Nov 19, 2019

White House's official Twitter account attacks Vindman as he testifies

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The White House's Twitter account tweeted Tuesday a quote from former National Security Council official Tim Morrison's deposition stating that he had "concerns" about Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's judgment.

Why it matters: This is the second instance of President Trump or the White House tweeting about a witness as they're testifying publicly in the impeachment inquiry.

Earlier in the hearing, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked Vindman about Morrison's concerns about his judgment. Vindman, who is still employed by the National Security Council, responded by reading aloud former top Russia adviser Fiona Hill's final performance review of his work:

"Alex is a top 1% military officer and the best Army officer I have worked with in my 15 years of government service. He is brilliant, unflappable and exercises excellent judgment."

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Minnesota activates National Guard amid fallout from George Floyd death

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George Floyd, 46, moved to Minnesota to improve his life and become his "best self," but instead, he is dead because of Minneapolis police.

The latest: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz declared a state of emergency and activated the state's National Guard in response to violent clashes over the past two days between police and protesters in the Twin Cities.

Trump signs executive order targeting protections for social media platforms

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday designed to limit the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for the content users post on their platforms.

What they're saying: "Currently, social media giants like Twitter receive an unprecedented liability shield based on the theory that they are a neutral platform, which they are not," Trump said in the Oval Office. "We are fed up with it. It is unfair, and it's been very unfair."