A Filipino student activist passes by a photo of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after red paint was thrown at it during a rally calling for free education, near the Malacañang presidential palace, in Manila, Philippines; smoke rises from a sugar factory as an Iraqi security forces sniper aims his weapon toward Mosul’s airport during a battle with the Islamic State’s militants in southwest Mosul, Iraq; and a man washes his hands in Belgrade, Serbia. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters/Zuma) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
Vice President Mike Pence dismissed concerns Thursday about the pace of Republican plans to repeal and replace the health care law passed by Democrats under President Barack Obama, promising an “orderly transition” to a new system. It was the only comment by Pence in a 20-minute speech that went beyond boilerplate rhetoric and touched on challenges facing the new administration.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — “Conservatism” will be supplanted by “Trumpism” when the president speaks Friday at the annual gathering of right-wing activists known as CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference — Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway predicted Thursday. “This will be TPAC when he’s here, no doubt,” Conway quipped.
Polished White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and pugnacious chief presidential strategist Steve Bannon took their strained buddy routine to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, reminiscing about Donald Trump’s election victory, promising revolutionary change in Washington, denying their ongoing West Wing power struggle and — naturally — bashing the news media. Bannon, the rumpled adviser who never tires of calling reporters “the opposition party,” lasted not quite three and a half minutes after their awkward opening handshake before making sure everyone in the room knew that he was the scrappy one and the former Republican National Committee chairman was the softy. Priebus had just dismissed news reports about their rivalry as all just a big “misconception” and had embarked on a chummy description of their work day just a stumble away from the Oval Office — “we share an office suite together, we’re basically together from 6:30 in the morning until about 11 o’clock at night” — when Bannon cut in.
Conservatives are smiling this week at an annual convention in Washington, celebrating President Trump’s win, but beneath the surface lurk tensions central to how Republicans will govern in the next two years andto the 2018 election outlook. At the four-day Conservative Political Action Conference, once a fringe event that is now decidedly in the Republican mainstream, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to help fire up an estimated 10,000 activists in attendance. Known as CPAC, the event is being held at a new MGM resort and casino located in Maryland, just outside Washington. So Trump, a former casino developer, should feel at home, despite certain unresolved differences with many of his hosts over issues such as trade, taxes and small government.
A generation of young activists whose opposition to Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and what they consider its human rights violations has crystallized around the nomination of David Friedman, a Jewish American bankruptcy lawyer, to be Washington's ambassador to Israel.
Thomas Perez speaks during a Labor Department panel discussion in Washington, April 6, 2016. WASHINGTON — Tom Perez is in the homestretch of a hotly contested race to lead a badly damaged Democratic Party. If Democratic delegates pick Perez at their winter meeting in Atlanta on Saturday, he’ll find himself leading a party that is fractured, beaten, and in his own estimation, has strayed from its roots.
One of President Trump’s first and most controversial foreign policy moves was to reorganize the National Security Council, removing the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a permanent member and effectively replacing him with his chief political strategist, Steve Bannon. Now, in an ironic twist, Trump has named a new national security adviser — Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster — who once criticized an earlier president for essentially doing the same thing.
U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces captured Mosul airport on Thursday, state television said, in a major gain in operations to drive Islamic State from the western half of the city. Elite Counter Terrorism forces advanced from the southwestern side and entered the Ghozlani army base along with the southwestern districts of Tal al-Rumman and al-Mamoun
Fox News host Sean Hannity paid tribute to his longtime friend and colleague Alan Colmes on Thursday after the liberal commentator’s death at 66. According to a statement released by his family, Colmes passed away Thursday morning after a brief illness and leaves behind his wife Jocelyn Elise Crowley. Hannity and Colmes rose to national prominence as co-hosts of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes,” which ran from 1996 until 2009.
Once among the richest and safest countries in Latin America, Venezuela is now falling apart. Tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving and the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line, while the murder rate is among the highest in the world – yet Venezuela’s socialist government is more entrenched than ever as a sense of hopelessness has settled over what was once among the richest nations in South America.
Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway promoted herself as a model for an alternative to modern, progressive feminism. “I look at myself as a product of my choices, not as a victim of my circumstances, and that’s what conservative feminism is all about,” Conway said.
Originating in Bonn, it is tradition that the women “take back” the town — women symbolically storm the town hall and cut off the ties of the men, leaving them with a small kiss as compensation. A Bavarian maker of Donald Trump-style wigs said her factory has been overwhelmed by demand for the U.S. president’s blond coiffure from Germans preparing for Carnival celebrations this week.
ON THE TOWN. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas held a town hall for the ages in Springdale, Ark., Wednesday night, drawing pointed questions from an Obamacare supporter, a Lutheran pastor, a descendent of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a 7-year-old boy.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen speaks during a news conference in Miami, Nov. 26, 2016. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., isn’t afraid to break party ranks on issues of LGBT rights — especially when her family is involved. Ros-Lehtinen, whose son Rodrigo is transgender, released a critical statement Wednesday after the Trump administration announced it was revoking federal guidelines that protect transgender students from sex discrimination.
The retired admiral who designed and oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden says President Trump’s superheated charge that the mainstream news media is the “enemy of the American people” is not just wrong, but also could pose a dire threat to American democracy. “The president said the news media is the enemy of the American people,” William McRaven said Tuesday. The former Joint Special Operations Command leader, now chancellor of the University of Texas system, made the remarks at the inaugural event of the Communication and Leadership Speaker Series at UT’s Belo Center for New Media.
Protesters opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline braced for a showdown with authorities as some vowed to defy Wednesday’s deadline to abandon the camp they have occupied for months to halt the project. President Trump has pushed for the completion of the multibillion-dollar pipeline since he took office last month, despite objections from Native Americans and environmental activists who say it threatens the water resources and sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set a deadline of Wednesday afternoon for protesters to leave the Oceti Sakowin camp.
The two most prominent candidates to lead the Democratic Party appeared to agree with each other on most of the issues in a CNN debate Wednesday night, while outsider candidates and the moderators needled them about how sharply the party should focus on President Donald Trump and whether sitting Democratic officeholders should be primaried in 2018.
Which is strange, because normally you wouldn’t be idly speculating about the end of a presidency barely a month after the inauguration. Certainly, in parts of the country that voted overwhelmingly for Trump, the sense is he’s just getting started.
Hillary Clinton speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in December 2016. Hillary Clinton has a message for Republican members of Congress who are ducking angry constituents as they return to their home districts. “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the…Congress,” Clinton tweeted Wednesday, linking to an op-ed in the Kansas City Star about the growing wave of demonstrations seen at town halls across the country this week.
Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks on Tuesday to employees of the agency in Washington. A batch of 7,564 pages of emails and other records from Scott Pruitt’s tenure as Oklahoma attorney general — made public Wednesday morning — show that he worked with the fossil fuel industry in its efforts to roll back environmental regulations. The documents were handed over to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) Tuesday night as a result of an Open Records Act request and lawsuit.
Activists hung a banner saying “REFUGEES WELCOME” on the base of the Statue of Liberty in New York on Feb. 21. Tuesday, Feb. 21, was a big day for Resistance Recess activists, as members of Congress held town halls across the country and got yelled at by constituents and activists (and activist constituents). LOVELY LADY LIBERTY. A group of activists tweeting under the account @AltStatLiberty — named after the “rogue” or “alt” federal government accounts purportedly written by bureaucrats about what’s really happening at their agencies — unfurled a banner reading “REFUGEES WELCOME” at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
An Afghan refugee gives a haircut to a friend in an abandoned warehouse where they have taken refuge in Belgrade, Serbia; Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire toward Islamic State militants during a battle west of Mosul, Iraq; a leopard captured by Guwahati zoo officials sits inside a cage in Rosina village in the Kamrup district of Assam state, India. These 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.
Thousands of activists have marched in Kiev to honor protesters who were killed during the pro-European Maidan demonstrations in 2013-14 and to challenge the government. The March of National Dignity was organized by three nationalist parties — Svoboda (Freedom), the National Corps and Right Sector. Activists gathered on Kiev’s central Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) early on February 22 and began marching toward Parliament, where they planned to announce their demands to lawmakers, the cabinet, and President Petro Poroshenko.
Ihsan Kaadan, MD, originally from Syria, stands in front of Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is a cardiac researcher. It was after the sun sank below the horizon and daylight faded into night that Ihsan Kaadan said were the worst times in Aleppo during the Syrian war. “You would just wait to see the light again,” said Kaadan.