Hawaii Judge Extends Court Order to Block Trump's Attempt to Ban Muslims: Hell yes. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson decided yesterday that "he would turn the order into a preliminary injunction, which has the effect of extending his order blocking the travel ban for a longer period," The Los Angeles Times reports. "If the Justice Department appeals the case, it will be heard in the same court that upheld a national halt to Trump's first travel ban last month after a Seattle federal judge ruled against it."
Seattle DREAMer Daniel Ramirez Medina Released from Detention Yesterday: Finally, some good news. A habeas corpus petition to have Ramirez's original arrest declared illegal is ongoing in federal court, Sydney Brownstone reports.
But Arrests of DACA Recipients Continue: "ICE agents in Portland, Ore., on Sunday arrested Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez, a DACA participant who was brought to the U.S. from Morelia, in Mexico’s Michoacan state, at age 5," The Associated Press reports. "The agency said Monday that it targeted Rodriguez Dominguez because of the DUI and that he would be released on bond pending deportation proceedings."
Nearly 6,000 Pedestrians Died Last Year: There are more cars on the road and both walkers and drivers are distracted by cellphones, researchers said.
KOMO Employees Battle Trump-Loving Parent Company: Last week, the Seattle news station's parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, forced them to air a segment in which SBG Vice President of News Scott Livingston called the mainstream media "fake news." KOMO employees were not happy—and they've vowed to fight back. "Now the union that represents KOMO’s video editors and photographers, IATSE 600, is launching a 'committee on journalistic ethics,' a public campaign responding to what they see as 'biased' management," Crosscut's David Kroman reports. The union is now rallying support from media experts, academics, and politicians to put pressure on SBG.
This Week on Blabbermouth: Eli Sanders, Dan Savage, and Rich Smith discuss the last week in politics. Then they talk about something optimistic: Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff might have a chance to win a seat in the state's special election for their 6th congressional district. Listen to the whole conversation here.
North Carolina Compromises to Repeal Trans Bathroom Bill: But the agreement is imperfect because it will still allow discrimination, say local LGBTQ+ advocates. "A bill repealing House Bill 2, which the legislature will consider on Thursday, would also create a moratorium on local nondiscrimination ordinances through 2020 and leave regulation of 'multi-occupancy facilities,' or bathrooms, to state lawmakers," NYT reports.
Oregon Home Burglarized, Vandalized with Islamophobic Death Threats: The homeowner is Iranian American, but is of the Baha'i faith, not Muslim. "The Council on American-Islamic Relations said the responsible party left a note — kept in place by ammunition arranged in the shape of a cross — that reportedly said: 'If I see you here next month, I will shoot you and burn your house,'" The Oregonian reports.
Just Take a Look at What That Terrorist Did to the Baha'i Man's Home:
Iranian-American the victim of hate vandalism in Oregon.https://t.co/5dTsWApWmx
They also left .45 caliber bullets in his home. pic.twitter.com/MeygJnf9pn
— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) March 29, 2017
Up to 200 Civilians Killed in Mosul Bombing: Many of the people killed were taking cover in their basements. The deaths followed a U.S.-led airstrike on March 17, which was allegedly requested by Iraqi special forces to take out three snipers from residents' roofs, The New York Times reports. Col. John J. Thomas, a spokesman for the United States Central Command, told NYT that investigators are working to determine whether this was part of a trap placed by ISIL. This may be the highest civilian death toll in a U.S.-led airstrike since 2003. "It also serves to highlight a new pattern of behaviour by US forces since Donald Trump took office in January," The Guardian reports. "Since then, the monthly total of recorded civilian deaths from coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria has more than doubled, according to independent monitors."
U.S. Military Officials Say Rules of Engagement Haven't Changed Under Trump: But Iraqi forces say otherwise, NYT reports.
[An] Iraqi special forces officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said that there had been a noticeable relaxing of the coalition’s rules of engagement since President Trump took office.
Before, Iraqi officers were highly critical of the Obama administration’s rules, saying that many requests for airstrikes were denied because of the risk that civilians would be hurt. Now, the officer said, it has become much easier to call in airstrikes.