Competitive than they have been in recent years.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18th District) is drawn into a District currently held by Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-17th District). Maloney, who Heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said he would run in the District that most closely resembles Jones’s. Jones, first Elected in 2020, did Not immediately say which Seat he would seek.

A Seat held by Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-19th District), who is soon to leave Congress to become New York’s Lieutenant Governor, would also be Competitive, though it would favor Democrats by marginally more than Delgado’s current District. Delgado ousted then-Rep. John Faso (R) in the 2018 Midterm Elections by 15,000 votes.

One current Republican-held Seat will remain a perennial Democratic Target: The Seat held by retiring Rep. John Katko (R-24th District), near Syracuse, appears to favor Democrats by a slim margin.

The New Map includes 10 Districts with a Majority-Minority Population, all in the New York City area. Only One of those Districts, Malliotakis’s Seat, is currently held by a Republican; the remaining Nine are heavily Democratic.

Cervas’s Proposal is Not yet final, and New Yorkers have until Wednesday to offer Comment on his Draft. The Special Master faces a Friday Deadline to turn in his work. New York’s Congressional Primaries are n ow scheduled for Aug. 23rd.

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