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Trump to Take Office with Enormous Power to Shape Future U.S. Policy on Voting

“The last time we had a national government that was as hostile to the protection of minority voting rights as we may have with this president was probably near the end of the first Reconstruction” after the Civil War, said prof Karlan. Several potentially decisive rulings on voting appear bound for a Supreme Court whose balance is in Trump’s hands. Voting issues will fall to a Justice Dept whose likely attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is viewed with deep suspicion by civil rights advocates.   read more

Cities across U.S. Prepare to Pay High Price for Resisting Trump Mass Deportations

Across the nation, in cities like Boston, L.A., Philadelphia and San Francisco, officials plan to defy Trump and act as a kind of bulwark against mass deportations. “I like to compare this to conscientious objector status,” said Oakland Mayor Schaaf. “We are not going to use our resources to enforce what we believe are unjust immigration laws.” But the cost may be steep: Trump has vowed to block all federal funding for cities where local law enforcement agencies do not cooperate with ICE agents.   read more

Constitutional Violations of Trump’s Foreign Business Dealings May Never Be Known Due to Limited Disclosure Rules

Legally, Trump's foreign licensing deals could violate the U.S. Constitution. If the deals occur during his presidency and fetch anything above what’s considered fair market value, it would almost certainly violate the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. But how will we know if Trump is violating the clause? Because of limited financial-disclosure requirements, we might not. And Trump has refused to release his tax returns, a significant break from past presidential administrations.   read more

Thousands of U.S. Veterans to Serve as ‘Human Shields” for Dakota Pipeline Protesters

The effort is planned as a nonviolent intervention to defend demonstrators from what the group calls “assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force.” “OK, are you going to treat us veterans who have served our country in the same way as you have those [protesters]?” asked one of the vets. Authorities have used rubber bullets, pepper spray and water cannons against demonstrators, hundreds of whom have been injured, according to protest organizers.   read more

Attorney General of the United States: Who Is Jeff Sessions?

According to testimony, Sessions called a black attorney, Thomas Figures, who worked for him “boy,” and told him to “be careful what you say to white folks.” He also said the ACLU and NAACP were “un-American” and “Communist-inspired” because they “forced civil rights down the throats of people,” but joked that the Ku Klux Klan was “OK...” He opposes civil rights protections for gays, voted to ban same-sex marriage, and is one of only 22 opposed to the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization.   read more

5 Trump Business Ties that Pose Conflicts for the President-Elect

Experts on government ethics are warning President-elect Donald Trump that he'll never shake suspicions of a clash between his private interests and the public good if he doesn't sell off his vast holdings, which include roughly 500 companies in more than a dozen countries. They say just the appearance of conflicts is likely to tie up the new administration in investigations, lawsuits and squabbles, stoked perhaps by angry Oval Office tweets.   read more

Immigrants Fear Signing Up as “Dreamers” May Backfire Under Trump

"Trump wants to deport 11 million people, and the easiest ones would be us because they already have our information,'' said 23-year-old Paola, who arrived in the U.S. at age 2. ``We need to protect these people,'' said Rep. Chu. "...or risk losing the trust of the most vulnerable in this country.'' Johnson said "it would be an unprecedented moment in U.S. immigration history to use.. voluntarily given information...for a relief program and turn it around to try to engage in mass deportations.''   read more

Targeting of Obama Auto Emission Rules by Trump Could Put Emissions Slowdown at Risk

Aides to Trump have signaled he'll look for a quick exit from the U.S. commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Of all the climate policies he has promised to undo, auto emissions standards could be the most consequential. The sheer volume of auto emissions has made the goals introduced by President Obama, intended to reduce auto pollution, one of the single biggest steps any nation has taken to fight global warming. Those targets are now likely to be scaled back or even scrapped.   read more

Private Prison Industry May be Big Winner in Trump/Sessions Immigrant Deportation Plans

There could be big money ahead for the private prison industry. A day after the election, stock market shares for the nation's top prison firm jumped by 43%. "They're handing the keys to a deportation machine over to the Trump administration," Libal said. "And I think there's no reason to believe that [it] won't drive that machine forward through human rights...or due process protections in the detention system." A federal audit said private prisons have more problems than government lockups.   read more

The Professional Protesters that Weren’t: How One Man’s Tweet Exploded into a Fake News Story Cited as Fact by Trump

“I’m...a very busy businessman and I don’t have time to fact-check everything that I put out there," said Eric Tucker, who wrote the original tweet. His comment on Twitter the night after the election turned into a fake-news phenomenon that, within an hour, was cited by Donald Trump. It is an example of how, in an ever-connected world where speed often takes precedence over truth, an observation by a private citizen can quickly become a talking point, even as it is being proved false.   read more

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: Who Is Mike Pompeo?

Pompeo has called for harsher treatment of suspected terrorists and opposed Obama’s Iran deal to limit its nuclear capability. On NSA monitoring of Americans’ communications, Pompeo said, “I believe that program has proven to be a very valuable asset for the intelligence community and for law enforcement.” He praised tech firms for complying with government surveillance requests. He also suggested that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden be given the death penalty.   read more

National Security Advisor: Who Is Michael Flynn?

Michael Flynn was named by President-elect Donald Trump as the next National Security Adviser. Flynn generally agrees with Trump on issues like use of torture, killing of terror suspects’ families, and a ban on all Muslim immigration. He was previously forced out as DIA chief because, as former Secretary of State Colin Powell wrote, he was “abusive with staff, didn’t listen, worked against policy, bad management,” and “has been and was right-wing nutty ever since.”   read more

Trump Factor Steers Foreign Students Away from U.S. Colleges, Putting at Risk Schools’ Annual $32 Billion in Foreign Revenue

U.S. college admissions officials are worried that Trump’s election could portend a decline in international candidates. Such a disruption could be particularly worrisome for universities who balance their books with income from international students, who generally pay higher tuition. “It’s the main topic of conversation among my friends,” said Palak Gera, 21. “They don’t want to apply to the U.S. under Trump.” Said Aman Kumar, age 18: “I’m thinking of applying to Canada."   read more

With No Ethics Rules Binding U.S. Presidents, Trump Business Ventures Put Conflicts of Interest at High Risk

Voters have long worried about elected officials using their power to line their pockets and shape policies to advance their private interests. But rarely has an incoming president represented such potential for conflicts of interest. Ken Gross calls Trump's holdings "unprecedented" in size and complexity for a president, a "tangled web" of potential conflicts that would be difficult to unravel. As it turns out, Trump doesn't even have to try. Federal ethics rules don't apply to the president.   read more

Some U.S. Cell Phones Found to Have Secret Back Door that Sends Data to China

For about $50, you can get a smartphone with high-def display, fast service and...a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. Security contractors recently discovered pre-installed software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages. U.S. authorities say it is not clear whether this represents secretive data mining for advertising or a Chinese government effort to collect intelligence.   read more

Dynastic Wealth among the Rich Predicted upon Implementation of Trump Tax Code Changes

If Donald Trump follows through on his promises, a host of taxes that affect only the very richest Americans may be eliminated, along with almost all tax incentives to be philanthropic. As a result, wealthy families may find it much easier to amass dynastic levels of wealth. Trump's tax proposals would allow for the creation of generational wealth to rival that of the last Gilded Age, after which the modern estate tax was enacted in 1916.   read more
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Trump to Take Office with Enormous Power to Shape Future U.S. Policy on Voting

“The last time we had a national government that was as hostile to the protection of minority voting rights as we may have with this president was probably near the end of the first Reconstruction” after the Civil War, said prof Karlan. Several potentially decisive rulings on voting appear bound for a Supreme Court whose balance is in Trump’s hands. Voting issues will fall to a Justice Dept whose likely attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is viewed with deep suspicion by civil rights advocates.   read more

Cities across U.S. Prepare to Pay High Price for Resisting Trump Mass Deportations

Across the nation, in cities like Boston, L.A., Philadelphia and San Francisco, officials plan to defy Trump and act as a kind of bulwark against mass deportations. “I like to compare this to conscientious objector status,” said Oakland Mayor Schaaf. “We are not going to use our resources to enforce what we believe are unjust immigration laws.” But the cost may be steep: Trump has vowed to block all federal funding for cities where local law enforcement agencies do not cooperate with ICE agents.   read more

Constitutional Violations of Trump’s Foreign Business Dealings May Never Be Known Due to Limited Disclosure Rules

Legally, Trump's foreign licensing deals could violate the U.S. Constitution. If the deals occur during his presidency and fetch anything above what’s considered fair market value, it would almost certainly violate the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. But how will we know if Trump is violating the clause? Because of limited financial-disclosure requirements, we might not. And Trump has refused to release his tax returns, a significant break from past presidential administrations.   read more

Thousands of U.S. Veterans to Serve as ‘Human Shields” for Dakota Pipeline Protesters

The effort is planned as a nonviolent intervention to defend demonstrators from what the group calls “assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force.” “OK, are you going to treat us veterans who have served our country in the same way as you have those [protesters]?” asked one of the vets. Authorities have used rubber bullets, pepper spray and water cannons against demonstrators, hundreds of whom have been injured, according to protest organizers.   read more

Attorney General of the United States: Who Is Jeff Sessions?

According to testimony, Sessions called a black attorney, Thomas Figures, who worked for him “boy,” and told him to “be careful what you say to white folks.” He also said the ACLU and NAACP were “un-American” and “Communist-inspired” because they “forced civil rights down the throats of people,” but joked that the Ku Klux Klan was “OK...” He opposes civil rights protections for gays, voted to ban same-sex marriage, and is one of only 22 opposed to the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization.   read more

5 Trump Business Ties that Pose Conflicts for the President-Elect

Experts on government ethics are warning President-elect Donald Trump that he'll never shake suspicions of a clash between his private interests and the public good if he doesn't sell off his vast holdings, which include roughly 500 companies in more than a dozen countries. They say just the appearance of conflicts is likely to tie up the new administration in investigations, lawsuits and squabbles, stoked perhaps by angry Oval Office tweets.   read more

Immigrants Fear Signing Up as “Dreamers” May Backfire Under Trump

"Trump wants to deport 11 million people, and the easiest ones would be us because they already have our information,'' said 23-year-old Paola, who arrived in the U.S. at age 2. ``We need to protect these people,'' said Rep. Chu. "...or risk losing the trust of the most vulnerable in this country.'' Johnson said "it would be an unprecedented moment in U.S. immigration history to use.. voluntarily given information...for a relief program and turn it around to try to engage in mass deportations.''   read more

Targeting of Obama Auto Emission Rules by Trump Could Put Emissions Slowdown at Risk

Aides to Trump have signaled he'll look for a quick exit from the U.S. commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Of all the climate policies he has promised to undo, auto emissions standards could be the most consequential. The sheer volume of auto emissions has made the goals introduced by President Obama, intended to reduce auto pollution, one of the single biggest steps any nation has taken to fight global warming. Those targets are now likely to be scaled back or even scrapped.   read more

Private Prison Industry May be Big Winner in Trump/Sessions Immigrant Deportation Plans

There could be big money ahead for the private prison industry. A day after the election, stock market shares for the nation's top prison firm jumped by 43%. "They're handing the keys to a deportation machine over to the Trump administration," Libal said. "And I think there's no reason to believe that [it] won't drive that machine forward through human rights...or due process protections in the detention system." A federal audit said private prisons have more problems than government lockups.   read more

The Professional Protesters that Weren’t: How One Man’s Tweet Exploded into a Fake News Story Cited as Fact by Trump

“I’m...a very busy businessman and I don’t have time to fact-check everything that I put out there," said Eric Tucker, who wrote the original tweet. His comment on Twitter the night after the election turned into a fake-news phenomenon that, within an hour, was cited by Donald Trump. It is an example of how, in an ever-connected world where speed often takes precedence over truth, an observation by a private citizen can quickly become a talking point, even as it is being proved false.   read more

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: Who Is Mike Pompeo?

Pompeo has called for harsher treatment of suspected terrorists and opposed Obama’s Iran deal to limit its nuclear capability. On NSA monitoring of Americans’ communications, Pompeo said, “I believe that program has proven to be a very valuable asset for the intelligence community and for law enforcement.” He praised tech firms for complying with government surveillance requests. He also suggested that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden be given the death penalty.   read more

National Security Advisor: Who Is Michael Flynn?

Michael Flynn was named by President-elect Donald Trump as the next National Security Adviser. Flynn generally agrees with Trump on issues like use of torture, killing of terror suspects’ families, and a ban on all Muslim immigration. He was previously forced out as DIA chief because, as former Secretary of State Colin Powell wrote, he was “abusive with staff, didn’t listen, worked against policy, bad management,” and “has been and was right-wing nutty ever since.”   read more

Trump Factor Steers Foreign Students Away from U.S. Colleges, Putting at Risk Schools’ Annual $32 Billion in Foreign Revenue

U.S. college admissions officials are worried that Trump’s election could portend a decline in international candidates. Such a disruption could be particularly worrisome for universities who balance their books with income from international students, who generally pay higher tuition. “It’s the main topic of conversation among my friends,” said Palak Gera, 21. “They don’t want to apply to the U.S. under Trump.” Said Aman Kumar, age 18: “I’m thinking of applying to Canada."   read more

With No Ethics Rules Binding U.S. Presidents, Trump Business Ventures Put Conflicts of Interest at High Risk

Voters have long worried about elected officials using their power to line their pockets and shape policies to advance their private interests. But rarely has an incoming president represented such potential for conflicts of interest. Ken Gross calls Trump's holdings "unprecedented" in size and complexity for a president, a "tangled web" of potential conflicts that would be difficult to unravel. As it turns out, Trump doesn't even have to try. Federal ethics rules don't apply to the president.   read more

Some U.S. Cell Phones Found to Have Secret Back Door that Sends Data to China

For about $50, you can get a smartphone with high-def display, fast service and...a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. Security contractors recently discovered pre-installed software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages. U.S. authorities say it is not clear whether this represents secretive data mining for advertising or a Chinese government effort to collect intelligence.   read more

Dynastic Wealth among the Rich Predicted upon Implementation of Trump Tax Code Changes

If Donald Trump follows through on his promises, a host of taxes that affect only the very richest Americans may be eliminated, along with almost all tax incentives to be philanthropic. As a result, wealthy families may find it much easier to amass dynastic levels of wealth. Trump's tax proposals would allow for the creation of generational wealth to rival that of the last Gilded Age, after which the modern estate tax was enacted in 1916.   read more
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