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  1. When Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts took to Twitter Wednesday night to explain why he quit his job at the Montana Department of Labor and Industry over a request to work on a subpoena from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, he didn’t expect much attention. Maybe just a few messages of support from friends and a few donations to help his family buy groceries for a week while he searched for new employment. One day, more than 25,400 likes, 11,300 retweets and far more financial support than he was expecting later, the Helena resident is still processing it all. “When I put it out on Twitter, I wasn’t expecting it to get the legs it did,” he said Thursday afternoon. Dyrdahl-Roberts is quitting his job over what it would have required him to do: respond to subpoenas from ICE about Montana employers and their workers. Twitter Ads info and privacy As a legal secretary with the department since 2011, Dyrdahl-Roberts was asked this week to assist the Department of Labor and Industry in complying with recent subpoenas. That was something he called "a step too far" for him. During a conversation Thursday afternoon, Dyrdahl-Roberts had to stop to ask what day of the week it was when running down the timeline of it all. That’s understandable given how quickly everything unfolded for him. On Tuesday, one of the attorneys he works with said he should expect to work on some ICE subpoenas soon. It was the end of the day, Dyrdahl-Roberts said, so “the only words my brain picked up were ‘subpoenas coming.’” Wednesday morning when he went into work he clarified that the subpoenas were from ICE, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. “I immediately said, ‘I don’t think I can help with that,’” Dyrdahl-Roberts said. “I began talking with management about what the deal was, but I pretty much understood at that point.” He quickly called his wife and told her about the situation. “I said I don’t think I can be the one to assist (the department) with the subpoenas,” he said. “She said, without hesitation, she said OK.” He's aware of how his decision and sharing it on Twitter plays into a national discussion about legal immigration and people who are in the country illegally, but said that given his location in Montana — a state he said most from somewhere else overlook — he didn't expect the spotlight. “There’s a lot going on nationally with the direction of the government as a whole that’s pretty scary for people who are plugged in and paying attention,” he said. “When I was asked to collaborate (by working on the ICE subpoena), I couldn’t.” There are no specific immigration-related issues in his past that led him to oppose the ICE requests. But Dyrdahl-Roberts said his experience growing up "made me empathetic.” “The way I was raised led me to question authority, like asking, ‘Is this right?'" he said. He grew up believing that "just because the person in a position of authority says something doesn’t necessarily make it true.'' The 2008 college grad also has a group of friends who are passionate about social justice issues. As his 4-year-old child played in the background Thursday, Dyrdahl-Roberts said he understands the department’s legal obligation to comply with a court-ordered subpoena, but said he has a moral obligation not to. “The conversation was, ‘You understand this is part of your duties, and if you can’t execute your duties you have to quit or be fired.’ I put in my two week’s notice.” Department's response The Department of Labor said Thursday that the job of the legal secretary is to assist attorneys by processing documents received, which often includes scanning, filing and mailing documents. “Jordon understood that such processing was a required part of his job,” said Jake Troyer, communications director for the department. "Jordon was offered assistance in finding another position with the department” and was not disciplined for his tweet, Troyer said. The department has had subpoenas from Homeland Security in the past, Troyer said, including three requests each in 2017 and 2016 and four requests each in 2015 and 2014. The latest subpoenas requested “all UI-5(s) and workman’s compensation coverage reports” from employers, specified both by name and Federal Employer Identification Number, according to Troyer. A UI-5 form is a Montana Employer’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Quarterly Wage Report. The form includes an employee's first and last name, as well as Social Security number. A spokesman for ICE did not comment specifically on requests the agency has made in Montana, but emailed the following statement Thursday: “As a federal law enforcement agency, (ICE) routinely subpoenas other local, state and federal agencies and private companies for information in furtherance of ongoing investigations. For operational security reasons, ICE does not comment on ongoing investigations.” *** Dyrdahl-Roberts said he enjoyed working at the Department of Labor. “The overall vision of the department, that was a thing that I was passionate about and believed they were doing good work,” he said. But he couldn't stay after the subpoenas. “I’ve got a fairly low-down-the-ladder job. I don’t have the ability to affect policy. It wouldn’t be my choice to make this into a fight. I just had to make a decision for my life.'' Dyrdahl-Roberts didn’t say how much money he had received after posting his tweet announcing his departure and seeking donations to his PayPal account to help buy a week's worth of groceries. But he said enough money has come in to provide a cushion to help him find another job he could be passionate about. “I’m humbled,” he said. “I had just over a thousand followers (on Twitter) before this started. I thought some people would kick some cash our way (and) it would be like a week’s worth of groceries that would give us a bit more time for me to find a job.” By Thursday afternoon, Dyrdahl-Roberts told his now-3,845 Twitter followers, “You’ve helped us more than enough. We will now be okay while we look for jobs. If you’re still feeling generous consider sending money (to) Flint or Puerto Rico.” Twitter Ads info and privacy It’s been hard to keep up with all the back-and-forth on Twitter, but from what Dyrdah-Roberts has been able to track, support has come come from around the country and as far away as Ireland. There have been a few negative reactions as well, but Dyrdahl-Roberts said because he’s a white man, he's less likely to be attacked on social media. "I’m white as rice and a guy, so there’s a different Twitter culture that gives me a latitude to say things without extreme harassment campaigns," he said. "It’s a lot easier to be a straight white guy on Twitter than it is to be anything else. I got a few comments, but they are far, far, far outnumbered by the number of positive comments.” The overwhelming support has helped Dyrdahl-Roberts feel confident what he did was right, he said. “I was having a little bit of doubt,” Drydahl-Roberts said. “I knew it was the right decision, but I thought, ‘Did I just explode my family’s entire future, and for the right reasons, but also for people I will never meet?'” Dyrdahl-Roberts said it’s too early to know what that next job may be, but he’s got at least one idea. “A million years ago when I was in high school, I worked at a really tiny local newspaper,” he said. “It was one of the jobs I enjoyed the most. Afterwards, life changed directions and so I didn’t end up pursuing that. Maybe a career in journalism is in the future. That’s my reach goal.”
  3. Against the background of the Winter Olympics in PyongChang, North and South Korean leaders are planning to meet for the first time in over a decade, Seoul announced on Saturday. So, while Vice President Mike Pence has made no effort to extend a diplomatic hand — he actually avoided shaking hands with Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, attending the Winter Games — and refused to stand up for any national anthem other than that of the U.S., North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s Jae-in Moon are planning to meet in Pyongyang. The invitation, reports Reuters, was delivered by Kim Yo Jong, and has been “practically” accepted by Moon. Leaders of the Koreas last met in 2007. This meeting would be a diplomatic high-water mark on the Korean Peninsula since President Donald Trump has increased tensions with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Since July, Trump has engaged in a campaign of name-calling and outright threats, vowing to “totally destroy” North Korea before the U.N. General Assembly. Meanwhile, Pence, who was sent to PyongChang for the opening of the Winter Games, preceded his arrival there with a number of public appearances in Asia during which hecriticized North Korea’s diplomatic attempts as a ruse to “cloud the reality” of the regime. He took with him the parents of Otto Warmbier, the university student who died late last year after suffering horrific injuries while in North Korean detention, and promised more sanctions against Pyongyang. Bloomberg reported that Pence made a five-minute appearance at a Friday night reception held by Moon, and didn’t speak to North Korea’s ceremonial head of state at the Winter Games, Kim Yong Nam, who was supposed to be seated at the same table as Pence. The vice president returned to the U.S. on Saturday having made no effort to ease the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. In fact, it seems like every move he made was designed to heighten hostilities. Although Pence said that he is open to the idea of talking to North Korean officials, he had not asked for such a meeting. And while the vice president seems to be dodging diplomatic engagement, the U.S.’s disarmament envoy at the U.N. accused North Korea of a “charm offensive” that is “frankly fooling no one.” Regardless of U.S. response, North and South Korea seem more interested in finding an off-ramp from these tensions — in January, North Korea opened up a phone line that had been closed for about two years. The line — used as a hotline to South Korea — originates in what is known as the “truce village” of Panmunjom and the 20-minute call made on it was the first public sign of a detente between Pyongyang and Seoul. Certainly no one has accused the U.S. of mounting a charm offensive: While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that he’s interested in speaking to his North Korean counterpart, President Trump has thwarted those efforts, calling them “a waste of time.” Amid talks of pre-emptive and preventive strikes against North Korea — both of which, experts have told ThinkProgress, could result in a catastrophic loss of life on the Korean Peninsula — the Trump administration also backed away from appointing Victor Cha to the ambassadorial post in Seoul after Cha spoke out against a “bloody nose” strike against North Korea, leaving the crucial diplomatic post unfilled.
  4. From 2011. When I watch this and hear of the details, I sympathize greatly with this mom. Yet, today the mindset has become to defend undocumented immigrants across this country for basically doing the same thing. How can you be considered zoned in a certain district for a public k-12 school when you aren't a citizen? How can one qualify for in-state tuition prices and be an undocumented immigrant, yet everyday, citizens go to another state and pay out of state tuition costs? Yet, this one mother, they went to great lengths to take her down. She clearly broke the rules. What I don't understand is why the double standard in using every available resource to bring her down, yet now, rules on the book can't be enforced to make sure everyone in the system is in the school legally?
  5. Invited Speakers at Universities UW blocked from charging security fee for College Republicans rally A federal judge temporarily blocked the University of Washington from issuing a $17,000 security fee bill for a UW College Republicans event on Saturday. U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman, who issued a temporary restraining order, said a security fee could have a "chilling effect" on free speech. "[The UW is] saying because our speaker causes other people to want to protest, at no fault of its own, that's enough to charge us," said Chevy Swanson, president of the UW College Republicans. The College Republicans’ Freedom Rally will be allowed to go forward, but the UW reserves the right to shut down the event if the FBI comes forward with credible information on a security risk. The event in Red Square features Oregon activist Joey Gibson of the Patriot Prayer group as a guest and has the potential to draw 1,000 people, according to UW. The College Republicans sued the school after UW asked the group to cover security costs for the rally, calling it a violation of their civil rights. Several groups have canceled or postponed campus events on Saturday when rally is set to take place. "A lot of students are concerned," said Molly Quinton, news editor of The Daily. "And the issue of free speech is coming up a lot in classrooms of whether you can set a price on it or what the university suppose to do when there is a threat of violence." Access to Red Square and the surrounding area will also be limited Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “This week, UWPD obtained credible information that groups from outside the UW community are planning to join the event with the intent to instigate violence,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce wrote in a letter to students and staff Friday. "When she puts out that statement she kinda comes with the implication that we're at fault or we're causing problems," said Swanson, "when in fact it's protesters. We have a peaceful event and protesters want to come cause problems. And protesters need to be called out for it, not us for putting on the event." Cauce said the university was taking precautions to ensure the rally unfolded peacefully, but urged the community to stay away from the area for their own personal safety. "The temporary restraining order issued today by U.S. District Court Judge Marsha J. Pechman prevents the University of Washington from charging what we believe is a reasonable fee toward the amount of security necessary to maintain a safe environment for an event, until a final ruling is made by the court. The UW will comply with the terms of the temporary restraining order, but this legal process is ongoing and we will continue to advocate for charging reasonable security fees to campus groups based on objective criteria," UW spokesperson Victor Balta said in a released statement. "Regardless of the court ruling, the safety our campus community is of utmost importance and security at Saturday’s event will be provided as planned by both UWPD and Seattle police." In January 2017, one person was shot and injured when violent protests broke out in Red Square outside an event where former Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopolous was speaking. In a statement, a UW spokesperson said, "...we will continue to advocate for charging reasonable security fees to campus groups based on objective criteria."
  6. A man in the United States illegally was convicted Friday of killing two Northern California deputies in a case that helped fuel the national immigration debate. Luis Bracamontes was found guilty of shooting Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver in 2014, then killing Placer County sheriff's Det. Michael Davis Jr. hours later. "Yay," he said softly after first verdict read, looking at the victims' families and jurors with slight smile. "I'm going to kill more cops soon," Bracamontes said as he was led away. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Bracamontes, who has repeatedly blurted out in court that he killed the deputies and wished he had killed more. The penalty phase of his trial starts March 5. Defense attorneys argued that Bracamontes is mentally ill and was high on methamphetamine during the shootings and should be spared. A judge found Bracamontes competent to stand trial and he refused to plea not guilty by reason of insanity. Bracamontes is a Mexican citizen who repeatedly entered the United States illegally. President Trump's reelection campaign aired a 30-second ad last month featuring Bracamontes and accusing Democrats of being "complicit" in the slayings of law enforcement officers by people in the U.S. illegally. It was released on the anniversary of Trump's inauguration amid a government shutdown sparked by Democrats' refusal to support a spending plan unless Republicans agreed to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Public defenders Jeffrey Barbour and Norm Dawson argued unsuccessfully that anti-immigrant sentiment prompted by Trump made it unlikely that Bracamontes could get a fair trial. A separate jury is considering whether Bracamontes' wife, Janelle Monroy, an American citizen, should be convicted of murder. She has contended that she was a victim of her abusive and paranoid husband who frequently used meth, marijuana and alcohol during a meandering journey across several western states, from their home in Utah to Sacramento. Investigators said he shot Oliver outside a Sacramento motel on Oct. 24, 2014, triggering a manhunt and chase that lasted hours and spanned 30 miles. Authorities say it ended after he shot Davis and surrendered following a lengthy standoff. Bracamontes has shouted in court that he is guilty and asked to be put to death. He has threatened to kill his defense attorneys and more deputies, and once had to be restrained after the judge ruled that he can't fire his lawyers.
  9. World markets are tanking

    Hey RIR, sorry it took so long to get back to you. Eh, not necessarily chasing, but I do look for stocks where the dividend is safe from a cut and the stock price has potential to grow. Centurylink is stock I've watched for a while, but always shy away. Huge yield. However, in the past, they've cut the dividend. Also, the stock has projected down over the last few years. Despite the downward track, the company is still maintaining the current dividend.