TIME Immigration

Judge Approves Injunction Against Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Obama Discusses His Immigration Plan At Visit To Las Vegas High School
Ethan Miller—Getty Images U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about his executive action on U.S. immigration policy on Nov. 21, 2014, in Las Vegas

The judge asked all parties to submit a schedule for the resolution of the issue by Feb. 27

A South Texas judge has ordered an injunction on U.S. President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration that permitted millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country.

“The court finds that the government’s failure to secure the border has exacerbated illegal immigration into this country,” the opinion by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen reads.

The 26 states that sued the federal government say the lawsuit isn’t about immigration, but “rule of law, presidential power, and the structural limits of the U.S. Constitution.”

The plaintiffs argued Obama’s orders, which would spare up to 5 million people who are currently in the U.S. illegally from deportation, unlawfully suspended the nation’s immigration laws and stopping the order is the only way to protect them from further damage.

The states, which include Texas, North Carolina, and Alabama, also said the federal government’s actions are to blame for last summer’s crisis of droves of minors traveling across the southwestern border unaccompanied.

The Texas Attorney General’s office said on Twitter that the injunction is a “victory for the rule of law and a crucial first step in reigning in [Obama’s] lawlessness.”

In his order, Judge Hanen, a 2002 appointee of President George W. Bush, prevented any implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, until a resolution is reached or the court decides otherwise.

The Judge’s order gives a coalition of 26 states the opportunity to pursue a lawsuit that would permanently halt the President’s orders. Hanen ordered the parties to come to an agreement on the issue by Feb. 27, when they will be required to submit a schedule for its resolution.

In a statement issued early Tuesday, the White House said the President was well within his rights when he established the new immigration rules.

“The Supreme Court and Congress have made it clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigrations laws—which is exactly what the President did,” the statement reads. “The district court’s decision wrongly prevents these lawful, commonsense policies from taking effect.”

According to the White House, the Department of Justice plans to appeal the judge’s decision.

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TIME White House

White House Prepares for Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

Barack Obama, Tim Cook
Jeff Chiu—AP President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection in Stanford, Calif., Feb. 13, 2015.

The summit comes in the wake of fresh attacks across the globe.

The White House will host a long-awaited summit on countering the behavior that leads marginalized groups and individuals to join terrorist groups starting Tuesday on the heels of another wave of violent attacks in Egypt and Denmark.

The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism will span three days, with both domestic and international stakeholders coming together to discuss ongoing efforts to confront the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria and other terrorist groups.

The final date of the summit was announced in January, not long after the attack against a satirical newspaper and a Jewish deli in Paris brought renewed attention to the threat of terror. White House officials say while the efforts to stop ISIS and other groups will be discussed, the summit will focus on the root causes of extremism like socioeconomic and political exclusion.

White House officials said on a preview call Monday that though there will likely be policy introduced throughout the summit—the details of which were not yet shared—the summit will focus on fostering a “bottom-up” approach to stopping terrorism before it starts.

“This is a moment to rededicate ourselves and reach out to communities to prevent radicalization,” a White House official said Monday.

Obama is expected to speak twice at the summit, though the full agenda of the week’s events has not yet been released.

The White House was careful to not single out any particular group as the main culprit of extremism at home and abroad, but Muslim leaders have already expressed concern that the event will lead more Americans to express fear and hatred toward the community, especially given the recent murder of three Muslim Americans in Chapel Hill, N.C. Local police say the murder happened as a result of a parking dispute, but the family of the deceased says the murders were a hate crime.

The White House says the focus of the summit will be on confronting the issue of extremism as a whole, rather than target one group.

“There’s no profile that says this particular community is going to be susceptible to violence,” a White House official said.

TIME 2016 Election

New 2016 Polls Show No Clear Leader Among GOP Pack

Jeb Bush
Paul Sancya—AP Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at a Economic Club of Detroit meeting in Detroit, Feb. 4, 2015.

But Clinton trumps them all in three key states, according to NBC/Marist polling

A trio of new polls suggest former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would beat out Republicans Jeb Bush and Scott Walker in three key states if the election were held today — but show a GOP field that is still wide open.

According to the new polls from NBC News and Marist, Clinton would beat former Florida governor Jeb Bush by 8 points in Iowa and 6 points in New Hampshire. In South Carolina, however, Clinton leads Bush by only 3 points, garnering a nod from 48% of potential voters compared with Bush’s 45%.

In two of the three states, Clinton also would lead over Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, though both tied with 46% of the vote in South Carolina.

But the polls found at least seven possible Republican candidates for President have support in the double-digits in either Iowa, South Carolina or New Hampshire. Only Bush and Walker have support in the teens in all three states.

On the Democratic side, the field is much more one-sided. Clinton is the clear leader in all three states, with an advantage of 50 points over Vice President Joe Biden in Iowa alone.

The NBC/Marist polls were conducted of an average of 885 voters from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10. The three polls have a margin of error of about 5 percentage points among Republicans and Democrats.

TIME Congress

Boehner: Senate Democrats Are to Blame If Homeland Security Shuts Down

Republican Speaker of the House from Ohio John Boehner speaks at a press conference about President Obama's proposal seeking war authorization from congress to fight Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq in the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 11, 2015. Speaker Boehner also spoke about the congressional vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Jim Lo Scalzo—EPA Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks at a press conference about Obama's proposal seeking war authorization from congress to fight ISIS and the congressional vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline in the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 11, 2015.

"Senate Democrats are the ones putting us in this precarious position. It's up to Senate Democrats to get their act together," Boehner said.

House Speaker John Boehner said Senate Democrats would be to blame if Congress fails to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security before it runs out of money on Feb. 27.

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Boehner said the House had “done its job” and passed a bill to fund the agency. That bill, however, also includes language that would roll back President Obama’s executive action on immigration, causing Senate Democrats to block it.

“The House has acted to fund the department and to stop the president’s overreach when it comes to immigration and his executive orders,” Boehner said Sunday. “Senate Democrats are the ones putting us in this precarious position. It’s up to Senate Democrats to get their act together.”

If a funding bill doesn’t pass both chambers, the agency will shut down, which would mean thousands of frontline workers, including border patrol agents, would have to report for duty without pay.

Fox News reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office released a statement following Boehner’s interview saying Boehner “made it clear that he has no plan to avoid a government shutdown.”

[Fox News]


Rep. John Lewis: Selma Made Obama Presidency Possible

"I don't think as a group we had any idea that our marching feet would have such an impact 50 years later," Representative John Lewis said Sunday

Georgia Congressman John Lewis said President Obama likely wouldn’t have been elected President if it weren’t for the historic march in Selma, Ala., that he helped lead as a student organizer 50 years ago.

“If it hadn’t been for that march across Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday, there would be no Barack Obama as President of the United States of America,” Lewis said during an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation.

In his last election, President Obama received over 90% of the black vote. Some 50 years ago, Lewis was among the many civil rights leaders marching and advocating to make those votes possible.

On March 7, 1965, hundreds of nonviolent protesters marched across the bridge as a part of an ongoing effort to secure voting rights for black Americans. That day, though, Alabama police met the protesters with violent force. Many, including Lewis, suffered serious injury. “I don’t think as a group we had any idea that our marching feet would have such an impact 50 years later,” Lewis said Sunday.

[Huffington Post]

TIME weather

Bitter Cold Lingers Over Northeastern U.S.

Winter storm maintains a tight grip on parts of the U.S.

A pocket of the U.S. is facing bitter cold and high-force winds on Sunday as yet another winter storm makes its way across the Northeast.

Residents in the New England area continue to remain under blizzard warnings, with parts of Massachusetts already under 2 ft. of new snow, according to the Weather Channel. Over 98 in. of snow has fallen in the Boston area this year alone, according to CBS Boston meteorologist Eric Fisher — it’s second snowiest season on record.

States between Connecticut and North Carolina are under high-wind warnings; damage has already been reported in the Carolinas, where 200,000 reportedly lost power. Illinois, Michigan and Indiana residents are digging their way out of a blanket of snow that fell overnight.

Unfortunately for residents, the National Weather Service says the bitter cold is expected to linger in the Northeast at least until Monday. The high in most areas will be below freezing while the wind chill is set to remain below zero.

Late Sunday, those in states between Oklahoma and northern Georgia can expect a “wintry mix” leading into Monday.

[The Weather Channel]


World’s Richest Candy Maker and Nutella Founder Died on Valentine’s Day

Owner of Italian chocolate company Ferrero dies at age 89
Alessandro Di Mrco—EPA Michele Ferrero attends the funeral of the heir to the Italian chocolate company Ferrero, Pietro Ferrero, in Alba, Italy on April 27, 2011.

Michele Ferrero was the patriarch of the Ferrero family, whose company spawned Ferrero Rocher chocolates

Italy’s richest man and the candy maker behind the iconic Nutella hazelnut spread died as millions of Americans indulged in his sweet creations on Valentine’s Day.

Michele Ferrero, whose company spawned Ferrero Rocher chocolates and Kinder eggs, died at age 89 at his home in Monaco. According to BBC News, Ferrero had been battling illness for months.

Ferrero’s father created what would later be widely known as Nutella during World War II when cocoa was in short supply. He used hazelnuts to stretch the little chocolate he had. Years later, Nutella is among one of the most beloved treats in Italy and across the world. Forbes described Michele as the “richest candy man on the planet.”

In a statement, according to the Associated Press, Italian President Sergio Mattarella said Ferrero was, “always ahead of his time thanks to innovative products and his tenacious work and reserved character.”

TIME animals

This Town Had to Put Up Signs Warning People About Its Angry Owl

Sign warning visitors of the recent owl attacks at Bush's Pasture Park on Feb. 12, 2015.
Danielle Peterson—AP Sign warning visitors of the recent owl attacks at Bush's Pasture Park in Salem, Ore., on Feb. 12, 2015

It's quite a cautionary tale

What started as a joke on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show has now become a reality for Oregon’s capital city.

The show’s host, Rachel Maddow, has been paying a lot of attention to some wacky news coming out of Oregon lately. The news item that’s got the state paying attention to Maddow, though, involves one really angry owl.

After four runners were attacked by an owl in Salem, one of whom was clawed so badly he thought he was having an aneurysm, Maddow suggested the town post a yellow hazard sign warning about the bird. But not just any sign: she wanted one depicting a figure running from a menacing owl on the attack.

So, the town obliged. According to the Associated Press, about 20 such signs — inspired by Maddow — will be put up in the city where the owl has been wreaking havoc. This gives “service journalism” a whole new meaning.


TIME Crime

Emile Hirsch Charged With Assault for Choking Woman at Sundance

Actor Emile Hirsch attends Sabra Hummus House Hosts A Dinner To Celebrate Ten Thousand Saints - 2015 Park City on Jan. 24, 2015 in Park City.
Michael Bezjian—Getty Images Actor Emile Hirsch attends Sabra Hummus House Hosts A Dinner To Celebrate Ten Thousand Saints - 2015 Park City on Jan. 24, 2015 in Park City.

Hirsch could face five years in prison if convicted

Actor Emile Hirsch, known for his roles in Into the Wild and Milk, has been charged with one count of felony aggravated assault for allegedly putting a woman in a chokehold at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

Prosecutors say Hirsch, 29, was drunk when he got into an argument with the victim at a nightclub in Park City, Utah on Jan. 25. During the altercation, Hirsch is said to have put the woman in a chokehold as well as dragged her across a table. The woman may have briefly passed out before two people were able to separate Hirsch and the victim, according to the Associated Press.

If found guilty, Hirsch, who was at Sundance for the premiere of Ten Thousand Saints, could be punished with up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. He’s also facing a misdemeanor intoxication charge.


TIME Spain

This Exhibit Lets Blind People Touch the Mona Lisa

A blind person feels with his hands a copy of 'The Mona Lisa" at The Prado Museum on Feb. 10, 2015 in Madrid.
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez A blind person feels with his hands a copy of 'The Mona Lisa" at The Prado Museum on Feb. 10, 2015 in Madrid.

"Hoy Toca el Prado" features artwork remastered to allow the blind to feel how they look

A museum in Madrid, Spain has unveiled an inclusive exhibit featuring artistic masterpieces recreated so the blind can feel how they look, CBS News reports.

The works on display at the Prado Museum were made using the Didu technique, which adds texture to paintings. The exhibit, titled “Hoy Toca el Prado” opened January 20 and features works like El Greco’s El caballero de la mano en el pecho and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Paintings For Vision-Impaired People At The Prado Museum
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez—Getty ImagesA blind person feels with her hands a copy of ‘The gentleman with his hand on his chest’ of El Greco at The Prado Museum on Feb. 10, 2015 in Madrid.

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