News for 2017-02-09

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Appeals Court Rules Against Trump, Keeping Ban on Hold For Now
In the latest legal blow to President Donald Trump's attempt to institute a controversial immigration and travel ban targeting seven predominantly Muslim nations, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday unanimously sided with a lower court which earlier this week imposed an injunction...
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Clinic Violence Increased Following Planned Parenthood Smear Campaign
Ahead of anti-choice protests set to take place Saturday at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country, the Feminist Majority Foundation has released a new report showing violence and threats of violence against abortion providers has dramatically increased in the last two years. "This weekend,...
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Trump Named Climate Villain Number One in Landmark Youth Suit
Youth plaintiffs suing the federal government for failing to act on climate change have a new villain in their cross-hairs: U.S. President Donald Trump. The 21 plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States filed a notice (pdf) in federal court on Thursday amending their landmark suit to substitute Donald...
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'World Is Watching' as DAPL Construction Resumes Amid Protests and Lawsuits
The company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has resumed construction on the controversial project despite massive protests and legal battles. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) spokesperson Vicki Granado on Thursday confirmed that the company began working on the much-disputed 1.5-mile Lake...
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Trump's Executive Orders on Crime Foment "Dark View of Society"
Stoking fears of a crackdown on immigrants and civil liberties, President Donald Trump on Thursday signed three executive orders addressing crime. "A new era of justice begins, and it begins right now," Trump said to conclude prepared remarks at the White House. The orders were signed following...
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Guadalupe García de Rayos is photographed inside the ICE van that transported her away from her family. (Photo: Puente Human Rights Movement) Protests Erupt as Longtime Arizona Resident and Mother Hauled Off in Deportation Van
Guadalupe García de Rayos, a decades-long resident of Phoenix, Arizona and mother of two, was unceremoniously arrested and hauled away in a deportation van late Wednesday, one of the first deportations of an undocumented immigrant with no violent record to occur under President Donald Trump's anti-...
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Puzder Opponents Demand Trump Drop 'Most Anti-Worker Labor Nominee Ever'
Labor unions and workers' rights advocates are pressuring President Donald Trump to drop his nominee for Labor Secretary, Andy Puzder , over the fast-food CEO's recent admission that he had hired an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper. The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor union, penned a...
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Experts: Top Aide 'Plain and Simple' Broke Ethics Law by Promoting Trump Brand
Updated 5pm EDT: The Office of Government Ethics was apparently swarmed with calls and emails from outraged citizens on Thursday after White House advisor Kellyanne Conway urged individuals to buy Ivanka Trump's products. In a series of tweets , the OGE said that its "website, phone system, and...
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'Traitor': West Virginia Democrat Manchin Under Fire for Pro-Sessions Vote
Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is under fire Thursday for his Wednesday evening vote to confirm Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general. According to Guardian political reporter Ben Jacobs, Manchin "flash[ed Sessions] a thumbs up on his way in the chamber," before breaking with his party...
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A close-up of an EPA special agent's badge. Trump Administration Considering Eradication of EPA's Enforcement Arm: Report
The Trump administration is considering eradicating the enforcement arm of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reported Inside EPA late Wednesday. The administration is deciding whether to shutter the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) and force individual program offices...
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Fending Off Critiques of Failed Leadership, Twitterer-in-Chief Lashes Out
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday once again lashed out on his critics, attacking both Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) in an early morning Twitter rant for highlighting concerns about his assault on the judiciary as well as the recent botched raid in Yemen. Trump...
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Eight Countries Join Global Fight Against Trump's Anti-Abortion Move
Eight countries have joined a fundraising effort to counter President Donald Trump's executive order last month that cuts off U.S. funding to global charities providing information about abortions. Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin told Reuters on Thursday that a conference kicking off...
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'Sessions Watch' Begins as Chorus Promises to Hold AG Accountable
"If Jeff Sessions turns a blind eye while [Trump] violates the Constitution or breaks the law, he'll hear from all of us," says Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
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Leaked Trump Presidential Memo Would Free U.S. Companies to Buy Conflict Minerals From Central African Warlords
of a presidential memorandum Donald Trump is expected to sign within days suspends a 2010 rule that discouraged American companies from funding conflict and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo through their purchase of “conflict minerals.” The memo, distributed inside the...
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