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Court ruling puts Trump in all-caps mode

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President Donald Trump went into all-caps mode on Twitter. (Bigstock Illustration / Doddis)

President Donald Trump wasn’t the only one hitting the all-caps key after word got out that a federal appeals court refused to reinstate his executive order on an immigration crackdown.

“SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Trump wrote on Twitter, just minutes after the ruling was released.

A bit later, he told reporters at the White House that the decision was “political.”

“This is just a decision that came down, but we’re going to win the case,” the president said.

Twitterers on both sides of the issue joined the fray.

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Tesla and SpaceX back immigration battle

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Elon Musk (left), the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, listens to President Donald Trump during a White House meeting. Corning CEO Wendell Weeks sits in the middle. (White House via YouTube)

If you can join them, you can try beating them, too. Today SpaceX and Tesla signed on to the legal fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, even though the companies’ billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, is a member of Trump’s business advisory council.

SpaceX and Tesla are among 31 additional tech companies joining a friend-of-the-court brief that was filed by nearly 100 companies overnight.

The brief supports a challenge to Trump’s executive order on immigration – a challenge that’s being led by Washington state. The challengers won an initial victory on Feb. 3 when a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order to force a suspension of the president’s immigration ban.

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Elon Musk stirs up an epic political tweetstorm

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Nobody does a tweetstorm like Elon Musk. (SpaceX via YouTube)

Tech wizard Elon Musk’s fans hang on his every word when he tweets about the next SpaceX launch, or about the next Tesla electric car – or, it turns out, about President Donald Trump and America’s legal system.

That was the subject of a tweetstorm this morning, coming in the wake of the past few days’ developments over President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown. A federal judge in Seattle issued a reprieve from that crackdown on Feb. 3, in the form of a temporary restraining order, and this weekend an appeals court rejected the Trump administration’s plea to reinstate the ban immediately.

The almost dizzying back-and-forth caught Musk’s attention, and not just because he happens to be an immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in South Africa and also acquired a Canadian passport. Musk is a member of Trump’s advisory council, and in fact participated in a Feb. 3 discussion of immigration policy at the White House.

His status as a Trump adviser has generated some pushback from his fans, and today’s tweets touched on the reasons why he’s remaining on the council even though he disagrees with the president’s views on immigration. Here’s an effort to untangle the Twitter threads that the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla spun with his followers today.

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Elon Musk sees ‘progress’ on immigration policy

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Elon Musk. (SpaceX Photo)

By Alan Boyle and Jillian Stampher

Billionaire techie Elon Musk is staying on President Donald Trump’s business advisory council, even after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down due to widespread criticism of the president’s immigration ban.

Today, Musk had a chance to air his concerns at the White House – and said afterward that he thinks “there will be progress on this matter” beyond what’s happening in court.

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Next attorney general could harsh pot’s buzz

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Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., testifies during his Senate confirmation hearing (C-Span via Video)

Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions faced a wide range of questions during today’s Senate hearing on his confirmation as attorney general, including a few that point to potential pressure points in Washington state and other parts of Cascadia.

We’ll focus on three of them here: marijuana, immigration issues and cybersecurity issues.

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