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Misc…things not covered by any other Category…and if you don’t put a tag

2017 iPhone 8 could cost as much as $1,000….

more money….More Money…..MORE MONEY?

Apple’s 2017 iPhone, which is expected to feature premium parts and radical design changes, could cost “north of $1,000,” reports Fast Company, citing a source with “knowledge of Apple’s plans.”

Rumors suggest the upcoming iPhone, which may be called the iPhone 8, will feature an OLED display that’s more expensive than traditional LED displays. Other improvements, such as an increase in memory and wireless charging functionality may also drive up the price. It’s not hard to imagine the iPhone hitting that price point when the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus is already at $969 in the United States, and previous rumors have also suggested it will be a “premium” device.

Fast Company‘s source also confirms some iPhone 8 design rumors, describing the device as “something like a smooth black monolith, with few visual interruptions to its sleek design.” That jibes with rumors indicating Apple design chief Jony Ive has been aiming for an iPhone that looks like a single sheet of glass with the Home button and Touch ID fingerprint sensor located under the display.

iPhone 8 concept image via Thadeu Brandão

The Home button technology is still “evolving” according to Fast Company‘s source, but Apple’s goal is to get it done in time for inclusion in the iPhone 8. Physical buttons, such as the volume button, power button, and mute switch could also be eliminated, a rumor we haven’t heard before, and the iPhone 8 is said to include a “far bigger battery.”…
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Republicans Worry…How are they gonna pay for Trump’s BIG GOVERNMENT Plans…

Please note the above use of the word’s BIG GOVERNMENT.

Those two words up until the November elections where curse words for Republicans…

NOW?

Well the party seems to hitched to the  wagon of  a guy who revealed  in creating DEBT....

And he does NOT want cuts in entitlements? (Another Republican curse word)

How long are the Republicans keep riding in Donald Trump’s wagon?

President Donald Trump wants to rebuild the nation’s roads and bridges, boost military spending, slash taxes and build a “great wall.” But Republicans on Capitol Hill have one question for him: How the heck will we pay for all of this?

GOP lawmakers are fretting that Trump’s spending requests, due out in a month or so, will blow a gaping hole in the federal budget — ballooning the debt and undermining the party’s doctrine of fiscal discipline.

Trump has signaled he’s serious about a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, as he promised on the campaign trail. He also wants Republicans to approve extra spending this spring to build a wall along the U.S. southern border and beef up the military — the combined price tag of which could reach $50 billion, insiders say. And that’s to say nothing of tax cuts, which the president’s team has suggested need not necessarily be paid for.

Trump, meanwhile, has made clear he has little interest in tackling the biggest drivers of the national debt: entitlements. Republicans have been yearning to overhaul Medicare and Social Security for decades.

Even without Trump’s pricey wish list, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the $19.9 trillion debt will grow by a further $9.4 trillion over the next decade if nothing changes.

“I don’t think you can do infrastructure, raise defense spending, do a tax cut, keep Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security just as they are, and balance the budget. It’s just not possible,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a senior member of the House Budget Committee. “Sooner or later, they’re going to come to grips with it because the numbers force you to.”…

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Melissa McCarthy does WH Press Sec Spicer on SNL…The White House fall out….

America has moved from the REAL to the UNREAL….

A ‘Saturday Night Live’ spoof of White House Press Sec Sean Spicer has pissed off President Donald Trump nad might even cost Spicer his job….

No attempt to ridicule Donald Trump’s controversies — from his remarks about Mexicans to the “Access Hollywood” tape — could derail his successful road to the White House.

Trump acknowledged as much a year ago when he spoke about supporters so loyal that “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”

But that was candidate Trump. Now Trump is running the government as a president who cares very deeply about appearances — so much so that a “Saturday Night Live” sketch could affect how he does it.

Melissa McCarthy’s frustrated, unhinged parody of White House press secretary Sean Spicer on last weekend’s SNL unsettled the White House and bothered Trump, and her performance was seen as potentially hurting Spicer’s longevity in the job, Politico reported, citing people close to the president.

Yes, a late-night comedian’s performance could affect what Trump does as president — and this is exciting some anti-Trump comedians.

“I was just so excited to hear he was upset about it, because it feels like comedy is a weapon that we can use against them, that they don’t have,” said standup comedian Nikki Glaser….

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Republican House members huddle about countering Democratic protests…

Facing increased protests again plans to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Law (And other Trump/Republican politics like Immigration) back home…

Republican lawmakers got together to discuss how to ‘protect ‘ themselves from those who are demonstrating  against efforts  to change the Obama era healthcare law…

Several memebers also reported that even in districts considered ‘safe’ Republican ones there where now protestors …..

House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed safety precautions to protect themselves and their staff from anti-Obamacare repeal protesters storming town halls and offices, sources in the room told POLITICO.

House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers invited Rep. David Reichert, a former police sheriff, to present lawmakers with protective measures they should have in place. Among the suggestions: having a physical exit strategy at town halls, or a backdoor in congressional offices to slip out of, in case demonstrations turn violent; having local police monitor town halls; replacing any glass office door entrances with heavy doors and deadbolts; and setting up intercoms to ensure those entering congressional offices are there for appointments, not to cause chaos….

One member who asked not to be named said the meeting also touched on threats against lawmakers.

The presentation was particularly important, those in attendance said, because it’s not just moderate members being targeted by protesters. Conservatives have also seen Democratic activists show up at events, including one recently hosted by Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), who ousted former Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Many of these lawmakers in safe districts have never dealt with such severe blowback.

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Democratic Senate Minority Leader Schumer dances for different drummers within his own party…

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is now the most powerful national Democrat….

With only four more Republican Senators in the GOP majority and the Senate’s reverence for NOT changing the rules….Schumer is place to influence things…

But due to the Trump No Enter insistence ?

The Democratic left and OTHERS have pushed on Schumer hard to do EVERYTHING he can to stall the Trump choices for ANYTHING….

Sound familiar?

Yep it’s the same as the Republicans playbook for the last 8 years….

Problem for Schumer?

He actually HAS to get along with the Republicans to able to keep the rules that he used from being changed to lock him out….

AND…

He also  has several Democrats that he has to worry about leaving him and voting with the Republicans to save their seats …

About every two weeks, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer keeps an important dinner date with five of his colleagues, and they’re not the five most senior members of the Senate or even his closest advisers in his new job.

They are “the Big Five,” as Schumer calls them: five moderate Democrats representing states that President Trump won who are likely to face the most difficult reelection fights next year.

Given the stakes, “We have to protect these people,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said of his targeted colleagues. “And sometimes we’re going to have to do things to help them. We all have to watch each others’ backs.”

Here’s the rub: Alongside Schumer’s concern for these vulnerable Democrats is a sudden burst of energy on the left, not only to express deep-rooted anger at Trump but growing impatience with congressional Democrats. If they don’t push far enough, the liberals will be angry. If they push too far, they risk losing seats.

They also risk provoking Republicans. If Democrats try to block Judge Neil Gorsuch, for instance — Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court — Republicans have the ability to eliminate the filibuster, which would enable Gorsuch’s confirmation on a simple-majority vote.

“I’m worried about the Senate coming apart,” said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who faces a multimillion-dollar reelection campaign next year. Senate Minority

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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Brits to launch ACC 50 Race Boat tomorrow

Evening all!

Tomorrow Preparations for the America’s Cup Qualifiers (Start May 26th 2017) starts in earnest. The British Challenger Land Rover BAR will become the first Team out of Bermuda to reveal & launch their brand new America’s Cup Class Boat (ACC). A Special Edition of the “Inside Tack with Georgie Ainslie (Ben’s Wife)” will be on the Land Rover BAR Facebook Page starting at 16.00 GMT LIVE from their Base Headquarters in Bermuda with Skipper Sir Ben Ainslie and BAR’s CEO Martin Whitmarsh to answer Questions. British Media from BBC and BT Sport have also descended into Bermuda the last couple of Days. It took about 85,000 Hours of Design, Building, Simulation and Training & Testing to built R1.

Also, with tomorrows launch Land Rover BAR’s 28-Day Blackout Period has ended and from February 7th the Team is permitted to train on R1.

I’ll have updates on this Post throughout the Day tomorrow.

Daniel G.

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Trump has another ‘new plan’ that was used by the Nazis against Jews in the 1930s…Daily Kos…

 By Walter Einenkel   @ Daily Kos….
Donald Trump and Steven Bannon with antisemitic Nazi newspaper Der Stürmer

Der Stürmer will just be called “The New York Post” or “Breitbart” or “Fox News.” Something catchy like that. 

On the White House website, inside of the press releases concerning Trump/Bannon executive actions you will find this “Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” In it, a list of immigrant crimes to be made and updated regularly and given to the public for consumption is ordered.

(b)  To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.

Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman interviewed author Andrea Pitzer about her upcoming book concerning Hitler and the history of Concentration Camps in the world.

ANDREA PITZER: Well, this weekly report that he has called for recalls a number of things from the past that we have seen before, which is this move to isolate and identify and then vilify a vulnerable minority community in order to move against it. When he—I just went back last night and reread his speech from when he declared his candidacy, and the Mexican rapist comment was in from the beginning, and so this has been a theme throughout. And we see back in Nazi Germany there was a paper called—a Nazi paper called Der Stürmer, and they had a department called “Letter Box,” and readers were invited to send in stories of supposed Jewish crimes. And Der Stürmer would publish them, and they would include some pretty horrific graphic illustrations of these crimes, as well. And there was even a sort of a lite version of it, if you will, racism lite, in which the Neues Volk, which was more like a Look or a Life magazine, which normally highlighted beautiful Aryan families and their beautiful homes, would run a feature like “The Criminal Jew,” and they would show photos of “Jewish-looking,” as they called it, people who represented different kinds of crimes that one ought to watch out for from Jews.

So this preoccupation with focusing in on one subset of the population’s crimes and then depicting that as somehow depraved and abnormal from the main population is something we’ve seen quite a bit in the past, even in the U.S. Before Japanese-American internment, you had newspapers like the San Francisco Chronicle running about the unassimilability of the Japanese immigrants and also the crime tendencies and depravities they had, which were distinguished from the main American population….

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NY Atty Gen Eric Schneiderman….

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Politico does a piece on the New York State Attorney General…..

He was able to wring a $25 Million settlement out of Trump for his shady deallings with the Trump Foundation….

Schneiderman’s office has had legal dealings with Trump’s EPA choice Scott Pruitt, Sec of State  Tillerson’s Exxon/Mobil and Treasury Sec Mnuchin’s Reverse Mortagage business…..

Schneiderman is a slender, slightly built former corporate lawyer, the only son of a New York philanthropist whose last names adorns several city cultural institutions. One never senses from him the kind of comfort and ease that people from his position tend to radiate, but rather a twitchy impatience, as if the vein on his forehead is going to pop while he busts some of the high-priced glassware in the political china shop. In the six years after he won that race, Schneiderman has emerged as perhaps the lefty media’s favorite lawyer, tangling with mortgage bankers, ExxonMobil, and national retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch, J Crew and The Gap. And on November 9, he was handed what might become his largest target when Donald Trump, his longtime nemesis, was elected president.

The Trump University suit eventually was settled for $25 million days after the election, despite the then president-elect’s repeated pledges never to settle. Schneiderman could have left it at that. But Schneiderman has let it be known that Trump is still in his crosshairs. In the days since November 9, Schneiderman fired off a letter warning Trump not to drop White House support of Obama’s Clean Power Plan, introduced a bill in the state Legislature to give New Yorkers cost-free contraception if the Affordable Care Act is dismantled, threatened to sue after Trump froze EPA funding of clean air and water programs, and joined a lawsuit that argues that Trump’s executive order on immigration is not just unconstitutional and un-America, but it brings profound harm to the residents of New York State.

He has a record of going not only after Trump, but going after people now in Trumpworld. He’s on the opposite side of the Clean Power Plan fight from Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, since named head of the EPA, and who Schneiderman labeled a “dangerous and unqualified choice.” He’s gone after Rex Tillerson, who as CEO of ExxonMobil defended his company from a Schneiderman investigation; since the election he’s begun investigating a reverse-mortgage business once led by Steven Mnuchin, the nominee to be the next Treasury secretary.

Schneiderman doesn’t think that the fact he has already appeared in court against Trump necessarily prepares him for what is about to come, but he has little doubt that something will come. Congress remains in Republican hands, and for the foreseeable future looks unwilling to provide much in the way of a check or a balance on the presidency. Governors and mayors can scream and protest, but beyond “setting an example” for other policymakers, the effect of their actions will be limited to their constituents.

Schneiderman, though, effectively leads a law firm of more than 650 lawyers, one with a two-decade tradition of taking its fights national…

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Two recent New York State Attorney General’s have become New York State Governors….

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Bill and Hillary Clinton date night in the ‘Big Apple’ gets a standing ovation…

Donald  Trump may get protests with his being President…

But Hillary Clinton are getting LOVE from New Yorkers….

Bruce Glikas via Getty Images

Hillary and Bill Clinton had a date night on Broadway Wednesday, and New Yorkers were loving it.

The two made a surprise appearance at the a cappella musical In Transit directed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall at the Circle in the Square Theatre, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Not only was Hillary greeted by excitement, but she also got a standing ovation from her New York fans, who shouted chants of “Hillary!”

(Rumor has it, she may be eyeing a run for mayor of NYC in November.)

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Homeland Security IG to review agencies action on ‘No Enter’ Ban order…

There have been reports of Custom’s Border Patrol agents/officers taking action more intrusive than normal with people detained….

There are also reports of people being deported in spite of Federal Court orders and the denial of access to people by legal consul….

The Inspector General Office is independent of the Justice Dept. and the White House…The IG will investigate actions of it’s agencies staff, NOT the order itself…

The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general has launched an investigation into the implementation of President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning entry to the U.S. from seven predominately Muslim countries.

Inspector General John Roth notified two Democratic senators who requested the investigation that the probe was under way in a letter published Thursday. Roth didn’t provide any details about the scope of the investigation and said he would notify the lawmakers about the timing for issuing a final report.

Trump’s order caused confusion and prompted protests at airports nationwide after it was signed Jan. 27. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said an exemption for residency visa holders emerged only after the order was signed. Hundreds of immigrants and travelers, including at least one translator who worked with the U.S. military in Iraq, were detained or delayed in being admitted to the country, while airlines initially struggled to understand the implications of Trump’s order.

“The independent federal watchdog is investigating the apparent indiscriminate detention of legal permanent U.S. residents and previously vetted travelers,” Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois said in their joint statement. “The investigation is also examining whether U.S. law enforcement officers violated a federal court order by refusing to allow legal permanent residents being held at Dulles Airport to access legal counsel,” they added, referring to the international airport outside Washington…..

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Some more details on the Trump hiring Freeze…..

The exempted list grows….

As Trump noted during his signing of the memorandum, all military personnel are exempt from the freeze. That includes all uniformed officials, including the Coast Guard, Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, and the Commissioned Officer Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

All political positions, including Schedule C appointments and non-career Senior Executive Service vacancies, are exempted. Agencies can fill temporary and seasonal vacancies as necessary to meet “traditionally recurring season workloads,” though they must keep OMB’s Resource Management Office informed. Areas in which Congress has required hiring by law are also exempted from the freeze.

Some agencies have been exempted altogether: positions at the U.S. Postal Service, CIA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are all exempt. USPS had said it was exempt in previous hiring freezes but was seeking further clarification from the White House.

“Internal career ladder promotions” are not subject to the freeze, nor are appointments made under the Pathways and Presidential Management Fellows programs. Employees onboarded as part of industry exchange programs are exempted so long as the workers hired under that authority do not exceed the total from before the freeze went into place.

Employees detailed between agencies are not affected so long as reimbursements are not being used to “circumvent the intent of the freeze.” Reallocations of current employees within an agency are allowable if they are used to “meet the highest priority needs” such as national security and essential services. Agencies can also accept voluntary transfers of current SES between agencies to “secure the leadership capacity,” subject to OPM approval. Sandy and McGettigan reminded agencies of Trump’s mandate that contractors may not be used to skirt the freeze….

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Dogs and Pot do NOT work….

…from the NY Times….

“I’ve had owners come in and they are stoned and they recognize some of the severity, but they just think it’s the funniest thing and they can’t stop laughing in the exam room,” said Brett Levitzke, medical director of the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in Brooklyn. “To the poor dog, it’s not very funny.”

Sometimes, the owner is slow to come clean about the cause of the dog’s malaise….

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Trump…Cut Federal Funds to UC Berkley after demo against Breitbart Rightwingnut guy speech?…

His righthand advisor Steve Bannon is THE Breitbart guy…

Just want everyone to KNOW that….

Peaceful protesting is EVERYONE’s right ….

Violent ones are NOT…

Going to UC Berkley to speak as a Rightwingnut ‘firebrand’ is bound to attract protestors….

Taking away Federal funds from places that have protests is NOT gonna happen even if your buddy in the White House is the guy people are demonstrating against….

A speech by conservative firebrand and Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled at UC Berkeley on Wednesday amid violent protests that prompted President Trump to suggest cutting federal funding to the university.

“If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” Trump wrote on Twitter.

It’s unclear whether Trump was actually threatening to cut funding or making some kind of rhetorical point. The larger UC system, for which Berkeley is the flagship campus, receives billions of dollars from the federal government to fund a variety of programs, notably research, student aid and healthcare programs….

University officials called off the Berkeley event about two hours before Yiannopoulos was to speak at the student union, where more than 1,500 people had gathered outside. Some hurled metal barricades and others smashed windows at the student union.

“This is not a proud night for this campus, the home of the free speech movement,” said Dan Mogulof, a Berkeley spokesman. He noted that the vandalism interfered with the ability of the Berkeley College Republicans — who hosted Yiannopoulos — to exercise their 1st Amendment rights.

Yiannopoulos, 32, writes for Breitbart News — a popular website among the far right — and he is an avowed supporter of President Trump. He’s also a flamboyant provocateur who has been denounced for propagating racism, misogyny and anti-Islam views, but he styles himself a champion of free speech.

This summer, he gained notoriety for encouraging a barrage of harassment against “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones, which prompted Twitter to ban him from the social media platform.

Controversy, unrest and, occasionally, violence have followed his appearances on a speaking tour at colleges across the U.S., on which Berkeley was to be the last stop. Last month, a man was shot outside a University of Washington hall where Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak….

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…from above linked piece….

Yiannopoulos, 32, writes for Breitbart News — a popular website among the far right — and he is an avowed supporter of President Trump. He’s also a flamboyant provocateur who has been denounced for propagating racism, misogyny and anti-Islam views, but he styles himself a champion of free speech.

This summer, he gained notoriety for encouraging a barrage of harassment against “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones, which prompted Twitter to ban him from the social media platform.

Controversy, unrest and, occasionally, violence have followed his appearances on a speaking tour at colleges across the U.S., on which Berkeley was to be the last stop. Last month, a man was shot outside a University of Washington hall where Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak…..

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Trump call to Australian PM called the ‘Worst’…

President Obama made a deal on refugee’s that Trump has had to eat….and it didn’t taste good for Trump , who complained to  Australian PM Malcom Turnbull…

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image…. scmp.com

And the word is Trump hung up on the Australian PM….

Donald Trump told Malcolm Turnbull the US-Australia refugee resettlement agreement was “the worst deal ever” and warned he was going to “get killed” politically during their one-on-one call last weekend, according to a detailed account of the conversation in the Washington Post.

But, after days of confusion, the deal will proceed, the US insists: “President Trump’s decision to honour the refugee agreement has not changed,” a US Embassy spokesperson in Canberra said.

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The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Trump had fumed during his Sunday phone call with the Australian prime minister telling Turnbull he’d spoken to other world leaders on the same day, and this was “this was the worst call by far”.

Trump, according to the report, accused Australia of seeking to export the “next Boston bombers”.

The report says the friction between the two leaders “reflected Trump’s anger over being bound by an agreement reached by the Obama administration to accept refugees from Australian detention sites even while Trump was issuing an executive order suspending such arrivals from elsewhere in the world”.

The White House declined to comment on the report on Thursday….

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Trump, Bannon and Miller have the WH Lawyer Exempt Green Card holders from “No Enter’ order..

This is a second step to call off the Federal Judges from ruling that the  President Trump ‘No Enter’ Muslim Ban executive order done by Trump’s advisors  Bannon and Miller was harsh and without merit against Visa holders (Green Cards)….

Numerous Federal Judges around the country had enjoined the Government from deporting Green Card holders that where in transit when the executive order came down from the White House with little or Trump advisornow input from the agencies that would enforce it….

In addition?

The Media spent last weekend doing human interest stories of people  detained, lawyers unable to help them and showing pictures of  tens of thousand’s of people protesting the actions at the nations’s international air ports…..

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They focused on several Iraqi and Afghan’s that had helped American troops while in their countries and now where coming to the US to escape possible injury (Veteran’s showed up at airports to support these people)….

A White House Lawyer was used to clarify the executive order ….

The updated order tells Customs and Immigration agency employee’s to NO LONGER subject Visa holders to detention or intense scrutiny ….

President Donald Trump’s administration is reinterpreting its travel ban for residents of certain countries to now exempt legal permanent residents of the United States.

White House Counsel Don McGahn issued “authoritative guidance” on Wednesday clarifying that key parts of Trump’s controversial executive order, which is aimed at citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries, will no longer cover green card holders, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced Wednesday afternoon.

“They no longer need a waiver because if they are a legal permanent resident they won’t need it anymore,” Spicer told reporters during a daily briefing.

The changes to the travel ban come after widespread controversy over the policy. The memo from the White House counsel appeared to be a face-saving way for the White House to redraft the executive order without incurring the embarrassment of actually having Trump sign a new executive order that eliminated the impact on green card holders.

Experts said the decision to effectively redraft an executive order via a memo from the White House counsel was highly unusual. Typically, the president personally approves any changes to such orders, which are sequentially numbered, published in the Federal Register and have the force of law in the executive branch.

“The usual thing is that the executive order gets modified in some way or amended, maybe,” said Daniel Gitterman, author of “Calling the Shots: The President, Executive Orders, and Public Policy.” “The additional caveat from White House legal counsel on how to interpret that is unusual. There’s not a huge record of those types of things.”

“My interpretation is [Trump] certainly did not want to admit he was wrong in any way and that, rather than go and vacate or amend the initial order, they decided to have counsel make a clarifying explanation,” added Gitterman, a fellow in public policy at the University of North Carolina….

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Another move made while the Media is focused on the Supreme Court pick roll out….

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President Trump makes Black History Month comments about himself…

The King of ‘Me…ME…ME…”

President Trump’s first order of buisness for Black History Month: himself.

Trump — who told black voters they have “nothing to lose” by voting for him, then feuded with civil rights icon John Lewis before Martin Luther King Day — invited about 20 guests to the White House’s Roosevelt Room Wednesday morning for a so-called “listening session” to kick off Black History Month.

During the session, Trump hinted he might personally intervene to stop Chicago gang violence. He boasted about his election win, attacked CNN and Time magazine, and championed Fox News.

Trump also referenced Frederick Douglass — the slave turned abolitionist for whom parks, schools and neighborhoods are named — as someone “who’s done an amazing job that is being recognized more and more.”

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As he spoke, Trump — who has been criticized for failing to book many meetings with black civil rights leaders — was surrounded almost entirely by African-Americans already in his inner circle….

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