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President Donald Trump. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump is appealing a judge’s ruling that said he violated some of his critics’ First Amendment rights when he blocked them on Twitter.

The details: The appeal notice came even though the White House has unblocked the accounts of seven users who sued the president. The judge had stopped short of ordering the White House to unblock the users. The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which is representing the plaintiffs, said it looks "forward to defending the ruling in the Second Circuit” Court of Appeals in New York.

What they're saying: The case centers on the argument that social media platforms used by government officials to interact with the public are subject to the First Amendment.

  • The plaintiffs say Trump should not selectively block anyone from participating in the public social forum based on their views.
  • But the Trump administration argued that the president should be able to block anyone whose speech he doesn’t want to listen to.

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Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly bombing in southern Afghanistan

The mosque after the explosion in southern Kandahar province on Oct. 15. Photo: Murteza Khaliqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a massive blast that tore through a crowded Shiite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday, killing at least 47 people and injuring dozens more, AP reports.

Why it matters: Friday's attack was the deadliest to strike Afghanistan since the U.S. withdrew its troops from the region and is the second major attack on a Shiite mosque in a week, underscoring the Taliban's growing security threat from other militant groups.

New wave of strikes will test worker power

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Thousands of John Deere workers hit the picket line this week after the union smacked down a new worker contract from the farm and equipment maker.

Why it matters: There’s a wave of worker angst spreading across the country. They wield new power that’s come with a historic worker shortage.

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The smart city comes of age

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Better sensors, more intelligent AI, and the coming wave of 5G wireless could finally fulfill the promise of the smart city.

Why it matters: How we organize, run and power our cities will be increasingly important in the years ahead, as urbanization expands and the damaging effects of climate change compound.