Day 5 – January 25th, 2017

– “We are going to restore the rule of law in the United States,” Trump said & signed a pair of executive actions Wednesday to begin ramping up immigration enforcement, including a new border wall with Mexico, vowing that construction on his chief campaign pledge would begin in months.

– An executive order apparently drafted by the Trump administration calls for a policy review that could authorize the CIA to reopen “black site” prisons overseas and potentially restart an interrogation program that was dismantled in 2009 after using methods widely condemned as torture.

– President Trump is expected to sign an executive order temporarily blocking visas for immigrants from seven “terror prone” Muslim-majority countries.

– “Voter fraud” There is no benign explanation for President Trump’s false assertion that millions of people voted illegally in the last election. It is either a deliberate attempt to undermine faith in the democratic process, an exhortation to those who favor new restrictions on access to the ballot box or the worrisome trait of someone with immense power willing to make wild statements without any credible evidence.

*- Dow makes history: cracks 20,000 barrier!

– President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday night about Chicago’s violence, saying he will “send in the Feds!” if the city “doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on.”

Update – EPA Scientists’ Work May Face ‘Case By Case’ Review By Trump Team, Official Says

– Federal agencies are clamping down on public information and social media in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, limiting employees’ ability to issue news releases, tweet, make policy pronouncements or otherwise communicate with the outside world, according to memos and sources from multiple agencies.
– The Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reportedly lifted an order that called for scientists and employees of its research arm not to release any of its work to the public.

– US House of Representatives makes having an abortion harder if you are poor – Despite the recent demonstrations across US cities demanding women’s rights be protected, the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act’, also known as HR7, was approved by 238 votes to 183.

– Russia to decriminalize some forms of domestic violence (Fox News)

– Trump to sign executive orders enabling construction of proposed border wall and targeting sanctuary cities