Tag: Social issues

Jobs Report: 211,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Rate Fell To 4.4%

In April, the U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to a new post-crisis low of 4.4%. This is the lowest unemployment rate since May 2007. Wages, which are closely tracked by the Federal Reserve, rose 0.3% month-on-month, as expected. The the annual increase in wages, however, disappointed with wages up just…

Trump Signs The Johnson Amendment Religious-Liberty Executive Order

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that loosens the restrictions on political activity for religious groups. “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied, or silenced anymore, and we will never ever stand for religious discrimination,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden. “No American should be forced…

Michael Slager To Plead Guilty To Feds On Walter Scott Killing

Michael Slager, the former South Carolina policeman who shot and killed a fleeing black motorist, will plead guilty in a federal civil-rights case, sources told The Post and Courier on Tuesday. The newspaper notes it is unclear to what charges Slager will plead regarding his fatal shooting of Walter Scott last year in North Charleston.…

Judge Blocks Sanctuary City Order – SEE YOU IN COURT TWEETS TRUMP

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Trump’s executive order that threatens to cut off federal funding for sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration orders by protecting undocumented immigrants. U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco ruled that the plaintiffs, San Francisco and Santa Clara County, would likely be able…

New Orleans Removes Confederate Statues

New Orleans started taking down the first of four prominent Confederate monuments in the city early Monday morning, at about 1:30 a.m. The city is the most recent Southern stronghold to remove symbols interpreted by many to memorialize white supremacy and racism. The first monument to be removed overnight was one that “commemorates whites who…

Doctor: Alex Jones Diagnosed With Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Alex Jones was diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder in a psychiatric evaluation, the divorce case manager confirmed during his custody trial in Austin on Wednesday. Austin psychologist Alissa Sherry said that a different doctor compiled the report, part of what she said was the most time-consuming divorce case she has ever worked. People diagnosed with…

President Trump to Sign ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Order

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday calling for the end of America’s lottery system for H-1B work visas in favor of a merit-based system, Axios reports. The “Buy American, Hire American” order will look to scrap the existing visa application system, which enters applicants into a lottery for limited number of visas.…

British PM Calls General Election in Face of Brexit Fight

British Prime Minister Theresa May stunned political observers Tuesday when she called a snap general election to take place June 8th. In a dramatic statement outside Downing Street, May said she was calling the election to stop the “political game playing” of politicians seeking to oppose or water down the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from…

FBI Obtained FISA Warrant To Monitor Ex-Trump Adviser Carter Page

Last summer, the FBI applied for and was granted a secret court order allowing agents to monitor the communications of Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to candidate Donald Trump, “after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power,…

8 Year Old, Teacher Dead After Shooting At San Bernardino School

An 8-year-old student and his teacher were shot and killed when the teacher’s estranged husband entered her classroom at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California, Monday morning and opened fire. San Bernardino Police say Cedric Anderson, 53, checked in with school authorities under the guise of having to drop something off for Karen…

Truck Driven Into a Crowd in Stockholm, Injuring Several

Authorities in Sweden’s capital say a beer truck was driven into a crowd of people on a pedestrian street and into a department store in the center part of the city on Friday. At least two people have been killed and many more have been injured, according to local reports. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet quoted a…

Economy Created Just 98,000 Jobs In March, Missing Expectations

The U.S. economy added just 98,000 non-farm jobs in March, falling significantly short of the 185,000 new jobs economists polled by MarketWatch had predicted. Despite the weak gains, the unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent from 4.7 percent, hitting the lowest level in nearly a decade. The Labor Department’s Friday report also cut the estimate…

Rex Tillerson Asks Russia To Rethink Alliance With Bashar Al-Assad

Speaking to reporters a week before his scheduled trip to Moscow, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday there is “no doubt in our mind” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government is behind a chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrians on Tuesday, and “it’s time that the Russians really need to think carefully about…

Trump: I Think Susan Rice Committed Crime, Declines To Provide Proof

President Trump said in a Wednesday interview with The New York Times that he believes former national security adviser Susan Rice committed a crime in allegedly seeking to unmask the identities of Trump associates mentioned in intercepted communications. “I think it’s going to be the biggest story,” the president told the Times, though he declined…

‘Chemical Attack’ Kills Dozens in Idlib Syria

Dozens of people are dead in a northern Syria province after a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town. Activists and monitoring groups reported early Tuesday that strikes carried out by the Syrian government or Russian jets dumped a substance on Idlib that caused at least 58 people to choke to death, with responders on…

Jared Kushner Makes Unannounced Visit To Iraq

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, made an unannounced trip to Iraq over the weekend with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, a senior U.S. official said Sunday. The official said that Kushner wanted to show his support for Iraq’s government, and get a better understanding of…

NC Lawmakers Agree To Repeal Transgender Bathroom Ban

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina announced late Wednesday that they have reached an agreement to repeal a state law prohibiting transgender people from using bathrooms that correspond to their gender identities. The deal, reached with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, an outspoken opponent of the controversial law, came as the state was on the verge of…

Judge In Hawaii Extends Order Blocking Trump’s Travel Ban

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson on Wednesday evening extended his previous order that halts President Trump’s revised travel ban. He made his decision after hearing arguments from the government and from Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, who argued that Trump’s order was like a “neon sign flashing ‘Muslim ban, Muslim ban’” and that Watson’s earlier…

Hosni Mubarak Freed From Detention in Egypt

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was freed from a Cairo military hospital Friday, six years after he was ousted and detained on charges of human-rights abuses during his 30-year rule. The now-88-year-old was transferred to his mansion in a Cairo suburb. “He went home at 8:30 this morning,” said his lawyer. “I don’t have further…

U.S. Limits Devices on Planes From 8 Muslim-Majority Nations

Starting Tuesday morning, electronic devices larger than a smartphone are forbidden from passenger cabins on foreign airlines’ nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries across the Middle East and Africa. The new Trump administration policy, which took effect at 3 a.m. ET, means passengers traveling from those areas must check…

Theresa May Will Trigger Article 50 On 29 March for BREXIT

Theresa May will trigger article 50 on Wednesday 29 March, the prime ministers spokesman has confirmed. The UKs permanent representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow, notified the EU on Monday morning that a letter should be expected on that date. May, who was visiting Swansea on Monday, intended to visit Northern Ireland and…

Trump’s First Budget Seeks Deep Cuts To Everything But Military, Border

President Trump unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Thursday, providing the clearest view yet of the policies he wants to use to deliver on his campaign promises. The plan includes a $54 billion increase in defense spending and a substantial bump for border security, while calling for deep cuts to most federal agencies, including roughly 30…

Trump Wants ‘Jail Time’ For Snoop Dogg After Video

Even after Trump himself suggested 2nd Amendment (the right to bear arms) to stop Hillary Clinton picking judges, Early Wednesday he speculated that Snoop Dogg would face jail time if the rapper shot a clown dressed as former President Obama in a video instead of one dressed as Trump. “Can you imagine what the outcry…

Rep. Steve King: Some Cultures Don’t Fit in America

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Monday morning refused to say that Muslim Americans are equal to German Americans in their usefulness to society—effectively quadrupling-down on his previous comments that white people have made greater contributions to Western civilization than other “sub-groups.” King appeared on CNN specifically to discuss his Sunday afternoon tweet about a far-right…

Obama Policies Created 235,000 Jobs Last Month

Nonfarm employers added a seasonally adjusted 235,000 jobs in February, above economists’ expectations for a 197,000 gain. Employers added a revised 238,000 in January for the best back-to-back performance since June and July 2016. One area of strength those two months: construction jobs. Over the past three months, total job growth has averaged 209,000. That…

Obama Reportedly ‘Livid’ With Trump Over Wiretapping Tweets

Former President Barack Obama was “livid over [President Trump’s] accusation that he bugged the Republican campaign offices, believing that Mr. Trump was questioning both the integrity of the office of the president and Mr. Obama himself,” people close to Obama told The Wall Street Journal. Things have been souring between Trump and his predecessor for…

Statue of Liberty Goes Dark on Eve of Women’s Protest

The Statue of Liberty experienced an “unplanned outage” late Tuesday night, leaving only the flame and crown lit just hours before the nationwide “A Day Without Women” protest. The blackout began around 10 p.m. ET. National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis attributed the blackout to a project for a new emergency backup generator as part…

Trump Signs New Executive Order Banning Travel From 6 Countries

President Trump on Monday signed a new version of his immigration executive order, following a federal court’s block last month of the original order he issued Jan. 27. No cameras were present as Trump signed the revised order, which newly excludes Iraq — an ally in the fight against the Islamic State — from the…

DHS Has Just $20 Million For Trump’s Border Wall

The White House has said construction could begin quickly on President Trump’s border wall using “existing funds and resources” from the Department of Homeland Security, but a DHS document says the agency so far has identified just $20 million that could be redirected to the project, Reuters reported Wednesday. The document, which was given to…

Trump New Executive Order Will Drop Iraq From Travel Ban

Following pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, President Trump’s next executive order on immigration will take Iraq off the list of countries whose citizens are temporarily barred from entering the United States, several U.S. officials told The Associated Press. The officials said that Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will stay on the…