Who is Derrick Watson, the Hawaii judge who blocked Trump’s latest travel ban?

He has made himself a lightning rod with his strongly worded ruling on the ban, but many have praised Watson as fair-minded and highly principled

The ink was barely dry on Judge Derrick Watsons order suspending Donald Trumps latest travel ban when the recriminations and conspiracy theories began.

One Fox News commentator called it judicial tyranny. President Trump himself called it unprecedented judicial overreach. On social media, amateur sleuths noted that Judge Watson had graduated from the same Harvard Law School class as Barack Obama (in 1991), and even noted that Obama had been in Hawaii on the day of the ruling, as though they had cooked it up together.

One thing is beyond doubt: Judge Derrick Kahala Watson, the only native Hawaiian currently serving as a US federal judge, has made himself a national lightning rod with a ruling that admirers and detractors alike have described as pointed and outspoken.

His 43-page document flatly describes the governments contentions in defense of the revised travel ban as untrue and says the administrations illogic is palpable. It is rare that judges are willing to stick their necks out so visibly. And Judge Watson hardly has a reputation as a hothead or a rabble-rouser. He is a product of Hawaiis prestigious private school system, attended Harvard as an undergraduate as well as a law student, and had a distinguished career as a federal prosecutor in northern California and Hawaii before being elevated to the federal bench. He has also served as a reserve captain in the US army.

Interviews with colleagues and friends by the Associated Press overnight suggested a man who was usually understated and fair-minded if also strict and highly principled. That was also the impression gleaned by the Senate when it voted unanimously to confirm Watson as a federal judge in 2013. At the time, President Obama praised him and five other judicial nominees for their talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness.

Certainly, Watson is not the first federal judge to take issue with the administrations attempts to impose a temporary ban on travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries. A similar restraining order was issued in early February by Judge James Robart in Seattle in response to the first draft of the administrations executive order, and Watsons ruling coincided with a similarly argued, though less broad, ruling from a federal judge in Maryland. All of them have argued that the travel ban looks a lot like an instrument of religious discrimination both because of what is in the executive orders themselves and because of what President Trump and his team have said about them on the campaign trail and in public appearances since the election.

There are indications, though, that Watsons viewpoint may have been further influenced by his Hawaiian heritage and his long record of advocacy for immigrant rights and civil rights. While with a San Francisco law firm in the early 2000s, he devoted hundreds of hours to pro bono cases defending the rights of Mexican restaurant workers being held in slave-like conditions and to landlord-tenant disputes.

The complaint filed by Hawaiis attorney general against the Trump travel ban contained an explicit reference to some of the most painful chapters in the islands history the Chinese Exclusion Acts and the imposition of martial law and internment of Japanese Americans following the bombing ofPearl Harbor. At the time, the US supreme court upheld the governments argument similar to Trumps that it had the executive authority to defend national security as it saw fit. But the courts ruling in Korematsu v United States has since been described as a stain on American jurisprudence and has been widely repudiated in federal court rulings if never explicitly overturned.

If you have an order taking us back half a century to a time when there was discrimination on the basis of national origin or religion, Hawaiis attorney general, Doug Chin, told reporters after Watsons ruling, thats something we have to speak up against.

Watsons suspension of the travel ban rested on the argument that the plaintiffs, including the head of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, had a strong likelihood of prevailing at a full trial. That conclusion, though, rests on a reading of case law that many more conservative jurists and commentators do not share particularly when it comes to considering comments by President Trump and administration officials as well as the text of the executive order itself.

Watsons imaginative reasoning in Hawaii v Trump asserts a new judicial power to disregard formal law if the presidents personal words create a basis for mistrusting his motives, conservative commentator David Frum wrote in a column worrying about the kind of precedent this could set for future administrations of either party persuasion. In the age of Trump, many will be sympathetic to this judicial power but it is crammed with dangers, too.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/16/derrick-watson-hawaii-judge-trump-travel-ban

Trump Has Chairman of Top Nordic Bank Predicting Better Times

The chairman of the biggest Nordic bank says Donald Trumps election win is good news for the U.S. economy, thanks to the real estate moguls pledge to deliver tax cuts and deregulation.

Based on the expectation that the American President and Congress are likely to act on taxes, and perhaps on regulation as well, I think there is a slightly more positive outlook for the American economy over the intermediate horizon, Bjorn Wahlroos, the chairman of Nordea Bank AB, said in an interview in Stockholm on Thursday. But for the rest of the world, things will probably continue as before, he said.

Wahlrooss view of Trumps policies contrasts with criticism he has leveled at Swedens government for pushing laws he says are too tough on banking. The ruling coalition in Scandinavias largest economy, whose banks are among the worlds best capitalized, is planning a new financial tax to help cover welfare spending. The finance industry warns such a levy may wipe out 16,000 jobs as firms either move operations abroad or rely on robots instead of humans. The government says banks are exaggerating.

Theres much to suggest Swedens regulatory environment has done little to hamper its banks from thriving. In the years following the 2008 financial crisis, Swedens four biggest banks — Nordea, Handelsbanken, Swedbank and SEB — have consistently outperformed most of their peers in European stress tests.

Global Banks

Since the beginning of 2009, Nordea has doubled its market value, making it roughly twice as big as Deutsche Bank. JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs have both seen their market values rise about 150 percent over the same period. Wells Fargo is up almost 80 percent, while Citigroup is down about 16 percent.

Theres evidence to suggest that a more rigorously regulated environment supports rather than impedes economic health. Under Democratic administrations, which have tended to lean more heavily toward regulation than their Republican counterparts, the U.S. economy grew an average of 4.33 percent a year. Republican administrations have overseen an average growth rate of 2.54 percent, according to a 2015 paper by Princeton University economists Alan S. Blinder and Mark W. Watson covering 64 years of data.

Wahlroos said he wants Nordea to stay in Sweden, but warned that there are limits to how far his loyalty to the country will stretch if the business environment becomes too difficult. Hes previously signaled a readiness to shift parts of the banks operations outside Sweden and his talks this summer over a potential merger with ABN Amro Group were widely seen as a hint to the government in Stockholm that he was willing to turn words into actions.

Mild Words

By approaching ABN Amro, Nordea has made the point, in mild words, that it is important from our point of view that we need to be competitive, Wahlroos said. The commitment to Sweden may change if indeed new sort of levies or new regulations are placed on the banking industry, he said.

As for the U.S. under a President Trump, Wahlroos said the reality TV stars protectionist views may ultimately undo any good that is expected to come from his other policies.

It remains to be seen whether Trumps negative stance on some issues such as free trade will over the longer run have a negative impact, he said.

But over the short term, his approach to taxes and implicit promise of tax cuts, particularly corporate taxes, have a positive outlook.

Saw Brexit Coming

While Wahlroos was relatively upbeat on Trumps election win, he was gloomier on Britains efforts to disentangle itself from the European Union. Though the Nordea chairman said he saw Brexit coming, after numerous trips to rural England, the sheer complexity of the task ahead is still only just dawning on people, he said.

The technical perplexity of this thing — clause 50 and what it all entails — the task is just daunting, he said. Nordea itself isnt really exposed to any Brexit risks, he said.

There might be a small negative in our London operation, which is not all that big, but on the other hand you can also say that we gain in competitiveness relative to the British banks.

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Rise of Hindu extremist spooks 40 million Muslim minority in Indias heartland

In Gorakhpur, the power base of a firebrand monk, religious tension grows

Pastor Ritesh Joshua had just called a tea break when he saw the men in the saffron scarves. More than a hundred, some wielding sticks, had massed outside his white stucco church on the outskirts of Gorakhpur, a temple town in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Indias most populous state. It was three days after Christmas.

They started shouting, You are converting people. We will not allow any conversions here, he says. They shoved people, turned over furniture, and told me, You are the main culprit.

The men, allegedly part of a religious activist group called the Hindu Yuva Vahini, cornered one of the parishioners. Smartphone footage shows the woman pulling her blue shawl tightly around herself as she answers questions about her involvement with the church. No one is forcing me to convert, she insists.

If the police hadnt arrived, we dont know what would have happened next, Joshua says. After the men left, everyone in the church was silent, so frightened. This is a time of testing for us.

Last week, the monk who founded the HYV, and whose firebrand Hindu supremacist vision guides the organisation, was selected by the party of prime minister Narendra Modi to lead the most populous state in India the equivalent of the sixth largest nation on earth.

Yogi Adityanaths appointment as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, about a fifth of whose 200 million people are Muslim, is stunning, says Milan Vaishnav, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a foreign policy thinktank. He is an extremist in terms of his speeches, a very proud rabble-rouser, and somebody who doesnt have a claim to fame other than a dedication to a strident form of Hindu nationalism.

It is an important and disturbing moment, agrees Ramachandran Guha, an author and historian. It is the fringe moving to the mainstream.

The boyish face of Adityanath, 44, beamed down on Gorakhpur last week from thousands of green-and-saffron banners plastered along its main road. On Sunday, tens of thousands of people are expected to line the road for his triumphant return to Gorakhpur, the electorate he has represented for almost two decades in the Uttar Pradesh parliament.

Another addition to the city streets last week were squads of police officers hunting so-called Romeos. Along with a ban on buffalo slaughter, cracking down on amorous young men was a key campaign promise of the ruling Bharatiya Janata party. Officially, the police are targeting Eve-teasing, the endemic sexual harassment that blights some Indian streets. But critics instead see a crackdown on mixed-religion couples, in line with Adityanaths fevered, baseless warnings that Muslim men are trying to seduce Hindu women as part of love jihad.

Yogi Adityanath, the hardline Hindu leader, prepares to meet party leaders. Photograph: Manish Swarup/AP

The surprise appointment of Adityanath to run the state has deeply rattled Manoj Singh, a Gorakhpur journalist who has spent the last two decades tracking the new chief minister and the HYV men he labels a private army. He recalls, 10 years ago, when the city boiled with religious tension after the murder of a Hindu man, and Adityanath rose to address a crowd of HYV supporters outside the Gorakhpur railway station.

We cannot tolerate such incidents any more, he told the men. It has crossed all limits. If someone sets ablaze the houses and shops of Hindus, then I do not think that someone stops you from doing such things.

Get ready for a final battle, he says. Court documents allege Adityanaths followers then went on a rampage, burning Muslim-owned properties and an Islamic mausoleum. I saw the burned shops, Singh says. I saw the Muslim men who ran the shops trying to douse the fire. I knew one of the shopkeepers. He was very emotional. He said, Look what has happened to me. Im ruined.

Adityanath was arrested and imprisoned for 11 days. He broke down in parliament recalling the ordeal. But, Singh says, his fiery rhetoric was unchanged. If [Muslims] kill one Hindu man, then we will kill 100 Muslim men, he has said since. But Adityanath began to distance himself from frontline violence. He took a political turn, Singh says. He started having political dreams.

Hinduism is a poor soil for fundamentalists such as Adityanath to grow. The worlds third most-practised religion has no pope, no mandatory scripture, no impulse to convert new believers. The caste system has sown division deep into its DNA. Wherever Hinduism has taken and flourished across Asia it has blended with and infused local cultures, forming what author Sunil Khilnani has called a bewildering internal pluralism.

It was contact with more rigid doctrines, first the Islam of the Mughals, then the Christianity of the British, that first planted the seeds of political Hinduism. They grew with demands for Indian independence, as those who sought freedom for the extraordinarily diverse subcontinent grappled with the question: what was an Indian, anyway?

Jawarharlal Nehru, Indias first prime minister, opted for the broadest possible answer. The India his Congress party advocated was, he wrote, proudly plural: An ancient palimpsest on which layer upon layer of thought and reverie had been inscribed, and yet no succeeding layer had completely hidden or erased what had been written previously.

But Hindu nationalists such as Vinayak Savarkar, discerned in the countless communities that populated modern-day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh an essential Hindutva, or Hindu-ness, that persisted no matter what faith an Indian practised.

Religious minorities will all have the right to practise their religion, Savarkar wrote of the India he envisioned but they were inescapably citizens of a Hindu rashtra, or nation.

This vision of Indian history is one of victimhood, says Guha. That Hindus were first persecuted by the Muslims, then the British, and they can only recover when they repudiate all that is Muslim and British in their past.

The elevation of Adityanath is part of that old battle between the Congress and the rightwing Hindu parties, he says. For the first 40 years after independence, Hindu nationalists struggled to summon more than 10% of the national vote. But their appeal has surged in the past quarter-century, culminating in the election three years ago of Modi, the staunchest Hindutva flag bearer ever to occupy the prime ministers residence.

Other than Modis political talents, Guha says the growth of Hindu nationalism is partly down to poor leadership in the Congress party, whose most prominent leader is Nehrus great-grandson, Rahul Gandhi.

But it is also part of a regional and global phenomenon of religious nationalism. You see it now in Turkey, and in our neighbourhood, with Pakistan and Bangladesh. There are parallels with Sri Lanka. And even in America, when George Bush said Jesus was his favourite philosopher,You cant blame Rahul Gandhi for everything, he says.

Modi was briefly an international pariah over his Gujarat state governments alleged role in ignoring, and possibly abetting, deadly Hindu-Muslim riots in the state in 2002. But he assiduously reinvented his image in the decade before winning power in 2014, projecting himself as a pro-business, Apple Watch-sporting statesman obsessed with economic development.

In power, Modi has been coy about his Hindu nationalist agenda, prioritising issues such as tax reform and corruption crackdowns over the national ban on cow slaughter his party championed on the campaign trail.

With the selection of Adityanath, the veil has been lifted, says Vaishnav, from the Carnegie Endowment. It answers one of the questions that we had about Modi all along, he says. Is this guys project about development or Hindu nationalism? What this pick reaffirms is that its not an either/or question. He has two faces: one is Modi the great economic moderniser, and the other is one of muscular nationalism and Adit is its starkest manifestation, he says.

Yogi Adityanath, left, with the party president Amit Shah in Delhi. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

In Zafara Bazar, a Muslim district of Gorakhpur, Gulshan Ali is talking bitterly near the butcher shop where he worked until last Monday: They talked about development for all, but the moment Adityanath became chief minister he started taking away our jobs, he says. That was when less than 24 hours after Adityanath was sworn in police officers told him the business was being shut. We didnt get any notice, another butcher, Jawad Ali, says. He pleaded that his shop sold only buffalo, not the cow meat that many Hindus eschew. But they told me, From today, your business is closed.

A thick blanket now hangs over Jawad Alis shopfront, and he passes his days with other out-of-work butchers reading the newspaper and gossiping darkly about what might be coming next. For several generations weve been butchers, he says. He admits he has been operating his shop unlicensed for the 15 years but not for lack of trying. Since 2002 the government stopped renewing meat licences because of Yogi Adityanath and his movement, he says.

A previous government, one that relied on Muslim votes to hold office, worked out a compromise between its voter base and the growing clamour to ban cow and buffalo meat in the state: butchers such as Ali would be denied licences, but allowed to continue running their businesses.

The bargain held until Adityanaths unexpected ascension. The crackdown on butchers has left up to 2,500 families in Gorakhpur without an income.

Heightening their frustration is that India is the worlds largest exporter of buffalo meat, with most of the companies run by Hindus who see no clash with their beliefs. Here theyve found a new god in buffalo, one of the meat-workers mutters.

The chief preoccupation for many Muslims in the city is what comes next for the HYV. A few kilometres from Zafar Bazar is the resplendent Gorakhnath Mutt, a campus of ornate, chalky white temples interspersed with manmade ponds and patches of yellow and saffron marigolds.

The temple, which Adityanath oversees as chief priest, was buzzing this week with political officials and HYV men basking in the glow of their leaders sudden promotion. You talk to many Muslims, in and around the campus here, they all appreciate that Yogi Adityanath has become chief minister, says Pramod Kumar Mall, the officer in charge of the HYV.

The role of the HYV, now that its leader is the most powerful man in Uttar Pradesh, will not change, says HYV officer Pramod Kumar Mall. We are working for the nationalist movement. We dont want this country to disintegrate. There are so many movements who want to disintegrate the system, and we want to stop them and make people understand about it, he says.

Regrettably, he says, there are many Muslims in the country working against Indian interests. Just as President Trump has found so many, in India you will find so many. But he is adamant that minorities in the state have nothing to fear from Adityanaths rule. This country belongs to them, he says. [As long as] they feel they are citizens of this country and feel they should respect the national religion just as Hinduism has accepted many religions.

Despite Malls assurances, Muslim community leaders in Gorakhpur are well aware of the new reality in their state. Over tea at his home, surgeon Wijahat Kareem, 62, describes his own political philosophy as Gandhian. But Gandhi is losing his sheen, he says. He chooses his words carefully. You cannot change his heart, he says of the new chief minister. He will definitely favour Hindus over Muslims, but we cant complain. This is what he has been since the beginning. You know with whom you are talking But there is hope that because of his past record he will be more cautious, more liberal than he was earlier on, he says.

Hope, he concedes, is all Uttar Pradeshs Muslims have left to rely on. Politicians cannot win on the basis of Muslim votes, he says. So we have to keep believing in the right-thinking Hindus. Thats what we are all hoping for. Our staying in the mainstream of the country depends on them.

He insists, repeatedly, that he is not concerned. But as he goes to say goodbye he pauses in the door frame. For a moment he is silent. Let us pray for the Muslims of Gorakhpur, he finally says. Even if Yogi is harming Muslims in other parts of the country, he wont do anything to Muslims in Gorakhpur. Of that Im very sure.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/26/modis-man-flexes-muscular-hinduism-shock-election

Where does the House Freedom Caucus go from from here?

District of Columbia (CNN.com)House Speaker Paul Ryan had only told his convention Friday the Republican Party had failed to get enough votes to get a bill to repeal and substitute Obamacare, a seven-year campaign guarantee that had united Republicans and catapulted their Party into charge of the House, the Senate as well as the presidency.

The implied message from leadership was it was time to proceed to an issue that is different — and the Republican House summit had
The chamber was somber, according to members.
    But perhaps not everybody was disappointed with the results.
    Rushing from the summit assembly to catch his airplane, Rep. Mo Brooks, a member of the rebellious House Freedom Caucus — the team that had claimed at every change that the House bill did not go far enough — was happy with the strength his caucus had presented. If individuals had doubted the Freedom Caucus would stay an influential pressure under President Donald Trump, there is no challenging now their power to use enormous influence over not only the plan of their leadership but their new president’s as well.
    “I would hope that the Freedom Caucus would get credit,” Brooks said. “What happened today was a very good thing for our country.”
    Now,the inquiry is, after their important display of strength, what is going to become of the most traditional and now despised contingent of the House?
    Prior to the bill was pulled, one GOP leadership aide warned: “I Have never noticed it as terrible as this can be now. Individuals have become upset and now there is a White House and president that are also rather mad.”
    “If they actually took this down, they might feel like they flexed their muscles, but I feel like they’ve ostracized themselves like they haven’t ever done before,” the aide said. “I think this could be a breaking point for the membership of the Freedom Caucus.”
    The groupis a familiar foe for direction — a cast of figures which continues to be front and centre in confrontations over authorities spending expenses as well as the ousting of House Speaker John Boehner. They demonstrated Friday that they might not give simply because they eventually have a Republican president in case the House Freedom Caucus had been a thorn in the medial side of frontrunners under President Barack Obama.
    From the start, members of the House Freedom Caucus were among the most out spoken voices against the expenses of House leadership. The team fulfilled over repeatedly through the entire procedure, coming from innumerable late night conferences in the Rayburn off ice creating to declare they’d the votes to eliminate House frontrunners’ bill. Three members of the group — Reps. Dave Brat, Mark Sanford and Gary Palmer — had attempted to quit it from progressing out of the House Budget Committee, where it narrowly passed 1-9 to 17.
    On Friday, Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican from Michigan, claimed the House Freedom Caucus had completed no Thing mo-Re than workout its power to enhance the laws — despite dire warnings from the White House and leaders that voting against the expenses could damage the President’s plan and endanger the celebration political future.
    “It really is in dictatorships where some body only comes up having an item and and that is it. That is the ultimate product. Our republic, in our our bodies, something attempted. It could neglect then we take to again,” he mentioned.
    The chairperson of the team, Rep. Mark Meadows, issued an assertion declaring he nevertheless needed to perform with Trump on healthcare.
    “I promised the people of North Carolina’s 11th District that I would fight for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a replacement with a market-driven approach that brings down costs and provides more choices for the American people,” Meadows mentioned in the assertion. “I remain wholeheartedly devoted to to following through with this promise. I understand President Trump is dedicated to repealing Obamacare and changing it having a method that operates for American households, and that I anticipate working with him do exactly that.”
    Ultimately, Republican frontrunners did not have the votes they required to repeal and re-place Obamacare — a place that they had been set by members of both their flanks that are reasonable and old-fashioned in. However, the Freedom Caucus will undoubtedly take a sizable share of the blame in potential retellings of the saga for having negotiated aside cope with the White House in the eleventhhour and after that neglecting to get enough of these members to “yes.”
    House leaders had attempted to declare in early stages that the American Health Care Act of the House was not open a place that was later sabotaged by Trump’s sign to the caucus that he was available to substantial fixes, for leading, far-reaching changes.
    Ultimately, yet, regardless of the White House wanting to give members what they believed they needed — a repeal of 10 Essential Health Benefits insurance companies must insure underneath the Affordable Care Act — the House Freedom Caucus nevertheless needed more ordinances repealed, that they claimed would drive down prices. Members urged to repeal Article 1, rules that ordered insurance companies needed to let mature kids to keep on their parents’ insurance until age 26 and insure people who have preexisting states.
    “It’s fairly amazing that even after meeting with President Trump, they are holding out for removing health care from people with preexisting conditions, something they know could never pass and goes against everything president Trump promised during the campaign,” one GOP aide familiar using the whip procedure informed CNN Thursday as it was growing increasingly obvious the Freedom Caucus was not budging enough to make up the distinction.
    There was some movements toward passage: Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican from Texas, had offered his approval to get behind the bill Thursday, but it nonetheless was not enough.
    Through the method, Meadows declared that development had been made and he “desperately” desired to get to “yes.” Ultimately, nevertheless, there were not enough Freedom Caucus members on-board.
    When requested how the White House seen the Freedom Caucus subsequent to the group had looked to be transfer the goalpost, a member comfortable using the whip procedure, stated: “As I told a freshman member when he complained to me that Meadows stabbed him in the back last year, ‘I’m sorry you had to experience what has already happened to the rest of us.'”

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    Lewandowski: If Manafort was contacting Russians, Trump didn’t know

    District of Columbia (CNN.com)If Donald Trump’s campaign aides like Paul Manafort were contacting Russian officers throughout the campaign, then the President had nothing related to it, asserts former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

    “If anybody crossed a line and gave information to a foreign agent or foreign government or foreign intelligence official, whether that’s Paul Manafort or it’s Rick Gates or anybody else, I hope they’re held accountable,” Lewandowski informed David Axelrod on “The Axe Files,” a podcast in the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN.
    He afterwards added: “Any staffer who contacted or potentially contacted a Russian agent or a Russian official has done so on their own accord and not at the direction of the campaign, the President or anybody else in the administration.”



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      Manafort has denied the so-called contact as “100% not true.”
      At times throughout the interview, Lewandowski speculated about preceding reports of Russian links with Manafort, although he added he’s “no idea” whether any of it’s accurate.
      “Look, I ‘d no idea if, you know, the narratives which were quite public about dossiers and Paul’s title showing and, you know, other international nations, about receiving cash, I do not understand if they are accurate or if if they are not accurate. I don’t have any notion. I don’t have any reason to consider them, whatsoever,” Lewandowski said.
      A CNN commentator, Lewandowski, said Trump never needed Russian intervention in the election, which US intelligence organizations say happened to increase the GOP nominee. However he wouldn’t exclude the view that Manafort had needed such support.
      “If Paul Manafort did some thing that he was attempting to motivate the Russians to participate in this election cycle, then he did so on his own accord, with no direction from then-nominee Trump, the campaign or President Trump. I’m sure of this,” Lewandowski said.

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/20/politics/corey-lewandowski-paul-manafort-russians/index.html

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      Surprise! Trump hands the mic to supporter at Florida rally

      (CNN.com)In what seemed to be an improvised instant, President Donald Trump encouraged among his assistants to join him onstage and consider the mic in a rally in Melbourne, Florida, on Saturday evening.

      As the guy climbed up, the President addressed protection issues by stating to the group, and maybe to Secret Service agents, “I am not concerned about him. I am just worried he is planning to give a kiss to me. I am not concerned about other things.”
      Gene Huber, sporting a black Donald Trump tshirt, embraced the President and spoke for several minutes.
        “Mr. President, thank you so, sir. We the individuals, our motion is the main reason why our president of the United States is standing here in front of us to-day,” Huber said. “When President Trump during the election promised all these things that he was going to do for us, I knew he was going to do this for us.”


        “A star is born,” Trump said as Huber came back to the group. “I would not say that the Secret Service was delighted with that, but we understand our folks, right? Our folks are known by us. Great man. And therefore several others.”
        Afterwards, Huber was interviewed by CNN’s Pamela Brown and mentioned he had been waiting since 4 a.m. ET to get in to the rally. He considered Trump picked him to climb onstage after seeing his interviews ahead of the rally with Television reporters.
        Huber stated Trump inspires him so he keeps a six-foot cardboard cut-out of the President in his home.
        “I salute that every single day and I pray and I tell him, ‘Mr. President, I pray for your safety today,’ ” Huber said. “And I’m not lying,I do that every single day to the president, but he’s cardboard.”
        He posted a picture of the cut-out on Twitter, stating: “The Best Vistor I could actually have! President Trump stumbled on Florida to see me! Wow, never will overlook this! @realDonaldTrump @thebestcloser”
        As the interview with Brown wrapped-up, Huber inquired, “And can I just say one quick thing?”
        “Quickly,” Brown answered.
        “I appreciate the interview,” Huber stated. “Permit just be a small, small pleasanter to our president. Many thanks so significantly.”

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        US-born NASA scientist says his work phone was seized at airport

        (CNN.com)NASA engineer Sidd Bikkannavar stated he’d no scruples about joining forces when US Customs officers pulled him apart at the Houston airport on Jan. 31, as he was returning from a holiday in Chile. It was only days after President Donald Trump signed his executive buy barring travellers from seven majority-Muslim nations from going into the United States.

        Bikkannavar had not been returning from among the states subject to the prohibition, and isn’t Muslim. He is a United States-born citizen who had been on his way home to Los Angeles, where he works for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
        As a government worker for over a decade, 3-5, Bikkannavar, stated he understands the need for national protection.
          Nevertheless, if Customs and Border Protection officials requested him to deliver his perform- telephone number that was issued and offer the accessibility PIN, he felt torn between his duty to orders and his company from a different board, he explained.
          “I perform on government jobs. I have previously decided to quit privacy. It is not actually around that what occurred to me,” Bikkannavar stated.
          “It’s a matter of the privacy of anyone who interacted with me through that phone,” he stated. “I may be willing to give up privacy but I didn’t make that decision for those people.”

          A tough choice

          Policemen gave him a sort listing the grounds he could happen to be selected for screening and guided him in to an interview room, he explained. He is able to remember a few of these, including to discover because his title fits a person of interest in a law-enforcement database or his homeland.
          Besides the last one, “for random search,” none appeared to affect him, he explained.
          Bikkannavar mentioned when an officer asked for his telephone number, it gave him pause — not only as it was a perform-issued telephone number, but because it’d other individuals information onto it, also. Under any other situations he would not give up his function telephone. Would National Aeronautics and Space Administration react?
          “It’s hard to try to consider all those consequences when you’re sitting in an interview room and being told to give up the PIN.”
          Finally, he turned his PIN, within the telephone and went to a keeping place with detainees till they launched him and returned his telephone number.
          Why he was selected, he never discovered out. The type likewise stated that policemen failed to have to give a rationale.

          Confusion sewn by traveling prohibition

          Bikkannavar held the tale for times to himself till he made a decision to share with buddies in a Facebook post. Among the buddies shared it on Twitter and took a screen shot of the post.
          It was the newest report of confusion coming from your prohibition on travellers going into the nation from seven bulk-Muslim nations, which includes since been frozen.
          The Council on American Islamic Relations noted improved examination of American-Muslims’ social media reports and cell phones while the prohibition was briefly in effect. The firm stated it h-AS submitted the Department of Homeland Security, 10 gripes with CBP as well as the Department of Justice alleging organized targeting of American-Muslim citizens for increased screening by CBP.
          Comprehending the limits of the law may be hard in President Trump’s America, where new principles are being created daily.
          “My normal inclination is to be cooperative and comply with all the rules when I’m traveling,” Bikkannavar stated.
          “I’m always happy to follow any of the rules, I just need to know what the rules are,” he mentioned. “This put me in a sort of situation where it wasn’t clear what I should do or if I did the right thing.”

          ‘Not a Muslim problem’

          Citizens must surrender notebook computers and cellphones in case a border representative asks for them, although not code words or social networking info, CAIR-Fl spokseman Wilfredo A. Ruiz stated. The apparatus might be given by edge representatives back and allow the man go. Or they seek a warrant to to interrupt it open and may hold about it it. Or a broad variety of results in between.
          “Sometimes they play hardball and delay you, maybe cause you to miss your flight or get home hours later,” he mentioned. “There’s no magic formula.”
          Ruiz stated the race and faith of Bikkannavar tend not to matter.
          “This widens the scope of those being targeted to those who are not perceived as being the traditional, white American,” Ruiz said. “It is not a Muslim issue.”

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          Trumpolicy: Day 13

          Washington (CNN)While much of the attention is concentrated on President Donald Trump’s choice to rest on the high court, the policy world continues to churn. Healthcare insurance providers are plainly worried they will not have clearness on the fate of Obmacare in time to make a choice on 2018. The border modification tax, which might be utilized as an option to Trump’s tariff concept, might not have the ability to survive the Senate. And fallout from the travel restriction continues to affect business world.


          EXECUTIVE ACTIONS — None today.

          WHAT ELSE IS NEW ON DAY 13 …

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            SAG Awards find unifying theme in addressing Trump policies

            (CNN)The Screen Actors Guild Awards made clear that politics are going to be an integral part of award shows, as one performer after another voiced antagonism toward Trump administration policies.

            The so-called “Muslim ban” dominated comments from presenters and recipients Sunday. To those who might be inclined to tell artists to shut up and sing or act, the evening offered a concerted rejoinder, subjecting President Trump to rebukes that ranged from mockery to more sober indictments to stirring statements about unity and how recent government actions are antithetical to American values.
            The same themes emerged the night before, at the untelevised Producers Guild of America honors. That ceremony also heightened the more prosaic sense that “La La Land” is the movie to beat for this year’s Oscar, given a historic correlation between winning there and the Academy Awards.
              Obviously, not everyone agrees with the politics expressed, and it’s become a popular trope to criticize out-of-touch stars for lecturing the rest of the country. The sheer weight of the sentiments voiced Sunday, however, resulted in a more bracing telecast that was clearly about something, with a cohesive theme running throughout that went well beyond the customary thanking of cast mates, directors and agents.
                Telegraphing what was to come, the first words of the evening — in a scripted sequence in which actors discussed their craft — came from Kerry Washington. She rejected the assertion that performers should refrain from politics. That was quickly followed by presenter Ashton Kutcher welcoming the audience, including — in reference to the weekend’s protests — “everyone in airports that belong in my America.”
                Speech after speech offered variations on those themes. “Veep’s” Julia Louis-Dreyfus lampooned Trump’s concern about the size of his inaugural crowd by thanking the “million” people in the room, and closed by reading the Writers Guild of America’s statement of opposition to the administration’s policy.
                Bryan Cranston, meanwhile,quoted President Lyndon B. Johnson — who he played in HBO’s “All the Way” — to provide colorful advice to Trump about not messing up the country.
                Sarah Paulson closed by urging people to donate money to the ACLU. “Moonlight” co-star Mahershala Ali spoke about becoming a Muslim and finding common ground with his mother after converting. Taraji P. Henson, representing the cast of “Hidden Figures,” seized on the movie as a symbol of the power of unity.
                The winners reinforced that message regarding inclusiveness and diversity, as SAG president Gabrielle Carteris put it during her remarks, from the multiracial cast of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” to “Moonlight’s” Ali and “Fences” stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
                Even the upset win for “Stranger Things” — part of a very big night for Netflix — turned into a rousing moment, with actor David Harbour delivering what amounted to a passionate artists’ manifesto that brought the room to its feet.
                Meryl Streep previously addressed Trump while being honored at the Golden Globes, but that came prior to the president’s inauguration. Now that he’s in office and seeking to enact policies articulated on the campaign trail, the left-leaning arts and entertainment community appears especially mobilized and energized.
                Gil Cates, the late producer who oversaw the Oscar telecast multiple times, used to plead with winners to talk about something of substance — to speak from the heart and not just read or rattle off a list of thank-yous.
                Whatever one thinks of the politics on display, for the next few years, getting Hollywood to follow Cates’ advice looks like the new normal.

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