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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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Top environment senator asks agency to give companies more time to examine an expensive proposed mining rule.

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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.”

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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.

House GOP plans to kill Obama's order for funding Planned Parenthood

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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.

House energy panel to begin heavy lift on Trump's infrastructure plan

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02/10/17 2:13 PM

House GOP plans to kill Obama's order for funding Planned Parenthood

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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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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.

Pelosi celebrates court ruling, pans 'incoherent,' 'incompetent' immigration ban

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Pelosi argued that the ban does not make American safer, as Trump insists.

02/10/17 10:59 AM

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Watch: Protesters physically block DeVos from entering DC school


Protesters blocked Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from entering a Washington, D.C., school building on Friday.

Protesters blocked Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from entering a Washington, D.C., school building on Friday, causing her to scurry back to her SUV under protection from security.

DeVos was attempting to enter a building when a protester physically blocked the stairwell. DeVos then turned away and was 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.

It’s unclear if DeVos found another way into the building.

Price's confirmation as HHS secretary should accelerate Obamacare repeal

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Will the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute be the next Nordstrom?


The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston is a premier cancer treatment center. The Institute has booked a fundraising gala at Mar a Lago, the Trump-owned resort in Florida.

Some liberal patients at Dana-Farber are very upset about this. The Atlantic tells the story of Alan Guttmacher, a Democrat, a physician and a cancer patient at Dana-Farber.

Learning that Dana-Farber is continuing as a patron of the Trump Organization made Guttmacher feel instantly “less at home, less cared for.” He expects that he “will feel less of a refuge next time I need chemotherapy again.”

And now there’s a lobbying effort to get Dana-Farber to move the event. Doing business with the Trump organization, activists argue, amounts to an endorsement of Trump policies and clashes with Dana-Farber’s stated mission. Dana-Farber so far has said no dice.

The liberal reaction here is something odd. In our editorial we described the phenomenon: “Flexing their muscles in corporate America and the media is a rare way for the out-of-power liberal elite to exert influence these days.”

For a conservative from New York, living in D.C., it’s hard to understand this liberal mindset — this secular search for purity. I buy my gasoline from BP while it lobbies for climate regulations, I listen to Bruce Springsteen while he campaigns for John Kerry, I buy General Electric appliances and stock my freezer at Costco.

But the other interesting story here is the landmine of potential cases like the recent Nordstrom debacle, where consumers of high-end jewelry and clothing declared that Ivanka Trump’s brand was defiling their temple. Eventually, after saying sales dropped, Nordstrom dropped the Ivanka stuff, and the White House angrily responded, saying this was an “attack” on Trump’s “policies.”

So if Dana-Farber, amid the campaign by liberal activists, pulled out of Mar-a-Lago, would that be an “attack” on Trump’s policies?

This is a more sensitive case than Nordstrom.

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Not only is about cancer instead of high heels, Dana-Farber receives federal funding. For instance, here’s a report of a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Dana-Farber also lobbies on many federal issues, including research funding, employee law and hospital rules.

If they pull out, will they incur the wrath of the White House? Will Trump threaten federal funding? Is this fear a consideration in whether they switch venues?

This is a concern for any business that has ever had any relationship with any Trump property. It’s corrupting and crippling, and it’s why Trump needs to sell.

Timothy P. Carney, The Washington Examiner’s commentary editor, can be contacted at tcarney@washingtonexaminer.com. His column appears Tuesday nights on washingtonexaminer.com.

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The report details concerns of a group of undocumented students at the University of California, Merced.

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Trump: Israeli settlements aren't helping the peace process


President Trump told an Israeli newspaper Thursday that settlements in occupied Palestinian territory “don’t help” the peace process.

“They [settlements] don’t help the process. I can say that,” Trump told Israel Hayom. “There is so much land left. And every time you take land for settlements, there is less land left. But we are looking at that, and we are looking at some other options we’ll see. But no, I am not somebody that believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace.”

Trump also said he was still thinking about whether to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as he promised to do.

“I am thinking about the embassy, I am studying the embassy [issue], and we will see what happens,” Trump said. “The embassy is not an easy decision. It has obviously been out there for many, many years, and nobody has wanted to make that decision. I’m thinking about it very seriously, and we will see what happens.”

Israel Hayom is the newspaper owned by Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Adelson had dinner with Trump at the White House Thursday evening.

Despite his comments about Israeli settlements, Trump said he doesn’t plan to spend much time during his presidency criticizing Israel, and pointed to his good relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a reason why.

“I don’t want to condemn Israel. Israel has had a long history of condemnation and difficulty. And I don’t want to be condemning Israel,” he said. “I understand Israel very well, and I respect Israel a lot, and they have been through a lot. I would like to see peace and beyond that. And I think that peace for Israel would be a good thing for the Israeli people, not just a good thing, a great thing.”

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