News Forum - HomePage - RSS News Forum - HomePage - RSS ( Sat, 21 19 2017 05:19:47 GMT Sat, 21 19 2017 05:19:47 GMT Democrats block Pompeo CIA confirmation vote amid Trump’s feud with intel Sat, 21 51 2017 04:51:18 GMT 9751a9b420e73218de6e5a0cdeb7a9571c57ee06 McClatchyDC, by Lindsay Wise and Tim Johnson Posted By: earlybird- Sat, 21 51 2017 04:51:18 GMT 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. MSM reporter falsely claimed that Trump had MLK bust removed from Oval Office Sat, 21 46 2017 04:46:05 GMT 4a777a9c25fba908c8d012f5d69dde1858337764 American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson Posted By: magnante- Sat, 21 46 2017 04:46:05 GMT 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 Trump to visit CIA headquarters after sharply criticizing the intelligence community Sat, 21 44 2017 04:44:51 GMT 9e87c29bb19e205ccac9dbb2e6f41a89f70fa6ab Washington Post, by Philip Rucker and Greg Miller Posted By: earlybird- Sat, 21 44 2017 04:44:51 GMT 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’s Inauguration Faces Went Viral — and the Memes Are Hilarious Sat, 21 14 2017 04:14:27 GMT 8b336fb3a5488859077a552b0b6eaf426e3ad0bb Yahoo, by Jihan Forbes Posted By: earlybird- Sat, 21 14 2017 04:14:27 GMT 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 — Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) January 20, 2017 Michelle Obama after getting a Tiffany’s gift New President, New World Sat, 21 29 2017 03:29:47 GMT d1eca4e3a749a8fab709ba0afc8280ccf8001637 Taki’s Magazine, by Patrick J. Buchanan Posted By: earlybird- Sat, 21 29 2017 03:29:47 GMT “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 Trump signs executive order that could effectively gut Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate Sat, 21 54 2017 02:54:30 GMT 7d6e5828091b1d05a0a8bdbcf737723ebb1baf2f Washington Post, by Ashley Parker and Amy Goldstein Posted By: Dreadnought- Sat, 21 54 2017 02:54:30 GMT 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 The Internal Invasion Sat, 21 19 2017 02:19:22 GMT 486055a9e4efc0e488671d974eb9fd9a7b0ab93a New York Times, by David Brooks Posted By: StormCnter- Sat, 21 19 2017 02:19:22 GMT 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 Partying With President Trump: Exclusive Look Inside the Inaugural Balls Sat, 21 55 2017 01:55:51 GMT 9c871a6557b97e7dee10cc925a1fd50ba4d8ed21 Womens Wear Daily, by Leigh Nordstrom Posted By: FormerDem- Sat, 21 55 2017 01:55:51 GMT "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 Under fire, imam defends role at Trump inaugural service Sat, 21 39 2017 01:39:21 GMT 526d843ba58aab2cb0f43f8bb01650337396657e CNN, by Daniel Burke Posted By: NorthernDog- Sat, 21 39 2017 01:39:21 GMT 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 Eggs imported from U.S. hit shelves amid outbreak of bird flu Sat, 21 56 2017 12:56:21 GMT ec4253109a9f1a021ae88a96f4f7dbeefbfee6e4 Yonhap News Agency [S. Korea], by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sat, 21 56 2017 12:56:21 GMT 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. Of 45 presidents, Trump joins a super'select group who were not politicians Sat, 21 55 2017 12:55:44 GMT 77bbaec325d962a7f1e62a14cd11fcea2cb7f2e8 The Sacramento Bee, by Andrew Malcolm Posted By: SurferLad- Sat, 21 55 2017 12:55:44 GMT 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 Canadians to be jailed for walking on Yellowstone hot springs, violations at parks across West Sat, 21 52 2017 12:52:53 GMT 17fbb5b0b7fe1e475d3e4461cbe8cad6d7df19a5 Associated Press, by Matthew Brown and Matt Volz Posted By: NorthernDog- Sat, 21 52 2017 12:52:53 GMT 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 Promises on Trump Inauguration Day: ‘Will Be Back Before You Know It’ Sat, 21 43 2017 12:43:48 GMT e5557edcfe41c00e8327d9b37035d5c6a71495b8 People Magazine, by Tierney McAfee Posted By: NorthernDog- Sat, 21 43 2017 12:43:48 GMT 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 BBC under fire after mistakenly tweeting that Donald Trump ´had been shot´ after the inauguration Sat, 21 34 2017 12:34:04 GMT c27662784abbc54956346e8ead8ded7c91933a3d Daily Mail [UK], by Kelly Mclaughlin Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 21 34 2017 12:34:04 GMT 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 Losers have the right to behave like jerks Sat, 21 26 2017 12:26:04 GMT f460c9a2807e38ce22a1fa8b6971e73e0c175895 Boston Herald, by Joe Fitzgerald Posted By: John c- Sat, 21 26 2017 12:26:04 GMT 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. Russia Signs Deal for Syria Bases; Turkey Appears to Accept Assad Sat, 21 16 2017 12:16:35 GMT 397e59725f3500e2b92e44466c41706be0d30f9b New York Times, by Rod Nordland Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sat, 21 16 2017 12:16:35 GMT 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 Grasping for Metaphor, Reporters Flock to Burning DC Garbage Can Sat, 21 01 2017 12:01:25 GMT 9fdeea2b1d6bfaabe7eea87b24e8ffebad4c4010 Washingtonian, by Benjamin Freed Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sat, 21 01 2017 12:01:25 GMT 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 Interior Department told to stop tweeting after unflattering retweets about Trump Sat, 21 48 2017 11:48:18 GMT 1f913099e964a6daa42c6a216611d021a20569a9 Washington Post, by Lisa Rein Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sat, 21 48 2017 11:48:18 GMT 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.” WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton Bribed Republicans to Influence Election Sat, 21 30 2017 11:30:27 GMT 77ea8f9cf17ad0f516ce86cbf92eacc37ac08528 Canada Free Press, by Douglas V. Gibbs Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sat, 21 30 2017 11:30:27 GMT 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. 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, Guess who was left unpardoned? Sat, 21 20 2017 11:20:03 GMT 8465befcc4dbc92a00efd7f61c44a36e5fbbc462 American Thinker, by Russ Vaughn Posted By: steveW- Sat, 21 20 2017 11:20:03 GMT 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 Obama made his final call as president and THE leader he chose to phone may make you angry Sat, 21 43 2017 10:43:10 GMT de261e2ef3fe0920a6e9f31c5514e85c69be5661 Daily Express [UK], by Laura Mowat Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 21 43 2017 10:43:10 GMT 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 Trump singer missing his cue, leather'clad Irish dancers and the Piano Guys trolling Hillary Clinton by playing ‘Fight Song’: The awkward moments that filled* Sat, 21 34 2017 10:34:50 GMT 16db469a83ed70618c24c9fb55d6ec8705705aa8 Daily Mail [UK], by Kaileen Gaul Posted By: Attercliffe- Sat, 21 34 2017 10:34:50 GMT 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 Obama Official Issues Ammunition Ban for Federal Lands on Last Day in Office Sat, 21 17 2017 10:17:53 GMT c61c2ff568aa2a82c56bf828ecee73eb517f4eda Washington Free Beacon, by Stephen Gutowski Posted By: Pluperfect- Sat, 21 17 2017 10:17:53 GMT 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 Smoking Franken Sat, 21 15 2017 10:15:00 GMT e27ceebf0ea9b4e73c7f69791bd173c31c31cecf Power Line, by Scott Johnson Posted By: MissMolly- Sat, 21 15 2017 10:15:00 GMT 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 At Liberty Ball, President Trump is the brightest star Sat, 21 58 2017 09:58:48 GMT 9aa6a2a10b6a4efa004d359f9533f46c0eefcf25 Washington Post, by Jonathan O´Connell Posted By: MissMolly- Sat, 21 58 2017 09:58:48 GMT 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 Andrew Cuomo to Widen Access to Free Abortion and Contraception Sat, 21 48 2017 09:48:58 GMT a7a9f26d1156342850ccad05018f38baa0a9585c New York Times, by Vivian Yee Posted By: Pluperfect- Sat, 21 48 2017 09:48:58 GMT 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