SPLASH! Recap of January 26. 2017

Dive Into The News You May Have Missed

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President Donald Trump to Publish A List of Crimes Committed by Immigrants

Independent – Donald Trump has ordered his new administration to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants.

The US President’s sweeping new executive order on immigration, which he signed on the fifth day of his presidency, includes a paragraph mandating the Secretary of Homeland Security to “make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens” in the US.

The list will also include details of so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to hand over immigrant residents for deportation.


Mexican President Cancels Visit to Washington

Washington Post – A deep rift opened Thursday between the United States and its southern neighbor as the Trump administration pressed forward with a plan for a giant border wall and insisted that Mexico would pay for it, possibly through a U.S. tax on imports.

President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday called off a trip to Washington after emphasizing that Mexico would not finance the wall. Hours later, Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, said the border barrier would be funded by a 20 percent import tax on goods from Mexico.


Senator Warren Isn’t Weak For Backing Trump Nominees

Bloomberg – Liberal activists are making a big mistake in turning against even very liberal Democratic senators, calling them weak or #VichyDemocrats because they won’t oppose every Trump cabinet nominee as a matter of principle.

The reality is quite simple: The 48 Democratic senators cannot defeat Trump’s cabinet picks. It takes a majority to do that, and so far at least Republicans appear ready to support whoever Trump picks. In all cases in which they do, Democrats aren’t choosing between confirming and not confirming.


GOP Leaders Speak Out Against Torture After Trump Comments

CBS News – The Republican leaders of the House and the Senate condemned the use of torture as an interrogation method on Thursday.

“Torture is illegal. Torture is not legal. And we agree with it not being legal,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) declared at a press conference during the joint House and Senate Republican issues retreat.

“I think the director of the CIA has made it clear he’s going to follow the law. And I believe virtually all of my members are comfortable with the state of the law on that issue now,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said.


Illinois Governor: Trump Hasn’t Called Me About Chicago Violence

CNN – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that Donald Trump’s administration has not contacted him about violence in Chicago.

Rauner, a Republican, made the comments in response to a question about Trump’s tweet Tuesday night, when the President wrote, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!”

Written by Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

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