Tag: Social affairs

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…

Trump Accuses Obama: He’s ‘Behind’ Leaks, Protests [VIDEO]

President Trump on Tuesday morning blamed former President Obama for leaks of classified information from the White House and for protests in the wake of a controversial executive order halting immigration from seven predominantly-Muslim countries to the U.S. Trump made the comments in an interview with Fox and Friends, during which he gave no evidence…

Trump To Deliver First Presidential Address To Congress – WATCH LIVE

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time, looking to refocus his presidency and rally support for his policies from Republicans in Congress and the public at large, amid historically low approval ratings. Trump advisers say the president will tout what he has described as early…

Muhammad Ali Son Detained At Airport, Agents Ask ‘Are You Muslim?

Border agents detained and questioned the son of the boxing legend Muhammad Ali about his religion when he flew back to the US this month, a family lawyer said. “Where did you get your name from? Are you a Muslim?” they asked the 44-year-old Muhammad Ali Jr, who was born in Philadelphia and is a…

George W. Bush Rips Trump On Media, Immigration [VIDEO]

Former President George W. Bush ripped President Donald Trump on his views about the media and immigration on an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s TODAY show, Bush said the news media are “indispensable to democracy” and said he is in favor of an immigration policy that is “welcoming and upholds the law.” Trump has…

Trump Refuses To Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner

President Trump tweeted Saturday evening that he will break with decades of tradition to skip the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which is scheduled for April 29. “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year,” he wrote. “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” The White House Correspondents’ Association…

Trump Block Free Press From WH: CNN, Buzzfeed, NYT, Politico & LA Times

Several major news outlets found themselves blocked from attending a Friday White House press briefing with Sean Spicer, the Press Secretary, the latest sign of worsening relations between the Trump administration and the media attempting to cover it. The New York Times, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Politico were among the…

Trump Rolls Back Protections For Transgender Students

The Trump administration on Wednesday rescinded Obama-era anti-discrimination protections for transgender students. President Trump overruled Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ concerns about the move. The Obama administration had ordered schools to let transgender students use public school restrooms corresponding to their gender identity, and Democrats immediately criticized Trump for rolling back the policy. “No student should…

AP: Trump To Mobilize 100,000 National Guard Troops On Immigrants

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press. The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland,…

Intelligence Agencies To ‘Go Nuclear’ On Trump ‘Watch Him Die In Prison’

U.S. national security officials are reportedly ready to “go nuclear” after President Donald Trump’s latest attack on the intelligence community. In a series of tweets on Tuesday and Wednesday, Trump insisted that the “real scandal” was not that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied about his contact with Russia. Instead, the president blasted what…

Trump Picks Alexander Acosta for Labor Secretary

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced attorney Alexander Acosta as his next labor secretary pick, just one day after fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his bid over controversies seen as likely to upend his confirmation. Acosta, who is Latino, is an attorney who has served in the Justice Department’s civil rights division, and is the…

Trump: Flynn Was ‘Just Doing His Job’

President Donald Trump on Thursday said former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was “just doing his job” when he reportedly spoke numerous times with Russia’s ambassador about the sanctions levied on the country by the Obama administration, and then misled Vice President Mike Pence about those conversations. The president gave contradictory messages about Flynn, saying…

Businesses Close for ‘Day Without Immigrants’

Restaurants, stores, and other businesses across the U.S. will close Thursday in a show of support as immigrants boycott their jobs for A Day Without Immigrants. The strike will take place in cities including Philadelphia, Austin, and Washington, D.C., and is aimed at protesting the detention of undocumented immigrants throughout the nation. The demonstration will…

Hundreds Arrested In Surge Of Immigration Raids In At Least 6 States

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least six states this week in a surge of what federal officials labeled “routine enforcement actions.” The raids targeted illegal immigrants known to have criminal records beyond their immigration status, though some immigrants without a history of crime were arrested as…

Senate Confirms Tom Price As HHS Secretary

On Monday the Senate voted 52 to 47 to confirm Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to lead the Health and Human Services Department. The party-line vote was the fourth contested Cabinet vote in a row. Democrats argued before the vote that Price, a seven-term congressman and former orthopedic surgeon, had failed to come clean about some…

Federal Court Rules Against Trump & Reinstating Travel Ban

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled against reinstating President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. READ THE COURT’S RULING (PDF) CLICK HERE Citing a failure by the government to show that a stay of a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban would “cause irreparable damage,” a panel of three…

Trump Pretends Gorsuch Didn’t Say What He Said

Donald Trump attempted to whitewash critical remarks made about him by his own SCOTUS pick Thursday morning. Even though a representative for Neil Gorsuch confirmed that he had expressed dismay at the president’s attack on a federal judge, Trump claimed his words had been twisted. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, told the media that the…

Gorsuch Calls Trump Comments On Judiciary ‘Demoralizing’

President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court expressed to lawmakers on Wednesday that he was upset to see the president attacking the federal judge who temporarily suspended his ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. In a private meeting with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), SCOTUS pick Neil Gorsuch said it was “disheartening” and “demoralizing” to…

Senate Votes To Confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions As U.S. Attorney General

Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the next attorney general in President Trump’s administration on Wednesday night, earning a simply majority by around 7:20 p.m. with the vote total at 52 yes to 47 no. The night before Senator Elizabeth Warren made headlines for attempting to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King criticizing…

Trump: Even ‘Bad’ High-School Students Would Rule in My Favor

President Trump on Wednesday spoke on behalf of his own executive order in front of law-enforcement officers. Reading from U.S. law, he declared that even a “bad high-school student” would side with him in his legal battle to keep citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. “This was done, very importantly, for…

Pence Casts Vote To Confirm Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

Regardless the attemps by Democrats in the final hours, the U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next secretary of education. DeVos’ nomination faced fierce opposition from Democrats, and two Republican senators—Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine—had previously said they would vote against DeVos. After those GOP defections,…

Federal Judges To Hear Challenge To Trump’s Travel Ban Tuesday

On Monday evening, the Department of Justice filed a 15-page brief defending President Trump’s executive order on immigration, and moments later, it was announced the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a challenge to his travel ban on Tuesday. Last week, a federal judge temporarily suspended parts of the travel ban against people from…

US Senate To Vote On DeVos Nomination

The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on President Trump’s education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos. Democrats made a last-ditch effort to hold the floor for 24 hours as they tried to persuade a third Republican to join them in opposition to DeVos to break what appeared to be a 50-50 tie. Barring another defection, Vice…

Kellyanne Conway Invents Fake Bowling Green Massacre [VIDEO]

On her visit to Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” show on Thursday night, Kellyanne Conway make up a fictional “massacre” when justifying the President’s ban on refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries. “I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came…

Trump: I Will ‘Destroy’ Johnson Amendment [VIDEO]

After asking prayer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Apprentice ratings this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast Trump declared that religious freedom is “under threat,” He vowed to repeal an IRS rule that says pastors who endorse candidates from the pulpit risk losing their tax-exempt status. “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment…