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February 06, 2017

Daily News Roundup: ACLU Rallies Left With Front-Line Fight on Trump Actions

ACLU Seen as Leading Resistance to Trump, and Reaping Rewards: With its blunt criticism of President Trump and swift legal action against his ban on U.S. entry for people from seven Muslim-majority nations, the American Civil Liberties Union is raising record sums and energizing liberal activists in a way the Democratic Party has not, writes the Los Angeles Times. Read a Chronicle article on how the ACLU’s combative stance has drawn donors.

Trump Travel Order Leaves Resettlement Charity Reeling: The New York Times looks at how the president’s ban on refugees entering the country, now temporarily halted by court order, has upended work and raised the prospect of layoffs and budget cuts at the Church World Service’s office in Lancaster, Pa., a city that is home to thousands of refugees.

In other refugee news:

• Airbnb used a Super Bowl commercial featuring the hashtag #WeAccept to announce a $4 million contribution to the International Rescue Committee and a plan to provide short-term housing to 100,000 displaced people, reports USA Today.

• Republican state lawmakers in Arizona are pursuing legislation that would impose fines on charities that help place refugees in the state and hold any group financially liable if a refugee it assists is arrested, according to Capitol Media Services.

• Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, a Connecticut charity that helps resettle migrants, saw a sharp spike in registration and donations for its annual Run for Refugees fundraising event Sunday in New Haven, the Associated Press writes.

Read Chronicle stories about grant makers protesting the president's order and immigration charities ramping up fundraising.

Opinion: Relax Limits on Nonprofits’ Political Speech: Three Republican members of Congress argue in a Washington Post column for the Free Speech Fairness Act, legislation they are sponsoring that would roll back some provisions of the Johnson Amendment. President Trump has vowed to repeal the tax law that bars churches and other nonprofits from explicit politicking. Read a Chronicle column about the Johnson Amendment controversy.

Bad News Builds for Metropolitan Museum of Art: As the iconic New York institution battles a budget deficit and delays a ballyhooed expansion, internal tensions are growing over the leadership of CEO Thomas Campbell and the Met’s board, who critics contend have tried to do too much too fast in a time of uncertain resources, writes The New York Times.

Nonprofit Minn. Law Firm Emerges as Force on Gender Issues: Working out of a small office in St. Paul, Gender Justice has taken a leading role in what its lawyers call “impact litigation” on issues such as equity in health care and transgender rights, utilizing research on “implicit bias” to win influential rulings, writes the Star Tribune.