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President Trump’s travel and refugee ban will remain on hold.
The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the government’s request to enforce Trump’s travel and refugee ban. Green card holders and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries won’t be barred from entering the US while the case against the ban makes its way through the courts.
The court determined the Justice Department would be unlikely to succeed in arguing against claims raised by Washington state and Minnesota that the ban violated the rights of lawful permanent residents.
Multiple US cities are adopting policies friendly to undocumented immigrants in a defiant stance against President Trump’s immigration orders. More than a dozen cities and counties have adopted the title of sanctuary city or similar policies since the presidential election.
Kellyanne Conway saying “go buy Ivanka’s stuff” is “unacceptable,” a top Oversight Committee Republican said. The White House counselor said it during an interview after President Trump slammed Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s clothing line.
And with a vengeful White House on one side and legions of furious customers and employees on the other, it’s getting harder for corporate America to stay quietly in the middle.
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A night with the French far-right: Muslim extermination, anti-Semitism, and a Nazi salute.
BuzzFeed News spent “Patriots Night” at a nationalist bar in Lyon, held alongside the far-right National Front’s convention, where a few party luminaries made an appearance.
The party was barely getting started, but the venue, opened in April 2011 by French nativists, those who want greater rights for “native inhabitants” over immigrants, was quite full. At the back of the bar, activists set up a stall to sell merchandise, where a well-known figure among the US alt-right took center stage: Pepe the Frog. BuzzFeed France’s Paul Aveline has the full story.
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Debunk: People are falsely claiming that Canada is about to make it illegal to criticize Islam. Online rumors claim that Justin Trudeau will pass blasphemy laws to create “a sharia state.”
US news: Indiana’s new governor pardoned a wrongfully convicted man after Vice President Mike Pence delayed his petition for two years. And California lawmakers asked Tesla to loosen its confidentiality agreement with factory workers.
Apologies: It didn’t take long for a CNN anchor to apologize after saying that “fake news” is “the n-word for journalists.”
Baby watch: Amal and George Clooney are expecting twins.
More on Trump: We asked people in Tokyo what they wish their prime minister would say to President Trump. The two leaders will hold a summit meeting in Washington on Friday. The man who saw Trump coming — why was old-time Clinton hater Bob Tyrrell the first conservative editor to embrace the Donald? And Rosie O’Donnell’s new profile pic is perfectly trolling the president.
Don’t Let Men Steal Your Favorite Songs: After years of trading music with boyfriends, I’ve finally reclaimed these songs for myself.
If Public Schools Don’t Survive, Kids Like Me Won’t Either: The teachers at my high school made miracles out of the little money we had. Under the oversight of Betsy DeVos, I worry they’re about to lose even that.
Vintage Gay Porn Taught Me To Name What (And Who) I Want: Smutty videos helped me name and claim my desires as a black gay man, in a world where only straight people’s sexuality comes with an owner’s manual.
What A Therapy Skeptic Thinks Of Therapy After A Year On The Couch: After a few months, you start to agree that maybe there is a stage of contemplation more in-depth and enlightening than standing in front of an open fridge at 5am eating cold pizza.
“I wore an ‘80s power suit every day for a week and now I’m a powerful woman,” writes 22-year-old Cassie Smyth. “There comes a time in every female’s life where they yearn for something more, something to fulfil them and give them purpose. As I sat in bed watching Working Girl, I thought maybe it was time to take the next step in life. Every woman longs to hear the tiny pitter patter of silk shirts and shoulder pads, but was it really my time to don the power suit and become a powerful woman? I was about to find out.”
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