The Jewell Theatre – Real Theatre In a Virtual World in Second Life

They still on re-runs, no new plays still… but they are still damn funny to go to. I used to go to those plays and laugh at them. lol


January 2017 – Plain

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“In a world where everyone is beautiful, what defines us? It’s a question that occupies the mind of Tatrix Isobelle. Her strength and leadership threaten the sleep of her enemies, and provides security and hope for all of her Home Stone. For the Slaver Travis Horned Hith it is his pride in his caste, and his confidence in his craft. The same pride that drives him to accept the challenge of seducing the most powerful virgin in Gor.”
*Saturday January 28th at 3pm – Ko-ro-ba
*Sunday January 29th at 12noon – Gorean Campus
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*Saturday February 4th  at 12noon – Forestport
*Sunday February 5th at 12noon – Glorious Ar
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*Saturday February 18th at 3pm – Ianda
*Sunday February 19th at 12noon – Jungles of Gor
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Saturday February 25th at 3pm – Gorean Falls
Sunday February 26th at 12noon – Svago
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To Be Confirmed:
*Sunday March 26th at 2pm – Book Island
For more info, contact Sas Shi.

March 2017 – The Lucid Journey

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“In every culture there have been legends regarding the relationship between our dreams and travel. Suppose our dreams are more than random scenes from our waking lives? Lewis Liddell is missing presumed dead, and his wife is left to unravel the mystery of what’s become of him. Her journey to find him will take her into our shared dreamscape and beyond.”
Special Performances for the Relay For Life 2017:
*Sunday March 19th at 12noon – Solaris Space Station
*Saturday March 25th at 3pm – SL Sci-Fi Convention
*Sunday April 2nd at 12noon – SL Sci-Fi Convention

June 2016 – The Lucid Journey

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Trump moves to ‘build that wall’ with Mexico, curb refugees

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Trump moves to ‘build that wall’ with Mexico, curb refugees
JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation’s immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall and cut federal grants for immigrant-protecting “sanctuary cities.” As early as Thursday, he is expected to pause the flow of all refugees to the U.S. and indefinitely bar those fleeing war-torn Syria.

“Beginning today the United States of America gets back control of its borders,” Trump declared during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security. “We are going to save lives on both sides of the border.”

The actions, less than a week into Trump’s presidency, fulfilled pledges that animated his candidacy and represented a dramatic redirection of U.S. immigration policy. They were cheered by Republicans allies in Congress, condemned by immigration advocates and the trigger for immediate new tension with the Mexican government.

Trump is expected to wield his executive power again later this week with the directive to dam the refugee flow into the U.S. for at least four months, in addition to the open-ended pause on Syrian arrivals.

The president’s upcoming order is also expected to suspend issuing visas for people from several predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — for at least 30 days, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Associated Press.

Trump is unveiling his immigration plans at a time when detentions at the nation’s southern border are down significantly from levels seen in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The arrest tally last year was the fifth-lowest since 1972. Deportations of people living in the U.S. illegally also increased under President Barack Obama, though Republicans criticized him for setting prosecution guidelines that spared some groups from the threat of deportation, including those brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

As a candidate, Trump tapped into the immigration concerns of some Americans who worry both about a loss of economic opportunities and the threat of criminals and terrorists entering the country. His call for a border wall was among his most popular proposals with supporters, who often broke out in chants of “build that wall” during rallies.

Immigration advocates and others assailed the new president’s actions. Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said the president’s desire to construct a border wall was “driven by racial and ethnic bias that disgraces America’s proud tradition of protecting vulnerable migrants.”

How Trump plans to pay for the wall project is murky. While he has repeatedly promised that Mexico will foot the bill, U.S. taxpayers are expected to cover the initial costs and the new administration has said nothing about how it might compel Mexico to reimburse the money.

In an interview with ABC News earlier Wednesday, Trump said, “There will be a payment; it will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form.”

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has insisted his country will not pay for a wall, has been expected to meet with Trump at the White House next week, although a senior official said Trump’s announcement had led him to reconsider the visit.

Congressional aides say there is about $100 million of unspent appropriations in the Department of Homeland Security account for border security, fencing and infrastructure. That would allow planning efforts to get started, but far more money would have to be appropriated for construction to begin.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in an interview Wednesday on MSNBC, said Congress will work with Trump on the upfront financing for the wall. Asked about estimates that the project could cost $8 billion to $14 billion, Ryan said, “That’s about right.”

Trump has insisted many times the border structure will be a wall. The order he signed referred to “a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous and impassable physical barrier.”

To build the wall, the president is relying on a 2006 law that authorized several hundred miles of fencing along the 2,000-mile frontier. That bill led to the construction of about 700 miles of various kinds of fencing designed to block both vehicles and pedestrians.

The president’s orders also call for hiring 5,000 additional border patrol agents and 10,000 more immigration officers, though the increases are subject to the approval of congressional funding. He also moved to end what Republicans have labeled a catch-and-release system at the border. Currently, some immigrants caught crossing the border illegally are released and given notices to report back to immigration officials at a later date.

Trump’s crackdown on sanctuary cities — locales that don’t cooperate with immigration authorities — could cost individual jurisdictions millions of dollars. But the administration may face legal challenges, given that some federal courts have found that cities or counties cannot hold immigrants beyond their jail terms or deny them bond based only a request from immigration authorities.

Some of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas — including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago — are considered sanctuary cities.

The president also moved to restart the “Secure Communities” program, which was launched under President George W. Bush and initially touted as a way for immigration authorities to quickly and easily identify people in the country illegally who had been arrested by local authorities.

The program helped the Obama administration deport a record high of more than 409,000 immigrants in 2012. But Obama eventually abandoned the program after immigration advocates and civil libertarians decried it as too often targeting immigrants charged with low-level crimes, including traffic violations.

Among those in the audience for Trump’s remarks at DHS were the families of people killed by people in the U.S. illegally. After reading the names of those killed, Trump said, “Your children will not have lost their lives for no reason.”

Trump’s actions on halting all refugees could be announced as soon as Thursday. Administration officials and others briefed on the plans cautioned that some details of the measures could still be changed, but indicated that Trump planned to follow through on his campaign promises to limit access to the U.S. for people coming from countries with terrorism ties.

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AP writers Alicia A. Caldwell, Vivian Salama, Andrew Taylor and Erica Werner in Washington and E. Eduardo Castillo in Mexico City contributed to this report.

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Stupid Trump and his ex-wife.

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After The Gold Rush

Unfortunately for Donald and Ivana Trump, all that glittered wasn’t gold. But the reign of New York’s self-created imperial couple isn’t over yet. Donald’s Midas touch may be tarnished, but the banks are still throwing money at him, while Ivana is busy brokering a future of her own. Marie Brenner reports on how the Trumps are still going for it all.

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Actress Mary Tyler Moore, beloved TV icon, dies at 80

Television great Mary Tyler Moore, the beloved star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died Wednesday in Connecticut. She was 80. The Associated Press confirmed her death.

The vivacious brunette performer transformed the image of women on television first as Van Dyke’s sexy, vulnerable wife Laura Petrie and then as single career girl Mary Richards in her own series. Her work in the two series brought Moore five Emmy Awards, in 1965, 1966, 1973, 1974 and 1976. She won another Emmy for 1993 TV special “Stolen Babies.”

Moore was also a powerhouse producer via her MTM production company with then-husband Grant Tinker, producing her own series as well as “The Bob Newhart Show” and spinoff series “Rhoda” and “Lou Grant,” among others.

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Her role as Laura Petrie, the suburban wife of comedy writer Rob Petrie, also represented a step forward for the portrayal of women on television. Though they maintained separate beds, the Petries otherwise shared an active, romantic marital life. And unlike Desi Arnaz on “I Love Lucy,” Van Dyke’s character was not threatened by his wife’s talents or her intelligence.

The series made Moore a star, and she worked on films under contract at Universal. With the exception of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” in which she played third fiddle to Julie Andrews and the scene-stealing Carol Channing, the studio’s attempts to fashion her in the Doris Day mold was unsuccessful. Moore also tried her hand at the Broadway stage, co-starring with Richard Chamberlain in David Merrick’s musical version of Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

With the help of her second husband, producer Tinker, and the talents of creators James L. Brooks and Allan Burns, she fashioned a new series, “Mary Tyler Moore,” which debuted on CBS in 1970 and revolutionized the sitcom. Even more than the Van Dyke show, it focused heavily on the central character’s work life.

And in this case the central character was a single woman, Mary Richards, carving out a life for herself in Minneapolis. Moore was the pragmatic and delightfully vulnerable center of a strong ensemble cast that included Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Betty White, and Ted Knight. “Mary Tyler Moore” raked in the accolades during its run and thereafter was a permanent fixture in television syndication.

“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” won the Emmy for comedy show three years in a row, was named as one of the most influential TV shows of all time on numerous lists, and was one of the first shows to tackle issues including equal pay for women, divorce, infidelity, homosexuality, premarital sex, and infertility. Moore’s character even recovers from an addiction to sleeping pills during the show.

After “Mary Tyler Moore,” which Moore retired after seven seasons, she tried other series including sitcom “Mary,” variety hour “The Mary Tyler Moore Hour” and “New York News,” another attempt to recapture the magic of her landmark ’70s TV series. There was even an effort to reunite her with Harper, her Rhoda sidekick on “Mary Tyler Moore,” starting with a TV movie, “Mary and Rhoda.”

The actress finally snared a role that challenged her abilities in Robert Redford’s Oscar-winning directorial debut, 1980’s “Ordinary People.” She played completely against type as a stern, cold matriarch, living in denial after the death of her favorite son. The beautifully wrought performance brought her an Oscar nomination. Then in the mid ’90s she was again offered a film role, supporting this time, that displayed her range: As a neurotic, overbearing Jewish mother in “Flirting With Disaster,” Moore was hilarious in a completely different way than in any of her TV comedy appearances.

Moore also returned to Broadway stage, finding some success in the drama “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” and taking home a special Tony for her performance. She also appeared on the Rialto in A.R. Gurney’s “Sweet Sue” in 1987.

On TV, she carved a niche for herself in TV movies, most notably the breast cancer tale “First You Cry” and the miniseries “Lincoln,” in which she played Mary Todd Lincoln. She drew Emmy nominations for both. There was also “Finnegan Begin Again,” “Heartsounds” and “Just Between Friends,” which brought her good reviews and award recognition.

Moore continued in TV movies during the 2000s, including the sentimental “Miss Lettie and Me,” and she guested on series including “That ’70s Show,” “Lipstick Jungle” and, in 2011, “Hot in Cleveland,” where she reunited with her “Mary Tyler Moore Show” co-star Betty White. There was also a reunion show, 2004’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited,” in which she participated.

In 1983, after almost 20 years of marriage, Moore separated from Tinker, who had gone on to run NBC and sold to her his share in MTM Enterprises, which she subsequently sold. The company had been very successful with several spinoffs from the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” as well as other hit series like “Hill Street Blues” and “WKRP in Cincinnati.”

Moore was born in Brooklyn but grew up in Los Angeles, where she attended Immaculate Heart High School and married Richard Meeker at age 18. She broke into performing through television commercials, memorably as the Hotpoint elf on “The Ozzie and Harriet Show” in the mid-’50s. Her first regular TV assignment was on the TV series “Richard Diamond, Private Detective” in 1959 as the urbane investigator’s assistant, though only her legs and hands were visible onscreen. It led to guest spots on such series as “77 Sunset Strip” and “Hawaiian Eye.”

Moore had been interviewed by Danny Thomas to play his daughter on the series “Make Room for Daddy,” and he remembered her and recommended her to Carl Reiner when he was casting “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” After a shaky start in 1961, the sitcom afforded Moore the chance to show off her comedic gifts and sometimes even her song-and-dance abilities.

The actress penned two memoirs. In “After All,” released in 1995, she acknowledged that she was an alcoholic; “Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes” (2009) centers on living with type 1 diabetes. Moore had been diagnosed with diabetes in her 20s and was a tireless crusader for the disease via the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

In May 2002, cabler TV Land unveiled a statue in downtown Minneapolis of the character Moore made famous on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” The statue depicts the iconic moment in the show’s opening credits in which Mary throws her tam o’shanter in the air. Moore was present for the ceremony.

Moore received the SAG lifetime achievement award in 2012 from Dick Van Dyke.

In 1980, her only son Richard (by first husband Richard Meeker) died accidentally from a gunshot wound at the age of 24.

Moore is survived by her third husband, Dr. S. Robert Levine, whom she married in 1983.

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BREAKING: A declaration of war.

Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 01:07:36 +0000
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Sisters and Brothers,

Trump just signed a declaration of war.

The executive orders to revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline is an assault on the planet and its livability now and for future generations.

Signing these orders just days after a report revealed that 2016 was the hottest year in recorded history, for the third year in a row, while filling his cabinet full of climate change deniers is a clear indication that his administration will remorselessly press forward with the destruction of the planet.

We need to respond in the streets with a powerful mass movement, prepared to disrupt business-as-usual and engage in mass civil disobedience.

We need to use every tool at our disposal to stop Trump’s attacks.

In Seattle, I’ve brought forward an ordinance to divest the city of Seattle from doing business with Wells Fargo for the bank’s’ funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This would be a $3 billion dollar boycott by the City of Seattle!

To support this ordinance, which would strike a blow against the corporate forces exploiting our planet, Socialist Students, with Socialist Alternative and Movement for the 99%, are organizing a protest outside Wells Fargo in downtown Seattle on February 11th at 12 noon. We have joined forces with indigenous community leaders and 350.org to build this action. We strongly encourage other groups, activists, and everyday working people to take up this call to action and build protests in your city on that day.

Please contribute $15, $27, or $100 to the fight against the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.

This past weekend, with millions taking to the streets to to say with one united voice that we reject Trump and his agenda of hate and division, showed the power we have when we come together in mass movements.  We need to turn our energies to resisting Trump and the Republicans, the billionaires, the fossil fuel industry, and the banks funding these pipelines from despoiling our planet.

Through the heroic encampments, and in the face of violent oppression, we were able to force the temporary halting of construction of DAPL.  Indigenous people, everyday working people from across the world, and activists from many organizations – including Movement for the 99% and Socialist Students who were able to send people to Standing Rock with supplies and medical expertise while building protests across the country at banks that funded the pipeline  – showed the grassroots power of protest action!  But the work is far from over.

The pipeline is financed by the world’s largest banking institutions, including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, that stand to make millions off the extraction and transport of the world’s dirtiest oil.   And they will do whatever’s necessary to get that oil flowing – from attacking protesters with dogs to having the governor call out the National Guard.

Unfortunately we cannot rely on the Democratic Party leadership to defend indigenous people’s rights or the environment. Obama only delayed construction in response to the national outrage at indigenous protesters facing down attack dogs and the threat of mass arrests.

It’s on us to build the movement capable of standing against Trump’s attacks on the environment and native people’s land and water rights.

Please take up the call and join or build a protest in your city!  Please make a contribution of $25 to help build the protests at Wells Fargo and support the fight against Trump’s agenda to wage unmitigated war on the planet.

In solidarity,
Kshama Sawant

 

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SIGN ON: Condemn Trump’s decision to silence the EPA

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President Trump just instituted a media blackout to all employees in the Environmental Protection Agency.

That means scientists are barred from communicating with the public about taxpayer-funded work.

It’s ridiculous, and we must stand against this.

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We don’t know what to say.

President Trump just instituted a ban on media communication for EPA employees.

That means no press releases, no blog updates, and no posts to their social media accounts.

This is absolutely terrifying.

President Trump is using his powers to silence scientists.

Americans deserve to hear what the EPA has to say, especially because they are funded by taxpayers!

We can’t let him get away with this.

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Net neutrality protects the internet

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Net neutrality is the basic concept that internet service providers should not be able to charge more for data based on where that data is coming from.

I believe that net neutrality is important to retain, so that all internet users can have equal access to the same content under a data plan. Those who believe in net neutrality believe that an internet service provider should not be able to charge more for the same amount of data of streaming a video on YouTube vs. Amazon. Net neutrality is made possible with rules set by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010. In 2014, a court ruling decided that phone service was different and should not be protected by net neutrality, scaring many net neutrality supporters.

On February 26th, 2015, new net neutrality rules were adopted by the FCC. Rules regarding net neutrality are protected by the Communications Act and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, although provisions that are no longer relevant to modern broadband service are no longer required to be followed. These two legal documents outline the regulations for broadband innovators and investors, such as discriminating service based on the web domain. The election of Trump brings net neutrality into question again, as Trump has publicly opposed net neutrality in the past.

In my opinion, it is important that net neutrality is continually protected. I understand a lot of arguments against net neutrality, and I admit that getting rid of net neutrality could have some potential positive effects. For example, enabling more innovation within the internet service provider industry through putting new packages on the market. However, the principle of service providers being able to basically censor whichever sites they choose to, without any legal protection for the consumer, is too much of a risk.

The internet is a beautiful thing. In our modern life, we often take for granted how crucial the internet is to our day to day lives. Instant access to the entire repository of human knowledge at our fingertips is absolutely incredible and something that is precious to our modern society, something that needs to be protected. It seems a little counterintuitive that more laws enforced by the U.S. federal government would actually be beneficial to keeping access to the internet more equitable and accessible for all. However, since the major service providers essentially serve as gate keepers for the world’s entire repository of knowledge from the rest of society, having government regulations on the abilities of these service providers is the only sensible thing to do in order to protect the internet.

Net neutrality is not just important for consumers and internet users, it is also good for small websites. With net neutrality, small websites do not have to pay a small premium in order to to prevent their flow of data from being restricted, allowing small sites to grow, even if bigger sites then suffer from comparably slower loading speeds.

Some would argue that since larger websites are more important to internet users, if internet service providers gave preferences to these sites for loading speed, internet users would actually benefit. However, this would just increase the gap between the presences of major companies and corporations, and small sites just getting started online, basically creating an online elite class of websites. How is this good for anyone, except those at the top? People would have to pay for these faster loading speeds anyway, and the difference in loading speeds and money would in my opinion not even be worth it.

Yet another argument is that since consumers would just choose the ISP with the best prices, for the increased charges for certain services, prices for internet wouldn’t actually raise that much because of the population. However, I believe a monopoly would likely form between the major carriers AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, in which all three companies would raise prices so that consumers would have no choice but to pay more.

In conclusion, net neutrality isn’t a perfect solution, but the current regulations put in place and important for protecting the free internet, and should stay there.

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Net neutrality is crony capitalism

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With Trump’s victory, net neutrality is again a topic of discussion.

My philosophy is to generally assume any piece of government legislation will do the opposite of what it says. The Patriot Act wasn’t anything close to patriotic, the Affordable Care Act did not make care affordable, and the Environmental Protection Agency does more damage to the environment than just about anybody I know. In that same vein, net neutrality does not make the net neutral.

One of the most fundamental concepts in economics is the idea of scarcity. There are finite amounts of resources that need to be distributed. Normally, this is done through prices. Prices communicate supply and demand and coordinate the use of resources over time. The price at where supply and demand meet for maximum efficiency is called the equilibrium price. If a price is set over the equilibrium price, a surplus is created – if widgets are too expensive, people won’t buy the widgets and they will sit around, gathering dust. A price below equilibrium price creates a shortage. If widgets are too cheap, they’ll disappear and people who want widgets won’t be able to obtain them. Market forces usually push a price to equilibrium, but external forces like government can artificially raise or lower prices.

When a price is artifically set to zero, then economics pretty much goes out the window. There’s no way to allocate a scarce resource when that resource costs nothing to obtain.

Net neutrality seeks to eliminate the price of scarce resources, namely network access, to certain “edge” companies in the market.

A parallel would be if all factories and land in a city suddenly became free. If anybody could just waltz in and take over a factory, it would be complete chaos. People with no idea what they were doing would run in and make absolutely ridiculous things. The factories would not be utilized efficiently. In a free market, those with the best ideas and best plans would get the best investment and be able to outbid the worse ideas and sub-par plans. Given a price of zero and no desire to have chaos, the only alternative is to have the government allocate the resources, to allow politicians to decide who ought to recieve what.

There can be zero neutrality if resources are allocated by political means.

Free speech is a big point raised by people who advocate net neutrality. Free speech is a long, long way from government-approved speech.

Net neutrality, in effect, is subsidizing politically-connected firms, giving them an unfair advantage. These companies can use the political nature of a “neutral net” to regulate against their competitors, profiting not off of meeting customer demand, but by abusing the government’s power over the market.

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, dissenting against net neutrality, puts things in a fearful light:

“Using these new rules as a weapon, politically favored companies will be able to pressure three political appointees to regulate their rivals to gain competitive advantages. Litigation will supplant innovation. Instead of investing in tomorrow’s technologies, precious capital will be diverted to pay lawyers’ fees. The era of Internet regulatory arbitrage has dawned.”

The same economic laws that govern the allocation of scarce resources must be allowed to function when it comes to the internet.

Politicizing access to the internet is not the answer. Political means are abused to maximize profit at the cost of innovation, ISPs must bear the burden of profiting through meeting customer demand, not through crony capitalism.

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The Latest: Trump repeats unproven claim of illegal votes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

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President Donald Trump is telling House and Senate leaders he would have won the popular vote in the 2016 election if not for the votes of 3 million to 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally.

There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim.

Trump made the assertion at a meeting with congressional leaders Monday night. That’s according to a Democratic aide familiar with the exchange, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. The Washington Post first reported the conversation.

Trump has made the unverified claims before, tweeting in late November that he had “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes but lost the Electoral College to Trump.

— By Erica Werner

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5:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump is meeting with congressional leaders in the White House as he starts his first week as president.

Trump was joined by Republican and Democratic congressional leaders from the House and Senate during a reception in the State Dining Room. The reception also included Vice President Mike Pence, top Trump aides Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is Trump’s senior adviser.

Trump was speaking to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and others as reporters were ushered from the reception. Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other congressional leaders are having a dinner later Monday to discuss health care.

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3:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is telling union leaders that he is redoing the nation’s trade deals “to put a lot of people back to work.”

Trump convened a meeting of about a dozen labor leaders Monday at the White House.

He noted that he earlier in the day signed a memorandum announcing the United States’ intention to withdraw from the multi-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trump also said he would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement “at the appropriate time” and said he wanted future deals to be between just two countries.

The president repeated his campaign criticism of the current agreements, saying it was “inconceivable this was allowed to happen.” He has blamed the trade deals for a decline in American manufacturing jobs.

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3:10 p.m.

Donald Trump’s press secretary has reiterated the president’s support for energy projects like the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Sean Spicer didn’t say Monday whether Trump would seek to reverse the Army’s decision to explore alternate routes for the $3.8 billion project to move North Dakota oil to a shipping point in Illinois. But he described projects like Dakota Access as “a big priority.”

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters say the pipeline threatens drinking water and Native American cultural sites. Developer Energy Transfer Partners — which Trump once owned stock in — disputes that.

The pipeline is nearly complete but stalled while the Army Corps of Engineers does a full environmental study before deciding whether to allow it to cross the Missouri River in North Dakota.

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3 p.m.

President Donald Trump will visit the Department of Defense Friday to review the anti-Islamic State policy.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that the president will visit the Pentagon to attend a ceremony for his newly confirmed defense secretary, retired Gen. James Mattis.

He says that Trump will also hold discussions with Mattis and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review the fight against the Islamic State group.

The U.S. has nearly 5,000 soldiers taking part in the anti-IS coalition in Iraq, as well as special forces in both Iraq and Syria.

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2:46 p.m.

The Trump administration is vowing to defend territories that are in international waters, including those in the South China Sea.

Responding to a question about China’s claims over islands in the disputed area, press secretary Sean Spicer says that “we are going to make sure we defend international territories.”

China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves.

Trump ruffled feathers with China early after his Election Day victory, calling the leader of Taiwan and breaking the longstanding tradition of maintaining unofficial ties with the self-governing island.

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2:45 p.m.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer says President Donald Trump has left his businesses as promised, but another aide acknowledges there’s no public documentation proving he’s done so.

Spicer’s comments come after the news organization ProPublica reported there have been no filings in Florida, Delaware or New York showing that Trump has handed over control of his global business empire to his two adult sons. Trump announced his plans to do so at a Jan. 11 news conference.

Spicer looked to communication aide Hope Hicks when asked about the issue at Monday’s press briefing. Hicks said the documents showing the change of management are “not public at this time.”

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2:38 p.m.

The Trump administration appears to be backing off a campaign promise to immediately end former President Barack Obama’s program to protect young immigrants from deportation.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that for now the administration will focus on criminal immigrants in the country illegally.

Spicer says in his first press briefing that “for now, that’s not … the focus is going to be on people who have done harm to our country.” He had been asked about the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

DACA has protected more 750,000 young immigrants from deportation and offered those same immigrants work permits.

Spicer says Trump is instead focused on enforcement efforts on criminal immigrants and those who have overstayed their visas.

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2:33 p.m.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer says the Trump administration is continuing to build out a White House Spanish-language website but it remains a “priority” to get it back online.

Spicer was asked during his first White House press briefing about the recent closing of Spanish-language social media accounts since Trump’s inauguration.

Spicer says “we’ve got the IT folks working overtime” to get the website back online along with issue areas on the site.

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2:25 p.m.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is saying the Trump administration’s “intention is never to lie to you.”

Spicer faced questions Monday during his first briefing after his angry statement in which he denounced the media’s correct reporting that the crowd at Trump’s inauguration was smaller than at his predecessor’s eight years ago.

Spicer said “sometimes we may disagree” about facts and said he wanted to have a “healthy relationship” with the White House press corps.

He added that “if we make a mistake, we’ll do our best to correct” it.

The press secretary said he was given incorrect information about Washington Metro’s ridership when he addressed the issue Saturday but insisted that, when TV and online viewership are combined, that it was the most-watched inaugural in history.

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2:20 p.m.

The Trump administration says it is willing to partner with Moscow to combat the Islamic State group.

In his first daily White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that President Donald Trump has been “very clear” that he will “work with any country committed to defeating ISIS.”

He says the administration will work “with Russia or anyone else” to defeat the militant group, either on a military front, or an economic front.

The president has vowed that he’ll defeat the al-Qaida offshoot “quickly” when he takes office, though he has not provided specifics on his plans for U.S. military efforts in Iraq and Syria.

The U.S. and Russia have been at odds over Russian-backed Syrian military action in Aleppo.

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2:07 p.m.

President Donald Trump will be hosting breakfast at the White House with heads of some of the nation’s largest automobile manufacturers.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump would host executives at Ford, GM and Chrysler the following day.

Trump had made creating American manufacturing jobs a centerpiece of the early days of his term and spoke frequently during the campaign of calling for car manufactures to keep their plants in the United States.

Spicer did not reveal the specific agenda for the meeting.

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2:02 p.m.

The White House is moving forward with plans to give what it describes as a more “diverse group of journalists” a chance to ask questions at briefings.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer says in his first White House press conference that, beginning later this week, the White House will designate four “Skype seats” in the White House briefing room.

The idea is to provide an opportunity to ask question to a more diverse group of outlets that may not have the resources to hire a Washington correspondent.

The new administration has been discussing a series of potential changes to press operations.

Trump has long had a contentious relationship with the press.

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1:56 p.m.

President Donald Trump has told Egypt’s president that he will continue providing military assistance to his country.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi discussed ways to deepen the bilateral relationship between the two countries, fight terrorism and boost Egypt’s struggling economy.

The two leaders also discussed having el-Sissi visit the White House in the future.

Egypt is the second largest recipient of U.S. military aid.

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12:30 p.m.

The Pentagon has held its first news briefing since Defense Secretary James Mattis was sworn in on Friday.

A spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, on Monday described several of Mattis’ first activities as Pentagon chief but declined to discuss any policy issues. That includes potential changes in the U.S. approach to fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, which President Donald Trump has singled out as a priority.

Davis said Mattis has made retired Navy Rear Adm. Kevin M. Sweeney his chief of staff and Rear Adm. Craig S. Faller his senior military assistant.

The spokesman said Mattis would be meeting with the military service chiefs and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joseph Dunford, on Tuesday, and had conducted a phone conversation with his Canadian counterpart.

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12: 15 p.m.

President Donald Trump calls a lawsuit filed Monday against him “without merit, totally without merit.”

Ethics attorneys are suing him for allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments in violation of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit was filed Monday in the Southern District of New York by the liberal-funded watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Trump says he has handed over control of his global real estate and licensing empire to his two adult sons. But he is retaining his financial stake in the business even while in the White House, a break from the tradition of previous presidents to divest.

Trump made the comments in response to a reporter’s question after he signed his first few executive orders in the Oval Office.

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11:59 a.m.

President Donald Trump is signing a memorandum that freezes hiring for some federal government workers as a way to reduce payrolls and rein in the size of the federal workforce.

Trump’s directive is fulfilling one of his campaign promises. He tells reporters that members of the military will be exempted from the hiring freeze.

The new president has vowed to take on the federal bureaucracy and the action could be the first step in an attempt to curtail government employment.

The memorandum signed by Trump’s is similar to one that President George W. Bush signed at the start of his administration in 2001.

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11:55 a.m.

President Donald Trump is reinstating a ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option.

The regulation has been something of a political football, instituted by Republican administrations and rescinded by Democratic ones since 1984.

Most recently, President Barack Obama ended the ban in 2009.

Trump signed it one day after the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States, the date which is traditionally when presidents take action on the policy.

The policy also prohibits taxpayer funding for groups that lobby to legalize abortion or promote it as a family planning method.

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11:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump is signing a memorandum to leave the proposed Pacific Rim trade pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The move is basically a formality, since the agreement had yet to receive required Senate ratification. Trade experts say that approval was unlikely to happen given voters’ anxiety about trade deals and the potential for job losses.

Trump called the move “a great thing for the American workers”

It remains unclear if Trump would seek individual deals with the 11 other nations in TPP— a group that represents roughly 13.5 percent of the global economy, according to World Bank figures.

Trump has blamed past trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization for a decline in U.S. factory jobs.

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11:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump has tasked a group of top business leaders with coming up with a series of actions to help stimulate the American manufacturing sector.

Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical, says Trump has given them 30 days to come up a plan.

Trump met Monday morning with a group of top manufacturing leaders, including Elon Musk, the head of SpaceX, and the executives from Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, among others.

Mark Fields of the Ford Motor Company says he left the meeting confident Trump will work to create jobs.

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10:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump is planning to nominate Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force.

A White House statement said Monday that Wilson, a former New Mexico congresswoman and president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, would be the first Air Force Academy graduate to hold the position, if confirmed.

Wilson served in Congress from 1998 to 2009, where she was a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and chaired the House Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence.

She also served on the House Armed Services Committee.

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10:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump is speaking with the Egyptian president. Trump and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi were scheduled to speak Monday morning. The details of the call have not yet been made public.

Trump and el-Sissi have already shown a certain bond. Trump said there was “good chemistry” when they met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in September.

El-Sissi said Trump would “without a doubt” make a strong leader and said he believes Trump will be “vigorously engaged” with issues in the Middle East.

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9:35 a.m.

President Donald Trump is vowing to cut taxes on his first official business day in office.

The newly-inaugurated president told business leaders Monday that he wants to lower taxes for the middle class and for companies to “anywhere from 15 to 25 percent,” down from 35 percent.

He told the business leaders that the deal is contingent upon keeping business operations inside the United States: “All you have to do is stay. Don’t leave. Don’t fire your people in the United States.”

One of the campaign promises Trump listed on his website was to “reform the entire regulatory code to ensure that we keep jobs and wealth in America.”

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9:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump is opening what his team has dubbed “Day One” of his presidency by meeting with business leaders in the White House.

Trump said Monday there will “be advantages” to companies that make their products in the United States and suggested he will impose a “substantial border tax” on foreign goods entering the country.

The president also repeated a campaign promise to cut regulations “by 75 percent, maybe more.”

Trump hosted the breakfast with about a dozen leaders in the Roosevelt Room.

Among those in attendance were Kevin Plank of Under Armour, Elon Musk of Tesla, Marilyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin and Mario Longhi of US Steel.

Trump suggested he wanted to hold these meetings quarterly.

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3:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump is meeting with congressional leaders from both parties to discuss his agenda, as he enters his first official week in the White House and works to begin delivering on his ambitious campaign promises.

Trump says he considers Monday to be his first real day in office. And he’s packing it with meetings that suggest he’s keeping an open ear.

There’s a breakfast and what the White House calls a listening session with business leaders in the morning; another listening session with union leaders and workers in the afternoon; and a reception later on with members of Congress he’ll need on board to overhaul the nation’s health care system, among other goals. He’ll also hold his first meeting as president with the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.

 

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Almost Naked girls at the anti-trump protest on Jan 20th.

Look Look … 2 girls stripped for the Protest… not! its half naked with tapes on the breasts.

 

Keep your tiny hands off our right

 

The Girl holding the sign above

 

Have your wall but my generation will tear it down!

 

The Girl holding sign above.

 

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