Tag: Social affairs

Trump Threatens Funds Cut After UC Berkeley Protest

The University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday canceled a scheduled speech by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos after violent protests erupted. “The violence was instigated by a group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise nonviolent protest,” UC Berkeley said in a statement. Fires were lit and firebombs were set…

Aussie PM Stands Up to ‘Bully’ Trump [VIDEO]

According to a report in The Washington Post, President Trump had a contentious call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in which he blasted him for a refugee agreement between the two countries, allegedly bragged about his electoral win, and abruptly ended the conversation nearly 30 minutes early. Trump also reportedly told Turnbull that among…

Trump Threatens To Send Troops To Mexico To Take Care Of ‘Bad Hombres’

President Donald Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military does more to control them itself, according to an excerpt of a transcript of the conversation obtained by The Associated Press. The excerpt of the call did not make…

Trump to Senate GOP: Go Nuclear on SCOTUS Vote

On Wednesday President Trump said that he would be fine with the Senate changing rules to pass his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, with just 50 votes as opposed to the necessary 60 required now. “Yes, if we end up with the same gridlock we’ve had in Washington for longer than eight years, in all…

Trump Selects Judge Neil Gorsuch For SCOTUS

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night, saying in a speech at the White House: “This may be the most transparent judicial process in history.” Gorsuch, 49, sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and is the youngest Supreme Court nominee in 25…

Senate Dems Will Filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Senate Democrats are going to try to bring down President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick no matter who the president chooses to the fill the current vacancy. With Trump prepared to announce his nominee on Tuesday evening, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said in an interview on Monday morning that he will filibuster any pick that…

Trump Blames Airport Chaos on Delta

Airports all over the United States spun into crisis over the weekend after President Trump signed an order closing the nation to refugees and to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Lawyers and protesters rushed to the aid of American residents who were barred from reentry, and legal battles began all over the country. Despite…

Refugees Detained at U.S. Airports Take Legal Action Over Trump’s Order

Right after President Trump signed an executive order that bans U.S. entry from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia for 90 days while suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, the rule already faces partial challenge in court. Immigration lawyers acting on behalf of two Iraqi men, one a former U.S.…

Trump Ready To Lift Ban On C.I.A. ‘Black Site’ Prisons

President Trump is preparing a sweeping executive order that would clear the way for the C.I.A. to reopen overseas “black site” prisons, like those where it detained and tortured terrorism suspects before former President Barack Obama shut them down. President Trump’s three-page draft order, titled “Detention and Interrogation of Enemy Combatants” and obtained by The…

Trump Expected To Order Construction Of Mexican Border Wall

On Wednesday, President Trump will order the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials told The New York Times. Trump will sign an executive order at the Department of Homeland Security ordering that federal funds be shifted in order to build the wall, which during his campaign he vowed would be…

Oscars 2017: Check The Full List Of Academy Awards Nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed all the nominees for this year’s 89th Academy Awards via live stream, featuring Academy members including __ Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman__, and Ken Watanabe, as well as Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Read below all the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards,…

Trump Falsely Says 5 Million Illegal Ballots Cost Him Popular Vote

President Trump spent the first 10 minutes of his first official meeting with congressional leaders talking about the “huge crowd” at his inauguration, rehashing the presidential campaign, and repeating a claim that has been debunked multiple times — that he lost the popular vote by a wide margin because of millions of illegal votes cast…

Trump Heads To Inauguration With Historical Low Poll Numbers

Three new polls show President-elect Donald Trump being viewed favorably by about 40 percent of Americans, a huge shortfall from the approval numbers for Trump’s four predecessors. In Gallup and Washington Post/ABC News polls, Trump is viewed favorably by 40 percent and unfavorably by 55 percent (Gallup) and 54 percent (WaPo), while a CNN/ORC poll…

18 Congressional Democrats Plan Inauguration Boycott

At least 18 House Democrats will not attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremonies this Friday, with some planning to leave for their home districts and others intending to march with protesters in Washington. Among those boycotting is Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights leader whom Trump criticized as “all talk” in the weekend before…

Trump Promises ‘Insurance For Everybody’

President-elect Donald Trump says his plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act is nearly complete. In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump did not reveal the specifics of his replacement package, but promised “lower numbers, much lower deductibles,” and said “we’re going to have insurance for everybody.” He also said he plans to crack…

Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Sentenced To Death

Dylann Roof, who was convicted in December on all charges related to the 2015 killing of nine black worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, was sentenced to death Tuesday. Roof represented himself during the sentencing phase of the trial and told the jury, “I felt like I had to…

Obama To Deliver Farewell Address Tonight

President Obama is scheduled to deliver a farewell address Tuesday night at McCormick Place, a lakefront convention center in his adopted hometown of Chicago. Aides said the speech would be a call to action for a new generation of leaders. “It’s a passing of the baton,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Senior adviser Valerie…

Protesters At Sessions Hearing: No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA

Before the confirmation hearing for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney general, protesters shouted and interrupted the proceedings. “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA,” many demonstrators in the room yelled Tuesday morning before they were escorted out. Others held signs that said “End Racism—Stop Sessions.” The proceedings continued despite…

Senate Opens Confirmation Hearings Of Trump Nominee Sessions

The Senate is scheduled to launch three days of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks on Tuesday. First up in the morning is Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Trump’s nominee for attorney general. WATCH LIVE CONFIRMATION HEARING OF TRUMP NOMINEE SESSIONS Sessions is expected to tout his conservative legal credentials; Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.)…

Jobs Report: Payroll Employment Rises By 156,000 In December

U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in December, capping a year of slower but solid hiring. The report is the last major snapshot of the economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit from President Barack Obama. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate ticked up to 4.7 percent from a nine-year low of 4.6 percent. Hourly pay…

Dylann Roof Represents Himself At The Sentencing Face Of His Trial

Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof spoke to the jury for the first time at his death penalty trial Wednesday, telling them that there’s nothing wrong with him psychologically and that he is not trying to keep any secrets from them. “My opening statement is going to seem a little bit out of place,” the…

NAACP President Arrested After Sit-In To Protest Trump

Several protesters, including NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, were arrested Tuesday after an hours-long sit-in by about two dozen civil rights activists at the Mobile, Alabama, office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for attorney general. The protesters criticized Sessions’ record on voting rights and race relations, and Brooks said he was…

Obama Creates Two New National Monuments In Utah And Nevada

President Obama on Wednesday designated two new national monuments in Utah and Nevada, protecting 1.65 million acres of federal land. Most of it, 1.35 million acres, surrounds the Bears Ears Buttes in southeastern Utah. The rest is northeast of Las Vegas around Nevada’s Gold Butte. The moves were the latest in a series of actions…

Federal Government Blocks Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Route

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it would not approve permits to build the Dakota Access oil pipeline under Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The decision halted construction, a major victory for members of the tribe and other activists who have been protesting…

AP: ‘Apprentice’ Cast And Crew Says Trump Was Vulgar And Sexist

A new report alleges that Trump’s behind-the-scenes behavior on the NBC show, The Apprentice, was “sexist” and “lewd.” Trump reportedly made repeated demeaning comments about female contestants and crew members on his hit show The Apprentice, according to an investigation by The Associated Press. The AP said on Monday that interviews with more than 20…

Obama Lifts US Embargo On Lethal Arms Sales To Vietnam [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama has announced the US is fully lifting its embargo on sales of lethal weapons to Vietnam, its one-time enemy. Speaking during a visit to communist Vietnam and talks with its leaders, Mr Obama said the move removed a “lingering vestige of the Cold War”. The US is trying to bolster its relationship…

Obama Announces US Cuba Opening Of Embassies [VIDEO]

The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries’ historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The Cuban Foreign Ministry said the embassies in…

State media: Explosives used in attack in China’s Xinjiang

China’s official Xinhua News Agency says attackers crashed a pair of vehicles and tossed explosives in an attack in the capitol of Xinjiang. An unknown number of people are dead and injured after the attack near an open air market in Urumqi. Security in the city has been tightened since an attack last month that…

Oklahoma inmate dies of heart attack after execution botched

An Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack Tuesday evening after his execution was halted when the delivery of a new drug combination was botched. The state Department of Corrections said Clayton Lockett died after all three drugs were administered. His execution was halted approximately 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. The director…

Sochi Olympics Games: Speeding Bobsled Hits Worker Breaks Legs

Olympic officials are trying to determine why a worker on the track used for sliding sports at the Sochi Games was in the path of a speeding bobsled that crashed into him, causing leg injuries and a concussion. A forerunning sled sent down the track to make sure conditions were suitable for two-man training crashed…