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DOJ Appoints Special Prosecutor To Investigate Russia Ties

WASHINGTON ? Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special prosecutor overseeing the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

In a statement, Rosenstein stressed that his decision ?is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted.? But he said he?d determined ?based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March from Russia matters after he failed to disclose during his confirmation hearing he had met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 || . ||

Summer’s Hottest Swimsuit Silhouette Is NOT Meant For Swimming

Off-the-shoulder swimsuits are officially the hottest swimsuit silhouette of the season, mimicking the growing trend we?ve seen in stores, streets and even the White House

Goop, J.Crew, Asos, Kohl?s and everyone in between are offering their own versions of the trendy top: 

While the swimsuits are undeniably cute, they?re clearly meant for sitting around the pool. Since you can?t even raise your arms above your head in these suits, you wouldn?t want to try to out-swim a shark in such a getup. 

Clearly not all swimsuit are meant for swimming, but these somewhat ridiculous tops would make it tough to even apply sunscreen (and they?d leave behind a pretty nasty tan line, too).

But if you?re cool with weird tan lines and not being able to swim, more power to you. Below are a few of our favorites: 

HuffPost reached out to J.Crew, who would not comment, and two other swimwear designers who have yet to comment.

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Reese Witherspoon Is Talking To Author Of ‘Big Little Lies’ About A Season 2

And the plot thickens.

In the final episode of ?Big Little Lies? the audience learns the truth about a mysterious murder involving five moms from Monterey, California. But fans of the popular HBO mini-series, which ran from February through April, still have one crucial question: Will there be a Season 2?

The first season already burned through the entirety of the book by Liane Moriarty that the show is based on. The series, though, does end with a seemingly beautiful moment among leading ladies ? Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz ? that feels more like a cliffhanger than a conclusion.

On Wednesday, Witherspoon, who also acted as an executive producer on the series, provided a little more information about continuing the story during a visit to ?The Ellen DeGeneres Show.?

When DeGeneres asked about a second season, she said, ?We hope so. I mean, I feel like it?s ? Nicole [Kidman] and I produced as well, so we?ve been talking to the writer Liane Moriarty, who wrote the book, about just new ideas of what these characters could do. But it seems like people just love the characters, so hopefully we can go on.?

Yet, even if Witherspoon and Kidman do convince Moriarty to continue the story, it doesn?t mean everyone involved in the project will be on board.

Director Jean-Marc Vallée told the The Hollywood Reporter in April he?s not interested to doing another season.

In regards to the cliffhanger ending, he said: ?It?s up to the audience and their imagination to figure out.?

Yet, he did also tell Vulture that another season would provide one great perk: ?The show ended on a high note ? why drag it on, other than to see the remarkable cast reconvene??

That?s reason enough for us!

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News Roundup for May 17, 2017

Well? so much for a slow news week.

1. It was revealed that former FBI Director James Comey had been keeping memos of his conversations with Trump. Looks like this might be the first step towards impeachment. More here.

2. Vladimir Putin offered to clear up Trump?s other scandal. You know, the one where he leaked classified information to the Russians last week. Yeah? probably not the best person to vouch for Trump at this moment. More here.

3. Chelsea Manning is now free, but the fight for her legacy rages on. More here.

4. A teenager designed a pocket sized satellite that will be flying on NASA?s next mission. Can this lil? dude just be president instead of Trump? More here.

5. Immigration arrests are up 38% under President Trump. Maybe we could deport him back to Russia once this is all take care of? More here.

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China’s New Anti-Corruption Body Raises Worrying Questions About The Rule Of Law

Zhiqiong June Wang, Western Sydney University

Corruption is thought to cost China US$86 billion each year. Widespread corruption at all levels of Chinese society also worsens economic inequality, which could potentially lead to social unrest. The Conversation

Although no one doubts the importance of efforts to curb graft, anti-corruption campaigns under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping have been controversial.

A number of state, administrative and party authorities with overlapping powers currently share the task of fighting corruption. The most powerful of these are the Communist Party of China (CPC) Disciplinary Inspection Commissions (jiwei). And the most feared tool in their arsenal is shuanggui, which orders Communist Party members to a particular place for questioning and investigation.

In practice, shuanggui is sometimes a secret and often indefinite detention mechanism. It has reportedly used torture and other illegal means to extract confessions.

Although the use of shuanggui is not without support among the general populace, it breaches most of the ?due process? principles in Chinese law. These include the presumption of innocence, access to legal counsel, rules on evidence, open trials and, most importantly, no deprivation of personal liberty without due process.

There are also questions as to the legality of the Communist Party authority exercising policing and semi-judicial powers. But a recent move by the party to establish a new government branch to fight corruption is likely to cause even more controversy. It has far-reaching consequences in terms of rule of law, and checks and balances.

The proposed change has received little coverage outside of China. This is unfortunate given its strategic role in the anti-corruption campaign and potential need for constitutional amendments.

A new state power structure

In November 2016, the Communist Party issued the Pilot Programs for Reforming the State Supervision System in Beijing, and Shanxi and Zhejiang Provinces.

The initiative is designed to create a so-called supervision commission by merging all existing anti-corruption authorities into one. This new authority, supplied with additional powers to ensure ?full coverage?, will be responsible for investigating and handling all alleged misconduct and crimes committed by officials exercising public powers.

The commission will be vested with various police and semi-judicial powers, from interrogation to freezing property and detention. The Standing Committee of the National People?s Congress (SCNPC) adopted a decision to implement these programs in December 2016.

The exercise of these powers by the new authority clashes with existing anti-corruption authorities, which may lead to inconsistencies with existing laws on governing authorities and procedure. The SCNPC?s decision has suspended the operation of the Administrative Supervision Law, and certain provisions of the Criminal Procedure Law, the Organic Law of the People?s Procuratorates, the Law on Prosecutors, and the Organic Law of Local People?s Congresses and Local People?s Governments, in the three pilot regions.

A new State Supervision Law has been proposed to expand the pilot programs nationwide. It is scheduled for discussion at the SCNPC in June 2017, and for adoption by the National People?s Congress in March 2018.

A respected guardian or fearful beast?

The People?s Congresses will create the proposed supervision commissions as a state power parallel to the executive and the judiciary. It will be a new branch of government and its establishment will be a major political and constitutional reform. But it?s unclear whether the Communist Party has any intention of making attendant constitutional amendments.

The CPC Pilot Programs, whose details are not public, have been widely reported in the Chinese official media. What?s known is that the supervision commissions will share personnel with the CPC Discipline Inspection Commissions under a ?one entity with two names? arrangement.

Although the chairperson of the State Supervision Commission will be appointed by the National People?s Congress, she is to be nominated by the Central Committee of the Communist Party. In other words, the CPC Discipline Inspection Commissions ? the party authority exercising shuanggui ? will soon have two names.

This allows the conduct of Communist Party authorities to be legitimised by attributing their conduct to that of the supervision commissions. Nothing has been said by CPC or by SCNPC about how the supervision commission will exercise its powers.

It is also unclear whether secret detention, frequently used in shuanggui by the CPC Discipline Inspection Commissions without judicial oversight, will be abolished.

Consolidating the various authorities with anti-corruption functions into one state entity established by the legislature may ostensibly resolve the long-debated issue of whether the Communist Party may exercise police and semi-judicial powers. A state authority ? the supervision commission with status defined by laws ? will not only legitimise anti-corruption mechanisms and allow them wider coverage, it will also streamline the process and promote efficiency and transparency.

But an integrated entity of the state and the Communist Party in the ?one entity with two names? arrangement ? without clear demarcation of powers ? means it?s unknown whether and how the new body will act according to the law.

Because the new branch will be a state entity of significance, many Chinese scholars have already asserted that it?s in violation of the Chinese constitution for the SCNPC to implement the Communist Party?s pilot programs and to suspend national laws without approval of the National People?s Congress.

If the power of the new authority is not clearly defined and limited, due process is unlikely to be protected. A new institution with unprecedented powers will likely undermine the rule of law and create fear, rather than order.

A Chinese constitutional model?

The new anti-corruption mechanisms are to form part of the ?China model? ? improved governance capacity under the strict control of the Communist Party ? that President Xi aims to achieve.

But the establishment of the supervision commission clearly demands major constitutional revisions, as it is to add a new branch of government ? a power parallel to the executive and the judiciary.

While there are far too many unknowns about this change, we do know that the new constitutional authority will be an integrated entity of the party and the state. This is exactly the kind of entity Deng Xiaoping tried to get rid of at the end of the Cultural Revolution.

The Chinese Communist Party is nowadays said to be ?within the law, under the law, as well as above the law?. But by once again integrating the party and state power, the new reform is worrying from the perspective of the rule of law.

Zhiqiong June Wang, Associate Dean/Senior Lecturer, Western Sydney University

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Embroiled In Controversies, Trump Seeks Boost On Foreign Trip

Besieged by controversy at home, U.S. President Donald Trump is under pressure to stick to the script and avoid fresh flare-ups when he embarks this week on his first foreign trip, a nine-day trek to the Middle East and Europe.

White House officials and Republicans close to the administration say Trump, who campaigned on an ?America First? slogan, wants to demonstrate leadership abroad on his visit with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Israel and the West Bank, the pope at the Vatican, NATO leaders in Brussels and G7 counterparts in Sicily.

Trump faces fierce criticism over his sharing of sensitive national security information with Russian officials and his firing last week of FBI Director James Comey. Allegations that he previously asked Comey to end an investigation into his former national security adviser drew a new round of attacks on Tuesday.

A Republican strategist close to the White House said Trump needed a strong trip to help put the past tumultuous 10 days behind him.

?If the White House is looking for this international trip to turn the page, then it really needs to come off well without any balls dropped or serious mistakes,? said the strategist, who requested anonymity.

?This is their time to shine, to show Americans and the world that the White House isn?t becoming a circus of errors.?

Airing his frustrations on Twitter, Trump has lashed out at leaks to the news media from officials inside his administration. Confidants say a staff shake-up is possible, although major changes are unlikely before Trump?s foreign trip.

His political woes will add to Trump?s challenges as he tries to bolster ties abroad.

?This trip combines so many different things and actors that the question is going to be what?s the message that he wants to communicate when he?s out there,? said Lanhee Chen, who advised Republican Mitt Romney?s presidential campaign in 2012 and Marco Rubio?s in 2016.

?DON?T THINK HE UNDERSTANDS IT?

Some doubt whether Trump, a businessman-turned politician who never held elective office before becoming president in January, is ready for a smooth presidential debut abroad.

One Republican official, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, said after meeting Trump recently he did not think the president had a firm enough grasp on the nuances of the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

?I don?t think he understands it,? said the official, adding that Trump needed more detailed briefings before leaving on Friday. ?I think it?s a very difficult challenge and I hope he?s going to talk to a lot of smart people.?

White House advisers insisted Trump was up to speed on the Middle East, having already hosted Arab, Israeli and Palestinian leaders at the White House.

?His way of doing diplomacy, which really contrasts with President Obama?s approach, is to … prioritize the personal relationship,? said Michael Singh, a foreign policy adviser to former Republican President George W. Bush.

To prepare for his trip, Trump has been meeting with briefers including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Conversations with some officials who have briefed Trump and others who are aware of how he absorbs information portray a president with a short attention span.

He likes single-page memos and visual aids like maps, charts, graphs and photos.

National Security Council officials have strategically included Trump?s name in ?as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he?s mentioned,? according to one source, who relayed conversations he had with NSC officials.

Trump likes to look at a map of the country involved when he learns about a topic.

?He likes to visualize things,? said a senior administration official. ?The guy?s a builder. He has spent his whole life looking at architectural renderings and floor plans.? 

PREDECESSORS? GAFFES

Although Trump has a string of golf resorts around the world that he has visited, the trip could take him out of his comfort zone. He generally prefers his own bed to hotel rooms. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he often flew home after a day of campaigning rather than staying in hotels overnight.

Presidential rhetoric and gaffes abroad have caused problems for some of Trump?s predecessors.

Bush drew fire after his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Slovenia in June 2001, when he said he had looked the former KGB chief in the eye and ?I was able to get a sense of his soul.? The comment was seen as naive.

Even body language is watched carefully. Democratic President Barack Obama was criticized for bowing to Japanese Emperor Akihito in a visit to Japan in November 2009.

One Gulf Arab official said Trump?s decision to make Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, the first stop on his trip would send a message that America did not see Islam as an enemy.

The trip could be a chance for the president to counter critics who accuse him of being anti-Muslim because of the order he issued, now blocked by U.S. courts, temporarily banning entry into the United States by citizens of several Muslim-majority countries.

But the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that if Trump, who is prone to speaking off-the-cuff, ended up undercutting his own message, it could be damaging.

?It can backfire, I mean it can seriously backfire,? the official said.

Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to Bush, said that since the trip would be Trump?s first overseas, the stakes were higher.

?The meaning and importance of his first trip abroad will be exaggerated, but it gives him a chance to get bipartisan accolades, or a chance to fail badly and have the failure exaggerated,? Fleischer said.

(Additional reporting by John Walcott and Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Caren Bohan and Peter Cooney)

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Killer Executed In Georgia By Lethal Injection; Wanted To Die By Firing Squad

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Georgia executed a convicted robber and murderer by lethal injection early on Wednesday after U.S. courts rejected his appeal to be killed by a firing squad.

J.W. Ledford had spent about a quarter of a century on death row after he was found guilty of cutting the throat of a 73-year-old doctor during a robbery in 1992.

His lawyers had argued he wanted to be executed by firing squad because a drug he took for nerve pain would lead to an ?excruciating death? under Georgia?s lethal injection protocol.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied Ledford?s appeal after lawyers for Georgia called it a delaying tactic that should be rejected for relying on speculative allegations.

Ledford?s attorneys had said that years of taking a drug for nerve pain changed his brain chemistry, which meant the state?s lethal drug, pentobarbital, would not reliably render him unconscious and insensate. They said its use would violate constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

But the three-judge panel ruled: ?The Georgia legislature is free, within the parameters established by the United States Constitution, to choose the method of execution it deems appropriate.?

The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request from Ledford?s lawyers to halt the execution. The U.S. Supreme Court also denied Ledford?s stay on Tuesday.

Ledford did not accept a final prayer and recorded a final statement, the Georgia Department of Corrections said in a statement.

He was pronounced dead at 1:17 a.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, the office of Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said in a statement.

The last inmate executed by firing squad in the United States was Ronnie Gardner, who was put to death in Utah in 2010, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Ledford was 20 when he attacked Harry Johnston in northern Murray County, a court synopsis of the case said.

Ledford is the 11th person in the United States executed this year and the 70th in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

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New Republican Bills Would Ramp Up A Trump Deportation Force

WASHINGTON ? House Republicans are moving forward this week with an attempt to make President Donald Trump?s promised ?deportation force? even bigger and, potentially, more heavily armed.

The House Judiciary Committee is set to mark up multiple immigration bills on Thursday, including one from committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that would facilitate mass deportations. Borrowing from past legislation to bolster Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the bill would require Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officers to have access to not just standard-issue handguns and stun guns, but also M-4 rifles or equivalents.

The little-noticed legislation is one of four immigration-related bills that the Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider, two of them specifically focused on ICE, the third on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the fourth on human trafficking. If passed, they would give the Trump administration more resources to deport immigrants and make it easier to do so.

?As a package, the House Judiciary bills would turbocharge Trump?s mass deportation agenda,? Frank Sharry, head of pro-immigration group America?s Voice, said in an email. ?It seems Goodlatte and fellow Republicans want to go down in history as the Congress that aided and abetted one of America?s darkest chapters.?

Goodlatte?s ICE authorization bill would add 10,000 officers focused on deportation, 2,500 in detention, and 60 trial attorneys. It would authorize officers to make arrests without a warrant if they had reasonable grounds to believe the person had committed a felony, and would allow ICE to arrest people for civil offenses without a warrant, even if they are not considered ?likely to escape before a warrant can be obtained,? which is the case under current law.

The measure would codify the president?s new Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, or VOICE, office, which has placed all community engagement under a frame of immigrants as criminals, whether crime-related or not, and bans ICE from having a ?public advocate.? And it would create an advisory council that in the near-term would likely be dominated by immigration hawks appointed by the president, chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees, the ICE prosecutor?s union, and the ICE union that endorsed Trump.

ICE didn?t answer a request to describe deportation officers? current weapons.

A separate bill from Goodlatte on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services could restrict lawmakers? ability to influence cases by barring ?preferential treatment? or sharing information with elected officials and stakeholders on individual cases. Democratic aides interpreted the measure as meant to prevent members of Congress from intervening in cases. It would also authorize E-Verify, the program for employers to check whether their employees are eligible to work in the U.S.

?The United States has a generous immigration system and has become home for millions of people seeking to live the American dream, grow our economy, and flee persecution,? Goodlatte said in a statement last week. ?We have a duty to ensure our immigration laws are enforced, operate efficiently, and work in the national interest.?

A third immigration bill, a version of which was introduced in the last Congress but not enacted, would authorize state and local law enforcement to get more involved in detention and deportation efforts. The bill is broadly aimed at combatting so-called sanctuary city policies restricting local law enforcement cooperation with ICE, which the Trump administration has promised to eliminate. The bill was introduced this year by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho).

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) expressed frustration on Monday that bills were being marked up so quickly after their introduction, which he said indicated Republicans were ?not serious about building consensus or crafting, debating, and passing thoughtful legislation.?

?This is about brandishing their swords and using the immigration issue as a political weapon, which is frankly pretty much what I have come to expect from Judiciary Republicans these days,? Gutierrez told HuffPost in a statement.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) are separately working on legislation on border security and immigration enforcement, but have yet to unveil their bill.

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Hunting the cyber-attackers

The first clues are emerging regarding last week’s cyber-attacks but they are far from conclusive.

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This Power Couple Got Married In The Middle Of A Marathon

Running a marathon is a major commitment. One couple took that notion to the next level

Anthony Johnson and James Makokis veered off course during the Vancouver Marathon on May 6 for the best reason: to get married in front of friends, family and lucky marathon spectators.

The couple, who wed around mile 20, had been looking for fun wedding options when the idea struck Makokis, Runner?s World. Both were training for separate races when they decided to use the running event as their wedding venue. 

?We kind of started seeing marathon training as a metaphor for a relationship in terms of you have to put in the work and you have to have a good attitude,? Johnson told Runners World. ?So we thought it would be a great way to celebrate our union by getting married.?

In honor of the occasion, the pair dressed up in tuxedo T-shirts that read ?We said ?I Do? at 32 km? and put on jackets for the 30-minute ceremony, according to Runner?s World. 

Long distance physical activity appear to be a theme in the couple?s relationship. As Johnson explained to The Cut, a marathon of sorts marked the beginning of the couple?s relationship, too. ?[Makokis] visited me in New York for my 30th birthday where we biked the entire city and had one of those only in New York romantic kind of days,? he said. ?That?s the day that really started our relationship.?

Their wedding comes a month after a woman named Jackie Scully got married right before the London Marathon and raced in her wedding dress as she recovered from cancer. 

Sounds like the most rewarding way possible to multitask. 

H/T Runner?s World

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This Brand Will Give You New Clothes If Your Size Changes

We already know that clothing sizes are no big deal. Now one brand is on a mission to make changing clothing sizes feel like no big deal, too.  

Plus-size retailer Universal Standard recently launched Universal Fit Liberty late last month ? a program that allows customers to exchange items for a new size if their weight fluctuates over the course of the year and the one they bought no longer fits. 

The brand, which carries timeless, modern, staple pieces not often found in sizes 10-28, will take back any item in its core collection, which includes tops, dresses, skirts, pullovers and pants. A dress will set you back $120, while items like tops and pants run around $60 and $90 respectively. 

Our first-ever gown is here. Meet Regina. #new

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An email from the brand explained it introduced the program as a way to encourage women to invest in clothing. ?A prime prohibitor for plus size women (and any woman) is the anticipation that they will lose or gain weight in the near future and therefore can?t justify purchasing a high ticket garment that likely won?t fit in a matter of months,? it read. 

Universal Standard states the program that launched late last month is the first of its kind. And it?s the first fashion brand to ever try this type of system. 

If the sentiments that commenters shared on Instagram are any indication, it?s a welcome change to the way we shop. ?This is….insanely incredible,? wrote one. ?This is EVERYTHING!! Absolutely brilliant! ??????,? said another fan.

#tbt to beach days and shooting the Tria collection. ?#Tria4US

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In kicking off this new initiative, the brand hopes women will feel less controlled by clothing sizing. ?We believe your clothes should always fit, feel, and look good. And, women deserve to live their lives without feeling bullied by their size,? it said in an e-mail. 

We?ll shop to that. Head to Universal Standard to learn more. 

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Donald Trump’s Least Favorite Court Grills Lawyers In Travel Ban Case

For the second time in as many weeks, a federal appeals court pummeled the Trump administration with questions over its controversial executive order calling for a travel ban on citizens from six predominantly Muslim nations and the suspension of the refugee resettlement program.

The travel ban, one of President Donald Trump?s leading campaign promises and a key policy initiative, hasn?t gotten anywhere in the courts.

And the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which already prevented an earlier version of the executive order from being enforced, seemed to once again harbor doubts about it, despite Trump?s attempt in March to water it down and insulate it from legal challenges.

?How is a court to know if in fact it?s a Muslim ban in the guise of a national security justification?? asked U.S. Circuit Judge Ronald Gould, who presided over the Monday hearing, broadcast live from a federal courthouse in Seattle on the court?s website and C-SPAN.

Gould?s inquiry must have stung. Time and again, the Trump administration has resisted the characterization of the travel restrictions as a ban on Muslims ? even though Trump, while campaigning for office, promised a ?total and complete shutdown? on Muslims entering the United States. Until last week, that pledge was still on Trump?s campaign website.

In response to the rulings against the executive orders, Trump has threatened to break up the sprawling 9th Circuit into smaller appeal courts with sway over fewer states.

Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall, who represented the federal government at Monday?s hearing, told the 9th Circuit that the Supreme Court has made it clear that all the executive branch needs to show is a ?legitimate? and ?bona fide? purpose when deciding whom to exclude from the country.

?The benefit of that standard … it doesn?t call on courts to make these sorts of determinations ? the second-guessing of national security determinations that they?re sort of ill-equipped to do,? Wall said.

But the state of Hawaii, which in March won a national injunction that put a freeze on the travel ban, has contended that the normal deference that judges ought to give presidents isn?t justified in this case ? in large part because Trump himself exhibited animus toward Muslims while he was seeking the presidency.

?Has the president ever disavowed his campaign statements?? asked U.S. Senior Circuit Judge Michael Hawkins, echoing questions by an appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, last week.

?Has he ever stood up and said, ?I?ve said before I wanted to ban all members of the Islamic faith. … I was wrong. I?ve consulted with lawyers. I?m now addressing it simply to security needs?? Has he ever said anything approaching that?? Hawkins asked. 

Has the president ever disavowed his campaign statements?
U.S. Senior Circuit Judge Michael Hawkins

Whether the president intended to target members of a particular religion matters because a key argument by Hawaii ? and other plaintiffs suing over the travel ban across the country ? is that the executive order amounts to a violation of the establishment clause of the Constitution, which prohibits favoring or disfavoring members of a specific faith.

Wall insisted before the 9th Circuit that there?s nothing religious about Trump?s executive order and that, in any event, the order was a ?policy judgment? that he exercised as president relying on broad authority given to him by Congress. If the travel ban is to be upheld, Wall suggested, it should be because presidents are owed a ?presumption of regularity.?

But U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Paez suggested that the Trump administration was defending the same rationale the U.S. government used during the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans at the height of World War II. In a decision considered one of the worst in American history, the Supreme Court affirmed that executive order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Wall seemed taken back by the comparison.

?This case is not Korematsu, and if it were, I wouldn?t be standing here and the United States would not be defending it,? he said, referring to the 1944 ruling that upheld the legality of the Japanese camps.

In a legal twist, the lawyer for Hawaii, Neal Katyal, was acting solicitor general in the Obama administration when his office formally confessed error in 2011 for the role lawyers for the federal government played in defending the World War II camps.

When asked why the 9th Circuit shouldn?t be deferential to the office of the president of the United States, Katyal noted that was the ?million-dollar question? in the travel ban cases ? and that it all boils down to what an ?objective observer? would say about Trump?s statements about Muslims.

In Katyal?s view, there?s simply no precedent to support Trump?s travel ban because ?presidents don?t run into establishment clause problems? with their public comments. The case is so unusual, Katyal added, that ruling against the president in this case wouldn?t hamstring future presidents? national security judgment.

?If you rule for us, you leave intact the president?s powers, including every decision every president has made in our lifetimes, and you preserve a status quo that has existed for decades,? Katyal said. ?If you rule for him, you defer to the president in a way that history teaches is very dangerous. You?d open the door to so much.? 

But Wall, the Trump administration lawyer, warned the 9th Circuit that a ruling against the government could transcend the Trump era, which he called ?this constitutional moment.?

?I know they disagree with this president and many of his policy judgments,? Wall said, pointing to the lawyers for Hawaii. ?But none of that converts this into a constitutional crisis.?

The 9th Circuit ?ought to leave this debate where it belongs: in the political arena,? Wall added.

The court is expected to rule in the case in the coming days or weeks, and whichever side loses is sure to ask the Supreme Court to intervene.

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Democrats’ False Choice

There are some who say the Democratic Party should stop talking so much about issues affecting women and people of color and focus on economic issues affecting working-class voters instead. But that false dichotomy leaves too many voters behind ? and it?s a losing strategy for Democrats.

As a campaign manager, I?ve worked in red states and almost-went-for-Trump-states, from Montana to Minnesota to South Carolina; and everywhere that I?ve worked, Americans are feeling left behind. The economic anxiety voters are feeling is as real in our cities as it is in rural America.

Democrats can?t win if we focus on the economic anxiety of autoworkers in Kentucky or copper miners in my hometown of Butte, Montana, while forgetting that home health care workers in Las Vegas and teachers in Philadelphia feel the same way.

We can?t win if we fail to understand that women voters are crucial to winning elections. In fact, 2016 saw a historic 24-point gender gap between women and men.

And at a time when more than 60 percent of minimum wage earners are women and 40 percent of women are the sole breadwinners in their families, there can?t be a real conversation about the economy that doesn?t address issues impacting women?s economic security.

On top of that, the reality is that one of the most important economic decisions many women will make is the decision of whether and when to have children.

So I don?t buy the argument that Democrats need to decide whether they care about manufacturing jobs or marriage equality, financial reform or racial justice, access to college or access to abortion ? or the argument that says we can talk about the economy without talking about schools, access to health care and civil rights. If we believe that false choice, then we will fail with women voters, whose support we depend on to win.

Right now, women are standing up all across the country to ensure all of the issues that affect our economic prosperity are kept on the table, including reproductive justice.

If the Democratic Party cares about economic issues, it must make reproductive choice fundamental to its platform.

Since Election Day, over 12,000 women from all 50 states have come to Emily?s List to run for office from school board to Congress. It is predominantly women showing up at town hall meetings, offering legal advice at airports and raising their voices. Millions of women came out in record-breaking numbers to make the Women?s March on Washington and across the nation the largest protest in our country?s history. Women are the activists flooding congressional offices with phone calls to register their opposition to Trump?s dangerous agenda ? an astounding 86 percent, according to a recent poll. Women are the ones who consistently show up in elections.

Women are leading the collective chorus pushing us all forward.

And while we didn?t win the White House in 2016, women were the bright spot. Emily?s List helped elect four of the five new Democrats in the Senate ? including the only two who beat Republican incumbents. We added eight new members to the House and had nearly 100 victories at the state and local level. We made history by electing three women of color to the Senate. Our organization alone raised $90 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women.

Our women won because we understand that Democrats are both home care workers in Miami and farmers in St. Cloud. Democrats are from small towns and big cities. They work in rural America and in urban centers. They earn minimum wages and salaries. They are white, African-American, Latino and Asian American. They are women and men. They are young and old.

This isn?t a choice Democrats need to make. It?s a coalition we need to win.

This op-ed was originally published in U.S. News and World Report.

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Parents Don’t Like Being Called Bigots After Objecting To School Lesson On Islam

Two New Jersey parents who complained about how Islam was being taught in their children?s schools are now upset after being called out as Islamophobes. 

Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer, both parents of seventh grade sons at Chatham Middle School, have sought out the help of a conservative law firm after apparently being ?pilloried by their community,? according to a press release.

The Thomas More Law Center, a Michigan-based group whose mission is to ?preserve America?s Judeo-Christian heritage,? claimed that Hilsenrath and Gayer have been subjected to ?personal attacks? because of the parents? campaign to stop so-called ?Islamic indoctrination? at Chatham schools.

?They were defamed as ?bigots? and ?Islamophobes?, ?hateful?, ?ignorant?, ?xenophobes?, ?intolerant?, ?racist?, ?closed minded?, ?sad and ignorant? in social media, and the list goes on,? the statement reads. 

Gayer and Hilsenrath brought up their concerns at a board of education meeting on February 6. Their objections centered around a world cultures and geography class, particularly a section on the Middle East and North Africa region.

?It?s just not fair that within this unit of study the Chatham school district taught one religion to the exclusion of all others, and for the community to be so unkind and unwelcoming towards us, just for having raised legitimate questions as concerned parents,? Gayer is quoted as saying on the press release.

The parents claimed that although this region of the world has historical ties to Christianity and Judaism, the lesson focused too closely on teaching the tenets and principles of Islam. They said students watched videos, were shown a PowerPoint presentation, and tested about Islam?s principles, and claimed that all of this amounted to ?proselytizing.? 

In particular, the parents brought up an animated video that they claim was used to teach children about the five pillars of Islam. The Thomas More Law Center called the video was ?subtle propaganda.?

Watch the lesson on the five pillars of Islam below.

The parents? objections gained national attention after they appeared on the ?Tucker Carlson Tonight? show, where they claimed the district was promoting Islam and suppressing instruction about Christianity.

Gayer said that she felt targeted by the community for bringing up her concerns.

?Unfortunately, I was stared down at a grocery store,? the mom said on ?Tucker Carlson Tonight.? ?I believe I was in the express line with just ten items, but yet I was still stared down. It was pretty unnerving. Everybody in town was just really unnerving.?

During the next board of education meeting on March 6, the district addressed the parents? concerns in a packed room. Community members and parents came forward to show support for the district?s social studies curricula and asked educators to continue teaching about Islam. Several alumni also came forward to attest that they had never felt proselytized to during their time in middle school.

Steven Maher, Chatham High School?s supervisor of social studies, emphasized that the school was following New Jersey?s state standards on teaching religion.

Maher explained that many world religions and philosophies (including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, etc.) are taught in New Jersey public schools, and students are also asked to understand how these religions spread and how they are practiced today. In the seventh grade, instruction about religious traditions is tied to study about regions of the world. 

Dr. Michael LaSusa, Superintendent of Schools for the school district of the Chathams, told The Huffington Post that ?our school district appropriately addresses all major world religions in a way that that teaches students ABOUT religion in the context of history, geography, literature, and so forth.?

During the meeting, board officials announced that the district?s curriculum committee agreed that no changes would be made to the social studies curriculum. 

Watch a recording of the School District of the Chathams? board of education meeting. 

Debates about the way Islam is taught in public schools have popped up in districts around the country. Parents have complained about how the religion is presented in textbooks and on quizzes. 

The Thomas More Law Center claims that Chatham?s curriculum gave students a ?sugarcoated, false depiction of Islam.?

?They had not been informed of the kidnappings, beheadings, slave-trading, massacres, and persecution of non-Muslims, nor of the repression of women ? all done in the name of Islam and the Koran,? the center said in its statement. 

In fact, Muslims in America and around the world have continually spoken out against violent acts committed in the name of Islam.

American Muslims have also reported feeling targeted because of their beliefs. According to a recent poll survey conducted by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Muslims are the most likely faith community in the U.S. to report religious-based discrimination (60 percent). And more than two in five Muslims with kids in K-12 schools report that their children have been bullied because of their faith. 

It is unclear whether Gayer and Hilsenrath plan to pursue legal action against the school district. The Thomas More Law Center has taken on similar cases against public schools in the past. Requests for comment sent to the center by The Huffington Post were unanswered.

Abdul Alim Mubarak-Rowe, communications director of the New Jersey branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said that the apprehension around including Islam in the curriculum is fueled by fear. 

?The response of some of the parents to sharing some basic information about one of the worlds? major religion amounts to an overreaction fueled by the atmosphere of Islamophobia that exists in America during this present time,? Mubarak-Rowe told The Huffington post. ?The notion of ?indoctrination? of Islam to the students is completely unfounded.?

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Nicole Kidman Delivered A Career-Defining Performance On ‘Big Little Lies’

In the fifth episode of ?Big Little Lies,? Nicole Kidman?s Celeste Wright arrives alone to a therapy session she was meant to share with her abusive husband, Perry (Alexander Skarsgård). Facial expressions contradicting the words that tumble from her mouth, Celeste insists her and Perry?s relationship is a thunderstorm only because they have so much passion. ?It?s as if we turn each other on by rage,? she says, eyes glued to the floor. Celeste inverts her lower lip, hesitant about what the admission means. She looks up again: ?And that?s a problem, I think.? 

This moment alone is a master class, representative of everything complex and refined a seasoned actor can bring to the screen. As the therapist (Robin Weigert) chips away at Celeste?s denial, Kidman flutters through a range of reactions: defensive, self-blaming, performatively perturbed, reluctantly receptive. As quickly as Celeste rises to leave in disgust, she returns to her seat, practically crying out to be probed so she can finally say aloud what she has struggled to bury. 

When the scene resumes a few minutes later, Celeste vows Perry has never made her fear for her life. And then she looks away, tacitly retracting the sentiment. She wipes tears with her entire hand, just as she had in the previous episode, with Perry by her side ? they are too consuming for one finger. 

Kidman has made an already nuanced chronicle of domestic violence, competitive affluence and contemporary womanhood even more riveting. Contrast the therapy bits with Celeste?s other facets. When sharing scenes with Reese Witherspoon, who has collected the lion?s share of the show?s praise, Kidman presents Celeste as warm and inviting. (Think of her screaming ?I fucking miss it? and enthusiastically pounding Madeline?s car horn.) When consoling Max after learning he has been abusing Amabella at school, a steely reserve coalesces with unflinching compassion, her mind connecting the dots between Perry?s battery and her son?s. ?We all do bad things sometimes, all right?? Celeste whispers to Max, subtly convincing us her burdens are not insurmountable. Nicole Kidman, queen of the impassioned whisper, queen of the loaded gaze, queen of foggy resilience. 

Saying we have entered a Nicole Kidman renaissance (Kidmaissance?) would be an erroneous shortcut. The quality of Kidman?s career has not waned since her bona fide Movie Star boom began in the mid-?90s and redoubled with a smattering of prestigious early-2000s star vehicles, namely ?Moulin Rouge!,? ?The Others,? ?The Hours? (for which she won an Oscar) and ?Cold Mountain.? Through these mainstream hits and various off-kilter indie outings ? ?Dogville,? ?The Human Stain,? ?Birth,? ?Fur,? ?Margot at the Wedding? ? Kidman gained a reputation for playing ice queens, something that bled unjustly into her personal image amid a tabloid-strewn divorce from Tom Cruise in 2001.

Kidman?s cultural apex transpired in the few years immediately following the couple?s split, until a streak of big-budget disappointments ? ?The Stepford Wives,? ?The Interpreter,? ?Bewitched,? ?The Golden Compass,? ?Australia? and ?Nine? ? garnered middling reviews and signaled a minor identity crisis for one of the world?s most famous so-called serious actresses. The thing is, Kidman is the best part of most of these movies, often displaying a silliness that belies her frostier characters. It didn?t matter: Most people just wanted to talk about her new relationship with Keith Urban and what Botox may or may not have done to her face?s mobility.

This is a long-winded way of insisting that Kidman has always displayed many angles, just as she does in ?Big Little Lies.? For a minute, it seemed like the actress? star had faded by the early 2010s. In actuality, she opted for unconventional films with limited mainstream footprints: a mother grieving her dead son in ?Rabbit Hole,? a vampy Southern half-wit in ?The Paperboy,? an ominously unstable widow in ?Stoker,? a battle-worn actress in ?The Family Fang.? As quickly as ?Grace of Monaco? languished in Harvey Weinstein controversies and withering reviews, Kidman re-upped her ice-queen villainy to dynamic effect in 2014?s ?Paddington.? She has always been here, throwing consistent curveballs. Many just ducked too soon.

So, yes, attaching the word ?comeback? to ?Big Little Lies? would be unfounded. She was an Oscar nominee for ?Lion? just last month, after all. Instead, we should trumpet the fact that Kidman did career-best work in the HBO limited series.

I know, I know: There?s no prosthetic nose, no ?To Die For? scheming, no blitzed ?Eyes Wide Shut? monologue. But this is Kidman at her most sophisticated. Celeste wants to be anything but an ice queen. That?s apparent in her relationships with Madeline (Witherspoon) and Jane (Shailene Woodley). But Perry?s violence threatens to turn her into one. It taints her, making her relationship a power struggle, and yet she clings to hope, convincing herself and her therapist that he?s actually a good person, that he?d never hurt the children, absolutely not. By the time Perry discovers Celeste?s clandestine apartment, the finale?s other plots ? including the murder reveal ? feel secondary to Celeste?s asylum. After she?s strove to defend her husband?s offenses, witnessing all remaining sympathy seep out of her is cathartic. Kidman knows that, so she punches every note a little harder. The victim becomes the authority. ?They know what their father does to their mother,? Celeste tells Perry in the car at the school bazaar, peering at him with all the scorn she?d blanketed for too long. 

However sharp David E. Kelley?s writing, Jean-Marc Vallée?s direction and Liane Moriarty?s novel may be, Kidman?s ?Big Little Lies? work transcends the material she was handed. Where Witherspoon?s tart-tongued performance operates in juxtaposition to the actress? America?s-sweetheart reputation, Kidman is more of a blank canvas. Whatever half-baked estimations have been bestowed upon her career over the years, the varied roles Kidman has chosen complement the excellence of ?Big Little Lies?: She is pliable and unpredictable. As Witherspoon made it obvious where Madeline?s arc was headed, and the wonderful Laura Dern set up Renata for a slate of impending apologies, Kidman portrayed Celeste as the most complicated of the bunch.

Across seven episodes, her wheels spun in defense of her regrettable marriage, in loyalty to her best friend and in hunger for the professional success she once enjoyed. That fusion is what made the ?Avenue Q? boardroom confrontation with Renata so impressive ? in Kidman?s demeanor, we saw Celeste?s aptitude collide with the marital barriers that interrupted her life before the series? curtain rose. As was the case during Kidman?s ascendency, a character bled into her personal life: ?I still would probably choose a marriage and an intact family over my career,? she told Vanity Fair in 2002, reflecting on the Cruise divorce. Except for Celeste, that choice was thrust upon her by the vicious Perry, a far knottier narrative. In keeping, Kidman played her as both a bulldog and an angel. We understood Celeste, we knew her, because Kidman gave us so many layers to delve into.

The rest of 2017 seems destined to reconfirm Kidman?s excellence. In June, she will play a boarding-school matriarch in Sofia Coppola?s Southern Gothic horror feast ?The Beguiled.? Later in the summer, the new ?Top of the Lake? season will reunite her with ?Portrait of a Lady? director Jane Campion. She?s also wrapped John Cameron Mitchell?s alien rom-com ?How to Talk to Girls at Parties? and Yorgos Lanthimos? dysfunctional-family drama ?The Killing of a Sacred Deer.? And, as if to remind us she is still worthy of blockbusters, Kidman will play Queen Atlanna in next year?s ?Aquaman? ? her first superhero movie since the 1995 folly ?Batman Forever? ? and star in a Kevin Hart comedy.

Like Kidman?s résumé, Celeste has ensconced herself in paradoxes: Her exterior is PTA perfection, her interior disheartening calamities. Kidman?s career has been building toward these complexities. Next time, let?s not forget it.

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Tina Fey Calls Out White Women Who Might Regret Voting For Trump

White women love Tina Fey, but Tina Fey isn?t too happy with white women, especially the ones who voted for Donald Trump

During ?Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU? on Friday night, Fey sat down with New York Civil Liberties Union executive director Donna Lieberman and ACLU deputy legal director Louise Melling for a conversation about the battle for women?s rights and the responsibility each of us have to fight for protections that might not directly impact our lives. 

After the election, exit polls revealed that a majority of white women ? 53 percent, to be exact ? supported Trump in the election, compared to the 43 percent who voted for Hillary Clinton.

 ?A lot of this election was turned by white, college-educated women who now would maybe like to forget about this election and go back to watching HGTV,? Fey said. ?I would want to urge them to like, ?You can?t look away? because it doesn?t affect you this minute, but it?s going to affect you eventually.?

?Again, open two windows. Do watch HGTV,? she added. ?[Don?t] turn attention away from what is happening.?

After questioning Lieberman and Melling about the current state of reproductive rights, Fey expanded her plea to all white women, including herself, to exercise compassion and empathy toward at-risk groups in Trump?s America. 

?I personally will make my own pledge as a college-educated white woman to not look away,? she said, ?to not pretend that things are happening now won?t eventually affect me if we don?t put a stop to it.? 

Ready to give? Text POWER to 20222 to donate $10 to the ACLU. The ACLU will call to explain other actions you can take to help. (Terms here.) You can also support ?Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU? by heading to the ACLU website

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Latina Surprises BFFs Who Lost Their Parents With Sweetest Gifts

Heidi Paat wanted to give her two best friends birthday gifts that would make them feel close to the parent they each lost.

The 21-year-old student at University of California, Santa Cruz went back home to Montclair, California recently and invited her friends Vanessa Mendoza and Norma Bates for a belated birthday celebration. 

?I am so far away from them during school and I wasn?t able to come home for their birthdays in January and February,? Paat told The Huffington Post on Friday. ?We met up for lunch and I decorated the trunk of my car with balloons, cupcakes, a banner, miscellaneous gifts and the biggest box was where the bears were.?

Both Mendoza, 22, and Bates, 22, had lost a parent in the last couple of years. So Paat decided to give them a stuffed bear that had a personalized voice recording.

?They opened the box, [took out the bears] and heard that Vanessa?s dad says ?Estas chula amor… estas chula madre? and Norma?s mom is talking about singing happy birthday and then her mom and all of the family starts singing happy birthday,? Paat said of the Build-A-Bear toys she gifted her friends.  

The Latina caught the emotional moment when they heard their parents? voices inside their bears on video and shared it on Twitter. The video went viral.

In the 38 second clip, both Mendoza and Bates burst into tears nearly immediately after hearing their father and mother?s voices, respectively. 

?When I saw them cry it was making me tear up, which is why I stopped recording,? Paat told HuffPost. ?Vanessa is usually very sentimental but Norma doesn?t cry easily so I could tell that it meant a lot to both of them. After I stopped recording we all hugged and they couldn?t stop smiling and replaying it.?

Paat said that she got the idea to include the voice recordings after she saw others gifting similar bears for Christmas to people who had lost a loved one.

To make the bears, Paat used a snippet from a tribute video Mendoza made for her father after he passed away last year. For Bates? bear, she asked her sister for a recording of their mother?s voice.

But Paat says one thing she didn?t plan on was the overwhelmingly positive responses she?s gotten after the video went viral.

?The reactions online were truly unexpected,? Paat said. ?I initially posted the video because we have mutual friends and I wanted to share the moment with them. I had also shown people my plan and they were already moved by it so they wanted to see my best friend?s reactions. When I saw so many other people were sharing the video and replying to it I was surprised but it was nice to read the sweet feedback that people gave me and how they would compare it to their feelings or similar experiences.?

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 || . ||

U.K. To Also Ban Large Electronics On Some Flights From Middle East, Africa

The threat of terrorism has prompted the United Kingdom to follow the United States? lead and ban passengers from having electronics larger than a cellphone in the cabin on U.K.-bound flights from certain countries, The Associated Press reports.

The ban will affect flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, according to a U.K. government spokesperson. 

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and the U.S. have in recent weeks discussed intelligence reports about intensifying terrorist threats to aviation, according to CNN.

?We have been in close touch with the Americans to fully understand their position,? the U.K. spokesperson said in a statement. ?Airlines affected are being informed of the new requirements.?

The policy affects certain British and foreign carriers: British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia. 

The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation have banned passengers on nine airlines operating in parts of North Africa and the Middle East from having laptops, tablets and other electronic devices in the cabins of flights to the U.S. According to the ban, which went into effect Tuesday morning, people can still travel with larger electronic items in checked baggage.

?Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,? the DHS said in a fact sheet released Tuesday. ?The record of terrorist attempts to destroy aircraft in flight is longstanding and well-known.?

The DHS noted that there?s no specific end date to the ban, and that it will remain in place ?until the threat changes.?

The U.S. regulation affects 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. U.S. officials said Monday that the ban stemmed from intelligence reports that terror groups have expressed interest in targeting U.S. aviation.

These airports were chosen ?based on the current threat picture,? the DHS sheet said.

Many of these airports, like those in Doha and Dubai, are major international travel hubs.

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U.S. lawmakers grill Yellen on interest rates, regulatory policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers on Wednesday criticized Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s stewardship of the U.S. economy and urged her to halt work on financial regulation until President Donald Trump names new policymakers to the central bank.

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ASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers on Wednesday criticized Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s stewardship of the U.S. economy and urged her to halt work on financial regulation until President Donald Trump names new policymakers to the central bank.

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Women’s Rights under Attack in Iraq

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Technology has come so far since I was a little girl by ShopBradley. I am so grateful for all of the great resources that we have out there.

This entry was posted on Monday, August 8th, 2016 || . ||

could it be?

Could there ever be a time that we decided not to go into
Cafe AuLait in the morning at not have a cup of jobe? Is that how you even spell it? lol

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 || . ||

definite

Our chiropractor is always so knowledgeable and tells us exactly what he’s going to do to help us near . We have found a really good one.

This entry was posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 || . ||

consummatory

We have decided to wait until the summer is over before we go to the zoo near Healthy Back. It is just too hot outside.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 || . ||

inexorable

We find a lot of really good kitchen items at the discount store near . We just bought a juicer there and we love it.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 || . ||

if you

yea!

This entry was posted on Sunday, June 26th, 2016 || . ||

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

This entry was posted on Sunday, June 26th, 2016 || . ||