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Federal Judge blocks Trump Admin Sanctuary City Money holdout policy…

This stop’s Attorney General Sessions efforts to force cities to cooperate and become a arm of the countries immigration/customs service…or lost funding for a wide range of programs….

The judges order permenatly orders the government to NOT go thru with its threats…

A federal judge on Monday permanent blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order that attempted to cut funding to so-called sanctuary cities, another legal blow to White House efforts to ramp up deportations and curb undocumented immigration.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco called Trump’s January order “unconstitutional on its face” in his ruling, which made permanent his injunction from April. The White House had threatened to cut federal law enforcement grants from cities that fought Trump’s efforts to combat undocumented immigration and said it would publicly shame localities that failed to comply with attempts to increase deportations.

“The counties have demonstrated that the executive order has caused and will cause them constitutional injuries by violating the separation of powers doctrine and depriving them of their Tenth and Fifth Amendment rights,” Orrick wrote.

The city and county of San Francisco and the county of Santa Clara had argued they could lose billions of dollars in federal funds each year. Lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice said the order would apply to only a few grants and would involve far less money, an argument rejected by Orrick, who said it was written broadly in an attempt “to reach all federal grants.”

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who filed two lawsuits against the Trump administration, called the decision “a victory for the American people” and said the case was “a check on the president’s abuse of power.”

“This executive order was unconstitutional before the ink on it was even dry,” Herrera said in a statement. “This president and his administration have been trying to twist facts, stoke fears and demonize immigrants to score cheap political points. The American people are too smart for that.”…


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George W. Bush disses his party leader….

No he didn’t mention Donald Trump’s name at a New York ‘bipartisan conference that his presidential center sponsored in New York to promote democracy and freedom.’…..

But everybody in the room knew who he was talking about….

Former President George W. Bush never mentioned his name but delivered what sounded like a sustained rebuke to President Trump on Thursday, decrying nationalism, protectionism and the coarsening of public debate while calling for a robust response to Russian interference in American democracy.

In a speech in New York, Mr. Bush defended free trade, globalization and immigration even as Mr. Trump seeks to raise barriers to international commerce and newcomers from overseas. He condemned the “casual cruelty” he sees in public discourse and denounced white supremacy two months after Mr. Trump suggested that “both sides” were to blame at a neo-Nazi rally that turned violent in Virginia.

“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America,” Mr. Bush said. “We see a fading confidence in the value of free markets and international trade, forgetting that conflict, instability and poverty follow in the wake of protectionism. We’ve seen the return of isolationist sentiments, forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places.”

The former president said these afflictions have created a crisis of confidence in the United States that has endangered its historic ideals. “In all these ways, we need to recall and recover our own identity,” he said. “Americans have great advantage. To renew our country we only need to remember our values.”….


image….Seth Wenig/Associated Press


We’ll see if Trump goes after another Bush…

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Trump and the ‘Dreamers’……Which way does he go?

During last years Presidential campaign Donald Trump expressed support for the undocumented immigrants who applied for the Obama Admin program known as the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA…..

But Trump has been under pressure from his conservatives to keep shipping ANY undocumented person in this country out….

A decision is due by Sept. 5th…..

Hundreds of thousands of people could become eligible for deportation from the U.S. over the next two years if President Trump phases out an Obama-era program for certain undocumented immigrants, a move that reportedly may soon be announced. But the Trump administration may have already had an effect on who participates in the the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA.

For months, some pro-immigrant groups have warned against sending in new applications for the program, saying that the detailed information given to confirm eligibility could be used to deport enrollees or family members in the future. And a new poll shows that some of the people who are already enrolled may be afraid to renew their applications as a result of that possibility.

An online survey of DACA recipients1 found that about 20 percent of respondents who were eligible to renew their status had not yet done so. Roughly one in four of that group cited fears that the government would use the updated details to identify them for law enforcement purposes, according to the soon-to-be published report from United We Dream and other groups that was provided to FiveThirtyEight.

Of those who are in the program but not yet eligible for renewal, 28 percent said they would be less likely to reapply when the time comes because of law enforcement concerns. The estimates are rough, due to the challenges inherent in polling undocumented people, but they provide a glimpse of the concern from some so-called dreamers that their personal information could be used for deportation….


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What is the most important thing in being an American?

A Washington Post Monkey Cage Analysis of what a lot of polled people feel is important in being American….

With some surprises in views against the media views….

On July 4, Mahmoud Esmaeili, a 33-year-old software engineer, became an American citizen. Here’s why: “I like the system here. I like the rule of law. You know what to expect and what to not expect, so you can plan. That was the major part of why I wanted to be part of America.”

The example of Esmaeili is in many ways a microcosm of our long national debate about immigrants and immigration  a debate that hinges on what it means to be an American.

Does being American depend on who you are  your country of origin, your skin color, your religion? Scholars call this an “ethnic” definition of citizenship, and it’s echoed in the Trump administration’s effort to restrict immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries  including Esmaeili’s native Iran.

Or does being American depend on what you believe, such as your respect for American ideals and institutions? Scholars call this a “civic” conceptions of citizenship. Esmaeili articulates this plainly: his very reason for becoming a citizen is his appreciation for American institutions like the rule of law.

So which conception of citizenship takes precedence in the minds of ordinary Americans? My new research sheds light on this question. I find that Americans by far prioritize what people believe, not who they are. A civic conception of citizenship creates a rare bipartisan consensus. But where that consensus breaks down  and what makes the current politics of immigration so fraught  has to do with religion….


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Canada’s Merit Based Immigration policy….

Could Trump actually have a good idea on immigration?

(Borrowed from the Canadian’s)

…..from Alayna Treene @ AXIOS……

Last week in Iowa, President Trump called for a “total rewrite of our immigration system into a merit-based system,” reminding everyone that his interest in looking to Canada as a model for how to rebuild the U.S. immigration system has not weakened…..

….Canada evaluates immigrants on an economically-focused nine-point rubric that ignores their race, religion and ethnicity, and instead focuses on their age, education, job skills, language ability and other merit-based qualities.

“About half of all Canadian immigrants arrive with a college degree, while the figure in the United States is just 27 percent,” explains Tepperman. “Immigrant children in Canadian schools read at the same level as the native born, while the gap is huge in the United States. Canadian immigrants are almost 20 percent more likely to own their own homes and 7 percent less likely to live in poverty than their American equivalents.”

The payoff: Canadian voters are extremely supportive of the country’s accepting culture. Recent polls reveal that 82% think immigration is good for the economy, and two-thirds said multiculturalism represents one of Canada’s best features — they even rank it higher than hockey, notes Tepperman….

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Views on immigration, Muslims drove white voters to Trump….

Anyone surprised about this?

“What stands out most, however, is the attitudes that became more strongly related to the vote in 2016: attitudes about immigration, feelings toward black people and feelings toward Muslims,” Sides writes in his essay. “This pattern fits the prevailing discourse of the two campaigns and the increased attention to issues involving ethnic, racial and religious minorities in 2016.”

Looking back at 2012, the path for Trump to convert some Obama voters on these issues was clear. Among whites who voted for Obama four years ago, about a third already held views on these cultural attitudes that align more with Trump’s rhetoric. Thirty-seven percent of white Obama voters had a negative view of Muslims and 33 percent said illegal immigrants were “mostly a drain” on society.

The effect was present among all white voters, but it was particularly strong among those without a college degree, Sides writes. Trump’s Electoral College victory hinged on flipping a number of states Obama won twice with large percentages of less-educated white voters: Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin…..


The study is from the Voter Study Group — comprising 20 conservative, progressive and independent academics and professional survey researchers

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Democrats signal they’ll fight against Trump Border Wall funding…

Senate Minority Leader Schumer has chosen a place to fight where he could get a good amount of support against Trump’s campaign promise from Republicans even….

And the Mexican’s of course…

Senate Democrats are warning GOP leaders not to include funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in a funding bill to keep the government open, saying it could jeopardize the measure’s passage.

“We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President Trump’s Administration,” the Democrats said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

The signers of the letter, released Monday, include Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), as well as Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

The government is currently being funded through April 28 by a stopgap spending bill that was passed in December.

Already, President Donald Trump’s secretary of Homeland Security has directed his agency to look for funding sources it might already have available as the administration looks for ways to fulfill one of the the president’s top campaign promises. A Morning Consult/POLITICO survey in January found 47 percent of Americans support construction of the wall, while 45 percent do not.

The Democratic senators said the wall could be expensive and “raises considerable issues that have not been resolved by the Congress or the Department of Homeland Security.”

Another Morning Consult/POLITICO survey in January showed that support for the wall dropped considerably when the issue of cost was raised….


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ACLU and attorneys general on Trump’s Muslim ban 2.0: ‘We’ll see you in court, 2.0’

 By Kerry Eleveld   @ DailyKos…..
SEATTLE, WA - FEBRUARY 03: Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at a press conference outside U.S. District Court, Western Washington, on February 3, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Ferguson filed a state lawsuit challenging key sections of President Trump's immigration Executive Order as illegal and unconstitutional. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson called Donald Trump’s rescinding of the original ban “total capitulation.” 

Moments after Donald Trump’s new Muslim ban was announced, the legal group that feverishly worked to combat the original ban issued its assessment of Trump’s new Islamophobic masterpiece:

“The only way to actually fix the Muslim ban is not to have a Muslim ban,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.

The ACLU is now “moving quickly” to amend existing lawsuits that will still apply to the new ban in order to block it from moving forward. In a new blog post titled “We’ll see you in court, 2.0,” the ACLU further explained its rationale:

If a Muslim Ban is cleaned up to exclude Iraq, exempt lawful permanent residents and other current visa holders, is it still a Muslim ban? […]

First, it continues to target only countries that are predominantly Muslim. All of the six countries targeted for the immigration ban are over 90 percent Muslim. Second, it does so without a valid security justification. Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security recently concluded that an individual’s “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity” and that “few of the impacted countries [under the EO] have terrorist groups that threaten the West.” Third, on February 21, White House advisor Stephen Miller explained that any changes to the first executive order would be “mostly minor, technical differences … Fundamentally, you are still going to have the same, basic policy outcome for the country.” Exempting lawful permanent residents and others with visas does nothing to alter the purpose or design of disfavoring a specific religion. […]

President Trump, we’ll see you in court.

That sentiment has been echoed by the Yale Law School Clinic (which filed one of the first legal challenges to Trump’s ban), New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Bob Ferguson, the attorney general who filed the boldest challenge to Trump’s ban, effectively grinding it to a halt.

By rescinding his earlier Executive Order, President Trump makes one thing perfectly clear: His original travel ban was indefensible — legally, constitutionally and morally. The President has capitulated on numerous key provisions blocked by our lawsuit, including bans on Green Card holders, visa holders and dual citizens, an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, and explicit preferences based on religion. We are carefully reviewing the new Executive Order to determine its impacts on Washington State and our next legal steps.

In his off-camera press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied that revoking the first ban was an admission that it wasn’t lawful. For his part, Ferguson called Trump’s move a “total capitulation” at his briefing.

But it seems pretty clear now that Ferguson and others overwhelmingly won 1.0. Stay tuned.

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New Trump No Enter Ban still has problems….

The Muslim No Enter Ban 2.0 was supposed to be out LAST week….

It hasn’t moved….

As the people over at the Dept. of Justice and Homeland Security try to tweak it?

It has become clear that they WILL have trouble with Federal Judges no matter how much they try to please the President and his guys  Bannon and Miller….

Another week is slipping by without a revised travel ban – the same travel ban that, when delayed, the president claimed was critical for immediate national security. If and when that new order comes, it’s already looking significantly different – although the Trump White House is not and will not be admitting that. For starters, one of the seven countries – Iraq – is coming off the list entirely, according to U.S. officials, apparently at the behest of several Cabinet secretaries who identified how problematic that stance is for relations with a close ally where there are military urgencies. And the idea that it may exempt all current visas holders from all of the countries listed is a major reversal. What started as a Muslim ban could end up being tighter restrictions on those coming from six predominantly Muslim countries, with current visa holders unaffected….


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Trump gets Media ‘tone’ plus…Schumer points to NO change in action…

The media narrative for Donald Trump’s speech was pure Trump showmanship…

Style over Substance just like the campaign…..

While there was floats of moderation on Dreamers and Gang of 8 immigration moves….

THAT did NOT happen……

Donald Trump made sure he gave the Republicans in Congress what THEY wanted……

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It was up to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to go on TV and point out that Trump actually changed NOTHING in policy on immigration, and other things….And that his call for increased spending across the board in defense at the cost of EVERYTHING else won’t fly in Congress….

‘Tone’ isn’t action ……

Trump’s address before a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, a State of the Union-type event, has been generally well-received for its optimistic tone, a stark contrast from the darker language he has used in the past. But Schumer said the president’s remarks will ultimately amount to little because they do not match the way he has governed.

“This president’s speech matters a lot less than the speeches of just about any other president because they’re detached from his reality. He talks one way and does another,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday morning, adding on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Trump “talks to the working folks of America, they were his main constituency, but the way he’s governed has been totally with the hard right special interests against the working people.”

While Trump billed himself in his remarks as a promise-keeper, Schumer said the new administration has thus far failed to keep up its end of the bargain with voters.



One assumes Trump said little about Foreign Affairs and the Military due to those policies being run by the General’s and Bannon….

image…NY Post

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Republican lawmakers will return home to growing ‘Resistance’ protests and demonstrations…

In the weeks since Donald Trump lost the vote but won the election grassroots  protests have sprung up around the country against Trump himself and the Republican lawmakers policies on Trump’s No Enter Muslim ban and possible Obamacare cuts…

Republican lawmakers find their email and phone lines jammed with messages and any town hall meeting they have are the scenes of protests that some need police escorts to leave…

The number of organizations participating in these actions has steadily increased…

Most Republican lawmakers are shrugging the movement off….

But if these actions result in increased American’s signing up to vote in next years Midterm elections?

There could be unexpected trouble on the Grand Ole Parties numbers in Congress….

“It’s going to be intense,” said Emily Tisch Sussman, who leads the political arm of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington. “All every group wants to know is how to find out where the town halls are going to be.”

The recess, traditionally a time for lawmakers to take the temperature of their constituents, comes at a surprisingly vulnerable moment for Republicans. They are struggling to gain traction on a legislative agenda despite controlling both congressional chambers and the White House, as the new administration remains mired in controversy over its targeted travel ban and pre-election contact with Russia, among other issues.

While complaints about the health care act — high premiums in particular — helped elect Mr. Trump, polls show it has become more popular as voters realize that repealing it would mean that an estimated 30 million people lose health insurance.

There are few indications at this point that the conservative base of the Republican Party is mobilizing for action on a large scale during the recess. FreedomWorks, the Washington-based libertarian group that in 2009 nurtured Tea Party groups to rally against the legislation that became the health care act, said it was planning a Washington rally next month to let lawmakers know that there remained significant opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

But just as the energy after Mr. Obama’s inauguration seemed to be on the right, this year it seems to be on the left….


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Breaking…Trump Admin memo calls for 100,000 National Guard Immigration deportation force…Update

This is from a leak sent to the Associated Press….

This only from a suggestion sent to the Trump White House….

State Governors would to ok if their troops where to be used…

A response to this will be spread like wildfire….

So would legal push backs….

A draft memo obtained by The Associated Press outlines a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. Millions of those who would be affected in 11 states live nowhere near the Mexico border.

The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana. If the proposal is implemented, governors in the affected states would have final approval on whether troops under their control participate…




Benjy Sarlin ‏@BenjySarlin
. @seanspicer tells @kwelkernbc immigration plan is “100%” false: “There is no effort to utilize the national guard to round up immigrants”

Update #2….


Benjy Sarlin Retweeted
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Jamie Dupree Retweeted Dorey Scheimer
DHS confirms that the memo reported by AP did exist; but they said it was “never seriously considered”

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Tech Companies will be hurt by Trump’s bans and Immigration crack down…

AmericanTech Companies and Multi-National companies employ people from ALL over the planet….

Those people tarvel back and forth all the time…

They have families all over the world also….

Donald Trump’s ‘No Enter’ order will affect this organizations negatively ….

Oh, and the Trump jawboning protectionism isn’t making them happy either….

Fear is rippling through corporate boardrooms from Silicon Valley to Wall Street over the new White House’s erratic approach to policy, with damage mounting from a travel crackdown, trade protectionism and a persistent habit of singling out individual companies for stinging public criticism.

The latest wave of worry is now focused mainly on President Donald Trump’s executive order hitting immigrants, but the concerns are far broader. Companies dependent on global supply chains worry about new tariffs. Exporters hoping for greater access to Asian markets see those hopes fading. And just about everyone is afraid of saying anything publicly that could provoke presidential ire.

The backlash comes after a few months of hope across much of the business world for an economic boom driven by cutting taxes and shredding regulations.

“It’s just a very confusing time for corporate America, which hates to be blindsided by things and then doesn’t want to say anything very critical because they will get hit back twice as hard,” Greg Valliere, chief strategist at Horizon Investments, said Monday. “What’s happened in the last 72 hours has to worry business because the administration looks so incompetent. Big companies notice when administrations seem this amateurish.”

Concern over Friday’s immigration order, which Silicon Valley giant Google said would affect 187 of its workers, helped drive down stocks on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average back below the 20,000 level it finally broke last week.

Big technology companies have the most at stake from the Trump administration’s move to block entry into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations and restrict travel by legal permanent residents and citizens with dual nationalities.

“These tech companies need talent and much of that talent is coming from overseas,”…



Trump moves to save American jobs could backfire and hurt American companies who won’t hire in America and lay off employee’s that owe their jobs to foriegn trade….

The promised tax cuts could never materialze if Trump is stuck fighting for other things…

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Conservatives continue to have doubts about their President…

This Dog does NOT buy into the idea that Republican Conservatives and others in Donald Trump’s adopted party  are gonna roll over for President Trump….

Will Donald Trump coopt conservatives on Capitol Hill, or will he be coopted? This tug of war will be one of the most important storylines of 2017, and after a week of caving to the new president, there were glimmers yesterday that at least some principled conservatives in Congress will assert themselves after all.

The differences appeared on two issues that are definitional to modern conservatism: spending and trade.

Trump is unabashedly not conservative on these matters. He’s a nationalistic populist who believes in big government, as long as it’s doing what he wants (think eminent domain) and he’s the one who controls the spigot (e.g. a trillion-dollar “infrastructure” package designed to reward his cronies).

The president even told Fox News’s Sean Hannity last night that balancing the budget is no longer one of his priorities. “A balanced budget is fine, but sometimes you have to fuel the well in order to really get the economy going,” Trump said.

Imagine how Republicans would have responded if Barack Obama said that.

As Bill Buckley put it when he launched National Review in 1955, “A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling ‘Stop,’ at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.”

That’s what we saw last night after the White House floated (and then awkwardly walked back) a 20 percent tax on all imports from Mexico. The ambiguous announcement from Sean Spicer, described as a way to force our southern neighbor to pay for a border wall, was rushed out in order to retaliate against the Mexican president for canceling his trip to Washington next week.

The president’s tax plan must win approval in Congress. It should go without saying, but just because Trump has Republican majorities does not mean his agenda will make it through. Recall that George W. Bush had GOP majorities in both chambers when his pushes for Social Security and immigration reform failed….


…This from the Conservative Red State Blog…It takes ‘issue’ with a NY Times piece today that implies that Republicans are caving to Trump’s wishes…

The New York Times claims they are. In an article titled Republicans Now Marching With Trump on Ideas They Had Opposed, the Gray Lady paints a picture of a compliant GOP, abandoning core principles willy-nilly to conform to Trump’s policy views:

Republican lawmakers appear more than ready to open up the coffers for a $12 billion to $15 billion border wall, perhaps without the commensurate spending cuts that they demanded when it came to disaster aid, money to fight the Zika virus or funds for the tainted water system in Flint, Mich. They also seem to back a swelling of the federal payroll that Mr. Trump has called for in the form of a larger military and 5,000 more border patrol agents.

They have stayed oddly silent as Mr. Trump and Senate Democrats push a $1 trillion infrastructure plan, larger than one they rejected from President Barack Obama. Once fierce promoters of the separation of powers, Republicans are now embracing Mr. Trump’s early governing by executive order, something they loudly decried during Mr. Obama’s second term.

I’ve worried since May 3 that the Republican party would fall in line behind Trump’s policies, even when they contradicted their own past positions. But the reality is not quite the way the Times portrays it…


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President Trump will NOT get Most of what he’s advertising…

Yea I KNOW he’s gonna just rump over the Republicans and Democrats in Congress is the narrative being sold by Trump & Co……

But you know what?

Talk is cheap….

As the Washington Post piece linked below points out?

President Trump has come out wit SEVERAL things he ‘s gonna do in the last seven days…

Almost ALL of them are going NOWHERE fast…..And may never happen at all…

Many of the sweeping actions President Trump vowed this week through his executive orders and proclamations are unlikely to happen, either because they are impractical, opposed by Congress and members of his Cabinet, or full of legal holes.

The reality — that yawning gap between what Trump says he will do and what he actually can do — underscores his chaotic start, which includes executive actions drafted by close aides rather than experts and without input from the agencies tasked with implementing them.

On a host of issues, from health care to trade to immigration, Trump began his presidency with executive orders intended to both placate and excite his base by keeping his bold campaign promises — in rhetoricif not immediate, tangible results. And the White House says Trump’s executive actions should be viewed as initial moves to enact his agenda…

But the reality is far more complicated. On immigration, for instance, Trump’s call for a border wall paid for by Mexico first has to be funded by Congress. And the possibility that Mexico would pay for the wall — always a long shot — grew even more remote this week after Mexico’s president on Thursday canceled his planned visit to Washington to meet with Trump, citing disagreement over the wall. The White House said that one possible option would be to pay for the project with a border tax on Mexican imports.

On trade, Trump can withdraw from and renegotiate trade agreements, as he promised during the campaign. But there is no guarantee that he will have willing partners with whom to renegotiate better trade deals, and certainly not necessarily with better terms. And change will hardly be instantaneous: Under the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, for example, the president or any other leaders must give six months’ notice of his or her intention to withdraw….

One national security executive order he is considering would allow the Central Intelligence Agency to reopen “black site” prisons abroad, as well as reconsider the agency’s now-shuttered enhanced interrogation program. But it does not have buy-in from Defense Secretary James Mattis or CIA Director Mike Pompeo, both of whom privately told lawmakers they were not consulted. Many lawmakers in both parties have also expressed strong opposition to the directive….



And President Trump seems to be ONLY wooried about the THREE Million vote loss to Hillary Clinton and the size of his swearing in crowd being smaller than President Obama’s….

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Republicans try to scrub resume of racist tones from Sen Sessions … Trump pick for Atty Gen…

The Republican Senator from Georgia has had rasict comments  in his pass….

He was passed up for a Federal Judgship back in the Reagan days due his thase views….

In going before his colleagues for conformation?

He will be asked about his past history on civil rights, voting issues, gay rights and immigration….

Liberals and Progressive do NOT want him confirmed…

But the feeling is that his chances of confirmation ARE pretty good…..He has tried to sell the Senate that he will NOT look at his job as supporting the words he uttered in the past…..

When the Senate takes up President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be the nation’s next top law enforcement official in January, allegations of racism that have dogged Sessions for three decades running are certain to be his biggest liability. So he and his allies have mounted an aggressive public relations campaign to refashion Sessions’ image.

The core message: The charges that sank Sessions’ bid to become a federal judge in 1986 don’t represent who Sessions is now, or even who he was at the time. Delivering it is a lineup of prominent black leaders and others with personal ties to Sessions enlisted by Trump’s transition team.

“He knows all of my brothers and sisters,” said one of the character witnesses, William Huntley, who worked under Sessions in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. Huntley, now a lawyer in Mobile, Alabama, said in an interview that he’s never encountered racial insensitivity from Sessions in the three decades they’ve known each other.

“He came to the hospital when my first child was born,” Huntley said. “He has come to birthday parties at my house.”

Liberal outside groups are unmoved. Alarmed by what they view as a weak legislative record on voting issues, gay rights and immigration policy, Sessions’ opponents are trying to litigate a broader case against him rather than focus solely on the racism questions….


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