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VIDEO: Here is why CNN has sued Trump in unprecedented move

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Giant American Media House Cable News Network (CNN) has made good its threat and filed  an unprecedented lawsuit against President Trump and his administration, seeking the immediate restoration of its chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s access to the White House.

The lawsuit is in response to the White House’s suspension of Acosta’s press pass, known as a Secret Service “hard pass,” last week. The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban.

According to CNN Spokeswoman, the suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning.

“CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration this morning in DC District Court,” the statement read. “It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process.”

But in a quick rejoinder, soon after CNN went public with the action it is taking, White House let out a terse statement indicating its resolve to defend its position.  White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that CNN is “grandstanding” by suing and that the Trump administration  will “vigorously defend” itself.

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CNN also asserted that other news organizations could have been targeted by the Trump administration this way, and could be in the future.

“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” the network said. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”

There are six defendants: Trump, chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders, deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, Secret Service director Joseph Clancy, and the Secret Service officer who took Acosta’s hard pass away last Wednesday. The officer is identified as John Doe in the suit, pending his identification.

The six defendants are all named because of their roles in enforcing and announcing Acosta’s suspension

and both CNN and Acosta are plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

CNN wrote a letter to the White House on Friday formally requesting the immediate reinstatement of Acosta’s pass and warning of a possible lawsuit, but the Trump administration has remained adamant.

In a statement on Tuesday morning, CNN said it is seeking a preliminary injunction as soon as possible so that Acosta can return to the White House right away, and a ruling from the court preventing the White House from revoking Acosta’s pass in the future.

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The White House accused Acosta of placing his hands on an intern who was trying to take a microphone away from him during a press conference.

In the current suit, CNN Worldwide chief counsel David Vigilante is joined by two prominent attorneys, Ted Boutrous and Theodore Olson to represent the Media organisation.

According to CNN, Acosta is on a previously scheduled vacation this week. He declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Here is the full statement issued by the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday:

“We have been advised that CNN has filed a complaint challenging the suspension of Jim Acosta’s hard pass. This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit.

CNN, who has nearly 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment. After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questions—each of which the President answered—he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions. This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters.
The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional. The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor. If there is no check on this type of behavior it impedes the ability of the President, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business.”

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The White House Correspondents’ Association also released a statement Tuesday about CNN’s lawsuit against President Trump.

WHCA President Oliver Knox said the association “strongly supports CNN’s goal of seeing their correspondent regain a US Secret Service security credential that the White House should not haven taken away in the first place.”

 

 

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How Kenyan celebrities marked Easter in 2019

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As much as many people in Kenya go to church during the long Easter holiday, quite a number don’t.

A good percentage of Kenyans use this opportunity to unwind, meet up with friends and family or go for trips they have been longing for.

Kenyan celebrities are no different. Some went to church others took trips within and outside the country while others went on with their businesses as usual.

Here is how some of your favourite celebrities celebrated Easter.

King kaka

The C.E.O of Kaka Empire spent his Easter holiday in Dubai with a fan who won herself a trip after attending the rapper’s Eastlando Royalty Album launch last year.

King Kaka posted a video of Susan, the winner of the trip on his Instagram page letting his fans know that their dreams are valid.

“I keep my promises, last year while launching my 5th album Eastlando Royalty I promised to take one lucky fan to Dubai. @_susan_ndungu bought a regular ticket and won. Thanks to @trippygotours who were the official tour partners for the Album Launch. Dreams to reality. For your information, ilikuwa mara yake ya kwanza kufika airport@, kaka wrote.

King Kaka (Photo: Courtesy9

Larry Madowo

BBC Africa Business Editor, Larry Madowo enjoyed his Easter holiday with his extended family in France.

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The Kenyan journalist attended a church service where two of his nephews were baptised and dedicated.

“My grandma just saw 2 more of her great grandkids get baptised and everything is perfect! May we all live this long. Happy Easter!” he posted on his Instagram

Larry Madowo and family

Victoria Kimani

The singer went on Safari for Easter. Victoria who was all dressed up in an animal print two-piece posted pictures of her refreshing trip to the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. She shared videos of the breathtaking view of animals mingling on her Instagram.

Victoria Kimani

H_art the band

Kenyan music group H­_art the band celebrated Easter at the coast.

The band took advantage of the extremely hot weather and took a road trip down to Sarova White Sands Beach Resort & Spa with friends including popular Lucy singer, Ben Soul.

The band took advantage of the extremely hot weather (Photo: Courtesy)

source:standardmedia

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How drunk woman paid staggering Sh36,000 on Uber

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A drunk graduate had to cough up a staggering Sh36000 after forgetting to change her home address on Uber – and ordering a cab more than 300 miles in the wrong direction.

Helen Dryden, 25, enjoyed a boozy day out in Shoreditch, east London, with friends and ordered a cab to take her home afterwards.

She had hoped it would take her to Guildford, Surrey, but she forgot her Uber home setting was set to her previous address in Newcastle, 303 miles northeast.

And the bungling Newcastle University graduate fell asleep in the back of the cab and when she woke up an hour later she was 60 miles north – near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

The driver did a U-turn and eventually took Helen to Guildford, a journey which cost the woman Sh36,000.

“I couldn’t believe it. The whole day ended up costing me about Sh52,000,” she said.

“I feel so embarrassed. I was a bit too drunk and just fell asleep. I was devastated when I woke up. I feel really stupid and completely ridiculous.”I got too drunk. I’m supposed to be getting more responsible as I get older but it’s not happening so far.”

Helen had been drinking with two friends in Shoreditch and missed her last train home.Her only option – other than shelling out more than Sh13,000 for a hotel room – was to order an Uber for the 30-mile trip to Guildford for Sh10,000.She added:

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“I fell asleep as soon as I got in the taxi. I woke up at Milton Keynes and I couldn’t believe it.”I thought I said I wanted to go to Guildford when I got in. But I can’t remember what his reply was.”He woke me up and said ‘are you sure you want to go to Newcastle?'”I said ‘what, no! Why would I want to go to Newcastle?’

I ended up getting home at about 4am.

“I take responsibility for it because I got too drunk. It’s the first time I’ve ever done something like this. I’m devastated by it. It’s too much money to comprehend.”To add insult to injury, Helen says she still hasn’t paid the bill because the card she paid on has insufficient funds.

The payment will be processed on pay day at the end of the month.Incredibly, Helen went out again on Saturday night and ordered an Uber home.

This time Helen made sure she asked to be taken home.An Uber spokeswoman said: “We are currently looking into this issue.”

source:the mirror

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Suspect behind car theft syndicate arrested in Umoja, two cars recovered

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Flying Squad detectives have arrested a suspect believed to be behind a car theft syndicate in Nairobi.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the suspect, Duncan Ochieng Ouso, was arrested in an apartment in Nairobi’s Umoja Estate on Friday.

Two motor vehicles – a Toyota Premio and a Toyota Wish – were recovered during the arrest. The recovered vehicles are believed to have been stolen.

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The DCI have said the suspect is notorious for receiving stolen vehicles and repainting them. The suspect is set to be arraigned and charged in court on Tuesday.

Last week, police in Nairobi were trying to uncover the identity of car thieves who have been stealing car parts and abandoning the shells in desolate locations in the outskirts of the city.

The police suspect that the stolen car parts and accessories eventually end up in garages where other motorists purchase them without knowing their origin.

source:nairobinews

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