Trump Introduces Travel Ban 2.0, Transgender Bathroom Case Punted, Marines Investigate Sharing of Nude Pics: P.M. LInks

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    President Donald Trump has introduced the new draft of his travel ban order, which now leaves out Iraq from the list of blocked countries. The indefinite ban on Syrian refugees has been reduced to 120 days. The American Civil Liberties Union, which sued to block the first order, sees this one pretty much the same way, so expect legal challenges.

  • The Supreme Court has punted a case about public school transgender facility accommodation back down to lower courts. It had initially planned to hear the case at the end of the month, but the Trump administration revoked orders put forth by President Barack Obama's administration, which changed everything.
  • The Supreme Court also ruled today that courts can breach the concept of secrecy in the jury room if racial or ethnic slurs may have played a role in a juror's decision whether to convict somebody.
  • The Marines are investigating allegations that several members have been sharing naked pictures of female Marines online.
  • ISIS militants allegedly used chemical weapons in a battle in Mosul, Iraq, last week, injuring at least a dozen civilians.
  • The former mayor of Stockton, California, has been arrested for charges that include embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds, and grand theft. Stockton notably went bankrupt a few years ago.

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  1. President Donald Trump has introduced the new draft of his travel ban order…

    Gentlemen, start your freakouts.

    1. I’m sure the signs are already made up.

    2. Too bad India isn’t on the list if you know what I mean (wink).

      1. You have to be one of the most racist trolls on this board. Democrat or just Progressive?

        1. Says the racist with no apparent self-awareness.

          1. Citation needed fuckwad. All I have to do is scroll up or look for every comment thread you’re in.

          2. This is Mary.

    3. Hello.

      1. Hey Rufus.

  2. The Marines are investigating allegations that several members have been sharing naked pictures of female Marines online.

    Hoo hah

    1. I’m shocked – when I was in there weren’t enough attractive WM’s to bother with.

      1. Standards are lower now so….now hotter chicks get in.

        Or something.

      2. I’m shocked – when I was in there weren’t enough attractive WM’s to bother with.

        Since when is attractiveness an issue?

      3. The attractive bams ended up at the Pentagon.

      4. I think when you’ve been isolated from aytracyive females long enough they all look good.

        How else could Muslims from devout cultures ever procreate when all they see is a beekeeper outfit ?

        1. You trust your mom to arrange a marriage with a hottie.

      5. Im shocked no one has posted a link.

    2. In the story the compromising picture was taken from the woman’s Instagram account. Aside from the crude comments, photos of yourself that you have put on the internet are no longer private, sorry.

      1. Well, that might have been the photo that they chose for the story…

        I read an account of photos shared by angry exes, etc.

    3. Ok, that’s fucking funny.

  3. The dangerous rage of Donald Trump

    The trouble for Trump ? and all of the rest of us ? is that Trump is now president. And there are real-world consequences to both how angry he gets and how he chooses to blow off that steam. An angry call with the Australian prime minister, for example, has real-world implications. So does an open and aggressive attempt to disqualify the free and independent press. Or the accusation that your predecessor used the powers of the federal government to specifically target you.

    Who wants to tell him that the Beverly Hillbillies isn’t real?
    https://tinyurl.com/z5e5jc6

    1. Definitely not hysterical at all

      The pm thing… what are these implications? Seems meh

      free and independent press…lol the one that ask dems for permission to print? And he called them out in pc and twitter. That isnt sabotage of press

      How is there a russian connection if not spies on?

  4. The Supreme Court also ruled today that courts can breach the concept of secrecy in the jury room if racial or ethnic slurs may have played a role in a juror’s decision whether to convict somebody.

    12 Angry Crackers

    1. So O.J. is going to get a new trial?

      1. “If the n-word causes fits, you must acquit!”

  5. Stockton notably went bankrupt a few years ago.

    Sounds like its former mayor is about to, as well.

  6. The former mayor of Stockton, California, has been arrested for charges that include embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds, and grand theft. Stockton notably went bankrupt a few years ago.

    So…where’s the D or R after his name? Don’t tell me, it must be an R.

    1. It actually is an R.

      1. Lol. That’s what I get for skimming. Exception that proves the rule.

  7. ISIS militants allegedly used chemical weapons in a battle in Mosul, Iraq, last week, injuring at least a dozen civilians.

    Does Trump have a red line?

    1. Yeah, that’s the phone dedicated to Putin.

  8. Emma Watson reveals VERY intimate details of her beauty routine ? down to her preferred brand of pubic hair oil and why she bathes up to THREE times a day

    She said: ‘I use Fur Oil. I’ll use that anywhere from the ends of my hair to my eyebrows to my pubic hair. It’s an amazing all-purpose product.’

    While many assume that busy Emma’s routine would allow little time for anything other than a quick shower she admits to having somewhat of an addiction to baths.

    Speaking to Into The Gloss she said: ‘I have a bath every single day of my life. And if I can have two or three?amazing.

    The 26-year-old Watson told The Associated Press on Saturday that the controversy represented ‘a fundamental and complete misunderstanding of what feminism is.’

    She says, ‘Feminism is about equality and it’s about choice.’ She adds: ‘Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women.

    1. My bunk – i’ll be in it.

      1. I’ll be out beating other women with my stick.

      2. Don’t forget the Fur Oil.

    2. Looks like her Hobson has alerted the media.

    3. The real news is that she has pubic hair. I thought all young ladies these days shaved. Or is that just an impression formed by certain videos I’ve seen?

      1. I think some trendy people are trying to be different.

    4. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women.

      Uh-huh. Somebody wasn’t paying attention the last 50 years.

    5. ‘Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women.

      She’s right. Its not.

      This is a stick with which to beat women.

    6. pubic hair oil

      Who the hell wants oily pubes? ew

  9. Trump Tells Planned Parenthood Its Funding Can Stay if Abortion Goes

    The White House, concerned about the possible political repercussions of the Republican effort to defund Planned Parenthood, has proposed preserving federal payments to the group if it discontinues providing abortions.

    The proposal, which was never made formally, has been rejected as an impossibility by officials at Planned Parenthood, which receives about $500 million annually in federal funding. That money helps pay for women’s health services the organization provides, not for abortion services.

    “Let’s be clear, federal funds already do not pay for abortions,” said Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable.”

    1. “Let’s be clear, federal funds already do not pay for abortions,” said Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable.”

      Ignoring my opinion of abortions, THAT is about as dishonest as it is possible to get with a straight face.
      Does this woman hope the reader doesn’t know that money is fungible?
      Fire her for incompetence, and we’ll talk.

      1. Does this woman hope the reader doesn’t know that money is fungible? Fire her for incompetence, and we’ll talk.

        More importantly, IMO, does she realize that she’s saying their patients are women who want abortions and their values are firmly tied to aborting?

          1. Like the LaPenne or whomever the current NRA Pres. is putting out an ad with a gun to his or some woman’s head, “Gimme my gun rights/subsidies, or else!”

      2. “let’s be clear” = SHUT UP, she said.
        “nonnegotiable” = Did you not hear me say SHUT UP?

      3. “Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable.”

        GOOD. That’s the outcome I want. PP still providing the services it does just without us paying for it!!

        1. It’s weird that 66 Million democratic voters can’t be bothered to raise the $500 Million to fund planned parent hood.

          You fuckers want to offer free abortions, then raise the money yourself, privately. That’s $7.58 cents per voter.

          1. The GOP is the Stupid Party Reason #17,600,200: when Planned Parenthood had that huge fundraising drive after the election, when all those people donated in Mike Pence’s name, they really needed to put out a repeal bill specifically mentioning how Planned Parenthood’s recent fundraising success showed that it was an organization that was not in need of government funding because it’s mission was clearly important enough for interested people to donate to it and help it meet its goals.

          2. Agreed. heck only 30 million have to and that is only 17.5 per year. They should have no trouble.

      4. “Does this woman hope the reader doesn’t know that money is fungible?”

        Presumably Henry Hyde also knew that, but like this woman from Planned Parenthood, he recognized that the funding restriction that bears his name was as good as he could reasonably hope for.

    2. How about, “I don’t want to pay for *anything* your organization provides.”

      “Family planning” is not “health care” and they might consider not pretending it is.

      1. They provide plenty of health care services.

        1. Euthanasia, for starters.

    3. Actually it is being negotiated even if you don’t like it. Your stance is your negotiations.

    4. Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept.

      Oh, sorry. I didn’t mean to offend you with $500 million. Let’s just forget about the whole thing. Don’t worry. You won’t see a dime of these highly offensive federal funds.

  10. Top of the front page today:

    “While Trump tweets grab spotlight, appointees make crucial changes”
    ( Story is paywalled here: http://www.sfgate.com/search/?…..ump+tweets )

    IOWs, a supposed newspaper which has wasted ink headlining stories about Trump getting his toenails clipped by non-union clippers or some such nonsense ever since the election finally realizes *IT* (the supposed newspaper) has been missing the story, and now is trying to blame Trump for *THAT*!
    The left is nothing if not blind to its sins and as honest as the day is short.

    1. Poor Servo.

  11. A warning, a gun sale and tragic consequences

    She called the police. Then ATF. After that, the FBI.

    Janet Delana was desperate to stop her mentally ill adult daughter from buying another handgun.

    Finally, Delana called the gun shop a few miles from her home, the one that had sold her daughter a black Hi-Point pistol a month earlier when her last disability check had arrived.

    The next check was coming.

    Delana pleaded.

    Her daughter had been in and out of mental hospitals, she told the store manager, and was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. She had tried to kill herself. Her father had taken away the other gun, but Delana worried that her daughter would go back.

    “I’m begging you,” Delana said through tears. “I’m begging you as a mother, if she comes in, please don’t sell her a gun.”

    1. An hour after leaving the gun store, Weathers was back home where her father sat at a computer with his back to her.

      She shot.

      Weathers planned to kill herself next but told a 911 operator: “I can’t shoot myself. I was going to after I did it, but I couldn’t bring myself to it.”

      Delana lost Tex, her husband of nearly 40 years, and her daughter, who was charged with murder. And beneath her anguish, Delana seethed.

      The store had made about $60 profit on the sale, court records would show.

      “After everything I did, they still sold her a gun,” Delana said recently. “The more I thought about it, the madder I got. I wanted someone to pay.”

      1. If that’s really how it all happened, that’s pretty shitty of the gun store guy.

        1. I suppose it would have been okey-dokey if she had sliced her father’s neck with a box cutter.

          1. OK. Not sure why you’d do that.

            If she’d already bought knives and expressed intent to harm herself or others with them and the mother went to the nearby hardware store and asked them not to sell her daughter any more knives, explaining the reason and the situation, I’d say the same about them.

        2. Problem is, how does the gun shop owner guy know that the mother is telling the truth? For all he knew, she’s could be a crazy obsessed stalker trying to prevent her victim from getting a gun. Anyone can place a phone call.

          1. Apparently even the dad didn’t believe her?

      2. Mom predicted the day she was going to buy a gun and shoot herself, but they still turned their back to her?

  12. ?The former mayor of Stockton, California, has been arrested for charges that include embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds, and grand theft

    Corruption? In Stockton?

    : /

    1. Your shocked face is awfully muted.

      1. That’s not a shocked face. He’s having a mini-stroke and needs medical attention.

  13. Milwaukee fifth grade teacher, 24, is arrested for ‘sexually assaulting one of her 11-year-old male students that she wanted to make happy’

    A 24-year-old elementary school teacher is accused of sexually assaulting one of her 11-year-old male students and told police that she wanted to make the boy ‘happy.’

    According to the criminal complaint, Gonzalez had contact with the student in her car and at her home.

    The two touched each other’s ‘private parts through their clothing,’ prosecutors said.

    Fun fact: this hottie was a big Milo fan.

    1. I didn’t even masturbate until I was 12. Normally my gut is against the tossing teachers in jail thing but most of those male students involved are teenagers down to fuck. Crime isn’t uniform, each case is unique, with regards to this one, I say Yay to punishment.

      1. I didn’t even masturbate until I was 12.

        Really? No playing doctor when you were a little kid even?

    2. Her face is a perfect circle.

      By age 11 I’m pretty sure that I wished exactly this would happen. But if a line must be drawn, this case is probably on the wrong side of it.

      1. Thinking back on it, my first crush was my fifth-grade teacher. Very pretty in the face, and in the area right below it…

        But speaking for myself, I don’t think I’d know what the hell was going on if something like this happened to me, and I doubt it would have been healthy for me long term.

  14. The Supreme Court has punted a case about public school transgender facility accommodation back down to lower courts.

    Cunt punted, if you will.

    1. Too rustic for the Trumps.

    2. My favorite is the pic labeled as a “frog playing a piano.”

  15. Scott,
    Thanks for all that you do.

    1. That alt-text is delightful.

      1. It’s like a dance move.

    2. Jeffy and Scott sitting in a tree…

  16. President Donald Trump has introduced the new draft of his travel ban order

    So… will he SEE YOU IN COURT or not?

  17. Commenter-favorite Shaun King was seen on Twitter asking: “In laymen’s terms, what would it take for the USA to pass a constitutional amendment for a President Recall like CA has for governor?”

    1. What does that even mean? The process for amending the constitution is pretty easy to understand, even without a law degree.

      1. I guess it mean’s he’s too lazy to check Wikipedia.

      2. Yeah but Article V was written, like, a hundred years ago.

        1. And by white people.

  18. Jesus Christ. With half the comment volume, I had sort of hoped that Reason’s commenting system would stop breaking down on a weekly basis.

    1. Repeal and Replace!

  19. The Supreme Court also ruled today that courts can breach the concept of secrecy in the jury room if racial or ethnic slurs may have played a role in a juror’s decision whether to convict somebody.

    So, let me get this straight. It’s OK to have a racist conviction as long as slurs are not uttered?

    1. *** reads article ***

      Never mind.

  20. The Supreme Court also ruled today that courts can breach the concept of secrecy in the jury room if racial or ethnic slurs may have played a role in a juror’s decision whether to convict somebody.

    Next up, sexist jokes and comments about the perceived flamboyancy of the prosecutor. And then it’s off to the races with fuck the procedure and the concept of equal treatment under the law crap. Everybody’s entitled to their own special treatment because God forbid the normal procedure should cause a miscarriage of justice once in a while when we can make ten thousand different rules and have a shot at a miscarriage of justice for everybody.

    1. Don’t worry, the coming natavist / fascist dictatorship will do away with the pesky rule of law/due process thing. At least, that’s what Shikha Dalmia told me.

      1. With Shikha, you need to be clearer. Are you referring to the the coming nativist/fascist dictatorship that she’s against or the nativist/fascist dictatorship that she’s for?

  21. Professor Invents Breath Monitor To Detect Flu

    With all due respect, I know when I have the flu.

    1. No you don’t.

      The flu is a specific bug whose symptoms can be mimicked by other bugs.

      1. The flu is a specific bug whose symptoms can be mimicked by other bugs.

        That depends on what your definition of ‘specific’ is. Norovirus aside, you’re still talking about four viral ‘taxa’ and many strains across at least a dozen animal species.

    2. Invented By A Teacher!

  22. All I think about when I hear ‘nude Marine pics’ is Vasquez from Aliens.

  23. This should drive the left bonkers lol

    https://tinyurl.com/zcx6u85

    “President Donald J. Trump today congratulated Exxon Mobil Corporation on its ambitious $20 billion investment program that is creating more than 45,000 construction and manufacturing jobs in the United States Gulf Coast region.

    “Investments of this scale require a pro-growth approach and a stable regulatory environment and we appreciate the President’s commitment to both,” said Woods. “The energy industry has proven it can operate safely and responsibly. Private sector investment is enhanced by this Administration’s support for smart regulations that support growth while protecting the environment.”

    1. I think the appropriate response isn’t the apoplexy that will somehow inevitably involve Tillerson being a Putin stooge who’s conscripting thousands of Americans to the NKVD or something.

      But I do think we should be skeptical of this claimed success until we see 45,000 jobs, give or take, actually materialize.

      ALL THAT SAID, lord knows this is better than Solybdra or Curt Schilling’s game studio or every other concern that left the public holding the bag. At least Exxon is apparently spending its own money.

      1. Jobs are a cost, not a benefit. Labor is an input like any other. You wouldn’t consider it a success if they claimed they were going to use 400,000 tons of steel and actually did so, would you?

        Claiming to make 45,000 jobs is the same thing.

        In fact, they could make 450,000 jobs. Or 4.5 million. Its just a matter of how efficiently they want to use the labor they’re employing.

        1. Eh not necessarily..they are making the investment that leads to that projection. It isn’t a “jobs” program as far as i can tell.

          I agree with your point overall however this does not appear to be a “jobs” program like government does

        2. I was more going for Trump sort of taking credit AND it is exxonmobil

        3. Weeeeelllll…….400,000 tons of steel don’t buy things or vote. Not exactly the same thing.

  24. The Supreme Court has punted a case about public school transgender facility accommodation back down to lower courts. It had initially planned to hear the case at the end of the month, but the Trump administration revoked orders put forth by President Barack Obama’s administration, which changed everything.

    I’m no legal scholar, so I may be seeing the details as more black and white than the nuances of legal interpretation might, but I’m not surprised they punted the shit out of this. The whole concept is logically impossible and needs to be rethought, that is if we don’t want to start issuing little pink stars of David to people.

    1. I think they pretty much had to with the change. I’m pretty sure the original claimants will now have to show standing under the new ruling – as they are no longer harmed by the current DoJ stance.

      1. Courts decide as little as possible at any given time and push those decisions down to the lowest level as a matter of course.

        Sometimes this means that an issue won’t be definitively ruled upon for a decade – OTOH, it gives multiple levels of courts the time and space to work the issue out rather than giving a kneejerk response ‘because its urgent’.

      2. I have been told from many more expert than I, courts always try to rule on the narrowest possible grounds. As everything that I’ve read on this issue regarding Title IX interpretation, the grounds were impossibly broad.

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