Federal Court Keeps Trump Ban Suspended:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld the ruling of U.S. District Judge James Robart
on Thursday, determining that the freeze on President Trump
’s immigration order will be maintained. This means that for now, previously barred refugees and citizens from the countries that fell under the ban will be allowed to enter the United States. The Justice Department could now ask that the Supreme Court intervene on the matter. However at the moment, the Supreme Court is a justice short, which could result in a tie—meaning that the ruling of the lower court would be maintained. Within an hour after the ruling, Trump responded with an all-caps tweet: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!”
Prince Is Coming to Streaming Services:
The streaming service Napster confirmed to NPR on Thursday that Prince
’s records produced with Warner Bros. will be available to stream starting this Sunday. NPR reports it is very likely Spotify and Apple will have the albums as well, which include 1999
, Purple Rain
, Dirty Mind
, and Sign o’ the Times
. Spotify and Apple declined to comment for the story. Prince died suddenly at age 57 last year.
Report: Flynn, Russia Talked Sanctions:
A number of officials cited in a report from The Washington Post
contend that despite the denials from President Trump
’s national security adviser Michael Flynn
, that he did in fact discuss U.S. sanctions against Russia with the country’s ambassador before Trump took office. Flynn’s communication with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak
was interpreted as a potential indication that he was promising a reprieve from sanctions imposed on Russia by the Obama administration. Flynn denied the allegations Wednesday but, through a spokesman Thursday, his tune seemed to change slightly. The spokesman told the Post
that Flynn “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.” The details contradict public statements by Vice President Mike Pence
about Flynn’s conversations.
Americans Renouncing Citizenship Hits All-Time High:
The number of Americans renouncing their citizenship has hit arecord high, according to U.S. government data. The total number of individuals expatriating rose 26 percent from 2015, to 5,411 in 2016. While it’s tempting to point to the exhausting 2016 election season as a reason for many to renounce, Bloomberg News points out that the increase largely stems from tax laws that in 2010 were made tougher for U.S. citizens banking overseas. Because America taxes people based on nationality, under the recent rules its citizens are liable for U.S. taxes even when living abroad. Since the new compliance regulations went into effect, Bloomberg noted, the number of expatriations has reached a new high each year.
George and Amal Clooney Expecting Twins:
and Amal Clooney
are expecting twins, family friend and fellow actor Matt Damon
confirmed to Entertainment Tonight Canada
. Clooney, 55, reportedly confirmed the news to Damon while working on a film together in the fall of 2016, when wife Amal, 39, was only eight weeks pregnant. “I’m like, ‘Are you out of your mind? Don’t tell anybody else, don’t tell anybody else. Don’t you know the 12-week rule?’” Damon recalled. This pregnancy is the first for the high-powered couple, who were married in Italy in 2014. The Clooneys have yet to officially comment on the pregnancy.
Tom Price Confirmed as Health Secretary:
The U.S. Senate voted early Friday to approve Rep. Tom Price
as the next secretary of Health and Human Services. The Georgia Republican faced a somewhat contentious confirmation as questions arose about the ethics of his stock transactions while serving in Congress, as well as his commitment to dismantle or alter the Affordable Care Act and other health-care programs. By a count of 52-47, largely along party lines, however, the Senate confirmed Price, a 62-year-old orthopedic surgeon.
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