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ACLU to Trump: ‘Reverse course’ on campaign promises or we will fight you ‘at every step’

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) threw down the gauntlet to President-elect Donald Trump on Friday in an open letter published on the organization’s Facebook page.

“Dear President-elect Trump,” it begins, “For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has stood as the nation’s premier defender of freedom and justice for all.”

The group pointed out several extremely problematic statements and policies from the Trump campaign, such as Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, the plan for a “deportation force” tasked with removing 12 million undocumented immigrants from the country, the destruction of a woman’s right to choose, the reauthorization of torture and the widening of libel laws to restrict freedom of the press.

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“These proposals are not simply un-American and wrong-headed,” the letter said. “They are unlawful and unconstitutional.”

“We have worked with and battled presidents from both parties to ensure that our country makes good on its founding promise as the land of the free,” the group said.

“If you do not reverse course and endeavor to make these campaign promises a reality, you will have to contend with the full power of the ACLU at your every step,” the letter concluded. “Our staff of litigators and activists in every state, thousands of volunteers and millions of supporters stand ready to fight against any encroachment on our cherished freedoms and rights.”

“One thing is certain: We will be vigilant every day of your tenure as president. And when you ultimately vacate the Oval Office, we will do the same with your successor.”

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Michael Avenatti says he has El Chapo’s former jail cell — which the drug dealer described as ‘torture’: report

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Attorney Michael Avenatti, the colorful attorney who came to prominence representing Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump, is unhappy with his jail conditions.

On Monday, his attorney wrote to the federal judge overseeing his trial to complain about the jail conditions Avenatti is experiencing during pre-trial detention.

Scott Srebnick, Avenatti's attorney, wrote to Judge Paul Gardephe to complain about the "notorious 10-South" section of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he is being held in the Special Housing Unit.

"He is in a cell reportedly once occupied by El Chapo, on a floor that houses individuals charged with terrorism offenses," Avenatti's attorney wrote.

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It is Greta Thunberg vs Donald Trump at climate-focused Davos gathering of economic elites: report

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The starkly opposed visions of US President Donald Trump and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on climate change will clash in Davos on Tuesday as the World Economic Forum tries to face up to the perils of global warming on its 50th meeting.

The four-day gathering of the world's top political and business leaders in the Swiss Alps gets under way seeking to meet head-on the dangers to both the environment and economy from the heating of the planet.

Trump, who has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change, is set to give the first keynote address of Davos 2020 on Tuesday morning, on the same day as his impeachment trial opens at the Senate in Washington.

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‘Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?’: Preet Bharara flooded with replies to provocative question

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Former United States Attorney Preet Bharara asked his 1.2 million Twitter followers a provocative question on the eve of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

With worries that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is presiding over a sham trial, many analysts have suggested that the Senate itself will be on trial.

"Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?" Bharara, who was fired by Trump, asked.

There are a number of potentially vulnerable Republicans facing voters in 2020, including McConnell himself, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

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