In his first hours as president Friday, Donald Trump ordered an immediate regulatory freeze and directed federal agencies to “ease the burden” of ObamaCare.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus would send a memo to all agencies ordering a hold on all regulations. Spicer declined to give further details on the ObamaCare order.
Trump was joined in the Oval Office by Vice President Mike Pence, Priebus and other top advisers as he signed the executive order on President Obama’s signature health law, which he opposed throughout his campaign.
Former President Barack Obama got in a final dig at his successor on Friday as he said goodbye to his staff and the nation.
Just moments before boarding the same airplane that served him as Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Friday, Obama told former staffers that their democracy doesn’t end with the beginning of the new administration.
‘This is just a, this is just a, little pit stop. This is, uh, this is not a period, this is a comma, in the continuing story of building America,’ he said to laughter, searching for the appropriate words.
The Obamas are off to California on Special Air Mission 28000, the military aircraft known as Air Force One when the president’s riding on it.
President Donald Trump reportedly plans to sign an executive order this weekend reinstating the “Mexico City policy,” banning foreign aid from going to nongovernmental organizations — like the International Planned Parenthood Federation — that offer abortions.
The policy could be re-established as early as Sunday, according to a report from Foreign Policy, the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade.
The Republican policy, also known as the “global gag rule,” was put in place by former President Ronald Reagan’s administration in 1984 in Mexico City. Ever since, Republican and Democratic presidents have been playing a game of policy ping-pong with the mandate.
The policy was lifted by former President Bill Clinton in 1993, then reinstated by former President George W. Bush when he took office in 2001. Eight years later, former President Barack Obama overturned the rule.
The Senate on Friday confirmed President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, the second cabinet pick to receive Senate approval.
John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who commanded the U.S. military in South America, had one of the smoothest confirmation hearings of any Trump nominee, despite his coming role in implementing the president’s immigration policies.
“Naming someone of John Kelly’s stature and integrity to lead the troubled agency is a giant first step towards securing our borders and improving the defense of our homeland,” Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., one of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus, told the Examiner in December.
Most Senate Democrats also embraced him. “Perhaps this is a love-fest that we’re having with you today,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said at one point in the hearing.
The Obama administration dropped nearly 1,500 pages of regulations on the president’s final day in office Thursday, completing a fury of regulatory action since the November election.
Government agencies must file final rules and proposed rules in the Federal Register, which has had a busy couple of months, The Hill reports.
“There is a huge increase in the volume [of rules we receive] toward the end of an administration,” Miriam Kleiman, a spokeswoman for the Federal Register told The Hill. The end of President Barack Obama’s administration has been particularly heavy on regulations, however.
The Federal Register published 1,464 pages of rules Thursday, which is only the second-highest number of pages since President-elect Donald Trump won the election. The government published 1,465 pages on Nov. 18, 10 days after the election.
“It certainly is a busy time for the Federal Register,” Kleiman said.
The cost of rules finalized and proposed earlier in January would cost $111.2 billion, according to American Action Forum, which tracks regulatory costs.
Trump plans to repeal any “job killing” energy regulations on first day in office (which he considers to be the Monday after the inauguration). Fox News contributor Judge Napolitano said Trump could immediately sign hundreds of executive orders on his third full day in office.
Swathmore is a full scale social justice college. The faculty and student body strongly advocate against fossil fuels and Israel. The website “What Will They Learn?” gives Swathmore a grade of “D” for their non-existent course requirements.
Swarthmore College — a politically-correct, leftist hothouse bursting at the seams with wealthy white kids — is offering a religion course this semester entitled “Is God a White Supremacist?”
The one-credit course at the elite liberal arts bastion in the suburbs of Philadelphia will delve into “the interpretive practices that are foundational to the process of ‘whiteness-making’ and the construction of white identity.” The course will address “religious theories justifying racial domination,” “transnational whiteness” and, of course, “evil and the nature of suffering.”
Course readings will include “the biblical interpretation of white supremacist ‘Christian identity’ churches.” The course at the Quaker-founded college will also explore “the Yakub theory of racial formation in the Nation of Islam”
According to The Final Call, Louis Farrakhan’s official newspaper of the Nation of Islam, the Yakub theory postulates that white people first appeared on an island in the Aegean Sea thanks to a 600-year “grafting” effort. “Under the command of a Black scientist named Yakub, the 59,999 Blacks who came with Yakub to the island were placed under a system of mating that was based on skin color, in which only lighter-complexioned babies were allowed to survive.”
The Swarthmore’s professor teaching “Is God a White Supremacist?” course is Tariq al-Jamil, chairman of the Swarthmore religion department and coordinator of the school’s Islamic studies program.
Six protesters who found their way very close to the stage stood up, raised their fists and began shouting “We the people,” as Donald Trump took the oath of office. Their shirts together spelled “R-E-S-I-S-T.”
As they were removed by authorities, they shouted “USA! USA!”.
As she was led away, a female protester said, “We’re for an America for all of us.”
Some in the crowd sang, “Na na na na, say hey, good bye.”
An elderly man was knocked over during violent protest on 13th and I. Loaded into ambulance, bleeding from the back of his head pic.twitter.com/M2DiFHz4Xq