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Indianz.Com > Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case
A closely-watched reservation boundary case could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, setting up a clash between tribes, states and the Trump administration.

On August 8, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation were never disestablished by Congress. The unanimous decision prevents the state of Oklahoma from executing a tribal citizen for a crime that occurred within the tribe's original reservation.

But the state wasn't ready to accept the outcome so it asked the 10th Circuit to rehear the case or put it before a larger panel of judges. A slew of industry interests swooped in with briefs in support of the request.

That's when the Trump administration chimed in. Rather than assert its trust responsibility and side with tribal interests, the Department of Justice said the Muscogee Nation's reservation was in fact diminished by Congress.

In doing so, government attorneys defended the negative federal policies that led to the destabilization of the tribe's government. The brief essentially turned back the clock to the early 1900s, when the United States opened up the reservation for allotment.
Donald-Trump  Fourth-world  Oklahoma  Capital-punishment 
7 days ago by quant18
A Conversation with the New York Times Reporter Maggie Haberman, Trump’s Favorite Foe
"Trump’s Oval Office is like Grand Central Station. People try briefing him and someone comes in and interrupts him. People just sort of walk in without being previously announced in any meaningful way. He spends his day interacting, is how I would describe it. He gets the daily brief in the mornings. He has had that condensed down to a more visual-cued form than it was previously."
"It sounds like you’re being a little bit polite. What previous Presidents did, in one way or another, was read a tremendous amount the night before and then get a brief from the director of National Intelligence. And he has no patience for that, from what I understand. He has no patience for reading briefing books, and he has to see a lot of pictures, a lot of video, a lot of charts."
"He likes a lot of charts. He likes looking at things."
"Does he read?"
"He says he reads."
a:David-Remnick  a:Maggie-Haberman★  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2017.07.21  w:5500  interview  Donald-Trump  government  media  from instapaper
8 days ago by bankbryan
Let the People Pick the President
"The existing winner-take-all system, which awards all of a state’s electoral votes to the popular-vote winner in that state, no matter how close the race, is deeply anti-democratic. It treats tens of millions of Americans — from Republicans in Boston to Democrats in Biloxi — as if their voices don’t matter."
p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.11.07  w:1000  government  voting  Donald-Trump  2016-election  2012-election  2004-election  2000-election  from twitter
10 days ago by bankbryan
Cyclist Lost Her Job After Raising Middle Finger at Trump’s Motorcade
She kept her arm up until the rest of the fleet passed and then repeated the gesture a second time when the cars came to a stop and she caught up. She said she locked eyes with a man inside who she thought was a Secret Service agent, and then held the gaze of another man, but then the cars moved past her and drove away.

“I did not see him, but he was the target,” she said of Mr. Trump.
donald-trump  cycling  juli-briskman  middle-finger  the-new-york-times  christine-hauser 
12 days ago by yolandaenoch
Donald Trump boasts things were 'not pleasant' for countries that messed with the US. In Japan.
Donald Trump has risked causing major offence during a visit to a key US ally, with bellicose remarks to troops that talked up America’s military prowess. The President was speaking at Yokota air base in Japan in the early stages of his tour of the Asia-Pacific region and at a time of heightened tension with North Korea due to the country’s nuclear ambitions.
donald-trump  japan 
13 days ago by sfriedenberg
Twitter Sidestepped Russian Account Warnings, Former Worker Says
In 2015, a manager discovered a trove of accounts with Russian and Ukrainian IP addresses
twitter  russia  donald-trump 
13 days ago by sfriedenberg
Twitter’s Panic After Trump’s Account Is Deleted Caps a Rough Week
It was another fiasco that the social media company, which has been under scrutiny for online abuse and how its service can be misused.
donald-trump  twitter 
14 days ago by sfriedenberg
Billionaire Robert Mercer did Trump a huge favor. Will he get a payback?
A company co-owned by quirky billionaire Robert Mercer provided Donald Trump’s presidential campaign with personal data on millions of American voters. Now with Trump in the Oval Office, Mercer is loaded with connections to the new administration as his hedge funds fights the IRS over a $7 billion demand for back taxes.
donald-trump  money  tax 
15 days ago by sfriedenberg
Upstairs at home, with the TV on, Trump fumes over Russia indictments
Inside the White House, the president and his aides vented frustration over Manafort and Gates indictments, fearing the unknown about Mueller probe.
19 days ago by sfriedenberg
Trump Declares Journalists’ Children Cute, but He’s Still Wary of Their Parents
Handing out Halloween candy to children of the White House press corps, the president had more compliments for them than for the journalists he has denounced as purveyors of “fake news.”
22 days ago by sfriedenberg
Trump nominees show up for work without waiting for Senate approval
Some lawyers and experts warn the administration may be bumping up against a 1998 law designed to prevent the president from doing an end-run around Congress.
27 days ago by sfriedenberg
Donald Trump Is Rush-Shipping Condolences to Military Families
Four families of fallen servicemembers received next-day UPS letters from President Trump after a turbulent week in which Trump falsely claimed he had called “virtually all” of the families.
donald-trump  military 
27 days ago by sfriedenberg
The cascade of missteps that turned one White House error into a messy week
"By Monday of this week, when President Trump decided to hold an impromptu news conference in the White House Rose Garden, the administration should have been ready for questions on the subject of the soldiers’ deaths. When a reporter raised it, Trump’s response didn’t suggest a great deal of preparation. Instead, he tried to one-up past presidents by claiming that he was going above-and-beyond in calling the families of the soldiers who had been killed. Trump’s incorrect (and rapidly debunked) assertion that he was doing something that past presidents hadn’t was like dropping a snowball at the top of a mountain. As the week went on — and as Trump and his team kept making more and more mistakes and misstatements — the snowball grew and grew, consuming five days of media attention."
a:Philip-Bump  p:The-Washington-Post★★  d:2017.10  w:1000  visualization  Donald-Trump  from twitter
27 days ago by bankbryan
USA v Arpaio Et Al - Order on Motion to Dismiss and Vacate
Source document contributed to DocumentCloud by Chris Geidner (BuzzFeed).
donald-trump  legal 
4 weeks ago by sfriedenberg

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