Thursday January 26, 2017, 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. Wednesday, the Presidency of Donald Trump took a dark turn when the Administration when they called for a review that could authorize the CIA to reopen “black site” prisons overseas. The program could reinstate methods of torture as an interrogation method, although it has been proven, that such programs and methods of torture do not work. Members of both parties alarmed by the possible actions indicated by the paper with Senate John McCain, (R-AZ) saying that Trump “can sign whatever executive orders he likes. But the law is the law. We are not bringing back torture in the United States of America.”
2. President Trump had an extremely busy Wednesday, announcing that there will be an investigation into voter fraud especially during the Presidential election. The President, without a factual study to prove it, has stated time and time again, that as many as 3 million people voted illegally. President Trump promises that the illegal votes did not go to him but his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The appearance of such a study is that the President cannot get over the fact that he in fact, lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
3. Thursday, in Philadelphia, members of the Republican House and Senate will arrive for a 3-day retreat. The retreat will include visits from the President, Vice President, and the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Theresa May. The retreat will be a think fest on how to get done what President Trump campaigned for such as the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, how to fund the border wall and reducing regulations so create more corporate expansion.
4. President Trump will be signing an executive order which will ban immigrants from coming to the U.S from certain countries that are Muslim based. The countries in question include Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. For those who follow civil rights this is a huge problem. President Trump only selected countries that involved Muslims, which violates the Constitution dealing with freedom of religion. It also invokes the memory of the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Another problem is, the ban appears to only be against people of color, yet again, a violation of the Constitution.
5. President Trump also signed an executive order which would cut funding to cities that do not help in the deportation of illegal immigrants. In other words, he is threatening to cut funding to cities known as sanctuary cities, such as Philadelphia and New York. Civil rights advocates are challenging the President on the order and promise a legal battle. The basis for such a suit lays in the 10th Amendment of the United States. The amendment states that, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Legal challenges to the amendment have primarily sided on the states behalf.
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