January 29, 2017

Trump reveals his secret plan to defeat Islamic State – asking the Pentagon to come up with a plan to defeat Islamic State.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-holds-calls-with-putin-leaders-from-europe-and-asia/2017/01/28/42728948-e574-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html

Sudden Trump travel ban throws airlines into turmoil, federal judges block deportations of Muslim foreigners arriving with valid visas or green cards. “We’ve gotten reports of people being detained all over the country,” said Becca Heller, the director of the International Refugee Assistance Project. “They’re literally pouring in by the minute.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/28/us/refugees-detained-at-us-airports-prompting-legal-challenges-to-trumps-immigration-order.html?_r=0

Fire destroys Victoria, Texas mosque. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/28/us/fire-destroys-mosque-in-texas-in-early-hours.html

Canadian prime minister says country will continue to accept Muslim refugees, but Canadian airlines reportedly turning away those bound for the U.S.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-canada-idUSKBN15C0RI

Israel’s prime minister tweets in support of Trump’s wall, Mexican government not amused. “I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4167808/Benjamin-Netanyahu-SUPPORTS-Trump-s-border-wall-plan.html   Most of Netanyahu’s wall is apparently a fence, however.

Human Rights Watch releases allegations that Kurdish Regional Government is torturing teenage boys suspected of ties to IS.  https://www.salon.com/2017/01/29/report-children-held-by-kurdish-forces-allege-torture/

Trump’s war on the media reportedly expands to include New York Times (“FAKE NEWS!”) and Washington Post (“DISHONEST”).   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/316655-trump-attacks-ny-times-washington-post-in-tweets

Customs and Border agents reportedly defied court order to allow lawyers access to Muslim airport detainees. “It is unusual for an agency to deny a court order ― a court order clearly stating that these people need to be provided counsel.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dulles-airport-feds-violated-court-order_us_588d7274e4b08a14f7e67bcf

Ford CEO reportedly told Trump 1 million U.S. jobs at risk due to the country’s fuel efficiency standards. https://cleantechnica.com/2017/01/29/ford-ceo-mark-fields-told-trump-1-million-us-jobs-stake-fuel-economy-rules/   But since imported cars have to meet the exact same standards…

Protesters turn out at airports around the country calling for lifting of “Muslim ban”, release of detainees.   http://abcnews.go.com/US/trumps-immigration-order-sparks-protests-airports-nationwide/story?id=45119839

Homeland Security and White House officials say travel ban still in effect, despite emergency court rulings. “…the president’s executive order… remains in full, complete and total effect.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-immigration-ban-still-place-despite-court-ruling-says-dhs-n713696

British woman fights employer’s demand that she wear two-to-four inch high heels, discovers British law forbids gender-specific dress codes.   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/britain-debates-high-heels-can-employers-require-them-n712446   Does this mean ties are optional for men too, or do men have to wear ties because males cannot be victims of oppression?

Governor of Washington calls sudden immigrant ban “a train wreck”. “Gov. Jay Inslee and other elected officials held a news conference at the airport to denounce what they called a poorly coordinated, reckless and un-American policy…”   http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/at-sea-tac-inslee-and-other-officials-denounce-immigrant-ban-train-wreck/

CNN national security analyst says U.S. citizens have 1 in 3.6 million chance of being killed by a Muslim terrorist in the United States. “You’re 3,000 more times likely to be killed by a fellow American (with a) gun than you are by a jihadi terrorist.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/security-analyst-shreds-trumps-fear-mongering-of-immigrants-attacks-in-us-are-overwhelming-by-americans/

Iraqi man who is a Dept. of Defense employee and interpreter for U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division reportedly one of those detained at JFK airport. “Under pressure from the press, several Democratic lawmakers and his attorneys who filed a suit in his name, Darweesh was finally released and stated that he was very thankful for his supporters.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/iraqi-man-held-at-jfk-was-us-military-interpreter-who-was-coming-here-because-son-needs-liver-treatment/


January 29, 2017

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