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‘Failure of leadership’: Constitutional law expert explains why the court handed Trump a loss on immigration order

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On Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against reinstating President Donald Trump’s proposed Muslim travel ban. Constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz spoke about the ruling on MSNBC, arguing, “You work together with all three branches of the government to come up with a solution that protects the country and the constitution. What the president did was exactly the opposite.”

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Dershowitz argued Trump’s executive order was an unilateral decision that he made without “conferring with the legislative branch, without really thinking hard about what the courts would say.” He called Trump’s decision a “failure of presidential leadership.”

He argued, however, that the president must have some authority “with Congress, hopefully, to keep out categories of people who pose a risk to the safety of the country. But the legislation or the order have to be drafted very carefully. That’s why I would hope the president would withdraw this order, start from scratch to come up with a new order that protects us and the constitution.” 

Political commentator George Will also joined the panel, adding that the president’s response will matter. “The tone and the manners of the president are going to be decisive here. If he steps back and says ‘The system is working, we have many more hurdles to go over, many more at bats in this game,’ that would be one thing.” 

He continued, “If it is vituperative and ad hominem and an attack on the fundamental integrity of the system, then this will not be a teachable moment. It will be another polarizing moment, and very bad for the system.”

President Trump responded to the court’s decision on Thursday night, tweeting, “SEE YOU IN COURT.”

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Melania Trump statue torched near her Slovenian hometown: report

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On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump carved from a tree outside her hometown in Slovenia last year has been burned to the ground.

"The artist who had commissioned the sculpture, Brad Downey, had the statue removed on July 5," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "Downey, who is American but works out of Berlin, had hoped his statue of the first lady would create dialogue about American politics, given that Melania Trump is an immigrant married to a president who seeks to stem immigration. Though the investigation is still pending, Downey said he hopes to interview the perpetrators for an upcoming exhibition."

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FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon

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A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.

"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.

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Lady Antebellum changed their name for racial sensitivity — now they’re suing the Black singer who already used the name

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In June, as the national conversation about racial justice in the wake of the George Floyd killing pushed many groups and organizations to examine the racial connotations of their brands, the country music group Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name to "Lady A" to remove reference to the slavery period of Southern history.

There was just one problem: an African-American blues singer in Seattle, Anita White, already went by that name. Now, according to Pitchfork, the band is going to court for the right to use the trademark.

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