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>>Court Denies Stay Against Travel Ban Injunction

(Seattle, WA)  —  A stay against President Trump’s travel ban is still in place after a federal appellate court rejected a White House appeal.  Trump’s executive order temporarily bans some travel for foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations.  The order was halted by a judge in Washington state and appealed by the Department of Justice.  The Ninth Circuit Court has denied the department’s request for a stay against the judge’s ruling and is asking both sides to file briefs before it makes a decision.

>>Anti-Trump Protest March In Florida

(Palm Beach, FL)  —  A large crowd of protesters are speaking out after they gathered yesterday near President Trump’s Mar-a-lago estate in Florida.  Police stopped the group of around a thousand anti-Trump protesters from getting to the club where the President and first lady were attending the annual Red Cross Ball Saturday night.  The protest remained peaceful with no reports of damage.  The group gathered at the Trump Tower Estates in West Palm Beach and marched more than two miles to a site across the water from Mar-a-lago, where the Trumps are spending the weekend.

>>Senator Markey: Trump Trying To Rig Supreme Court

(Undated)  —  Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts is taking issue with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. In the Democrats’ weekly address, Markey said the Trump administration has been waging an “assault on our core democratic values” and we need a justice that will uphold the constitutional rights of all Americans.  Senator Markey says Judge Neil Gorsuch is not that person.  He accused the President of trying to “rig” the court by appointing someone who will work to “advance a far right-wing agenda from the bench.”  Markey says he and his fellow Democrats will subject Gorsuch to the most rigorous questioning that any Supreme Court nominee has ever received.

>>Falcons, Patriots Square Off Sunday In Super Bowl 51

(Houston, TX)  —  Super Bowl 51 is just hours away.  The Falcons and Patriots square off for the Lombardi Trophy this evening at Houston’s NRG Stadium.  Atlanta is making just its second Super Bowl appearance, while New England is in the big game for a record ninth time.  The Falcons lost their only previous Super Bowl to Denver in January 1999.  The Patriots are 4-and-4 all-time, including 4-and-2 under head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.  It’s the third Super Bowl appearance in the last six seasons for the Pats, who used a goal-line interception two years ago to beat the Seahawks, 28-24.  Kick-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.  Pop singer Lady Gaga will perform the halftime show.

>>Healthier Foods Get Push During Super Bowl

(New York, NY)  —  Many longtime junk-food advertisers aren’t going to be around the airwaves for this year’s Super Bowl.  You won’t be seeing ads from perennial advertiser Doritos.  Butterfinger, Heinz, Mountain Dew, Taco Bell and Jack in the Box are also sitting on the sidelines.  This Sunday’s crop of advertisers want to remind viewers about some healthy foods including avocados, pistachios and antioxidant beverages.  A managing director of a Maryland-based marketing agency says it’s a reflection of healthy options hitting the mainstream.

Mark Lineberger

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