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New Jersey Democrats push measures to protect illegal immigrants, vow to defy Trump

wisniewskiFrom Fox News: Sanctuary city advocates in one state with a Trump friendly Republican governor are digging in their heels in the face of President Trump’s threat to cut off federal funding.

Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey introduced bills this week calling on the state to reimburse so-called sanctuary cities that lose federal funding. And on Wednesday, Assemblyman John Wisniewski* introduced legislation designating New Jersey a “sanctuary state,” generally preventing law enforcement officers from initiating contact with immigration officials, and from using state resources for the purpose of enforcing immigration laws. *Wisniewski’s education includes a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.

In addition, several towns that have significant immigrant populations have declared themselves sanctuaries, saying they will not reach out to immigration officials about illegal immigrants they arrest or provide a service to unless they are serious criminals or a national security threat.

“We are putting President Trump and his administration on notice,” said Wisniewski in written public announcement about his legislation. “New Jersey will not be a ‘willing partner’ to the unjustified and inhumane deportations of our neighbors and friends.” New York and California also have moved toward declaring their states sanctuaries for illegal immigrants.

Trump, who made cracking down on illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign, has issued executive orders and directives aimed at border security and tracking down and deporting undocumented people illegal aliens.

He directed the Department of Homeland Security to identify and publish a list of sanctuary communities. Although no strict definition of the term exists, it is generally used to describe communities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The New Jersey measures have little chance of passing, given GOP resistance and Gov. Chris Christie’s veto threat, said Ross Baker, a Rutgers University professor of political science. “It’s more of a gesture to the immigrant community,” Baker told Fox News. “It’s a message to them that they would be protected against hypothetical actions by the federal government.”

In Maplewood, Mayor Victor DeLuca consulted with police administrators before crafting a sanctuary ordinance that became final at the end of January. DeLuca said police officials said they did not want the responsibility of enforcing federal immigration laws. “The police said ‘We don’t do it now,’” DeLuca told Fox News, “and there was a feeling on our part that wanted to make clear that there are distinctions between the role of the police department and the role of immigration officials.”

New Jersey has more than 500,000 illegal immigrants, according to estimates.

Republicans in the state legislature say they will not support sanctuary towns in any way. Christie, a Republican, says he will veto any legislation that would favor sanctuary cities.

Proponents of strict immigration enforcement say sanctuary communities are violating the law. “To have lawmakers in Trenton say ‘O.K., we’ll show the president, if they withhold funding, we’ll pay,’ is violating federal law,” said Ron Bass, founder of United Patriots of America, a New Jersey-based group that pushes for strict enforcement. “It’s like the state saying to sanctuary cities ‘You rob the bank, I’ll drive the [getaway] car.’”

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An Angry Libtard: Shia LaBeouf arrested at his anti-Trump art installation

Actor Shia LaBeouf started this “performance art”stunt called, “He Will Not Divide Us.” From their web site:

“Commencing at 9am on January 20, 2017, the day of the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, the public is invited to deliver the words “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US” into a camera mounted on a wall outside the Museum of the Moving Image, New York, repeating the phrase as many times, and for as long as they wish.

Open to all, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the participatory performance will be live-streamed continuously for four years, or the duration of the presidency. In this way, the mantra “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US” acts as a show of resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism, guided by the spirit of each individual participant and the community.”

So much butt hurt in Shia’s heart that he got arrested, live, in front of his stunt. It’s going to be a LOOOOOONG four years for libtards.

From CNN: Actor and performance artist Shia LaBeouf has been charged with misdemeanor assault and a harassment violation after getting in a scuffle during a rally against Donald Trump early Thursday morning, according to New York Police Department spokesman Sgt. Thomas Antonetti.

LaBeouf was arrested and has been released, according to Det. Christopher Pisano.

LaBeouf and a 25-year-old anti-Trump protester got into a verbal exchange in front of the Museum of the Moving Image, and then police say LaBeouf pulled on the man’s scarf, scratching his face while doing so, according to Antonetti.  CNN is attempting to reach out to LaBeouf’s representatives.

LaBeouf is planning to protest President Trump for the next four years with an art exhibit that will run continuously outside the museum.

The installation consists of a white wall with the words “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US” on it and a camera beneath the words. LaBeouf has invited the public to participate by saying the phrase into the camera, which streams live. The arrest itself appeared to be caught on the live-stream.

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NY gov requires insurance companies to cover contraception

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From Fox News: New York governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday said he was requiring health insurance companies to cover medically necessary abortions and most forms of contraception at no cost to women, a move that further protects and safeguards coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The state department of financial services is mandating that health insurers in New York provide for at least one form of FDA-approved contraception exceeding a month’s supply at a time. And women must be provided medically necessary abortions without co-pays or deductibles.

President Donald Trump and Republican members of Congress have said they will repeal the health care act as soon as possible, and that is why New York must act fast to ensure women’s access to coverage and care, Cuomo said.

“These regulatory actions will help ensure that whatever happens at the federal level, women in our state will have cost-free access to reproductive health care and we hope these actions serve as a model for equality across the nation,” Cuomo said. “Women deserve to make a fair wage and the same salary as any man, they deserve to work in an office free of sexual harassment, they deserve comprehensive paid family leave, and they deserve control over their health and reproductive decisions.”

The regulations go a step further to ensure insurance companies can’t skirt laws in any way to deny coverage. Insurance companies would face steep fines if found to be violating the mandate.

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More Libtard Butthurt: Trump-branded buildings being renamed after complaints

Tenants are so disgusted with Trump’s election they are moving out of his namesake buildings. Wait, never mind…

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From Hollywood Reporter: Donald Trump’s name is being stripped off three luxury apartment buildings after hundreds of tenants signed a petition saying they were embarrassed to live in a place associated with the Republican president-elect.

In all, about 600 residents of the three rental towers in Trump Place signed the online petition, which began circulating weeks ago after the public release of a decade-old recording of Trump boasting about groping women and kissing them without their consent.

Tenants learned on Tuesday from the company that owns and manages the New York skyscrapers, which hold 1,325 rental apartments, that the huge gold letters spelling out “Trump Place” would be removed from the sides of the buildings within days.

“We’re all very excited and thrilled, and it’s about time,” said Marjorie Jacobs, who has lived in one of the buildings for five years. “We’re disgusted with the results of the presidency.”

A spokeswoman for Trump’s transition team, Hope Hicks, didn’t immediately return a request for comment on Tuesday. She told The New York Times in October that removing the Trump name would cause a building to “lose tremendous value.”

A spokesman for Equity Residential, the Chicago-based company that owns and manages the buildings, said its executives considered “the input of our residents” among other factors when making the decision to change the buildings’ names. Spokesman Marty McKenna said in an email that a “neutral building identity” might hold more appeal to current and future residents.

The letters spelling out Trump’s name could come down as soon as Wednesday, residents said. They will be replaced with the buildings’ addresses.

Several neighboring towers that also bear the Trump Place name but have different owners are sticking with the Trump brand.

In the early 1990s, Trump partnered with Chinese investors to develop a large area of land near Lincoln Center and the Hudson River on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. When Trump’s partners decided to sell the development in 2005 for $1.76 billion, he sued, arguing the price was too low. Trump lost that litigation and remained a minority partner. His Trump Organization still manages some buildings in the development.

Brian Dumont, a wealth manager who has lived in his Trump Place apartment for four years, said the petition drive gained momentum after neighbors became increasingly embarrassed explaining to fellow New Yorkers that they lived in Trump buildings. “You know how it is in New York, everyone asks you where you live,” he said. “And we found ourselves just recoiling.”

Voters in Manhattan resoundingly rejected Trump on Election Day. His main rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, pulled in more than a half-million votes, compared with fewer than 60,000 for him.

Trump, asked whether his comments on the campaign trail had hurt his brand, said in an interview on Sunday, “Who cares?”

“This is big-league stuff,” he said on CBS’ 60 Minutes. ”I don’t care about hotel occupancy. It’s peanuts compared to what we’re doing. Healthcare, making people better.”

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More Libtard Butthurt: ‘Subway Therapy’ is a thing: Commuters Stick Post-It Notes on Walls to Share Election Blues

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From Yahoo: Following Donald Trump’s election to the White House, New Yorkers have been leaving Post-It notes with messages of hope, love and healing as part of “subway therapy.”

Some of the messages, which started appearing Wednesday, included: “You will not divide us. Love is everything,” “Everything will be alright” and “It doesn’t end today.”

The messages are aimed at combatting and protesting Trump’s campaign rhetoric, which has been dubbed hateful and xenophobic.

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The “subway therapy” was created by New York artist Levee who told ABC7: “Because of how stressful the last couple of days were, I thought it would be nice to have something that people could do really quickly so they could maybe get something off their chest.”

As protests erupted in cities around the country, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly called out a Yale University professor who made midterms optional so students can deal with Trump’s victory.

“The email came after the professor received requests for extensions from some students that were in, ‘fear for their families’. This happened at one of the most prestigious universities in the country. These students will probably go on to be leaders in their chosen fields, and executives in major companies. Basically run this country in twenty years,” she wrote on her website.

She also posted screen shots of the email and wrote: “Try not to laugh too hard.”

On her show, The Kelly File, she said that anyone who allows students to skip out on a test in an institute of higher learning because of the election result “completely misunderstands the point of college.”

As many wrap their head around what happens next with Trump as commander-in-chief, the late night hosts are trying to find humor in the uncertain times.

Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj, a Muslim, spoke to host Trevor Noah on Wednesday’s episode to discuss how frightened he was of a Trump presidency. Since Trump proposed a Muslim ban during his campaign, Minhaj said: “I am panicking because melanin doesn’t rub off.”

He also told a story about how his mother, who is an American citizen, and is out of the country until February, fears she won’t be able to return under Trump’s reign. “I need her back home because I love her… and she owes me $300,” he said.

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On Full Frontal, host Samantha Bee said: ”What we did was the democratic equivalent of installing an above-ground pool. Even if we’re lucky and it doesn’t seep into our foundations, the neighbors will never look at us the same way again.”

She also blasted white women who voted for Trump, saying: “A majority of white women, faced with the choice between the first female president and a vial of weaponized testosterone, said, ‘I’ll take Option B. I just don’t like her.’ Hope you got your sticker, ladies. Way to lean out.”

On Conan, the host offered more optimism, saying: “In America we get to pick who is going to ruin our country. It’s a privilege. Everybody should feel grateful that we get to vote.”

He then quoted Winston Churchill saying: “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried.”

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A show to avoid: The pompous Bourdain and Travel Channel’s “Parts Unknown”

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Anthony Bourdain is a 60-year-old celebrity chef. He hosts a show called, “Parts Unknown” on the Travel Channel. He also believes his opinion is incredibly important. The celebrity chef has said that he won’t dine with Donald Trump any time this century.

From Huff Po: Anthony Bourdain is not one to beat around the bush. The man has said he’d like to see the pumpkin spice craze “drowned in its own blood,” for crying out loud.

So when the “Parts Unknown” host was asked if he’d consider breaking bread with Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, Bourdain did not hold back. Absolutely f***ing not,” Bourdain told TheWrap.

“I’ve been a New Yorker most of my life, [and] for better or worse Mr. Trump is a New Yorker,” Bourdain continued. “We know him well here. We’ve watched how he does business and we’ve watched him say things and then we’ve seen whether or not he did those things, we have seen how he treats the people he does business with. I would give the same answer that I would have given 10 years ago, when he was just as loathsome.”

Earlier this year, Bourdain said he would like to grab a bite with Trump, just to ridicule him the entire time. “I’d like to see him struggle with chopsticks and eat a well done f―-ing steak,” Bourdain told the New York Daily News.

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For what it’s worth, Bourdain, who famously dined with President Barack Obama in Vietnam for last week’s season premiere, didn’t seem particularly eager to grab a bite with Hillary Clinton, either (yet had no harsh words for her).

“Honestly, that’s not the business I’m in,” Bourdain told TheWrap. “I mean [Obama] kind of fell in our lap… it’s something I’m really grateful I did this time around but it was an extraordinary occurrence.”

Hey Bourdain, did you ever think that maybe Trump doesn’t want to dine with you? What a pompous jerk.

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Baby born with DNA from 3 people, first from new technique

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From Seattle Times: Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people — the mother, the father and an egg donor. The goal was to prevent the child from inheriting a fatal genetic disease from his mother, who had previously lost two children to the illness.

The birth of the boy is revealed in a research summary published by the journal Fertility & Sterility. Scientists are scheduled to present details at a meeting next month in Salt Lake City.

The magazine New Scientist, which first reported the birth, said the baby was born five months ago to Jordanian parents, and that they were treated in Mexico by a team led by Dr. John Zhang of the New Hope Fertility Center in New York. It’s not clear where the child was born.

Dr. John Zhang

Dr. John Zhang

The technique is not approved in the United States, but Zhang told the magazine, “To save lives is the ethical thing to do.” A spokesman for the fertility center said Zhang was not available for further comment on Tuesday. Others involved in the research referred questions to Zhang.

The mother carries DNA that could have given her child Leigh syndrome, a severe neurological disorder that usually kills within a few years of birth. Her two previous children died of the disease at 8 months and 6 years, the research summary said.

The technique involved removing some of the mother’s DNA from an egg, and leaving the disease-causing DNA behind. The healthy DNA was slipped into a donor’s egg, which was then fertilized. As a result, the baby inherited DNA from both parents and the egg donor. The technique is sometimes said to produce “three-parent babies,” but the DNA contribution from the egg donor is very small.

People carry DNA in two places, the nucleus of the cell and in features called mitochondria, which lie outside the nucleus. The technique is designed to transfer only DNA of the nucleus to the donor egg, separating it from the mother’s disease-causing mitochondrial DNA.

The research summary identified the mother as a 36-year-old woman and said her pregnancy was uneventful. One of the five eggs the researchers treated was suitable for use.

Critics question the technique’s safety, saying children would have to be tracked for decades to make sure they remain healthy. And they say it passes a fundamental scientific boundary by altering the DNA inherited by future generations. Mitochondrial DNA is passed from women to their offspring.

Still, last year, Britain became the first country in the world to allow creation of human embryos with the technique. In the U.S., a panel of government advisers said earlier this year that it’s ethical to test the approach in people if initial experiments follow certain strict safety steps. That report was requested by the Food and Drug Administration, which is currently prevented by Congress from considering applications to approve testing the technique in people.

Shroukhrat Mitalipov, who has worked with the approach at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, said that given the panel’s conclusion, “We believe it’s time to move forward with FDA-approved clinical trials in the United States.”

Henry Greely from Stanford University

Henry Greely from Stanford University

Henry Greely, who directs the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University, said Tuesday he sees nothing wrong with using the technique if it is safe and is aimed at diseases clearly caused by faulty mitochondrial DNA. But he called the research leading to the newly reported birth “unethical, unwise, immoral.” He said the approach “hasn’t been sufficiently proven safe enough to try to use to make a baby.”

Dieter Egli of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, who has done work in the area, was cautious about the implications of the new report. “I wouldn’t go out there at this point and tout the accomplishment because we don’t have enough information,” he said Tuesday. “We do not know exactly what was done. We have to wait for a fuller report,’ he said.

The child is not the first to inherit DNA from three people. In the 1990s, some children were born after researchers used a different technique. But federal regulators intervened, and the field’s interest now has passed to the new approach.

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