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Virginia judge blasts Trump travel ban, cites lack of evidence of any threats

Judge BrinkemanA Virginia federal judge offered a blistering critique of the Trump administration's travel ban on Friday, citing a "startling" lack of evidence that travelers from the seven Muslim-majority countries represented a specific national security threat.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema did not immediately rule on a request for a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of President Trump's disputed executive order, but she characterized its language as overly "broad and imprecise."


Trump attacks on judiciary raise safety concerns for judges

Trump attacks on judiciary cause fear When a judge who helped derail President Donald Trump's travel ban was hit with online threats, the abuse raised safety concerns among jurists across the country, and experts are worried that the president's own attacks on the judiciary could make judges a more inviting target.

U.S. District Judge James Robart imposed the temporary restraining order that halted enforcement of Trump's ban last week. The president soon sent a tweet saying the opinion of "this so-called judge" was "ridiculous and will be overturned."


Revealed: FBI terrorism taskforce investigating Standing Rock activists

FBI investigating pipeline activistsThe FBI is investigating political activists campaigning against the Dakota Access pipeline, diverting agents charged with preventing terrorist attacks to instead focus their attention on indigenous activists and environmentalists.

The Guardian has established that multiple officers within the FBI’s joint terrorism taskforce have attempted to contact at least three people tied to the Standing Rock “water protector” movement in North Dakota.


Trump’s Border Wall Would Cost $21.6 Billion: Report

Border wall costs doublePresident Donald Trump’s “wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion, and take more than three years to construct, based on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal report seen by Reuters on Thursday.

The report’s estimated price-tag is much higher than a $12-billion figure cited by Trump in his campaign and estimates as high as $15 billion from Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.


Indian tribe files legal challenge against Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota pipeline opposition by tribesOne of two American Indian tribes fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline has filed a legal challenge to try to block its completion.

The Cheyenne River Sioux worries a pipeline leak could contaminate its drinking water.

The tribe filed a legal challenge in federal court in Washington, DC, on Thursday. The Army on Wednesday gave Energy Transfer Partners formal permission to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. That’s the last big chunk of construction for the $3.8 billion pipeline to carry North Dakota oil to Illinois. The work is under way.


Mississippi again most religious state, Vermont the least

Miss. most religious state; Vermont the least Mississippi has retained its status as the nation's most religious state, according to a new survey, and Vermont is once again home to the smallest percentage of "very religious" people.

The annual survey, conducted by Gallup, found 59 percent of residents of Mississippi are "very religious," the highest number of any state for the ninth straight year. Just 21 percent of Vermont's population falls into the "very religious" category, making it the least religious state for the eighth time in the last nine years.


Michigan College Republicans sorry for Hitler-themed Valentine's card

Hitler card sent by Michigan studentsA Central Michigan University Republican student group is apologizing for a Valentine's Day card that mocks Jews who died in the Holocaust.

The College Republicans group handed out gift bags to students Wednesday night, including one with a card that said "my love 4 u burns like 6,000 jews." It had a photo of Adolf Hitler and was signed "XOXO, Courtney."

TVNL Comment:  Idiots in college don't even know that 6 MILLION Jews were killed during the Holocaust.  Pathetic.


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