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Trump's travel ban temporarily blocked nationwide by federal judge in Seattle
District judge granted temporary restraining order effective in all US states, the broadest ruling to date against the president’s immigration directive

A federal judge in Seattle has temporarily blocked Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

US district judge James Robart granted a temporary restraining order Friday at the request of Washington state and Minnesota that’s effective nationwide.

Trump signed an executive order last week that sparked protests across the country and confusion at airports as some travelers were detained. The ruling is the broadest to date against Trump’s directive.

Lawyers for the US government argued that the states do not have standing to challenge the order and said Congress gave the president authority to make decisions on national security and admitting immigrants.

Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson had sued, saying the order is causing significant harm to residents and effectively mandates discrimination. Minnesota joined the suit this week. Washington and Minnesota want a temporary restraining order while the court considers their lawsuit, which says key sections of the order are unconstitutional.

Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson says the state has a “profound interest” in protecting its citizens from the harms caused by what he called “the irrational discrimination” embodied in Trump’s order.

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Goodbye, American neoliberalism. A new era is here | Cornel West
Trump’s election was enabled by the policies that overlooked the plight of our most vulnerable citizens. We gird ourselves for a frightening future
By Cornel West

The neoliberal era in the United States ended with a neofascist bang. The political triumph of Donald Trump shattered the establishments in the Democratic and Republican parties – both wedded to the rule of Big Money and to the reign of meretricious politicians.

The Bush and Clinton dynasties were destroyed by the media-saturated lure of the pseudo-populist billionaire with narcissist sensibilities and ugly, fascist proclivities. The monumental election of Trump was a desperate and xenophobic cry of human hearts for a way out from under the devastation of a disintegrating neoliberal order – a nostalgic return to an imaginary past of greatness.

White working- and middle-class fellow citizens – out of anger and anguish – rejected the economic neglect of neoliberal policies and the self-righteous arrogance of elites. Yet these same citizens also supported a candidate who appeared to blame their social misery on minorities, and who alienated Mexican immigrants, Muslims, black people, Jews, gay people, women and China in the process.

This lethal fusion of economic insecurity and cultural scapegoating brought neoliberalism to its knees. In short, the abysmal failure of the Democratic party to speak to the arrested mobility and escalating poverty of working people unleashed a hate-filled populism and protectionism that threaten to tear apart the fragile fiber of what is left of US democracy. And since the most explosive fault lines in present-day America are first and foremost racial, then gender, homophobic, ethnic and religious, we gird ourselves for a frightening future.

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Women's soccer: why building a fanbase is a complicated puzzle for clubs
As the NWSL enters its fourth year and its financial future uncertain, clubs have a question to answer: should they focus on youngsters, or try to build an adult supporters’ culture?
By Caitlin Murray

So, in this article, there’s this section:

If Herm Sorcher, Sky Blue FC’s new head of business development, had one phone call to try to convince someone to attend a game at Yurcak Field, he wouldn’t hesitate.

“We see a 10-year-old soccer-playing girl as the ideal person for us to go after,” he told the Guardian. “If we were ranking one to 10 what someone’s interest in this product is going to be, she’s probably a 10 on that scale. If we talk to enough people attached to that 10-year-old soccer-playing girl, whether it’s a parent or a coach, we have a good chance for success.”

Which Caitlin Murray immediately follows up with:

The New Jersey-based club was last in NWSL attendance last season, drawing just 2,189 fans per game. 

I mean, I could be wrong, Herm Sorcher, but I think Caitlin disagrees with your strategy. 

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Homan Square revealed: how Chicago police 'disappeared' 7,000 people
Exclusive: Lawsuit exposes scale of detention at off-the-books interrogation warehouse while attorneys describe find-your-client chase ‘from a Bond movie’
By Spencer Ackerman
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Star Wars (and 2015) showed us worlds of possibilities. May the force be with us | Daniel José Older
Maybe new heroes, new alliances and female leadership can guide us beyond the wreckage of the past and into new, unexplored territory outside of theatres
By Daniel José Older

Over at the Guardian, I wrote about the past year and the new Star Wars and what it all means 

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O'Malley and Sanders interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters in Phoenix
An activist is invited onstage and the difference between the two candidates reactions says it all.
By Martin Pengelly


The only nominee who responds to protest as dialogue. Even Barack Obama doesn’t do that.

Comic Con: Guillermo del Toro says Crimson Peak features ‘liberated’ gender roles: http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/jul/11/comic-con-guillermo-del-toro-says-crimson-peak-features-liberated-gender-roles?CMP=edit_2221

Mexican director was in playful mood as he introduced his new gothic romance and its star Tom Hiddleston to the San Diego fan convention

Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro began the Legendary Studios panel at Comic Con by requesting the impossible. “Can I ask a favor?” the filmmaker said to the audience on Saturday afternoon. “When Tom Hiddleston comes out, ignore him.”

He then went on to detail his latest film, Crimon Peak. Del Toro said he was inspired by his two children to write a more progressive story, but that the film was still a Gothic romance, the genre he’s closely associated with. “Don’t expect a reinvention where the house turns out to be a spaceship or it’s all a TV show”, he told the audience. “It’s a straight gothic romance. But some of the gender roles are a little more liberated.”

“I have two daughters”, he said, “and there is a secret gender war.”

Del Toro told the crowd that “you don’t have to agree, but I think [Crimson Peak] is the most beautiful movie I have ever made” just before the lights went down for the film’s atmospheric trailer.

Hiddleston, who plays Mia Wasikowska’s enigmatic love interest, played the straight man to Del Toro on the panel: asked about his favourite part of the film’s elaborate set, he said there had plenty of attention to detail. “When you trod on the floorboards, the clay underneath would seep”, Hiddleston recalled. “I was actually very sad when they had to tear it down.”

“I like the bathroom”, Del Toro replied.

The actors on the panel, including Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain, said Del Toro (who co-wrote the script, as well) had provided them all with elaborate biographies. “It was a 10-page life story with my star sign and my date of birth and the secrets that I don’t want to tell anyone and a horrible time I had with my aunt when I was 13”, Hiddleston said. “And that kind of detail is what you should have with every character, every time you play.

“I’ve never been teased by a director so much before in my life”, he added.

“We’re like twins!” said Del Toro

“The Danny Devito film?” asked Chastain.

Crimson Peak is due for release in October.

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Texas is defunding Planned Parenthood clinics. What if every state did?
Republicans insist other clinics could fill the void, but experts say that’s easier said than done. Use our interactive map to see how many women access Planned Parenthood services where you live
By Guardian US interactive team

In 322 counties, Planned Parenthood serves 50% or more of the low-income women who get birth control through government-funded health centers. 

Find out how many people Planned Parenthood helps in your area and let us know why you stand with Planned Parenthood. 

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Farewell to America: We want to raise self-confident children for long lives, not hashtags for slaughter
The long read: After 12 years in the US, Gary Younge is preparing to depart – as the country’s racial frictions seem certain to spark another summer of conflict
By Gary Younge

Most days, the park closest to us looks like Sesame Street. White, black and Vietnamese American kids climbing, swinging and sliding. Occasionally, particularly late on weekday afternoons, teenagers show up. Like adolescents the western world over, they are bored, broke, horny and lost. They don’t want to stay at home, but can’t afford to be anywhere that costs money, and so they come to the public space most approximate to their needs, where they squeeze into swings that are meant for smaller kids and joke, flirt and banter. Very occasionally they swear and get a little rowdy – but nothing that an adult could not deal with by simply asking them to keep the language down because there are little kids around. Oh, and in this park the teenagers are usually black.

Their presence certainly changes the mood. But the only time it ever really gets tense is when the police come. The better police chat with them, the worse ones interrogate them. Either way, the presence of armed, uniformed people in this children’s space is both unsettling and unnecessary. The smaller kids and those new to the park imagine something seriously wrong must have happened for the police to be there; the older ones (by which I mean those aged seven and over), and those who are already familiar with the drill just shrug: the cops are in our park again. It is difficult to tell which response is worse. […]

Once, during our 10-minute walk to daycare, my son asked if we could take another route. “Why?” I asked.

“Because that way they stop all the black boys,” he said.

He was right. Roughly twice a week we would pass young black men being frisked or arrested, usually on the way home. He was also four, and until that point I was not aware that he had even noticed. I tried to make him feel safe.

“Well don’t worry. You’re with me and they’re not going to stop us,” I told him.

“Why not?” he asked.

“Because we haven’t done anything,” I said.

“What have they done?” he asked.

He had me. From then on we took another route. […]

This most recent episode of racial awakening has lasted longer than most. For the last couple of years the brutal banality of daily life for some people in this country has become visible and undeniable to those who have no immediate connection to it. 

But nothing new has happened. There has been no spike in police brutality. What’s new is that people are looking. And thanks to new technology (namely the democratisation of the ability to film and distribute), they have lots to look at. As a result, a significant section of white America is outraged at the sight of what it had previously chosen to ignore, while a dwindling but still sizeable and vocal few still refuse to believe their eyes. […]

But what became clear following the Department of Justice report into the Ferguson police force was just how extreme and commonplace these aggravations could be. To cite just a few examples: between 2007 to 2014, one woman in Ferguson was arrested twice, spent six days in jail and paid $550 as a result of one parking ticket for which she was originally charged $151. She tried to pay in smaller instalments — $25 or $50 a time — but the court refused to accept anything less than the full payment, which she could not afford. Seven years after the original infraction she still owed $541 — this was how the town raised its revenue. It was not a glitch in the system; it was the system.