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The media should ask the right question, which is, what did Trump and/or his team promise Russia in exchange for their help and propaganda?
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It shouldn’t be shocking news at this point. After all, Russian officials were bragging about it just two days after the election.
Russia said it was in contact with President-elect Donald Trump’s team during the U.S. election campaign, despite repeated denials by the Republican candidate’s advisers that any links existed.
Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former…
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If anyone is interested in reading the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Order, I’ve uploaded it here.
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A nationwide stay of President Donald Trump‘s travel ban was upheld Thursday by a panel of three federal judges, effectively blocking the enforcement of Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries as well as refugees from all over the world.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ US appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations
— Mark Sherman (@shermancourt) February 9, 2017
The stay does not mean Trump’s travel ban is unconstitutional. Instead, it simply prohibits the ban’s enforcement until the courts determine the legality of Trump’s executive order.
Still, it’s a win for opponents of the travel ban, who claim that the order, in essence, places a religious test on immigrants — which is unconstitutional thanks to the First Amendment.
In the unanimous decision, the court said lawyers for the Trump administration failed to prove that a…
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Trump’s Executive Order – 9th Circuit Court of Appeals To Hear Argument On Temporary Injunction – Live Streamed
Because of public interest, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals plans to live stream oral argument on the temporary injunction order entered by the Washington federal court. It can be accessed at this link.
Oral argument begins at 3 p.m. P.T. That’s 5 p.m. CST and 6 p.m. on the East Coast. Some sources are reporting that the live stream will be audio only because the attorneys are appearing by phone.
The 9th Circuit has also opened a website for documents filed in and proceedings held in the State of Washington and State of Minnesota v. Trump.
It began on January 27, 2017 when Trump signed an Executive Order barring citizens from 7 predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days; refugees for 120 days, and indefinitely halts refugees from Syria.
The ACLU filed a petition that resulted in a temporary injunction of Trump’s Executive Order that the court granted. Petitions were filed in other federal circuits as well.
U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton in Boston granted a temporary injunction, but refused to extend it. It was filed by the ACLU on behalf of 2 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth professors who returned from an academic conference and were retained at Logan Airport. The professors are Iranian Muslims and lawful permanent U.S. residents. They were eventually allowed to re-enter.
It is the order entered by U.S. District Judge James Robart of the US District Court for the Western District of Washington that sprung the Trump administration into action. That order places a temporary injunction on Trump’s Executive Order nationwide. Attorneys for the DOJ filed a notice of appeal and motion to stay the temporary injunction. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the stay. It’s the appeal to the temporary order that is scheduled for hearing today.
Follow-up reports will be posted in the comment section.
As I understand it, each state has rights to legislate their own laws, and each of the states give municipalities the right to pass their own ordinances. This is going to be a most interesting case. May our constitution prevail.
By:Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
On Tuesday, the city of San Francisco became the first so-called “Sanctuary City”, to sue the Trump Administration, after his executive order to defund cities that he claims protects illegal immigrants.
Ed Lee, the mayor of San Francisco, said : ” the misguided executive order makes our cities less safe, and we believe is unconstitutional.”
Mayors from other major cities like New York and Chicago, promised to defy the president’s executive order, the ACLU, also plans to file a lawsuit against Trump’s administration.
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There’s so much in the news regarding President Trump’s Executive Order banning Muslims from 7 countries from entering the United States, that following it is almost like putting a jig saw puzzle together. There are many, many pieces that make the whole.
On Saturday, a U.S. District Court judge placed a temporary injunction on Trump’s Executive Order. A hearing is scheduled for next month. That means that the federal judge is giving the United States (Trump) time to prepare and file a defense as to why the Executive Order is not in violation of the constitution. It has now been reported that four federal judges have temporarily enjoined the Executive Order.
Earlier this evening, cable news reported that the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, was not going to defend Trump’s Executive Order. According to the New York Times;
“At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful,” Ms. Yates wrote in a letter to Justice Department lawyers.
Raw and other sources now report that President Donald Trump has “relieved” acting Attorney General Sally Yates of her duties as reported by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
Spicer made the announcement via Twitter, writing: “@POTUS has named Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of VA as Acting Attorney General. Sally Yates has been relieved.”
The Danger In Trump’s Firing of Yates
A cheer and toast to the ACLU! When it comes to the constitution, they know their stuff. I read the petition and among their arguments is that Trump is in violation of the Immigration and Naturalization Act which does not allow for discrimination based on country of origin. If Trump is going to ban the entry of non-citizens, he has to ban all and not just citizens of 7 countries.
On Friday, Mr. Trump issued an executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from being able to enter the USA (including even green card holders) under the auspices of national security. On Saturday, Mr. Trump was hit with a class-action lawsuit by the ACLU, which argued that this executive order was unconstitutional.
About an hour ago, Judge Ann Donnelly from the Eastern District of New York (federal court in Brooklyn) agreed with the ACLU, and issued a national injunction staying enforcement of Trump’s unconstitutional order anywhere in the country. Under this injunction, no one can be removed from the United States solely by virtue of President Trump’s Executive Order, and the Government must even provide the ACLU with a list of names of people who have been affected.
President Trump’s unconstitutional move was meant to please his followers despite the fact that there have been no refugees from any of…
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Once upon a time, far away from the governments of other countries, sat a land of promise. The first promise was freedom of religion, and that included freedom from religion. When word got back to other civilizations that there was this land untouched by greed and tyrant rule, others came.
People could live off the land. But soon, they thought how great it would be to grow enough crops to sell to other lands. They did not want to join together as a corporation or commune because each one wanted to make and keep money for themselves. They competed with each other. The larger the family with more hands in the fields, the more crops they could grow and sell. This competition made a demand for labor, so they went to another continent far, far away, and put people in chains and brought them to the new land and made them work for free.
As time went on, things changed. The new land established rules and appointed rulers. The country went to war, and the winner said that people could not be held against their will and made to work for free. The people whose families were once rich became very unhappy. They set to plot on how to return the country into the great wealth of a few. Read the rest of this entry
On January 18, 2017, Donald Trump submitted an application to the U.S. Patent &Trademark office to trademark his reelection slogan, “Keep America Great!” It includes the slogan with and without the exclamation point.
The trademark covers everything including merchandise such as bumper stickers, hats, and social media. Politico reports more.
The indication that Trump intends to run for re-election should put a fire under other political parties to line-up candidates.
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Thanks so much for sharing your first-hand experience with the Women’s March.
Teresa Shook, a retired grandmother started The Women’s March on Washington with a single Facebook invite to 40 of her friends to march in protest at Donald Trump’s election. (Photo: Reuters)
My adventure started as soon as I learned that there was to be a Women’s March scheduled one day after the republican President Donald Trump was sworn in on January 21, 2017. I purchased my airline ticket to Washington DC for January 20 and made an hotel reservation. Fortunately, it turned out that I was able to stay at a friend’s house instead. I will blog later about my friend’s Japanese toilet which is an engineering wonder. But not to get off subject, I was traveling by myself with no plans to meet up with anyone.
On the 20th of January, first thing in the morning, I set out to a local Florida airport. I was surprised to see so…
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Trump spent his first full day on the job complaining that he is not getting the human-turned-god treatment he feels he deserves like he gets at home.
Liberty was at the marches.
A collection of legal scholars, ethics lawyers, and money in politics experts are suing President Trump for violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
Here is a photo gallery from Washington, D.C. of the largest protest march in US history.
“A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality,” Merriam-Webster Dictionary tweeted…
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I’ve spent most of today watching and reading the news about the “Women Marches” happening today. It is reported that in America alone, the numbers are over a million participating.
Teresa Shook of Hawaii is given credit for starting the march. She invited her Facebook friends to join her in a march in Washington, D.C. and what began with 40 of her friends grew to 10,000. Today, there is an estimated 500,000 in attendance in D.C.
In Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, kicked off the proceedings.
“We all came to this land in different ships but we’re all in the same boat now,” Lewis told the crowd, to loud whoops and cheers. “Got on your marching shoes? Let’s do it!”
Others are marching in New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Portland. Women and men around the world are also marching in solidarity and in opposition to the bigotry and hate that Trump represents. There are marches in Sydney, Berlin, London, Paris and Cape Town, South Africa.
For about 2 hours now, MSNBC and CNN have reported that Trump’s press secretary is suppose to give a statement.
I’ve decided to watch the inauguration because it’s been a long time since I’ve seen live comedy. Speaking of which, here are some funny videos to get us in the mood.
Warning: Some of the videos below contain profanity that some might find offensive.
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“Democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders quarreled and compromised, and expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity — the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.” President Obama in his farewell address.
On January 20, 2017, President Obama will pass the baton to president-elect Donald Trump.
As this nation’s first Black President, it was anticipated that Obama would address race issues in America. Some were pleased when he did, and others criticized him and accused him of causing a racial divide. In his farewell address, President Obama hit the proverbial nail on the head when saying, “Laws alone won’t be enough. Hearts must change.”
He urged Whites to understand that protests by minorities are “not demanding special treatment, but the equal treatment our Founders promised.”
Acknowledging First Lady Michelle Obama, the President stated,
“You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody.”
The President acknowledged how well his daughters grew up and handled the spotlight. Sasha was not present at the farewell address and as tweets began asking why, the answer came that she had a school exam this morning.
His full address is below.
I thought that hacking is a crime. What if Trump’s emails were hacked by a foreign government and released to the public? That to me is what makes the hacking pertinent to being political because it was one-sided.
Trump’s response suggests that holding Russia accountable for its unprecedented election meddling isn’t that high on his list of priorities.
President-Elect Donald Trump issued an official statement on Thursday after the Obama administration announced harsh retaliatory measures against Russia for its hacking of the 2016 election.
Despite both parties joining hands to strongly condemn Russia’s interference and support President Obama’s tough actions, Trump’s response was short and weak – and it didn’t even explicitly mention the Russian cyberattack.
The full statement:
It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.
It’s clear that Trump cares very little about Russia’s attack on the U.S. – probably because it helped put him in the White…
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When the government is out to accomplish something, there is nothing to stop them. That betrays trust and gives a sense of hopelessness to the people.
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The announcement comes as dozens of protestors were arrested at a Bismarck mall on Black Friday.
The Army Corps of Engineers announced plans on Friday to evict the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota, saying anti-pipeline protestors have until December 5 to leave. The camp is a key site in the ongoing fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, a controversial $3.8-billion pipeline project that would run through the only water supply for the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
The pipeline protestors — who call themselves water protectors — face arrest if they don’t vacate the camp in time, Col. John Henderson of the Corps said in a letter delivered to Tribal Chairman Cave Archambault II on Friday. Citing weather and safety concerns, Henderson claimed the decision was “necessary” to shield the public from “the violent confrontation between protestors and law enforcement officials that have occurred in this area.”
Standing Rock Sioux…
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Don Lemon Panel (Photo: Screen capture)
CNN host Don Lemon nailed President-Elect Donald Trump’s surrogate Paris Denard on Thursday night’s show. Trump is drawing criticism after taking credit for Ford Motor Company not moving to Mexico. Denard attempted to explain that the truth doesn’t matter and Lemon wouldn’t let it slide.
Trump tweeted Thursday night, “I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!”
Trump made the accusation that Ford was moving a Kentucky plant to Mexico in September’s presidential debate. Ford fact-checked Trump’s statement with a graphic showing that they have more American workers than any other auto company. Ford is also bound by a labor contract with the worker’s union that they cannot move their plant to Mexico. It was never in the cards for Ford to…
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White people wearing a safety pin has become a symbol of being a safe person against racist, sexist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and other hateful ideologies. An idea behind the pin is that it’s a public pledge that the wearer will help de-escalate situations where the marginalized are under attack, whether verbally or physically.
Because of its controversy, yesterday I read as much as I could about the symbol of wearing a safety pin. Christopher Keelty, a White bisexual man, wrote for the Huffington Post that the safety pin is an embarrassment for White people.
The general criticism is that it’s more of a sign of White-guilt. There are articles which in summary, say how dare White people think that they can say what solidarity with minorities, immigrants and others should be; should look like.
Yes, I read allot yesterday and I also talked with others. Nothing satisfied me one way or the other. Then a light-bulb moment happened.
What is it that I believe? I believe in equality for all. On that foundation, I asked why Blacks, Muslims, LGBT, immigrants, Brown, Yellow and Red people cannot be safe for others who are subject to cruelty since the election of Donald Trump? In fact, those who voted for Donald Trump who do not share in the phobias of hate might be safe people. Read the rest of this entry
Things Trump supporters will say one day.
I heard how he disrespected women, but I’m not a woman.
I heard how he disrespected Black Americans, but I’m not Black.
I heard him disparage those of Mexican descent, but I’m not of Mexican descent.
I heard him disparage Muslims, but I’m not Muslim.
I saw him mock a disabled person, but I’m not disabled.
My only concern was jobs.