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Connecticut governor to cops: Don't follow Trump immigration orders

Source: The Hill

BY REID WILSON - 02/22/17 05:17 PM EST

Connecticut’s Democratic governor is telling state and local law enforcement they do not have to comply with federal requests to detain residents who are in the country illegally, a day after the Trump administration Trump detailed plans that could lead to millions of deportations.

In a memo to state law enforcement and school district officials Wednesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) said Connecticut officials should not detain anyone solely on the basis of their immigration status. Federal immigration detainer requests do not constitute orders or warrants, Malloy’s memo says.

Law enforcement officials should not give federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers access to individuals in state or local jails, Malloy’s office added.

“Putting all opinions about this presidential executive order aside, its enforcement is going to have a local impact, especially given the constrained resources and financial impacts this will have on state and municipal budgets, which we already know are stretched to their limits, in addition to giving rise to serious concerns in affected communities,” Malloy said in a statement.
Connecticut is one of a handful of states that call themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. A state law passed in 2013 requires law enforcement agencies to detain an individual for breaking immigration laws if they have been convicted of a felony, are a known gang member, are on a federal terrorism watch list or face criminal charges and have not posted bond.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/320715-connecticut-governor-to-cops-dont-follow-trump-immigration-orders

Chaffetz probing national park's tweet welcoming new monument

Source: The Hill

BY PAULINA FIROZI - 02/22/17 10:49 AM EST

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is investigating a months-old tweet from his state's Bryce Canyon National Park.

Chaffetz reportedly suspects that the tweet, which was posted in December the day after President Obama designated the more than 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah, may reveal that the park officials had advanced notice.

"Welcome to the family Bears Ears (& Gold Butte) NM! A hopeful slot in our front desk maps has long been held for you," the account tweeted. An attached picture with the tweet showed what appeared to be an empty map slot, labeled "Bears Ears." Chaffetz questioned the timing of the tweet, which mentions a slot that “long been held."


"The White House is telling the governor as well as the congressional offices that no decisions had been made — that it was still an open question — so how is it were already ready to go with that information?" Chaffetz asked in a letter to Bryce Canyon's superintendent. "The timing is serious.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/320607-chaffetz-probing-national-parks-tweet-welcoming-a-national-monument

Trump's mentions of 'honor killings' betray the truth of his 'Muslim ban'


Is President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order barring refugees and banning citizens from seven countries from entering the United States a Muslim ban?

Critics have compellingly pointed to statements made by Trump and Rudolph Giuliani, which speak to Trump’s intentions. But there is an additional and little noticed piece of evidence within the executive order itself, which buttresses the idea that the order is indeed a ban on Muslims, and not merely a “geographic” restriction.

The executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” invokes, twice, the idea of “‘honor’ killings.”

Honor killings first appear in the “Purpose” section. Here the order states that the United States should not admit “those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including ‘honor’ killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.”


Quinnipiac poll: Trump approval hits new low

Source: The Hill


President Trump's approval rating has slipped to 38 percent, a new national poll finds.

The Quinnipiac University survey released on Wednesday says that only 38 percent of Americans approve of Trump's job performance, while 55 percent disapprove of the commander in chief. According to Quinnipiac, the 17-point difference in Trump's approval rating is the worst he's fared in a poll since taking office in January.

An earlier survey from the pollster this month registered Trump with 42 percent approval and 51 percent disapproval.

“President Trump’s popularity is sinking like a rock," Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the poll, said in a statement announcing the findings. "He gets slammed on honesty, empathy, level headedness and the ability to unite. And two of his strong points, leadership and intelligence, are sinking to new lows. This is a terrible survey one month in.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/320670-q-poll-trump-approval-hits-new-low

Hillary Clinton: Get Out Of Congress 'If You Can't Stand The Heat'

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ESME CRIBB Published FEBRUARY 22, 2017, 4:35 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton on Wednesday told members of Congress who are avoiding their constituents that if they can't stand the heat, they should "get out of the...Congress."

Clinton linked to an opinion piece by the editorial board of the Kansas City Star addressing senators and representatives who are holding fewer town halls in order to avoid irate constituents.

"Members of Congress signed up for this when they ran for office. They were elected to serve," the paper's editorial board wrote. "Representing the people means showing up, even when the exchange may not be among friends."


Constituents and protesters gathered at public events and outside local appearances by Republican lawmakers. Members of Congress who are home in their districts for the week during the congressional recess faced large crowds and vocal criticism at town halls on Tuesday.


Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/hillary-clinton-congress-get-out-if-you-cant-stand-the-heat

Republicans more concerned by leaks than Trump team Russian ties: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Source: Reuters

22 FEB 2017 AT 16:06 ET

Rank-and-file Republicans are more concerned about leaks to the media of conversations between Trump advisers and the Russian government than they are about the conversations themselves, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Wednesday.

The poll, conducted between Feb. 16 and Feb. 20, shows how President Donald Trump has shifted opinions within the party of Ronald Reagan, where national security has been a top issue since the Cold War, said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

“Republicans have now put a higher priority on their partisan identification and support for their current leader than principles they have had for many decades,” Sabato said. “We live in such a polarized era.”

Trump asked his national security adviser Michael Flynn to resign this month after news organizations reported he had discussed U.S. sanctions with a Russian diplomat while Barack Obama was still president.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/republicans-more-concerned-by-leaks-than-trump-team-russian-ties-reutersipsos-poll/

Mexican man commits suicide minutes after deportation from the United States

Source: International Business Times

22 FEB 2017 AT 16:08 ET

About a half an hour after being deported from the United States, a Mexican man jumped to his death off of a bridge, according to local reports Tuesday.

The man, 45-year-old Guadalupe Olivas Valencia, was found unconscious next to plastic bag containing his belongings, reported the BBC. He died soon after in the hospital from a heart attack and concussion sustained after hitting the ground. The apparent suicide took place by the El Chaparral border station that connects Tijuana with San Diego.

Valencia had been deported three times and was reportedly spotted by witnesses yelling that he did not want to return to Mexico. According to a friend who spoke with Agence France-Presse, Valencia appeared anxious about being sent to a city where "he knew nobody," reported the Independent. The British newspaper reported that documents found on Valencia's possession after his death revealed he was from the Mexican state of Sinaloa, in the country's Northwest.

Valencia's death comes amid a crackdown on undocumented immigration from President Donald Trump's administration. Some 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the U.S.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/mexican-man-commits-suicide-minutes-after-deportation-from-the-united-states/

Republicans suddenly realize burning down the health-care system might not be a great idea

By Paul Waldman February 22 at 1:00 PM

The Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not going well, in large part because it turns out that making sweeping changes to a system that encompasses one-sixth of the American economy turns out to be rather more complicated than they imagined. Their backtracking has an interesting character to it, in particular how they’ve been gobsmacked by the transition from shaking their fists at the system to being responsible for it.

Up until November, they had been pursuing a strategy they got straight from Marx and Lenin, but now that they’re in power, it suddenly looks like a terrible idea. Here’s the latest fascinating pirouette they’re undertaking:

House Republicans and the Trump administration on Tuesday filed a joint motion seeking to delay lawsuit proceedings that threaten to undo President Barack Obama’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act.

The House v. Price suit – formerly known as House v. Burwell, as it was filed when Sylvia Mathews Burwell was health and human services secretary – has presented Republicans with one of their most straightforward routes toward fulfilling their stated desire to do away with or dismantle Obamacare.

Yet in the absence of an Obamacare replacement plan, the outcome the GOP initially sought threatens to upend the insurance marketplace and jeopardize coverage for millions of people.

Just to be clear, Republicans are asking the court to delay their own lawsuit pretty much indefinitely, because they’ve become terrified of what would happen if they succeed. In this case, it concerns government subsidies to pay out-of-pocket costs for people with low incomes. The fact that this case is now called House v. Price (as in Tom Price, President Trump’s secretary of health and human services) shows the contradiction. Now neither the GOP House nor the Trump administration wants the lawsuit to succeed, though they won’t say this aloud — because that would mean billions of dollars in payments to insurers would cease, and as a consequence the insurers would either hike premiums or pull out of the individual market.



Can Trump help Democrats take back the House? Here's a big thing to watch.

By Greg Sargent February 22 at 9:31 AM


President Trump’s new plans for vastly expanded deportations, and the forthcoming new version of his immigration ban, are a reminder: Trump is governing in full accordance with the xenophobic nationalism that drove his campaign. That posture may have driven up huge numbers among blue-collar whites, which offset his relative losses among college-educated white voters and helped him win key Rust Belt states.

But now that he is president, can the brutal real-world realization of these policies boost Democratic chances of taking back the House? If this is possible, what does that tell us about the political staying power of Trumpism in a broader sense?

Nate Cohn has a good piece this morning that looks at the Democrats’ chances of recapturing the House and how they might pull that off. The key conclusion: While Trump still remains very popular among blue-collar whites, those voters may not be all that decisive in the battle to wrest House seats from Republican incumbents. That’s because many of the districts where Republicans are weak have higher concentrations of college-educated whites and Latinos:

Across the nation, the most vulnerable Republican incumbents among the 50 or so most competitive seats tend to be in relatively well-educated, metropolitan districts with above-average Hispanic populations. It’s the opposite of most of the 2016 presidential battleground states, which were whiter, less educated and far less Hispanic than the country as a whole.



Rand Paul Has Become Trump's Most Loyal Stooge

By Jonathan Chait

February 22, 2017
9:11 a.m.

The Republican Party has largely decided to cover for Donald Trump’s massive corruption, grotesque lies, and manifest unfitness for office. But few of them have gone quite so far, or quite so cravenly, as Rand Paul. The junior senator from Kentucky, and onetime hope of the extremely short-lived “libertarian moment” in American politics, has not only attached himself to Trump, but is actively snuffing out whatever faint stirrings of opposition his colleagues can muster.

While the GOP Congress has ignored the president’s self-enrichment, refusal to disclose his tax returns, and clear violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, some have expressed willingness to investigate his opaque ties to Russia. Paul is not one of them. And not only does he see no need for investigation on Russia, Paul has staked out a stance against any investigations, period, on the brutally frank grounds that it would impair the party’s legislative agenda. “I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party,” he told “Kilmeade and Friends.” “We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do, like repealing Obamacare, if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans.”

Many Republicans have made piecemeal excuses not to exercise the oversight function. Only Paul has elevated the practice of looking away from the crimes of the Executive branch to an actual principle of governance.

John McCain has staked out the most independent position, most recently likening Trump’s description of the media as “enemies of the people” to the words of a dictator. Paul is having none of it. Last weekend, Paul appeared on CNN to deliver a defense of Trump so fulsome that Breitbart has published it in its entirety. After repeatedly swatting away concerns about the president, Paul explained that McCain’s criticism of Trump’s authoritarian ravings were nothing but a cover for his ideological vendetta:

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