WASHINGTON—An objection from three Democratic senators will delay the U.S. Senate’s vote to confirm Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said on Friday that they oppose “a rushed confirmation” of Rep. Mike Pompeo to serve as CIA director unless senators get the opportunity to debate the nomination. “The importance of the position of CIA Director, especially in these dangerous times, demands that the nomination be thoroughly vetted, questioned and debated,” the senators said in a statement.
Sure everybody makes mistakes, but making a sensational false charge against a new president at the very first opportunity he allowed reporters into his Oval Office on Day One of his presidency sure looks like one of those narrative-confirming, “too-good-to-check” stories of journalistic lore that just happens to portray Trump as a racist “white nationalist” in the eyes of progressives. Zeke Miller of Time was allowed into the Oval Office as a pool reporter and tweeted out reports that the Churchill bust was back (true) and the MLK bust was gone (false). He was quickly corrected And apologized, explaining that
President Trump is planning to visit the CIA´s headquarters in Northern Virginia on Saturday afternoon, making a gesture of goodwill after he harshly criticized the intelligence community in the run-up to his inauguration. Trump is expected to thank a few hundred career intelligence officers, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced in a tweet. This will be the first in what aides say will be a series of visits the president will make to federal departments and agencies in the weeks to come.
Michelle Obama may now be the former first lady, but on the Internet, she’s being celebrated as the reigning shade queen, thanks to her facial expressions on Inauguration Day.When the Trumps arrived at the White House and were welcomed by the Obamas, Melania Trump presented Obama with a gift in a Tiffany & Co. blue box. It was a nice gesture (and a traditional one), but split-second freeze frames of Obama’s face have people thinking that she wasn’t really there for the present. same, @MichelleObama pic.twitter.com/rrUBWrsDrZ — Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) January 20, 2017 Michelle Obama after getting a Tiffany’s gift
“Don’t Make Any Sudden Moves” is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has not traditionally been known as a beer hall of populist beliefs. Haass meant the president should bring his National Security Council together to anticipate the consequences before tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem or shooting down a missile being tested by Kim Jong Un. In arguing against rash action, Haass is correct. Where the CFR and the establishment are wrong, and Donald Trump is right, however, is in recognizing the new world we
President Trump signed an executive order late Friday giving federal agencies broad powers to unwind regulations created under the Affordable Care Act, which might include enforcement of the penalty for people who fail to carry the health insurance that the law requires of most Americans. The executive order, signed in the Oval Office as one of the new president’s first actions, directs agencies to grant relief to all constituencies affected by the sprawling 2010 health-care law: consumers, insurers, hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, states and others. It does not describe specific federal rules to be softened or lifted, but it appears
This is a remarkable day in the history of our country. We have never over our centuries inaugurated a man like Donald Trump as president of the United States. You can select any random group of former presidents — Madison, Lincoln, Hoover, Carter — and none of them are like Trump. We’ve never had a major national leader as professionally unprepared, intellectually ill informed, morally compromised and temperamentally unfit as the man taking the oath on Friday. So let’s not lessen the shock factor that should reverberate across this extraordinary moment. It took a lot to get us here. It took a
"As a Washington veteran, I can say: ‘boy it’s about time New York came to D.C.’” Inside the upper level of the Walter E. Washington convention center Friday evening, only hours after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the mood was continuously celebratory for the official inaugural balls. And with a New York-bred president came a few NYC touches. The three official balls, including the Liberty and Freedoms balls held in the convention center, were planned by former Vogue Met Ball organizer Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, in a manner Anthony Dolan, speechwriter to Ronald Reagan
Washington - For years, Imam Mohamed Magid has been a familiar face at interfaith and government events in Washington. He has met with former President Barack Obama to discuss fatherhood and hosted members of Obama´s administration at the large complex of Islamic centers Magid leads in Northern Virginia. Last year, the FBI gave that complex, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, a community leadership award for strengthening ties between local Muslims and law enforcement. (Snip) All of which underscores how unusual it is to see Magid become the subject of sharp criticism from fellow American Muslims. On Thursday, President Donald
Seoul - Eggs imported from the United States began to hit shelves Saturday, industry sources said, as the government seeks to contain rising egg prices amid the outbreak of bird flu. About 96 tons of eggs from the U.S. passed the state food regulator´s quarantine review earlier in the day, the sources said, a week after they arrived in South Korea to serve as a cheaper alternative to the expensive eggs from local farms. Local egg prices jumped in recent weeks as South Korea is struggling to control the spread of bird flu that has led to more than 30 million chickens and ducks being culled since the outbreak in mid-November.
When Donald Trump took the presidential oath Friday, he joined a select, well-known group of only 45 men who have been president of the United States during its 240-year history. What’s less-known is that the billionaire also joined a little-known group, only the sixth member of a super-select group of men – those whose very first elected office was the U.S. presidency. [Snip] Are there any patterns to these presidential oddities? Any instructive observations from their rise and their service in the White House? Well, for starters, all six have been members of the Republican Party or its predecessor, the
BILLINGS — Three Canadians will be banned from federal lands for five years after pleading guilty to walking on a sensitive hot spring in Yellowstone National Park and other crimes at parks across the Western U.S., park officials said Thursday. Charles Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Justis Price Brown pleaded guilty during a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman at the Yellowstone Justice Center, officials said. The men were from the group High on Life SundayFundayz. An investigation last spring into the group’s travels revealed violations of park rules at Yellowstone, Zion, Death Valley and Mesa Verde national parks and Utah’s
Michelle Obama forcefully and passionately warned last year of the dangers of electing Donald Trump. And, for eight years in the White House, she was never shy about her dislike of politics or her resolve to never seek political office herself. But, within hours of sitting witness to Trump taking the oath of office and then making her post-inaugural getaway to Palm Springs, Calif., Mrs. Obama was on Twitter, promising her followers that she’s only taking “a little break.” “Will be back before you know it to work on the issues we care about.” The former first lady’s tweet came amid
A BBC regional news outlet briefly provoked alarm by appearing to break a world exclusive about a gun attack on Donald Trump. BBC Northampton claimed its Twitter account had been hacked after it unexpectedly announced: ´Breaking News: President Trump is injured in arm by gunfire #Inauguration´. It followed the historic swearing-in ceremony of the new US President in Washington DC which came against a backdrop of violent protests across the country. The apparent global scoop from the East Midlands broadcaster was met by a mixture of bafflement and disbelief from online users. One asked: ´Are you sure?´ Another said: ´Guessing you´ve been hacked? Not
Even if you didn’t welcome Barack Obama’s arrival at the White House eight years ago, you’d have to have had a tin ear and a heart of stone not to be somewhat touched by the jubilation others felt. Their joy was so real, so palpable, that it was hard to begrudge them their revelry. (SNIP) But there was little, if any, of that generous understanding in evidence yesterday as Donald Trump became our 45th president; indeed, by nightfall helmeted police were going toe-to-toe with anarchists masquerading as protesters.
Beirut, Lebanon - Russia signed a long-term agreement on Friday to greatly enlarge its military presence in Syria, more than doubling the space for warships in Russia’s only Mediterranean port and securing rights to an air base that may already be adding a second runway. The agreement covers the port in Tartus and an air base near Latakia, which have been pivotal in Russian assistance to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria in fighting an array of insurgents. It ensures Russia’s ability to deploy forces in Syria for the next half-century and perhaps beyond. News of the agreement came as Mr. Assad received what appeared to be
As chance would happen, many of the people upset by the presidency of Donald Trump took to the streets of Washington today to express their displeasure with the new administration. Shortly after Trump was sworn in, a large march organized by the DisruptJ20 protest group set out from Union Station to McPherson Square, where it is holding a large rally. When the march passed by 13th and K streets, Northwest, some in in the demonstration broke away and started throwing newspaper boxes, garbage cans, and other objects in middle of K Street and set them on fire, using Trump T-shirts as kindling. And as any event involving the
The Interior Department was ordered Friday to shut down its official Twitter accounts — indefinitely — after the National Park Service shared two unsympathetic tweets during President Trump’s inauguration. (Snip) “All bureaus and the department have been directed by incoming administration to shut down Twitter platforms immediately until further notice,” said an email circulated to Park Service employees Friday afternoon. The email, obtained by The Post, described the stand-down as an “urgent directive” and said social media managers must shut down the accounts “until further directed.”
Never mind the Russians. It was Hillary Clinton who was actually trying to sabotage the 2016 Presidential Election, according to a WikiLeaks release. The information released shows that the Hillary Clinton campaign staffers bribed six Republicans to “destroy Trump”. The evidence includes an email from John Podesta to Huma Abedin discussing diverting Clinton campaign funds to various Republicans who were secretly on the Clinton payroll. Conservativedailypost.com reports: The email, sent in July of this year, describes how funds were being diverted from Clinton’s campaign to the Super PACS of Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina,
Obama has left town, and guess who he has left holding the proverbial bag for possible criminality occurring during his presidency? If you guess Hillary Clinton -- and by extension, her husband, her aide Huma Abedin, and her lawyer Cheryl Mills, among many others who hitched their wagons to the Clinton star -- you’re right on the money. Imagine the ominous sense of impending doom that must be spreading through the Clinton domain as all of them realize that they have lost forever the umbrella of protection from prosecution that a last-minute pardon from a friendly president of their own
BARACK Obama made Angela Merkel his final call as US president. Obama thanked Merkel for her friendship and praised her for her role in world politiics during his period in office. Obama and Merkel have created a strong bond during the president’s eight years in office. A statement from The White House said: "The President thanked Chancellor Merkel for her strong, courageous, and steady leadership." Michelle Obama also joined her husband in the phone call. The White House said: “Given their eight years of friendship and partnership, the President noted that it was fitting that his final call with a foreign leader was
Donald Trump´s inaugural balls may have been lacking in star-power, but that didn´t stop the evening from being filled with memorable moments. The second ´My Way´ singer at Trump´s Freedom Inaugural Ball completely missed his cue, butchering the Sinatra classic. The blunder was one of several strange moments from the inaugural balls. Not only was it somewhat unusual to dance to the same song twice in a row, but there appeared to be a technical problem with the microphone. Or, much like Ben Carson at the February 6 republican debate, the singer just missed his cue to go on. Trump´s wooden dance moves didn´t
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, an Obama appointee, ordered a new ammunition ban for certain federal lands on Thursday–his last full day in office. The ban, which took effect immediately, eliminates the use of lead-based ammunition on federal lands like national parks and wildlife refuges, as well as any other land administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The ban is expected to have a major impact on much of the hunting that takes place on federal lands across the United States as lead-based ammunition is widely legal and used throughout the country. Ashe said the order was necessary
Minnesota Senator Al Franken wants so badly to count for something. As a United States Senator he is a powerful man, but Harry Reid stripped some of the power from the minority that Franken and his Democratic colleagues now occupy. Like most of his other of his Democratic colleagues, Franken flails away as he seeks to lead the cranky opposition to Trump in the Senate. As a humorist, Franken was profoundly unfunny. As a politician, he is profoundly unserious. He is a pretext in search of an argument. Franken vividly illustrated his project such as it is in the course of his
Working-class voters are credited with delivering President Donald Trump his victory, but it was a high-heel-and-tuxedo crowd featuring Republican donors and a smattering of celebrities led by Caitlyn Jenner that celebrated the 45th president at the Liberty Ball in the Washington Convention Center on Friday night. The crowd, which was decidedly older than the ones that boogied at Barack Obama’s first inaugural balls, navigated a maze of barriers and chain-link fences into the convention center. This was just a few short blocks from where protesters vandalized businesses and set fires in the street earlier in the day. The revelers entered a 150,000-square-foot
Stepping into a period of intense anxiety over the future of the American health care system and reproductive rights, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to announce on Saturday that his administration will require health insurers to cover medically necessary abortions and most forms of contraception at no cost — essentially safeguarding protections currently afforded to women. Further distancing New York from the national drift to the right, the new state insurance regulations are designed to help keep such options open to women, as Republicans in Congress move to repeal the