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Full Text of President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

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PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. The visa-issuance process plays a crucial role in detecting individuals with terrorist ties and stopping them from entering the United States. Perhaps in…

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Five dead after gunmen open fire during evening prayers at Quebec City mosque, Reuters reports

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A witness said up to three gunmen opened fire on about 40 people inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center during evening prayers Sunday, killing five people, the mosque’s president told reporters, according to Reuters. A witness told the news agency that up to three gunmen were involved in the attack. Police established a security perimeter around the mosque and declined to comment. In June 2016, a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the center, Reuters said.

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President Trump’s Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order on Extreme Vetting

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“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama…

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Lowey Introduces HER Act to Permanently Repeal Global Gag Rule

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Over 100 Cosponsors in House Demand Effective Foreign Aid Policy That Stops Attack on Vulnerable Women   Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester, Ranking Member of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, today introduced the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act, which would permanently repeal the ill-conceived, anti-woman Global Gag Rule, in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order reinstating the policy.   “President Trump said he would put ‘America First’ in his Inaugural Address. He can’t do that by marginalizing women around the world,” said Lowey. “Reinstating the dangerous and arbitrary Global Gag Rule is…

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On This Day in History 3-6-2015

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On this day in: 1836 The Alamo fell to Mexican forces. 1857 The Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that slaves were not citizens. 1930 Clarence Birdseye started to sell prepackaged frozen food for the first time, in Springfield, Massachusetts. 1957 The former British colonies of Togoland and the Gold Coast united to form independent Ghana. 1981 Walter Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America," retired from the CBS Evening News and was replaced by Dan Rather. 1997 Queen Elizabeth II launched the first royal website.    

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On This Day in History 3-5-2015

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On this day in: 1770 The Boston Massacre, a pre-Revolutionary incident that grew out of anger towards British troops, occurred. Five anti-British rioters were killed. 1933 In the last free elections in Germany until after World War II, the Nazi Party received 44% of the vote. 1946 Winston Churchill delivered his famous Iron curtain speech, "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent." 1953 Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died at age 73, after 29 years in power. 1963 Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hankshaw Hawkins…

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Lowey Statement on Israeli Prime Minister’s Speech to a Joint Session of Congress

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a Joint Session of Congress: “Prime Minister Netanyahu made a powerful presentation to Members of Congress regarding the threat of a nuclear Iran. “I share the Prime Minister’s concerns regarding the P5+1 negotiations. The ultimate outcome needs to verifiably prevent the regime from ever acquiring nuclear weapons. The United States and Israel must jointly confront the Iranian challenge.”

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On This Day in History 3-4-2015

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On this day in: 1789 The Constitution of the United States went into effect. 1791 Vermont became the 14th state in the United States. 1861 Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as president. 1917 Jeannette Rankin took her seat as the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. 1933 Frances Perkins, appointed Secretary of Labor, became first woman to serve in the Cabinet. 1994 Four Muslim fundamentalists were found guilty in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York. 1999 Retired Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun died in Arlington, Va., at age 90.

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On this Day in History 3-3-2015

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On this day in: 1845 Florida became the 27th state in the United States. 1845 The U.S. Senate passed legislation overriding a presidential veto for the first time. 1875 Georges Bizet's opera Carmen debuted in Paris, to cool audience reception and panned by critics. 1879 Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood became the first woman lawyer to be admitted to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States. 1918 Germany, Austria, and Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. 1931 The "Star-Spangled Banner" was adopted as the national anthem. 1991 Rodney King's vicious beating by Los Angeles police officers was caught on videotape. 2000 Former dictator Augusto Pinochet returned to Chile after being detained in Britain on torture charges. 2003 New embassies opened in Kenya and Tanzania, to…

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On this Day in History 3-2-2015

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1836 Texas declared its independence from Mexico. 1877 Rutherford B. Hayes was declared president by a U.S. electoral commission since the original result was too close to call. He was the only president elected this way. 1917 Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory and Puerto Ricans gained American citizenship. 1923 The first issue of Henry Luce's TIME magazine appeared on newsstands. 1933 King Kong, starring Fay Wray, premiered in New York City. 1949 Captain James Gallagher completed the first non-stop around the world flight. He completed the 23,452-mile journey in 94 hours, 1 minute. 1956…

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