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The White House justified Trump’s new travel and refugee ban by citing FBI sting operations and a vague Justice Department statistic. If you bet on Snapchat since it began trading, you’re losing money right now. And we fill you in on Wednesday’s Women’s Strike.
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President Trump signed a significantly downsized version of his refugee and travel executive order.
Iraq will no longer be on the list of temporarily banned nations and the Syrian refugee program will no longer be indefinitely suspended.
The order makes explicitly clear that legal permanent residents and current visa holders are not covered by the order — points of repeated confusion in the aftermath of the signing of the original order.
The new order takes effect on March 16, and the original — which caused an uproar and nationwide litigation — will be revoked as of then.
And here’s how the White House is justifying the new refugee and immigration ban — it’s with two examples of FBI-led sting operations and a statistic that a former FBI agent says has “no meaning behind it.”
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Trump told Planned Parenthood to stop providing abortions if it wants to keep its federal funding — the women’s health organization refused.
The president took credit for thousands of new Exxon jobs, but the project began years ago.
And official photos released Monday by the National Park Service — including dozens of aerial and ground photographs — show Trump’s inauguration crowds were smaller than Obama’s.
Republican leaders have finally released their plan to replace Obamacare, but its passage through Congress is far from certain.
The plan — dubbed the American Health Care Act — promises to fulfill President Trump’s vow to broadly repeal Obamacare, including the individual mandate, while preserving the law’s ban on denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. The plan also continues to allow parents to keep children on their insurance up until the age of 26.
House and Senate Republican leadership are united behind the plan. But conservatives in the House remain skeptical that the bill makes sufficient changes to the Democratic health care bill they’ve spent six years campaigning against.
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Wednesday’s Women’s Strike.
Organizers of the Women’s March have asked supporters — including the more than 500,000 women who signed up to their lists after the Jan. 21 protests — to take three actions for the “Day Without a Woman” protest: Don’t work at the office or at home; don’t shop if you can help it, except at small, women- and minority-owned businesses; and wear red.
If the strike draws large numbers, it’ll be another show of strength for a movement that coalesced within weeks of Donald Trump’s election victory in November, and which draws on the organizing experience of the labor movement.
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World: North Korea has banned Malaysian citizens from leaving the country after the death of Kim Jong Nam. And the US is deploying a missile defense system to South Korea after North Korea launched several missiles that could be capable of reaching America.
Tech: Shares in Snapchat’s parent company are now trading lower than they were when the company first launched on the New York Stock Exchange last week. Hamdam might look like your average period-tracking app, but it’s actually designed as a Trojan horse to spread information about taboo subjects to women in Iran. And Twitter suspended and then reinstated white supremacist David Duke’s account.
US: The man accused of fatally shooting an Indian immigrant and wounding two other people at a bar in Kansas allegedly asked his victims if their “status was legal” before opening fire.
Business: Starbucks is working on a plan, known internally as #20More, that aims to have every cafe pull in 20 more customers every day.
Entertainment: The director of Beauty and the Beast has weighed in on the beloved character LeFou being gay. (Warning: Some spoilers)
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