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The Lawfare Podcast: The Platforms versus Texas in the Supreme Court

On May 12,  the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit allowed an aggressive new Texas law regulating social media to go into effect. The law, known as HB20, seeks to restrict large social media platforms from taking down content on the basis of viewpoint—effectively restricting companies from engaging in a great deal of the content moderation that they currently perform.

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Pentagon Inspector General Releases Report on Reprisals Against Col. Yevgeny Vindman

The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General released a whistleblower reprisal report on Col. Yevgeny Vindman. In his initial complaint, Vindman alleged that various Trump administration officials, including former President Trump and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, took actions against him during his tenure at the National Security Council.

Afghanistan

SIGAR Releases Interim Report on Collapse of Afghan Security Forces

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released an interim report titled, “Collapse of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces: An Assessment of the Factors That Led to Its Demise.” Among several factors, the report’s findings note that the largest factor in the collapse of Afghan security forces “was the U.S.

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The Lawfare Podcast: Catching Up with the Steve Bannon Contempt Prosecution

In October 2021, the House of Representatives voted to find Trump associate Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after Bannon refused to comply with a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. In November 2021, the Justice Department indicted Bannon, and the trial is currently scheduled to begin this summer. So what’s been happening in the interim?

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