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¿Luz roja contra el Libro Verde?

 
  
  • ¿Luz roja contra el Libro Verde?
     
 
 
Raúl Pérez Peña (BACHO)
lasmanaclas@gmail.com

Un legislador recalcitrante pretende frenar la historia amenazando a quienes promueven la firma del Libro Verde, chispazo de sentimientos contra la ignominia morada, en general y en quienes no pueden llegar a movilizaciones  masivas.  

Telón arriba:  aparecen jefes militares creídos pontífices beligerantes para hablar del acontecer, mientras pregonan impedimento a soldados y clases.  

Telón arriba: aparece Vitico nombrado asesor Presidencial,mientras atribuyen el decreto al propósito de utilizarlo para “lavar” la imagen palaciega. Misión imposible.

La represión y aterrorizar eran recursos faltantes al PLD-gobierno, que ya supera al trujillato y al balaguerato en cantidad de funcionarios corrompidos.

Telón arriba: aparece en múltiples continentes el Libro Verde facilitando expresarse a dominicanos ansiosos. ¿Se justifica la luz roja?

Telón arriba: aparece en auge el Libro Verde en lejanos rincones desde Cabo Engaño hasta la frontera, fenómeno al que la cúpula morada teme “como el diablo a la cruz”.  Privar del Libro Verde a esa gente distanciada de ciudades sería antidemocrático por definición.

 

La marcha verde puso a la defensiva la “hegemonía morada” que amenazaba “seguir a caballo” hasta 2044.

Firmar el Libro Verde es la mínima decisión individual, de íntimo sentimiento ciudadano expandida como pólvora.

Yo, dominicano por derecho y pasión, doy fe y testimonio carecer de calidad personal para encender una luz roja que congele el libro verde.

Considerar negativo prolongar las oleadas del Libro Verde, significaría cortar las alas a esa iniciativa que refuta el embuste del 62%, creado por Joao Santana durante el maratón mediático de papeletas emanadas de Odebrecht.

Sigo postulando por la meta mínima del millón de firmas en las páginas del Libro Verde, y que los ejemplares firmados sean depositados en el Archivo General de la NaciónAGN),   porque testimonian un acontecimiento nacional que YA hizo historia.

Aunque el AGN no es invulnerable, ningún techo privado o público protege como dicha entidad, que recibiría el libro bajo una segunda Acta Notarial, luego de levantarse la primera con la cuantificación de las firmas en el parque Independencia.

Por último, ¿luego de la misión de fiscales aprobada en Brasil, continuarán clamando aquí que venga la ONU? 

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18 febrero 2017 6 18 /02 /febrero /2017 22:20

TRAGEDIAS

Asesinato de locutores en San Pedro: otro caso de dinero manchado con sangre

EL ASESINATO DE JUAN DE LOS SANTOS Y EL SUICIDIO DE UN INGENIERO EN LA OISOE SON LOS MÁS RECIENTES

 
  
Yoranmi Santiago
Santo Domingo

Varias son las tragedias motivadas por deudas monetarias en las que familias, comunidades y gran parte del país se estremecen. En más de una ocasión, el dinero ha sido la causa de asesinatos y suicidios, en los que cada caso parece ser peor que el anterior.

La más reciente se vivió este martes en San Pedro de Macorís cuando José Rodríguez, de 59 años, mató de varios disparos al director de la emisora FM 103, Leo Martínez, y al locutor Luis Manuel Medina, cuando este último transmitía en vivo un programa radial.

Justo ayer el Consejo Estatal del Azúcar (CEA) admitió a los medios que Rodríguez, quien según las autoridades se suicidó la noche del miércoles al ser acorralado por agentes policiales, había pagado a esa institución 119 mil 500 pesos como adelanto por la compra de un terreno.

 

En este caso, la versión que se maneja es que Martínez habría servido de mediador entre el CEA y Rodríguez para la devolución del dinero que éste había pagado a la institución, debido a que el terreno fue vendido a alguien más.

Lo que pasó para que Rodríguez tomara la decisión de ir hasta la emisora y disparar  contra los dos locutores y la secretaria que se encontraba en el lugar, es algo que hasta el momento se desconoce.


Juan de los Santos

En un hecho igual de lamentable y también desencadenado por una deuda fue asesinado el alcalde de Santo Domingo Este, Juan de los Santos “Juancito Sport” en el 2015. 

El 15 de diciembre de ese año Luis Esmerlin Féliz Féliz, técnico de acondicionadores de aire y amigo del alcalde y su familia, irrumpió en la oficina del edil, en la Federación Dominicana de Municipios (Fedomu), y asesinó a tiros a De los Santos y a su guardaespaldas, Archie de Jesús Medina.

La versión conocida en este caso es que un embargo, producto de una deuda de cinco millones de pesos que tenía Féliz Féliz con el hermano de Juan de los Santos, fue lo que lo motivó a asesinar a los dos hombres y luego suicidarse.

Supuestamente Richard de los Santos, vendió a una persona identificada como Viterbo Catalino Pérez una deuda que Féliz Féliz mantenía con él producto de la adquisición de un vehículo; monto que inicialmente fue de dos millones de pesos y los intereses elevaron a los cinco millones.

El comprador de la deuda decidió embargar los bienes del deudor desencadenando así la ira de Féliz Féliz. 

 


Caso OISOE

En septiembre de 2015 el ingeniero David Rodríguez García, de 40 años de edad, se suicidó en un baño de la Oficina de Ingenieros Supervisores de Obras del Estado (OISOE), al verse acorralado por una supuesta mafia que operaba dentro de la institución gubernamental.

El ingeniero, que había conseguido una licitación para construir un plantel escolar, tenía en uno de sus bolsillos un papel en el que denunciaba los chantajes de que estaba siendo objeto por parte de Joel Soriano De Los Santos y Alejandro De Los Santos Serrano, empleado y exempleado de la OISOE.

Según informó la OISOE, el día en que se suicidó Rodríguez García la institución le  transfirió a su cuenta bancaria RD$6,652,768.38, correspondientes a la última cubicación de la obra que tenía. El valor total de la obra fue de RD$21,444,781.64.

Tras el suicidio, se iniciaron investigaciones por parte de la Procuraduría Especializada en Persecución de la Corrupción Pública (PEPCA) y guardan prisión preventiva Joel Soriano Fabián, Alejandro Isidoro de los Santos y  Julio Rafael Pérez Alejo. Por el caso también está imputado Juan Ernesto Romero Pérez.

Estos casos han sido los más impactantes de los últimos dos años, y el de San Pedro de Macorís, que aún no está esclarecido del todo, junto con el de la OISOE, involucran instituciones del Estado.

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Corripio dice que será honesto el informe de la comisión de Punta Catalina

ADVIRTIÓ QUE EL VOCERO DE LA COMISIÓN ES MONSEÑOR AGRIPINO NÚÑEZ COLLADO

 
  
  • Corripio dice que será honesto el informe de la comisión de Punta Catalina
     
 
 
Leoncio Peralta
Santiago

El empresario Jose Luis Corripio Estrada (Pepín) dijo ayer que el informe que rendirá la comisión que investiga el contrato de Punta Catalina será veraz, honesto y creíble para la sociedad dominicana y el presidente Danilo Medina.

Corripio, tras advertir que el vocero de la comisión es monseñor Agripino Núñez Collado, explicó que ese organismo trabaja de forma intensa para cumplir la responsabilidad asignada y ofrecer un informe lo más confiable posible.

Además, indicó que él no tiene conflictos de intereses en ese caso y que por ello participa y opina, porque su único interés es ayudar a que las cosas queden lo más claras posibles con relación a Punta Catalina.

Conferencia

El empresario fue el orador invitado al Desayuno Conferencia Empresarial “Manuel Arsenio Ureña”, organizado por la Fundación Arquidiocesana Santiago Apóstol, con el tema “Experiencias Personales y Empresariales”.

En su intervención, Corripio Estrada indicó que es correcto buscar el éxito económico, pero no aferrarse al mismo, y que se debe vivir con austeridad y buscando, en la medida de lo posible, la solidaridad con los más necesitados.

Exhortó a la juventud a saber que son muchas las opciones para el éxito y no solamente la económica, el cual puede ser social, intelectual y sobre todo el más importante que es el familiar.

 

Dijo que ni la pobreza ni la riqueza son virtudes, sino que todo depende como se manejen y narró muchas experiencias personales en materia de trabajo y el uso racional de los recursos para lograr solvencia económica.

La invocación del acto estuvo a cargo del arzobispo, Freddy Bretón y las palabras de bienvenida fueron del director de finanzas, Juan Manuel Ureña, hijo del fundador de esa institución, el fenecido empresario Manuel Arsenio Ureña.

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18 febrero 2017 6 18 /02 /febrero /2017 22:08

Tom Jones and Priscilla Presley have always had an attraction to each other, says crooning pal Tony Christie

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The world is all shook up by Tom Jones dating Priscilla Presley but a showbiz pal of the ­singer is not surprised.

Crooner Tony Christie, 73, ­reckons Sir Tom and Elvis Presley ’s ex-wife have always had an attraction to each other.

And the (Is This The Way To) Amarillo singer could not be more delighted by the romance.

Tony and his wife Sue – who were at the West End show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – suspected the Welsh legend and the US ­actress would be a great match.

Sue told Sunday People : “I think they had a spark and had known each other for years. We’ve had friends who have got together later on in life.

“It’s really lovely, you should have somebody in your old age.”

Credits: Keystone Press Agency© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Keystone Press Agency Tony added: “It’s great.” The singer, who performed in an Elvis tribute in London’s Hyde Park a few years ago, recalled: “Priscilla was there and I sang Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.

“She tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘That was Elvis and my favourite song’.”

Sir Tom, 76, and Priscilla, 71, caused a stir last month when they pulled up in a Rolls-Royce for dinner at a Hollywood restaurant.

Onlookers were delighted to see the now silver-haired Sex Bomb singer step out of the car wearing blue suede shoes, the title of an early Elvis hit.

Sir Tom, whose wife of 59 years, Linda, died in April, has been on a string of dates with Priscilla.

Credits: Evening Gazette© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Evening Gazette He became friends with Elvis in the mid-60s after a meeting in Los Angeles. Earlier this week, Sir Tom said: “We have been friends for a long time. She’s a lovely lady. We do enjoy our nights out together.”

Priscilla has had a successful acting career with starring roles in the Naked Gun films and the TV soap Dallas. She was married to Elvis in 1967. They had ­daughter Lisa Marie, now 49, in 1968 but the ­marriage ended in ­divorce in 1973.

Four years later Elvis, one of the best-selling solo artists of all time, was found slumped in a bathroom of his Memphis ­mansion after a heart ­attack and pronounced dead at ­hospital aged just 42. Priscilla never remarried but went on to have a relationship with US businessman Marco Garibaldi, the father of her ­musician son Navarone, 29.

Voice UK coach Sir Tom, whose hits include It’s Not Unusual and Delilah, married childhood ­sweetheart Linda in 1957 when they were both 16.

They remained wed until her death despite Sir Tom’s ­numerous infidelities. He admitted sleeping with up to 250 women a year at the height of his fame.

Credits: Rex Features© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Rex Features He had a two-year fling with Mary Wilson of The Supremes. But when Linda was about to discover his ­affair with then Miss World Marjorie Wallace, he broke up with the beauty queen.

Sir Tom said of his love for Linda: “It was solid. We had a solid marriage that ­nothing could shake and we both felt that.

“I felt very lucky to have fallen in love early. We were teenagers, we fell in love, not just in lust.”

Meanwhile Tony joked the secret to his 48-year marriage to Sue was because: “I keep my mouth shut”.

She said: “We have been ­together 50 years and married for 49 years in two weeks.

“We never get bored of each other, he makes me laugh and he makes me cross. It’s lovely. We have the music and it brings back all these wonderful memories.”

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© REUTERS/Carlos Barria A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide three cases in coming months that could help or hinder (thwart, Hold back, Delay, Deter) President Donald Trump's efforts to ramp up (An increase in activity) border security and accelerate deportations of those in the country illegally.

The three cases, which reached the court before Democratic President Barack Obama left office, all deal broadly with the degree to which non-citizens can assert (declare or state) rights under the U.S. Constitution. They come at a time when the court is one justice short and divided along ideological lines, with four conservatives and four liberals.

The justices will issue rulings before the end of June against the backdrop of high-profile litigation challenging the lawfulness of Trump's controversial travel ban on people traveling from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

The most pertinent (Relevant or important) (of the three cases in terms of Republican Trump administration priorities involves whether immigrants in custody for deportation proceedings have the right to a hearing to request their release when their cases are not promptly adjudicated (give a ruling, Arbitrate, and pass judgment)

The long-running class action litigation, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of thousands of immigrants detained for more than six months, includes both immigrants apprehended at the border when seeking illegal entry into the United States and legal permanent residents in deportation proceedings because they were convicted of crimes. The case also could affect long-term U.S. residents who entered the country illegally and have subsequently been detained.

The Trump administration has said it wants to end the release of immigrants facing deportation and speed up the process for ejecting them from the country. A decision in the case requiring additional court hearings could have very direct implications for the administration's plans, said ACLU lawyer Ahilan Arulananthan, especially since immigration courts currently have a backlog of more than 500,000cases.

The ACLU estimates that up to 8,000 immigrants nationwide at any given time have been held for at least six months. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official was unable to immediately confirm data on length of detention but said that in fiscal year 2016, the average daily count of detainees was just under 35,000.

"If Trump wants to put more people in deportation but does not increase the number of immigration judges, then people are going to have to wait longer and longer to get a hearing," said Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell Law School.

The Trump administration has pledged to sharply curtail illegal immigration, with initiatives such as building a wall along the U.S-Mexican border and hiring thousands of federal agents to police the border and arrest and deport immigrants who live in the United States but entered the country illegally. Trump has also threatened to withhold federal funding from so-called "sanctuary cities" that offer protections to immigrants who could face deportation.

CROSS-BORDER SHOOTING

The other immigration cases to be decided concern whether U.S. government officials can be sued over mistreatment of non-citizens in two separate contexts.

One will decide whether the family of 15-year-old Mexican teenager Sergio Hernandez, who was killed while on Mexican soil by a U.S. agent firing from across the border in Texas, can sue under the U.S. Constitution.

It is a scenario that the lawyers for Hernandez's family say could become more frequent if the Trump administration acts on its proposal to increase the number of border guards by 5,000, raising the prospect of similar confrontations. The court hears arguments in that case on Feb. 21.

The second is a civil lawsuit brought by immigrants, mainly Muslims, who were detained in New York after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and claim they were mistreated.

The group of Muslim, Arab and South Asian non-U.S. citizens say they were held as terrorism suspects based on race, religion, ethnicity and immigration status and abused in detention before being deported.

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Etats-Unis de ne « pas interférer » dans sa politique

La chef de la diplomatie de l’UE, Federica Mogherini, boucle sa première visite à Washington depuis l’arrivée de l’administration Trump.

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Federica Mogherini rencontre le secrétaire d’Etat américain Rex Tillerson, le 9 février à Washington.
Federica Mogherini rencontre le secrétaire d’Etat américain Rex Tillerson, le 9 février à Washington. ALEX WONG / AFP

Après des propos laudateurs du président américain Donald Trump sur le Brexit, la chef de la diplomatie de l’Union européenne (UE), Federica Mogherini, a mis en garde, vendredi 10 février, l’administration de Donald Trump contre toute « interférence » dans la politique de l’UE.

« Nous n’interférons pas dans la politique des Etats-Unis (...) Et les Européens comptent sur le fait que l’Amérique n’interfère pas dans la politique européenne », a prévenu Mme Mogherini, qui boucle sa première visite à Washington depuis l’arrivée de l’administration Trump, perçue comme isolationniste, nationaliste et moins attachée aux liens transatlantiques que celle de Barack Obama.

Lire aussi :   L’Europe désarçonnée par Trump

La diplomate européenne était notamment interrogée sur la volonté prêtée au site d’informations américain Breitbart, proche de l’extrême droite et anciennement dirigé par le conseiller du président Trump, Steve Bannon, d’influencer les élections cette année en France et en Allemagne.

L’UE, « toujours à 28 et à 28 pour encore plusieurs mois »

« Je crois que l’unité de l’Union européenne est plus manifeste aujourd’hui qu’elle ne l’était il y a quelques mois et cela doit être clairement compris ici », a-t-elle encore averti, après avoir vu jeudi le secrétaire d’Etat américain, Rex Tillerson, et les conseillers du nouveau président, Michael Flynn et Jared Kushner.

Mme Mogherini a encore exhorté la nouvelle administration américaine à « respecter l’Union européenne, qui n’est pas seulement une institution mais une Union de 28 Etats membres, toujours à 28 et à 28 pour encore plusieurs mois », en allusion à la sortie programmée du Royaume-Uni.

Lire aussi :   A Malte, l’Europe choisit la prudence face aux éclats de Donald Trump

Fin janvier, le président Trump avait estimé, aux côtés de la première ministre britannique Theresa May, que le Brexit était « une chose merveilleuse » et il avait vanté la « relation spéciale » entre Washington et Londres.

« Huit mois après le référendum au Royaume-Uni, nous n’avons même pas été notifiés du début de la négociation. Si bien que le Royaume-Uni restera membre de l’Union européenne pendant encore au moins deux ans (...) et ne sera pas en mesure de négocier un traité commercial avec un pays tiers », a souligné Mme Mogherini.


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Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss

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From left, Abdulmajeed and his wife, Baraa, Syrian refugees, were greeted by her father at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Tuesday. They were allowed to enter the country after a federal judge blocked key parts of President Trump’s immigration ban. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals panel on Thursday unanimously rejected President Trump’s bid to reinstate his ban on travel into the United States from seven largely Muslim nations, a sweeping rebuke of the administration’s claim that the courts have no role as a check on the president.

The three-judge panel, suggesting that the ban did not advance national security, said the administration had shown “no evidence” that anyone from the seven nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — had committed terrorist acts in the United States.

The ruling also rejected Mr. Trump’s claim that courts are powerless to review a president’s national security assessments. Judges have a crucial role to play in a constitutional democracy, the court said.

“It is beyond question,” the decision said, “that the federal judiciary retains the authority to adjudicate constitutional challenges to executive action.”

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The decision was handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco. It upheld a ruling last Friday by a federal district judge, James L. Robart, who blocked key parts of the travel ban, allowing thousands of foreigners to enter the country.

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The appeals court acknowledged that Mr. Trump was owed deference on his immigration and national security policies. But it said he was claiming something more — that “national security concerns are unreviewable, even if those actions potentially contravene constitutional rights and protections.”

Within minutes of the ruling, Mr. Trump angrily vowed to fight it, presumably in an appeal to the Supreme Court.

“SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.

At the White House, the president told reporters that the ruling was “a political decision” and predicted that his administration would win an appeal “in my opinion, very easily.” He said he had not yet conferred with his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on the matter.

The Supreme Court remains short-handed and could deadlock. A 4-to-4 tie there would leave the appeals court’s ruling in place. The administration has moved fast in the case so far, and it is likely to file an emergency application to the Supreme Court in a day or two. The court typically asks for a prompt response from the other side, and it could rule soon after it received one. A decision next week, either to reinstate the ban or to continue to block it, is possible.

 
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Joyous Reunions as Travel Ban Is Lifted

Approved refugees and visa holders from the seven countries listed in President Trump’s immigration order were able to enter the country after judges suspended the move.

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The travel ban, one of the first executive orders Mr. Trump issued after taking office, suspended worldwide refugee entry into the United States. It also barred visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations for up to 90 days to give federal security agencies time to impose stricter vetting processes.

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Ninth Circuit’s Decision on Trump’s Travel Ban

Read the text of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refusal to reinstate President Trump's travel ban.

Immediately after it was issued, the ban spurred chaos at airports and protests nationwide as foreign travelers found themselves stranded at immigration checkpoints by a policy that critics derided as un-American. The State Department said up to 60,000 foreigners’ visas were canceled in the days immediately after the ban was imposed.

The World Relief Corporation, one of the agencies that resettles refugees in the United States, called the ruling “fabulous news” for 275 newcomers who are scheduled to arrive in the next week, many of whom will be reunited with family.

“We have families that have been separated for years by terror, war and persecution,” said Scott Arbeiter, the president of the organization, which will arrange for housing and jobs for the refugees in cities including Seattle; Spokane, Wash.; and Sacramento.

“Some family members had already been vetted and cleared and were standing with tickets, and were then told they couldn’t travel,” Mr. Arbeiter said. “So the hope of reunification was crushed, and now they will be admitted.”

Several Democrats said they hoped the appeals court ruling would cow Mr. Trump into rescinding the ban. Representative Karen Bass, Democrat of California, said in a statement that the ban “is rooted in bigotry and, most importantly, it’s illegal.”

 
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Washington Attorney General Applauds Decision

Bob Ferguson, the attorney general of Washington State, said the rebuke of Donald J. Trump’s travel ban by a federal appeals court panel was a "complete victory."

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“We will not stop,” Ms. Bass said.

But some Republicans cast aspersions on the Ninth Circuit’s decision and predicted that it would not withstand a challenge in the Supreme Court.

“Courts ought not second-guess sensitive national security decisions of the president,” Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, said in a statement.

“This misguided ruling is from the Ninth Circuit, the most notoriously left-wing court in America, and the most-reversed court at the Supreme Court,” he said. “I’m confident the administration’s position will ultimately prevail.”

Trial judges nationwide have blocked aspects of Mr. Trump’s executive order, but no other case has yet reached an appeals court. The case in front of Judge Robart, in Seattle, was filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota and is still at an early stage. The appeals court order issued Thursday ruled only on the narrow question of whether to stay a lower court’s temporary restraining order blocking the travel ban.

The appeals court said the government had not justified suspending travel from the seven countries. “The government has pointed to no evidence,” the decision said, “that any alien from any of the countries named in the order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States.”

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The activist Michael Petrelis outside of the Ninth United States Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday after the ruling was announced. Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times

The three members of the panel were Judge Michelle T. Friedland, appointed by President Barack Obama; Judge William C. Canby Jr., appointed by President Jimmy Carter; and Judge Richard R. Clifton, appointed by President George W. Bush.

They said the states were likely to succeed at the end of the day because Mr. Trump’s order appeared to violate the due process rights of lawful permanent residents, people holding visas and refugees.

The court said the administration’s legal position in the case had been a moving target. It noted that Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, had issued “authoritative guidance” several days after the executive order came out, saying it did not apply to lawful permanent residents. But the court said that “we cannot rely” on that statement.

“The White House counsel is not the president,” the decision said, “and he is not known to be in the chain of command for any of the executive departments.“ It also mentioned “the government’s shifting interpretations” of the executive order.

In its briefs and in the arguments before the panel on Tuesday, the Justice Department’s position evolved. As the case progressed, the administration offered a backup plea for at least a partial victory.

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Trump’s Immigration Ban: Who Is Barred and Who Is Not

A wide array of people are affected by President Trump’s order.

At most, a Justice Department brief said, “previously admitted aliens who are temporarily abroad now or who wish to travel and return to the United States in the future” should be allowed to enter the country despite the ban.

The appeals court ultimately rejected that request, however, saying that people in the United States without authorization have due process rights, as do citizens with relatives who wish to travel to the United States.

The court discussed, but did not decide, whether the executive order violated the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion by disfavoring Muslims.

It noted that the states challenging the executive order “have offered evidence of numerous statements by the president about his intent to implement a ‘Muslim ban.’” And it said, rejecting another administration argument, that it was free to consider evidence about the motivation behind laws that draw seemingly neutral distinctions.

But the court said it would defer a decision on the question of religious discrimination.

“The political branches are far better equipped to make appropriate distinctions,” the decision said. “For now, it is enough for us to conclude that the government has failed to establish that it will likely succeed on its due process argument in this appeal.”

The court also acknowledged “the massive attention this case has garnered at even the most preliminary stages.”

“On the one hand, the public has a powerful interest in national security and in the ability of an elected president to enact policies,” the decision said. “And on the other, the public also has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in freedom from discrimination.”

“These competing public interests,” the court said, “do not justify a stay.”

The court ruling did not affect one part of the executive order: the cap of 50,000 refugees to be admitted in the 2017 fiscal year. That is down from the 110,000 ceiling put in place under President Barack Obama. The order also directed the secretary of state and the secretary of homeland security to prioritize refugee claims made by persecuted members of religious minorities.

As of Thursday, that means the United States will be allowed to accept only about 16,000 more refugees this fiscal year. Since Oct. 1, the start of the fiscal year, 33,929 refugees have been admitted, 5,179 of them Syrians.

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How New York City Gets Its Electricity

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When you turn on a light or charge your phone, the electricity coming from the outlet may well have traveled hundreds of miles across the power grid that blankets most of North America — the world’s largest machine, and one of its most eccentric.

Your household power may have been generated by Niagara Falls, or by a natural-gas-fired plant on a barge floating off the Brooklyn shore. But the kilowatt-hour produced down the block probably costs more than the one produced at the Canadian border.

Moreover, a surprising portion of the system is idle except for the hottest days of the year, when already bottlenecked transmission lines into the New York City area reach their physical limit.

“We have a system which is energy-inefficient because it was never designed to be efficient,” said Richard L. Kauffman, the state’s so-called energy czar, who is leading its plans to reimagine the power grid.

It’s like a mainframe computer in the age of cloud computing, Mr. Kauffman added, and with climate change, the state has to “rethink that basic architecture.”

But how does it work now?

Cranking Out Power

In 1882, heaps of black coal were hauled by horse-drawn wagons to the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of New York’s powerhouse on Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan, where “jumbo” steam-powered engines (named after P. T. Barnum’s elephant) spun generators. These created electricity, which traveled to homes and businesses within about one square mile, illuminating drawing rooms without the use of a match for the first time.

A few years later, a hydroelectric station on the Niagara River using Nikola Tesla’s designs and equipment supplied by George Westinghouse helped turn Buffalo into an industrial force.

Today hundreds of plants, mostly privately owned, pump out power. Each one varies in its cost to build and operate, how much power it can produce, how quickly and how efficiently. Unlike other states, which do not have access to such a diversity of resources, New York has a full menu of options.

Coal, the original fuel, is on the way out. The state has announced plans to close the remaining plants or convert them to natural gas, which is currently cheap and plentiful.

In 2015, 64 plants that use natural gas produced almost half the electricity in the state, said the New York Independent System Operator, a nonprofit that runs the state’s grid and power markets.

Four nuclear plants accounted for about a third of it. Though disposing of nuclear waste remains a concern, the state wants to subsidize nuclear plants upstate because of the steady, carbon-free power they provide. But Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s recent decision to force the closing of the Indian Point power plant in suburban Westchester County has raised questions about the state’s ability to meet its clean energy goals and how it will make up for the energy the plant provides.

In New York there are 180 hydroelectric facilities, which produced 19 percent of the state’s electricity, and which remain crucial to clean power production.

By 2030, Mr. Cuomo wants half of the electricity consumed in the state to come from renewable sources produced here or imported from places like Canada and New England.

According to the latest figures, less than a quarter of the electric energy produced in New York came from renewables.

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While there are tens of thousands of residential and commercial solar energy systems, only one utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plant is included in the Nyiso’s estimates of solar production.

Large-scale wind has had more success, and the state is pushing for more; about 30 wind farms are planned upstate. And the state recently approved the nation’s largest offshore wind farm, which could power 50,000 homes on Long Island by the end of 2022. A second site near the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens is in the works but is years away.

The cost of building wind and solar plants has fallen, but these power sources are intermittent. Until more storage is plugged into the grid, like batteries or pumped hydro plants, which pump water into reservoirs to store power for later use, other generators must be available to supplement solar and wind power.

A standard part of the electric arsenal are generators called “peakers,” which are needed to keep the grid reliable but might run only a few days a year. New York City has about 16 such plants, mostly around the waterfront, which spring into action on the hottest days of the year or if transmission lines or power plants upstate malfunction. Some sit on barges, and all are designed to switch on quickly. The trade-off for the rapid response is usually higher costs and carbon emissions.

As a result, customers pay for plants and wires that “a lot of the time are hardly used,” said Mr. Kauffman, the energy czar.

The entire system was designed to meet demand extremes and handle the worst-case situation.

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How New York City Gets Its Electricity

 
Thoka Maer

When you turn on a light or charge your phone, the electricity coming from the outlet may well have traveled hundreds of miles across the power grid that blankets most of North America — the world’s largest machine, and one of its most eccentric.

Your household power may have been generated by Niagara Falls, or by a natural-gas-fired plant on a barge floating off the Brooklyn shore. But the kilowatt-hour produced down the block probably costs more than the one produced at the Canadian border.

Moreover, a surprising portion of the system is idle except for the hottest days of the year, when already bottlenecked transmission lines into the New York City area reach their physical limit.

“We have a system which is energy-inefficient because it was never designed to be efficient,” said Richard L. Kauffman, the state’s so-called energy czar, who is leading its plans to reimagine the power grid.

It’s like a mainframe computer in the age of cloud computing, Mr. Kauffman added, and with climate change, the state has to “rethink that basic architecture.”

But how does it work now?

Cranking Out Power

In 1882, heaps of black coal were hauled by horse-drawn wagons to the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of New York’s powerhouse on Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan, where “jumbo” steam-powered engines (named after P. T. Barnum’s elephant) spun generators. These created electricity, which traveled to homes and businesses within about one square mile, illuminating drawing rooms without the use of a match for the first time.

A few years later, a hydroelectric station on the Niagara River using Nikola Tesla’s designs and equipment supplied by George Westinghouse helped turn Buffalo into an industrial force.

Today hundreds of plants, mostly privately owned, pump out power. Each one varies in its cost to build and operate, how much power it can produce, how quickly and how efficiently. Unlike other states, which do not have access to such a diversity of resources, New York has a full menu of options.

Coal, the original fuel, is on the way out. The state has announced plans to close the remaining plants or convert them to natural gas, which is currently cheap and plentiful.

In 2015, 64 plants that use natural gas produced almost half the electricity in the state, said the New York Independent System Operator, a nonprofit that runs the state’s grid and power markets.

Four nuclear plants accounted for about a third of it. Though disposing of nuclear waste remains a concern, the state wants to subsidize nuclear plants upstate because of the steady, carbon-free power they provide. But Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s recent decision to force the closing of the Indian Point power plant in suburban Westchester County has raised questions about the state’s ability to meet its clean energy goals and how it will make up for the energy the plant provides.

In New York there are 180 hydroelectric facilities, which produced 19 percent of the state’s electricity, and which remain crucial to clean power production.

By 2030, Mr. Cuomo wants half of the electricity consumed in the state to come from renewable sources produced here or imported from places like Canada and New England.

According to the latest figures, less than a quarter of the electric energy produced in New York came from renewables.

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While there are tens of thousands of residential and commercial solar energy systems, only one utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plant is included in the Nyiso’s estimates of solar production.

Large-scale wind has had more success, and the state is pushing for more; about 30 wind farms are planned upstate. And the state recently approved the nation’s largest offshore wind farm, which could power 50,000 homes on Long Island by the end of 2022. A second site near the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens is in the works but is years away.

The cost of building wind and solar plants has fallen, but these power sources are intermittent. Until more storage is plugged into the grid, like batteries or pumped hydro plants, which pump water into reservoirs to store power for later use, other generators must be available to supplement solar and wind power.

A standard part of the electric arsenal are generators called “peakers,” which are needed to keep the grid reliable but might run only a few days a year. New York City has about 16 such plants, mostly around the waterfront, which spring into action on the hottest days of the year or if transmission lines or power plants upstate malfunction. Some sit on barges, and all are designed to switch on quickly. The trade-off for the rapid response is usually higher costs and carbon emissions.

As a result, customers pay for plants and wires that “a lot of the time are hardly used,” said Mr. Kauffman, the energy czar.

The entire system was designed to meet demand extremes and handle the worst-case situation.

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