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Monday, March 6, 2017

The Daily Combover - March 6, 2017

Today we had three major news items.
1. The first shipment of Russian steel for the KeystoneXL pipeline expansion arrived into a New Jersey port.

2. The House passed their ObamaCare repeal and replace plan which basically guts the subsidies for low income households and replaces them with snake oil tax cuts of course.

3. With no fanfare at all, Trump signed the executive order (number 28 for those of you still counting) for the sequel to the #MuslimBan. In fact it was done with so much secrecy that it makes you wonder if Saturday's insanity was just another distraction.

Let's take a quick look at Section 2 of the order:

Sec. 2.  Temporary Suspension of Entry for Nationals of Countries of Particular Concern During Review Period.  (a)  The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall conduct a worldwide review to identify whether, and if so what, additional information will be needed from each foreign country to adjudicate an application by a national of that country for a visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudications) in order to determine that the individual is not a security or public-safety threat.  The Secretary of Homeland Security may conclude that certain information is needed from particular countries even if it is not needed from every country.
(b)  The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall submit to the President a report on the results of the worldwide review described in subsection (a) of this section, including the Secretary of Homeland Security's determination of the information needed from each country for adjudications and a list of countries that do not provide adequate information, within 20 days of the effective date of this order.  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide a copy of the report to the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Director of National Intelligence.
(c)  To temporarily reduce investigative burdens on relevant agencies during the review period described in subsection (a) of this section, to ensure the proper review and maximum utilization of available resources for the screening and vetting of foreign nationals, to ensure that adequate standards are established to prevent infiltration by foreign terrorists, and in light of the national security concerns referenced in section 1 of this order, I hereby proclaim, pursuant to sections 212(f) and 215(a) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f) and 1185(a), that the unrestricted entry into the United States of nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.  I therefore direct that the entry into the United States of nationals of those six countries be suspended for 90 days from the effective date of this order, subject to the limitations, waivers, and exceptions set forth in sections 3 and 12 of this order.
(d)  Upon submission of the report described in subsection (b) of this section regarding the information needed from each country for adjudications, the Secretary of State shall request that all foreign governments that do not supply such information regarding their nationals begin providing it within 50 days of notification.
(e)  After the period described in subsection (d) of this section expires, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, shall submit to the President a list of countries recommended for inclusion in a Presidential proclamation that would prohibit the entry of appropriate categories of foreign nationals of countries that have not provided the information requested until they do so or until the Secretary of Homeland Security certifies that the country has an adequate plan to do so, or has adequately shared information through other means.  The Secretary of State, the Attorney General, or the Secretary of Homeland Security may also submit to the President the names of additional countries for which any of them recommends other lawful restrictions or limitations deemed necessary for the security or welfare of the United States.
That portion that I bolded is something very disturbing. While the previous subsections describe the ban as temporary, this section empowers the HSA, the State Department and the Justice Department to add more countries to this list as they please. There is no way this is Constitutional, but then again nobody is talking about this section.  The only thing we heard about this was under the first version of the Muslim Ban in which staffers said that other countries may be added in the future. But now it's explicitly included.

On the bright side, Melania finally tweeted something:

I know English isn't her first language but someone should have told her that reading to kids isn't the same thing as honoring them. But hey, I'm sure she's a great mother.
Baron just looks absolutely ecstatic that his parents are on the other side of the room.

Catch you on the flip side.

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