The National Institutes of Health is spending over $200,000 on a "Facebook intervention" targeting young gay people who smoke. The University of California, San Francisco received the funding for the project, which began in August. The goal of the study is to create a "culturally-tailored intervention" on social media for LGBTQ teens. "Sexual and gender minority (SGM) young adults (those who identify with a sexual orientation that is non-heterosexual such as gay, lesbian, or bisexual; or those who have a gender identity different from the sex assigned to them at birth) are disproportionately affected by tobacco use and associated health
And just like that - they´ve quietly created another ´protected´ status category, which will now be eligible for all manner of studies monies, grants and set asides, whole cloth manufactured ´free´ benefits because society treats them so badly. Never mind that some behaviors set some folks outside what is acceptable to society at large. Well then - society must change! Disagree? Too bad. Shut up.
CNN made an egregious reporting error Friday on the potential connection between Donald Trump Jr. and Wikileaks. The story, which was touted by the network for many hours on broadcast and social media as a bombshell turned out to be factually incorrect and insignificant. CNN’s original report definitively stated that Don Jr. received access to secret Wikileaks information via email on Sept. 4, 2016. In fact, that email was sent on Sept. 14, after the said documents were released to the public.CNN pushed the fake story for hours, even after the email in question was made publicly available to disprove
A Friday Big League Politics report claims Tim Miller, a Republican operative prominent in the “Never Trump” movement, helped pitch the Washington Post story in which the first allegations of sexual misconduct nearly 40 years ago were made against Alabama GOP senatorial nominee Roy Moore.The report contains screenshots of what are alleged to be text messages between Miller and conservative publisher Charles C. Johnson of GotNews.com. The texts show Miller insulting Judge Moore’s fitness for office and bragging about how “Beth” is “good to work with.” He is implied to be referring to Beth Reinhard, one of the two authors
Following President Donald Trump’s recent trip to Asia, China has released a long list of dramatic tariff cuts on a range of imported consumer goods. In fact, over 200 different products will see an average reduction of approximately 10 percent. U.S. cheese exporters have been particularly vocal about the importance of China lowering tariffs. Demand for dairy products has been growing rapidly in China—by 100,000 metric units over the past decade—and the U.S. dairy industry could benefit from greater access to the Chinese market. Tom Vilsack, president and chief executive of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, also highlighted the diplomatic
President Trump got some compliments for his steel-clad leadership from one veteran observer who recognizes the value in a bold and forthright American leader on the global stage.Donald Rumsfeld, who served as secretary of defense under former Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, offered insight on Mr. Trump and the potential threat of Russia and China. “I don’t know President Trump. I’ve never met him. But I certainly think that his demeanor in the presidency is a deterrent to those two countries,” Mr. Rumsfeld told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Thursday. “He’s not tucked in and worried and
Speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley refused to back down from the United States’ commitment to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, asserting, ““We must recognize that the prospect of peace is advanced, not set back,” by President Trump’s move to do so. She said bluntly, “I understand the concerns that members have in calling this session. Change is hard.” She added that the United States was more committed to peace “than we’ve ever been before — and we believe we might be closer to that goal than ever before.”The declaration
President Donald Trump on Friday offered his full endorsement of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.Moore has faced allegations of sexual misconduct with girls as young as 14 years old but has painted the accusations as a politically motivated hit job. The White House has said the allegations are "troubling" but never disavowed the Republican candidate, and on Friday Trump went on Twitter to explicitly endorse him. "The Pelosi/Schumer Puppet Jones would vote against us 100% of the time," Trump said of Moore´s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones. "He’s bad on Crime, Life, Border, Vets, Guns & Military. VOTE ROY MOORE!"Trump framed
Just when you thought special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election could not be staffed with more political bias, another shoe drops. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mueller’s deputy investigator, Andrew Weissmann, attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in New York City. (Photos/Tweets) Wall Street Journal reports: Mr. Weissmann also attended Hillary Clinton’s election-night party at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, according to people familiar with his attendance. At the time, Mr. Weissmann was running the Justice Department’s fraud section, which is a senior career post within the agency. In
Liberal reporters and hosts are closing out the year with a bang, spending the last month damning Donald Trump as an “unhinged” “sociopathic” mental case who was comparable to Charles Manson and Osama Bin Laden. Also, journalists like CNN’s Brian Stelter and former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather continued to get on their high-horse as they proclaimed they were the “Pro-Truth” guardians against Trump’s “unrelenting campaign against the press.”Excuses were also made for liberal Senator Al Franken, after he was accused of groping radio talk show host Leann Tweeden or as MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt called it a “mock” grope.
Last night news broke that U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras “has been recused” from the case overseeing the prosecution of General Mike Flynn. Details are vague. According to Reuters, both the judge and the Flynn legal team have yet to comment.Additionally, there is no concrete answer as to whether the recusal was done by the judge himself or was forced upon him. While the reasoning is the key, the difference between the two options adds another layer of consequence within the rest of this outline. Reuters News Service puts it this way: (Reuters) – The U.S. District Court for
Snow fell in southern Texas on Thursday night and Friday morning as cold air swept across the Deep South with Georgia and Louisiana expected to freeze this weekend. Forecasters said the white stuff won´t last long as the ground is too warm for it to accumulate beyond half an inch - but that´s still enough to excite those Texans who rarely see snowflakes.Pictures from San Antonio showed residents embracing the winter weather by making snowmen and playing outside. One man even dressed up as Father Christmas for a walk downtown as temperatures fell to 32F. Snow is common in parts
Melania Trump showed up to the White House Hanukkah Reception Thursday night in a gorgeous little black dress. (Photos) The first lady looked stunning in the sleeveless dress at the celebration held in the East Room of the WH as she stood next to President Donald Trump. (Photo) She completed the great look with her hair down and a black belt around her waist. (Photos) Earlier in the day the first lady made a visit to the Children’s National Hospital to read Christmas books to the young patients. “On my way to @childrenshealth to read a #Christmas book and visit
The US economy added 228,000 nonfarm payrolls in November, more than economists had forecast, a report on Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed. The unemployment rate remained near a 17-year low of 4.1%. Overall, the report demonstrated that job creation remained strong even after deadly hurricanes slammed into the southeastern US this fall and temporarily weakened hiring. Economists had forecast that nonfarm payrolls increased by 195,000 on net, while the unemployment rate remained at 4.1%, according to Bloomberg. Wage growth was weaker than expected. Average hourly earnings rose 0.2% from October, and increased by 2.5% compared to November 2016.
A number of US athletes have spoken out against Donald Trump during his presidency -- and skier Lindsey Vonn has become the latest to have her say. Targeting Olympic gold at February´s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Vonn is in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where she spoke passionately about what it means to compete for the US ski team. "Well I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," Vonn told CNN´s Alpine Edge. The 33-year-old Vonn is getting ready for the final act of a long and illustrious career. As well as competing for a second Olympic gold
One of the women who accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of making advances on her when she was a teen and he a local prosecutor admitted Friday to forging part of the yearbook inscription she offered as proof. Beverly Young Nelson told ABC News she wrote part of the disputed note in her high school yearbook that she and famed attorney Gloria Allred presented as proof the then-30-something Moore sought an inappropriate relationship with her in the late 1970s. Nelson still insisted that Moore wrote most of the message and signed the inscription, but said she made “notes” to
On Tuesday night, Barack Obama did the inevitable when speaking at the Economic Club of Chicago: he dropped the worn out “Trump is Hitler” comparison for everyone’s enjoyment. Obama spent a lot of time talking about being a “citizen of the world,” according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The former president boasted about saving “a million lives” thanks to his efforts in the Ebola outbreak in Africa. (Snip) The danger is "grow(ing) complacent," Obama said. "We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly." That´s what happened in Germany in the 1930s, which despite the democracy
DEVELOPING: Calling it “the worst day of his political life,” Sen. Al Franken said Thursday he will resign from the U.S. Senate following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against him. Minnesota Public Radio reported late Wednesday he would resign, though Franken’s office pushed back saying it wasn’t a done deal yet. It will be up to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to appoint a successor. (Snip) Multiple sources reported that the likely candidate could be Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, a close ally of Franken. Any successor, if he steps down, would serve until a special election is held in
Sen. John McCain´s (R-Ariz.) former presidential campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, said early Thursday that President Trump was "clearly slurring his words" during an announcement that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, adding that "the impairment is chilling." "I don’t know the cause of it, but when you combine it with [Sen.] Bob Corker’s critique that the president of the United States is unstable, that he’s dangerous, when you look at the private comments that are made by members of Congress around his stability, you look at his actions in recent weeks," said Schmidt, who is also an
Al Franken’s resignation speech on Thursday seemed less heartfelt than grudging. He cast it not as an act of atonement — he continues to deny the charges largely and acknowledged through his stifled rage that his previous quasi-apologies had hastened his demise — but a reluctant act of gallantry. He was submitting docilely to the “broader conversation” on sexual harassment, he said, while signaling that his replacement, to whom he referred as “her,” would be a female pol embodying that conversation. The speech followed the usual pattern of lying pols: I didn’t do it, I’m only quitting because I am a
MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews said Thursday night that "the worst you can say about Democrats is that they´re too pure" in light of recent resignation announcements made by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Sen. John Conyers (D-Mich.) amid sexual harassment allegations. Franken, 66, on Thursday, announced his intention to resign from the Senate by defiantly stating that some of the eight accusations of sexual misconduct made against him were false while saying he remembered other encounters differently.
How is it possible that Hillary Clinton escaped criminal indictment for mishandling classified documents despite incriminating evidence that she violated the Espionage Act? Why did Donald Trump become the target of a criminal investigation for allegedly conspiring with Russia to influence the presidential election despite no evidence that he ever did so? The answer, it seems, comes down to one person who played a vital role in both cases: Peter Strzok, deputy director of counterintelligence at the FBI. Strzok was exchanging politically charged texts with an FBI lawyer that denigrated Trump and lauded Clinton at the same time he was
We already know Steve Bannon believes that politics is war. But during the course of his speech at an Alabama rally for Roy Moore this week, he gave the country an ugly lesson in what scorched-earth political warfare really entails. (Snip)Still, despite all the fun he’s having attacking his favorite targets and boosting Moore, Bannon has to be aware that he isn’t winning his war on McConnell. Try as he might to deny it, he knows McConnell is now more important to Trump than the Breitbart attack machine is. It was McConnell’s successful maneuvering and negotiating that gave Trump his
Former President Barack Obama is taking credit for the robust economic growth that is taking place under President Trump. At a conference of mayors in Chicago, Mr. Obama congratulated himself Tuesday for strong employment numbers in the U.S. this year, saying his climate-change policies have contributed to growth. “As we took these actions, we saw the U.S. economy grow consistently,” Mr. Obama said. “We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far, a streak that still continues by the way.” He added wryly, “Thanks, Obama.” The stock market has gained about 30 percent in value since
Sen. Al Franken took a quick glance up at a jam-packed Senate press gallery as he entered the chamber Thursday, preparing to ask Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, who was presiding over the chamber, to allow him to make the speech that would end his political career. A senator who has long dodged questions from reporters, he finally had one for them. "Ready?" And with that, Franken, D-Minn., set out on his farewell address to the Senate — a 12-minute speech where he continued to proclaim his innocence against eight women who have accused him of sexual misconduct in recent weeks.
Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is refusing to attend the Thursday opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights museum since President Donald Trump will be there. Lewis, who played a crucial role in ushering in civil rights for black Americans, will not be speaking at the opening because Trump’s presence is an insult to the men and women represented in the museum, Time reported. (Snip) The ceremony is planned for Saturday to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of Mississippi entering the union. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant extended an invitation to the president to attend, sparking a wave of outrage from various