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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Donald Trump's new travel ban on Wednesday afternoon, hours before the ban was set to go into effect. The ruling -- which applies nationwide -- means that travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees will be able to travel to the U.S. The Trump administration took over a month to rewrite the travel ban order after multiple federal courts blocked its implementation last month. Unlike the previous executive order, the new one removed Iraq from the list of banned countries, exempted those with green cards and visas, and removed a provision that arguably prioritizes certain religious minorities.


CNN: A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked President Donald Trump's new travel ban on Wednesday afternoon, hours before the ban was set to go into effect.

This ruling means that travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees will be able to travel to the US.

The Trump administration took over a month to rewrite the travel ban order after multiple federal courts blocked its implementation last month.

Unlike the previous executive order, the new one removed Iraq from the list of banned countries, exempted those with green cards and visas, and removed a provision arguably prioritizes certain religious minorities.

Despite this change, US District Court Judge Derrick Watson concluded that the new executive order still failed to pass legal muster.


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Racist Florida ex-senator hired Hooter's ‘calendar girl' and Playboy model as campaign ‘consultants'

It wasn't simply the racial slur Florida state Sen. Frank Artiles used that lead to his downfall. Apparently, the new Republican lawmaker employed a Hooters "calendar girl" and a Playboy model as "consultants."

The Miami Herald reported Friday that the list of expenditures for Artiles' show the two women were hired as political "consultants" despite having no previous political experience. The Herald wondered if the payments had anything to do with a trip to the Kentucky Derby or a fishing tournament that took place in Key West.

Heather Thomas, the former Hooters' calendar model and server was paid $2,000 between March and June 2016. Brittney Singletary, a server at Stetsons on the Moon in Tallahassee was paid $1,500 with three checks in the same dates. Both women were listed as "consultants."

Another woman involved was Hooters' server Taylor Lockwood who said she was volunteering for Republican state Rep. Bryan Avila. She announced her internship via Facebook and while celebrating her graduation from college and upcoming semester in graduate school.

"New-found connections have given me the tools to purse my dream and have someone invest in my future because they see my potential is the best motivation to make it happen," she wrote.

She then posted an Instagram selfie standing in front of a private plane with the caption "Lifestyles of the rich and famous. Heading to Key West in style. #thanksfrank."

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