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keep on top of congress. find your representatives, see how they vote. see what bills are coming up for a vote next. search for bills and votes you should know about. stay on top of floor activity, committee hearings. be notified of just about everythinganswers to common questions: members of congress don't have public email addresses. the app does not do anything on boot, unless you enable notifications - in which case, it quickly schedules notification checks, and then stops. the app is allowed to make phone calls only when you tap the "call" on for a member of congress. the app uses your location only to find your local representative. your location data is encrypted during transmission to our servers, and your latitude and longitude are not stored on the app or on our servers. the a






the rise of the irreligious may change our politics


this article originally appeared on the conver ion. a recent survey of the religious profile of the 115th congress revealed that despite the increase in the number of americans who claim no religious affiliation, members of congress are overwhelmingly religious, with only one member identifying as having no religion. yet, despite whom they vote for, americans are…






democrats in congress drafting legislation to repeal trump's refugee ban, pressu


senate minority leader charles e. schumer and democrats will introduce legislation as soon as monday to stop president trump's actions temporarily banning refugees and arrivals from certain muslim countries. house democrats are taking similar legislative action, and lawmakers from both chambers will rally monday evening at the supreme court to protest trump's orders. "this executive order was mean-spirited and un-american," said schumer, the new york democrat, choking up as he stood with immigrants and refugees at a press conference sunday. "it must be reversed immediately." minority leader nancy pelosi said house democrats are exploring legal options, including an amicus brief in support of the aclu lawsuit against the actions. the chances of p ing a bill through the republican-contro






trump says this is gop’s ‘chance to achieve great and lasting change’ ‘busiest c


president donald trump, while addressing congressional republicans at their retreat in philadelphia, said friday that this congress will be “the busiest congress we’ve had in decades, maybe ever.”“this is our chance to achieve great and lasting change for our beloved nation,” the president said.“think of everything we can achieve and remember who we must achieve it for,” he said. “we’re here now because tens of millions of americans have placed their hopes in us to transfer power from washington, d.c., and give it back to the people, so important. now we have to deliver.”“we are here for the people. … i am honored to be your partner in this amazing quest. i am privileged to stand shoulder-to-shoulder as we work every day to make america great again,” trump said. the president turned to spe






can't we all agree on fixing roads, bridges, dams?


there aren’t many things california leaders and president donald trump agree on, but here’s one:infrastructure.roads, bridges, tunnels, rails, dams — the basics we need to live our lives and conduct our business in an interconnected society and cannot pay for individually. they’re s . nearly every other developed country does it better.it’s agreed. so let’s fix that.don’t get stuck on what we should have been doing all along to maintain the system. that’s like having your car break down on the freeway and having the tow truck dispatchers drone on about how you should have taken it in for service more often. valid points but pathetically unuseful.during the paign, trump repeatedly said he would “transform america’s crumbling infrastructure” and make “investments in transportation, clean wat






hiring-freeze exemptions authorized at va; 570 open jobs in region


president trump signed an executive order to freeze federal hiring, and veterans organizations and members of congress are concerned it will affect va efforts to fill open positions and improve service for veterans.the department of veterans affairs has authorized wide-ranging exemptions from a federal hiring freeze to enable many open health-care positions to be filled. a friday memorandum from the department’s acting secretary, robert snyder, grants exemptions in dozens of different job cl ifications, ranging from doctor to food-service worker. president trump on monday signed the executive order to freeze federal hiring, and veterans organizations and members of congress are concerned it could hamper va efforts to fill open positions and improve service.currently, the puget sound va he






congress shouldn't butcher federal methane rules


charles rex arbogast, ociated press filethe bureau of land mana ent issued rules in november limiting the amount of natural gas, mostly methane, that can be vented or flared into the atmosphere.congress is getting ready to use an ax where it needs a scalpel by attempting to repeal federal methane rules that took years to develop and could be destroyed in mere weeks.the bureau of land mana ent issued rules in november limiting the amount of natural gas, mostly methane, that can be vented or flared into the atmosphere instead of being captured and sent to a processing plant to become part of our nation’s fossil fuel production chain.that portion of the methane rule could curtail oil and gas development on federal and tribal lands where the infrastructure to capture gas is not only expensive






jordan king to visit us, 3 days after trump's refugee ban


amman, jordan — jordan's king abdullah ii is to begin a working visit to washington on monday, three days after president donald trump temporarily banned entry to the u.s. from seven muslim-majority countries and suspended the refugee resettlement program.state media have said the king would meet with administration officials and members of congress, but did not mention a white house visit.pro-western jordan isn't among the countries slapped with the 90-day travel ban, imposed over security concerns, but views refugee resettlement to the u.s. and other countries as a way of easing its own burden; jordan hosts more than 650,000 displaced syrians.analyst fahed khitan said sunday that a possible u.s. shift in the military paign against islamic state extremists will likely be an issue. jordan






can caste be banned from indian politics? | india


in the first days of this year, in a landmark ruling, the supreme court of india banned political candidates from seeking election on the basis of caste, religion and language. on the surface, this ruling seems to be appealing to secular voters, upholding the secular values of the constitution and implementing the principles of democracy.but it also seems to be contradicting a 1995 supreme court ruling which considered "hindutva" (hindu nationalism) and "hinduism" a "way of life", rather than an ideology that belongs to a certain caste or religion. the court has been silent on reviewing the hindutva issue.there has been praise from seculars on the ruling and respect for the judiciary has further increased among ordinary people. but while the verdict is indeed an important new development,






can caste be banned from indian politics? | india


in the first days of this year, in a landmark ruling, the supreme court of india banned political candidates from seeking election on the basis of caste, religion and language. on the surface, this ruling seems to be appealing to secular voters, upholding the secular values of the constitution and implementing the principles of democracy.but it also seems to be contradicting a 1995 supreme court ruling which considered "hindutva" (hindu nationalism) and "hinduism" a "way of life", rather than an ideology that belongs to a certain caste or religion. the court has been silent on reviewing the hindutva issue.there has been praise from seculars on the ruling and respect for the judiciary has further increased among ordinary people. but while the verdict is indeed an important new development,






trump mulling fate of young immigrants protected by obama


washington — missing from president donald trump's blitz of immigration orders was any mention of the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants protected from deportation by former president barack obama.that omission has left immigration advocates hopeful trump has softened his opposition to what he once derided as "illegal amnesty," while others say he has quickly abandoned a core paign pledge.trump and republican leaders in congress have said they are working on a plan that will address the status of the roughly 750,000 immigrants currently protected by the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, or daca. the program allows young people who were brought into the country illegally as children to stay and obtain work permits.neither the president nor gop leaders have discl






jordan king to visit us, 3 days after trump’s refugee ban


amman, jordan (ap) — jordan’s king abdullah ii is to begin a working visit to washington on monday, three days after president donald trump temporarily banned entry to the u.s. from seven muslim-majority countries and suspended the refugee resettlement program.state media have said the king would meet with administration officials and members of congress, but did not mention a white house visit.pro-western jordan isn’t among the countries slapped with the 90-day travel ban, imposed over security concerns, but views refugee resettlement to the u.s. and other countries as a way of easing its own burden; jordan hosts more than 650,000 displaced syrians.analyst fahed khitan said sunday that a possible u.s. shift in the military paign against islamic state extremists will likely be an issue. jo






trump and gop search for solution for 'dreamers'


washington — missing from president donald trump's blitz of immigration orders this week was any mention of the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants protected from deportation by former president barack obama.that omission has left immigration advocates hopeful trump has softened his opposition to what he once dubbed "illegal amnesty," while others say he has quickly abandoned a core paign pledge.trump and republican leaders in congress have said they are working on a plan that will address the status of the roughly 750,000 immigrants currently protected by the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, better known as "daca." the program allows young people who were brought into the country illegally as children to stay and obtain work permits.neither the president nor g






trump mulling fate of young immigrants protected by daca


by jill colvinwashington (ap) — missing from president donald trump’s blitz of immigration orders was any mention of the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants protected from deportation by former president barack obama.that omission has left immigration advocates hopeful trump has softened his opposition to what he once derided as “illegal amnesty,” while others say he has quickly abandoned a core paign pledge.trump and republican leaders in congress have said they are working on a plan that will address the status of the roughly 750,000 immigrants currently protected by the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, or daca. the program allows young people who were brought into the country illegally as children to stay and obtain work permits.neither the president nor gop






pixel moves, note 7 battery, galaxy s8 rumors, nvidia shield android tv (mobilet


we are in between ces and mobile world congress, but as you can hear in mobiletechroundup show #389 kevin and i still have plenty of mobile tech to chat about. image: zdnet someone on the show sold a pixel. how many did google sell?thoughts on a potential android one program in the u.s.samsung reveals note 7 battery investigation resultsgoogle releases final android wear 2.0 preview with ios supportsamsung galaxy s8 rumors: no front on, march 29, all of the snapdragon 835 chips?ios 10.3 beta includes find my airpodsintro to the rowken wireless earbudsso long xbox one s, hello nvidia shield android tvrunning time: 68 minuteslisten here (mp3, 82mb)subscribe to the show with this link (rss)






features to look for when the lg g6 debuts at mobile world congress


posted 2017-01-27 1 of lg g6 features to look for at its mobile world congress debutthe android world is counting on lg electronics to introduce a major new smartphone model now that it is clear that samsung won't be ready to introduced it's much anticipating galaxy s8.it will likely have a large displaylg itself has said that the g6’s display will be “big.” that followed several rumors, as well as some supply chain leaks, that showed an lg g6 display measuring 5.7 inches with an ultra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio. if that’s true the screen could nearly cover the device’s entire face.a slimmed-down and high-quality designlg has also said that its g6 will come with a “smaller body” than last year’s model. several image leaks show a device that is both slimmer and more refined-looking than the g5.






rep. keith ellison says trump "can’t deny that this is a muslim ban"


rep. keith ellison (d-minnesota) on sunday blasted president donald trump’s ban on immigration from seven muslim-majority countries, saying it is a “muslim ban” no matter what the administration chooses to call it.“they can’t deny that this is a muslim ban -- it is a muslim ban,” ellison, the first muslim to be elected to congress, told cbs’ “face the nation” on sunday. “on the paign trail, he said he wanted a muslim ban, he said on national television there would be other religious groups who receive priority -- it is a religiously based ban.”implementing a policy that takes religion into account is a slippery slope, ellison said. “if they can ban muslims, why can’t they ban mormons?” he asked. “why can’t they ban seventh day adventists? why can’t they move into ethnic groups?”ellison sai






trump mulling fate of young immigrants protected by obama


washington (ap) — missing from president donald trump’s blitz of immigration orders was any mention of the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants protected from deportation by former president barack obama.that omission has left immigration advocates hopeful trump has softened his opposition to what he once derided as “illegal amnesty,” while others say he has quickly abandoned a core paign pledge.trump and republican leaders in congress have said they are working on a plan that will address the status of the roughly 750,000 immigrants currently protected by the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, or daca. the program allows young people who were brought into the country illegally as children to stay and obtain work permits.neither the president nor gop leaders have






watch mia love bring people to tears at the march for life


'every time we kill a child through abortion, we kill our potential. . . every time we kill a child, we, all of us suffer. we lose a little of ourselves and a whole lot of our future.'at the 44th annual march for life in washington dc, rep. mia love (r-utah) brought many to tears with an emotional speech.love opened by speaking about a couple who immigrated to the united states from haiti and were forced to leave two of their children behind. while they were making their way to the united states, the couple found out they were pregnant and considered abortion.“forty-one years ago, that couple could have made the choice to abort, but they didn’t. they chose life,” she said, referring to herself. “i’m certain that this couple would never have thought that that child would become the first fe






the leap beyond obamacare: there's a lot to like in the proposed patient freedom


two decades ago, a democratic president and a republican congress debated and eventually agreed on a way to, as bill clinton had urged, "end welfare as we know it." one key to reform: cede more power to states to design innovative programs to help the poor find work.today, a republican president and congress face a similarly daunting task: replace obamacare. millions of americans rely on it for health care coverage, including lower-income people covered under the law's medicaid expansion.congressional republicans recently began to dismantle obamacare before building a replacement. president donald trump vows insurance for everyone in the replacement but hasn't elaborated. the congressional budget office warns that at least 18 million people would lose heath insurance in the first year if r






trump and gop search for solution for ‘dreamers’


washington (ap) — missing from president donald trump’s blitz of immigration orders this week was any mention of the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants protected from deportation by former president barack obama.that omission has left immigration advocates hopeful trump has softened his opposition to what he once dubbed “illegal amnesty,” while others say he has quickly abandoned a core paign pledge.trump and republican leaders in congress have said they are working on a plan that will address the status of the roughly 750,000 immigrants currently protected by the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, better known as “daca.” the program allows young people who were brought into the country illegally as children to stay and obtain work permits.neither the president






nokia introduces mika, a digital istant for engineers and telecom operators


nokia’s got a nice, adorable name picked out for its new voice istant. mika stands for “multi-purpose intuitive knowledge istant,” letting engineers and telecom operators access information through voice commands.the system is powered by the company’s cognitive services platform, using “augmented intelligence with automated learning to provide access to an extensive range of tools, documents and data sources.”essentially mika is designed to offer quick answers to engineer questions, based on experience drawn from other networks – so, it’s not entirely unlike siri or alexa, but it’ll provide answers to engineering questions, instead of turning on a smart lightbulb or checking the local weather.the announcement comes as the company’s been building a fair amount of heat in the weeks leading u






alcatel to launch 5 smartphones at mwc, one of them modular


it looks like sony isn't going to be the only company to introduce no less than five new smartphones at this year's mobile world congress in barcelona. the show starts in late february, and a new leak tells us that alcatel will be present too. not just that, but it will have five new handsets of its own to showcase.details are scarce about them at this point, but one will apparently be modular, with a system that will allow for different functions to be achieved through replaceable back covers. so yet another take on the whole modularity thing, after lg's failed 'friends' attempt for the g5 and motorola's snap-on magnetic accessories for its z line.with alcatel's phone, you'll just buy another replaceable back module if you feel like changing things up. it's unclear what exact added functi






outpouring of criticism over trump's refugee ban from democrats in congress as g


congressional reaction to president trump's orders banning refugees and immigrants from some muslim countries from entering the country was swift and overwhelmingly critical among democrats, while republican leaders remained largely silent or accepting. california sen. dianne feinstein said trump had chosen a "dark path," while both senate minority leader charles schumer of new york and house democratic leader nancy pelosi of san francisco said the statue of liberty had "tears." house speaker paul d. ryan (r-wis.), who had opposed trump's proposed muslim ban in 2016, accepted the president's move. "president trump is right to make sure we are doing everything possible to know exactly who is entering our country," ryan said in a statement. other republicans made comments and tweets mar






some republicans suggest narrowing trump refugee ban


u.s. rep. barbara comstock, r-va., meets supporters at a paign event oct. 22, 2016, in winchester, va.(p o: jeff taylor, ap)faced with a cascade of protests across the country against president trump’s temporary ban on refugees from predominantly muslim countries, some republicans suggested the order may have been too broad and hastily written.but the top senate republican, majority leader mitch mcconnell, avoided directly criticizing trump and said the courts would have to decide the legality of the president’s actions.mcconnell said sunday he supports enhanced vetting of refugees, but said the courts would have to look at the order to see if it is too broad."we need to bear in mind that we don’t have religious tests in this country and we also need to remember that some of our best allie






samsung is reportedly launching the galaxy s8 on march 29


just about a week or so ago, samsung confirmed that it wouldn’t be using the world’s biggest phone show as a launching pad for its new flagship – a slight surprise given the fact that the company really need a big statement soon in the wake of the galaxy note 7 debacle and, well, all of the other stuff currently plaguing the company.of course, after all of that, there’s something to be said for waiting to get things right, especially as the electronics giant has only recently finished its extensive and (one umes) pricy investigations into what happened to the device. the latest word, unearthed by venture beat, points to a march 29 launch for the samsung galaxy s8 – a full month after mobile world congress.and while the company is taking its time, lessons learned from the note fiasco have a






faced with protests, some in gop suggest order was too hasty, suggest a rethink


u.s. rep. barbara comstock, r-va., meets supporters at a paign event oct. 22, 2016, in winchester, va.(p o: jeff taylor, ap)faced with a cascade of protests across the country against president trump’s temporary ban on refugees from predominantly muslim countries, some republicans suggested the order may have been too broad and hastily written.but the top senate republican, majority leader mitch mcconnell, avoided directly criticizing trump and said the courts would have to decide the legality of the president’s actions.mcconnell said sunday he supports enhanced vetting of refugees, but said the courts would have to look at the order to see if it is too broad."we need to bear in mind that we don’t have religious tests in this country and we also need to remember that some of our best allie






republican lawmakers worry if 'trumpcare' doesn't deliver


washington — republican lawmakers are fearful about the potential political fallout if their eventual replacement of president barack obama's health law doesn't deliver, and they didn't hold back at their recent policy conference."we'd better be sure that we're prepared to live with the market we've created," rep. tom mcclintock, r-calif., was quoted as saying in urday's washington post, one of the media organizations that obtained an audio recording of a private session at last week's gop strategy retreat in philadelphia,"that's going to be called 'trumpcare.' republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we'll be judged in the election less than two years away."rep. tom macarthur, r-n.j., worried that republican plans could strip health insurance from many of the 20 million peopl






trump aides divided over policy shielding ‘dreamer’ immigrants: sources


divisions have emerged among advisers to president donald trump over whether to rescind a signature policy of his predecessor, president barack obama, that shields young immigrants from deportation, according to congressional sources and republicans close to the white house.even though trump paigned on a promise to roll back obama’s executive orders on immigration, the republican has so far left intact an order safeguarding 750,000 people who were brought to the united states illegally as children, known as the “dreamers.”the issue has become a flashpoint for white house advisers divided between a more moderate faction such as chief of staff reince priebus and immigration hardliners stephen miller and steve bannon, said a former congressional aide who has been involved with immigration iss






warren, lewis, headline congressional members at trump immigration ban protests


people make their voices heard protesting president trump's recent executive orders banning travel from seven muslim countries refugees from syria.(p o: justin lane, epa)as thousands of regular citizens descended on airports across the country urday night, they were not alone.several members of congress joined the protests at airports in their home states, including sen. elizabeth warren (d-m .) and rep. john lewis (d-ga.).both influential members were spotted showing their opposition to the the immigration ban. fox 5 atlanta reporter marissa mitchell posted on twitter that lewis told her, "he's going to sit at airport and wait for info on delays for processing iranian families returning home."in a video posted to warren's twitter feed, the senator is seen leading the crowd at boston's log






warren, lewis, headline congressional members at trump immigration ban protests


people make their voices heard protesting president trump's recent executive orders banning travel from seven muslim countries refugees from syria.(p o: justin lane, epa)as thousands of regular citizens descended on airports across the country urday night, they were not alone.several members of congress joined the protests at airports in their home states, including sen. elizabeth warren (d-m .) and rep. john lewis (d-ga.).both influential members were spotted showing their opposition to the the immigration ban. fox 5 atlanta reporter marissa mitchell posted on twitter that lewis told her, "he's going to sit at airport and wait for info on delays for processing iranian families returning home."in a video posted to warren's twitter feed, the senator is seen leading the crowd at boston's log






warren, lewis, headline congressional members at trump immigration ban protests


people make their voices heard protesting president trump's recent executive orders banning travel from seven muslim countries refugees from syria.(p o: justin lane, epa)as thousands of regular citizens descended on airports across the country urday night, they were not alone.several members of congress joined the protests at airports in their home states, including sen. elizabeth warren (d-m .) and rep. john lewis (d-ga.).both influential members were spotted showing their opposition to the the immigration ban. fox 5 atlanta reporter marissa mitchell posted on twitter that lewis told her, "he's going to sit at airport and wait for info on delays for processing iranian families returning home."in a video posted to warren's twitter feed, the senator is seen leading the crowd at boston's log






warren, lewis, headline congressional members at trump immigration ban protests


people make their voices heard protesting president trump's recent executive orders banning travel from seven muslim countries refugees from syria.(p o: justin lane, epa)as thousands of regular citizens descended on airports across the country urday night, they were not alone.several members of congress joined the protests at airports in their home states, including sen. elizabeth warren (d-m .) and rep. john lewis (d-ga.).both influential members were spotted showing their opposition to the the immigration ban. fox 5 atlanta reporter marissa mitchell posted on twitter that lewis told her, "he's going to sit at airport and wait for info on delays for processing iranian families returning home."in a video posted to warren's twitter feed, the senator is seen leading the crowd at boston's log






warren, lewis, headline congressional members at trump immigration ban protests


people make their voices heard protesting president trump's recent executive orders banning travel from seven muslim countries refugees from syria.(p o: justin lane, epa)as thousands of regular citizens descended on airports across the country urday night, they were not alone.several members of congress joined the protests at airports in their home states, including sen. elizabeth warren (d-m .) and rep. john lewis (d-ga.).both influential members were spotted showing their opposition to the the immigration ban. fox 5 atlanta reporter marissa mitchell posted on twitter that lewis told her, "he's going to sit at airport and wait for info on delays for processing iranian families returning home."in a video posted to warren's twitter feed, the senator is seen leading the crowd at boston's log






warren, lewis, headline congressional members at trump immigration ban protests


people make their voices heard protesting president trump's recent executive orders banning travel from seven muslim countries refugees from syria.(p o: justin lane, epa)as thousands of regular citizens descended on airports across the country urday night, they were not alone.several members of congress joined the protests at airports in their home states, including sen. elizabeth warren (d-m .) and rep. john lewis (d-ga.).both influential members were spotted showing their opposition to the the immigration ban. fox 5 atlanta reporter marissa mitchell posted on twitter that lewis told her, "he's going to sit at airport and wait for info on delays for processing iranian families returning home."in a video posted to warren's twitter feed, the senator is seen leading the crowd at boston's log






warren, lewis, headline congressional members at trump immigration ban protests


people make their voices heard protesting president trump's recent executive orders banning travel from seven muslim countries refugees from syria.(p o: justin lane, epa)as thousands of regular citizens descended on airports across the country urday night, they were not alone.several members of congress joined the protests at airports in their home states, including sen. elizabeth warren (d-m .) and rep. john lewis (d-ga.).both influential members were spotted showing their opposition to the the immigration ban. fox 5 atlanta reporter marissa mitchell posted on twitter that lewis told her, "he's going to sit at airport and wait for info on delays for processing iranian families returning home."in a video posted to warren's twitter feed, the senator is seen leading the crowd at boston's log






warren, lewis, headline congressional members at trump immigration ban protests


people make their voices heard protesting president trump's recent executive orders banning travel from seven muslim countries refugees from syria.(p o: justin lane, epa)as thousands of regular citizens descended on airports across the country urday night, they were not alone.several members of congress joined the protests at airports in their home states, including sen. elizabeth warren (d-m .) and rep. john lewis (d-ga.).both influential members were spotted showing their opposition to the the immigration ban. fox 5 atlanta reporter marissa mitchell posted on twitter that lewis told her, "he's going to sit at airport and wait for info on delays for processing iranian families returning home."in a video posted to warren's twitter feed, the senator is seen leading the crowd at boston's log






elizabeth warren, john lewis, other reps go to airports to protest trump's immig


people make their voices heard protesting president trump's recent executive orders banning travel from seven muslim countries refugees from syria.(p o: justin lane, epa)as thousands of regular citizens descended on airports across the country urday night, they were not alone.several members of congress joined the protests at airports in their home states, including sen. elizabeth warren (d-m .) and rep. john lewis (d-ga.).both influential members were spotted showing their opposition to the the immigration ban. fox 5 atlanta reporter marissa mitchell posted on twitter that lewis told her, "he's going to sit at airport and wait for info on delays for processing iranian families returning home."in a video posted to warren's twitter feed, the senator is seen leading the crowd at boston's log






elizabeth warren, john lewis, other reps go to airports to protest trump's immig


people make their voices heard protesting president trump's recent executive orders banning travel from seven muslim countries refugees from syria.(p o: justin lane, epa)as thousands of regular citizens descended on airports across the country urday night, they were not alone.several members of congress joined the protests at airports in their home states, including sen. elizabeth warren (d-m .) and rep. john lewis (d-ga.).both influential members were spotted showing their opposition to the the immigration ban. fox 5 atlanta reporter marissa mitchell posted on twitter that lewis told her, "he's going to sit at airport and wait for info on delays for processing iranian families returning home."in a video posted to warren's twitter feed, the senator is seen leading the crowd at boston's log






blackberry and nokia phones are coming back — with a twist


the 2017 smartphone cycle is about to kick off in earnest, and there are some familiar names fighting to come back into the fold.blackberry mobile announced this week that a new phone — complete with a physical keyboard and dubbed the “mercury” — will debut feb. 25 at the annual mobile world congress trade show. that follows hard on the heels of an announcement from nokia, which teased the chinese launch of its new nokia 6 phone ahead of a larger feb. 26 launch event.nokia? blackberry? what’s next, the return of baby-g watches? it may all feel a bit 2002 seeing these phone brands come back into the spotlight, but here’s the thing: these are not the phone brands that you think they are. both of the new smartphones are made by different companies as a result of complicated licensing agreemen






blackberry and nokia phones are coming back — with a twist


the 2017 smartphone cycle is about to kick off in earnest, and there are some familiar names fighting to come back into the fold.blackberry mobile announced this week that a new phone — complete with a physical keyboard and dubbed the "mercury" — will debut feb. 25 at the annual mobile world congress trade show. that follows hard on the heels of an announcement from nokia, which teased the chinese launch of its new nokia 6 phone ahead of a larger feb. 26 launch event.nokia? blackberry? what's next, the return of baby-g watches? it may all feel a bit 2002 seeing these phone brands come back into the spotlight, but here's the thing: these are not the phone brands that you think they are. both of the new smartphones are made by different companies as a result of complicated licensing agreemen






2 scary acronyms in a military town: brac and rif


two acronyms have popped up in the news that are scary for a military town like san diego: brac and rif.two heavy-hitter congressmen say they want to put base closures back on the table.adam smith, a washington state democrat on the house armed services committee, said he’ll introduce a bill to give the pentagon the authority to conduct another round of base realignment and closure discussions, known as brac, in 2019."we should not be wasting hard-earned taxpayer money to maintain excess infrastructure that dod has determined it does not need," smith said in a statement. "it is time to do what's right for defense and move forward with this process."arizona sen. john mccain, the republican who chairs the senate armed services committee, apparently agrees."we need to talk about it, i think i






republican lawmakers worry if ‘trumpcare’ doesn’t deliver


washington (ap) — republican lawmakers are fearful about the potential political fallout if their eventual replacement of president barack obama’s health law doesn’t deliver, and they didn’t hold back at their recent policy conference.“we’d better be sure that we’re prepared to live with the market we’ve created,” rep. tom mcclintock, r-calif., was quoted as saying in urday’s washington post, one of the media organizations that obtained an audio recording of a private session at last week’s gop strategy retreat in philadelphia,“that’s going to be called ‘trumpcare.’ republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we’ll be judged in the election less than two years away.”rep. tom macarthur, r-n.j., worried that republican plans could strip health insurance from many of the 20 million






shock and indifference to trump ban on mosul frontline


mosul, iraq — u.s. president donald trump's executive order temporarily banning citizens from iraq and six other muslim-majority countries from entering the united states was met with mixed reactions in mosul, where iraqi soldiers are working closely with a u.s.-led coalition in a tough fight the islamic state group.many iraqi soldiers said they were shocked, while others brushed the news aside, explaining that in the long run it may be better for their country to prevent the highly educated from immigrating abroad."when he made this decision he destroyed us," said iraqi special forces cpl. ali latif, whose unit works closely with u.s.-led coalition forces in the fight against is in mosul. "i heard the news, that many people were stopped in airports, why would (the united states) do this?"






attacks in us are ‘overwhelming by americans’


in a cnn discussion on president donald trump’s signing an executive order banning immigrants from syria from entering the country and ordering “extreme vetting” of applicants from muslim countries, a security analyst noted that the majority of terrorism in the u.s. is committed by american citizens.appearing with cnn host michael smerconish, journalist and security analyst peter bergen broke down the numbers on domestic attacks and said that if trump was serious about domestic attacks, he would restrict the easy availability to purchase guns.“you went through 330 cases of terror prosecuted in the united states since september 11,” the cnn host asked. “who are the 330?”“well, they’re overwhelmingly americans,” bergen explained. “in fact, the sample size since we last spoke has grown to som






states discussing lawsuit over trump immigration order


a group of state attorneys general are discussing whether to file their own court challenge against president donald trump’s order to restrict people from seven muslim-majority countries entering the united states, officials in three states told reuters.democrat attorneys general are expected to be a source of fierce resistance to trump, much as republican ags opposed former president barack obama. a lawsuit brought by states would heighten the legal stakes surrounding the president’s executive order, signed late on friday, as courtroom challenges to the ban have so far mostly been filed by individuals.officials in the offices of attorneys general in pennsylvania, washington and hawaii said on urday they were evaluating what specific claims could be filed, and in which court.“we do believe






iraqi immigrant freed after being detained at new york airport in wake of trump


an iraqi immigrant was freed urday after being detained at one of new york’s airports in the wake of president trump’s latest executive action on immigration.hameed darweesh appeared outside john f. kennedy international airport urday afternoon with two members of congress.“america is the greatest nation, the greatest people in the world,” darweesh told reporters.iraqi immigrant hameed darweesh, center, walks out of terminal 4 with u.s. rep. jerrold nadler and u.s. rep. nydia velazquez after being released at john f. kennedy international airport in queens, new york, jan. 28, 2017. reuters/andrew kelly darweesh said he had a special immigration visa to enter the country. cbs news digital journalist alex pena reports he had worked closely with the u.s. government abroad.u.s. rep. jerrold na






texas not enthused about possible import tax to pay for border wall


bob daemmrich / the texas tribunepresident donald trump, shown here paigning in iowa in january 2016.the trump administration sparked widespread surprise thursday by announcing it intended to implement a 20 percent tax on mexican imports to pay for a coming border wall — followed by extreme confusion when it appeared to walk back the statement later that afternoon.white house press secretary sean spicer made the initial announcement thursday afternoon aboard air force one, as president trump returned from a meeting with house republicans in philadelphia.“right now, our country’s policy is to tax exports and let imports flow freely in, which is ridiculous,” he told reporters. “by [imposing the tax], we can do $10 billion a year and easily pay for the wall just through that mechanism alone.






faced with protests, some in gop suggest order was too hasty, suggest a rethink


closeskip in skipxembedxshare protests have erupted for the second day after us president donald trump issued an executive order to temporarily bar refugees and citizens of seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the u.s. (jan 29) apu.s. rep. barbara comstock, r-va., meets supporters at a paign event oct. 22, 2016, in winchester, va.(p o: jeff taylor, ap)faced with a cascade of protests across the country against president trump’s temporary ban on refugees from predominantly muslim countries, some republicans suggested the order may have been too broad and hastily written.but the top senate republican, majority leader mitch mcconnell, avoided directly criticizing trump and said the courts would have to decide the legality of the president’s actions.mcconnell said sunday he suppo






elizabeth warren, john lewis, other reps go to airports to protest trump's immig


closeskip in skipxembedxshare protests flared as president trump's executive order blocked refugees from entering u.s. airports, including travelers who already had valid visas. usa today networkpeople make their voices heard protesting president trump's recent executive orders banning travel from seven muslim countries refugees from syria.(p o: justin lane, epa)as thousands of regular citizens descended on airports across the country urday night, they were not alone.several members of congress joined the protests at airports in their home states, including sen. elizabeth warren (d-m .) and rep. john lewis (d-ga.).both influential members were spotted showing their opposition to the the immigration ban. fox 5 atlanta reporter marissa mitchell posted on twitter that lewis told her, "he's go