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Ex-Solicitor General: Trump’s travel ban tweets are ‘presidential proclamations’ that ‘sabotage’ his case

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According to a Politico report, former Acting Solicitor General Walter Dellinger said President Donald Trump’s tweets calling his executive orders “travel bans” raises questions about the president’s motives and makes the job of Justice Department lawyers defending the orders more difficult.

“Either they have a client who can’t control himself,” said Dellinger, who was solicitor general during Bill Clinton’s presidency, “or a client who is trying to sabotage the case.”

According to Dellinger, Trump’s “travel ban” tweets not only make the constitutionality argument harder for the Justice Department lawyers arguing his case in appeals court — they also make their insistence that his campaign statements don’t belong in court proceedings obsolete.

“Trump has rendered moot the debate in the litigation over whether campaign statements should be inadmissible by incorporating by reference all those statements and turning them into presidential proclamations,” Dellinger told Politico.

The president’s lawyers, Politico writer Josh Gerstein noted, called the executive order banning refugees and migrants from Muslim-majority countries a “temporary pause” as early as Monday, but the president’s repeated use of the phrase “travel ban” complicates that argument.

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Read the entire report about GOP lawyers criticizing Trump’s “travel ban” tweets via Politico.


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The media’s ‘Made in America’ problem: Trump creates racist controversy — and gets free campaign coverage

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Let’s presume, however depressing that notion may be, that mainstream news organizations will continue to fumble the ball when it comes to directly calling blatantly racist statements coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth what they are, which is racist.

Let’s also presume that in the fallout of such incidents like Trump’s racist tweets on Sunday, media organizations adopt predictable stances. Most struggle to maintain a sense of equanimity and fairness when it comes to calling out Trump’s racism. Fox amplifies it.

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Gay man’s family cut off his ear after he came out

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A teen man came out to his parents and in response his dad severely mutilated him, reports Gay Star News.

The 19-year-old was then locked in a closet, where he tried not to bleed to death.

The teen is from The Gambia and is trying to get asylum in The Netherlands.

“I was so afraid to tell my family about my sexuality,” he said.

“I thought, maybe, my family will accept me because I am their family. This is who I am.”

“That was the biggest mistake I ever made.”

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Longtime Trump loyalist warns the president that his racist tweets are about to permanently stain his image

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On Tuesday, former Trump administration official Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Trump for telling four freshman congresswomen to go back to their own countries. All four are American citizens.

Scaramucci accused the president of playing to his base, in a way that has dangerous manifestations: for the president and the country.

“He’s blowing very hard on a dog-whistle that every ethnic group that’s landed in the United States has had to hear,” Scaramucci told the BBC.

“I don’t think the president is a racist, but here’s the thing: if you continue to say and act in that manner, then we all have to look at him and say, ‘OK, well, maybe you weren’t a racist, but now you’re turning into one.'”

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