February 13, 2017

Author of Trump travel ban, senior policy advisor Stephen Miller, shares some “alternative facts” with the media. “A district judge in Seattle cannot force the president of the United States to change our laws and our Constitution because of their own personal views.” And on voter fraud, “George, it is a fact – and you will not deny it – that there are massive numbers of noncitizens in this country who are registered to vote.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-stephen-miller-travel-ban-voter-fraud-20170212-story.html

600 reportedly arrested so far in illegal migrant roundup. ““All these people are in violation of some sort of immigration law.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/12/nyregion/immigration-arrests-sanctuary-city.html

Obamacare repeal sparking backlash as members of Congress hold meetings with their constituents. ““Republicans are making the same mistakes Democrats made in 2009. They are moving so quickly that they are creating needless anxiety and opposition.”   http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/12/obamacare-town-halls-used-by-liberals-to-fight-rep/

Missouri KKK leader found dead in national forest, police are investigating. “Frank Ancona, 51, who was an imperial wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights near St. Louis, was found with a gunshot wound to his head…”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kkk-leader-found-dead_us_58a087ece4b094a129ebc1b8   and   http://abcnews.go.com/US/proclaimed-kkk-imperial-wizard-found-dead-riverbank/story?id=45439758

Break-away leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador gaining support in Mexico. “The former Mexico City mayor, narrowly beaten in Mexico’s two previous presidential elections, is now widening his lead in opinion polls ahead of next year’s contest.”   https://www.wsj.com/articles/mexican-presidential-candidate-wins-support-with-trump-stance-1486900805

Social Democrat Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected president of Germany. “Despite being a largely ceremonial position, the presidency provides stature and an important platform for Mr. Steinmeier, a popular and charismatic politician.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/12/world/europe/germany-frank-walter-steinmeier-merkel.html?_r=0

Dept. of Education tweets get the red pen for history and grammar mistakes. “Post updated – our deepest apologizes for the earlier typo. — US Dept of Education”   http://mashable.com/2017/02/12/department-of-education-web-dubois/  Unpresidented!

Texas man fatally shoots teen car theft suspect. “…Arlington police are investigating (the incident) as a vehicle burglary interrupted by the homeowner…”   http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article132276219.html

Former Reagan official thinks stock market will eventually tank. “The market is apparently pricing in a huge Trump stimulus. But if you just look at the real world out there, the only thing that’s going to happen is a fiscal bloodbath and a White House train wreck like never before in U.S. history.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/12/trump-administration-is-complete-insanity–and-the-markets-are-in-a-fantasy-land-stockman.html

U.S. born NASA scientist with a U.S. passport swept up in travel ban, forced to turn over his “restricted access” phone and password. “Once they took both my phone and the access PIN, they returned me to the holding area with the cots and other sleeping detainees until they finished copying my data.”   https://gizmodo.com/border-agent-demands-nasa-scientist-unlock-phone-before-1792275942

United Airlines pilot bans political discussions on flight after two passengers have to be separated due to election-related dispute. “… let’s keep our opinions to ourselves on this particular matter at this particular time.”   http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/11/11/pilot-scolds-passengers-after-racially-charged-scuffle-on-flight-from-sfo/

The Million Mexican March against Trump. “Thousands of protesters in more than a dozen Mexican cities took to the streets on Sunday to express their fierce opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump, portraying the new leader as a menace to both America and Mexico.”   http://time.com/4668610/mexico-protests-trump-nieto/

List of all 40,000+ names of Stalin’s “state security” secret police released. “…the NKVD men responsible for carrying out Stalin’s “Great Terror” of 1937 and 1938, in which about 1.5 million people were arrested and 700,000 shot.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/06/stalin-secret-police-killings-crimes-russia-terror-nkvd

Typo caught on Trump inauguration portrait. “No dream is too big, no challenge is to great.”  http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/319170-trumps-official-inauguration-poster-has-glaring-typo

Trump staffer plays the sexism card, claims Jake Tapper was “trying to treat a woman as a punching bag” when he interviewed Kellyanne Conway.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/sexist-jake-tapper-used-kellyanne-conway-as-a-punching-bag-because-shes-a-woman-trump-aide/

Nominee for labor secretary would have the power to grant an amnesty to a bank he has millions invested in.”(UBS) manages more than $22 billion of retiree assets in private pensions and IRA accounts, according to federal documents. The waiver is necessary for it to continue managing those assets.”   http://europe.newsweek.com/puzder-owes-millions-bank-labor-waiver-555805?rm=eu

Trump tries to pass protesters off as supporters. “Just leaving Florida. Big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road that the FAKE NEWS media refuses to mention. Very dishonest!”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/trump-rips-fake-news-media-for-not-covering-hundreds-of-fl-protesters-as-crowds-of-supporters/

Trump executive order gives local law enforcement agencies authority to charge suspects with immigration violations. “Armed with their 287(g) designation, the local officers also have the authority to charge any person arrested for state or local crimes with immigration violations and also to detain and transport that person to an ICE-approved detention facility.”   http://europe.newsweek.com/texas-sheriffs-welcome-trump-order-deport-undocumented-immigrants-555476?rm=eu

Trump and Republican Party both allegedly post same fake Abraham Lincoln quote. “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/pres-trump-and-republican-party-post-phony-quote-to-celebrate-abraham-lincolns-birthday/   How about a real Lincoln quote?  “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” (August 27, 1856. Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan)

Afghan civilians reportedly killed in NATO airstrikes. “Mr. Dawod said the airstrikes destroyed houses near a mosque where Taliban fighters were staying and killed a total of 22 civilians.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/world/asia/afghanistan-nato.html?_r=0

7 killed, about 327 wounded during violent protests in Baghdad. “Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated bullets at thousands of supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, an influential Shia leader, who were demonstrating on Saturday near Baghdad’s Green Zone to press for electoral changes.”   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/protesters-killed-violence-grips-baghdad-rally-170211140644671.html

12,000 to 15,000 Kurds in Europe demonstrate for release of leader. “Ocalan, leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has been detained on a prison island off Istanbul’s coast since 1999.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/15-000-european-kurds-protest-leaders-release-142009491.html


February 13, 2017

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