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Dominic Patten and Patrick Hipes,Deadline 10 hours ago UPDATED, 7:31 PM: Just hours after a federal judge in Seattle issued a nationwide temporary restraining order that stops the travel ban, the White House tonight responded – not once but twice.While President Donald Trump has not addressed the matter of Twitter, as we all expect him to do sooner or later, the White House Press Office sent out a response to Judge James Robar action, calling it “an outrageous order” and vowing to fight back with all of the presidential powers. However, a mere seven minutes later, the White House sent out a second response that omitted the word “outrageous.”Such a backpedal has become almost standard practice in the Trump administration, where incendiary comments often are followed by more conciliatory ones.Here are the dueling releases sent out by the office of the White House Press Secretary, starting with the first from 10:09 PM ET:“At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.“As the law states, “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”And here is the tweaked version that went out at 10:16 PM:“At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.“As the law states, “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”And while media outlets around the country breathlessly watched Trump’s Twitter account for a response, instead he randomly tweeted this two minutes before the Press Secretary’s first response:PREVIOUSLY, 5:14 PM: A week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order limiting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries to the U.S., a federal judge in Seattle has just issued a nationwide temporary restraining order kneecapping the White House. The ruling against the so-called travel ban, which elicited a backlash across the country that has included lawsuits and protests, puts the next move in the court of the Celebrity Apprentice host-turned-POTUS and how he reacts.Judge James Robart’s TRO ruling just came down at the conclusion of a hearing in which Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson squared off against federal lawyers over the controversial executive order of January 27. “The Constitution prevailed today,” Ferguson said in a statement after the ruling. “No one is above the law — not even the president.”Ferguson’s office had filed an amended complaint Wednesday in U.S. District Court to stop Trump’s order. The state of Minnesota had joined as a plaintiff in the action.The Twitter-friendly President has not responded yet, but he put this up on Twitter a couple hours earlier:https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/827655062835052544Hollywood has been vocal in its opposition to the ban, which put a 90-day halt on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the U.S. (it also froze the Syrian refugee program for 120 days, with an aim to eventually cut it in half). The most high-profile victim in the industry is Iran-born director Asghar Farhadi, an Oscar nominee for The Salesman. His status to attend the upcoming Academy Awards was uncertain after the executive order was signed; he later said he would not attend the ceremony anyway in protest.Complicating things further for the administration, beyond anger, additional legal action and political backlash, there isn’t a lot Trump can do against the George W. Bush appointed Robart – unlike Acting Attorney Generals and Apprentice contestants, federal judges can’t be pink slipped by the President.Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.
World Trump to speak to Poroshenko as Ukraine unrest surges Yulia SILINA,AFP 3 minutes 32 seconds ago Avdiivka (Ukraine) (AFP) – US President Donald Trump was to hold his first talks with Ukraine’s leader on Saturday as a surge in fighting killed dozens refocusing world attention on the conflict in Europe’s backyard.The phone conversation comes as the death toll hit 35 following a week of clashes between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed insurgents in a level of bloodshed unseen in the eastern war zone since 2015.The violence erupted as Trump seeks to build a friendship with Russia’s Vladimir Putin with some analysts linking the escalation to the potential thaw in ties.The scheduled call — which will take place in the evening — will see Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko seeking to win assurances of Washington’s continued diplomatic and non-lethal military support.It comes a week after the new US leader spoke to Putin.Russia and Ukraine along with the rebels on Wednesday signed up to calls for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the flashpoint town Avdiivka by Sunday.But the demand for the shooting to stop has not halted the violence and so far there has been little sign of the big guns being pulled back around the Kiev-held industrial town of 25,000 at the centre of the fighting.- Power plant silenced -AFP correspondents on site said the night and morning passed relatively calmly compared to previous ones.But the Ukrainian army said one of its soldiers had been killed in the area.”Tonight, we saw shelling on the outskirts of Avdiivka but there were no major attacks on the city itself,” regional police spokeswoman Nataliya Shyman told AFP.Most residents of this blue-collar town work in a major coke plant that has been heavily damaged by the shelling.The town remained without electricity on Saturday and with only sporadic power supplies to heat homes against the freezing winter temperatures and limited supplies of water.The giant plant provides electricity for much of the region and has been the target of previous deadly rebel attacks.Plant spokesman Dmytro Murashko told AFP that work brigades would try again Saturday to repair broken power lines after shelling halted their earlier efforts.Friday was one of the bloodiest days with nine civilians killed — two of them inside the town.The call to withdraw heavy weapons was made under the coordination of mediators from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).It provides for the „withdrawal by 5 February 2017 into permanent storage sites of all weapons regulated by Minsk agreements to the distances defined in them and beyond the respective lines.”- Sudden assault -The Minsk deal was signed in February 2015 and defined a step-by-step solution to one of Europe’s bloodiest conflicts since the 1990s Balkans wars.It has since been repeatedly broken — prompting Wednesday’s meeting of negotiators to call for the warring sides to ensure „strict adherence to (a) full and comprehensive cessation of fire”.The separatists’ sudden assault came after a month-long spell of relative calm in the 33-month war in an escalation that has sharpened the world’s focus on the bloodshed in the European Union’s back yard.The conflict began shortly after Ukraine ousted its Russian-back leader in February 2014.Moscow responded by annexing Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in March 2014 before allegedly plotting the eastern insurgency to keep Ukraine under its thumb after its tilt toward the West.The Kremlin sees most of the former Soviet Union as part of its geopolitical sphere of influence.That stance has been strongly disputed by Washington and European leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Washington’s UN ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday condemned Russia’s „aggressive actions” in Ukraine — a surprising attack given Trump’s supportive stance towards Putin.Russia denies any responsibility for the conflict and blames the United States for igniting the protests that tilted Ukraine toward the West.
World NATO calls on Russia to stop violence in Ukraine Al Jazeera Thu, Feb 2 12:41 AM PSTNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Russia to use its „considerable influence” to end fighting in eastern Ukraine after a renewed surge in violence there.Moscow-backed rebels and government forces have traded blame for the flare-up in the industrial east that has seen the highest casualty rate since mid-December and cut off power and water to thousands of civilians on both sides of the front line.The shelling eased on Wednesday, but the January 29 to 31 clashes near the Kiev-held frontline town of Avdiyivka brought the festering conflict back into focus amid warnings of a looming humanitarian crisis.READ MORE: Why is Russia so happy with Trump?„We call for an immediate return to the ceasefire,” Stoltenberg said in Brussels. „We call on Russia to use its considerable influence over the separatists to bring the violence to an end.”Ukraine and NATO accuse Russia of providing troops and weapons to support separatist rebels in the country’s east in a conflict that has killed 10,000 people since April 2014. Moscow denies that.Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for the European security body OSCE’s mission to Ukraine, told Al Jazeera that the new US administration was not being clear about how it would deal with the rising tensions.”In the previous administration, Russians were really attacked for their activities in eastern Ukraine but the Trump administration is really sending mixed signals,” he said.”The big fear is that Trump may withdraw support for the sanctions against Russia and that could turn a chain reaction where Greece, Italy and other EU members may also withdraw support.”The NATO factor Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is planning a referendum on whether Ukraine should join the NATO alliance given polls that show 54 percent of Ukrainians now favour such a move, Germany’s Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain reported on Thursday.”Four years ago, only 16 percent (of the Ukrainian people) favoured Ukraine’s entry into NATO. Now it’s 54 percent,” the media group quoted Poroshenko as saying in an interview.READ MORE: Ukraine files case against Russia at UN’s top court„As president, I am guided by the views of my people, and I will hold a referendum on the issue of NATO membership.”He vowed to „do all I can to achieve membership in the transatlantic alliance” if the people voted in favour.NATO and Ukraine have had a close relationship since the early 1990s, and their ties are one of the „most substantial” of NATO’s partnerships, according to the alliance’s website.However, any move by NATO to admit Ukraine would spark tensions with Russia, which says NATO already violated earlier promises by admitting Poland and other eastern European countries in the 1990s.Poroshenko also predicted it would not take long until Ukraine fulfilled the entry criteria to join the European Union.He said Kiev had reduced its budget deficit and inflation, and had taken important steps to reduce corruption.The EU last year spelled out limits to a landmark cooperation agreement with Ukraine to address Dutch concerns, but said the deal did not make Ukraine a candidate for EU membership.Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies
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WCNC Charlotte 11 hours ago YORK COUNTY, S.C. — Police say a gun was pulled out and fired in a case of road rage in York County. The victim says one bullet hit the car, and another hit a tire, as the incident unfolded on a busy stretch of I-77. Larry Faile says the violent case of road rage started on I-77 late Thursday night near the Carowinds Boulevard exit. „I went to switch into the right lane, and I guess I cut this guy off, so he laid on the horn and was yelling, and I swerved back into the left lane,” Faile explained. Things took a drastic change as Faile tried to get off of the highway. „He pulled up beside me, I rolled my window down and said ‘hey, man, my bad; I didn’t see you there.’ And he just starts going …Spring Lake, N.C. — Harnett County police are searching for 20-year-old Tyree Newsuan of Sanford in connection with last weekend road-rage shooting in Spring Lake. Police said Newsuan should be considered armed and dangerous. Warrants to arrest him were obtained Thursday around 6 p.m. According to police, a suspect shot and wounded a man following an argument over a car’s bright lights on a rural Harnett County road. The shooting occurred at about 8 p.m.Saturday at the intersection of Shady Grove Road and N.C. Highway 210. A Dodge Charger, which police said was driven by that suspect, was found at a Lumberton apartment complex Wednesday night. …
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