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Donald Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set

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The Supreme Court is letting a limited version of President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries take effect, a victory for Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency. The justices will hear full arguments in October in the case that has stirred heated emotions across the nation. In the meantime, the court said Monday that Trump’s ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen can be enforced if those visitors…

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Donald Trump’s options for restoring travel ban

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President Donald Trump has promised more legal action after a federal appeals court refused to reinstate his ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Trump tweeted “SEE YOU IN COURT” after the decision came out Thursday, but what he has in mind remains to be seen. Trump said Friday that he has “no doubt” he will win the case in court and told reporters he’s considering signing a “brand-new order” on immigration. The 3-0 ruling means that refugees and…

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FSU president says he’s ‘deeply concerned’ about Donald Trump travel ban

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John Thrasher, the former Republican lawmaker turned college president, released a statement Sunday saying Florida State University is “deeply concerned” about President Donald Trump‘s immigration order. The order Trump issued Friday includes a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program. The travel ban is causing confusion and uncertainty at universities nationwide, Thrasher says, causing disruption and worry among students, researchers, faculty and staff who are citizens of the…

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Marco Rubio says he’ll invite dissidents around the world to be his guests at his inauguration

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In New York City this morning, Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio offered a three-point plan to deal with Iran and Cuba, and said if elected president, he will invite dissidents from those two nations and other countries with repressive governments to his inaugural address. Criticizing Secretary of State John Kerry for the fact that no Cuban dissidents were invited to today’s official flag-raising ceremony as the U.S. Embassy in Havana, the GOP presidential candidate said, “I will make this pledge here and now: As president, as a symbol…

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Kathy Castor praises & Marco Rubio condemns Obama’s removal of Cuba from terrorist list

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The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the American government’s list of nations that sponsor terrorism, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities. The move had been a top priority with the Raul Castro-led Cuban government since diplomatic relations between the two countries were renewed back in December. Although critics like South Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen note incidents like the 1996 shootdown of the Brothers to…

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Florida Senate panel calls for tougher sanctions on Iran if nuke talks fail

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A Florida Senate Committee advanced a memorial resolution calling on the U.S. government to increase economic sanctions on Iran if the two nations fail to agree on the Middle Eastern nation’s nuclear program. While President Obama is already facing strong opposition in the GOP-led Congress, the GOP-led (but bipartisan on this issue) Florida Legislature wants to weigh in with its opinion, and bill sponsor Joseph Abruzzo said today if state lawmakers ultimately approve the memorial, Israel Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer will…

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House panel votes to urge president & Congress to potentially increase sanctions on Iran

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Talks to secure a preliminary accord that would limit Iran’s nuclear program continued today in Lausanne, Switzerland, a day after negotiators extended the March 31 deadline. There is tremendous pressure on the Obama administration, with members of Congress already prepared to denounce an agreement between the P+1 nations and Iran that has yet to be finalized. A coalition of Republican lawmakers and some key Democrats in the Senate say they’re poised to impose additional sanctions on Iran, depending on the…

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