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Federal judge halts enforcement of Trump immigration ban

Federal judge halts travel banA federal judge in Detroit has ordered the administration to stop enforcement of President Trump's executive order barring citizens from certain Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S, CBS Detroit reported Friday.

The executive order bans people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia from entering the U.S. for 90 days, temporarily halts the country's refugee resettlement program and indefinitely suspends resettlement for refugees from Syria.

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Kellyanne Conway on Bowling Green ‘massacre’: I meant ‘terrorists’

Kelleyanne Conway 'misspeaks' about Bowling Green 'massacre'Kellyanne Conway, President Trump's former campaign manager and now an adviser in his administration, pushed back Friday against claims she defended the White House's refugee ban with an assertion that appears to be factually indefensible.

Appearing on MSNBC's Hardball TV program on Thursday night, Conway referred to the "Bowling Green massacre" as part of her attempt to justify Trump's temporary restrictions on refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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Trump administration announces new sanctions against Iran

Iran sandctionsThe Treasury Department on Friday announced a new wave of sanctions against Iran, taking formal action against the Islamic Republic just two days after National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said the U.S. was “officially putting Iran on notice.”

The sanctions come in response to a recent missile test conducted by Iran as well as an attack by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen against a Saudi naval vessel. All together, the sanctions target 25 individuals or entities.

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House votes to roll back rule to prevent mentally ill from buying guns

House votes to roll back gun restriction for mentally illThe U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal an Obama administration rule aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of people with severe mental illness on the grounds that it may unfairly infringe on their Constitutional rights.

The House voted along party lines, 235 to 180, to repeal a regulation adopted in December requiring the Social Security Administration to send information about people receiving supplemental payments and insurance to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System if they are mentally ill.

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Louvre attack: Soldier shoots knifeman in Paris

Louvre attackA soldier on Friday shot and wounded a man armed with a machete who was trying to enter the Louvre museum in central Paris, police said.

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the incident was "terrorist in nature".  Police said that the man had been trying to get into the museum's underground shop with a suitcase. His bag contained no explosives.

"We are dealing with an attack from an individual who was clearly aggressive and represented a direct threat, and whose comments lead us to believe that he wished to carry out a terrorist incident," Michel Cadot, the head of the French capital's police force, said, adding the man had shouted, "Allahu Akbar".

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Nordstrom Will Stop Selling Ivanka Trump Merchandise

NordstromNordstrom said on Thursday that it would stop selling Ivanka Trump items this season because of the controversial brand’s performance, a move that follows boycotts by some shoppers who are angered by her father, President Donald Trump, and his White House policies.

The luxury retailer, which has faced calls for months to dump Ivanka Trump merchandise, said that Nordstrom switches out about 10% of its assortment each year to refresh it as a matter of course in running its business, culling lines that aren’t selling well enough.

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White House nixed Holocaust statement naming Jews

Holocaust speechThe State Department drafted its own statement last month marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day that explicitly included a mention of Jewish victims, according to people familiar with the matter, but President Donald Trump’s White House blocked its release.

The existence of the draft statement adds another dimension to the controversy around the White House’s own statement that was released on Friday and set off a furor because it excluded any mention of Jews. The White House has stood by the statement, defending it as an “inclusive” message that was not intended to marginalize Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

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Russian activist, likely poisoned before, hospitalized again

Vladimir Kara-MurzaA private foundation says one of its employees, a prominent Russian opposition activist, has been hospitalized after a sudden illness reminiscent of a poisoning he suffered two years earlier.

Open Russia, run by exiled Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, said in a statement on Thursday that Vladimir Kara-Murza was hospitalized earlier in the day after becoming ill.

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Uber CEO Is Leaving President Trump’s Economic Council After Criticism

Travis KalanickTravis Kalanick, the Uber CEO, is leaving President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council. The move appears to be in response of the #deleteUber campaign that started over the last weekend after President’s immigration order. In his letter to employees (obtained by Recode), Kalanick said that some people had taken his joining the council as an endorsement of the President or his agenda.

Earlier in December, Kalanick and Tesla founder Elon Musk had joined President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum. An official statement announcing the committee had said the forum is “designed to provide direct input to the President… in a frank, non-bureaucratic, and non-partisan manner.”

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