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Federal judge blocks Trump's travel ban; DOJ to challenge decision

State Dept. reveerses banU.S. District Senior Judge James Robart of Seattle has issued a nationwide restraining order blocking the travel ban put in place by President Trump. The decision comes shortly after a judge out of Boston ruled in favor of Trump's ban.

U.S. District Senior Judge James Robart of Seattle on Friday issued a nationwide restraining order blocking the travel ban put in place by President Trump last week.

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CIA’s New Deputy Director Is A Veteran Spy Who Oversaw Black Sites

CIA black sitesPresident Donald Trump selected Gina Haspel, a career intelligence officer who has been linked to the CIA’s controversial operation of secret prisons and harsh interrogation program, as the new deputy director for the spy agency, recently sworn in CIA chief Mike Pompeo announced Thursday.

Haspel, the first female career CIA officer to be named to the position, brings more than three decades of CIA experience to the role. Over the course of her career, she’s held numerous senior leadership positions at the agency, has served as station chief in several assignments overseas, and was also the first woman to lead the Clandestine Service, the branch of the CIA responsible for overseeing the agency’s spying operations around the world.

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100,000 Visas Revoked by Trump Order

100,000 visas revokedOver 100,000 visas have been revoked as a result of President Trump’s ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, an attorney for the government revealed in Alexandria federal court Friday.

The number came out during a hearing in a lawsuit filed by attorneys for two Yemeni brothers who arrived at Dulles International Airport last Saturday. They were coerced into giving up their legal resident visas, they argue, and quickly put on a return flight to Ethiopia.

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K pardons thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

UK pardons gays imprisoned for their sexualityThe British government has passed a law granting posthumous pardons to thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished anti-homosexuality laws, and allowing those who are still alive to have their criminal records wiped clean.

The Ministry of Justice said Tuesday the pardons apply to men convicted for consensual same-sex relations before homosexuality was decriminalized several decades ago. Men living with convictions can apply to the government to have their names cleared.

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ACLU brings in $24M in donations this weekend

ACLU raises 24 millionIn a normal year, the activist group makes about $4 million a year in online donations. In one weekend, it raised six times as much money.

Officials at the ACLU said they were stunned and gratified by the surge in financial support.  It came on the same weekend that the ACLU and its allies successfully challenged portions of President Trump's travel ban in court.

Many celebrities and Silicon Valley luminaries encouraged their social media followers to support the group, and some even pledged to match some donations.

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Second day of protests breaks out against Trump's immigration order

second day of protestProtests broke out Sunday across the country following President Trump's sweeping executive order barring refugees and people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the country for set periods of time.

Lawmakers on Sunday joined thousands of people who gathered in several states to protest the president's order.

People also came out in New York City on Sunday afternoon to protest in Battery Park. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted that he was heading to there to "protest these awful actions."

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Federal judge stays deportations of detainees after challenge to Trump order

trump ban lifted by courtJudge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn granted a request from the ACLU to stay deportations of those detained on entry to the United States following President Donald Trump's executive order.

After a brief hearing in front of a small audience that filtered in from a crowd of hundreds outside, Donnelly determined that the risk of injury to those detained by being returned to their home countries necessitated the decision.

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