Joanne pre-NYMHM: 31 Jan 2017

(1) “The total cost, per American, of the following 17 programs said to be on the chopping block is $22.36 per year—of which more than a third comes from a single clean-energy program. By contrast, housing subsidies, like the mortgage interest deduction, which are disproportionately used by the wealthy, cost $296.29 per American.” [Time]

(2) Basically the title says it all. “Donald Trump Shuffles National Security Council: Executive measure adds Steve Bannon while removing Director of National Intelligence, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff” [WSJ]

(3) Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will introduce two bills to end Trump’s immigration ban and prevent him from ordering it again. [The Hill]

(4) Good news! 

a. “The Department of Veterans Affairs intends to exempt anyone it deems necessary for public health and safety, including frontline caregivers,” acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Snyder said in a signed memorandum. [Disabled Veterans]

b. “A federal judge has granted a stay on deportations for people who arrived in the US with valid visas but were detained on entry, following President Donald Trump’s executive order to halt travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. . . . a partial block to the broader executive order, with the judge stopping short of a broader ruling on its constitutionality.” [Guardian]

c. “Senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security initially interpreted Trump’s order to not apply to green card holders from the seven banned countries. Trump White House overruled that reading. . . . But a federal judge in New York temporarily blocked part of Trump’s order late on Saturday night, ruling that citizens of the seven countries who hold valid visas and have already arrived in the United States cannot be removed from the United States.” [CNN]

d. Uber has pledged $3 million to a legal defense fund for its drivers affected by the immigration ban, after #DeleteUber trended on Twitter. [Verge]

e. The ACLU for $24 million in donations in reaction to the travel ban. That’s six times more than they generally make in a year. [CNN, NBC]

f. The HHS/EPA/USDA gag order was lifted. [NYT, Vox, Scientific American, The Hill]

[Note from the future: NYMHM grew out of thesepublic posts from Joanne Merriam’s Facebook account. We retain them here inarchives to provide a record going back to the beginning of Trump’spresidency.]