Obama speaks out against Trump “American values are at stake.”

President Obama speaks out against President Trump “American values are at stake.”

Former President Barack Obama’s office released a statement today supporting the protests going on around the country, and speaking out against discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion, saying “American values are at stake.”

Kevin Lewis, spokesman for President Obama in his post-presidency, said that Obama — 

 “is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.

Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake. 

With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the president fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”

Senate Democrats to fight Trump with filibuster on Supreme Court nominee! 

Senate Democrats to fight Trump with filibuster on Supreme Court nominee!

Senate Democrats to fight Trump with filibuster on Supreme Court nominee!

With Trump prepared to announce his nominee on Tuesday evening, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said in an interview on Monday morning that he will filibuster any pick that is not Merrick Garland and that the vast majority of his caucus will oppose Trump’s nomination. That means Trump’s nominee will need 60 votes to be confirmed by the Senate.

McConnell is loathe to change the rules of the Senate to allow confirmation of Supreme Court nominees by a simple majority but has not said explicitly what he would do if Democrats block Trump’s nominee. The Senate rules can be changed by a simple majority by the so-called “nuclear option” — last invoked by former Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to ease the confirmation of Obama’s judicial and executive nominees.  More from Politico here.

Defiant Democratic Senators to introduce a bill that will overturn Trump Muslim ban executive order! 

Defiant Democratic Senators to introduce a bill that will overturn Trump Muslim ban executive order!

Democratic Senators are expected to introduce legislation as early as Monday that aims to overturn President Trump’s executive orders on immigration.
On Sunday, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., announced via Twitter that he was planning a bill:

“this week” that would put a stop to what he called Trump’s “dangerous, hateful order.”

Read more from NBC News on this developing story.

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Trump administration willfully ignoring Judge’s deportation order. 

Trump administration willfully ignoring Judge’s deportation order.

The New York Post is reporting the ACLU is getting “multiple reports” that federal customs agents are siding with President Trump — and willfully ignoring a Brooklyn federal judge’s demand that travelers from seven Muslim countries not be deported from the nation’s airports. More information available here.  

Here is a protest schedule for January 28th found on Twitter.  


 

From the ACLU

The ACLU with other organizations immediately sprang into action and challenged Trump’s executive order in court as violating the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. We immediately got a hearing and argued our case. At around 9 p.m., Federal District Court Judge Ann M. Donnelly issued a stay, blocking President Trump’s discriminatory policy from taking effect and preventing refugees and immigrants from being deported. She did not rule on the constitutionality of the order, but for now, the men and women who would have been deported are safe. When I and staff attorney Lee Gelernt emerged from the courthouse, we were met with a sea of people cheering and chanting.

More available here from the ACLU here.

Mystery death of ex-KGB chief linked to MI6 spy’s dossier on Donald Trump, found dead in back of his car. 

Mystery death of ex-KGB chief linked to MI6 spy's dossier on Donald Trump, found dead in back of his car.

Mystery death of ex-KGB chief linked to MI6 spy’s dossier on Donald Trump, found dead in back of his car.

Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its successor the FSB, was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on Boxing Day in mysterious circumstances.

Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in the dossier.  More details available here from The Telegraph, UK. 

So the usual way for Russia to deal with characters they’re not fond of is to simply make them disappear, sometimes assassinate them or give them plutonium soup. Now it seems that Oleg Erovinkin has mysteriously turned up dead in the back seat of his car.  

Trump reportedly is engaged today in his first official phone call with Vladimir Putin.  We’re guessing they’re not discussing if Oleg was attempting to drive from the back seat, so what do you think is going on? Does Russia have “kompromat” on Trump? Please add your comments below. 

Trump tweets about Chicago “carnage” threatening to send in the Feds, but he can’t. 

Trump tweets about Chicago

Trump tweets about Chicago “carnage” threatening to send in the Feds, but he can’t.

Not long after Trump issued the statement, Rev. Jesse Jackson, a civil rights leader who has been outspoken about ending violence, criticized the president’s suggestion with a tweet of his own.

Rev. Jesse Jackson, a civil rights leader who has been outspoken about ending violence, criticized the president’s suggestion with a tweet of his own.

It is important to note the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which was signed into law by President Rutherford B. Hayes and limits the powers of the federal government in using federal forces to enforce domestic policy, bars Trump from deploying the National Guard to Chicago. So what Trump intends to do is really suspect, sounds like more “braggadocio”, more Trump talk and no action.  

As the Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said: 

“The Chicago Police Department is more than willing to work with the federal government to build on our partnerships with DOJ, FBI, DEA and ATF and boost federal prosecution rates for gun crimes in Chicago.”