First Lady on the Cover of Vanity Fair Mexico
While our faithless leader was having a Trumpertantrum with Mexico, Vanity Fair Mexico tweeted their February cover featuring First Lady Melania.

Yep, that’s right. Fifty minutes after Trump negotiates our southern flank with the finesse of a sledgehammer, VFMx makes a twit of itself. Whether ill-timed or in seriously poor taste, the First Lady bore the brunt of the president’s feud.  Poor form, Vanity Fair. The photograph was borrowed from a GQ article published last April.

Calendar February 2017

  • January 31 @ 12pm: Senate consideration of nominee Elaine L. Chao for Secretary of Transportation to begin.
  • January 31 @ 8pm: Trump fills in the Tuesday Primetime slot by announcing his nominee to the Supreme Court.
  • February 10: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Trump have agreed to hold a summit in Washington, D.C. Trade #1 priority for both leaders. “If that particular country doesn’t treat us fairly, we send them a 30-day termination, notice of termination,” Trump declared recently. Could be a steely meet.
  • February 15: President Trump will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Top of the agenda will be security. Given Iran’s Sunday ballistic missile show of aggression, the PM may revisit additional sanctions.
  • February 21: Supreme Court to hear Hernandez v. Mesa. The case involves a 15 year-old Mexican citizen on Mexican soil who was shot dead by a border patrol agent on US soil in 2010. The agent contends Hernandez and others were throwing rocks. The parents sued the agent for damages and lost unanimously on Appeal because the teenager isn’t a US citizen and therefore is not granted due process or Fourth amendment rights. Question: Does the 4th Amendment apply to unjustified deadly force to a Mexican citizen? Does legal status of victim grant or deny immunity to the agent?
  • February 28: Trump accepts invitation from Speaker Paul Ryan to address joint session of congress in lieu of an inaugural-year address.

 

Today in History. 31 January 1865. On this day, our United States’ Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery. Once jumping the legislative hurdle, the Amendment was sent back to the states for ratification.

For the Amendment to become fully enforceable it needed approval by three-fourths of the thirty-six states. The first state to ratify the Amendment was Illinois on February 1st and the last of twenty-seven was Georgia, December 6th, 1865. Twelve days later, Secretary of State Seward certified the amendment as valid.

Funny thing about Mississippi. It wasn’t until 1995 that the southern slave state ratified the amendment to abolish slavery. Compounding insult to injury, again they missed a teensy detail. February 7, 2013, papers were finally filed with the US archivist marking the document legally binding and slavery officially ended.

Section 1.

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Passed by Congress January 31, 1865. Ratified December 6, 1865.

 

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