Nation Watch: February 16, 2017
As social actions around the world demonstrate, the people listen, the streets listen. A vast, strong community seeks a world of greater compassion and justice. Politicians listen too, when there are enough people in real and virtual streets.
Cultural Weekly’s Nation Watch highlights topics you may wish to take action on. We also wish to alert you to DCReport, a new website dedicated to investigative journalism of what the President and Congress do, not what they say, founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston.
The President signed three executive orders aimed at fighting crime. One relates to strengthening federal laws aimed at reducing international crime organizations like drug cartels. The second “focuses on preventing crime against law enforcement, including a push to define new federal crimes and potentially establish new mandatory minimum sentences.” The third order gives Attorney General Sessions the power to develop strategies “to reduce crime, including, in particular, illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime.” Source: The Hill
A federal judge blocked a proposed merger between Anthem and Cigna. Anthem plans to appeal. Source: The Hill
Ted Cruz introduced a bill that would abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Source: Housing Wire
Acting chairman of the SEC, Michael Piwowar, has moved against two Dodd-Frank rules. “One of the rules requires public companies to reveal the gap between their chief executive’s’ annual compensation and the median — or midpoint — pay of their employees.” The other rule “requires companies to disclose information about their use of minerals from Congo, where militias that have been linked to atrocities have profited from mining minerals used in electronics, jewelry and other goods.” Source: Associated Press
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of continuing the blocking of the President’s travel ban. Source: LA Times
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 700+ people in one week’s time. Source: The Intercept
An undocumented victim of domestic violence was detained in a courthouse by immigration agents. Source: El Paso Times
Republican legislators across the country are moving to deny their own funding to cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, in regards to immigration and Sanctuary City designation. Source: The Hill
White House counsel Kellyanne Conway publicly promotes Ivanka Trump’s business, and House Oversight Committee recommends disciplinary action. Source: LA Times
National Security Adviser to the White House, Michael Flynn, resigns. Source: NPR
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz has asked the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the leaks that led National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to resign. Source: The Hill
Senate Judiciary Committee demands Justice Department hand over all documents on Michael Flynn. Source: The Hill
“Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.” Source: The NY Times
The President reaffirms support for Japan after North Korea missile test. Source: The Hill
The President agrees to support “One China” policy, which is the diplomatic acknowledgement of China’s position that there is only one Chinese government. Source: The Guardian
Amidst much opposition, Andrew Puzder withdraws his nomination for Labor Secretary. Source: The NY Times
Vince Viola withdraws from consideration for Army Secretary. Source: The Hill
Defense Secretary Mattis has ordered NATO to increase defense spending or the U.S. will “moderate its commitment.” Source: CNN
ND Governor orders evacuation of Dakota Pipeline “protest” camp. Source: Reuters via Yahoo News
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Prepared by Jessica Ceballos Campbell with Adam Leipzig.
Top image by Hassified, under Creative Commons license.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jessica Ceballos y Campbell is an L.Á. born writer, publisher, designer, consultant, community advocate, and cultural wanderer. She curates and hosts literary/arts programming that seeks to build, bridge, and sustain our communities, at Highland Park's Avenue 50 Studio and throughout Los Angeles. She is 1/4 of the experiment in publishing known as Writ Large Press, and she holds a seat with the Highland Park Neighborhood Council where she also heads their Arts & Culture committee. Her work has been (or will be) published by Tia Chucha Press, PEN Center USA/Rattling Wall, Further Other Book Works, CCM:Entropy, Los Angeles Magazine, La Bloga, and Brooklyn n Boyle, Hinchas de Poesia, among others.