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  • California suing Trump over border wall, escalating battle with White House

    09/20/2017 4:09:52 PM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 20, 2017 | Brooke Singman
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Wednesday that the state will sue the Trump administration over one of President Trump’s paramount campaign promises—the border wall.  Becerra’s lawsuit, which targets planned projects in San Diego and Imperial counties, marks the latest shot in California's legal and legislative war against Trump.  The state essentially has emerged as the heart of the Trump "resistance," pumping out lawsuits against his immigration policies and even passing a resolution Friday in the Assembly censuring Trump for his comments on the violence stemming from white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Va. 
  • U.S. Governors at U.N. Assembly: ‘You Have Allies’ on Climate Change

    09/18/2017 9:47:06 PM PDT · by Innovative · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept. 18, 2017 | LISA FRIEDMAN and BRAD PLUMER
    Jerry Brown, the governor of California, huddled on Sunday night with European, Brazilian and small-island leaders — gathered here for the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, which formally begins on Tuesday — and pledged to work with them on climate change. On Monday he met with António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, to discuss the future of the Paris agreement. In another era, meetings like these might have been the exclusive domain of the State Department. But with the Trump administration vowing to leave the Paris agreement on climate change — affirmed on Monday by Gary...
  • Trump sets sights on Iran, North Korea in major UN speech

    09/18/2017 7:38:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 18, 2017 | Kevin Liptak
    President Donald Trump will issue harsh warnings to North Korea and Iran during his closely watched address to the United Nations on Tuesday. In remarks that will encourage nations to take responsibility for their own security while calling for collective action against rogue nations, Trump will seek to spell out in the most decisive terms to date his approach to an increasingly volatile world.
  • US Intelligence Gains Insight into IS by checking dead fighters' laptops, cellphones

    09/18/2017 2:47:19 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Sept. 18, 2017 | W. J. Hennigan
    U.S. intelligence analysts have gained valuable insights into the Islamic State's planning and personnel from a vast cache of digital data and other material recovered from bombed-out offices, abandoned laptops and the cellphones of dead fighters in recently liberated areas of Iraq and Syria. In the most dramatic gain, U.S. officials over the last two months have added thousands of names of known or suspected Islamic State operatives to an international watch list used at airports and other border crossings. The Interpol database now contains about 19,000 names.
  • California 'sanctuary' bill gets support from law enforcement, rebuke from Trump administration

    09/16/2017 1:47:44 PM PDT · by Innovative · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | Sept. 16, 2017 | Gale Holland
    Angeles law enforcement officials expressed support Saturday for the “sanctuary state” bill just passed by the Legislature, saying it will protect immigrants from federal enforcement as they leave jails without jeopardizing local agencies’ relationships with federal officials. The legislation passed early Saturday drastically scaled back the version first introduced, the result of tough negotiations between Gov. Jerry Brown and the bill’s author, Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), in the final weeks of the legislative session. The bill must still be signed by the governor.
  • Trump Pushes ‘Larger, Tougher’ Travel Ban After London Attack

    09/15/2017 4:18:26 PM PDT · by Innovative · 19 replies
    NBCNews ^ | Sept. 15, 2017 | Adam Edelman and Ali Vitali
    President Donald Trump on Friday said he wished his ban on travelers entering the U.S. was stronger, just hours after more than 20 people were injured in an attack on a London subway train that British police were treating as a terrorist incident. "Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!" Trump tweeted in the first of four posts about the incident.
  • UK terror threat level raised to critical, meaning an attack is imminent, Prime Minister says

    09/15/2017 1:31:26 PM PDT · by Innovative · 88 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Sept. 15, 2017 | Victoria Ward
    The UK terror threat level has been raised from severe to critical, the highest possible level, meaning an attack is “expected imminently”. The Prime Minister announced the threat level had been raised after the Parsons Green tube bomb attack. It means that troops will patrol the streets and security will also be stepped up at major public events and terrorist targets such as railway stations and airports.
  • Trump Blocks China-Backed Bid to Buy U.S. Chip Maker

    09/13/2017 7:25:58 PM PDT · by Innovative · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept. 13, 2017 | ANA SWANSON
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the chairman of the review committee, said in a statement on Wednesday that its recommendation on the deal was “consistent with the administration’s commitment to take all actions necessary to protect national security.” “Cfius and the president assess that the transaction poses a risk to the national security of the United States that cannot be resolved through mitigation,” Mr. Mnuchin said.
  • CNN Exclusive: Rice told House investigators why she unmasked senior Trump officials

    09/13/2017 4:00:10 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 13, 2017 | Manu Raju
    Former national security adviser Susan Rice privately told House investigators that she unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late last year, multiple sources told CNN. The New York meeting preceded a separate effort by the UAE to facilitate a back-channel communication between Russia and the incoming Trump White House. The New York meeting preceded a separate effort by the UAE to facilitate a back-channel communication between Russia and the incoming Trump White House.
  • Sebastian Gorka says the GOP didn't win last November, Donald Trump did

    09/12/2017 9:29:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 45 replies
    LA Times ^ | Sept. 12, 2017 | Noga Tarnopolsky
    In a 45-minute conversation, Gorka expressed continuing support for President Trump, denounced Republican Party leaders as a greater obstacle to Trump’s success than Democrats, and predicted that the president would soon purge the White House of staffers who are not loyal to his “Make America Great Again” agenda.
  • Supreme Court: Trump admin can keep travel ban on most refugees

    09/12/2017 4:49:17 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 12, 2017 | Ariane de Vogue
    The Supreme Court granted Tuesday a Trump administration request to continue to bar most refugees under its travel ban. Without comment, the court blocked a federal appeals court ruling from last week that would have exempted refugees who have a contractual commitment from resettlement organizations from the travel ban while the justices consider its legality. The ruling could impact roughly 24,000 people. The travel ban bars certain people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.
  • North Korea sanctions 'nothing compared to what will have to happen': Trump

    09/12/2017 2:53:37 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 12, 2017 | Roberta Rampton, David Brunnstrom
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the latest U.N. sanctions on North Korea agreed this week were only a very small step and nothing compared to what would have to happen to deal with the country’s nuclear program. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned China that if it did not follow through on the new sanctions, the United States would “put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the U.S. and international dollar system.”
  • Senators eye defense bill as a way to challenge Trump’s foreign policy

    09/10/2017 5:08:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept. 10, 2017 | Karoun Demirjian
    Rank-and-file senators are eyeing the annual defense bill the Senate will take up this week as a chance to challenge President Trump’s recent controversial moves on national security — but thus far, Republican leaders have resisted their efforts. Senators of both parties are drafting amendments that would step up sanctions against North Korea, roll back Trump’s order to ban transgender troops from the military and force Congress to vote within six months on a replacement authorization for use of military force, or AUMF, against extremist groups. Each of those initiatives grapples with an international crisis that Trump has tackled —...
  • Russia says airstrike kills several top ISIS commanders in Syria

    09/08/2017 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | Sept. 8, 2017 | Reuters
    A Russian airstrike has killed around 40 Islamic State fighters, including four senior commanders, near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, Russia’s defense ministry said Friday. The strike, carried out by Su-34 fighter-bombers and Su-35 fighters, came after an intelligence report Sept. 5 showed that top Islamic State commanders were meeting at a secret underground command post in the vicinity of Deir al-Zor, the ministry said on its Facebook page.
  • Trump nominates 16 judges as Democrats look ahead to Supreme Court fight

    09/07/2017 4:42:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 7, 2017 | Ariane de Vogue,
    There are issues that have deeply divided President Donald Trump and conservatives during the first turbulent months since his inauguration. The judiciary is not one of them. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is a clean win. And lawyers inside and outside of the administration are working to vet potential conservative nominees, fill vacancies and ensure that the appellate bench is deep in case another Supreme Court vacancy arises. Amid tension, Trump and McConnell together on judges As such on Thursday, the President announced 16 more nominees -- including his own deputy White House counsel -- for lower court seats.
  • Dem rep planning bill to define 'acceptable speech' on campus

    09/07/2017 10:31:42 AM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 7, 2017 | Fox News
    Democratic Rep. Anthony Brown reportedly plans to introduce a bill that would require universities and colleges to define “acceptable speech” on campus. The Maryland congressman announced the plans during a speech last week, according to The Diamondback, the University of Maryland’s student newspaper. Brown reportedly said he wants colleges to demonstrate they have initiatives that define to students "what is acceptable speech and what is not acceptable speech.” Further, the bill reportedly would offer grant money to create these programs while pushing universities to report hate crimes. The proposal comes as campuses across the country have been accused of curbing...
  • McConnell praises Trump for ending DACA

    09/05/2017 1:24:58 PM PDT · by Innovative · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sept. 5, 2017 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) praised President Trump’s decision to rescind President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, calling it a move that “corrects that fundamental mistake.” “President Obama wrongly believed he had the authority to re-write our immigration law,” McConnell said in a statement Tuesday. “Today’s action by President Trump corrects that fundamental mistake.” 
  • We are America’: DACA recipients, supporters say they are not going anywhere

    09/05/2017 11:50:50 AM PDT · by Innovative · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept. 5, 2017 | Maria Sacchetti and Perry Stein
    Undocumented immigrants and their supporters yelled, “Shame!” in front of the White House and got arrested in front of Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday as the Trump administration said it would end an Obama-era program that has shielded nearly 800,000 young people from deportation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying the program was unconstitutional but giving lawmakers in Congress six months to pass legislation to help undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as young children.
  • Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Lead Twitter Outrage Over Trump’s Reported Move to End DACA

    09/04/2017 7:55:08 PM PDT · by Innovative · 39 replies
    People ^ | Sept. 4, 2017 | Kathy Ehrich Dowd, Tierny McAffee
    President Donald Trump‘s reported decision to end DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy that offers work permits to people who entered the country illegally as minors — has incensed the internet, with politicians, everyday Americans and people who have benefitted from the program expressing shock and disgust over the move expected to be officially announced Tuesday. Sen. Bernie Sanders forcefully condemned the news on Twitter Sunday night, saying that if Trump indeed ends the program “it will be one of the ugliest and cruelest decisions ever made by a president in our modern history.” “Taking legal protections away...
  • Both sides gear up for political fight as Trump prepares to end protections for ‘dreamers’

    09/04/2017 3:46:16 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept. 4, 2017 | David Nakamura
    Lawmakers and advocates on both sides began to stake out positions Monday for an extended public fight over whether Congress should provide legal status to young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers” as President Trump is preparing to rescind Obama-era protections for them. Moderate congressional Republicans, and even some conservatives, suggested that they are open to crafting a legislative deal that could offer permanent legal status to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who have been in the country illegally since they were children. Democrats lambasted Trump for his expected decision and called on the GOP to join them to protect the...