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Waivers have been granted to allow 872 refugees into the country this week by the US government for those who already went through the Obama Administration’s screening process and are now in transit.

The waivers were granted by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is unclear what nationalities the recipients are, or if additional waivers will be granted.During a Tuesday briefing concerning the immigration orders, DHS Secretary John Kelly explained that the order is not a travel ban, but rather a pause to allow the government time to implement a new vetting system.

“This is not a travel ban, this is a temporary pause that allows us to better review the existing refugee and visa vetting system,” Kelly stated.

Kelly reiterated that the order is not a ban on Muslims, and that a change in the system is “long overdue,” and “strongly supported” by DHS officials.

“This is not, I repeat not, a ban on Muslims,” he said. “The Homeland Security mission is to safeguard the American people, our homeland, our values and religious liberty is one of our most fundamental and treasured values.”

Out of roughly a half a million people attempting to enter the US during the first three days of the order, 721 people were prevented from entering the United States, acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner Kevin McAleenan said.

Green card holders are permitted to board international flights to the US, although they will be subjected to additional screening upon their arrival.

During the briefing, Kelly was questioned about reports that some border patrol agents handcuffed detainees and tried to deport them, which the General flatly denied.

“No member of the Homeland Security team ignored a court order, nor would they ignore a court order,” Kelly said.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that suspended entry to the United States for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days; bans all refugees from entry for 120 days; and bars all Syrian refugees from entering the United States indefinitely.

“Our job is to protect the homeland, these executive orders help do that,” Kelly said, noting that the order will be carried out “humanely” and “in accordance with the law.”

 

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After a White House official used the term ‘alternative facts’ to refute accusations of White House falsehoods, sales of the 1949 dystopian science fiction novel 1984 spiked to the top of Amazon.com’s best-seller list.

The exchange quickly became infamous: on NBC’s Sunday show “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd interviewed Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway about her colleague, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who offered “provable falsehoods” during his very first meeting with the press: namely, the size of the crowd that watched President Trump’s inauguration.

After some arguing, Conway said: “You’re saying it’s a falsehood… Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.”

“Wait a minute,” said Todd with an incredulous chuckle. “Alternative facts? Alternative facts?… Alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.”

Conway’s comment was widely derided by Trump opponents, and many claimed that the phrase “alternative facts” sounded like a comment from the oppressive police state known as Big Brother in Orwell’s famous novel.

That novel contains the line, “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” Many compared this to Spicer”s comments about the inauguration, despite photographs clearly demonstrating fewer attendees to Trump’s inauguration than to Obama’s eight years prior.

In 1984, society is controlled by a totalitarian government that watches nearly every aspect of human life. The main character, Winston Smith, is a minor bureaucrat with the Ministry of Truth whose job is to rewrite historical events to fit Big Brother’s version of events, including erasing all evidence that certain people ever existed.

A major theme of the novel is Big Brother’s manipulation of the truth to better suit the policies of the authoritarian state. Facts and reality are irrelevant, and only what Big Brother says is true matters. The novel coins many terms to describe this behavior, including “goodthink” (thought approved by Big Brother), and its opposite, “thoughtcrime.”

Orwell, a democratic socialist, was distressed by atrocities committed by both Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union, and believed the western world was beginning to move down a similar path. Orwell died shortly after the book’s publication. 1984 is frequently read in the west by high school students, making it one of the most popular novels of the 20th century.

Spikes in 1984’s popularity often follow moments of distrust in the government. Sales increased significantly following the 2013 leak of NSA documents from Edward Snowden and others.

In the west, it has become common to compare governments the author dislikes to Orwell’s worst-case-scenario. A 2014 Forbes story had the headline, “Obama’s Corruption of the English Language Comes Right From Orwell’s ‘1984.’” A 2002 article from SFGate was entitled “Learning to love Big Brother / George W. Bush channels George Orwell.”

Donald Trump appears to have made a political comeback for the ages, but the media has gone silent about a major new poll that shows the Republican has catapulted back into the lead instead showing their viewers polls from three weeks ago.

Following a major shake-up in his campaign’s leadership with the hiring of seasoned political operative Kellyanne Conway to manage the effort and controversial Brietbart CEO Steve Bannon to consult on messaging, Donald Trump has seen a meteoric rise in daily tracking polls jumping eight points to somersault past Hillary Clinton calling the corporate media’s coronation of the former Secretary of State into question.

The poll, released by USC/LA Times asks a portion of 3,000 US citizens randomly across all households and demographic groups who they prefer for president. The poll is conducted each day to measure any volatile shifts in the candidates’ performance and to gauge the momentum of the race. The poll finds that Trump now holds a two point lead over Clinton, nationally.

The poll found Donald Trump seven points ahead of Hillary Clinton at the start of the Democratic National Convention marred by WikiLeaks revelations of a coordinated effort by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the DNC, and the mainstream media to undermine the electoral chances of opponent Bernie Sanders. The press were actually told to report spoon fed lines from political operatives “without attribution” in order to create a false narrative. Esteemed journalists such as dean of the Nevada political press corps and MSNBC correspondent Jon Ralston happily did as they were told.

But then, we witnessed a near historic capsizing of the Donald Trump campaign fueled by an artfully constructed smear campaign that labelled, in newspapers across the United States, the Republican nominee as a secret agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin with the attacks extending to his staff and closest advisers – including Paul Manafort, who has since been forced to resign, and three-star US General Michael Flynn, the man who actually warned the Obama administration in vein about the threat of Daesh (known colloquially as ISIS).

Between the resurgence of McCarthyite attacks by association and missteps by Donald Trump himself, most notably of which was an egregious public spat with the Gold Star family of American war hero Humayun Khan who sacrificed his life to save hundreds of his fellow soldiers based primarily on the fact that the family was Muslim.

The damage, both wrought by the media and, to a large extent self-induced, caused Trump’s stock among voters to cascade down nearly seven points while Hillary Clinton’s fortunes with the American electorate jumped an additional seven points – a 14 point swing in less than three weeks.

Yet, it appears that a new on-message Trump has begun to soar after apologizing to the public for “hurting others” by “sometimes using the wrong words,” in stark contradiction to his previous stance that he has “the best words.”

Trump has also attempted to appeal to new demographics, including the African-American community and younger voters, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll see advances with these voter groups.

Trump now finds himself securing 45% of the electorate versus 43% for Hillary Clinton in what may go down as the greatest political comeback in American history – or just as likely another blip in a long campaign cycle.

Nonetheless, despite the gravity of the new poll results MSNBC’s Morning Joy on Saturday, spoke about a poll in which Donald Trump only secured 1% of the African-American vote – in a poll with a margin of error of three percentage points meaning, if those results were to be believed, Trump could have less than zero support among the black community.

While demographics are certainly a relevant issue in the political cycle, so is the timing of polling. The poll which was cited by the corporate media was conducted from July 31 to Aug 3 – at the heart of Trump’s collapse in polling nationally.

CNN’s State of the Union showed the same three weeks outdated poll on Sunday afternoon while not referring at all to more recent and relevant polling results that are contrary to the narrative that Hillary has already won the race. This followed a segment on how Donald Trump is no longer really a candidate for office, but instead is only going through the motions in order to start his own news channel.

By contrast, the major US news agencies covering the election, including CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, and the New York Times, have failed to mention at all the major poll, conducted by a nationally recognized newspaper in conjunction with a prominent research university which shows Trump winning as of yesterday