Politics

Sean Spicer: Trump’s Immigration Ban Shouldn’t Be A Surprise, This Is What He Promised To Do [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Sunday that President Donald Trump is doing what he said he would do during the campaign, referencing recent executive orders on immigration and the refugee vetting process. “This is nothing new,” Spicer told ABC’s “This Week.” “President Trump talked about this throughout the campaign and throughout the transition.” “They ...

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Kellyanne Conway: Yesterday’s Airport Chaos Was A “Small Price To Pay” For Greater Security [VIDEO]

Politico reports: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that international travel disruptions in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from predominantly Muslim nations was a “small price to pay” for greater security. In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Conway downplayed the separation of families in the aftermath of the order. “This whole idea that ...

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White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller: Trump’s Immigration Ban Remains In “Full And Total Effect”

NBC News reports: Hours after a federal judge issued a stay on President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily restricting entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a senior White House adviser issued robust responses, emphasizing that the order remains in force. In a statement issued in the early hours of Sunday, the ...

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Trump Angrily Defends His Immigration Ban

CBS News reports: Following a night of worldwide protests and a federal judge halting deportations of visa holders under his latest executive order, President Trump defended his “extreme vetting” policy Sunday, pointing to Europe as a warning sign for a future without “strong borders.” U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly issued an emergency order Saturday evening stopping authorities from deporting those ...

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Iran Retaliates With Ban On US Citizens

Reuters reports: Iran said on Saturday it would stop U.S. citizens entering the country in retaliation to Washington’s visa ban against Tehran and six other majority-Muslim countries announced by new U.S. President Donald Trump. “While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the U.S. government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the ...

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ISRAEL: Netanyahu Praises Trump’s Racism

Haaretz reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced support Saturday for U.S. President Donald Trump plan to build a border wall along America’s border with Mexico and praised Trump for referencing Israel in defending his wall. “President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea,” Netanyahu tweeted. With the ...

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Legal US Residents With Green Cards Held At Airports, Told To Go Back Where They Came From [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Within hours of President Trump’s executive order limiting immigration from Muslim countries, green card and visa holders were already being blocked from getting on flights to the U.S. The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee said people who had already landed were being sequestered at airports and told they have to return to their point of origin. ...

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Google Recalls Staffers From Trump’s Banned Nations

Bloomberg reports: Alphabet Inc.’s Google delivered a sharp message to staff traveling overseas who may be impacted by a new executive order on immigration from President Donald Trump: Get back to the U.S. now. Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai slammed Trump’s move in a note to employees Friday, telling them that more than 100 company staff are affected by ...

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REPORT: Iranian Oscar-Nominated Director Will Miss Ceremony Due To Trump’s Suspension Of Visas

The Independent reports: The Muslim ban enacted by President Donald Trump will keep the Iranian director of an Oscar-nominated film from this year’s ceremony, according to reports. President Trump announced this week that nationals from seven Muslim countries will now be refused access to the United States of America, a move that is said to mean that filmmaker Asghar Farhadi ...

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Trump Signs Indefinite Ban On Syrian Refugees [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: The United States will impose draconian new “extreme vetting” measures for people entering the country, as part of an attempt by president Donald Trump to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out”. A draft of the Trump administration’s executive order reviewed by the Guardian on Wednesday, characterized its purpose as “[to] prevent the admission of foreign nationals who intend ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump And British PM Hold Joint Address

Starting any minute. The BBC reports: Theresa May has arrived at the White House for talks with US president Donald Trump as she hopes to renew the special relationship between Britain and America. The two leaders are spending about an hour in face-to-face talks in the Oval Office, where Mr Trump has restored a bust of Winston Churchill removed by ...

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CALIFORNIA: Backers Of “Calexit” Secession Movement Get Green Light To Collect 2018 Ballot Signatures

The Sacramento Bee reports: Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment seeking California’s secession from the U.S. can begin collecting voter signatures to qualify for the 2018 ballot, the secretary of state’s office said Thursday. The so-called Calexit movement emerged within days of the upset presidential victory of Republican Donald Trump, who lost California by nearly 4.3 million votes. A recent ...

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GOP House Natural Resources Committee Chair Readies Bill To Undo Coal And Methane Pollution Regulations

The Hill reports: House Republicans are preparing to vote next week on two resolutions undoing pollution rules issued in the closing months of the Obama administration. Two Interior Department rules — one protecting streams from coal mining waste and another to cut methane emissions at oil and natural gas drilling sites — are the targets of Congressional Review Act resolutions ...

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Melania Wins First Round In “Escort” Libel Suit

Politico reports: First Lady Melania Trump prevailed Friday in the first round of a libel suit she filed against a Maryland blogger over a report he published last summer about claims that Trump worked as a “high-end escort.” Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Sharon Burrell rejected arguments from lawyers for blogger Webster Tarpley to dismiss Trump’s suit for failing to ...

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Trump To Speak To Vladimir Putin Tomorrow Amid Reports He Might Lift Obama’s Hacking Sanctions

Quid pro quo. Roll Call reports: President Donald Trump will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone Saturday amid reports he is considering lifting U.S. sanctions against Russia over its military action in Ukraine. Trump is also scheduled to speak Saturday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom he has criticized, Reuters reported. Merkel met Friday with French President Francois ...

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Dan Savage Relaunches #ITMFA: Proceeds Go To ACLU, Planned Parenthood, And Refugee Assistance Project

Dan Savage writes at The Stranger: I didn’t think I’d see a worse president than George W. Bush in my lifetime. But here we are. So I’m bringing back ITMFA buttons and adding T-shirts and, yes, red hats to the ITMFA collection. Go to impeachthemotherfuckeralready.com or, if that’s too much typing, ITMFA.org to order some ITMFA swag for yourself or ...

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Pence And Conway To Address Anti-Abortion March

Fox News reports: Vice President Mike Pence has agreed to speak at Friday’s March for Life, the annual anti-abortion demonstration in Washington. In a statement, the March for Life says neither a president nor a vice president has ever spoken at the event, now in its 44th year. One of President Donald Trump’s top advisers, Kellyanne Conway, is also on ...

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Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev Writes In TIME: The Threat Of Nuclear War Seems Real Again

Former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev has penned an essay for TIME Magazine. An excerpt: Today the nuclear threat once again seems real. Relations between the great powers have been going from bad to worse for several years now. The advocates for arms build-up and the military-industrial complex are rubbing their hands. We must break out of this situation. We need ...

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Washington Post: Trump Pressured Park Service Director To Back Up His Inauguration Attendance Claims

The Washington Post reports: On the morning after Donald Trump’s inauguration, acting National Park Service director Michael T. Reynolds received an extraordinary summons: The new president wanted to talk to him. In a Saturday phone call, Trump personally ordered Reynolds to produce additional photographs of the previous day’s crowds on the National Mall, according to three individuals who have knowledge ...

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Trump Tells Congressional Leaders About Voter Fraud Example He Says Was Told To Him By A German Golfer

The New York Times reports: On Monday, President Trump gathered House and Senate leaders in the State Dining Room for a get-to-know-you reception, served them tiny meatballs and pigs-in-a-blanket, and quickly launched into a story meant to illustrate what he believes to be rampant, unchecked voter fraud. Mr. Trump kicked off the meeting, participants said, by retelling his debunked claim ...

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