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Travel Ban Ruling: 9th Circuit upholds stay of Trump’s travel ban in win for opponents

Travel Ban Ruling: 9th Circuit upholds stay of Trump's travel ban in win for opponents

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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.

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 temporary hold on enforcing Trump’s immigration order would “cause irreparable injury.”

The court also ruled that the ban violated the due process of immigrants from the seven banned countries who were living in the U.S. on valid visas and who had traveled abroad.

“The government has not shown that the executive order provides what due process requires, such as notice and a hearing prior to restricting an individual’s ability to travel,” the judges wrote in their opinion.

The ruling had more harsh words for the Trump administration, saying lawyers for the government “pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States.”

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Democratic Senator Voted To Confirm Career Racist Sessions And What Happened Next Is PERFECT (SCREENSHOTS/TWEETS)

Democratic Senator Voted To Confirm Career Racist Sessions And What Happened Next Is PERFECT (SCREENSHOTS/TWEETS)


Apparently, West Virginia Democrat — not to be confused with real Democrats — Joe Manchin effectively told voter he doesn’t want his job anymore when he was the only person supposedly on “our side” who voted to confirm lifetime racist and embarrassment to humanity Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

Manchin, who reportedly considered switching to Republican just after the 2016 election (though he denies it), has been on the wrong side of history many times in his career. Not only did he vote with Republicans to terminate funding for Planned Parenthood after right-wing “activists” produced heavily-edited propaganda videos that claimed the women’s health organization sells “baby parts,” but he is so deep in the pockets of the coal industry that the lint is jealous. On top of that, Manchin has been endorsed by the NRA and has supported legislation that sought to prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas. While Manchin has been criticized for all of that in the past, his decision to support a career racist for Attorney General is bringing a sh*tstorm his way that he seems to have failed to anticipate.

Shortly after the vote, Manchin’s Wikipedia page underwent some…renovations — most notably the word “traitor” above his head and a note that he voted with republicans “on the horrible Jeff Sessions”:

Manchin’s decision to betray his party, his country and everything decent in the world is not going over well on social media, where pretty much everyone seems to want to set him adrift:

According to Fortune, Trump and Manchin “call each other directly on their cell phones, have met at Trump Tower and even flirted with the idea of a Cabinet post.” His chumminess with our dictator-in-chief alone is enough for Democrats to tell him to hit the bricks in 2018. Everything else is just “extra.”

John Prager

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10 things you need to know today: February 9, 2017

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1. Jeff Sessions confirmed as attorney general
The Senate confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general on Wednesday night after a contentious and racially charged debate. No Republicans defected in the 52-to-47 party-line vote, the latest example of the partisan battles over President Trump’s most controversial Cabinet nominations. Sessions was confirmed a day after the GOP leadership silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for reading a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King accusing Sessions of using his power as a prosecutor to “chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Warren had violated a seldom-used rule against accusing a colleague of conduct unbecoming a senator. Several other Democrats later read the King letter and entered it into the Senate record with no objections.

Source: The New York Times, The Hill

2. SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch calls Trump judiciary attacks ‘demoralizing’
President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch, told lawmakers that Trump’s attacks on judges who are considering a challenge to his immigration order were “demoralizing” and “disheartening,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Wednesday after meeting with Gorsuch. A member of the “sherpa” team helping Gorsuch navigate the confirmation process confirmed the comments. Trump has called the jurist who halted his travel ban a “so-called judge,” and said a hearing by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was “disgraceful” and “so political.”

Source: The Washington Post, The New York Times

3. Trump slams Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka Trump brand
President Trump on Wednesday criticized the Nordstrom department store chain for dropping his daughter Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom,” the president tweeted. “She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” Nordstrom shares briefly dropped but quickly recovered. Nordstrom said it dropped the brand due to poor sales. A social media campaign called Grab Your Wallet has called for boycotts of stores that carry Trump family products. T.J. Maxx and Marshalls on Wednesday told employees to stop displaying Ivanka Trump merchandise separately, and discard the brand’s signs.

Source: The Associated Press, The New York Times

4. Yemen says U.S. ground raids not prohibited, but need approval
Officials in Yemen on Wednesday said they were conducting a “reassessment” of a Jan. 28 U.S. commando raid on a local al Qaeda affiliate. They said the government had not withdrawn permission for future U.S. commando raids, as The New York Times reported, although it will have to approve any new U.S. ground missions in advance. The raid left a U.S. service member dead. Human rights groups say as many as two dozen civilians, including an 8-year-old girl, also were killed in the crossfire during a firefight between Navy SEALs and militants. A U.S. defense official said “nothing has changed” in Yemen. Officials in the country, however, said that “the green light that the U.S. had for conducting ground missions is now red.”

Source: CNN, USA Today

5. Six Afghan Red Cross workers fatally shot
Gunmen killed six Afghan staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesday, and abducted two others. The Red Cross convoy was attacked as the workers were distributing livestock in a remote area in northern Afghanistan where Islamic State militants operate. “This is a huge tragedy,” said the ICRC’s president, Peter Maurer. “We are in shock.” The attack occurred a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Afghan Supreme Court building in the capital city of Kabul, killing 19 people.

Source: Los Angeles Times

6. 7 Phoenix protesters arrested trying to block woman’s deportation
Police arrested seven people on Wednesday after protesters tried to block U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement vans they feared were carrying a mother of two headed for deportation. The protest erupted after the woman, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, was taken into custody after appearing for a routine check-in. Dozens of activists blocked the gates at the immigration office in central Phoenix, thinking the 36-year-old woman was being sent back to Mexico. The protesters were mostly peaceful, but police said on Twitter that “despite repeated warnings, some [protesters] engaging in criminal acts” refused to cooperate.

Source: CNN

7. Russian opposition politician convicted of fraud
Russian opposition politician Aleksei A. Navalny was convicted on fraud charges on Wednesday, disqualifying him from running for president next year. President Vladimir Putin is expected to run for re-election, and the verdict removes a Kremlin critic widely considered to be Putin’s only viable rival. Navalny, who received a five-year suspended prison sentence and $8,400 fine, said he would appeal. His supporters say the charge that he embezzled $500,000 worth of timber from a state-owned company was politically motivated. “We don’t recognize this verdict,” Navalny said, “and it will be overturned.”

Source: The New York Times

8. Kenyan court blocks plan to close world’s largest refugee camp
Kenya’s high court on Thursday blocked a government plan to close the Dadaab refugee camp, the largest in the world. The government last year issued an order to forcibly repatriate about 260,000 Somali refugees living there. The camp was set up in 1991 to accommodate people fleeing conflict in Somalia, and some families have lived in the facility for more than two decades. The government said closing the camp was necessary for national security, as the Somalia-based al-Shabab militant group had planned attacks inside the camp, but the court said the government’s plan amounted to group persecution.

Source: BBC News

9. Northeast prepares for snowstorm one day after record warm temperatures
The Northeast braced for the biggest snowstorm of this winter on Thursday, a day after record warm temperatures reached the 60s as far north as New York City. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. “What feels like a summer day almost, now, and then tomorrow a blizzard. But it’s going to be a blizzard and New Yorkers should get ready.” New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston closed schools on Thursday as some areas expected more than a foot of snow, and more than 2,700 flights were canceled.

Source: USA Today, NBC News

10. Disney to open ‘Star Wars Land’ theme park attraction in 2019
Disney plans to open “Star Wars Land” sections of Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida in 2019, company CEO Bob Iger announced this week in a call with investors. The attractions will be Disney’s largest ever single-themed expansion. “Star Wars Land,” which was originally proposed in 2015, will take guests to “a never-before-seen planet — a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space — where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.” Visitors will be able to experience a battle between stormtroopers and resistance fighters, and pilot the Millennium Falcon as it comes under enemy fire.


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People are turning “Nevertheless, she persisted” into a feminist rallying cry

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Senate Republicans voted to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Tuesday night after she read a letter Coretta Scott King wrote in 1986 disavowing U.S. attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, who, at the time, was being considered for a federal judge position.

Warren read the letter on the Senate floor during debates over President Donald Trump’s nomination of Sessions for attorney general, reading aloud, “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as a federal judge.”

According to CNN, Sen. Mitch McConnell charged Warren with violating the Senate’s little-known Rule 19, which says senators cannot impugn each other.

“She was warned,” McConnell said Tuesday night. “She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

The second McConnell’s words left his mouth, they were no longer his own — Twitter users immediately seized the statement McConnell had wielded to silence Warren and turned it into a feminist mantra, using it to tell the stories of women whose persistence has changed the course of history.

In the age of President Donald Trump, feminists have become adept at turning GOP politicians’ most misogynist, condescending and dismissive comments about women into messages of empowerment.

In the final presidential debate, Trump couldn’t help but interrupt opponent Hillary Clinton to call her a “nasty woman.” It backfired spectacularly: Instead of tearing down Clinton, the cruel dig only incited her supporters to plaster the message on t-shirts, pins and the protest signs they would later march down the National Mall.

If Republicans aren’t more careful with their words, they might just start an entire movement.

Marie Solis

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Morning Brief – 2-9-2017

Early snow in New York this morning. A storm is expected to deliver eight to 12 inches.

Early snow in New York this morning. A storm is expected to deliver eight to 12 inches | Alex Wroblewski for The New York Times

FROM MY INBOX and  (The New York Times)

Good morning.
Here’s what you need to know:
A silencing, a vote and an attorney general.
After the confirmation of Jeff Sessions, the Senate is set to turn its attention today to Representative Tom Price, nominated as secretary of health and human services.
Republican efforts to douse criticism of Mr. Sessions included a rebuke of Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was forced to stop speaking from the Senate floor late Tuesday. That move could backfire, however, and affirm Ms. Warren as a leading voice of Democratic opposition.
When judges are attacked.
“Demoralizing” and “disheartening.” Those were the words of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, the nominee for the Supreme Court, to describe President Trump’s attacks on the judiciary after rulings suspended a ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
The president lashed out at federal appellate judges considering a challenge to his executive order, calling their proceedings “disgraceful” and describing the courts as “so political.”
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit could rule on the case as soon as today.
Topsy-turvy weather.
A significant snowstorm is headed to the Northeast today, with eight to 12 inches forecast in the New York City area.
Boston and Philadelphia are also expected to be hit hard. Check back for updates.
A deadly California fire prompts questions.
Documents released by the city of Oakland show that officials were aware of illegal housing in a warehouse where 36 people were killed in a fire in December.
The father of one of the victims said the scores of visits to the building by the authorities “validate the view that the fire was preventable.”
Seeking answers about a raid’s mistakes.
Yemen has asked for a “reassessment” of an American commando mission last month that killed several women and children, but it said it had not suspended future raids by U.S. Special Operations forces.
American officials had reported this week that the Yemeni authorities had withdrawn permission for such missions.
Introducing The Daily, your audio news report.
Our reporter Michael Barbaro runs down the big stories and the big ideas.
Fifteen minutes a day, five days a week. Listen here if you’re on a computer, here if you have an iOS device or here for an Android device.
Intel will invest $7 billion to complete a factory in Arizona and add 3,000 jobs.
The chief executive of the world’s largest computer chip manufacturer announced the move after meeting with Mr. Trump at the White House.
• More than half of jobs created in the European Union since 2010 have been on temporary contracts. For the so-called permatemps, life is a cycle of constant job searches.
“You feel stuck. You’re young, you have a lot to offer, but no one will give you a chance,” one worker told us.
Jose Cuervo is going public. The 200-year-old company, which produces about a third of the world’s tequila, is seeking more than $700 million in its initial public offering in Mexico.
• U.S. stocks were mixed on Wednesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
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• New Year’s resolutions: For all of February, Smarter Living is here to help you stick to your goals. On Monday, we talked about the power of using habits to support your resolution, and we were happy to have so many readers email us their habit-forming tips or the obstacles they’ve encountered.
Many of the habits we heard about centered on a handful of topics. So here are helpful articles to sleep better, for health and nutrition, and to make exercise a routine.
Take it a step further by learning what kind of habit-former you might be, with our quiz.
We’ll be back on Monday with tips on finding support among your families, peers and communities to stay motivated.
• Recipe of the day
Give Chinese home-cooking a try with stir-fried tomatoes and eggs.
• Best of late-night TV.
We’re trying out a new feature this week: a rundown of the funniest and most memorable moments from the comedy shows.
Senator Elizabeth Warren made a surprise appearance on “The Daily Show” on Wednesday, while “The Tonight Show” gamely tried to unite Democrats and Republicans with its recurring segment “Common Ground.” Both sides love peanut butter on toast, and say Harrison Ford is the best actor named Harrison.
• It’s New York Fashion Week.
There’s one big change this year: less star power.
“The shows are not cool anymore,” one fashion writer said. “The novelty is gone.”
• More than a game.
Chicago State’s women’s basketball team is in disarray. Budget cuts and a roster that had just six players at times led to an 0-22 record. Angela Jackson, the coach, isn’t giving up.
A larger purpose fuels her dedication. “We serve an African-American community, and I enjoy being the bridge from teenager to young adult,” Jackson said.
• An ambitious effort.
How tough is it to move a painting? Very, if it is “The Battle of Atlanta,” which is about 130 years old and longer than a football field.
Workers are moving the panorama as part of a $35 million plan. “It is rife with logistical tests, engineering quandaries, curatorial challenges and political and racial sensitivities that linger,” our writer says.
Back Story
When you think of doomed luxury ocean liners, the Titanic sinking in 1912 might be the first to come to mind. But the Normandie, a French ship that burned and capsized in New York City on this day 75 years ago, was nearly as remarkable.
Built in the 1930s, it was the first liner to exceed 1,000 feet in length. The Normandie was lauded as the biggest, fastest luxury ship afloat, featuring a first-class dining room with a sumptuous Art Deco interior.
The Normandie lying on its side after capsizing at the Hudson River pier in 1942.
The Normandie lying on its side after capsizing at the Hudson River pier in 1942.
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After World War II started, though, the ocean liner never again sailed. It was held and eventually taken over by the U.S. military, which renamed it the U.S.S. Lafayette, after the French general who helped America during the Revolutionary War.
During its conversion to a troopship in 1942, the Normandie caught fire and tipped over. Sabotage was suspected but never proven. The official cause was listed as life preservers set ablaze by a welder’s torch.
A year later, the ship was salvaged, and then scrapped.
But the Normandie was not forgotten. Its steam whistle blew again in 2010 to commemorate the anniversary of its first arrival in New York.
Des Shoe contributed reporting.