February 10, 2017

Jeff Sessions confirmed as attorney general. “Democrats’ concerns about Sessions’s record on civil rights and voting rights coincide with broader concerns about Trump on the same front.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/amid-deep-partisan-rancor-a-sharply-divided-senate-barrels-toward-sessions-vote/2017/02/08/d848d4fa-ee15-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html

Mexican woman who lived in the U.S. for 22 years and who has two U.S. born children is deported to Mexico after showing up for a meeting with immigration officials. “No one should have the pain of having their mother taken away.”   http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2017/02/09/guadalupe-garcia-de-rayos-phoenix-ice-deportation-trump-immigration/97694284/

Trump uses official presidential Twitter account to criticize retailer who dropped his daughter’s fashion line. “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person – always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”   http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/donald-trump-slammed-using-official-9781508   Trump advisor Conway tells Americans to “buy Ivanka’s stuff” during Fox & Friends interview. “I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/09/514317345/kellyanne-conway-tells-americans-to-buy-ivanka-trumps-products

Appeals court upholds suspension of Trump travel ban. “The Government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States. Rather than present evidence to explain the need for the Executive Order, the Government has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/ninth-circuit-trump-ruling/516228/   Trump tweets that such a loss in court would be the result of politics. “If the U.S. does not win this case as it so obviously should, we can never have the security and safety to which we are entitled. Politics!”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/08/trump-once-again-attacks-judiciary-dismissing-courts-so-political

Trump reportedly blaming gang violence on illegal immigrants. “You look at Chicago, and you look at other places. So many of the problems are caused by gang members, many of whom are not even legally in our country.”   http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/02/trump-blames-the-undocumented-for-gang-violence-in-chicago.html   Trump vows to “break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation and are destroying the blood of our youth.”   http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article131677044.html  OK, that’s a creepy Nazi vibe… Is he worried about foreign criminals impregnating American women and “polluting” our gene pool? Infections from sharing needles?

AFL-CIO and 128 other groups ask Congress not to confirm Andy Puzder as labor secretary, and to choose “a suitable nominee who shows proper respect for working people and our nation’s employment laws.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/09/puzder-opponents-demand-trump-drop-most-anti-worker-labor-nominee-ever

Supreme Court nominee quoted as saying Trump’s attacks on judges are “demoralizing”. “A Gorsuch spokesman confirmed the comments were made during the Wednesday afternoon meeting, when he was asked about the “so-called judge” line.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/donald-trump-neil-gorsuch-judge-234812

Russian court says case of man convicted for protesting should be reviewed. “Dadin, 34, was sentenced to three years in prison – reduced to two and a half on appeal – in December 2015 for a series of peaceful one-man protests against the (government).”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-politics-activist-idUSKBN15P1CO

Immigrant rights group claims mass arrests underway, protests reported. “The coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights – or CHIRLA – says they had a surge in calls Thursday from attorneys reporting arrests and detentions of undocumented clients.”   http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/02/09/downtown-protesters-claim-ice-sweeps-of-immigrants-are-spiking/   and   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/protesters-hit-streets-after-claims-of-stepped-up-immigration-raids/

Top U.S. general in Afghanistan says thousands more foreign troops needed. “So far, Trump has offered little clarity about whether he might approve more forces for Afghanistan, where some 8,400 U.S. troops remain more than 15 years after the Islamist Taliban government was toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces.”   http://europe.newsweek.com/afghanistan-afghanistan-war-troops-us-troops-554883?rm=eu

One missing, two hospitalized after Louisiana pipeline explosion.   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pipeline-burning-after-blast-is-just-a-big-blow-torch/

No more bees? No problem, we’ll just use robot drones.   http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-robot-bees-20170209-story.html  Hundreds of millions of them….

Tesla production employees reportedly reaching out to union. “…workers at its only auto plant have contacted the United Auto Workers to seek assistance with forming a union…”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-09/tesla-employee-says-workers-contacted-uaw-about-organizing-plant

Canadian Muslim blocked from entering U.S. “Alaoui was born in Morocco but has lived in Canada for more than 20 years, traveling to the U.S. regularly to visit family. But on her way to Vermont for a day of shopping with two of her children and an adult cousin, she was stopped for four hours at the border.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/10/canadian-muslim-us-border-questioning

FBI’s joint terrorism task force reportedly investigating Standing Rock pipeline protesters. “The Guardian has established that multiple officers within the FBI’s joint terrorism task force have attempted to contact at least three people tied to the Standing Rock “water protector” movement in North Dakota.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/10/standing-rock-fbi-investigation-dakota-access

Putin reportedly asked Trump to extend treaty limiting nuclear weapons, but Trump reportedly said it was a bad deal, after putting Putin on hold to check with his advisors. “I’m deeply disturbed that the president… seemed to take a step backward in calling into question an agreement that is beneficial to both sides and has been implemented faithfully by both sides.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/09/trump-putin-call-nuclear-deal-new-start-treaty

Hitler Valentine allegedly passed at Michigan College Republicans party. “The card, which had a picture of Adolph Hitler on the front read, “My love 4 u burns like 6,000 Jews”.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/my-love-4-u-burns-like-6000-jews-college-republican-group-apologizes-for-pro-nazi-valentines-cards/

Are Steve Bannon and the leader of IS both trying to promote the same imaginary conflict? “Both Steve Bannon and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi share similar world views. Both harbor apocalyptic visions of a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West.”   http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/05/what-bannon-shares-isil-leader-our-view/97350682/

Trump reportedly offers to “destroy” the career of Texas senator who wants to require a criminal conviction before law enforcement agencies can seize someone’s assets. “Who is the state senator? Do you want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/8/headlines/trump_threatens_to_destroy_career_of_texas_state_senator

February 10, 2017

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