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Tiffany Smiley: I’m running for Senate because there’s still so much worth fighting for

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On the most recent episode of “The Sara Carter Show” podcast, Republican Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley said she’s challenging Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) because the senator “has put Washington DC ahead of Washington state” and has “forgotten the struggle.” Murray was Washington state’s first female senator and has been in office for nearly 30 years. Smiley is the only Republican candidate in the race, thus far.

“I refuse to sit on the sidelines and watch my children’s future be diminished,” Smiley said. “We are a family that had been affected by bad policy.”

Sixteen years ago, Smiley’s husband Scotty lost his eyes in combat. During his recovery, the Smileys came to see that Veterans Affairs had many shortfalls. Smiley took her complaints straight to the White House. After fighting for attention on the issue she got customer service training for the VA and cut back on red tape around grants.

“In what other country could you stand up to the government to advocate for something better and see it happen?” Smiley said.

Smiley says while some might see her as an underdog, lately every senate race counts. “This race has national implications because we have a 50/50 senate,” Smiley said.

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Meta to reinstate Trump’s Facebook, Instagram ‘in coming weeks’

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Meta’s president of Global Affairs Nick Clegg announced former President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be reinstated “in coming weeks” after a more than two-year suspension.

“Our determination is that the risk [to public safety] has sufficiently receded,” Meta Clegg said in a blog post. “As such, we will be reinstating Mr. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks. However, we are doing so with new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.”

Twitter restored Trump’s account in November following its takeover by billionaire Elon Musk, but the former president has not yet resumed tweeting. Therefore it is unclear if he will use any of his former social media platforms, or instead remain on his own social media platform, Truth Social.

Clegg said “We just do not want — if he is to return to our services — for him to do what he did on January 6, which is to use our services to delegitimize the 2024 election, much as he sought to discredit the 2020 election.”

New “guardrails” include new policies around restricting accounts by public figures during civil unrest. Under those policies, Meta can decide to restrict the account of a public figure that violates its community standards for a time ranging from one month to two years.

“If he now posts further violating content, that content will be removed, of course, and he could be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation,” Clegg said.

Posts will also be able to be limited on distribution without removing them or temporarily restricting access to its advertising tools. “Oblique references to QAnon content, for instance … is the kind of material that — even if it’s done obliquely, and doesn’t violate our community standards — we would seek to restrict the distribution of the content and/or restrict his ability to advertise,” added Clegg.

 

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