Day: February 10, 2017

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Trump says he might sign 'brand new order' on immigration


President Trump said Friday he is considering signing a “brand new order” on immigration and refugees.

Earlier Friday, Trump promised additional national security measures sometime next week, and said his administration would continue to fight court decisions that have suspended his executive order on immigration.

“We’ll be doing something very rapidly, having to do with additional security for our country,” Trump said at the White House in a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “You’ll be seeing that sometime next week.”

According to multiple reports, Trump does not plan to immediately appeal the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ unanimous decision Thursday to keep the block on his immigration ban.

Trump hailed his executive order on immigration as a key security measure, although it’s one that two courts have blocked. But Trump said he’s confident that his Justice Department would overcome that hurdle.

His administration suffered a political blow on Thursday when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals voted to leave in place a temporary pause on his refugee restrictions while a lower court weighed the merits of the case against it.

“We have a situation where the security of our country is at stake, and it’s a very, very serious situation. So we look forward, as I just said, to seeing them in court,” Trump told reporters following the Thursday ruling.

The administration’s intentions to appeal the appeals court ruling could bring the issue all the way to the Supreme Court, which is comprised of eight members at this time.

Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch last week to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Pending his Senate confirmation, a possible Supreme Court decision on Trump’s travel ban could take place before Gorsuch’s vote takes place.

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The Senate could use the nuclear option to ensure Gorsuch is confirmed. That could possibly help with Trump’s refugee ban being upheld, even though it would likely be after the plan’s 90 days of action.

As of Thursday evening, Trump had not yet spoken with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was sworn into office earlier on Thursday.

Washington state was one of a handful of states to sue the administration for the president’s executive order to temporarily suspend immigration from Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Yemen. Last Friday, Seattle-based U.S. District Judge James Robart ruled in favor of a lawsuit by Ferguson, who took action on certain provisions in the executive action. Robart’s restraining order was granted on a national level and took effect immediately.

Justice lawyers asked the San Francisco-based appeals court to reinstate Trump’s ban on refugees and asylum seekers from those seven countries. The decree is set to expire 90 days from its start date on Jan. 27. On Tuesday evening, Justice Department attorneys and Washington state representatives argued the case in an hour-long phone hearing before the appeals court.

Sarah Westwood contributed

GOP: EPA cooking the books on costs of new mining rules

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DC police investigating if Betsy DeVos was assaulted during protest

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Why is it okay to silence Betsy DeVos but not Elizabeth Warren?


In Trump’s America, you can still tell a woman to sit down and shut up. Of course, it just depends on her politics.

Betsy DeVos and Elizabeth Warren know this better than most. Both were silenced by men and both persisted. But only one was heralded as a hero according to a shifting and ever-evolving standard of misogyny.

At first glance, the two episodes seem to meet the Left’s sexism standard. When Sen. Warren violated standing Senate decorum late Tuesday evening, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flexed his parliamentary muscle to bar her from speaking. And when Education Secretary Betsy Devos tried entering a middle school, a small shrieking troupe of protestors kept her from entering. But that’s where the comparison ends.

Warren’s snub launched a thousand think pieces overnight, turning her into a viral heroine and prompting more speculation about her presidential ambitions. DeVos didn’t fare as well.

Coverage of the DeVos episode seemed more like victim blaming than anything else. The Washington Post, for instance, highlighted the fact that DeVos “remains a polarizing figure in the education world days after she took office.” Put another way, a woman should expect pushback if she holds unpopular opinions.

Never mind the shrieking neckbeard, screaming at a member of the president’s Cabinet. Pay no attention to the fact that another adult male was arrested for assaulting a police officer. Somehow, it’s all DeVos fault.

Either the Left has suffered severe cognitive dissonance or there’s an underlying double standard when it comes to sexism. Judging from the treatment of Republican women in Trump’s America, it seems the latter is more likely.

Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

Trump says he might sign 'brand new order' on immigration

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“We’ll be doing something very rapidly, having to do with additional security for our country,” Trump said.

02/10/17 5:22 PM

DC police investigating if Betsy DeVos was assaulted during protest

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DC police investigating if Betsy DeVos was assaulted during protest


The D.C. police are investigating a possible assault against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos when she was blocked from entering a local middle school Friday morning.

The police department tweeted one man had been arrested for assaulting a police officer at the protest at Jefferson Middle School Academy.

“Report that @BetsyDeVos was assaulted is under investigation,” the account tweeted.

DeVos first tried to enter the building when protesters physically blocked the stairwell. DeVos and her staff turned away and were followed by a chanting protester who ripped her for her political donations to Republicans.

The protester chanted “Shame!” at DeVos as she got into her vehicle.

DeVos made it into the school, where she was meeting teachers union officials and school leaders.

A group of protesters attempted to block an advance team going to a second school in Southwest D.C. later on Friday.

DeVos said in a statement that she respected peaceful protest but “I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education.”

The Obamas sign with agents for speaking, book deals

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Michelle Obama still won't stop judging what kids eat


Former first lady Michelle Obama according to the Los Angeles Times, will be a guest host on the Fox show "MasterChef Junior." (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Michelle Obama will be spending some of her post-White House life appearing on reality television, judging the culinary creations of kid chefs.

The former first lady, according to the Los Angeles Times, will be a guest host on the Fox show “MasterChef Junior.”

Other guest hosts this season will include Martha Stewart and the Muppets.

The show is a cooking competition show of children between the ages of eight and 13.

Obama, during her time as first lady, became a leading figure in the push to institute healthier public school meal standards.

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Rude: Solidcore founder lectures Ivanka but welcomed Michelle Obama


What’s the best way to save a buck on advertising inside the beltway? Express self-righteous indignation and direct outrage at a member of the first family.

Since calling out Ivanka Trump for visiting her boujee gym boutique, Solidcore, Anne Mahlum has been heralded as a hero. More than anything though, she is an opportunist, eager to score free publicity by ginning up outrage.

Though the studio promises to help patrons “create the strongest version of yourself,” Ivanka found out that’s not exactly true. For hitting up her gym, the yoga instructor decided to publicly call out the president’s daughter on Facebook.

And while Mahlum has generated significant attention, any probing of her politics would be a misguided effort. She’s an apolitical opportunist. In the last eight years, the fitness trainer has deliberately sculpted a business model that bends with the capitol’s shifting politics.

Depending on who controls the White House, Mahlum goes high or low. After Michelle Obama rolled into Solidcore, the trainer churned out two business profiles touting her powerful clientele in both the Washington Business Journal and the Washington Post.

What was her selling point? Ironically, equality and understanding.

“There’s no preferred treatment,” Mahlum said in 2014. “That’s why people keep coming back. There’s this equalizer in the workout. This is a place where you come to work — a place where you’re honest with yourself and your capabilities.”

But Ivanka didn’t experience that acceptance.

Now that Republicans control the White House, Mahlum has switched up her routine to maximize her business’ gains and make her virtue signaling go viral. Considering that makeup of the surrounding electorate, that’s a savvy business model. As Byron York observes, the three precincts surrounding Solidcore’s D.C., studios voted 5,933 to 491 for Hillary Clinton.

Trump: New 'security' measures coming next week

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Trump said his administration would continue to fight court decisions that have suspended his executive order.

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Of course, as a private vendor and entrepreneur, Mahlum’s free to do with her business as she pleases. If she only wants to help liberals lose pounds, so be it. But the fitness instructor isn’t a hero. She’s just an opportunist playing politics for financial gain.

Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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DeVos responds to protesters: 'I will not be deterred'


Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Friday she would not be deterred from working for the country’s children after being physically blocked from entering two Washington, D.C. school buildings.

DeVos eventually entered Jefferson Middle School Academy after being forced to turn away by protesters, one of whom draped her body across a stairwell, forcing DeVos to go back to her vehicle.

“I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education,” she said in a statement. “No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation’s school children.”

She met with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, Jefferson Academy Principal Greg Dohmann, Superintendent Natalie Gordon, Chief of Schools John Davis and other school leaders, and thanked them for taking the time to meet with her.

DeVos said the meeting was productive and she wanted to visit the middle school on Seventh Street in Northwest Washington because it’s one of the best in the city.

She said meeting with the officials in that space was a sign of what she wanted from other American schools. She called Jefferson a “public middle school on the rise.”

“Focusing on their students and families is at the heart of Jefferson Academy’s approach, and that’s exactly what I believe is at the heart of providing an exceptional education,” she said. “Great teachers and leaders help make great schools, and I was honored to speak with Jefferson’s team about our shared commitment to strengthening public education.”

Both Randi Weingarten, the American Federation of Teachers president, and Arne Duncan, President Obama’s education secretary, said they oppose protesters who tried to keep DeVos out of the schools.

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02/10/17 2:13 PM

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Trump welcomes Japanese Prime Minister to 'the very famous White House'


President Trump welcomed Japanese Prime Minister to “the very famous White House” during a joint press conference in the East Room on Friday.

“Prime minister Abe, on behalf of the American people, I welcome you to the very famous White House. You honor us with your presence,” Trump said.

Trump added: “This is one of our earliest visits from a foreign leader, and I am truly glad that it could be from such an important and steadfast ally. The bond between our two nations and the friendship between our two peoples runs very, very deep. This administration is committed to bringing those ties even closer.”

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White House hints at revised immigration order


The official declined to confirm whether the president is already considering a new executive order. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Trump could issue a revised version of his controversial executive order that put a hold on immigration, and which the court system has since blocked from being implemented.

“Nothing’s off the table,” a White House official told CNN on Friday after being asked if a revised order is being considered. But the official declined to confirm whether the president is already considering a new executive order.

The 9th Circuit Court of appeals delivered a devastating ruling to Trump late Thursday evening, by choosing to uphold a federal judge’s restraining order that has barred the administration from enforcing its travel ban on immigration from seven countries.

“SEE YOU IN COURT,” Trump tweeted minutes after the ruling was announced.

The White House is now weighing its options, including whether the Justice Department should make a direct appeal to the Supreme Court or petition the 9th Circuit for a rehearing to consider the case a second time.

“It’s a political decision,” Trump told reporters after the court ruling on Thursday. “We’re going to see them in court and I look forward to doing that.”

“It’s a decision that we’ll win, in my opinion, very easily,” he added.

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Protester held a Black Lives Matter sign while keeping DeVos from meeting with a 94% Black school


Protesters blocked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering a DC public school. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was supposed to meet with students and teachers at Jefferson Academy, a public middle school in Southwest Washington, D.C., on Friday. Instead, protesters blocked her from entering the building.

One protester in DeVos’ way held a Black Lives Matter sign while simultaneously blocking DeVos from meeting teachers and students at a 94 percent Black school.

(You know who else stood in a schoolhouse door to block someone from getting in? George Wallace.)

The protest was organized by the Washington Teachers Union, whose head called it “more a vigil than a protest.” It’s not clear if the union supported those who blocked DeVos or not.

In a refreshing turn of events, though, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten condemned the protesters that blocked DeVos from entering the building.

Weingarten said her union doesn’t condone that, and that they want DeVos to visit public schools.

After a grueling nomination process, even that minor show of support is probably appreciated by DeVos.

Pentagon: Close encounter with Chinese plane likely unintentional

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The close encounter between Chinese and American planes this week was probably unintentional, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.

Capt. Jeff Davis said that a U.S. Navy P-3C Orion surveillance plane and a Chinese KJ-200, an airborne early warning aircraft, came within about 1,000 feet of each other on Wednesday over the South China Sea near Scarborough Shoal. The Chinese plane crossed the nose of the American plane, forcing the P-3C to “make an immediate turn.”

“Clearly we have our differences with China over militarization of the South China Sea, over their reclamation of the islands and some of their broader strategic objectives, but when it comes to simply the interactions, those are largely professional and safe,” Davis

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Jason Russell is the contributors editor for the Washington Examiner.

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Potential Army secretary nominee won't seek the position


A potential candidate to be President Trump’s Army secretary dropped out of the running on Friday.

Van Hipp, a top defense lobbyist and former military officer, thanked Trump but said he was not interested in the job.

“In recent days, my name has been raised publicly as a potential nominee for Secretary of the Army. I support President Trump and his leadership 100 percent, but unfortunately the timing would not be right for my family and me due to personal and professional commitments,” Hipp said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

“I join those in the national-security community who commend our Commander-in-Chief for his vigilance in protecting our nation, and, from the private-sector, I will assist the cause of Making America Great Again in any way I can,” Hipp added.

Hipp has served previously as deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Reserve forces and mobilization, and he was a contender for the Pentagon post last fall until Trump announced that he had chosen Vincent Viola. Hipp’s name resurfaced last Friday after Viola, owner of the Florida Panthers National Hockey League Team, told Trump he was having too much trouble separating himself from his business to continue on as the nominee.

“Mr. Viola has informed President Trump that he will be unable to accept his nomination to serve as secretary of the Army as the challenges of separating Mr. Viola from the organizations that he has built over the last thirty-five years have proven insurmountable,” Viola’s team said in a statement.

Though Army secretary is not considered a Cabinet-level position, whoever the president chooses will require a confirmation vote in the Senate.

A White House spokesperson did not return the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

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