Top News Stories For Today – Jan 10, 2018
Federal judge suspends Trump’s order on DACA
On Tuesday night, a federal judge in San Francisco temporarily suspended President Trump’s move to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants temporary residency and work authorization to non-citizens who were brought to the US illegally as children. US District Judge William Alsup’s ruling will require the Trump administration to continue accepting and processing DACA renewal applications while five lawsuits are being litigated.
New DACA applications will not be permitted. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ conclusion that DACA was illegal appeared to be “based on a flawed legal premise,” Alsup wrote. The Trump administration will likely appeal his ruling. The Associated Press, Politico
Fusion GPS co-founder’s testimony released
On Tuesday Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony to Congress, despite Republican objections. Fusion GPS is famously behind a controversial dossier that alleges Russia possesses compromising information about President Trump. It was compiled by British spy Christopher Steele, who Simpson hired.
In his testimony, Simpson claims Steele went to the FBI with the intelligence he uncovered out of fears that Trump “was being blackmailed.” The Judiciary Committee’s chairman, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), previously told The New York Times that Simpson was “uncooperative” during his interview. Simpson had called for his transcript, which runs 312 pages long, to be released. The Washington Post, The New York Times
Pulling US troops from Europe proposed to please Putin
Last February, senior National Security Council official Kevin Harrington floated the idea of withdrawing some US troops from the Baltics in order to make Russian President Vladimir Putin happy, The Daily Beast reports.
A former Trump administration official said that Harrington offered the proposal as a strategy to “reframe our interests within the context of a new relationship with Russia.” The former official said Harrington was unable to show how withdrawing or repositioning troops in the Baltics would be beneficial to the US, and he felt the idea showed Harrington’s naiveté. This is the first known case of a Trump aide wanting to move troops around as a way of pleasing Putin, The Daily Beast says. The Daily Beast, The Week
At least 13 dead after mudslides in California
At least 13 people in Montecito, California, were killed on Tuesday when mudslides swept through neighborhoods south of the Thomas Fire burn area. Heavy rain at 2:30 a.m. caused “waist-high” mud flow, a sheriff’s official said, and at least 25 people were injured.
The Thomas Fire devastated Montecito late last year, and mud and debris rolling into residential neighborhoods was “the worst-case scenario,” Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason said. Officials are still searching for survivors, and said they do not know how many homes were damaged or destroyed because they are unable to get through to some areas. Los Angeles Times
7.5 magnitude hit Caribbean
An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 that struck near remote islands belonging to Honduras on Tuesday was felt across northern Central America, prompting a tsunami warning for parts of the Caribbean. No damage was immediately reported.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami advisory was in effect for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands after the earthquake and warned of possible waves up to 1 meter (3 feet) above tide level. The quake was very shallow, at only 6.2 miles, which would have amplified its effect. VOA
Bannon to exit Breitbart News Network
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon stepped down as executive chairman of Breitbart News Network on Tuesday, the conservative news outlet announced Tuesday. The move comes amid a furor over incendiary remarks he reportedly made about US President Donald Trump and his family to author Michael Wolff in a book, “Fire and Fury,” published just last week.
Wolff wrote in the book that Bannon called a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s 2016 meeting with Russian nationals, “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” Bannon also predicted in the book that Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, would “crack” Trump Jr. “like an egg on national TV.” VOA
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