White House claims five-year-old boy detained in US airport for hours ‘could have posed a security threat’ | The Independent

The White House has said a five-year-old boy was detained for more than four hours and reportedly handcuffed at an airport because he posed a “security risk”. The boy, reportedly a US citizen with an Iranian mother, was one of more than 100 people detained following President Donald Trump’s immigration order. In a press briefing, Mr […]

Calling the Holocaust ‘sad’ is the first step towards denying it ever happened | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

As anyone who has seen Denial, the new film about the 2000 libel trial brought by David Irving against the historian Deborah Lipstadt, will know, Holocaust denial can take many forms. In the face of all the evidence, there are those who say that six million Jews were not murdered by the Nazis; or that […]

Senate committee approves DeVos nomination | TheHill

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Tuesday morning approved Betsy DeVos’s nomination to lead the Department of Education.   DeVos was confirmed 12-11 along party lines. Her nomination will now go to the Senate floor, where she’ll need only need a simple majority to be confirmed. The billionaire GOP donor […]

Donald Trump firing Sally Yates isn’t the big story. How he did it is. – The Washington Post

After acting attorney general Sally Yates issued a memo on Jan. 30, for Justice Department lawyers not to defend President Trump’s immigration order, he “relieved Ms. Yates of her duties,” according to a White House statement. Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Va., was sworn in to replace her. (Jenny Starrs/The […]

Hill staffers secretly worked on Trump’s immigration order – POLITICO

Senior staffers on the House Judiciary Committee helped Donald Trump’s top aides draft the executive order curbing immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, but the Republican committee chairman and party leadership were not informed, according to multiple sources involved in the process. The news of their involvement helps unlock the mystery of whether the White House […]