A.M. Links: Trump's Revised Travel Ban Begins Today, South Korean President Visits U.S., Iraq Retakes Mosul Mosque

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    President Donald Trump's executive order banning travelers from six majority-Muslim countries is set to go into partial effect today after the Supreme Court on Monday lifted some parts of the order that had been blocked by lower courts.

  • "The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a 'close' family or business tie to the United States…. The new guidelines sent to U.S. embassies and consulates on Wednesday say that applicants from the six countries must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the U.S."
  • President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are scheduled to meet today.
  • Iraqi forces have retaken control of the mosque in Mosul from ISIS.
  • "U.S. officials on Wednesday announced enhanced security and screening measures for all commercial flights to the United States but backed away from a proposal to expand a ban on laptops and other electronic devices—unless airlines and airports refuse to comply with the new rules."

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  1. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from six majority-Muslim countries is set to go into partial effect today…

    So now we’re partially safe!

    1. Hello.

      “The new guidelines sent to U.S. embassies and consulates on Wednesday say that applicants from the six countries must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the U.S.”

      MONSTER!

      /faints.

    1. No, you have to say that in response to Fist’s first post.

      1. For a libertarian website, there sure are a lot of rules.

        1. I’m sorry you can’t say that here.

          Well actually, I’m not sorry.

          But you still can’t say that here, we have rules* you know.

          (*enforcement is a rather lax affair)

          1. And there’s no fighting in the war room.

      2. I almost never see a thread before it’s been dead for half a day.

        Rules? Where I’m posting, there ARE NO rules.

    2. /slaps DUT off side of the head.

      ONE HELLO AND IT BELONGS TO ME.

  2. “President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are scheduled to meet today.”

    OMG.

    Does Robert Mueller know about this?!

    1. I bet they’re probably colluding to subvert N Korean democracy.

      1. North Korean Democracy, the next Guns ‘n’ Roses album, is expected to drop in July 2075.

    2. Seriously. So invested in Trump.

  3. The new guidelines sent to U.S. embassies and consulates on Wednesday say that applicants from the six countries must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the U.S.

    YEAH BECAUSE RADICALISM NEVER RUNS IN FAMILIES. Boo, Trump. Boo.

  4. Iraqi forces have retaken control of the mosque in Mosul from ISIS.

    That thing was ground zero for a while.

    1. Finally the good Islam is back in power.

  5. Tillerson blows up at top White House aide

    The normally laconic Texan unloaded on Johnny DeStefano, the head of the presidential personnel office, for torpedoing proposed nominees to senior State Department posts and for questioning his judgment.

    The episode stunned other White House officials gathered in chief of staff Reince Priebus’ office, leaving them silent as Tillerson raised his voice. In the room with Tillerson and DeStefano were Priebus, top Trump aide Jared Kushner and Margaret Peterlin, the secretary of state’s chief of staff.

    Many of his proposed nominees have been rejected by DeStefano’s Office of Presidential Personnel either because they are Democrats or because they are Republicans who were critical of Trump during the campaign.

    Government isn’t so fun.

    1. So which one of those people was the leaker?

      1. I’ve been to a million meetings like this. Why is this at all noteworthy?

    2. Tillerson raised his voice?

      If grown-ass adults can’t handle a raised voice, maybe they should retire.

    3. Of course you had to post this. I had it all lined up for the PM.

      The episode stunned other White House officials gathered in chief of staff Reince Priebus’ office, leaving them silent as Tillerson raised his voice. In the room with Tillerson and DeStefano were Priebus, top Trump aide Jared Kushner and Margaret Peterlin, the secretary of state’s chief of staff.

      The encounter, described by four people familiar with what happened, was so explosive that Kushner approached Peterlin afterward and told her that Tillerson’s outburst was completely unprofessional, according to two of the people familiar with the exchange, and told her that they needed to work out a solution.

      How do you respond in any way other than, “Blow it out your ass, Jared”? You’re at the adults’ table, daddy’s boy.

      1. I know – Tillerson, Mattis, and the other adults must be losing their minds.

        1. This is a between the lines communique.

          When they see you blow up, and agree with your point, they note your passion for the job. When they disagree with your point then they call you unprofessional.

          Either way, you know who has the upper hand on the issue.

      2. If Jared Kushner called you “unprofessional” and in response you beat him to death with a stapler I think you’d have a pretty good extreme emotional distress defense at trial. No reasonable person could be expected to put up with something so insane.

    4. may have happened but the propensity of the media to make things bigger than they actually are just to make trumps adminstration look like its out of control, it may be, but I’d say probably more fake news.

  6. …unless airlines and airports refuse to comply with the new rules.

    At which point we’ll drag those airlines and airports away kicking and screaming.

  7. President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are scheduled to meet today.

    To see if Trump Steaks could count as Korean food.

    1. Is there anything Koreans don’t consider food?

  8. The Rise of the Feminist-Adjacent Startup

    But Amoruso and Agrawal intertwined their identities so tightly with proclamations of female empowerment that their personal brands fell apart and their companies’ reputations were damaged the moment there was a whiff of hypocrisy.

    Revelations about these two founders hit hard, particularly because they were living reminders that when you pit feminism against capitalism, the latter tends to prevail.

    1. In the midst of Amoruso’s and Agrawal’s controversies, the media questioned whether it was wise to make the next generation of feminist leaders women who were capitalists first. The Guardian’s Arwa Mahdawi declared that “capitalism has turned feminism into a meaningless lifestyle choice we can all buy our way into.” BuzzFeed’s Doree Shafrir wondered: “Is it possible to be a committed feminist and a committed capitalist at the same time? And why are we still so surprised when these women???who have built brands on saying the things we want to hear???turn out to be just as flawed as their male peers?”

      It’s a fairly interesting (at times) and impressively long piece, but I like how there is the implication that men will not invest in female-oriented products because they do not understand them. I am sure that can be the case in some respects, but I also doubt American women are clamoring for a diva cup.

      1. I remember reading once that the founder of Starbucks hated iced coffee, but that didn’t stop him from providing it when he discovered that’s what the customers demanded. Now that is pretty much what they are known for.

        Smart investors don’t always need to understand or even like the product. They aren’t central planners.

    2. That article is long as shit. That’s not very femimist.

      1. Capitalism hates girls, that’s all you need to know.

    3. when you pit feminism against capitalism, the latter tends to prevail.

      If you actually view all people as separate, relatively unique individuals, there is no such conflict. Just sayin’.

    4. intertwined

      so tightly

      a whiff

      *wipes away sweat*

  9. So Hihn has been on a rampage, corpse-fucking threads left and right, and his comments are getting incoherent even by his own standards. For those that have been here longer than me, is this typical or is he going Hihnsane? Is it time for a Hihntervention? Or would that be utterly Hihneffective? Anyone have any Hihnput?

    1. Hno. Hihope That Hihelps.

    2. He has become rather Hihncoherent

    3. I generally ignore the idiots.

      I read Tony because his comments are a study on teenage sophistry.

    4. Enjoy the show. Most of the time, you have to go to a comedy club and pay somebody munny to get them to make a complete fool out of themselves. Hhin does it for free.

    5. Hihn may be difficult, but i can only hope i’m as feisty as he is when i turn 150.

    6. This is typical, especially when you point out the flaws, sclerosis, and lack of evidence of his arguments. Hihntard is like Reason’s own phrase-generator bot, repeating the same 3-4 arguments depending on the subject.

    7. He screams at people who want to get rid of Medicaid for supporting Medicaid.

      He can’t tell the difference between arguments for or against things.

      There’s no point in responding to him about anything–even the unfounded personal attacks aside.

  10. “The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a ‘close’ family or business tie to the United States…. The new guidelines sent to U.S. embassies and consulates on Wednesday say that applicants from the six countries must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the U.S.”

    So this is the extreme vetting that poor Donnie wasn’t able to do so long as his travel ban was blocked by the black-robed meanies? I haven’t read the actual injunction, but did they really pre-emptively block him from issuing this 6 months ago?

  11. The Wellness Epidemic

    Goop began publishing long interviews with doctors, healers, and shamans. One of its most-shared pieces is an interview with Oscar Serrallach, an Australian doctor, about “postnatal depletion,” which suggested that women live in a depleted state for up to ten years after the birth of a child. Among the contributing factors: overwhelming stress, nutrient-poor food, and “electrosmog.” While Goop had traditionally done well selling products related to its content (spiralizers blew up after Paltrow’s recipe for “zucchini cacio e pepe” went live), what could it sell a woman who’s just received medical confirmation that the negative feelings simmering in her gut are not just in her mind? How about vitamins? Goop Wellness now offers four vitamin “protocols” (protocols and practice are words you’ll encounter a lot in this world) based on four common complaints: The Mother Load addresses postnatal depletion; High School Genes is for women who find it harder to lose weight as they age (i.e., all women); Why Am I So Effing Tired? is for the pernicious fatigue faced by do-it-all women; and Balls in the Air is similar, only more for the chronically stressed.

    1. “It’s been overwhelming,” says Ashley Lewis, senior director of wellness at Goop. “We sold over $100,000 worth of vitamins on day one, and that trajectory has just continued.

      Back in my day when we felt unwell we switched over to filtered cigarettes.

      1. And tore off the filters after a few beers.

    2. We laugh at this, but Gwyneth’s ability to extract money from upper-middle class and wealthy white women for pointless crap and bric-a-brac is beginning to rival Martha Stewart’s.

      1. The entire article can easily be read as “how the wellness industry is stealing from women.”

    3. Okay, whose college nickname was “Balls in the Air”?

        1. Hey now. My dad was a member of the Greatest Generation. All of that sex stuff hadn’t been invented yet.

          1. I dunno about that – SIV’s got a website with a bunch of pictures of your mom in her unmentionables.

            1. All five layers of them.

      1. In an unusual twist, that was actually Hihn.

  12. WHY WON’T THOSE COCKTAIL PARTIED CUCKS AT TREASON COVER THIS?!?!?!?!?!?!?
    Obama’s jeans game gets strong(er)

    He again wore jeans on Tuesday, this time while on vacation with his family in Bali, Indonesia. The look was a definite upgrade, but the jury’s still out as to whether jeans are, or should be, his thing.

    He gets cooler as he ages.

    1. Writing an article like that is how a journalist tells their boss “Go ahead and cut my job in the next round of layoffs.”

      1. cnn.com/2017/06/28/politics/obama-dad-jeans/

        Sigh.

        1. This is why we can’t have nice things.

  13. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from six majority-Muslim countries is set to go into partial effect

    Making America Partially Great Again!

  14. Sandra Bland Case: Perjury Charge Dropped Against Ex-Trooper Brian Encinias

    Prosecutors have dropped the single charge against the Texas state trooper involved in the arrest of driver Sandra Bland, whose jail cell death in July 2015 became a flash point in the Black Lives Matter movement and led to a state law in her name.

    With Wednesday’s dismissal of the misdemeanor perjury case against Brian Encinia, the trooper agreed to surrender his peace officer license and not work in law enforcement, said special prosecutors Pheobe Smith and Chad Dick. The case must also permanently remain on his record.

    A fate worse than death.

  15. There’s an Almost Perfectly Legal Way to Get Free TV

    Stanton and entrepreneurs like him are Hollywood’s latest challenge in the battle against piracy, which costs the entertainment industry billions of dollars a year in lost revenue. About 6 percent of households in North America already own digital media players doctored to let them tap unauthorized content, according to the broadband equipment provider Sandvine Inc.

    “It’s a huge problem,” said Karen Thorland, senior vice president of global content protection at the Washington-based Motion Picture Association of America. “It’s very user-friendly and growing very swiftly.”

    1. Almost Perfectly Legal

      I.e., “illegal”.

    2. ” piracy, which costs the entertainment industry billions of dollars a year in lost revenue.” Assumes people would pay for their crap if they couldn’t get it for free.

    3. If your organization is Washington-based, you are already condoning theft.

  16. During the campaign, Trump said he wanted the temporary ban so that we could figure out what was going on. Since he’s been in office for four months, does that mean we figured it out and NOW we’re doing the ban?

    1. There wasn’t a ban so he couldn’t figure it out. Duh.

    1. Bleeding from her face lift scars, bleeding from her… wherever.

    2. Can you punch any further down than insulting cable TV hosts? What a joke of a man

      1. A broadcast TV host dissing a cable TV host.

        Seems about par for the course.

        It’s moment like these where I close my eyes and think “not Hillary.”

    3. I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore)

      Suuure you don’t, Donald. You just “heard” about this. You no longer spend your TV time watching Morning Joe out of principle. We believe you.

    4. Trump and his spokespeople are fighting the good fight.

      Remember kids, this is all part of their plan to distract from the real issues he will solve by using his amazing negotiating skills.

  17. “applicants from the six countries must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the U.S.”

    And also prove that relation is not on the terrorist watch list, right? RIGHT?!

  18. Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are scheduled to meet today.

    Well, as long as they’re not meeting with Ambassador Kislyak ….

  19. Me thinks thou doth protest too much, watermelon version:

    “Merkel before G20: Paris accord irreversible, not negotiable
    […]
    “The European Union will implement swiftly its commitments under that deal, Merkel said. “Since the decision by the United States of America to leave the Paris climate accord, we are more determined than ever to lead it to success,” she added.”
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2…..iable.html

    1. Isn’t her country currently reverting to burning coal and wood for its energy needs?

    2. “After all, it’s not like my quality of life will be affected.”

    3. I look forward to bankers fleecing the German economy to give loans to “developing” countries like India and China, who have 1/3 of the world’s population as well as first-world economies and infrastructure.

      1. Most of India and China have neither infrastructure nor first-world economies.

        However, EU policies pretty much guarantee that Europe will eventually fall behind those shitholes.

  20. Growing up I wondered why all the old men where angry and bitter. Now I know. They read the news.

  21. The Banana Republic of Illinois is forced to suspend sales of all state lottery tickets due to the ongoing budget crisis.

    Only a day and a half left in their fiscal year. Will the Banana Republic get a budget deal done? Will their bonds get downgraded to junk status? Will the rest of the country be formally asked to bail out these Obama momma losers with federal debt? Stay tuned!

    1. Didn’t they have some school libraries or day care centers they could close down first?

      1. What I’d like to know is why this isn’t the biggest story in the country!

        We have a Banana Republic right here in the middle of the contiguous lower 48 (one of our biggest states no less) that is on the verge of possibly failing right before our very eyes and having to file for bankruptcy, and most of the Weigelian scum in the media would still rather talk about their phony Russia bullshit!

        1. First it was the Journolist scumbags, then it was Islamonazi threat you are always warning us about, and now it’s Illinois? Goodness, you want us to be worried about an awful lot.

          There is only so much time, Mikey! I can’t handle it all!

          1. now it’s Illinois

            More like Silly-noise.

            1. Do you ever wonder if Simple Mikey talks like that in real life? I picture him communicating mainly through smells and grunting, but it would be hilarious if he was constantly using inane rhyming nicknames in conversation with the other hobos at the bus stop.

        2. Because everyone knows the feds will bail them out if it comes to that? We’ll all be paying for the exorbant pensions of CA and IL government workers at some point. Just the way the media thinks we should.

        3. What I’d like to know is why this isn’t the biggest story in the country!

          Because it would eventually lead people to the conclusion that Democrats fucked the state and its vendors/creditors.

      2. They’ll start with the nursing homes.

        Because nothing will scare the taxpayers more than the thought of grandma/grandpa/that crazy aunt or uncle coming home to die.

    2. Obama momma losers

      Simple Mikey’s days of not being worth taking seriously are coming to a middle.

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