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Trump threatens funding cut if UC Berkeley 'does not allow free speech'

Source: The Hill

President Trump early Thursday threatened to cut federal funding to the University of California, Berkley after violent protests broke out on its campus Wednesday in response to a planned appearance by a far-right commentator.

"If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?" the president tweeted Thursday morning.

Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump
If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?
6:13 AM - 2 Feb 2017

A scheduled appearance by right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled Wednesday night about two hours before the Breitbart editor was scheduled to speak.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/317494-trump-threatens-no-federal-funds-if-uc-berkeley-does-not-allow-free

Senate confirms Tillerson as secretary of State

Source: The Hill

The Senate on Wednesday approved Rex Tillerson to lead President Trump's State Department, despite a late effort by Democrats to slow down the nomination.

Tillerson surpassed 51 votes for him, enough for a simple majority to approve his nomination. The vote is still open.

Tillerson will take over his post as the country's top diplomat as lawmakers remain skeptical over President Trump's foreign policy, including his stance toward Russia and a recent executive order that temporarily banned refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) specifically pointed to Russia as one area where he expects Tillerson to hone in on.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/317393-senate-confirms-tillerson-as-secretary-of-state

Donald Trump loses legal fight over golf club memberships

Source: Sun Sentinel

President Donald Trump on Wednesday lost a legal fight over the Jupiter golf club he once owned, where dozens of disgruntled members say they were charged thousands while not being allowed to play.

A federal judge ruled that Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter should pay $5.7 million to people who argued that while waiting for membership deposit refunds, they were charged annual dues and fees – even though they were barred from using the golf course, restaurant, spa and other amenities.

Barring people still paying fees from using the club “revoked or canceled their memberships” and entitled them to refunds within 30 days, according to U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra’s ruling.

Trump took over the former Ritz-Carlton golf club in 2012.

Read more: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-pn-trump-loses-lawsuit-20170201-story.html

Two GOP senators to vote 'no' on Betsy DeVos

Source: The Hill

GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski in back-to-back speeches on the Senate floor announced Wednesday that they would oppose Betsy DeVos's nomination to be Education secretary.

They are the first two Republicans to break with Trump on any of his Cabinet picks, and the votes could make it difficult for DeVos to win confirmation.

If all of the Senate's Democrats vote against DeVos, she would have 50 votes if the remaining Republicans backed her — with Vice President Mike Pence potentially breaking the tie. No Democrats have backed DeVos.

"I come to the floor to announce a very difficult decision that I have made, and that is to vote against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be our nation's next secretary of Education," Collins said from the Senate floor.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/317379-gop-senator-to-vote-no-on-betsy-devos

Biden endorses Perez for DNC chair

Source: The Hill

Former Vice President Joe Biden is backing Tom Perez's bid to lead the Democratic National Committee (DNC), he announced Wednesday.

Biden, who served with the former Labor secretary during the Obama administration, lauded Perez as a "man of integrity and vision."

"He knows what it means to be a Democrat — that we are a party that fights for economic fairness for working families and believes that everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or who they love," Biden said of Perez in a statement.

"We have a lot of good people vying for this important job. But I do think for this moment and in this time, Tom Perez is our best bet to help bring the party back. I’ve watched him work. I think I know his heart. That’s why I endorse him as the next Chairman of the DNC."

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/317360-biden-endorses-perez-for-dnc-chair

Michael Moore to Dems: Block Gorsuch or face primaries

Source: The Hill

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Wednesday threatened any Senate Democrats who do not block President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee with primary challenges in their next election.

Trump announced his pick of Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday, setting up a fierce confirmation battle between Democrats and Republicans.

Michael Moore ✔ @MMFlint
This Supreme Court pick was Obama's to make and it was stolen by Republicans. Democrats had better block this and demand a nom we approve.
7:01 AM - 1 Feb 2017

Michael Moore ✔ @MMFlint
Senate Dems, let's be very clear: You will filibuster & block this SC nom or we will find a true progressive and primary u in next election.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/317364-michael-moore-to-dems-block-gorsuch-or-else

Senate GOP Bypasses Dem Boycott of Mnuchin, Price By Suspending Rules

Source: Talking Points Memo

Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday morning suspended the rules and voted to approve President Donald Trump's nominees to lead the Treasury Department and the Department of Health and Human Services even though Democrats on the committee were not present.

Democrats on the committee refused to vote on Steve Mnuchin and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) until both nominees answered additional questions.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/price-mnuchin-committee-passes?utm_content=buffer26684&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

White House walks back assertion military won't target US citizens overseas

The White House on Tuesday walked back its assertion that the military will never target U.S. citizens in overseas operations.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters earlier in the day that “no American citizen will ever be targeted” when asked whether the Trump administration would deliberately go after U.S.-born people with ties to extremists.

The statement represented a break with policy set under the Obama administration.

But a White House official later clarified that “U.S. policy regarding the possible targeting of American citizens has not changed.”

more: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/317234-white-house-walks-back-assertion-military-wont-target-us-civilians-overseas

It looks like at least some of President Obama's legacy will remain intact.

Nation's bacon reserves hit 50-year low as prices rise

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

The country's bacon reserves are at the lowest levels in half a century.

In other words, pig farmers can't keep up with the world's sizzling appetite for those fatty, smoky strips of sheer eating pleasure.

The Ohio Pork Council, a Columbus-based non-profit, reported Tuesday that demand for frozen pork belly, frequently made into bacon, is outpacing supply.

“Today’s pig farmers are setting historic records by producing more pigs than ever,” said Rich Deaton, president of the organization. “Yet our reserves are still depleting.”

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2017/02/01/nations-bacon-reserves-hit-50-year-low-prices-rise/97327794/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Israeli Officials Are Worried That Trump Will Actually Move The US Embassy To Jerusalem

Source: Buzzfeed

WASHINGTON — King Abdullah of Jordan Tuesday told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Israeli intelligence officials are worried that Trump will move forward with relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

According to a lawmaker present at the meeting, who asked not to be named, King Abdullah said that Israeli officials are concerned that moving the embassy would “enflame tensions among radical groups.” Jordan’s Information Minister Mohammed Momani, has also called the move a “red line” for Jordan that would “inflame the Islamic and Arab streets” and serve as a “gift to extremists.”

“This has been a hypothetical for a long time and we prefer it stay that way,” said one Israeli intelligence officer, who spoke with BuzzFeed News earlier this month. “Moving the US Embassy is something which gains us little and which could, potentially, inflame tensions.”

The intelligence officer said that if the Trump made a big show out of moving the US Embassy it would almost certainly “end in unnecessary violence.”

Read more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/sheerafrenkel/israeli-officials-are-worried-that-trump-will-actually-move?utm_term=.ahNNzgPY4#.eowme3PD5
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