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Transgender School Bathroom Battle About to Get Even More Complicated

President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to formally announce (possibly today) that it is withdrawing the legal guidance distributed to public schools by both the Department of Justice and Department of Education that they are obligated under federal civil rights and education laws to accommodate transgender students in restroom, locker room, and other sex-segregated facilities. […]

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Trump Names New Labor Choice, Will Introduce New Immigration Order, Complains About Accessibility of Illegal Drugs: P.M. Links

Douliery Olivier/Sipa USA USA/NewscomPresident Donald Trump named R. Alexander Acosta, a former law school dean and an assistant attorney general under President George W. Bush, to replace Andrew Puzder as his choice to head the Department of Labor. Trump also in a wide-ranging press conference both complained that coverage of contacts between his administration and […]

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Calif. Officials Deny Reports on Dam Safety Warnings, Trump and Trudeau Trade Valentines, Dems Don’t Think They Need Changes: P.M. Links

William Croyle/ZUMA Press/NewscomAs more than 180,000 Californians are ordered to evacuate an area that could be flooded by the failure of Oroville Dam, state officials are denying reports that they ignored safety warnings about the dam more than a decade ago. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have vowed to work together […]

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Jeff Sessions, Fan of the Drug War and Asset Forfeiture, Confirmed as Attorney General

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/NewscomBy a vote of 52-47, senators this evening approved one of their own, Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), to serve as the attorney general for President Donald Trump’s administration. (The one missing vote from the Senate was Sessions himself.) It’s not a good outcome for civil libertarians, but his nomination was never really that […]

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Trump’s Belief That Terrorist Attacks Have Been Concealed Has Implications Beyond Media Feud

Michael Reynolds/EPA/NewscomToday in eye-popping comments by President Donald Trump: In a speech MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Trump said terror attacks have gotten so bad that the media is not reporting it. This is a deliberate choice by the media, he seems to argue, to mislead people. From The Hill: “It’s gotten to […]

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Trump Wants to Let Nonprofits Get Political, Senate Advances EPA Nom, About that Easing of Russian Sanctions … : P.M. Links

President Donald Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast that he wants to get rid of the Johnson Amendment, the regulation that prohibits nonprofits—churches in particular—from getting involved in the campaigns of political candidates. Senate Republicans again suspended committee rules in order to advance the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. […]

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Federal Judge Orders ‘Sweeping’ Stay of Trump’s Immigration Ban

Says officials may not remove, detain or block entry of those with valid immigration visas. Scott Shackford|Feb. 1, 2017 5:30 pm Ronen Tivony/ZUMA Press/NewscomAdd another significant federal judge ruling to the complex mess that has followed President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking immigrants—even those with green cards and visas—from entering the United States from a […]

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Federal Judge Stays Trump’s Order to Remove Immigrants, Refugees Here Legally

Executive action targeted travelers from seven Muslim-dominated countries. Scott Shackford|Jan. 28, 2017 10:08 pm Justin Lane/EPA/NewscomThe American Civil Liberties Union has at least temporarily halted President Donald Trump’s attempt to turn away refugees and travelers from a handful of selected Muslim-dominated countries. As Matt Welch wrote this morning, Trump’s order banning travelers and refugees from […]

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Obama’s Final Commutations, Trump Nominee Votes Coming, Teacher Vs. Inauguration Speech: P.M. Links

In the final hours of his administration, President Barack Obama released a bunch of documents that were seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound when he was killed in 2011. He also announced 330 more commutations for people sentenced under harsh drug laws. The Senate will vote on two of President-Elect Donald Trump’s defense nominees Friday, […]

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