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Donald Trump Signs First Bills Into Law Moments Into Presidency

Just minutes after taking the Oath of Office, President Trump took action to begin work repealing Obamacare. Vice President looks on as the Executive Orders are being signed.

Just minutes after taking the Oath of Office, President Trump took action to begin work repealing Obamacare. Vice President looks on as the Executive Orders are being signed.

Shortly after today's inauguration, President Donald Trump signed a few Executive Orders into law. Keeping true to one of his campaign promises, repealing Obamacare aka the Affordable Care Act. 

One of Obama's first priorities when taking office in 2009 was Obamacare and making healthcare available for all. 20 millions Americans are currently insured under the health care law. Now President Trump is taking immediate action to get rid of it, with no clear indication of what he will replace it with.

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Today's order had multiple parts but it essentially said Trump's administration will work to "promptly repeal" the Affordable Care Act. However, until then they must continue to follow the law until a change is made. It also provided more flexibility for states to reduce some of the requirements and allowed more authority for them to make health care decisions. In short, it allowed more states to have control over their health care markets.

Also today, the new laws cleared the way for his defense secretary to become official which is standard. Regarding the other laws signed today White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "the other papers Trump was signing included formal nominations for his Cabinet and a proclamation for a national day of patriotism."

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More of Trump's nominees still need to be confirmed through the Senate. Today only two of Trump's nominees for his Cabinet were confirmed: retired General John Kelly for Homeland Security and retired General James Mattis to serve as Defense Secretary.

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Trump Call To Action: Announces List of Day-1 Executive Actions

President-Elect Donald Trump announced on Monday November 21st that the has ordered his transition team to create a draft list of all executive actions he could take on day one in office. This announcement was in fact his 100 Day Transition plan based on his simple core principal “Putting America First”.

The 2 min YouTube video was posted resulting in the first time the President-Elect has directly communicated with the public since winning the election. Interesting enough, this announcement may come as somewhat of shock to some politicians seeing how past presidents, like Republican President George W. Bush and Democratic President Barrack Obama, have both updated the country in press conferences almost daily. The President – Elect has yet to inform us on a future press conference.

In the video, The President-Elect males 6 calls for action on Energy, Trade, Immigration, The amount of policies we have, and national security. Another interesting fact one could point out is how he did not once talk about any core topics he preached about in his election. You know, his plans of action towards the Affordable Care Act, the tax code, plans on Iran Nuclear Deal and Building his proposed wall along the southern boarder of the country.

Nevertheless, an important aspect that is addressed is what the effects of these changes will be that are proposed by the President- Elect. These changes may force governmental agencies to rewrite and ultimately change the way they operate while considering that change effect on their business.

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“On Regulation, I will formulate a rule that says for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated, its so important.” – President-Elect Donald Trump.”

Mr. Trump has continued back –to- back interviews and meetings with white house representatives along with prospective candidates taking the seat in the president’s cabinet.

Kanye West Reveals He Would've Voted For Trump

Rapper Kanye West took the stage at his concert in San Jose, and with an about 15 minute rant on his political views.  He Stated that he didn't vote but if he had, but if he would have, Donald Trump would of been his choice.During a rambling speech  he explained his hypothetical Trump vote didn't mean that he had compromised his views.

"[Voting for Trump] don't mean that I don't think that black lives matter, that don't mean I don't believe in women's rights, that don't mean that I don't believe in gay marriage," he said.

He also urged the audience to "stop focusing on racism" because "we're a racist f***ing country — period." He said that "not one or the other candidate was going to instantly be able to change that."

Mr. West also stated that he believe that influential political leaders such as  President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Ben Carson and Hillary Clinton should help advise Donald Trump to bring unity and policies that can help our nation. He had good intentions we can only presume, but the fans in the crowd didn't seem to think so; if you watched the video below you will hear fans booing and a few fans even threw items at Kanye West.

Petition Started To Change Electoral College Voting Decision

A man from North Carolina has started a petition to get rid of Trump. His petition will force the electoral college to not vote in favor of Donald Trump on December 19th. Trump won the most electoral votes but Hillary Clinton won the the nation popular vote. Below is the statement provided by the gentlemen who orchestrated the petition:

On December 19, the Electors of the Electoral College will cast their ballots. If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win. However, they can vote for Hillary Clinton if they choose. Even in states where that is not allowed, their vote would still be counted, they would simply pay a small fine - which we can be sure Clinton supporters will be glad to pay!

We are calling on the Electors to ignore their states' votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton. Why?

Mr. Trump is unfit to serve. His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic. 

Secretary Clinton WON THE POPULAR VOTE and should be President. 

 Hillary won the popular vote. The only reason Trump "won" is because of the Electoral College.

But the Electoral College can actually give the White House to either candidate. So why not use this most undemocratic of our institutions to ensure a democratic result?

SHE WON THE POPULAR VOTE.

There is no reason Trump should be President.

"It's the 'People's Will'"

No. She won the popular vote.

"Our system of government under our Constitution says he wins"

No. Our Constitution says the Electors choose.

"Too many states prohibit 'Faithless Electors'"

24 states bind electors. If electors vote against their party, they usually pay a fine. And people get mad. But they can vote however they want and there is no legal means to stop them in most states.

 

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE!

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Stacey Dash Congratulates Trump: "Praise God, America Will Be Great Again"

Stacey Dash arrives at the 'American Sniper' New York premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center on December 15, 2014. Rob Kim/Getty Images

Stacey Dash arrives at the 'American Sniper' New York premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center on December 15, 2014. Rob Kim/Getty Images

Stacey Dash is in the news again in regards of her political views. Earlier this year she received a lot of back lash from the African American community because she was a republican and supported current President Elect Donald Trump.

Stacey Dash made to sure hit up Instagram to congratulate Donald Trump on his presidential win. The actress turned TV correspondent shared a photo of Donald on her TV screen along with the caption: "America Will Be Great Again @realDonaldTrump #praiseGod #WeStand #USA."

America Will Be Great Again @realDonaldTrump #praiseGod #WeStand #USA

A photo posted by Stacey Dash (@realstaceyldash) on

KKK Endorses Trump, Campaign Refuses

The Ku Klux Klan has been verbally endorsing Trump for an extensive period of time now. David Duke, leader of the KKK, endorsed the Republican on his radio show earlier this year demonstrating his acknowledgment of Trump "Making America Great Again, " as well as issuing this statement: 

“Make America Great Again!” It is a slogan that has been repeatedly used by Donald Trump in his campaign for the presidency. You can see it on the shirts, buttons, posters and ball caps such as the one being worn here by Trump speaking at a recent rally.... But can it happen? Can America really be great again? This is what we will soon found out! While Trump wants to make America great again, we have to ask ourselves, ‘What made America great in the first place?’ The short answer to that is simple. America was great not because of what our forefathers did — but because of who are forefathers were, America was founded as a White Christian Republic. And as a White Christian Republic it became great.”

 According to Complex, the most recent confirmation came via the internet when a current edition of the KKK's newspaper was distributed with their endorsement of Trump plastered over the front page. 

 

The speculation has been confirmed regarding the Ku Klux Klan endorsing Republican nominee Donald Trump for President. After confirmation, most likely knowing the endorsement would lead to hate remarks and a downfall in the presidential polls, the Trump campaign issued a statement rejecting the endorsement: "Mr. Trump and the campaign denounces hate in any form. This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign." 

Mississippi Church Burned and Tagged with "Vote Trump"

“Vote Trump” is painted on the side of the fire-damaged Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

“Vote Trump” is painted on the side of the fire-damaged Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

The residents of an 111 year old An African-American church in Greenville, Mississippi, woke up this morning in shock to find it was burned and vandalized late Tuesday evening.

According to reports officials responded to a fire ablaze at the Hopewell Baptist Church around 9:15pm and when officials arrived they determined it was an act of hate.

At a press conference this morning, Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown says officials arrived on scene to find no one in the church at the time and that the main sanctuary was was were majority of the damage occurred. He also stated the words “Vote Trump” were spray painted on the right side of the church.  

The FBI was called in also to investigate the incident according to crime and breaking news reporter Therese Apel:

Officials stated in a press conference this morning that the matter is being investigated as a hate crime.

The pastor of the church stated, “Our church was a historic church. It had been there for over 111 years and our hearts are broken. But we are not angry, but hearts are broken.”

Hilary Clinton Returns To The Breakfast Club Talks Jay Z, Trump, & more

( Photo Cred: Okay Player )

( Photo Cred: Okay Player )

Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hilary Clinton made yet another appearance on Power 105.1 FM's-The Breakfast Club. Clinton talked all things Trump, guns, Jay Z, racism, and more. The 30 minute interview with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne The God took place Wednesday morning. 

Touching on the topic of gun policy, Clinton informed that she does not have intentions on taking guns away, but wanted to ensure that guns are only going into the right hands- one way of maintaining a safer America. Referring to our police system, Clinton noted that officials are usually uneducated on how to handle mental illnesses on contact. Hence the killings of numerous citizens who suffers from mental illnesses. She went on to say,"We need better police training. I think there should be national standards on the use of legal force. I think one of the big problems we’ve got—and police tell me this—is most police don’t know how to deal with mental health problems. So we need better mental health response."

Charlamagne also brought up the concert music mogul, Jay Z upcoming benefit concert in support of the Clinton campaign in Ohio. Clinton seemed extremely honored by Hov's gesture to support her race. Stevie Wonder also stopped by to sing a Happy Birthday Medley to the Presidential hopeful who turned 69 years old today.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY #HillaryClinton... Go out and vote

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Female Organization demands Trump Exit the Race

Hundreds of Supporters for Donald Trump and Protesters hovered around Trump Tower in Downtown Chicago this morning.

The Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women, which describes themselves as a group focusing on preserving feminist issues for women across the city.  

Last week, Several Hundred women organized a rally outside Trump Tower in New York City demanding the GOP pull the plug on the Republican presidential nominee’s endorsement after the release of a leaked video showing Trump describing sexual acts he would presumably do to women.

Darcell Chapell, a member of the Chicago chapter told City Bureau that the leaked tape only make women feel powerless in the unfortunate experiences knowing men in power are discussing sick acts of sexual behavior that they would do to you.

Trump responded by playing down his decade old remarks, referring to them as "locker-room banter." While he has “apologized” and felt embarrassed by his remarks, many believed he only underestimated the real issue.  College campuses across the nation have encouraged women of all cultures to stand up and let their voice be heard.  

Some forty Republican leaders have removed their support of Trump have now removed their support for the Hotel Proprietor and calling on him to exit the race altogether. House Speaker Paul Ryan told lawmakers on Monday he would not defend the businessman in the election's closing weeks. But the head of the Republican National Committee declared he was in full coordination with the embattled presidential nominee.

Colin Powell Emails Hacked, reveals his thoughts on Presidential Canidaites

Looks like Colin Powell is the new political figure in hot water over hacked emails. A report published by the New York Times says the former Secretary of State's private email had been hacked which shed light into inside private thoughts on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and other former politicians who served with him under the George W. Bush Administration. 

In a series of emails leaked by a DCLeakes.com, Powell calls Trump "a national disgrace and an international pariah" who led a "racist" birther movement. And he says that he resented Clinton dragging him into her email problems and that "everything she touches she kind of screws up with hubris."

The emails were first obtained  by BuzzFeed.com and the Intercept after being ousted under password protection on DCLeakes, a site known for other ties to recent hacks involving many U.S. political figures and groups including Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. 

In a statement, a spokesman for Powell confirmed the emails are that of Powell's. "We have confirmed that the general has been hacked and that these are his emails, and at this time we have not other comment at this time." 

Donald Trump selects Mike Pence as his VP

Donald Trump has tapped Indiana Gov. Mike Penceas his running mate, picking a political partner who has executive and congressional experience as well as support within the GOP's conservative base.

"I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate," Trump tweeted, confirming what had been widely reported as likely the previous day. Trump added that a news conference would be held Saturday.

Pence didn't even endorse Trump ahead of Indiana's Republican primary on May 3 — the governor went with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a strong social conservative — but quickly switched to the New York businessman after his big win in the Hoosier State all but nailed down the Republican presidential nomination.

"I’m going to campaign hard for the Republican nominee because Indiana needs a partner in the White House," Pence said during his endorsement speech of Trump.

Following Trump's Twitter announcement, Pence also tweeted, saying he was "honored" to join Trump on the ticket and to help "make America great again," invoking the real estate mogul's campaign slogan.

I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. Together, we will Make America Great Again. Join the Trump-Pence ticket and donate today. http://bit.ly/29DzGoO

Trump collected $1 million at Chicago campaign fundraiser

Donald Trump came to Chicago Tuesday, it's the first campaign-related visit to Chicago since an ill-fated March rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion was canceled minutes before showtime amid protests and sporadic clashes between demonstrators and supporters of the controversial Republican candidate.

Protestors disrupts Donald Trump Rally in Chicago on March 2016 via CNN

The Chicago lunch fundraiser was organized by businessman Ronald Gidwitz. Tickets are $10,000 to attend, $25,000 to get a photo with the candidate and $100,000 to be part of a VIP Roundtable that includes photos and two lunch tickets, according to an invitation for the private event.

No prominent Illinois GOP elected officials were at the fundraiser – no surprise since most of them are keeping their distance from Trump.

Donald Trump raised about $1 million to benefit his GOP presidential campaign and other Republicans at a fundraiser.

 

Group denounces Trump ahead of high-dollar fundraiser in Chicago

 

Sources: The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Suntimes  

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is fired

Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump has parted ways with his controversial campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. The move came as a shocker due to the fact that the presumptive Republican nominee will no doubt face challenges as he nears the general election.

Mr. Lewandowski could not be reached for comments about his abrupt departure.

Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks was quoted as saying, “the campaign is grateful to Corey for his hard work and dedication and we wish him the best in the future.” Mr. Trump has in fact faced increasing displeasure from his allies, donors, and children about the next phase of the campaign. In the case of Lewandowski, he was said to have had strained relationships with others in the campaign, namely chief strategist Paul Manafort who was brought on in March.

No one inside the campaign was given any warning in advance about the dismissal of Mr. Lewandowski. With Donald Trump’s biggest challenge still ahead of him in Hillary Clinton, one has to wonder if firing Mr. Lewandowski was a good call on the part of the mogul.

Donald Trump Attacks Kappa Alpha Psi Federal Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, Because of His "Mexican" Heritage

In a recent speech, the presidential candidate Donald Trump launched a full scale assault towards Federal Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel on his Mexican heritage. Curiel a judge on two of Trump's University civil suits. Trump said that Curiel presiding over the case is a conflict of interest for a number of reasons including the fact that he is “Mexican”.

The following is a video released by the Hillary campaign about the attack:

Judge Curiel’s parents arrived in the United States from Mexico before Donald Trump’s mother did according to MSNBC, and he was born in East Chicago, Indiana.  His father reportedly arrived in the United States after the Bracero Program was established in 1942, becoming a legal resident by the time Curiel’s mother arrived in the country.

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Judge Curiel received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University in 1976 and his Juris Doctor from the Indiana University School of Law in 1979. While attending the university  he pledged at the Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity inc. in 1974. 

 

sources: Watch The Yard

Southern Illinois University Student deals with Racist Trump Supporters

Leilani Bartlett, a Southern Illinois University Carbondale business student recently released a heart filled video expressing her concerns after racist encounters from white Donald Trump supporters. In this video she explains her observations of racist street writings and remarks on several buildings and walkways on SIU’s campus.

In addition to the campus vandalism, she sated that those same white students hosted discussions expressing their concerns and beliefs about the African American students on campus. These discussions allowed white students to blame the African American students for society problems and express hopeful wishes of African Americans returning back to Africa. 

Racism at SIUC. I'm at my residence hall and all I hear is TRUMP 2016. The same group of kids in a fraternity ( ATO)...

Posted by Leilani Bartlett on Monday, April 4, 2016

As the video goes on, Leilani expresses her beliefs and agrees with the amendment of people having the right to express their opinions, but without hurting and demeaning others. 

Bartlett identified the supporters as a couple members from Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, levied racial epithets, and hurtful language during two open Trump forum meetings in her dormitory.

"So you are in these letters that represent your fraternity, and you are saying these racial slurs, and have admitted to doing racially insensitive things on campus? It's only up for me to assume that your whole fraternity supports this," Bartlett explained.   

However, concerning the accusations, Wynn Smiley, CEO of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, shared that allegations were only brought up in connection to a couple members of the group, and not the chapter as a whole.

"It has nothing to do with the chapter," he shared. "It's about individual students within the chapter."

He further deemed the conversation between the students as a political debate, not a discussion about race.

"We do not believe the ATOs involved used any racial slurs. Such language and conduct is counter to what ATO stands for," he said. "Our investigation continues and both chapter and national fraternity officials are working with SIU officials in helping resolve the tensions Wednesday's discussion produced."

Brad Colwell, interim SIU Carbondale chancellor, released a statement addressing the need for the university to have a critically important discussion about race.

"This is a conversation that is happening on campuses across the country, because the issues we face are not isolated to SIU," he said. "We must all be concerned when we have members of our campus community who indicate that they do not feel welcome."

He also added this statement to clarify the university's intentions to continue their investigations with consideration toward the privacy of those involved.

"You should not assume that silence is inaction, but that we are moving as quickly as possible based on the verifiable information we are able to gather, assess and respond to appropriately," he said. "We must be measured, and we must be fair."

As an African America male, I feel the pain of this young student. Also, as an alumnus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, I have also experienced some racism from the local white community. In 2011, I was a sophomore in college when a police officer pulled me over and claimed it was against the law to have air fresheners hanging from the rear view mirror. He didn’t give me a ticket but he referred to me as“Boy” throughout the process. “Boy” is a term that white men used to belittle African Americans. 

Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, and according to our constitution we all have the freedom of speech. Demeaning someone’s culture and appearance just because they are different is unacceptable. “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you”- this statement is in accurate because there are words such as “Nigger”,  “Hoe” “Fag” that plays a huge role in the self-esteem of people.  Words are more powerful than we think.

 

Sources: The Southern Illinoisan , Facebook.com/leilani.bartlett