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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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covfefe

#EndorseThis: Colbert Returns To Covfefe Nation

Stephen Colbert returned from vacation to the America of “covfefe.” It’s Trump country and in his lexicon — never mind those Justice Department attorneys begging him not to say it — what the president demands, on Twitter, is a “TRAVEL BAN [all caps in original]. What he doesn’t want is “the watered down, politically correct version” that Justice brought to the Supreme Court, “but the original travel ban.”

Beyond the infamous covfefe tweet were the mischievous messages that followed, as Trump urged the nation to “enjoy.”

June 7, 2017
Stephen Miller's blurt on travel ban doomed it in court

Striking Down New Travel Ban, Court Cites Trump Adviser’s Blithering On Fox News

In addition to Rudy Giuliani’s admission of the unconstitutional religious discrimination behind the travel ban, the federal district court decision also noted presidential adviser Stephen Miller’s February 21 appearance on Fox News.

March 16, 2017
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
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
travel ban

Travel Ban: Why Trump (And Bannon) Mirror ISIS So Perfectly

Bannon, Miller, Sessions, and presumably the president himself understand very well that the travel ban aimed at Muslims and Islam must exacerbate divisions between the West and the Muslim world, as well as between Muslim-Americans and the rest of American society. Intensified conflict is the only foreseeable result of their actions and outbursts — and appears to be the only result they want.

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
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
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
Immigrants, United States

If You Love The United States, Thank An Immigrant

It’s a commonplace to say immigrants built this nation. They settled the prairies and dug the canals and laid the rails and mined the coal and worked in the steel mills and factories and slaughterhouses that made America rich. They continue to contribute a great deal at all levels of the economy. We can continue to enjoy this benefit, while clearing up the murk that is American immigration policy.

February 20, 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
Trump confronts press

Combative Trump: ‘How Does The Press Get This Information?’

His main complaint was that the news media had uncovered leaks about intercepted communications between Michael Flynn, ousted this week as national security adviser and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kisylak, and leaks about his own conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia. “The first thing I thought of, how does the press get this information?” he asked.

February 16, 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
Travel Ban

Challenge To Trump Travel Ban Moves Forward In Two Courts

The most consequential legal challenge to President Trump’s travel ban will proceed on two tracks in the next few days, including a U.S. appeals court vote that could reveal some judges who disagree with their colleagues on the bench and support the arguments behind the new president’s most controversial executive order.

February 14, 2017
Muslim Ban

What It Feels Like To Be Targeted By Trump’s Muslim Ban

You went through the legal channels, faced all the vetting and then—because of time—fell into a trench. You were reduced to your passport, and since it is hated, you were hated. One U.S. agency confounds another. This is chaos. Trump is not draining the swamp, he is muddying the waters.

February 7, 2017
Muslim Ban, Foreigners

The U.S. Has Banned Foreigners Before, But This Time It’s Different

While six of the past seven presidents, Republicans and Democrats, have relied on the same federal law to keep certain groups of foreigners out of the United States, Trump’s ban clearly discriminates against people based on their religion and is much broader, banning all people from multiple countries, including those whose status had already been determined.

February 7, 2017
Travel Ban, Trump, Appeals Court

Appeals Court To Hear Arguments On Trump’s Travel Ban

The U.S. Justice Department will face off with opponents in a federal appeals court on Tuesday over the fate of President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, his most controversial act since taking office last month.

February 7, 2017
Trump, Obama, Wiretapping

Trump Steps Up Attack On Judge, Court System Over Controversial Travel Ban

In a series of tweets that broadened his attack on the country’s judiciary, Trump said Americans should blame U.S. District Judge James Robart and the court system if anything happened. He added that he had told the Department of Homeland Security to “check people coming into our country VERY CAREFULLY. The courts are making the job very difficult!”

February 6, 2017
Travel Ban

U.S. Tech Firms File Legal Brief Opposing Trump’s Travel Ban

Nearly 100 companies, including Apple, Google, and Microsoft, banded together to file a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, arguing that it “inflicts significant harm on American business.” The brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, included Facebook, Twitter, Intel, eBay, Netflix, and Uber.

February 6, 2017
Travel Ban

Trump Faces Uphill Battle To Overcome Court’s Hold On Travel Ban

Any appeals of decisions by U.S. District Court Judge James Robart in Seattle face a regional court dominated by liberal-leaning judges who might not be sympathetic to Trump’s rationale for the ban, and a currently shorthanded Supreme Court split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives.

February 5, 2017
Syrian refugees

U.S. To Resume Admitting Refugees As Trump Fights Judge’s Order

The U.S. State Department on Saturday moved to begin admitting refugees, including Syrians, as soon as Monday after a federal judge on Friday blocked a Trump administration temporary ban on refugee admissions. For refugee families, they are trying to keep expectations in check and hope they do not end up back where they started.

February 5, 2017
Immigration, Muslim Ban

Travelers Rush To Board U.S. Flights While Trump Ban Blocked

The judge’s order and the appeal ruling have created what may be a short-lived opportunity for travelers from the seven affected countries to get into the United States while the legal uncertainty continues. The U.S. State Department and Department of Homeland Security said they were complying with Robart’s order and many visitors are expected to start arriving on Sunday.

February 5, 2017
Trump, Economy

After Initial Optimism, Some Investors Begin To Worry About ‘Trump Slump’

After a weekend of protests sparked by Trump’s immigration and refugee ban, on the heels of his spat the prior week with the Mexican president and confusing White House statements on import taxes, Wall Street is rethinking its assumptions about a Trump presidency and how good it will be for the economy.

February 4, 2017
Trump lies

Can Trump Tell The Difference Between Truth And Lies?

Nothing in the headlines these days is more important than this: The President of the United States is divorced from reality, unable to tell the difference between the truth and what he wants to be true. Plenty of politicians deceive, but one who cannot discern reality from fiction is dangerous.

February 4, 2017
Visas

Over 60,000 Visas Revoked Since Trump’s Travel Ban Took Effect

The revocation means the government voided travel visas for people trying to enter the United States, but the visas could be restored later without a new application, said William Cocks, a spokesman for consular affairs at the State Department. “We will communicate updates to affected travelers following the 90-day review,” he said.

February 4, 2017
Muslim Ban

Judges Across U.S. To Weigh Challenges To Trump Travel Ban

The states of Washington and Minnesota are together asking a judge to suspend the entire policy nationwide, which would represent the broadest ruling to date against Trump’s directive. Should the judge rule that Washington and Minnesota have legal standing to sue, it could help Democratic attorneys general take on Trump in court on issues beyond immigration.

February 3, 2017