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Judge won't block parts of Georgia election law for now

Donald Trump Announces Lawsuit Against Facebook, Twitter And Google

Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he is filing class action claims against Facebook, Twitter and Google, along with their CEOs, after the companies suspended or banned his accounts following the Jan. 6 insurrection.

“I’m filing, as the lead class representative, a major class-action lawsuit against the big tech giants, including Facebook, Google, and Twitter, as well as their CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey, three real nice guys,” Trump said from his golf club in Bedminster, NJ.

Trump’s megaphone reach has been considerably stifled since he’s been sidelined from the major platforms, but he’s used their actions to make his case that they are biased against voices on the right.

Fox News carried Trump’s announcement, but broke away before it ended, while MSNBC and CNN were on other stories.

In the Facebook lawsuit, Trump contends that he was banned “using non-existent or broad, vague or ever shifting standards. While Facebook’s ban and prior restraint of Plaintiff are well documented, the untold stories of Putative Class members are not stifling the public conscience.”

The lawsuit claims that by “using constitutional authority delegated to them by Congress,” Facebook has “also mounted an aggressive campaign of censorship against a multitude of Putative ClassMembers through censorship (flagging, shadow banning, etc.) resulting from legislative coercion.”

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gives Dare Bioscience a boost

Stocks slightly higher ahead of Fed minutes

FOX Business’ Ashley Webster and Mark Tepper of Strategic Wealth Partners on Wednesday’s market open following the holiday weekend. 

Shares of Daré Bioscience, Inc., surged 63% ahead of Wednesday's opening bell after the biotech company reported a nearly $49 million grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The stock remained up more than 20% as of Wednesday morning. Shares closed at $1.52 on Tuesday and opened at $2.26 on Wednesday.

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The company received the grant in the first quarter of 2021 to further research for its DARE-LARC1 program, which Daré describes as a "long-acting reversible contraceptive," according to its most recent SEC filing.

Daré will receive an initial $11.5 million this month, and additional payments will be made upon the DARE-LARC1 program's achievements and reporting milestones, according to the agreement published on June 30.

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As part of the contract, Daré agreed to make the program and its related initiatives affordable for patients "most in need within developing countries, or in support of the U.S. educational system and public libraries."

‘Port Authority’s Jari Jones Signs With CAA

EXCLUSIVE: Transgender actress, model, activist and creative Jari Jones has signed with CAA for representation.

Jones made history with the film Port Authority at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. In addition to playing the role of Naomi, Jones also served as a producer and script consultant, marking the first time a Black trans producer had a film in competition at the fest.

As an actress, Jones can be seen in guest-starring roles in Amazon’s Transparent and Netflix’s Tales of the City, among other credits.

Jones has been featured in publications such as British Vogue, The Washington Post and The New York Times. She also was featured on the covers of Teen Vogue and Paper magazine following a historic collaboration with Calvin Klein in 2020. She has modeled for brands including Dove in their “Goodbye Judgement, Hello Underarms” campaign and Elizabeth Suzann’s “Clothing is Political” campaign.

CAA recently closed deals for her to model in Summersalt’s 2021 “Every Body Is a Summersalt Body” campaign, Saks Off 5th’s Pride campaign, and a soon-to-launch year-long Adidas ambassadorship.

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Jones is managed by Aaron Brown at Avalon Entertainment.

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Judge won't block parts of Georgia election law for now

ATLANTA — A federal judge on Wednesday declined to block some challenged sections of Georgia’s new election law ahead of two runoff elections scheduled for next week, but he didn’t rule out the possibility for future elections.

Election integrity activists had asked U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee to prohibit the state from enforcing sections of the new law that have to do with observation of elections, as well as a new deadline for requesting absentee ballots. Their request arose from one of eight federal lawsuits challenging the new law.

The GOP-backed overhaul of election rules enacted this year has been heavily criticized by Democrats and others who say it makes it harder to vote, particularly for people of color. Most of the lawsuits, including one filed last month by the U.S. Department of Justice, challenge the parts of law that critics say threaten voting rights.

The targeted request that led to Wednesday’s ruling didn’t focus on the most commonly criticized parts of the law. The challenged provisions mostly have to do with monitoring or photographing parts of the election process.

Two state House districts held special elections June 15 and are set to hold runoff elections on Tuesday. Boulee wrote in his ruling that making changes now could risk “disrupting the administration of an ongoing election.”