In the weeks leading up to the inauguration, Yahoo News visited towns and cities across the country, speaking to voters who had supported Donald Trump in the election. Donald Trump called them the “forgotten people” — working-class Americans all over the nation who struggled to make ends meet, only to feel overlooked by the political elite in Washington and cut off from more prosperous parts of the country. The “forgotten men and women” became Trump’s rallying cry in his unlikely quest for the White House, as he traveled to cities, big and small, all over the country, including many that had never before been visited by a presidential candidate.
It goes something like this: The president-elect of the United States tweets something no president-elect has ever said, and certainly never tweeted, before. All of this raises a number of questions as this president-elect becomes president: Is his unfiltered spew of thought really unprecedented? Just before the controversial nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to head the Department of Health and Human Services, for instance, Trump tweeted that flag burning should be illegal.
On impulse I turned into the driveway of what the whole block had taken to calling “the Trump House,” walked up the front steps and rang the bell. Chris Fresiello — the man who’d put up the Trump signs, and applied the Trump bumper stickers to his pickup and hung the Trump flag — invited me in for what became a two-hour chat. It took us a while to reschedule — there were nearly 10,000 comments to go through — but we did so this week to talk about everything from the names people feel free to call each other online to whether Donald Trump means what he says, and whether that matters.
Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos listens to Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., before testifying on Capitol Hill on Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Education, indicated that she is open to radically rethinking the federal government’s role in education on issues from sexual assault cases on college campuses to cutting federal support for the nation’s public schools in a contentious confirmation hearing Tuesday evening. Democratic senators repeatedly pressed DeVos to spell out her specific vision for the Department of Education, but the education activist and billionaire from Michigan kept mostly to generalities, outlining a broad vision of school choice in which parents could use state money to send their kids to private or charter schools.
Retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright. President Obama gave a full pardon Tuesday to retired Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, who was convicted of lying to the FBI during an investigation into a leak about American efforts to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program. The pardon followed an intense lobbying campaign on behalf of Cartwright that included expressions of support, relayed by Cartwright’s lawyer, from former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, according to sources familiar with the effort.
President Obama has commuted the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, paving the way for the Army intelligence analyst turned high-profile leaker to be freed on May 17, the White House announced Tuesday. Manning was on a list of 209 commutations and 64 pardons released Tuesday, though they may not be Obama’s final acts of clemency before he leaves office at midday on Jan. 20. Edward Snowden’s name was not on the list.
President-elect Donald Trump told a radio interviewer in October 2015 that he had met Vladimir Putin “one time … a long time ago” and that he “got along with him great” — a statement that conflicts with his later denials during the campaign that he had ever met or spoken with the Russian president. The newly surfaced audiotape, uncovered by a political opposition-research group, could fuel new questions about the precise nature of Trump’s past relations with the Russian president — a subject about which he has made multiple contradictory comments. It was released just hours after Putin, speaking from Moscow, denounced officials in the Obama administration as “worse than prostitutes” for circulating “nonsense” personal allegations about Trump that were allegedly collected by Russian intelligence.
President Obama will fail to keep one of his most high-profile promises — closing the detention facility for suspected terrorists at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — the White House acknowledged on Tuesday. “At this point, I don’t anticipate that we will succeed in that goal of closing the prison, but it’s not for a lack of trying,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his final media briefing. “The only reason it didn’t happen is because of the politics that members of Congress of both parties, frankly, played with this issue,” Earnest said with just two full days left in Obama’s term.
Outgoing White House press secretary Josh Earnest tore into President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for health and human services secretary, Georgia Rep. Tom Price, amid a report that the Republican congressman bought stock in a medical company, then introduced legislation that would have directly benefited the company. “This is a very narrow, specific company that dealt with implants — hip and knee — and the legislation specifically affects implants.
Jon Ralston, NBC News Analyst, appears on “Meet the Press” in Washington, D.C. in 2016. Jon Ralston found himself in an odd position among political pundits on Nov. 8: He was one of the few who got his part right. In the days before the election, the longtime Nevada journalist and commentator all but called the crucial swing state for Democrat Hillary Clinton based on early voting numbers.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., testifies on Capitol Hill on Jan. 11. Donald Trump’s feud with Rep. John Lewis entered its fourth day Tuesday when the president-elect fired off still more tweets ripping Rep. John Lewis for skipping his inauguration. Lewis said last Friday that Trump’s inauguration was the first one he would miss since being elected to Congress in the 1980s.
President Barack Obama made headlines with his record-setting inauguration costs in 2009, totaling an estimated $170 million, according to ABC News. This year, President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration could cost between $175 million to $200 million, according to the Washington Post. Inaugurations are typically expensive, though it’s tough to determine exactly how much they cost, according to a 2013 report by the Congressional Research Service.
More than 40 Democratic lawmakers have announced they intend to skip Donald Trump’s inauguration this week to protest the president-elect’s plans for the country. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., told Yahoo News she decided she couldn’t celebrate Trump’s inauguration because of his comments during the campaign about temporarily barring Muslims from entering the country and his vow to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Lee was among a growing handful of Democratic lawmakers who objected last week to the certification of the Electoral College results on the House floor.
Trump speaks at a press conference at Trump Tower in New York City last week. “The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls,” the president-elect tweeted Tuesday morning. The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls.
On Jan. 20, Joe Biden officially hands over the vice president's office, a capstone on a career that has spanned decades in electoral politics. Among other things, his tenure in the White House has seen him strike a clear friendship with President Obama, who picked the then-Delaware senator as running mate after securing the 2008 Democratic nomination. Here's a look back at the past eight years of Vice President Biden. (Colin Campbell/Yahoo News) See more of our inauguration coverage here. _____ See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20 and Yahoo News will be there to bring you live coverage of the historic Inauguration Day from the earliest moments of preparation, to the swearing in, the parade and the balls and parties. Save this link for live updates all day from our reporters on the ground and a special live show with Yahoo Global Anchor Katie Couric and National Political columnist Matt Bai.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 15, 1929. King was a Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and civil rights leader who practiced peaceful, nonviolent civil disobedience to protest racial inequality. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tenn., while planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., for the Poor People's Campaign. Riots broke out in cities around the U.S. in response to King’s death.
More than two dozen Democratic lawmakers have announced they intend to skip Donald Trump’s inauguration this week to protest the president-elect’s plans for the country. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., told Yahoo News she decided she couldn’t celebrate Trump’s inauguration because of his comments during the campaign about temporarily barring Muslims from entering the country and his vow to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Lee was among a growing handful of Democratic lawmakers who objected last week to the certification of the Electoral College results on the House floor.
The United States was founded in opposition to monarchs, whose coronations are quasi-religious ceremonies heavy on jewels, crowns, robes and scepters. A president, chosen by the people, from among the people, requires no props other than a plain English Bible and swears allegiance to the Constitution. It's been that way for 224 years, a tradition that even this least traditional of president-elects wouldn't dare break. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News) See more of our inauguration coverage here. _____ See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.
President Obama says President-elect Donald Trump was an “unconventional candidate” who ran an “improvisational campaign.” But he doesn’t think that approach will work in the White House. “I don’t think so,” Obama said.
In the weeks leading up to the inauguration, Yahoo News visited towns and cities across the country, speaking to voters who had supported Donald Trump in the election. HARRISON, Ark. — Shane Jones simply did not believe a pair of journalists had wandered into his barber shop/gun store on a Wednesday afternoon a few weeks after Election Day to talk about Donald Trump.
In the weeks leading up to the inauguration, Yahoo News visited towns and cities across the country, speaking to voters who had supported Donald Trump in the election. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — People often say Republicans are like an endangered species in California, but it doesn’t feel like that here. In this predominately blue state, where roughly two-thirds of voters backed Hillary Clinton last November, Kern County remained decidedly red, reaffirming its status as one of the last few Republican strongholds in increasingly liberal California.
In the weeks leading up to the inauguration, Yahoo News visited towns and cities across the country, speaking to voters who had supported Donald Trump in the election. As the shape of his administration emerged, we asked voters if they were happy with their choice and optimistic about the future. OKLAHOMA CITY — He had prayed.
In the weeks leading up to the inauguration, Yahoo News visited towns and cities across the country, speaking to voters who had supported Donald Trump in the election. Of all the promises Donald Trump made during his insurgent bid for the presidency, it was his pledge to build a “a big beautiful wall” along the U.S. border with Mexico that voters tend to remember the most. In small towns and large, in border states and those closer to Canada than Mexico, the New York billionaire talked vividly at every single campaign stop during his 17-month quest for the White House about the wall.