US judge questions whether Trump can block Twitter users Mar 09, 2018 0 117 12345 ReutersNEW YORKA federal judge on Thursday expressed skepticism about whether US President Donald Trump can constitutionally block Twitter users whose views he does not like from following and retweeting from his own Twitter account.At a hearing in Manhattan federal court, US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald asked Trump's lawyer Michael Baer whether letting Trump bar users from @realDonaldTrump would violate their First Amendment free speech rights.She asked whether Twitter was different from a public town hall, where government officials would be unable to pull the plug from a microphone to mute speakers with unwelcome views."Once it is a public forum, you can't shut somebody up because you don't like what they're saying,"Buchwald said.Baer said the appropriate analogy was not a town hall, but rather Trump choosing to walk away from someone at a public event."The president has an associational interest in deciding who he's going to spend his time with in that setting,"he said. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Snow storm in US Northeast closes schools, snarls commutes Mar 09, 2018 0 591 US president vows to be flexible towards 'real friends' on tariffs Mar 09, 2018 0 505 Brazilian shelters overwhelmed by influx of Venezuelans Mar 09, 2018 0 521 Eleven nations sign revamped TPP deal without US AFP Santiago Eleven nations signed a slimmed-down version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement Thursday, moving to lower tariffs just as US President Donald Trump seeks to raise them after .. 19 Venezuelan soldiers arrested on treason charges: Report Caracas: At least 19 Venezuelan army officers have been arrested on charges of rebellion and treason, the digital newspaper Tal Cual reported Thursday. The detained officers were commanders or second-in command. The .. Ex-Trump aide probed by US House committee over Russia WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, arrived at the US Capitol on Thursday to be interviewed by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee as it .. US tariffs, quotas unacceptable, says Canada trade minister SANTIAGO: Canada's trade minister reiterated on Thursday the country's stance that it will accept no duties or quotas from the United States, speaking just hours before U.S. President Donald Trump was slated .. US agencies need to join efforts against Russian cyber threat: Nato commander AFP Washington US government agencies are not adequately coordinating efforts to counter the cyber threat from Russia, even as Moscow conducts a"campaign of destabilization,"the commander of NATO forces in Europe .. FARC withdrawing from Colombian presidential race AFP Bogota Colombia's FARC said Thursday it is pulling out of the country's presidential race after its candidate, 59-year-old ex-guerrilla leader Rodrigo"Timochenko"Londono, suffered a heart attack. ..