|Meanwhile, Hamas has just released its first hostage video. It shows a 21-year-old French-Israeli woman named Mia Schem, who attended the rave where 260 people were massacred, receiving medical care and pleading to be safely returned home. The Israeli military responded, saying that Hamas is “trying to portray itself as a humane organization, while it is a murderous terrorist organization responsible for the murder and abduction of babies, women, children and elderly.”
There are 199 hostages being held by Hamas right now, including up to 20 American citizens, though the exact number has not been confirmed. Read Reason‘s Matt Welch on past hostage crises.
Trump gets gagged: “First Amendment protections yield to the administration of justice and to the protection of witnesses,” said Judge Tanya Chutkan yesterday as she issued a gag order that will prevent former President Donald Trump from speaking about his D.C. criminal case related to election interference. “His presidential candidacy does not give him carte blanche to vilify … public servants who are simply doing their job.”
Trump is no longer allowed to make “public statements attacking the witnesses and specific prosecutors or court staff members” but remains free to disparage President Joe Biden, the Department of Justice, and Chutkan herself. The trial will begin on March 4, and Chutkan has said she will not be altering it to accommodate his campaigning schedule.
This is not the first or only gag order Trump must contend with. “Earlier this month, in an ongoing civil trial in New York over alleged business fraud by Trump and his companies, a Manhattan judge issued a limited gag order after Trump posted an attack on the judge’s top clerk,” reports Politico. Still, Chutkan appears to have wrestled with weighing Trump’s speech rights against the possibility that his words will intimidate witnesses, and attempted to keep her gag order more limited in scope.
“Today really isn’t about gagging me. … I t’s an attempt to gag the American people,” Trump wrote in a fundraising email yesterday.
FEC filings indicate DeSantis may be screwed: The Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing deadline for the third quarter of 2023 was yesterday morning.
In the third quarter, Donald Trump raised $24.5 million—CNN is calling it a “mug shot money boost” in part because some of his biggest fundraising days were following his August 24 booking at a jail in Georgia—while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis raised $11.2 million and third-place contender and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley raised $8.2 million.
DeSantis reportedly has $1 million in unpaid invoices, per Politico, and has spent about as much as he’s raised, including a hefty $1.5 million in private jets.