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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Friday issued a tentative ruling to deny a bid to dismiss a lawsuit by unhappy customers of Trump University.

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel made the ruling from the bench in San Diego, California, with more motions to be heard in the coming weeks.

The case -- one of two class-action lawsuits by former students of a real estate training program founded by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in California -- is set for trial in November. A message left with Trump's presidential campaign was not immediately returned.

This latest development is part of an ongoing saga for Trump after he came under fire in June for questioning Curiel's impartiality based on his Mexican heritage.

Trump was condemned by Democrats and Republicans alike after he repeatedly referred to Indiana-born Curiel as a "hater" and a "Mexican," while criticizing the judge's rulings in the case.

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Americans divide evenly on whether the incoming Trump administration is complying with ethics laws. And while a bare majority in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll accepts President-elect Donald Trump's business ownership plan, three-quarters say he should release his tax returns.
Public Splits on Trump's Ethics Compliance; Three-Quarters Want Tax Returns Released

Contrary to his comment that the American public doesn't care about the issue, four in 10 of those polled say they care "a lot" about Trump releasing his tax records.

In terms of ethics, the poll finds Americans are split on whether or not Trump, his family and his advisers are complying with federal ethics laws: Forty-three percent think so, while 44 percent think not. read more

Monday, January 16, 2017

Eugene Cernan, the last human to leave his footprints on the surface of the moon, has died, NASA said Monday. He was 82 years old. "We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon," NASA said on Twitter. In May 1969, Cernan acted as the lunar module pilot of Apollo 10. The mission confirmed that a future expedition would be able to land on the moon, even descending to within eight nautical miles of the moon's surface. the performance, stability, and reliability of the Apollo command, service and lunar modules. That same year, Apollo 11 deposited its first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. read more

He may be leaving the White House but he isn't totally going away. As President Obama gave his farewell address to the nation on Tuesday night, he also began the shift to a third stage of his political career. The once young, idealistic senator-turned-two-term-president will soon become an influential strategist and ally to those worried about the future with Donald Trump at the helm of the most powerful nation on the planet. So Obama is beginning to telegraph a post-presidency different from George W. Bush, who largely receded from politics altogether after his eight years in office. Obama has said that he will press the Democratic Party to organize more effectively, from fielding strong candidates in school board and state legislative elections across the country to making sure the party's candidates campaign in more conservative areas. read more

The next president of the United States spent his Sunday evening ranting on Twitter about a comedy TV show. Displaying an incredibly thin skin about being mocked, Donald Trump tweeted, "@NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!" The show opened Saturday with a parody of Trump's press conference. Alec Baldwin portrayed Trump and began, "I would like to start by answering the question that's on everyone's mind. Yes, this is real life. This is really happening." He confirmed that he will actually become the 45th president of the United States on January 20. "And then two months later, Mike Pence will become the 46th." read more


Poles Welcome US Troops as NATO Eyes Russian Aggression


Poland remembers history even as some people seem unable to do so, and they are happy to have our support so they don't become Georgia or the Ukraine. All of Russia's neighbors, including the Scandinavian countries, feel the same way.

Isolationists today are much like the isolationists that wanted us to stay out of WWII; short-sighted and willing to learn how to speak German if necessary. Or Russian, as the case may be.

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