Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin serves to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia; a worker checks rubber masks of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Ogawa Studio in Saitama, Japan; and Max Franz of Austria competes during the second training run for the men’s Downhill race of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup event in Kitzbuehel, Austria are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
The superintendent for the Wyoming school district that one of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees recently cited during her confirmation hearing said despite what you may have heard, they do not have guns in the building. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for education secretary, declined to say that guns have no place in schools during her Tuesday hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. During a tense exchange with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., DeVos brought up Wapiti Elementary School in rural Wyoming as an example of a place that would need to have firearms in the building to protect against grizzly bears.
A contentious exchange Thursday between treasury secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, marked the most direct attack by Democrats on the Goldman Sachs banker whom some groups have attempted to brand as “the foreclosure king.”
Designers at Madame Tussauds in London on Jan. 18, 2017, apply the final touches to the wax figure of President-elect Donald Trump, unveiling the figure days before the presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. The figure will reside in Madame Tussauds’ London “Oval Office,” alongside likenesses of politicians and global icons. For a few hours this week, the Internet was captivated by the thought that Donald Trump, whose triumphs are famously chronicled in books (his own), in art, on television and on Twitter, was about to conquer the last bastion of celebrity: poetry.
President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet is set to be the first since Ronald Reagan’s not to have a Latino or Hispanic member. Despite outcry for a more diverse administration, the real estate mogul’s proposed Cabinet secretaries are mostly white men, who are set to be joined by two white women, one Asian-American woman and one black man. Hopes that Trump might select a Latino person for a Cabinet-level position were all but dashed Wednesday night amid reports that he had tapped former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretary.
In July 2012, Donald Trump called in to CNBC’s “SquawkBox” show to rant about Chief Justice John Roberts’ surprise decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. “I think John Roberts should be ashamed of himself,” Trump said, before questioning the Supreme Court justice’s intelligence. Over the next four years, Trump tweeted that the chief justice’s decision was “bull***t,” irrational, “disloyal” and “stupidity.” He has insulted Roberts on Twitter nearly two dozen times, making the chief justice by far the biggest target of Trump’s ire on the court.
President-elect Donald Trump will keep 50 top aides to President Obama on critical issues like the war on the so-called Islamic State, international sanctions and global counterterrorism efforts, his spokesman announced Thursday. “What we’ve ensured is that, for the time being, we’ve got a team in place that will continue to advise him and make sure that the country remains safe and that our priorities will be carried out,” incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.
Rescue workers were met with an eerie silence Thursday when they reached a four-star spa hotel struck by an avalanche in a mountainous earthquake-stricken region of central Italy. Guests at the three-story Hotel Rigopiano in the central Abruzzo region alerted emergency workers of the disaster on Wednesday, following a series of quakes in the region. “Help, we’re dying of cold,” one couple wrote rescuers, according to the ANSA news agency.
A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital’s sprawling bazaar. Iran’s state-run Press TV announced the firefighters’ deaths, without giving a source for the information.
It’s inauguration week just as the Framers must have imagined it: citizenry streaming into the capital from every state to celebrate the most sober and symbolic moment in the democracy, even as the soon-to-be president tears into an American hero, fends off criticism from allies, deflects a sexual harassment suit and wails that his public approval ratings are rigged. This is how the Trump presidency begins, and the American Century ends. Any calendar will tell you, for instance, that the 19th century ended in 1901, the year President McKinley was assassinated and Teddy Roosevelt took his place.
In the hourlong question-and-answer session, Obama also defended the news media, which Trump likes to bash, and listed the political and social issues that would lead him to speak out after he leaves the White House to his successor. There were no questions about Syria, North Korea or the Iran nuclear deal.
President Obama concluded his final press conference as commander in chief the same way his began his candidacy for the office — with a message of hope for the United States’ future. The last question posed to Obama in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing of the White House concerned a popular speech his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, gave in October that put the stakes of the U.S. presidential election in personal terms.
On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, celebrities bring their star power to a rally in front of Trump International Hotel and Tower to protest the incoming president-elect.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, said Wednesday that she hopes to be part of a national security team that will “educate” Trump, and that she wants to change Trump’s mind about the importance of the organization. “I will show him that the U.N. matters," she said.
Speaking Wednesday at his final White House press conference, President Obama offered a reminder of the racist history behind some U.S. voting restrictions. President Obama speaks during his final presidential news conference. In recent years, a number of Republican-controlled state governments have instituted restrictions like those requiring voters to carry identification.
President Obama says his priorities after leaving the White House are to write, spend time with his family and take some time for quiet reflection. “I’m still a citizen and I think it is important for Democrats or progressives who feel that they came out on the wrong side of this election to be able to distinguish between the normal back and forth, ebb and flow of policy,” Obama said Wednesday during his last press conference in Washington as president. Among them, the president said, are “systematic discrimination,” voter suppression, “institutional efforts to silence dissent or the press” and the targeting of so-called DREAMers, or children who immigrated into the country illegally with their parents.
At his final press conference as president of the United States, Barack Obama defended his controversial decision this week to commute convicted leaker Chelsea Manning’s sentence. Obama was asked if he feared that commuting her sentence might send a message that leaking classified information might send the wrong message to groups like WikiLeaks. The Obama administration has accused Russian hackers of sharing information with WikiLeaks to interfere in the U.S. election.
Workers make a toffee-like sweet cake called “dodol,” one of the traditional delicacies served during Chinese New Year celebrations in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia; a member of Iraqi rapid response forces fires a rocket launcher during a battle with Islamic State militants in the district of Yarimja in southern Mosul, Iraq; and the world’s oldest giant panda “Basi” in captivity eats specially-made cake during its 37th birthday at Strait Panda World in Fuzhou, Fujian Province of China. (AP/Reuters/Getty Images) These are just a few of the photos of the day for January 18, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
Pressed by Democratic senators for his views on the causes of climate change, the Trump administration’s choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency insisted at his confirmation hearing Wednesday morning that his “personal opinion” was “immaterial” to how he would do his job. Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee questioned Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt closely on his history of suing the agency he has been nominated to lead, his statements questioning mainstream climate science and his close ties to the oil and gas industries. Republicans were much friendlier, mostly lamenting the impact of regulations on fossil-fuel industry jobs, something Pruitt promised to take into account.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President-elect Donald Trump is disturbed by President Obama’s decision to commute the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning. “I think the president-elect is troubled by this action,” Spicer said during a Wednesday news conference at Trump’s presidential transition team headquarters. Spicer was also asked if Trump wanted to see WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange make good on a promise to allow himself to be extradited to the United States if Manning was given a deal.
Former President George H.W. Bush said and his wife, Barbara, are bowing out of attending Donald Trump’s inauguration, saying in a note to the president-elect that he might not survive it.
President-elect Donald Trump is known to have an itchy Twitter finger, and says he plans to continue his use of the social media platform after he takes the oath of office. The survey, conducted Jan. 12 to 15, found a vast majority of Democrats (89 percent) have a negative view of Trump’s use of Twitter. In November, Trump said he would be “very restrained” in his use of Twitter as commander in chief, but will reserve the right to use it as a “method” to combat what he perceives as negative stories about him.
During his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, Secretary of Commerce nominee Wilbur Ross admitted that he’d recently fired one of his household employees upon discovering that this person was an undocumented immigrant.
"With and without an exclamation. ‘Keep America Great,’” Trump said. Trump told the Washington Post that he didn’t intend to reveal the presumptuous plan in the interview.
Barack Obama has reached the end of his consequential eight-year presidency. As the nation's first African-American commander in chief and his wife prepare to leave the White House behind, Yahoo News takes you through his two terms - the exultation over the raid that killed Osama bin laden, the heartbreak of the massacre of children in Newtown, the tumultuous implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the controversial Iran nuclear deal, the outreach to Cuba, and many other signal moments and policies. There are also many quiet, behind-the-scenes snapshots, family time with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, or the unforgettable photo of the little boy who asked to touch the president's hair.