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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Foreign policy, Trump, Executive Order, Gag Rule

Foreign Policy Experts: Trump Travel Ban Weakens U.S.

More than 130 former defense and foreign policy officials have criticized President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban as contrary to national security and a useful recruiting tool for the Islamic State militant group (ISIS).

March 12, 2017
Trump, Mentally Ill

What Should We Do About A Mentally Ill President?

It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. He is pathologically addicted to lying, bizarrely repeating his most blatant fabrications even after they’ve been totally debunked.

March 10, 2017
Hawaii, Trump, Congress, Executive Orders

Hawaii Says It Will Sue Over Trump’s New Travel Ban

In a court filing in the state, Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin asks the court to approve a swift briefing schedule on the state’s intended request for a temporary restraining order blocking the new travel ban before it takes effect on March 16.

March 8, 2017
Private prisons, deportations

Trump Immigration Policies Are A Boon For Private Prisons

The Trump administration is expanding the use of private prison facilities to handle a massive increase in deportation and is considering a policy of separating women and children who illegally cross the border, according to news reports.

March 7, 2017
Muslim Ban, Immigrant

Trump Rolls Out New Muslim Travel Ban

The rollout of the order will occur over two weeks, perhaps in an effort to avoid the chaos and confusion of — and fierce opposition to — the previous plan’s same-day implementation.

March 6, 2017
Rachel Maddow, Trump

Rachel Maddow Debunks ‘Extreme Vetting’ Propaganda Of Muslim Ban

“I look at this, and you know what I think? I think the Muslim ban is dead,” Maddow said on her show in reference to a leaked Homeland Security report.

March 4, 2017
Dr. Seuss

What Dr. Seuss Can Teach Us About Donald Trump

Asked to explain his political views, Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — once said that he was “against people who push other people around.” Were he alive today, he would surely be using his sharp pen to make fun of Donald Trump.

March 4, 2017
Trump, Supreme Court

Trumping Judicial Review

Given the hard-right boundary-pushing of this White House, there is good reason to expect that the administration will press, subvert, and ignore the Court as it deems necessary, daring the House to draw up articles of impeachment in order to maintain checks and balances in Washington.

March 1, 2017
Racists

Trump’s Harsh Words Are Encouraging Violent Racists

These bad men emboldened by Trump are not representative of everyone who voted for him, the same way the Orlando nightclub shooter is not representative of all Muslims. But they do exist, and they must be condemned, to the same extent that a Muslim man would be condemned had he shot two white men in Kansas.

March 1, 2017
Refugees

America’s Long History Of Anti-Refugee Policies

American presidents have periodically curtailed the entry of individuals or groups in the name of national security. Such measures invariably have proven controversial, often unleashing a fiery public debate about the relative merits of protecting the homeland at the cost of undermining our values.

February 28, 2017
Trump, ISIS

How Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Is Fueling ISIS

President Trump is sending a new message from the White House, one that reinforces the jihadi extremists’ propaganda and increases the likelihood that more Americans will die in attacks.

February 28, 2017
Kimmel, Oscars

5 Best Anti-Trump Statements At The Oscars

President Trump’s ongoing feud with the media was on full display at the 89th annual Academy Awards, where stars and presenters shared spirited reflections on the new administration’s first month.

February 27, 2017
Navy SEAL

Father Of Slain SEAL Says Son Died For Trump To Make ‘Grand Display’

Although U.S. military officials told The New York Times that “everything went wrong” during the mission, the Trump administration has called the operation a success. Administration officials have claimed that an investigation would tarnish the memory William Owens, but his father disagrees.

February 26, 2017
Kris Kobach, Muslim Ban, Terrorism

This Study Proves Trump’s Travel Ban Is A Ridiculous Method To Prevent Terrorism

A report by the libertarian Cato Institute found there were 154 foreign-born terrorists who engaged in fatal attacks in the United States from 1975 to 2015. Twenty of these terrorists were refugees. Collectively those 20 people were responsible for killing a total of three people.

February 24, 2017
Immigration

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Eviscerates Trump’s Cruel Immigration Plans

Meyers ridiculed Trump for completely fabricating the idea of an uncontrollable immigrant crime wave and for inflating the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States, noting the non-alternative fact of a net loss of 140,000 Mexicans between 2009 and 2014. “That’s right,” quipped the Late Night host. “America has turned into a bad movie and people are walking out.”

February 23, 2017
Japanese Internment

Fear Led Us To Intern Japanese Americans. Who’s Next?

As many of us forget the story of Japanese internment, we also forget its moral: how fear can interdict reason, make you lash out with hatred at harmless people. Thus, some of us cheered recently when a new executive order was signed and our airports turned to chaos. Some of us echoed McCloy: “The Constitution is just a scrap of paper to me.”

February 23, 2017
Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell

In Congress, Republicans Are Starting To Fret

Until recently, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tolerated Trump’s turbulent debut because they agreed with the direction the White House was heading — or were confident they could nudge it in the desired one. But the newfound partnership is showing signs of serious strain.

February 18, 2017
Obama

Imagine If Obama Offered Trump Advice From His Island Paradise

I heard your voice like a firebell in the middle of the night — from that beautiful phone — but you know, I can’t be at your beck and call. Here I am on an island in the blue, taking time out from writing timeless prose from the chamber of my mind. The world is waiting for another memoir. Michelle’s here, but she does not send her regards. My wife has serious issues with you, and says Melania does, too.

February 18, 2017
Democrats

Democrats Look To Exploit Trump’s Troubles

The president’s tumultuous first four weeks in the White House — highlighted by the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn and renewed questions about the Trump campaign’s connections to the Russian government — have given Democrats an unexpected lift less than a month into the new White House.

February 17, 2017
Supreme Court

Supreme Court To Set Guidelines For Trump Treatment Of Non-Citizens

The most pertinent of the three cases in terms of Trump administration priorities involves whether immigrants in custody for deportation proceedings have the right to a hearing to request their release when their cases are not promptly adjudicated. The other immigration cases to be decided concern whether U.S. government officials can be sued over mistreatment of non-citizens.

February 17, 2017
Iraqi

Suspended Travel Ban Puts Iraqi Interpreter’s American Dream At Risk

An interpreter risked his life working for the U.S. Marines. Now, after eight years in the U.S., his Michigan export business is suffering because it’s too risky to leave the country.

February 16, 2017
Bee, Trump, Ryan

#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Skewers Trump’s Loyal Lap Dog

Once described by conservatives as the intellectual leader and conscience of the Republican Party, the Samantha Bee skewers Paul Ryan for his contradicting views on Trump’s policies and wonders how a “once principled social and fiscal conservative winds up in bed with a bigoted, adulterous grope machine?”

February 16, 2017
Immigrants

Businesses Close As Immigrants Stay Home To Protest Trump

Dozens of restaurants, bars, and other businesses in cities around the U.S. shut their doors on Thursday to show support for “A Day Without Immigrants,” a walkout aimed at protesting President Trump’s policies. The nature of the action made it difficult to ascertain how many immigrants were participating, although there were rallies scheduled later on Thursday in Chicago, Houston, and Raleigh, North Carolina.

February 16, 2017
Hate Groups

A United States Of Hate Has Exploded Under Trump

The Trump administration has ripped the lid off a Pandora’s Box of racial, right-wing hate as the Southern Poverty Law Center reveals in a new report. The SPLC report suggests that the country has entered a dark era, where white supremacists will keep lashing out—especially as the numbers of whites continues to shrink nationwide in an ever-more diverse overall population.

February 16, 2017
Spicer, Press Secretary, Media

A ‘Spicy’ Memoir: How To Lie With A Straight Face

Imagine if Sean Spicer wrote a memoir about his time as press secretary? Oh, the tales he could tell from inside the White House. In only three weeks, he has certainly compiled enough shocking “insider” material for a surefire bestseller.

February 15, 2017