Thursday News Roundup


Israeli leader vows new settlement as outpost is dismantled


Trump Foes Head to Court to Block Nearly Every Stroke of His Pen


Reddit bans ‘alt-right’ community over harassment

New York Times

Berkeley Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos Speech, and Donald Trump Tweets Outrage
Trump Vows to ‘Destroy’ Law Banning Political Activity by Churches
The Johnson Amendment, Which Trump Vows to ‘Destroy,’ Explained
Raid in Yemen: Risky From the Start and Costly in the End
Trump Pushes Dark View of Islam to Center of U.S. Policy-Making
McCain Steps In to Ease Tension With Australia Over Trump Insult


Breitbart Editor’s Event Canceled As Protests Turn Violent At UC Berkeley
Alarmed By Washington, Liberal Protesters Bring Concerns Home To Lawmakers

Public Policy Polling

After 2 Weeks, Voters Yearn For Obama


Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft draft a joint letter opposing Trump’s travel ban

Time Magazine

Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World?

The Verge


Washington Post

The mysterious saga of whether Trump planned to leave Washington and visit Harley-Davidson
In a potential shift, Trump warns Israel that new settlements ‘may not help’ achieve Middle East peace

Wednesday News Roundup

Will continue to update as more news happens…

The Atlantic:

Trump Has a Message for Poor Immigrants: Get Out


First on CNN: Treasury secretary nominee’s foreign money links bring new scrutiny


What It Takes To Truly Delete Data


White Supremacist Richard Spencer Hails Trump’s ‘de-Judaification’ of Holocaust

The Intercept:


The Nation:

Republicans Stole a Supreme Court Seat From Obama—and Are Putting Another Scalia In It

Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination


Senate Democrats Block Committee Votes On 2 Trump Nominees

Liberals To Senate Democrats: (Don’t) Do Your Jobs

HHS Nominee Tom Price Targeted Panel That Urged Fewer Cancer Screenings

Petraeus Warns Of Giving Ammunition To Extremists, ‘Revisionist Powers’

CHART: Who’s Who In The Trump Administration

NY Times:

Trump’s Army Secretary Pick Could Trade One Potential Conflict for Another

Trump Cabinet Picks Advance as Republicans Outmuscle Democrats

Iran Is Threatened With U.S. Reprisals Over Missile Test

Pew Research Center:

What It Takes to Truly Be ‘One of Us’

Politico Magazine:

Rex Tillerson Tried to Get This Rule Killed. Now Congress Is About To Do It For Him


After NY Cop Salutes Violence Against Anti-Trump Protester, His Online Post Comes Under Review

A New State Department Order to Revoke Visas Could Have Far-Reaching Effects


Covering Trump the Reuters Way

Exclusive: Trump to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam – sources

U.S. military probing more possible civilian deaths in Yemen raid

The Verge:

Mossberg: Immigration builds America’s tech dominance

Washington Post:

Senate confirms Rex Tillerson to become secretary of state

Senate committee approves Trump Treasury, Health nominees without Democrats present after GOP suspends rules

Trump transition email shows initial effort to oust all inspectors general

Tuesday New Roundup

Sourced from FiveThirtyEight:

Before You Call Your Senator, Read This On How Our Trump Scores Work

Sourced from NPR:

Privacy Paradox: What You Can Do About Your Data Right Now

Bills Across The Country Could Increase Penalties For Protesters

Sourced from the New York Times:

Ryan Stands by Trump’s Executive Order, Breaking Days of Silence

Opinion: The Republican Fausts

Sourced from the Washington Post:

Trump narrows finalists to two as unconventional fight over Supreme Court begins

Sourced from the LA Times:

White House aides who wrote Trump’s travel ban see it as just the start

Sourced from CNN:

Betsy DeVos appears to have plagiarized quotes for Senate questionnaire

Sourced from the Intercept:

The FBI Has Quietly Investigated White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement

Sourced from The Atlantic:

Halcyon Days for Conspiratorial Media

Sourced from National Review:

Neil Gorsuch: A Worthy Heir to Scalia

Media Bias Info for Sources:

The Intercept


LA Times

Washington Post

New York Times


National Review

Monday News Roundup

This post will be updated throughout the day.

Sourced from the Washington Post:

President seeks to minimize impact of his immigration order in a series of tweets

Democrats will attempt to rescind Trump’s travel ban

Trump and his aides keep justifying the entry ban by citing attacks it couldn’t have prevented

Terrorist attack at Canadian mosque leaves six dead and a nation shaken

Trump says Lockheed Martin has cut $600 million from F-35 program

Who will Trump add to the Supreme Court?

Opinion: State Department dissent memo: ‘We are better than this ban’

Opinion: The right splits, and the nature of our democracy is up for grabs

Sourced from the New York Times:

Travelers Stranded and Protests Swell Over Trump Order

How a Trump Supreme Court Pick Could (or Could Not) Sway Cases

Internal Memo at State Department Opposes Trump’s Travel Ban

How Social Networks Empowered Mass Protests Against Trump

Other Sources:

Suspect in Quebec mosque attack quickly depicted as a Muslim. He’s a white nationalist. 

White House slap at dissenting diplomats sparks fear of reprisal

Media Bias Info for Sources:

Washington Post

New York Times

Wondering what Monday will bring…

So, while I intended to go to bed early (or earlier than usual), I’ve stayed up to mess around a little more with the site (I can’t seem to settle on a theme) and read more news (okay, along with Facebook and Twitter).

I’m facing news burn-out. I’ve read so much that my mind is spinning (I may even have said that already tonight).

The article linked below is written by a former counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Eliot A. Cohen. Eliot A. Cohen is the director of the Strategic Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. I think it would be fair to believe that he is a subject matter expert. He is critical of the events of the last 8 days, but one thing stands out – he believes in the power of the American people.

A Clarifying Moment in American History

And so, I wonder what Monday will bring…

A Long Weekend with the News…

I grew up in a household where the news was on TV every night, where a newspaper was always available…

We always had access to books, to libraries, to radio and television.
My parents never sought to push us one political direction or another, but to make sure that we were able to inform ourselves about the world around us and to be able to have rational conversations about it.
Today, I find myself obsessed with what is going on around us. I have filled the last few days by reading a continuous stream of news from many different news sources. It has been a dizzying experience.
I hope that as everyone watches, listens, and reads that they evaluate a few things:
1) The source of the news. Is it a first-person account of an event? Is it an opinion piece? Is it a well-researched news story?
2) The bias of the source. We all have biases. Some of them are obvious, some of them are not.
3) Your bias as a reader, viewer, or listener. We don’t often consider our own bias, whether pro- or con-, and how it impacts our interpretation of the story.
I also encourage everyone to find news from a variety of sources. Ones that believe that facts are facts, and opinions are opinions. Don’t just read (listen, watch) sources that validate your own opinions.
A good source to check bias and trustworthiness:

Sunday News Roundup

I apologize in advance if any of the links below are behind a paywall. If they are, consider subscribing to support the journalists that are documenting this time in history.

Text of Trump Executive Order on Barring Refugees

Koch network condemns Trump ban on refugees and immigrants

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Executive Order on Refugees and Migrants

Trump Is Doing What He Said He’d Do: Is that what his voters wanted?

McCain blasts Bannon placement on National Security Council

White House defends having Bannon at national security meetings

Donald J. Trump’s Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting

Senate Democrats vow legislation to block Trump’s travel ban

NY Times Opinion Piece by the Editorial Board: Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Cowardly and Dangerous

Merkel ‘explains’ refugee convention to Trump in phone call

Jewish Republicans chide Trump on Holocaust statement

House Democrats demand meeting with DHS chief over Trump ban

Jihadist groups hail Trump’s travel ban as a victory

Unions of Border Patrol, ICE agents cheer Trump actions

Christian groups oppose Trump’s preference for Christian refugees

FACT CHECK: Trump Tweets On Christians, ISIS And Vetting Miss The Bigger Picture

How Trump’s Rush to Enact an Immigration Ban Unleashed Global Chaos

 Questions multiply over Bannon’s role in Trump administration

A Fresh Start

Red Kanga has been through various iterations, and quite frankly it has not been updated for quite some time.

It is now time to bring a voice back to this site. To create an opportunity to be heard. To share voices from all over.

This is my soapbox.