Showing posts with label united states. Show all posts
Showing posts with label united states. Show all posts

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

US Ex-Senator Jon Kyl Named As Successor To McCain

Arizona’s governor on Tuesday named former US Senator Jon Kyl as the temporary successor to late senator John McCain, appointing a respected and powerful former Republican lawmaker to the post.
“There is no one in Arizona with the stature of Senator Jon Kyl. He is a man without comparable peer,” Governor Doug Ducey told reporters in Phoenix, with Kyl at his side.
“Senator Kyl is prepared to hit the ground running.”
Kyl, 76, was to fly to Washington to be sworn in possibly just days before a high-stakes Senate vote on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next US Supreme Court justice.
Ducey insisted his appointment was not political, despite Kyl working closely with the White House in recent months on getting Kavanaugh confirmed in the Senate, where Republicans hold a razor-thin one-vote majority.
“Now, senator Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”
Kyl, 76, served for 18 years alongside McCain in the Senate, until 2013, and said he would be “honored” to return to the chamber.
But he only committed to serve until January 2019, raising the prospect of requiring Ducey to again appoint a replacement until the seat is up for re-election in November 2020.
“I’m hoping that the senator will consider serving longer” than this year, Ducey said.
Widow Cindy McCain said it was a “great tribute” to her late husband that their close friend Kyl will return to public service by assuming McCain’s seat.
McCain died late last month at age 81 following a yearlong battle with brain cancer.
His funeral service Saturday at Washington National Cathedral was in many ways a stern rebuke of Trump, with presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama eulogizing McCain as an iconic statesman who embodied passionate but civil debate, bipartisan compromise and a commitment to American values.
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Monday, 16 April 2018

Trump Again Calls Comey A 'Slimeball' In Flurry Of Furious Tweets

Donald Trump hit out again at “slimeball” James Comey on Sunday with a characteristic flurry of furious early-morning tweets in which he also reiterated his concerns over the raid on the offices of his lawyer Michael Cohen.

Comey – whom Trump fired as director of the FBI in May last year because of his investigation into “this Russia thing with Trump and Russia” – is about to release a book about working for Trump, A Higher Loyalty, advance extracts from which have enraged the president. Comey will appear on Sunday night on ABC in his first televised interview to promote the book.

In his tweets on Sunday morning, Trump predicted that “slippery” Comey would “go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far”, claimed he was “not smart”, and took issue with several points raised by Comey in his book.

“Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe,” the president wrote on Twitter, a reference to Comey’s suggestion in A Higher Loyalty that his decision to announce the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server had been resumed was influenced by a belief the Democratic candidate was going to win the 2016 election.

“Assuming, as nearly everyone did, that Hillary Clinton would be elected president of the United States in less than two weeks, what would happen to the FBI, the justice department or her own presidency if it later was revealed, after the fact, that she still was the subject of an FBI investigation?” Comey asks in the book.

“In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job,” wrote Trump on Sunday. “Slimeball!”

Asked about this section of his book in a clip from the upcoming ABC interview released on Saturday, Comey said: “I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I’m sure that it was a factor.”

He added: “I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out.”

Trump also rattled through a series of questions he said were not answered in what he called “Comey’s badly reviewed book”: “How come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the FBI (why didn’t they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe’s $700,000 & more?”

Comey said during congressional testimony last year that he helped to leak details of a memo about Trump to the New York Times, but he denied that it contained classified information.

“McCabe’s $700,000” refers to money given to the Virginia state senate campaign of Jill McCabe, the wife of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe from groups associated with Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, an ally of Clinton’s. Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of Trump’s attacks, was fired last month.

Trump also claimed he had never asked for Comey’s “Personal Loyalty” – contradicting a statement the ex-FBI chief made to the Senate intelligence committee in 2017, in which Comey claimed Trump had said to him: “I need loyalty.” The president also claimed contemporaneous memos Comey says he compiled of his meetings with Trump were “self serving and FAKE”.

Also weighing on Trump’s mind were the raids on the offices and home of his personal attorney Cohen, which some commentators have suggested may represent a more significant legal threat to Trump than the Russia collusion investigation that special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to lead after Comey’s firing.

Repeating criticisms he made immediately after the raids, Trump lamented: “Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past.”

And in a seeming response to reports he has had difficulty finding attorneys to represent him, the president added: “I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken.

“All lawyers are deflated and concerned!” he concluded.

Cohen is due to appear in federal court on Monday in New York for arguments over last week’s raids. His attorneys want prosecutors ordered to temporarily halt an examination of the seized material, arguing that it is protected by attorney-client privilege.

Comey issued a relatively rare tweet on Sunday, using the president’s favourite medium to get in a dig at his former boss.

“My book is about ethical leadership & draws on stories from my life & lessons I learned from others,” the former FBI chief wrote. “3 presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint.”

Meanwhile White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked on ABC on Sunday whether Trump had any plans to fire Mueller or his superior, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

“I’m not aware of any plans to make those movements,” she said. But she added: “We do have some real concerns with some of the activities and some of the scope that the investigation has gone.”

She repeated her denial of collusion with Russia in its interference in the election, and said: “It really is getting time to move on.”
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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Tit-For-Tat Trade Tariffs Between China And The United States Fuel Fears Of A Trade War

China has notified the World Trade Organization it's imposing €499 million worth of retaliatory tariffs on €2.24 billion worth of U.S. imports including pork, nuts and ethanol.

The tit-for-tat move came after US President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese aluminium and steel on grounds of national security.
The US is expected to announce this week tariffs on 41 billion euros to €49 billion in Chinese imports following an investigation under Section 301 of the 1974 U.S. Trade Act.
Those tariffs are expected to target products benefiting from Beijing's "Made in China 2025" industrial development programme, although it may be more than two months before the import curbs take effect, U.S. officials have said.
The Section 301 investigation initiated by Trump is focused on accusations of theft of intellectual property and forced technology transfer by China, charges Beijing denies.
As the US-China trade relationship deteriorates countries with the biggest economies in the world, such as Japan, are warning that free trade is under threat.
"Japan must protect the framework of free trade based on the WTO," Taro Kono, Japan's foreign minister said.
American trade representatives also fear Chinese companies, including state owned ones, will now look for other countries to trade with.
"We've heard from some member companies that any deterioration in US-China relations may open the door for some for some of their international competitors to capture their market share in the China market," Jacob Parker, US-China Business Council, Vice President of China Operations, said.
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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Barack Obama Sends Warm Birthday Message To His Wife Michelle

On January 17th, one of America's most amiable ex-first ladies, Michelle Obama, turned 54.

Her equally amiable husband of 25 years, Barack Obama, took to his social media handles to send her warm birthday message. On his IG page, Barack wrote

''You're not only my wife and the mother of my children, you're my best friend. I love your strength, your grace, and your determination. And I love you more each day. Happy Birthday, @MichelleObama''.

Michelle on her IG page also shared photos of the lovely flowers and card Barack sent to her early in the morning.

“Thank you @BarackObamafor the beautiful flowers waiting for me in the office this morning. You’re my best friend, biggest fan, and getting notes and flowers from you will never get old. And to the many people from around the country who sent cards and posted on social media, you have no idea how much we love hearing from you. I know birthdays can sometimes be bittersweet (54!), but your messages of hope, generosity, and warmth have always reminded me how lucky and blessed we are.” she posted on IG

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Trump Says: "I'll Beat Oprah" If She Runs In 2020

US President Donald Trump has responded to the call for Oprah Winfrey to run for the President of the United States come 2020.
Trump said he thinks running against Oprah will be lots of fun but he believes he will beat her easily. 

"Yeah, I'll beat Oprah; Oprah would be a lot of fun," Trump told reporters during an immigration meeting with congressional lawmakers. Still, he added, "I don't think she's going to run." 
Trump said he knows Winfrey very well. "I like Oprah," he said. "... You know, I did one of her last shows. She had Donald Trump – this was before politics – her last week, and she had Donald Trump and my family. It was very nice."
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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Former White House Photographer Mocks Donald Trump For Not Knowing The National Anthem By Sharing Photo Of Obama Correctly Reciting The Anthem

This is 2018 and Pete Souza, former White House photographer during the Obama administration, is still being his petty self.
Hours ago, the internet went in on Donald Trump after he was caught on video chewing his mouth and mouthing the wrong words during the recitation of the National Anthem. Trump was booed as he took the field before a big college American football game and then appeared to mumble and stumble his way through the words to the National Anthem.

Following the gaffe and the social media uproar it generated, Pete Souza, who regularly takes jabs at Trump by comparing him to Barack Obama, did it again.

Sharing a photo of Obama reciting the national anthem, Pete wrote: "Yes he knew the words."

See Twitter reaction below.

Video below.

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

I Am Not Only Smart, I Am A Stable Genius – Trump

US president Donald Trump, has a word for critics who question his mental stability and intelligence.

His recent response to critics is coming after the publication of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, a book that has provoked major public rift with Trump and his former strategist, Steve Bannon, one of the main sources of the book.

Trump in his usual fashion, took to twitter to slam critics, tweeting;

Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. “I went from very successful businessman to top TV star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius…and a very stable genius at that!
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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Longest Serving Senator In The U.S, Orrin Hatch Resigns

After serving as senator for 42 years, Sen. Orrin Hatch of the Republican party, has finally bowed out as the longest serving lawmaker.
He announced his retirement in a video statement via Twitter on Tuesday.
“I was an amateur boxer in my youth and I brought that fighting spirit to Washington,” Hatch said. 
“But every good boxer knows when to hang up the gloves. After much prayer and deliberation with family and friends I have decided to retire at the end of this term.”
According to US media reports, Orrin Hatch was under constant pressure by US President Donald Trump because it was assumed Hatch would seek re-election, blocking the way for the return of fellow Republican and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

President Donald J. Trump has congratulated the senator through a tweet on Wednesday.
“Congratulations to Senator Orrin Hatch on an absolutely incredible career. He has been a tremendous supporter, and I will never forget the (beyond kind) statements he has made about me as President. He is my friend and he will be greatly missed in the U.S. Senate!’’
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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2018 Will Be Tremendous For United States - Trump

Donald Trump promised 2018 will be a "tremendous year" as he hosted a lavish New Year's party at his resort in Florida.
The US President appeared in black tie alongside First Lady Melania and son Barron.

He spoke briefly to reporters outside saying: "We are going to have a tremendous year.
"Stock market I think is going to continue to go up, companies are going to continue to come into the country."
He dismissed breaking reports from North Korea of Kim Jong Un making fresh nuclear threats.
"We'll see, we'll see," Trump said.
Attendees at the event included Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin accompanied by his wife, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, Eric Trumo and his wife Lara and also Donald Trump Jr. and his eldest son, Don III.
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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Melania Trump's Favorite TV Show Is 'How To Get Away With Murder'

According to the New York Times, the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump is a huge fan of TV show 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Melania reportedly enjoys watching the show about a lawyer and her students caught up in murder cover-ups, along with the Fox drama Empire. 
"Melania Trump recently told me her favourite show is How to Get Away With Murder. I love that the first lady is a Shondaland fan. She also enjoys “Empire” reporter Katie Rogers revealed.
The TV show, How To Get Away With Murder's executive producer Shonda Rhimes once called US President Trump a “hypocrite” for his attack on an African-American Army widow whilst also criticising NFL players for protesting the national anthem over racial-justice issues.
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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Trump Administration Fires All Members Of HIV/AIDS Advisory Council Via FedEx Letter

The President Trump administration has dismissed all of the remaining members of the Obama-appointed Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).
This comes months after a half-dozen members resigned in protest of the Trump administration's position on health policies.

The Washington Blade reported that the firings came without warning by way of a FedEx letter and were unexpected by most of its membership. 

Confirming the termination in a statement, PACHA executive director Kaye Hayes said:
“On December 27, 2017, the current members of Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS received a letter informing them that the Administration was terminating their appointments. They were also thanked for their leadership, dedication and commitment to the effort.”
Hayes also added that the Trump administration has every right to appoint new members to the council.

According to her, during the Obama administration, a majority of George W. Bush’s appointees were cleared out to make room for new faces.

Meanwhile, Scott Schoettes, a former member of PACHA, disagreed openly on Twitter, calling the firings a “purge.” 
He wrote: @realDonaldTrump executing a purge: remaking the courts; ppl who use “transgender” and “vulnerable” out at HHS; #PACHA (#HIV council) members gone; wants to eliminate ppl @ FBI who didn’t vote for him; attempts to undermine free press. #Fascist #TrumpRussia #WeObject #Resist
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Nas Shares Photo With Barack And Michelle Obama & His Fans Say He Looks Like Their Long-lost Son

After rapper Nas shared this photo with Barack and Michelle Obama at the Obama Foundation event in Chicago, his fans flooded his Instagram page, with many describing him as their long-lost son, while one fan wrote: 'they look like they're proud parents with their child'.

Does he really have spitting image with the couple?
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Saturday, 11 November 2017

"I Regret That I Am Not President" - Former US Vice President, Joe Biden Says

Former Vice President Joe Biden has expressed regrets for not running for the United States presidency in 2016, probably after seeing the way Donald Trump is running the country.

Biden had been considering running for the presidency in 2016, but he lost his eldest son Beau to brain cancer in May 2015 and that brought his ambition to a stop. Months after his son was buried, Biden announced that he had decided not to run, explaining that his family was still recovering from Beau’s death.

Now, he says he regrets not being the president of the United States. He made this known during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

"I have a regret that I am not President, because I think there is so much opportunity," Biden said. "I think America is incredibly well positioned."

He continued: "No woman or man should announce that they are running for President unless they can answer two questions. One, do they truly believe they are the most qualified, which I think I was, but was I prepared to give my whole heart, my whole soul, all my attention to the endeavor? And I knew I wasn’t."

Biden’s new memoir, Promise Me Dad, which chronicles his experience with his son’s illness while being Vice President, will be released on November 14.
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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Photos From President Trump's Halloween Party At The White House

On Monday night, The White House transformed from a grandiose building into a haunted spectacle to celebrate Halloween.

President Trump posed with a kid in skeleton costume and a MAGA hat, while his wife Melania Trump was all smiles with the kids that came through for the bash.

About 6,000 children and adults were invited for trick-or-treating at the White House on Halloween eve. 

Children from more than 20 schools in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia attended the festivities on the South Lawn, along with military families and members of unspecified community organisations.
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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Hillary Clinton Marks Her 70th Today

American politician Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton born on October 26, 1947 turns 70 today.

She was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001, U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, and the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election who lost the presidency to Donald Trump.

Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Clinton graduated from Wellesley College in 1969 and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1973. After serving as a congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas and married Bill Clinton in 1975. In 1977, she co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.

She was appointed the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978 and became the first female partner at Rose Law Firm the following year. As First Lady of Arkansas, she led a task force whose recommendations helped reform Arkansas's public schools.

Clinton made a second presidential run in 2016 becoming the first female candidate to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party. Despite winning the national popular vote, Clinton lost the electoral vote and the presidency to her Republican opponent Donald Trump.

Following her loss, in 2017 she stated that she decided to focus on being a self-described "activist citizen".
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

US To Resume Refugee Admissions

The United States will resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban, but arrivals from 11 “high-risk” countries, most of them home to Muslim majorities, will still be blocked, officials announced Tuesday.

The temporary ban, which President Donald Trump fought to implement since January and finally proceeded with in late June after a Supreme Court decision, allowed officials to review security procedures and set tougher screening procedures.

Jennifer Higgins, associate director for refugees at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, said applicants will face “enhanced” vetting as a result of the review, including more in-depth checks of their social media presence and connections.

“The security of the American people is our highest priority,” she told journalists in a briefing.

Trump issued a new executive order on refugees late Tuesday that replaced the expiring one, which was a part of his controversial travel ban that evoked a series of court challenges on the grounds it targeted Muslims.

The new order will accompany a sharp cutback on refugee admissions under Trump.

President Barack Obama set the refugee cap, for the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 2017, at 110,000.

But after becoming president, Trump slashed that to 53,000 even as he fought to put in place a full ban.

For fiscal year 2018, Trump has cut the maximum number to 45,000.

Officials declined to list the 11 countries, but said they are the same as on a 2015 list for tougher screening, requiring a “Security Advisory Opinion.”

They are now subject to another 90-day security and intelligence review, but the officials would not say what could happen then.

Refugee agencies pointed to the affected countries as Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

All but North Korea are mainly Muslim populations, and in the past have been the source of the largest portion of US refugee admissions.

They represent close to half of all the refugees entering the United States. In fiscal 2017, out of 53,716 refugees the US accepted, 22,150 came from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Somalia.

The officials said the government would still review certain special cases from the 11 countries, without describing what would qualify them.

Kathleen Newland, a senior fellow of the Migration Policy Institute, said there is significant backup of refugees already with approval waiting to get into the United States.

But the net effect over the longer term will be that the top United Nations refugee official will not be able to lean on the United States to accept as many people as in the past.

“I expect they just won’t be referring as many cases for US resettlement,” Newland said.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

'Seinfeld's' John O'Hurley On Supporting Trump In Hollywood: 'I Was Embarrassed For My Profession'

The actor, best known as Elaine Benes' eccentric boss J. Peterman on "Seinfeld,"is part of a small group of Hollywood stars who supported President Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
"Every time I have mentioned that I supported Trump in this election, people get vicariously angry at me, and they don't believe that it's possible that someone might think differently than they do," O'Hurley told Fox & Friends Thursday.
"There is a band of conservatism in Hollywood but it leans so much to one side that it doesn't allow for free discussion," he said.
The "Swing Away" star added he doesn't understand why his fellow actors believe they set the standard of morality.
"Never in the history of entertainment were actors considered moral barometers," he said. "Now all of a sudden we feel as though we have the mantle of moral behavior from Hollywood?"
Referencing the mounting allegations of sexual assault and harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, O'Hurley added, "And as we've seen over the last couple of weeks, I think it might be time for us to weed our own garden."
He specifically criticized the cast of the Broadway show "Hamilton" for calling out Vice President Mike Pence last year when he attended their show.
"I was embarrassed for my profession because I don't think we should be pontificating from the stage," said the seasoned Broadway actor. "I wouldn't do it and I wouldn't allow it with my cast."
The 63-year-old also spoke out against the NFL national anthem protests. 
"I think it's ridiculous. I go to the NFL for escapism. I don't want to be slapped in the face with somebody's political views," he shared.
O'Hurley said just like he should not be allowed to "stand up in the middle of a Broadway show and announce my political views," NFL players should keep their views to themselves.
"I don't believe that under the employment -- and they are being employed at the time -- so it's not their constitutional right to do that."
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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Trump Signs Executive Order Rolling Back Obamacare Birth Control Mandate

In a latest executive order, US President Donald Trump on Friday rolled back an ObamaCare policy that require employers include birth-control coverage in their health insurance plans. The Obama signature health provision mandated that employers, with a few exceptions, offer health insurance that covers birth control without a co-pay.

The executive order which takes effect immediately, thus afford any employer or insurer, including colleges, universities and health insurance companies, to stop following the birth control mandate on moral and religious grounds, as against the previous exemption only for houses of worship and some companies.

Officials on a press call shortly after the announcement disclosed that, employers will not have to file anything with the government to stop offering the birth-control coverage; instead, they simply have to notify their employees of the decision.

Shortly after Trump’s executive order, recently resigned HHS Secretary Tom Price vowed he would take “action in short order to follow the president’s instruction to safeguard the deeply held religious beliefs of Americans who provide health insurance to their employees.”

The decision, considered to be a big win for social conservatives, a staunch Trump supporting voting bloc in the presidential election, will provide “relief” to groups that have been engaged in legal battles over the mandate since its inception in 2012, says a Senior HHS official who declared anonymity.

Another HHS official said: “We should have space for organizations to live out their religious ideas and not face discrimination because of their religious ideas. That was the case beforehand, and that ends today”.

Gleaning from the 200 entities that have participated in lawsuits against the federal government over the mandate, the officials argued that 99.9 percent of women won’t be affected by the rule – an assertion aimed at dismissing fears that move could potentially impact millions of Americans who now receive birth control with no co-payments.

However, the new executive has sparked controversies and criticism and could draw lawsuits in the following days. Amongst the leagues of entities which could pan the order are the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Women’s Law Center which told the Hill earlier in May that they would consider legal action if the Trump administration rolled back the mandate.

Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the NFL said: “Today’s outrageous rules by the Trump Administration show callous disregard for women’s rights, health, and autonomy. By taking away women’s access to no-cost birth control coverage, the rules give employers a license to discriminate against women”.

“This will leave countless women without the critical birth control coverage they need to protect their health and economic security. We will take immediate legal steps to block these unfair and discriminatory rules”, she added.

Also, a ranking Democrat on the Senate Health Committee, Sen. Patty Murray said: “This is wrong, it’s outrageous, and I will be pushing every Republican who claims to care about women’s health and economic security to join me in fighting back against it”.
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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Cardi B Shades Both President Donald Trump And President Kim Jong-Un In A Single Tweet

President Donald Trump is facing a lot of criticism for his tweet criticizing NFL players for kneeling during the recitation of the national anthem, and rapper Cardi B has weighed in on the controversy.
In a tweet, Cardi B called Mr Trump out for being concerned about something as trivial as football players' stance during the national anthem when there was a more serious issue like Kim Jong-un threatening America.

Cardi B referred to Trump as "Mofo" in the tweet and she called the North Korean President "Won Tung Soup".

See her tweets below....

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

We Don’t See IPOB As Terrorist Organisation – US

The United States Government has said it does not consider the Indigenous People of Biafra a terrorist organisation.

Last week, the Federal High Court in Abuja gave a judicial backing the executive order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the group and its activities in the country.

The court granted the order to proscribe the group on Wednesday. It declared that the activities of the group constituted acts of terrorism.

The Federal Government also accused France and the United Kingdom of aiding IPOB activities.

The spokesman for the American Embassy in Nigeria, Russell Brooks, has told Sunday Punch that the US government does not view IPOB as a terrorist group.

He said this in response to a Punch's correspondent’s email which asked if the United States sees IPOB as a terrorist organisation.

Brooks stated further that the US was committed to Nigeria’s unity and would support a peaceful resolution of any crisis in the country.

He said, “The United States Government is strongly committed to Nigeria’s unity.  Important political and economic issues affecting the Nigerian people, such as the allocation of resources, are worthwhile topics for respectful debate in a democracy.

“Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution of grievances.  The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organisation under US law.”

The US embassy, however, declined to comment on whether the Federal Government had asked it to treat IPOB as a terrorist organisation and to block money sent to IPOB from the US.

Brooks also did not state the US’ position on the agitation for a Biafran state.
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