In today’s Buzz Austin, Texas becomes the front lines for the war on sanctuary cities, the White House changes its tune on Israel, Trump gets set to order a review of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations, and we end the week with a fun video.

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What I’m Listening to – Car Seat Headrest

What I’m Reading – Lots of a baby books

What I’m Watching – Groundhog Day

What I Want to Know from You – How did you spend your last weekend before becoming a parent?


The ‘sanctuary city’ on the front line of the fight over Trump’s immigration policy  Last spring, Jim Rigby opened the doors of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church to Hilda Ramirez and her 10-year-old son, undocumented immigrants fleeing civil strife in Guatemala. He borrowed some furniture, set up bunk beds in the Sunday school teacher’s office — and trained church members to lock the doors and form a human shield if immigration officers come knocking.

Trump Embraces Pillars of Obama’s Foreign Policy  President Trump, after promising a radical break with the foreign policy of Barack Obama, is embracing some key pillars of the former administration’s strategy, including warning Israel to curb settlement construction, demanding that Russia withdraw from Crimea and threatening Iran with sanctions for ballistic missile tests.

Trump to order review of Dodd-Frank financial regulations, suspend retirement advisor rule  President Trump will take aim at financial regulations on Friday, ordering a review of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law that could lead to major changes and suspending a conflict-of-interest rule for retirement advisors before it goes into effect this spring, according to a senior administration official.




50 Nifty

AP FACT CHECK: Conway cites ‘massacre’ that didn’t happened A top aide to President Donald Trump has cited a 2011 “massacre” in Kentucky that never happened as a reason why the administration’s temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations is necessary.

How Cold Showers And Tough Mudders Can Make You Better At Your Job Purposefully making yourself uncomfortable can help you push beyond your limits and accomplish more.

City Council Finance Committee votes to divest from Wells Fargo  Hundreds of people gathered outside a City Council Finance Committee meeting Wednesday morning, to support Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s motion to divest from Wells Fargo, a major funder of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Gov. Kate Brown strengthens sanctuary law, asks AG to fight Trump’s travel ban The move comes nearly a week after President Donald Trump issued his own executive order banning most travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

Gov. Kate Brown strengthens sanctuary law, asks AG to fight Trump’s travel ban  The move comes nearly a week after President Donald Trump issued his own executive order banning most travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

Detroit River’s muddy bottom conceals cannons, cars, guns Centuries of Detroit history sit on Detroit River’s murky floor a few dozen feet below the surface

Is the Refugee Deal With Australia ‘Dumb’? Donald Trump’s reportedly tense conversation on Saturday about refugees with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is indicative of just how much the president wants to limit who’s allowed into the U.S.

What If Bike Paths Looked Like Subway Maps? CityLab readers: Sometimes you scare us. Not only are you intimidatingly smart, many of you are professional experts in the topics we try to cover. Others are self-taught aficionados in urban planning.

With Conflict And Drama, Trump Hooks You Like A Reality TV Show  President Trump says and does things in a similar way to what you see on reality TV, says Tom Forman. He would know, because he makes reality TV shows.

Seattle RFI Seeks Ideas for Providing Public Wi-Fi  The city of Seattle is officially inviting the private sector to bid on providing Wi-Fi to more citizens and public spaces, especially low-income areas.

Miami Website Redesign Puts Users First  The city of Miami has launched the first draft of a new website, one officials hope will be an aesthetic upgrade as well as an evolution of online municipal services it provides resident

Local Government Confidential

Report: City Council Members Have Been No-Shows for Ethics Training  Philadelphia City Council members aren’t attending the mandatory yearly ethics training sessions required by city law, according to an Inquirer report.

Five finalists selected for Reno city manager job  The Reno City Council is set to review a list of five finalists for the city manager position, left open when the council terminated embattled City Manager Andrew Clinger.

Cleveland, other local governments could get less state money under Gov. John Kasich’s budget  Some Ohio municipalities, including Cleveland, fear a funding distribution change proposed in Gov. John Kasich’s budget could lead to more cuts in their state aid.

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