February

60,000 people from the 7 targeted countries had their visas cancelled says State Dept.   http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/state-dept-fewer-60000-visas-canceled-trump-order/   Justice Dept. official says he’s unsure how many visa holders were deported due to travel ban.  http://wtvr.com/2017/02/03/over-100000-visas-revoked-government-lawyer-says-in-virginia-court/

Former Norwegian prime minister detained at Dulles Airport, had visited Iran for NGO. “Surely they can’t seriously believe that a former prime minister of Norway has sinister intentions” or is “planning to perform misdeeds in the U.S.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/world/europe/kjell-magne-bondevik-norway-dulles.html?_r=0

Trump to appear at two events at properties owned by the Trump Organization this weekend, “a charity ball at Mar-A-Lago, his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, and a Super Bowl gathering at his Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach.”  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-business-conflicts-mar-a-lago_us_58952d42e4b0c1284f26213d

Federal judge blocks Trump’s travel ban for entire U.S. “U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle said in his ruling that voiding the president’s order throughout the U.S. was needed for consistency.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-03/judge-says-he-ll-temporarily-halt-trump-immigration-order

Price of anti-overdose drug Evzio (naloxone) has reportedly soared 680% in 3 years. “In 2014, when Evzio was approved in the US, the list price was $575 for a two-pack. Now, it has a list price of $4,500…”   http://www.businessinsider.com/price-of-naloxone-auto-injector-evzio-2017-2

“Massive public opposition” to Trump’s nominee for secretary of education. “…senators have received more than 1 million emails and 50,000 phone calls opposing DeVos’s nomination.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/03/searching-one-more-republican-resistance-launches-full-court-press-derail-devos

Congress votes to allow oil companies to make secret deals with foreign governments. “Congress has immediately sanctioned corruption by green lighting secret deals between oil companies and despots.”http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/03/welcome-gift-tillerson-congress-abolishes-big-oil-transparency

Watchdog group claims Trump is betraying voters by handing the economy back over to Wall Street insiders. “If Trump succeeds in rolling back Dodd-Frank rules he will rush the country straightforward into another job-killing financial crisis.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/03/spectacular-betrayal-trump-hands-economy-back-over-wall-street

White House “dress like a woman” dress code sparks Twitter backlash, female doctors, soldiers, pastors and race car drivers post pictures of themselves at work.   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/03/dresslikeawoman-backlash-over-reports-of-dress-code-for-trump-staff

Michigan GOP official reportedly tweets, “Violent protesters who shut down free speech? Time for another Kent State perhaps.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/michigan-republican-suggests-kent-state-protesters-article-1.2963902

12 million more Americans sign up for Obamacare on various exchanges.  “…Obamacare advocates lauded the final tally as evidence that demand for health insurance under the law remains strong.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/03/more-than-9-million-people-signed-up-on-federal-obamacare-exchange-by-close-of-open-enrollment-government-says.html

Defense Secretary Mattis reaffirms U.S. commitment to defend disputed, uninhabited islands between China and Japan.   http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-warns-us-after-mattis-says-senkaku-islands-covered-by/3492582.html

Some scientists at Japanese universities are resisting their government’s efforts to increase military research. ““To preserve our integrity as scientists, we express our firm commitment both domestically and abroad that we will never pursue scientific research for the purpose of war,” declared the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) (in 1950).”   http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/01/japanese-military-entices-academics-break-taboo

Top Trump advisor Bannon reportedly wrote a screenplay about an America which has converted to Islam and been renamed “The Islamic States of America”. “The eight-page draft, written in 2007 during Bannon’s stint as a Hollywood filmmaker (would) … identify the American enablers paving “the road to this unique hell on earth”.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bannon-film-outline-warned-us-could-turn-into-islamic-states-of-america/2017/02/03/f73832f4-e8be-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html   So this is where all that crazy stuff about sharia law being imposed on Americans is coming from! First it was the Catholics who were going to take over, then the Jews, and now its the Muslims.

Russian tech firm sues Buzzfeed over publication of British spy’s Trump dossier. “Among other things, the document alleged, without corroboration, that the Trump campaign had worked with the Kremlin on penetrating Democratic National Committee computers.”   http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article130659399.html

New book looks at life of “the people’s lawyer”, Leonard Weinglass, who represented the “Pentagon Papers” defendants, the “Chicago Eight” and five Cubans who were arrested after notifying the FBI of the terrorists activities of some Cuban emigre groups.   https://consortiumnews.com/2017/01/30/recalling-peoples-lawyer-leonard-weinglass/

U.N. reportedly says Myanmar’s security forces “have committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims and burned down villages since October in a campaign that likely amounts to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing…”   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/rohingyas-killed-myanmar-crackdown-170203101817841.html

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February

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