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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Trump’s Travel Ban Is Legal But Dumb

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

This week the Supreme Court unblocked most aspects of President Trump’s executive order limiting entry into the United States, signaling that the restrictions are likely to be upheld. That makes sense because the reasons that two federal appeals court offered for upholding injunctions against Trump’s order are unpersuasive. But the fact that Trump’s policy is legal does not make it smart.

The original version of Trump’s order was issued in great haste a week after he took office, and it showed. The 90-day ban on entry by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries applied to current visa holders, including people working and studying in the United States, and legal permanent residents, who were barred from returning home after traveling abroad.…

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So Much For The Idea Of A Trump-Putin ‘Bromance’

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Can Donald Trump relight the fire with his Russian brother Vladimir Putin?

Once upon a time they were a mutual admiration society. In 2013, Trump expressed hope that Putin would attend his Miss Universe contest in Moscow and wondered if he would become “my new best friend.” In 2015, he compared Putin favorably to President Obama.

“In terms of leadership, he [Putin] is getting an ‘A,'” he told Bill O’Reilly. Putin returned the favor in 2016 by calling Trump “talented and brilliant.”

Today their relationship is less chummy. The multiple investigations of Russian meddling in U.S.…

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A Heroin Addict’s Appeal To President Trump

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

I didn’t vote for you. You see, I was born with a brain injury. Doctors at Children’s Hospital in Boston told my parents I would never be able to walk normally.

Young children are mean. As a young boy, insults, and laughs became a daily ritual. When I walked into a classroom, a restaurant, or down a street, people didn’t look into my eyes. They always looked down as I limped awkwardly along.

But I overcame and became a varsity athlete at a prep school outside of Boston. As a teenager, I grew strong, and anybody that made fun of my limp or my awkward gate became irrelevant.…

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