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Trump travel ban oral arguments: what you need to know

Three federal judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals are set to hear oral arguments at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday in the challenge to President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

The lawsuit, brought by attorneys general of Washington and Minnesota, has captivated the nation since last Friday when a federal district court judge put a stop to Trump’s executive order restricting travel for foreign nationals, and as a result, temporarily opened US borders to immigrants once again.
The hearing will be by telephone and livestreamed; here’s what to listen for:

What’s the hearing about?

US District Court Judge James Robart upended Trump’s executive order nationwide Friday by temporarily halting the key provisions restricting travel for foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries (Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen) and refugee admissions.
The central question for the appellate court is whether Robart abused his discretion by putting a temporary hold on the travel ban. No court has addressed the constitutionality of the executive order thus far.

The players

The attorney general of Washington state, Bob Ferguson, filed the case and was later joined by the attorney general of Minnesota, Lori Swanson.
The suit is being defended by lawyers at the Civil Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.
The randomly assigned three-judge panel includes Judge William C. Canby Jr, an appointee of President Jimmy Carter; Judge Michelle T. Friedland; who was appointed by President Barack Obama; and Judge Richard R. Clifton, an appointee of President George W. Bush.

When is this hearing?

The appellate court has set an hour-long telephonic oral argument in the case for Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET. It will be available for live streaming through the court’s website.
Each side will get 30 minutes to make their case.

What are the states saying?

On Monday attorneys for the states that filed the lawsuit submitted their brief urging the appellate court to keep the travel ban suspension in place.
The states say that the temporary restraining order should remain in place because the President had “unleashed chaos” by signing the order.
They also argue that the government’s claim — that it would be “irreparably harmed” by keeping Robart’s temporary suspension order in place while the case proceeds to the merits — doesn’t make any sense.
To accept DOJ’s position, they argue, “would mean that until the (Executive) Order was issued, Defendants were suffering some, unspecified, ongoing irreparable harm. That makes no sense. …Preserving the status quo against sudden disruption is often in the interest of all parties.”

What is the Trump administration’s argument?

The government submitted its own brief in response Monday evening.
DOJ continues to emphasize that the states do not have the ability to sue in this case and a district court judge does not have the right to second-guess the President’s national security judgment in the immigration context.
But the government also raised a fallback argument in its latest court filing — suggesting if the appellate court is inclined to uphold the Seattle district court’s decision, then it must at least limit it to the class of people who have been previously admitted to the US — like someone traveling on a student visa. In the government’s view, aliens outside of the US who have never stepped foot on US soil have no constitutional right to enter the US.

What happens next?

The judges have a number of different options at their disposal to resolve this case, but it is unlikely that they would rule on whether the ban is constitutional (since that is not the question before them) — the central issue is whether the executive order should remain suspended for now.  Read More


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Social media battle: Obama engages more voters despite aggressive Romney debate strategy

The pundits have declared Barack Obama to be the winner of last night’s third and final presidential debate of the 2012 general election.

The big loser?

It’s not Mitt Romney.

The loser in the bid for buzz was social media itself. Twitter and Facebook, the prime sources of instant commentary on the presidential campaign, rung up lower numbers than the record-breaking response to the first debate.

Call it debate fatigue or social media overkill.

Besides the spike in activity over Obama’s “fewer horses and bayonets” comment, Twitter came 4 million tweets short last night of breaking the record set by the first presidential debate.

Despite the social media slump, both campaigns were able to enlist new followers on various social media platforms.

And who was the winner?

Even though Republicans clearly approached social media with a specific strategy in mind, Obama’s team was once again able to engage more users throughout the night.

How it all played out:


Breakdown of mentions was provided by U.S. Politics on Facebook ( and @gov on Twitter ( (Jana Kasperkevic/Hearst Newspapers)

This might have been a foreign policy debate, but the conversation often strayed to other topics as well, including economy (20 percent), taxes (7 percent), and energy and environment (4 percent).  Read More

Government wants mechanism to prevent social websites’ misuse

The government is working with social networking websites to create an institutional mechanism to prevent their misuse, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said Wednesday.

He was reacting to the recent online hate campaign targeting people from the northeast.

“We have to make efforts in consultation with the websites and impress upon them to create an institutional mechanism to prevent misuse of technology,” Sibal told reporters outside Parliament House, adding that some websites have agreed to share user information with the government.

According to the minister, if there was misuse of technology there should be provision for punishment, which currently was not available.

“Now we have to decide the steps we have to take under our laws on how we can take it forward so that we can seek help from these websites in the coming days. We can identify those who have misused these website and punish them,” he said.

Social networking website Facebook Tuesday said it is working with the government to remove “hateful content” that is widely being perceived to spark communal tension across the country.

Another firm, Google has also said it has extended support to the Indian government in removing the content that might incite violence.  Read More


Cornyn takes controversial attack meme to trendy social media site Pinterest

A six-second soundbite from President Obama has fueled his opposition for the last two weeks.

“Somebody invested in roads and bridges, if you’ve got a business, that, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” Obama saidduring a stump speech in Virginia.

The “building” the president was referring to was taxpayer-financed infrastructure, which he told his audience made it possible for businesses to rise up and thrive. The line was delivered in an off-script moment after suggesting that even the most successful entrepreneurs benefitted from assistance early on.

“If you were successful, somewhere along the line, somebody gave you some help,” Obama said.

Opponents have used the clip to attack Obama, often editing out the “roads and bridges” language altogether. The controversial attack has become a rallying cry among the president’s detractors, who have transformed it into the latest election meme.

Taking the attack a step outside the traditional Internet political hubs, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) has garnered attention with an account on the uber-trendy social media site Pinterest titled “I built this, Mr. President.”

“We’ve encouraged small businesses to give us their individual story,” Cornyn told KVUE Friday after early voting at the Travis County Courthouse. “We’ve got about 450 of them so far and we have more coming in every day talking about their record of building their business.”

Cornyn has been one of Texas’ most social media savvy politicians, one of the first to host a town hall on Facebook. He describes himself as an avid Twitter and Facebook user, adding that staffers helped turn him onto the picture and video sharing website Pinterest.

“Most of the time it’s edifying, constructive,” Cornyn said. “Occaisionally it stings a little bit, but that’s what free speech provides is a forum for everybody to have their say, and I think that using the social media to communicate has been a big boon not only to communication but also to politics.”

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Senators push Geithner on potentially illegal taxpayer-funded social media campaigns

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Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas on Tuesday pushed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to account for his department’s use of what may be illegal taxpayer-funded social media campaigns aimed at legislation pending before Congress.

In a letter to Geithner, the two GOP senators note how “[o]ver the past few years” Geithner’s Department of Treasury has “expanded significantly” its use of YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and the department’s own “Treasury Notes” blog. Moran and Hatch say this increased social media presence comes “at some cost to the taxpayers.”

“In recent postings to the Treasury Notes blog, Treasury’s Twitter account, Treasury’s Facebook page, and to slideshare, the Treasury department broadcast, under Treasury’s logo, the attached ‘infographic’ which identifies appropriations legislation pending before the Congress as ‘Pound Foolish,’” Moran and Hatch wrote to Geithner as an example of such behavior.

“Elsewhere throughout many of your social media postings, there are links to presentations designed to support or defeat legislation pending before the Congress,” they added. “For example, there are links in your social media postings to a 2011 interview on BloombergTV with you, during which you advocated that Congress adopt what the President labeled his ‘American Jobs Act’ and you stated that ‘if Congress doesn’t act, it’ll be because Republicans decided they did not want to do anything to help the economy.’”

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Could the 2012 presidential race be the “apps election”?

It’s more than an accidental typo on an iPhone application. It’s a glaring distinction between his social-media presence and that of his rival, President Barack Obama.

From the beginning, Obama has ruled the political world of social media. He has the most fans, followers or likes onFacebook, on Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and even Myspace(although he hasn’t used it in a year, like the rest of us). The Obama 2012 app came out late last year and provides latest news about the campaign, photos and video, event listings and other information about the 2012 campaign. It also welcomes input from its users, as seen in the welcome message you receive soon after downloading it.

The fact that the Obama camp has already endorsed an app reinforces one of the president’s stronger overall selling points. Last week, he told government agencies that he wants all of them to establish apps in the next year:

“Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device.”

Let’s face it. The problems with Romney’s official app, With Mitt, didn’t end with “Amercia.” The biggest problem is it doesn’t do much, other than add filters to pictures (“Mittsagram” as one Democrat called it). And it doesn’t even include cool filters and frames, like Rise, Amaro or Hefe (whatever that is).  Read More

Senators say Secret Service scandal could reflect agency’s culture

As soon as a Senate hearing into the Secret Service prostitution scandal began, it was clear there would be no rehabilitation of the agency’s reputation.

In fact, by the time the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee session concluded, skeptical senators on both sides of the aisle had painted Director Mark Sullivan as a good administrator but one hopelessly naive about what his agents do away from home.

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan testified Wednesday before a Senate committee, publicly apologizing for the first time for the Colombia prostitution scandal.

Of course, there is no proof that the scandal involving a dozen agents who allegedly patronized prostitutes, while advancing President Obama’s trip to Colombia, represents standard operating procedure.

But the senators also don’t believe it was a one-time fling.

“It is hard for many people, including me, I will admit, to believe that on one night in April 2012 in Cartagena, Colombia, 12 Secret Service agents there to protect the president suddenly and spontaneously did something they or other agents had never done before, which is gone out in groups of two, three or four to four different nightclubs or strip clubs, drink to excess, and then bring foreign national women back to their hotel rooms,” said Chairman Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.).

Questions reflected a persistent concern: Instead of an aberration, does Cartagena indicate a culture of loose living by agents on the road?  Read More

After $2 Billion Trading Disaster, JP Morgan Exec Expected to Resign

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File
In this May 11, 2012 file photo, people stand in the lobby of JPMorgan Chase headquarters in New York. JPMorgan Chase accepted the resignation of Ina Drew, its chief investment officer and one of the highest-ranking women on Wall Street after the bank lost $2 billion in a trading blunder.

JPMorgan Chase is expected to accept the resignation of one of the highest-ranking women on Wall Streetafter the bank lost $2 billion in a trading blunder, a person familiar with the matter said Sunday.

The bank will accept the resignation of Ina Drew, its chief investment officer, the person told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the decision publicly.

Drew, 55, one of the highest-paid officials at JPMorgan Chase, had offered to resign several times since CEO Jamie Dimon disclosed the trading loss on Thursday, the person said. Pressure built on the bank over the weekend to accept.

At least two other executives at the bank will be held accountable for the mistake, the person said.  Read More

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