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Foreign Payments to Trump Firms Violate Constitution, Suit Will Claim

(NYT) A team of prominent constitutional scholars, Supreme Court litigators and former White House ethics lawyers intends to file a lawsuit Monday morning alleging that President Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his hotels and other business operations to accept payments from foreign governments.

The lawsuit is among a barrage of legal actions against the Trump administration that have been initiated or are being planned by major liberal advocacy organizations. Such suits are among the few outlets they have to challenge the administration now that Republicans are in control of the government.


DC Metro Reports Second-Highest Ridership Ever On Women's March Day

(TPM) An official estimate from D.C. Metro authority shows that the transit system had its second-busiest day ever on Saturday as crowds from the Women's March streamed into Washington, surpassed only by ridership on the day of President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

The number of entries into the Metro on Saturday was second only to the number of entries on Jan. 20, 2009, according to a statement by Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld cited in a Washington Post report.


Pics and Thoughts on the Women's March on Washington

IF we learn nothing else from Saturday's 'Women's March' on Washington, we should take this to heart: Women will lead us out of the mess our nation finds itself in, with grace, dignity, and strength.

All of those qualities were in full and glorious evidence at the rally I attended with my son in D.C.. If you've ever wondered what a real revolution looks like, tune into the many accounts showing the staggering numbers of women and others led by them protesting in our nation's capitol for justice, opportunity, and in defense of gains made, and heralding progress yet to come...


From Dan Rather's Facebook page today

This are not normal times. These are extraordinary times. And extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

When you have a spokesperson for the president of the United States wrap up a lie in the Orwellian phrase "alternative facts”…

when you have a press secretary in his first appearance before the White House reporters threaten, bully, lie, and then walk out of the briefing room without the cajones to answer a single question…

when you have a President stand before the stars of the fallen CIA agents and boast about the size of his crowds (lies) and how great his authoritarian inaugural speech was….

these are not normal times.

The press has never seen anything like this before. The public has never seen anything like this before. And the political leaders of both parties have never seen anything like this before.


Trump 'to announce US embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday'

(The Independent) The White House will on Monday announce that the US embassy in Israel is to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to unconfirmed reports by an Israeli news outlet.

Channel 2 cited an anonymous source as saying a member of the Trump administration would announce the highly controversial move on the President’s first full working day in office.


Republican Plan To Replace Obamacare Would Turn Medicaid Over To States

(NPR) Republicans plan to turn control of Medicaid over to the states as part of their replacement for the Affordable Care Act, according to an adviser to President Donald Trump.

Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to Trump, told NBC News's Sunday Today with Willie Geist, that the health care law that will replace Obamacare will turn Medicaid — a joint state-federal health insurance program for the poor — into a block grant program. The change would mean the federal government would give money to the states to implement Medicaid as they see fit.

"Those who are closest to the people in need will be administering it," Conway said in the interview, which was recorded the Thursday and Sunday. "You really cut out the fraud, waste and abuse, and you get the help directly to them."


750,000 people attending Women's Rally downtown LA. Organizers expected 80,000.

(NBC LA) Some 750,000 people flooded the streets of downtown Los Angeles Saturday morning to march in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, according to organizers for the event.

Event organizers for the Women's March-Los Angeles say the day is designed to unify communities and make a stand for "justice and equity for all."

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