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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (31 January) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: Splits deepen in US state amid mass demonstrations, Nicola Sturgeon calls for Theresa May to postpone Trump visit until end of Muslim ban, and Trump’s press man is still serving up the goods.
News: Trump sacks US government’s chief lawyer as protest widen state splits
Tensions in elite US circles intensify amid unprecedented protests
US Attorney General Sally Yates has been sacked from her position after raising doubts about the legality of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to the US from seven majority Muslim nations. The move follows the resignations of a majority of top-tier posts in the US state department and repeated clashes with the CIA. The splits in the US state come amid unprecedented US and international protest against Trump implementing his programme. Trump has the lowest approval rating of any US president after just a week.
Scottish child abuse enquiry set for first hearing
The Scottish child abuse enquiry is set to hold its first hearing in Edinburgh today. The enquiry is expected to last for four years.
Politics: Sturgeon tells UK PM there should be no Trump visit without Muslim ban reversal
Scottish First minister speaks out after huge protest
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to postpone a possible state visit by US President Donald Trump unless he reverses his policy of banning US entry to people from seven Muslim majority nations. There were large demonstrations across Scotland and the UK yesterday, including a several thousand strong march in Edinburgh.
Westminster set for two day debate on Brexit Bill
Westminster will debate the UK Governments European Union Bill, which will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger article 50 and quit the EU, until midnight tonight. The Bill will face a vote on Wednesday.
Sport: All results for Great Scottish Run declare invalid after course found to be too short
Record breaking winner stripped of title
All runners in the Great Scottish Run have had their times invalidated after the Glasgow course was found to be 150m too short. Winner Callum Hawkins was thought to have broken the course half marathon record previously set by Haile Gebrselassie, has been stripped of the accomplishment.
Culture: ‘Stranger Things’ stars slam Trump in awards speech
Celebrities continue to speak out against Trump administration
David Harbour, a lead actor in the wildly popular US Stranger Things tv series has slammed Donald Trump’s Muslim ban policy at the Screen Actors Guild awards, whilst accepting an award for Best Drama Ensemble on behalf of the cast.
Weather: Chucking it down
Heavy rain across most of Scotland
Most of Scotland will see heavy downpours today. Temperatures will reach as high as 11 degrees in Edinburgh.
And another thing: I said Sean Spicer would be fun
.@SeanSpicer‘s role in the Trump administration will be to provide the American public with robust and clearly articulated misinformation. pic.twitter.com/IlRkZPbDZl
— The Onion (@TheOnion) 29 January 2017
Nailed it. Period.
Sean Spicer, the Trump administrations press secretary, actually shared this tweet from (very) famous US satirical site The Onion, awarding it what is fast becoming his catch phrase – ‘Period!’
Picture courtesy of Karl-Ludwig Poggemann, First Minister of Scotland, Colin Partridge, Gage Skidmore, Hendrik van Leeuwen
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