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Hey, You! Rolling Stones warn Trump of legal action over song use
(AFP) - British rock legends The Rolling Stones have threatened legal action against US President Donald Trump for the leader's use of their song You Can't Always Get What You Want at campaign rallies.

The band has appointed performing rights organisation BMI to try to stop him using the song, according to a statement given to US website Deadline overnight on Saturday (June 27).

"The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorised use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement," read the statement, which was retweeted by the Rolling Stones official Twitter account.

"If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed."

The letter is the latest in a campaign to stop Mr Trump using the song at rallies which dates back to 2016.

It was initially played at Republican party primaries.

The BMI added that it has not yet received any response from lawyers acting for Mr Trump.

The Stones are not the first major act to call on the president to stop using their songs.

Earlier this month, the family of rock musician Tom Petty issued a cease and desist letter over Mr Trump's use of I Won't Back Down at a rally in Tulsa on June 20.

His family posted an open letter on Twitter saying the late singer "would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate".

Queen complained when Mr Trump walked on stage to their anthem We Are The Champions during a Republican Party event in Cleveland, Ohio, in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Aerosmith, Adele, Neil Young and the estate of singer Prince have all hit out after the use of songs by Mr Trump.

And singer Betty Buckley also recently urged composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to stop the president using Memory at his campaign rallies.

Ms Buckley sang the song in the original Broadway production of Cats in the early 1980s.

You Can't Always Get What You Want was a track first heard 51 years ago, on the 1969 album Let It Bleed.

Written by frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, it was voted by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over killing of top commander Qasem Soleimani
Iran's government has issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump over the killing of its top commander, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, in January, the country's semiofficial Fars news agency reported Monday.

Tehran is also reportedly asking Interpol for help, according to Fars. Ali Alghasi-Mehr, the attorney general of Tehran, named Trump and 35 others Iran has accused of involvement in Soleimani's death as facing "murder and terrorism charges," and was quoted as saying he had asked Interpol to issue "red notices" for them — the highest level notice Interpol can issue on an individual to pursue their arrest.

Trump, however, is in no danger of arrest and it's highly unlikely Interpol would honor Iran's request, as the international agency's guidelines forbid it from "undertaking any intervention or activities of a political" nature. Red notices enable local law enforcement authorities to arrest individuals on behalf of the requesting country, though they cannot force the country to arrest or extradite suspects.

The Trump administration has so far not responded to Iran's announcement. Interpol did not immediately reply to a request for comment from CNBC.

Soleimani led Iran's Quds Force, the foreign operations wing of the elite paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The Trump administration labeled him a terrorist, and Washington deemed him responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. troops in Iraq.

The 62-year-old Soleimani was killed in a drone strike directed by Trump in early January while in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, in a move that sent regional tensions and oil prices soaring and triggered a retaliatory attack by Iran and its proxies on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops. 

In emphasizing Soleimani's significance, one defense analyst called the strike "the equivalent of Iran killing the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and then taking credit for it."

full article  cnbc.com
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

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Twitch Suspends Trump's Channel for 'Hateful Conduct'

The action appeared to be the first outright suspension of one of the president's social media accounts.
President Donald Trump at a rally in Tulsa, Okla., on June 20. A stream of the rally on Twitch violated the platform's policies on hate speech, the company said.

By Kellen Browning

    June 29, 2020

Twitch, the livestreaming platform, said on Monday that it was suspending President Trump's channel for "hateful conduct," in what appeared to be the first deliberate suspension of one of Mr. Trump's social media accounts.

The site, which is owned by Amazon, said two recent streams on Mr. Trump's channel violated its rules. One stream was of a rebroadcasted 2015 campaign event in which Mr. Trump made comments about Mexico sending drugs, crime and rapists over the border. The other was of his recent rally in Tulsa, Okla., where he talked about a "very tough hombre" breaking into a woman's house at 1 a.m.

"Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch," a Twitch spokeswoman said in a statement. "In line with our policies, President Trump's channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed."

It was unclear how long the suspension would last.

With its move, Twitch went further than other social media platforms. In recent months, some tech companies have become more proactive in handling speech issues by Mr. Trump and his supporters. Twitter began adding labels to some of the president's tweets; Snap has said it will stop promoting Mr. Trump's Snapchat account; and Reddit on Monday said it would ban "The_Donald" community, which had been a highly influential digital gathering place for Mr. Trump's acolytes.

New York Times



Trump's Twitter feed reads like a local crime blotter as he stokes a culture war

President Donald Trump returned from his Virginia golf course Saturday afternoon and turned his Twitter feed into a crime blotter.

In less than five minutes, the president posted 15 fliers from the United States Park Police to his 82.6 million followers, complete with grainy photos of Americans suspected of vandalism at Lafayette Square. The images hearkened to the kinds of posters one would see on the wall of a local post office.

The president's messages about protesters and vandals have continued apace, often in the early hours of the morning or the late hours of the evening when he is not surrounded by aides, but sometimes in interviews and executive orders.

"We are tracking down the two Anarchists who threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan. We have them on tape. They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act," Trump wrote Tuesday morning. "Turn yourselves in now!"

As the country convulses from incidents of police killings, mass protests and a rapidly-spreading pandemic that has led to double-digit unemployment, the president seems most intent on inflaming an already burning culture war, using his Twitter feed to focus on vandalism by protesters and the well being of statues that have been targeted.

Trump has rarely posted about coronavirus in recent weeks, skipping task force meetings and briefings. Police reform measures have not been at the top of his mind, with Republican allies saying he missed a chance to highlight Democrats scuttling a bill championed by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the lone black Senate Republican and one of only three in the Chamber. An economic recovery message being pushed by allies often seems to get less attention from the president.

Instead, in dozens of tweets and comments, he has advocated for harsher criminal penalties and long jail sentences for those tearing down statues, suggesting up to 10 years in prison. Some allies note it is hard to square how 10 years in prison for painting a statue squares with the criminal justice law he signed and often promotes. Protesters who burn the flag, he said, should get one year in jail.

Trump has called federal authorities privately to ensure damaged statues are fixed quickly, according to people familiar with his activities, after seeing them on Fox News. He threatened protesters ahead of his recent rally in Oklahoma with a "different scene" than in New York or Seattle.

Trump has repeatedly posted videos that highlight racial conflict, from a supporter on a golf cart shouting "White Power!" at cursing Trump protesters, to a video of two gun-wielding white residents in front of their mansion, pointing guns at a crowd of black demonstrators chanting and marching on the sidewalk. He recently highlighted a video of what appeared to be a white department store employee being assaulted by a black customer.

"Looks what's going on here," the president wrote. "Where are the protesters? Was this man arrested?"

The White House has similarly turned its attention to vandalism of statues, blaring in a recent email alert that Trump was "DEFENDING AMERICAN HISTORY FROM THE MOB." The president has signed an executive order on "Protecting American Monuments, Memorials and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence."

lots more here  nationthailand.com
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Fearing an election loss, Trump allies push him to be less polarizing

(Reuters) - Some of President Donald Trump's Republican allies are urging him to ditch his divisive messaging and outline a clear vision for a second term, fearing his handling of a series of crises has dimmed his re-election hopes.

With four months to go before he faces Democrat Joe Biden in a Nov. 3 U.S. election, Trump's opinion poll numbers have sunk as he struggles to manage the coronavirus pandemic, economic woes and protests over racial injustice.

its all here reuters.com
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Touch The Sky: Kanye West announces 2020 presidential run

Donald Trump and Kanye West stand together in the lobby at Trump Tower, December 13, 2016 in New York City, after Trump's election victory -- but West apparently now wants to deny him a second term by running himself

Kanye West, the entertainment mogul who urges listeners in one song to "reach for the stars, so if you fall, you land on a cloud," announced Saturday he is challenging Donald Trump for the US presidency in 2020.

"We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION," the born-again billionaire rapper tweeted as Americans marked Independence Day.

He offered no further details on his campaign, four months before the November election.

West long ago broke ranks with most of the left-leaning entertainment industry to loudly voice his support for Trump.

In 2018, they met in the Oval Office -- a surreal tete-a-tete that included a hug from the rapper as well as an on-camera rant featuring an expletive not often repeated for the White House press corps.

That year, West also delivered a lengthy soliloquy to a president who many deem racist, telling him he loved him -- to the dismay of many Democrats and fellow artists.

But in 2019, during an interview with Zane Lowe of Apple Music's Beats 1 show, he said his support for Trump had been a way to razz Democrats -- and announced his own presidential ambitions.

"There will be a time when I will be the president of the US, and I will remember... any founder that didn't have the capacity to understand culturally what we were doing."

It was unclear to whom the artist was referring.

The announcement came days after West, who has taken a very public turn towards Christianity in recent years, released a new song, "Wash Us In the Blood," along with an accompanying video including imagery from recent anti-racism protests.

Since 2018, his wife, reality star Kim Kardashian, has formed her own contacts with the White House as she champions criminal justice reform: she has successfully lobbied Trump to pardon a sexagenarian woman for a non-violent drug offense.

For weeks now Trump, criticized for his response both to the coronavirus pandemic and to anti-racism protests, has been lagging in the polls behind his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

There was no immediate response to West's announcement from either candidate Saturday.

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