2.17.17

In the Buzz we recap President Trump’s surprise news conference, Flynn has a followup with the FBI, and Canada reports a rise in the number of immigrants crossing their boarder.

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Right Now w/ Brian Southey (LinkedIn / Twitter)

What I’m Listening toRyan Adams: Prisoner

What I’m Reading – Books, blogs and articles about how to take care of a newborn.

What I’m Watching – WGN News

What I Want to Know from You – What was your favorite part of the President’s news conference?

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‘I Inherited a Mess,’ Trump Says, Defending His Performance  President Trump on Thursday dismissed reports about his associates’ contacts with Russia last year and vigorously defended his performance in his first four weeks in office, in a contentious news conference that showcased his unconventional and unconstrained presidency.

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Are Refugees Dangerous?  At a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday, President Donald Trump defended his executive orders on immigration, including the ban on refugees and travelers from seven Muslim majority countries.

New policy to decriminalize marijuana in Harris County will save time, money, DA’s office says  Houston and Harris County are poised to decriminalize low-level possession of marijuana in a sweeping move that puts the area at the forefront of efforts in Texas to halt minor drug arrests that clog jails and courts.

Why D-FW is in the cross hairs of the ‘wild, wild west’ of cybersecurity  Dallas-Fort Worth is in the crosshairs of the latest scourge of cyber warfare — ransomware.

Here’s why the 2018 Senate election will be crucial for President Trump and his Democratic foes In the partisan battle zone that is Washington, there is one conquest that could turn the fight decisively in Republicans’ favor: winning 60 seats in the U.S. Senate.

TrumpBeat: So Much News, So Many Distractions  President Trump’s rambling, combative press conference on Thursday was a microcosm of the first month of his administration.

DeVos a civil rights hero? Top spokesman for Trump EPA said so  Ferndale state Sen. Doug Ericksen posted a racially charged cartoon to Facebook and then deleted it.

Hundreds in metro Detroit protest on ‘Day Without Immigrants’  Rally forms in Clark Park in southwest Detroit as about 100 businesses shut doors in support of immigrants

Trump vs. the Very Fake News Media  In what will surely go down as one of the most bizarre and combative presidential press conferences in American history, President Trump redirected what was slated to be an announcement about his labor secretary nomination (sorry, Alexander Acosta) into an oratorical version of a Trump tweetstorm.

The Interpreter: As Leaks Multiply, Fears of a ‘Deep State’ in America The United States risks developing an entrenched culture of conflict between the president and his own bureaucracy, experts warn.

THIS WEEK IN RACE: Walls, ID Laws, and Getting Typecast  How the border wall might keep undocumented migrants in the country, a study measures the effects of voter ID laws on minority turnout, and Bey’s Grammy snubs illustrates about race and merit.

With Town Hall Script Flipped On GOP, Will History Repeat Itself? Democrats say the anger at recent GOP town halls reminds them of the same backlash they faced eight years ago with the rise of the Tea Party.

Local Government Confidential

City Council votes to bring back spoken prayer  After the removal of a spoken Christian prayer and pushback on silent reflection, the Wilmington City Council will again share a prayer before meetings.

Cleveland would lose $2 million under Kasich’s proposal for local aid; 51 other Ohio cities would also lose out  Cleveland would lose more than $2 million annually from the state’s local government fund under a provision in Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal.

Gov. Cuomo looks to consolidate local government  Governor Andrew Cuomo is on a mission to shrink the size of government by eliminating the duplication of services between towns and villages in New York state.