Two House Democrats called Wednesday for the creation of a bipartisan national commission — modeled after the one that investigated the Sept. 11 terror attacks — to investigate foreign interference in the 2016 election. Trump’s unyielding view would seem to make it less likely that there will be any sort of public probe.
New York City Police officers guard the front of Trump Tower, in New York on Nov. 11, 2016. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is still petitioning the federal government to compensate the Big Apple for protecting president-elect Donald Trump. Since Trump’s election victory, the New York Police Department has had to vastly increase its already intense security for the area.
John Kelly, President-elect Donald Trump’s reported pick for homeland security chief, never spoke of his fallen son by name during the speech to the Semper Fi Society, which he had committed to give long before his death. “We are in a life-and-death struggle, but not our whole country,” Kelly said in his speech. Kelly, 66, is the highest ranking military officer to lose a child in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan — a burden of war that thousands of so-called Gold Star military families like his must bear.
Secretary of state candidate Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., said in an interview Wednesday that the United States cooperating with Russia is a good thing and that China is not America’s friend. “If it’s right for us to join in and cooperate and have a better relationship with Russia in order to defeat radical Islam and to pull China back a bit,” said Rohrabacher, “well that’s a good thing, and that’s what this is all about. Russia is no longer the Soviet Union.
Federal authorities indicted a Tampa, Fla., woman on Wednesday, accusing her of issuing death threats to a parent whose child died in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. According to the indictment, Lucy Richards believed that the school shooting was a hoax. A fringe conspiracy theory denies the authenticity of the Sandy Hook massacre, which shocked the nation Dec. 14, 2012.
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager says the president-elect has already accomplished more in the month since his election than President Obama has in the last four years. “Donald Trump, in the first four weeks of his presidency, has done more to help this country than I think Barack Obama has done in the last four years,” Corey Lewandowski said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday. Lewandowski, an informal Trump adviser expected to join his administration, said Trump has a shown a stronger “commitment” to the U.S. military and American businesses than the Obama administration’s second term by vowing “to reduce the amount of government regulations so they can continue to grow” at a rate higher than the current economy.
More than 60 Democratic members of Congress are urging President Obama to protect the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who signed up for his deferred action program before he leaves office next month. “You have pardoned hundreds and hundreds of people convicted for drug offenses,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said at a Wednesday press conference in Washington. The White House has informed the Democrats that “the clemency power could not give legal status to any undocumented individual” and that only Congress has that power.
President-elect Donald Trump called 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.
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. The primary difference is they care about Trump less than Americans do—which makes sense given that they are thousands of miles away in a country that prides itself in marching to the beat of its own drum. Amongst Internet and financial elites in Hong Kong for instance, Trump is perceived as you might expect, with dismay and eye rolling.
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.
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.
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.