UPDATED: Judges in Hawaii and Greenbelt ban Trump executive order

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A federal judge in Hawaii halted the latest executive order temporarily restricting travel from six Muslim majority nations. A federal judge in Greenbelt followed suit on Thursday, also blocking the travel ban.

Judge Derrick K. Watson from the United States District Court of Hawaii wrote Wednesday in his decision that President Donald J. Trump's executive order violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause and caused irreparable harm to one of the plaintiffs Ismail Elshikh.

After hearing oral arguments Wednesday, United States District Court for the District of Maryland Judge Theodore Chuang also blocked Trump's travel ban Thursday deciding to issue an injunction against the executive order.

“The Maryland district court has issued yet another strong judicial condemnation of President Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban," said Omar Jadwat an attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union in a statement Thursday. "If, as promised, he continues to try to defend this indefensible order in the courts — or goes back to the first iteration of the ban — he will just keep losing.”


Hundreds protest Trump's immigration ban at BWI

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BALTIMORE – More than 800 people headed to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Sunday to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban immigration from select countries and all refugees.

Hundreds of protesters waved signs and shouted about Trump’s executive order and the people who are barred from entering the country for the next three to four months: noncitizens from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen as well as refugees.

Marc and Marybeth Leblanc, residents of Brunswick, attended the protest with their two young children.

“We feel that it is important to speak out,” Marc said.


Protests of Trump's immigration ban at Dulles

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DULLES – Sunday the message was clear.

“Immigrants are welcome here,” protesters chanted at Dulles International Airport Sunday afternoon.

After President Donald Trump signed an executive order that barred refugees from war-torn Syria and blocked nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia and Syria for 90 days, people gathered to protest at international airports across the country Sunday.


The art of the Iran nuclear deal


Although not what one would consider a very religious individual, I am a Jew. I was born a Jew. I was raised as a Jew. I will die a Jew. Being a Jew is how society looks upon me, and, quite frankly, I am somewhat proud to be part of a group of people that comprises only about 1 percent of the world's population yet has contributed so greatly to society whether medicine (thank you Dr. Salk), music, business, entertainment, or even sports (thank you Sandy Koufax). As a Jew I also recognize the importance of a secure Israel. What I am not is a Jew who allows himself to be influenced by the illogical rhetoric regarding opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.


An open letter to 47 Republican Senators

US senateSince 47 Republican Senators recently deemed it appropriate to correspond directly with Iranian leadership in a blatant attempt to undermine President Obama and the administration's efforts as part of the multinational negotiations for an Iranian nuclear proliferation agreement, would it also be deemed appropriate for Iranian leadership to now correspond directly with those same Senate Republicans? 


Local attorney beats Iran

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dan gaskillThe second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on July 9 that $1.75 billion in Iranian money should be given to the families of victims of the 1983 bombing of a Marine barrack in Beirut.

The court affirmed the judgment of the U.S. District Court’s earlier decision that the money go to the victims’ families in order to help satisfy an unpaid $2.65 billion judgment they won against the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2007.

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