Politics

  • Boeing responds after Trump knocks contract for Air Force One jets
    Michael Walsh

    Boeing responds after Trump knocks contract for Air Force One jets

    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 gets Time magazine nod for Person of the Year
    Colin Campbell

    Trump gets Time magazine nod for Person of the Year

    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.

  • Trump skips attacks on media to focus on the military in his second post-election speech
    Hunter Walker

    Trump skips attacks on media to focus on the military in his second post-election speech

    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.

  • Weather Channel to Breitbart: Stop citing us in spreading climate skepticism
    Michael Walsh

    Weather Channel to Breitbart: Stop citing us in spreading climate skepticism

    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.

  • Trump team: Flynn Jr., who spread conspiracies, ‘no longer’ with transition
    Dylan Stableford

    Trump team: Flynn Jr., who spread conspiracies, ‘no longer’ with transition

    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.

  • Top Democrat: Obama may make torture report partly public
    Olivier Knox

    Top Democrat: Obama may make torture report partly public

    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.

  • Ben Carson called new housing laws ‘social engineering.’ That worries fair housing advocates.
    Lisa Belkin

    Ben Carson called new housing laws ‘social engineering.’ That worries fair housing advocates.

    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’s quiet end
    Patrick Symmes

    Fidel Castro’s quiet end

    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.

  • White House chides Trump for Taiwan call
    Olivier Knox

    White House chides Trump for Taiwan call

    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.

  • Amazon Go pioneers grocery shopping without checkout lines, cashier jobs
    Michael Walsh

    Amazon Go pioneers grocery shopping without checkout lines, cashier jobs

    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.

  • Muslim MTA employee, NYPD officer targeted in alleged hate crimes
    Dylan Stableford

    Muslim MTA employee, NYPD officer targeted in alleged hate crimes

    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.

  • Al Gore: I just had an ‘extremely interesting conversation’ about climate change with Donald Trump
    Hunter Walker

    Al Gore: I just had an ‘extremely interesting conversation’ about climate change with Donald Trump

    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.

  • Katie Couric interviews Edward Snowden: A look behind the scenes
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Katie Couric interviews Edward Snowden: A look behind the scenes

    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

  • Paul Ryan on Trump’s baseless voter fraud claim: ‘Who cares what he tweeted?’
    Dylan Stableford

    Paul Ryan on Trump’s baseless voter fraud claim: ‘Who cares what he tweeted?’

    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.

  • Comet pizza owner rips fake news after gunman tells police he was there to ‘self-investigate’ election conspiracy
    Dylan Stableford

    Comet pizza owner rips fake news after gunman tells police he was there to ‘self-investigate’ election conspiracy

    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.

  • Woman delivers epic Twitter takedown after Trump attacks ‘SNL’
    Dylan Stableford

    Woman delivers epic Twitter takedown after Trump attacks ‘SNL’

    “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.

  • Oakland warehouse operator sparks outrage for mourning loss of venue — not victims
    Dylan Stableford

    Oakland warehouse operator sparks outrage for mourning loss of venue — not victims

    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.

  • Petraeus on mishandling classified info: ‘I made a very serious mistake’
    Dylan Stableford

    Petraeus on mishandling classified info: ‘I made a very serious mistake’

    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.

  • The right-wing medical association that Trump’s health secretary choice belongs to
    Jerry Adler

    The right-wing medical association that Trump’s health secretary choice belongs to

    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.

  • Howard Dean drops out of Democratic leadership race, leaving Keith Ellison as the frontrunner
    Liz Goodwin

    Howard Dean drops out of Democratic leadership race, leaving Keith Ellison as the frontrunner

    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.

  • Trump’s truth: the dinner-table standard
    Jerry Adler

    Trump’s truth: the dinner-table standard

    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.

  • Senators drafting bill to limit Trump-era deportations
    Michael Walsh

    Senators drafting bill to limit Trump-era deportations

    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.

  • Donald Trump’s ‘USA Thank You Tour’
    Yahoo News Photo Staff

    Donald Trump’s ‘USA Thank You Tour’

    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.

  • Donald Trump is running victory laps and settling old scores
    Hunter Walker

    Donald Trump is running victory laps and settling old scores

    CINCINNATI, Ohio — President-elect Donald Trump isn’t quite done with the campaign. His first postelection event on Thursday featured a speech in which he delivered extensive riffs boasting about his performance in the election and airing old grievances.

  • Former Clinton staffers want Facebook to alert voters about Louisiana runoff race
    Liz Goodwin

    Former Clinton staffers want Facebook to alert voters about Louisiana runoff race

    A group of former Hillary Clinton campaign staffers is asking Facebook to expand its election alerts to include local races in time for a crucial Louisiana run-off election this month. The Clinton staffers formed a nonprofit called Flippable in the wake of their party’s crushing losses in November, in order to inform and organize Democrats around state and local races. Chris Walsh, a founder of Flippable who was the Clinton campaign’s Ohio regional out-of-state coordinator, said Facebook will consider their request if they are able to demonstrate a popular “outpouring of support.” The group has started a petition to prove that Facebook users would like to be reminded of local elections.