A young girl is silhouetted against an illuminated sculpture titled ‘HYBYCOZO’ during a media preview of the i Light Marina Bay Festival in Singapore; An Iraqi special forces soldier fires as other soldiers runs across a street during a battle in Mosul; and, Tibetans gather during a special prayer ceremony on the third day of the Tibetan New Year celebrations in Kathmandu. These are just a few of the photos of the day for March 1, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
President Trump vowed to slash the “burdensome” regulatory process at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) while delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, which was by coincidence “Rare Disease Day.”
Bright lava lit up the night sky on the Italian island of Sicily on Monday as Mount Etna erupted for the first time this year. The volcano, one of the most active in the world, has been largely dormant for the last two years, but it sprung to life with bright orange lava spewing out high over the Mediterranean Island, eventually easing off by Tuesday morning. Catania airport, situated within 31 miles of the volcano, remained open, but authorities were tracking the movements of the ash cloud.
Protesters take part in a No Ban, No Wall rally to support the rights of immigrants and oppose a border wall and support sanctuary cities at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Feb. 28. AUSTIN, Tex. — Many waited until it was almost dark to walk through the door, and even then, they carefully looked up and down the block to make sure the coast was clear, warily exiting their cars just as the sun went down.
Following President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, Vice President Mike Pence embarked on a daylong interview tour praising the president and further promoting the administration’s agenda.
A protest in Washington, D.C., defied darkness and rain. Signs of Trump fatigue are appearing. Democratic candidates in special elections showed some electoral energy. And Sen. Marco Rubio lost his Tampa office as a result of persistent protests outside it.
Protests outside Sen. Marco Rubio’s offices in Tampa haven’t succeeded in getting the Florida Republican to hold a town hall meeting with constituents. According to a report from the Tampa Bay Times, Rubio’s office was notified on Feb. 1 that its month-to-month lease tenancy would be terminated over the continued demonstrations outside the nine-story Bridgeport Center. Since President Trump’s inauguration, Rubio has declined to hold a town hall, leading to demonstrations and videos of him dodging questions in airports.
The word “grand” matched few hotels in the world better than New York City’s Waldorf Astoria, but this bastion of gilded splendor is now closing for two to three years for a transformative makeover. The last guests were checking out by noon Wednesday after enjoying the rich Art Deco style of the old Waldorf one last time. When the building reopens, it will still have a hotel, but hundreds of its 1,400 guest rooms will have been converted into privately owned condominiums, according to a spokesman for the Anbang Insurance Group, the Chinese company that bought the storied hotel for nearly $2 billion in 2015.
President Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives on Feb. 28. The wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers that President Trump denounced in his joint address to Congress — 100 so far this year, including 31 on Monday — have all been hoaxes. “That is their intended goal, to make it difficult for us to do business as usual,” says Betzy Lynch, executive director of the Levite JCC of Birmingham, Ala. Hers is one of several organizations where parents have withdrawn youngsters from preschools after threats — either out of fear that there will eventually be violence or because of the toll taken by repeated evacuations.
In his first speech to a joint session of Congress, President Trump on Tuesday challenged divided lawmakers and a polarized nation to look past his turbulent early days in office and rally behind the “America First” vision of his history-making campaign. “A new national pride is sweeping across our nation,” Trump declared to a packed House of Representatives at the outset of the hourlong address. The entrepreneur stayed true to many of the core messages of his insurgent and profoundly nationalist candidacy — blaming immigration and global trade for a range of ills, expressing resentment at the burdens of America’s post-World War II global leadership, pushing for dismantling Obamacare — while dropping some of his most inflammatory rhetoric.
Heralding a “new chapter of American greatness,” President Donald Trump stood before Congress for the first time Tuesday night and issued a broad call for overhauling the nation’s health care system, significantly boosting military spending and plunging $1 trillion into upgrading crumbling infrastructure. Trump, who typically relishes flouting political convention, embraced the pomp and tradition of a presidential address to Congress. The president was greeted by enthusiastic applause as he entered the House chamber, though it was filled with Democrats who vigorously oppose his policies and many Republicans who never expected him to be elected.
As debate continues to swirl over the mission’s results, President Trump’s acknowledgment of a fallen soldier’s wife was the most emotional moment of his first congressional address. Carryn Owens, whose husband, Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, was killed in a Yemen raid last month, was moved to tears as Trump praised her husband’s sacrifice. “Ryan died as he lived,” said Trump.
Costumed revelers in protective helmets throw oranges during Carnival in the northern Italian Piedmont town of Ivrea, Italy; An Iraqi special forces soldier carries a woman injured during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State fighters in Mosul, Iraq; and, Seagulls fly over the Bosphorus river while traffic has stopped due to the fog in Istanbul. These are just a few of the photos of the day for February 28, 2017. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
The streets of New Orleans were filled Tuesday with costumed revelers, dazzling floats featuring kings and queens, and people of all ages screaming for trinkets and beads. Tuesday marks the culmination of the Carnival season, which started Jan. 6. The biggest parades take place along the St. Charles Avenue parade route, where the Krewe of Zulu kicks off the morning’s parades and is followed by the Krewe of Rex.
On Tuesday night, President Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress, and the Democrats issued their response from former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. Follow along for analysis of the speech and post-address commentary from Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and Yahoo News National Political Columnist Matt Bai.
Newly elected Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez believes President Trump hasn’t done anything to improve life for Americans since taking office Jan. 20. “I can’t think of a damn thing,” said Perez in a Tuesday interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric when asked if Trump has done anything well. Perez also defended Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who was dogged by his past associations with the Nation of Islam and his past defense of its founder, Louis Farrakhan, who had made anti-Semitic comments.
The president and members of Congress are picking guests who highlight their policy views for tonight’s presidential address to a joint session of Congress, reports Yahoo News’ Chris Wilson: “The White House announced that six guests would be joining first lady Melania Trump at the address. Half of that group have lost family members in killings by undocumented immigrants.” Meanwhile, “Many Democrats have invited guests who benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the proposed DREAM Act to draw a contrast to the president’s messaging and policies.” And Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), invited Tom Perez, the former labor secretary, who just beat him out for the post of chair of the Democratic National Committee. Democratic women will wear white at the Trump speech tonight, to highlight their disputes with the administration on women’s issues and situate themselves in the history of women’s political activism.
After House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed him in an interview over the weekend, President Trump responded by accusing her of undermining the Democratic Party. In a “Fox & Friends” interview that aired Tuesday ahead of his address to a joint session of Congress, Trump branded Pelosi “incompetent” and said she’s “done a terrible job” as a party leader. “You know, if you look at what’s going on with the Democrats and the party, it’s getting smaller and smaller,” Trump said.
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
Both President Trump and his opposition in Congress look to highlight their sides of ongoing policy battles with their choice of guests for Tuesday night’s joint address to Congress. The act of bringing notable guests, or “Lenny Skutniks,” to such addresses is a well-established tradition. Skutnik committed an act of heroism following the crash of Air Florida Flight 90 in January 1982 and was subsequently invited to then-President Ronald Reagan’s 1982 State of the Union address. For this year, the White House announced that six guests would be joining first lady Melania Trump at the address.
Israeli forces began evacuating nine homes in the West Bank settlement of Ofra, following a Supreme Court decision that ruled they were built on private Palestinian land. Dozens of settlers and their supporters were protesting on the rooftops as military and police forces handed the evacuation orders to settler leaders and asked them to cooperate peacefully and avoid confrontation. Read more about the settler evacuation at the AP. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr
When Donald Trump steps to the podium before a joint session of Congress tonight, he will deliver his first major presidential address since his inauguration, when he memorably invoked the idea of “American carnage.” He will appear before a Congress and a country that is rife with unease and anxiety. Congress is filled with Republicans concerned about Trump’s penchant for chaotic leadership and Democrats swept up by an organic resistance to a president whom many of them regard as a threat to democracy. “All I can do is speak from the heart and say what I want to do,” Trump told “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning, adding that he hoped to improve on his “messaging,” which he rated as only a “C or a C-plus” so far.
During a “Fox & Friends” interview that aired Tuesday, President Trump defended his performance in office but acknowledged some snags in how his policies are promoted. Asked how he would grade his presidency so far, Trump volunteered two separate answers, giving himself an “A” in effort and achievement but a “C or a C-plus” in messaging. “I think in terms of effort, which means something but I give myself an A-plus, okay, effort,” Trump said, according to a transcript.
The widow of an engineer shot dead in Kansas by a man allegedly shouting “Get out of my country!” has demanded that the government stop future hate crimes. “I need an answer from the government,” Sunayana Dumala, widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, said during a press conference last week.