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Reports emerge that the President will issue an executive order on Thursday that could cut back on protections for LGBT people. The President continues his inaccurate statements about Republicans' proposed healthcare legislation. And commentators react to President Trump's willingness to praise autocratic leaders.
According to Amir Ali and Joshua Matz on Take Care, President Trump’s incendiary rhetoric towards Muslims post-election and post-inauguration contextualize the supposedly neutral ban.
New reports argue that President Trump’s immigration actions and rhetoric hurt two vulnerable communities: mothers and children fleeing gender-based violence, and American Muslims.
David Post asserts that the immigration ban, which the government defended on the grounds that it is enforcing the law not changing it, amounts to not-so-sneaky bullying (WaPo).
A cheaper and faster way to end illegal immigration involves a streamlined guest worker program, not border apprehension, demonstrates Alex Nowrasteh for the CATO Institute.
In a new legal filing, the Trump Administration has indicated that it may scale back certain Affordable Care Act regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, skin color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in the administration of health services. Christine Grimaldi for Rewire warns about the potentially harmful effects for LGBTQ individuals.
Jay Shooter makes the case that although President Trump touts the border wall as a method to deter human trafficking, his immigration policies actually exacerbate the problem (Just Security).
In several new lawsuits, an advoacy organization has requested information about federal workers that it believes President Trump has unlawfully intimated (NPR).
President Trump’s continued willingness to deal with autocratic leaders has alarmed human rights activists (WaPo).
Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’s troubling statements on “opening up” libel laws run contrary to American values, and his proposal is probably unconstitutional, explains Matthew Menendez (Brennan Center for Justice).
SAFETY AND JUSTICE
Trump's one-dimensional approach to law and order pits communities against law enforcement and the federal government, argues Chiraag Bains (Take Care).
Danial Byman believes that If President Trump responds with strong, off-the-cuff rhetoric in response to a terrorist attack, it could bolster terrorist operations (Lawfare).
Christopher Durocher explains how House and Senate proposals for concealed carry reciprocity could undermine current state gun regulation (ACS).
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Jared Kushner did not disclose his part-ownership of a real-estate finance startup, along with other financial interests (WSJ).
Ivanka Trump has a broad policy portfolio with few parameters, reports the New York Times.
The Global Anticorruption Blog will begin comprehensively tracking President Trump’s conflicts of interest.
President Trump misrepresents the American Health Care Act (AHCA), particularly its provisions for pre-existing conditions and age discrimination, explains Rachel Sachs at Take Care.
Daniel Deacon argues at Take Care that the FCC's attempt to reverse the prior administration's interpretation of a key provision of the Communications Act has some potential legal vulnerabilities.
Republicans may use the “Byrd Rule” to pass the President’s proposed tax bill, says Jonathan Chait at New York Magazine.
Congressional Republicans are pursuing a tax plan far different than the principles provided by President Trump last week, reports Russell Berman at The Atlantic.
CHECKS & BALANCES
President Trump was reportedly infuriated that the coverage of the proposed spending bill presented the Democrats as the winners (Politico).
Despite the proposed spending bill explicitly prohibiting the allocation of money for the border wall, President Trump argued that the bill includes a “down payment on the border wall” (Politico).
Republican Senators reacted to the President's Twitter comments about shutting down the goverment and ending the filibuster (The Hill).
Twenty-One State Attorneys General wrote a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to reconsider the rollback of student loan reforms (ACS Blog).
Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates will reportedly testify that she warned the White House about Michael Flynn’s lies weeks prior to his resignation (CNN).
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