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Former Rep. Katie Hill at the Capitol in Oct. 2019. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A judge ruled Wednesday that the Daily Mail did not break California's law against revenge porn by publishing nude photos of former California Democratic Rep. Katie Hill without her consent, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Why it matters: Hill resigned from Congress amid an investigation into allegations of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a congressional staffer, after photos were published in the U.K.-based tabloid and conservative blog RedState.

  • She later sued her ex-husband and the owners of the Daily Mail and RedState, alleging they distributed “nonconsensual porn” by publishing photos of her.
  • The Los Angeles judge dismissed her case against the U.K.-based tabloid by finding the photos protected as “a matter of public issue or public interest” under the First Amendment.

What they're saying: "Hot take: revenge porn — illegally shared images — cannot be considered in the public interest in any circumstance," Hill tweeted on Thursday morning.

  • "If that’s the precedent, countless women will be afraid to run for office because they have shitty exes."
  • "This fight has massive implications for any woman who ever wants to run for office, so quitting isn’t an option," she tweeted on Wednesday. Hill’s lawyer has indicated that she will appeal, per AP.

The other side: “The court today basically said sharing or distributing [images] is protected if it’s a matter of public concern,” Krista Lee Baughman, attorney for RedState managing editor Jennifer Van Laar, told the LA Times.

  • “I think the judge is really right, and this is an important 1st Amendment case because it goes to what speech we can have around our representatives in government. If we go down that slippery slope of censoring what journalists can publish about our elected officials, that’s a dangerous place to be for our 1st Amendment," Baughman said.
  • A Daily Mail attorney declined comment to the Times.

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The Department of Homeland Security on Saturday announced plans to ramp up deportation flights to Haiti out of the small Texas border town Del Rio, starting as soon as Sunday.

Why it matters: Reports have emerged of more than 10,000 migrants, primarily from Haiti, crowded in a temporary camp under the international bridge in Del Rio. Hoping to find refuge in the United States, they've had to bear with filthy conditions and the scorching sun for days, per an NBC News affiliate.

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Pope Francis on Saturday urged European bishops to listen to survivors of clergy sexual abuse, saying "these important discussions truly touch the future of the church," AP reports.

Driving the news: Francis spoke in a video message to Central and Eastern European bishops who are convening in Poland for a four-day child protection conference beginning on Sunday.

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A viral TikTok challenge is leading students nationwide to shatter mirrors, steal fire alarms and intentionally clog toilets, The Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: Dubbed the the “Devious Licks challenge, students are showing off their "devious licks" on TikTok — with a sped-up version of "Ski Ski BasedGod" by rapper Lil’ B playing in the background.

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