Donald Trump declared Tuesday morning that the Air Force should cancel its contract with Boeing to build two new presidential airplanes, asserting that the agreement had a $4 billion price tag. “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. It’s not clear how Trump, who frequently tweets exaggerated or baseless claims, arrived at that number.
Trump speaks at a “Thank You Tour” rally in Fayetteville, N.C., on Tuesday. President-elect Donald Trump called into NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday after being named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, and gave a surprisingly wide-ranging interview on his transition. Among other things, Trump doubled down on his day-old battle with Boeing after calling on the U.S. government to cancel a deal with the aircraft manufacturer to develop of the next generation of Air Force One.
President-elect Donald Trump took a victory lap on Wednesday after receiving an award that he has coveted for at least a year: Time magazine’s Person of the Year. “To be on the cover of Time as Person of the Year is a tremendous honor,” he said Wednesday morning during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, which revealed the winner. Trump had a much different reaction in 2015, when he was a finalist for Person of the Year but didn’t make the cut.
For starters, the general take is pretty much like that of Americans. Amongst Internet and financial elites in Hong Kong for instance, Trump is perceived as you might expect, with dismay and eye rolling. When a roomful of 100 or so undergraduates at Zhejiang University, (a prominent school in Hangzhou), was asked if they knew of Trump on Celebrity Apprentice, nearly all of them smiled and nodded their heads.
President-elect Donald Trump did something unusual Tuesday night at the second rally of his “Thank You Tour” in Fayetteville, N.C. — he stopped the crowd from booing the press. Remember, this has been a great, great movement, the likes of which they’ve never seen before,” Trump said, pointing to the reporters who were covering the rally. “No, no, no,” Trump said putting a stop to the jeers.
The Weather Channel typically sticks to reporting on science and weather, but it waded into politics on Tuesday, after climate skeptics had appropriated its work and presented it in a context that the channel considers incorrect and irresponsible. In an editorial posted to Weather.com, the Weather Channel singled out last week’s Breitbart News article, headed “Global Temperatures Plunge. “The last three years may eventually come to be seen as the final death rattle of the global warming scare,” Breitbart columnist James Delingpole wrote.
Michael Flynn Jr., the son of incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn who helped spread the so-called Pizzagate conspiracy, has no involvement in President-elect Donald Trump’s transition, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on Tuesday. “Gen. Flynn’s son has no involvement in the transition whatsoever,” Pence said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday. Pence admitted later Tuesday afternoon that he had understated the son’s role. During a somewhat tense CNN interview, anchor Jake Tapper repeatedly pressed Pence as to whether he was aware that the transition had asked for Flynn Jr. to receive a security clearance.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that President Obama could make a Senate report on the CIA’s post-9/11 use of torture partly public before he leaves office in January. “Probably the most that we might expect this administration to do — and maybe ‘expect’ is the wrong word — but the most it could probably accomplish is to designate it some kind of a record that would ultimately lead to its availability through FOIA, subject to redaction, obviously,” said Schiff, who was speaking at a breakfast for reporters organized by the Christian Science Monitor. The Senate Intelligence Committee worked for years to compile the 6,700-page report, perhaps the most detailed and complete accounting of the CIA’s use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other interrogation techniques that meet international definitions of torture.
Dr. Ben Carson speaks before a Trump campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., in August 2016. It is a view that worries longtime housing advocates who find themselves parsing the limited words Dr. Carson has spoken and written on the subject before the former neurosurgeon was named Monday Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of housing and urban development. “The fair housing community has been hoping for a HUD appointee that would do no harm,” said Erin Kemple, executive director of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center.
Fidel Castro is dead. Castro was believed dead in 1953, after he disappeared during his surprise attack on the Moncada Barracks during an early, failed attempt to overthrow Cuba’s government. Cuba’s President Raul Castro, left, receives the box containing the ashes of Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, in Santiago de Cuba, Dec. 4, 2016.
The White House on Monday scolded Donald Trump over his controversial telephone call with Taiwan’s leader, charging that the president-elect had broken with four decades of bipartisan foreign policy consensus and angered China without reaping any benefits for the United States. “It’s unclear exactly what the strategic effort is, what the aim of the strategic effort is, and it’s unclear exactly what potential benefit could be experienced by the United States, China or Taiwan, but I’ll leave that to them to explain,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily briefing.
On Monday morning, Amazon unveiled its new vision for the future of brick-and-mortar grocery stores: Amazon Go. Amazon says the company brought together the most advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence to eliminate cash registers in a new 1,800-square-foot store in Seattle. Amazon Go is already open to Amazon employees through its beta program and is scheduled to open to the public in early 2017.
A uniformed Muslim New York City transit employee was allegedly assaulted Monday by a man who called her a “terrorist” before pushing her down a flight of stairs at a Grand Central Terminal subway station. Officials say the incident was yet another hate crime reported in the wake of a divisive presidential election. The off-duty employee, who was not identified, injured her ankle and knee in the alleged attack, which occurred at about 6:20 a.m., New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Former Vice President Al Gore had a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka Trump, on Monday. The meeting was announced by Trump spokesman Jason Miller during the presidential transition team’s daily conference call. Miller said Gore would be discussing “climate issues” with Ivanka, but that he was not scheduled to speak with Trump.
Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric traveled to Moscow, Russia, for a rare, face-to-face interview with fugitive and former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Snowden leaked thousands of classified documents to the media in 2013, revealing the scope of U.S. surveillance activities. He now lives in exile in Russia where he has sought asylum. See the full Katie Couric Interview on Yahoo.com/KatieCouric. _____ See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he doesn’t care that Donald Trump continues to tweet outlandish claims as president-elect as long as Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress get things done when he’s in the Oval Office. “That’s what’s going to matter at the end of the day,” Ryan said in an interview that aired on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday. It was a stunning claim as there is no evidence of significant voter fraud.
The owner of the Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant that was the subject of a false Hillary Clinton conspiracy ripped those who spread fake news after a North Carolina man walked into the pizzeria on Sunday and pointed an assault rifle at one of his employees, then began shooting. The 28-year-old gunman, Edgar Maddison Welch, told police he traveled to Washington from Salisbury, N.C., to “self-investigate” the conspiracy theory, which alleged that the pizzeria was the center of a sex ring involving Clinton and her campaign chief. “There will be a time and place to address how and why this happened in greater detail,” James Alefantis, owner of Comet Ping Pong, said in a statement.
“Just tried watching Saturday Night Live — unwatchable!” Trump tweeted, perhaps proving the sketch’s point. “Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse.
The operator of the converted warehouse in Oakland, Calif., where a fire broke out during a dance party on Friday night, killing at least 33 people, has been widely criticized over his initial response to the tragedy. “Everything I worked so hard for is gone,” Derick Ion Almena wrote in a Facebook post early Saturday morning. Almena’s post was met with immediate backlash from Facebook users for omitting any mention of the victims.
Retired Gen. David Petraeus admitted he made a “very serious mistake” in sharing classified information with his biographer when he was CIA director, adding that it would be up to the Senate to decide whether it should confirm or disqualify him should President-elect Donald Trump nominate him to be secretary of state. “Five years ago I made a very serious mistake,” Petraeus said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday. Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in April 2015 for mishandling classified information, receiving two years’ probation and a $100,000 fine.
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., tears a page from the national health care bill during a press conference at the Capitol in 2012. If you’re an American who misses the days when you could pick a doctor out of the phone book, write a check to pay for the visit and be done with it, you may be pleased to hear that the next president’s nominee to run the nation’s health system belongs to an organization that agrees with you. The nominee is Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., Donald Trump’s pick as secretary of health and human services, and the organization is the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, an Arizona-based group that promotes libertarian principles in health care — and an array of far-right conspiracy theories about many other topics.
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., speaks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016. Rep. Keith Ellison’s bid to lead the Democratic National Committee got a shot in the arm Friday afternoon, as his chief rival for the spot, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, announced he was getting out of the race. “One of the problems we had in this election is we’ve got to connect more with young people — and that means not having faces like mine,” said Dean, 68, who ran as a presidential candidate in 2004, and led the DNC between 2005 and 2009.
Call it the Lewandowski Doctrine: the proposition that in evaluating the statements of a candidate for president of the United States, the proper standard to apply is, How would this sound coming from my brother-in-law at the kitchen table? Specifically, Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, speaking at a forum Thursday night at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, was criticizing what he considered the media’s myopic focus on the accuracy of Trump’s statements during the campaign. You guys took everything that Donald Trump said so literally,” Lewandowski said.
Democratic and Republican senators are reportedly crafting legislation that would put a limit on how many people President-elect Donald Trump would be allowed to deport if he reverses President Obama’s executive orders concerning illegal immigration.
Trump's event was the kickoff for what his team is billing as a "Thank You Tour," and his aides are quick to correct anyone who refers to it as a victory lap. All the rallies are expected to take place in key states where Trump scored victories.