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Trump: I Will Deliver State of the Union Address as Scheduled, Wherever I Want

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President Donald Trump has decided to ignore Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s withdrawal of her invitation to deliver the State of the Union address on January 29. Trump is planning to deliver the SOTU address, which is congressionally-mandated to be given to Congress, on the 29th as scheduled.

Where he will deliver the Address he has not said.

The White House is drafting two separate State of the Union Addresses, ABC News reports. One if he delivers the Address in the House before Congress, which is increasingly unlikely. The other would be more of a political rally, not in D.C., and aimed at his base.

Trump appears to be planning for a greater confrontation between himself and Speaker Pelosi.

“Republicans are encouraging Trump to force Pelosi to officially disinvite him, by suggesting the president announce he still intends to deliver the State of the Union from the House chamber,” ABC News adds.

“A senior administration official confirmed to ABC News that the White House has sent an email to the House Sergeant at Arms requesting a walkthrough of the chamber to prep for the State of the Union address. The White House is still moving forward as planned on the address as they wait to hear whether Pelosi is officially rescinding her invitation.”

 

 

 

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Anti-Gay Hate Group Is Suing to Force Boston to Give Special Right to Fly Christian Flag at City Hall

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An anti-gay hate group is suing the City of Boston on behalf of its client to force the “City on a Hill” to allow the Christian flag to be flown at City Hall.

Liberty Counsel, which appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-gay hate groups, is accusing the City of Boston of religious discrimination. Boston says it cannot fly non-secular flags.

Hal Shurtleff, the director and co-founder of Camp Constitution, the organization that wants to fly the Christian flag, claims the city’s refusal is unconstitutional.

“There’s no question that it is an unconstitutional act and originally said it was a violation of the First Amendment, which I find ironic,” Shurtleff, who wants to see the flag fly for one hour in September, told Fox News. “I’m optimistic the lawsuit will go our way.”

Shurtleff, according to Fox News, says if they had just told the City the flag wasn’t a Christian flag but the flag for his organization he could have gotten way with it.

Camp Constitution, which appears to be an actual camp, claims its mission is to “enhance understanding of our Judeo-Christian moral heritage,” and “the genius of our United States Constitution.”

But it also says its mission is to “expose some of the abuses and perversions that have brought our nation and economy so far down.”

Just in case there’s any confusion about Shurtleff’s mission, he posts tweets like this:

And despite Shurtleff’s claim to revere the Constitution, this tweet, with an image from a far right wing website, shows the Christian flag flying over the American flag – something that is considered highly disrespectful to America.

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Trump Expands Executive Overreach – Ends Asylum Protections for Migrants in Central America Coming to US

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In a new and expansive executive action President Donald Trump has created a new rule that ends asylum protections for migrants traveling from Central America to the United States.

Those seeking asylum who pass through another country before applying for U.S. asylum will be deemed automatically ineligible for asylum protections.

The Associated Press reports the new rule is “expected to go into effect on Tuesday, also applies to children who have crossed the border alone.”

There are a few exceptions, including for those who have been victims of trafficking.

The problem is that U.S. law states that those seeking asylum must be on U.S soil in order to do so. U.S. law also states it is not illegal to enter the U.S. to apply for asylum.

Related: New Trump Proposal Would Force Thousands of Asylum Seekers to Apply for Refugee Status – in Guatemala

“To obtain asylum through the affirmative asylum process you must be physically present in the United States,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s own website states. “You may apply for asylum status regardless of how you arrived in the United States or your current immigration status.”

Affirmative asylum simply means requesting asylum before a deportation order.

The move will likely be challenged in court and may be blocked since it appears to violate U.S. law.

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Mnuchin Defies Subpoena: Says No to Lawful Request for Trump’s Tax Returns

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Says Treasury Is ‘Unable’ to Release Trump’s Tax Returns to House Chairman Despite Law That Says IRS ‘Shall’

Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin has responded to House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal’s legal and lawful subpoena for the IRS to turn over six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns, and his response is no.

“We are unable to provide the requested information in response to the Committee’s subpoena,” Mnuchin said in his letter to Chairman Richard Neal, as The Hill reports.

Mnuchin repeated his claim that the Chairman’s request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose,” despite the law that authorizes the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to request the tax returns of any U.S. person, for any reason.

Chairman Neal says his next step is to pursue legal methods.

“I think that the better option for us is to proceed with a court case,” says Neal.

Sec. Mnuchin’s full letter is here.

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