Trump defends immigration ban, calls the world ‘a horrible mess’:
The Commander-in-Tweet once again took to Twitter Sunday — this time to defend his controversial executive actions on immigration. President Trump was back to his typical morning social media smackdown — insisting that his push for a Mexican wall and a travel ban for seven Muslim-majority nations was necessary. “Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world – a horrible mess!” Trump fired off just after 8 a.m. The tweet came hours after federal judges in both Brooklyn and Boston temporarily blocked parts of Trump’s executive order, which he issue Friday.
Report: White House Considering Asking Foreigners for Social Media Info:
As Americans gather to protest against President Donald Trump
’s executive order that halted refugee resettlement and has prevented green-card holders from returning to the U.S., the White House is now considering whether to ask foreigners to share their social media info and phone contacts, CNN reported. There is no indication yet that the idea has advanced further than simply being discussed. The report added thatStephen Miller
, White House policy director, spoke with officials from the State Department, Customs and Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security to convey to them that Trump is 100 percent behind the executive order, despite “hysterical voices on TV.”
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Federal Judge Stays Refugee Ban Deportations:
A federal judge in Brooklyn issued a stay on Saturday night “on deportations for people who have arrived with valid visas fromseven-majority Muslim nations,” according to The Guardian
. It’s an almost-instant setback for President Trump
‘s executive order banning individuals from entering the U.S. from a set of Muslim-majority countries. The ruling was in response to a habeas corpus petition from the ACLU on behalf of Hameed Khalid Darweesh
and Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi
who were stopped at JFK Airport in New York City and held by Customs and Border Patrol. Darweesh had been an interpreter in Iraq for the U.S. military and Alshawi had a visa to meet his wife and son who are permanent residents of the U.S. and had also served. During the hearing, the U.S. government seemed ill prepared, and at one point was unable to inform the judge how many people the government was holding.
Hillary Clinton Speaks Out Against Trump’s Refugee Ban:
In a tweet to supporters Saturday night, Hillary Clinton
expressed her support for the people across the country fighting against the executive order signed by PresidentDonald Trump
that has led to the detainment of refugees and immigrants trying to enter the United States from a number of Muslim countries. “I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution,” the former Democratic candidate wrote. “This is not who we are.” The message came after a federal judge stayed the deportations of those already in transit.
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Roger Federer Defeats Rafael Nadal in Australian Open Final:
on Sunday defeated Rafael Nadal
in the Australian Open final, extending his number of Grand Slam singles titles to 18. The 35-year-old has now won five Australian Open finals, making him the first man to win at least five championships at three different Grand Slams—the other two being Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. After defeating Nadal, Federer told him, “Tennis needs you. Keep doing everything you do.”
LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: While “La La Land” is the toast of Hollywood, with a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, there’s an internal war over the casting of the hit musical at power agency CAA. Miles Teller and Emma Watson — both repped by CAA — were originally tapped as leads in the movie, but Hollywood insiders said both lost the roles for being too demanding. One movie insider said, “Miles was offered $4 million to star in ‘La La Land,’ but he said he wanted $6 million. Watson was offered the lead female role, but she initially wouldn’t commit. Then she began making all these crazy demands, like rehearsals for the film must be done in London — for a film called ‘La La Land!’ They jumped through hoops to make it work with her, but she just didn’t feel the film was right for her.
LBN-NOTICED: ***Lorde on a downtown F train in NYC. ***Veteran plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Perlman having dinner last night with his 11 year old son Justin ***Michael K. Williamsand Brooklyn rapper Tony Testa at Bamonte’s restaurant in Brooklyn. ***Marlo Thomas at Nello in NYC for dinner with friends. ***New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing at Catch New York with former Georgetown teammate Ralph Daltonand Medallion Financial’s Andrew Murstein. ***New “Real Housewife of New York City” Tinsley Mortimer, who is apparently searching for love on the show, having drinks with a mystery man at Midtown hot spot Hunt & Fish Club in NYC.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd: So now we’re getting the crazy straight up. The Doomsday Clock is ticking faster, the resistance is growing, and teetotaler Donald Trump already seems drunk with power. He’s got the role of his life and he’s casting his show: Steve Bannon is his Roy Cohn, the combative hammer and agitprop genius; Theresa May is Maggie to his Ronnie; Ivanka and Jared are his consiglieri, family to help him figure out who stays and who gets iced; Vladimir Putin echoes the role of Trump’s dad, Fred, who was supremely aggressive and calculating, cool where Donald was hot, someone who believed the world was divided into killers and losers. (But in Putin’s case, it’s literal.) It took us years to find out that Richard Nixon was swilling Scotch, eating dog biscuits, talking to the White House portraits and blowing up the Vietnam peace talks in 1968 to help his election bid. It took us years to find out that, despite that deep, reassuring voice, Dick Cheney was a demented megalomaniac.
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LBN-COMMENTARY by Andrew Sullivan:
By the time the court opened, there were around two dozen of us in line, nervously fiddling with our official papers. I was recovering from a brief but brutal stomach flu, which meant I hadn’t eaten in two days and had split open my lip in a mad, half-asleep rush to the bathroom two nights before. Ashen-white, I looked like I’d just been punched in the face. They gave us all a number, handed us a packet, and instructed us not to take photographs after the judge walked in. A man in a shiny suit proceeded to entertain us intermittently for half an hour with some almost-funny jokes. And then, at long last, the judge walked in, we all stood up, and it began. Judge Mehta told us this was his favorite part of the job, and that he had immigrated to the U.S. from India as a child. A few weeks before, my naturalization interview had been with a man with an Arabic last name — and a Redskins helmet on his cabinet. Standing around me now, my fellow newbie Americans came from all over the world: Iran, Honduras, Ethiopia, and Canada, among other countries. Only two of us, as I recall, were white.
LBN-COMMENTARY by John Hartmann: Reagan was the anti-christ, the pebble that started the avalanche that gutted the new deal and returned the wealth of the middle-class back to its previous owners, the 1%. The Bush-whackers were his enablers and Trump is their destroyer. Bernie was our only hope. Hillary at best would have been more of the same which is not acceptable to the American people. The revolution is on.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Vickie Casas (Small business owner):The most important part of President Trumps’s inaugural address was that he did hold both Democrat’s and Republican’s accountable for the direction our country has taken. Somehow I have never been able to squeeze myself into either parties box! Democrat’s tend to want to ram their agenda down your throat and Republican’s just sell you out behind closed doors! President Trump must be honest with the people and hold all parties accountable if they do not make the right decisions for the American people. The United States of America’s people, their prosperity and safety must now come first and foremost.
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LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Princess Diana
is coming home and will soon be able to watch over her beloved children and grandchildren. A statue of the Princess of Wales is set to beerected on the grounds of Kensington Palace, at the request of her sons Prince William
and Prince Harry
, hopefully before the end of the year. This August will mark the 20th anniversary of her death. ***Justin Bieber
got a taste of NHL hockey and the Staples Center glass Saturday, courtesy of NHL greatChris Pronger
. The pop star responded by showing off skills that would not have looked out of place in his native Canada during a celebrity exhibition game. Bieber was driven into the boards in the first half by a laughing Pronger, who spent 18 years in the league as a hard-nosed defenseman. The singer responded with an empty-net goal and an assist as Team Gretzky beat Team Lemieux 5-3 in the 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout.
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