President Trump Signs A Memo Barring Transgender Individuals From Serving In The Military

Friday President Trump signed a memo barring transgender individuals from serving in the military. Trump first announced the policy change through twitter last month.

The policy changes includes a ban on transgender individuals from joining or serving in the military openly and a ban on the use of Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security resources being used on gender reassignment surgery unless necessary to save the life of an individual who has already started gender reassignment surgery.

All transgender individuals who are currently enlisted would have to be provisionally retained by the defense secretary prior to March 23, 2018 to remain in service. All individuals that retained will subjected to a culture where transgender individuals are perceived unfit to serve in the military and “would serve under a vague and shifting stand of whether, at any given time, their presence is deemed consistent with military effectiveness, lethality and budget constraints,” according to a memo released by Palm Center that clarifies some of the misunderstanding in Trumps initial memo.

This new policy would likely force individuals to lie to fight for their country.

The order has a delayed implication and will not go into effect until March 23, 2018. Currently this is a temporary ban on transgender individuals joining the armed service and has been since July when Defense Secretary James Mattis asked for the ban so the department could review the impact transgender individuals have on military service.

This delayed implication allows secretaries to decide how to transition from current policy to a ban.

Since Trump annouced the ban last month, two law suits have been filed in federal court challenging the directive.

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Trump Considering A Pardon For Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

On August 14 in a interview to Fox News, President Trump stated he was considering a pardon for Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” the president said Sunday. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”

Arpaio was convicted of criminal content for willfully defying a court order to stop targeting Latino drivers in 2011. Arpaio was convicted in jury-less hearing and his attorneys are attempting to appeal the case arguing that a jury would not reach the same verdict.

The president has not issued a pardon as of Tuesday morning but is planning to attend a rally in Arizona Tuesday night.

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President Trump Disbands Manufacturing Council And The Strategy And Policy Forum

President Donald Trump announced via twitter he would disband the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategy and Policy Forum Wednesday.

This announcement comes amid growing backlash for the President’s initial comments towards a white nationalist rally that left at least three dead over the weekend and more recently his comments defending his earlier comments in a press conference at Trump Towers Tuesday.

Greg Hayes of United Technologies was the latest to resign from the council this week. Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck was the first to resign from the council this week.

Among the others who left the council were Kevin Plank of Under Armour, Brian Krzanich of Intel, Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, Richard Trumka and Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO, Inge Thulin of 3M and Denise Morrison of the Campbell Soup Company.

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Intel CEO Also Leaves President Trump’s Manufacturing Council

Monday Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned from President Trumps Manufacturing Council. His resignation marked the 3rd of the day and comes amid backlash for the President’s response to hate groups in America.

“I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues,” Krzanich said in a statement.

Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing resigned from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative Tuesday.

President Trump took to twitter to respond.

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Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier Leaves President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council Following The President’s Failure To Condemn White Supremacist

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier left President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council Monday due to the President’s failure to condemn white supremacy after violence broke out at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA and a car was rammed into counter-protesters leaving one dead.

In a statement on Twitter Frazier stated that he felt a responsiblity to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.

President Trump took to twitter to respond to the news of Frazier’s departure.

Prior to his departure, Frazier was the only African American member of Trump’s Manufacturing council.

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President Donald Trump Endorses The RAISE Act Which Would Introduce A Merit System For Immigrants

On Wednesday President Trump endorsed the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment or the RAISE Act.

The bill was first introduced in April and would introduce a merit system which would use factors such as English ability, education levels and job skill to rank applicants for the 140,000 green cards available annually. It would retain immigration preferences for the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents but would remove preferences for other family members.

The RAISE Act would create a temporary visa for parents in need of care taking, remove the Diversity Visa Lottery and would cap refugee limits at 50,000 annually.

According to Sen. Tom Cotton and Sen. David Perdue, the senators who proposed the bill, the bill seeks to “help raise American workers’ wages by reducing overall immigration by half and re-balancing the system toward employment-based visas and immediate family household members.”

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Senate Confirms Christopher Wray As The New FBI Director

With a 92 – 5 vote, Christopher Wray was easily confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee as Director of the FBI Tuesday.

The former FBI Director was fired by President Donald Trump in May. The controversial firing lead to the appointment of special council Robert Mueller to lead the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

During his hearing last month Wray promised to “never allow the FBI’s work to be driven by anything other than the facts, the law and the impartial pursuit of justice. Period.” He also stressed the importance of independence from the White House and acknowledged that he believes the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered with the 2016 election.

Wray most recently worked as a partner for the King & Spalding law firm and previously worked as an assistant attorney general for the criminal division under President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2005.  He also represented Gov. Chris Christie during “Bridgegate”

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Ex-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Convicted Of Criminal Contempt

On Monday, ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt. In a jury-less court hearing, District Judge Susan Bolton found that Arpaio had intentionally defied a federal judges order in 2011.

In 2011 a District Judge G. Murray Snow issued a preliminary injunction ordering the sheriff and his deputies to stop targeting Latino motorist. Arpaio admitted to continuing the practice but argues he didn’t ignore the injunction intentionally, crediting the misunderstanding to his former lawyer’s understanding of the injunction. Following the 2011 injunction, at least 170 more Latinos were wrongfully detained.

Arpaio is schedule to be sentenced Oct. 5 and his sentence could carry up to a six month imprisonment and a fine. Arpaio’s legal team has already said they will attempt to appeal the conviction arguing that their client’s legal fate should be decided by a jury.

Joe Arpaio gained the title as “the toughest sheriff in the country” over the years for his tough approach to illegal immigration and his no nonsense approach to crime. Arpaio served as the sheriff of Maricopa county for 24 years. He lost his reelection bid last year to retired Phoenix police Sgt. Paul Penzone, ultimately ending his long tenure.

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Democratic Sen. Cory Booker Introduces A Bill That Would Legalize Marijuana On A Federal Level

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey Introduced the Marijuana Justice Act via Facebook Live Tuesday.

If passed, the bill would remove marijuana from the schedule 1 section of the Controlled Substance Act, remove restrictions on the import and export of marijuana enacted by the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act and conform any other necessary amendments.

The bill would also establish a Community Reinvestment Fund to reinvest in communities most affected by the war on drugs. The fund would be available to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and would be used for a number of things including job training, reentry services, public libraries, and community centers.

The fund would be appropriated $500,000,000 every fiscal year and the money would be available with out any fiscal year limitations.

All federal courts would have to issue an order expunging all federal marijuana convictions filed before the date the bill is passed. Any individual imprisoned for federal marijuana conviction before the bill is passed would be given a hearing after the expunge order and be re-sentenced as if the Marijuana Freedom Act had been in effect at the time of their conviction.

The bill also seeks to address the disproportional arrest and convictions in states without legal marijuana laws by punishing said states. Under the Marijuana Freedom Act, states with disproportionate arrest for minorities and non-minorities and low income and high income individuals would see a reduction of no more than 10 percent of fund from the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. All funds withheld would then be deposited into the Community Reinvestment Fund.

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