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

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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Monday, 26 March 2018

‘Donald Trump Did Not Use A Condom When We Had Sex’ – P0rn Star Claims

Stormy Daniels wants to make clear that her experience with Donald Trump shouldn’t be lumped in with the #MeToo movement.
“This is not a Me Too,” she told “60 Minutes” reporter Anderson Cooper. “I was not a victim. I’ve never said I was a victim. I think trying to use me to further someone else’s agenda does horrible damage to people who are true victims.”
Cooper’s long-awaited chat with Daniels — the adult film actress whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — finally aired on Sunday night, but didn’t shed much more light on what has already been reported and discussed in the press.
Stormy Daniels Taped A ’60 Minutes’ Interview That Donald Trump Is Trying to Block From Airing — Report
But nonetheless, it was the first time that Daniels, on camera, gave details regarding her brief affair with Trump.

In previous TV appearances, Daniels had been coy about their relationship. But on “60 Minutes,” she made it clear: They had s*x in 2006, soon after meeting at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe.
Beyond the talk with Daniels, Cooper’s report investigated the potential legal ramifications for Trump. Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says he used $130,000 of his own money to pay Stormy Daniels, just days before the 2016 election. But that payment could have very well run afoul of campaign laws, as an illegal campaign contribution. Cohen has denied that it was any such thing.
Here are a few highlights from Cooper’s report on Stormy Daniels:
Daniels broke the ice by suggesting she spank Trump with a magazine. He obliged. The adult film actress said Trump was showing her a picture of himself on the cover of a magazine.
“I was like, ‘Does this normally work for you?’ And he looked very taken back… I was like, ‘Someone should take that magazine and spank you with it.’”
Daniels said she didn’t think anyone had ever spoken to him like that before. “I was like, turn around, drop ’em… So he turned around and pulled his pants down a little — you know had underwear on and stuff, and I just gave him a couple swats,” she said.
“From that moment on, he was a completely different person. He was like, ‘Wow, you– you are special. You remind me of my daughter.’”
Trump suggested that “Celebrity Apprentice” ought to cast Daniels. Daniels laughed at the idea, knowing that NBC wouldn’t allow an adult film star to be on the show. But Trump was serious.
“He goes, “That’s why I want you. You’re gonna shock a lotta people, you’re smart, and they won’t know what to expect.”
Daniels said Trump continued to dangle the possibility in order to keep her interested in maintaining contact. “I mean, I’m not blind. But at the same time, maybe it’ll work out, you know?” she said. “I thought of it as a business deal.”
During another meeting, the two watched Discovery Channel’s Shark Week programming together — but they didn’t have s*x again.
“He came and sat next to me and, you know, touched my hair, and put his hand on my leg, and referenced back to how great it was the last time,” she said. “I’d been there for, like, four hours.
And so I then was like, ‘Well, before, you know, can we talk about what’s the development?’ And he was like, ‘I’m almost there. I’ll have an answer for you next week.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, cool. Well– I guess call me next week.’ And I just took my purse and left.”

Daniels and Trump did not use a condom during s*x.

Asked by Cooper whether she asked him to — knowing that condom use is a hot-button subject in the p*rn industry — Daniels said, “I honestly didn’t say anything.”
After Daniels sold her story to In Touch magazine for $15,000, Trump attorney Michael Cohen managed to kill it by threatening to sue the magazine. Then, she was threatened by a man in Las Vegas.
“A guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’ And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone,” she said.

Directors to Handle the Story of Trump’s Former Fling.

Cohen offered Daniels $130,000 not to tell her story; she took the deal 11 days before the 2016 election.
“The story was coming out again,” Daniels said of her decision to take the money. “I was concerned for my family and their safety…

I turned down a large payday multiple times because one, I didn’t wanna kiss and tell and be labeled all the things that I’m being labeled now.
I didn’t wanna take away from the legitimate and legal, I’d like to point out, career that I’ve worked very hard to establish. And most importantly, I did not want my family and my child exposed to all the things that she’s being exposed to right now.”
Why did she sign statements denying she had an affair with Trump? “I felt intimidated and honestly, bullied. And I didn’t know what to do. And so I signed it. Even though I had repeatedly expressed that I wouldn’t break the agreement, but I was not comfortable lying.”
Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said her non-disclosure agreement isn’t valid because Trump — using the alias “David Dennison” — never signed it.
“So why didn’t he? It just slipped his mind? It’s just a coincidence that, in the waning days of the campaign, he thought to himself, ‘Oh, you know, I know I’ve been thinkin’ about this for years. Perhaps now is a good time to get that NDA executed with Stormy Daniels,’” Avenatti said.
Daniels still won’t reveal whether she has Trump-related video images, still images, email messages, and text messages. “My attorney has recommended that I don’t discuss those things,” she said.
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

“Dear Donald Trump, We Are Not Sh**hole People” — By Johnny Babybrain

Dear Uncle Donny,


How are you doing sir, how is Melanin? How is Barron? How’s Junior? How’s the whole of the Trumpet family? You all have very weird names, I must confess.

Sir, straight to matters arising. I’m sure you are aware of the emotional storm across the world over your alleged comment that certain places in the world are SHs.

Sir, this is a collective insult which is proportionally injurious to all Africans and people of black origin who like to hear the truth; “The truth” and nothing else which has made our continent the pride and envy of other continents, yours inclusive!

How dare you insult a land flowing with milk, sugar & honey, so abundant that our people run from it (like a diabetic patient run from sugar) to Spain, Italy, France & even Australia or anywhere the feet takes us even at the cost of our lives.

Sir, let’s be very clear. Our leaders do not say deplorable comments (like yours) to us, they’ve been so loving, kind & innovative that they even help keep our national treasure & collective wealth in your country & western allies for safe keep.

They know we don’t need these funds and in our best interest they stack them away to avoid wastages. This is why we are ready and willing to go to war and shed blood for our political leaders.

Sir, can you not see how we Africans have contributed immensely & in significantly high comparative proportion to the development of the world in areas of science, technology, research & development.

Uncle Trumpet, that Africans wallow in poverty, diseases, starvation, hopelessness, illiteracy, tribalism, violence, dictatorialism, crime, kleptocracy and many other inhumane conditions of life are an illusion that doesn’t exist.

The statistics that says most African countries depend on foreign aid for survival and live below $1 per day are false. Sir, kindly use your good office to stop these reports, they are FAKE NEWS!

Let me refresh your memory sir. On Jan 7, 2015, 7 people were killed in a terrorist attack in France; On that same day, over 2000 people were killed in Northern Nigeria. Just to show how educated, enlightened, informed & “current” we are with World News, we abandoned our own people & feign ignorance to show solidarity with the “rest of the world” in condemning terrorism against the French, 7 is a greater number than 2000 in Africa especially when the 2000 are “just abokis”, sir! We are not a “shithole” people!

Sir! Show us some respect! Our youths are vastly intelligent & knowledgeable as ubiquitously descried on the pages of our SMs where we offer advice to everyone in every area of life.

We know rocket science more than your ineffectual NASA, we know relationship & life issues more than the incompetent duo of Dr. Phil & Oprah, we know business more than Bill, Buffets and yourself sir! This is why we live rich, large & luxurious lifestyles.

Uncle Donny, just because our political leaders send their children & families to your country is a testimony that our leaders love us so much.

They are preparing them for tomorrow, to let them know how disadvantaged and less privileged citizens of your nation are in comparison to the rich & luxurious lifestyles we in Africa live.

Sir, I have to stop here, I pray your Director of Protocol is not an African, for a letter this lengthy may never be read and will end up in the trash can. If, however you are reading this, I pray God grant you the heart to retrace your opinion of Africa as a shithole. God bless you, God Bless America and God bless the World.

P.S Keep this anonymous!

Yours Faithfully, Johnny Babybrain! (@johnnyjamjam)
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Three Days After Shutdown, President Trump Signs Bill To Re-open The United States Government

On Monday night, President Donald Trump signed a bill to end the government shutdown, capping off a nearly three-day deadlock and reinstating funds until February 8.

The House and the Senate voted on Monday to end the government shutdown, extending funding for three weeks, following a deal being reached between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding assurances related to immigration.
The House passed the continuing resolution 266-159, with 36 more yes votes than the four-week resolution they passed last week. The movement comes thanks in part to commitments from McConnell and other Republicans in bipartisan meetings.

In a tweet moments ago, President Trump said, 'big win for Republicans as Democrats cave on Shutdown. Now I want a big win for everyone, including Republicans, Democrats and DACA, but especially for our Great Military and Border Security. Should be able to get there. See you at the negotiating table!'.
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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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Trump Blasts 'Fake Media' For Ignoring Russia Uranium Deal Sealed 'With Clinton Help'

President Trump on Thursday accused the “Fake Media” of ignoring new details about the 2010 approval of a controversial uranium deal with a Russian company, amid scrutiny of potential “conflicts of interest” for Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.
“Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn't want to follow!” Trump tweeted.
A day earlier, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, vowed at a public hearing to “get to the bottom of this issue.” This was as The Hill reported that the FBI had evidence as early as 2009 that Russian operatives used bribes, kickbacks and other dirty tactics to expand Moscow’s atomic energy footprint in the U.S. -- yet the Obama administration approved the uranium deal benefiting Moscow anyway. 
Trump on Thursday also took another Twitter swipe at the firm behind the controversial anti-Trump dossier, after Fusion GPS officials took the Fifthduring an appearance on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
“Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?” he wrote.
The president and his allies occasionally have cited both the dossier – a salacious document whose origin is shrouded in mystery, but linked to a company that allegedly did business with Russian figures – and the uranium deal to counter allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, effectively arguing Democrats have links to Moscow, too. 
As for the Russia company probe, The Hill reported overnight that Grassley is seeking permission to interview the FBI informant who helped agents uncover the corruption. His lawyer Victoria Toensing told The Hill that the informant was prevented from disclosing certain information to the courts and Congress after signing a nondisclosure statement and was threatened by Justice officials when he tried to reveal some information in a lawsuit last year.
Grassley on Wednesday released a series of letters he fired off last week to 10 federal agencies, addressing his concerns in detail and raising the question of whether the committee that approved the uranium transaction was aware of the FBI probe. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) included then-Secretary of State Clinton.
The deal in question, which was previously reported, involved the 2010 approval of a partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to Russia’s Rosatom nuclear company. The U.S. was involved because the sale gave the Russians control of part of the uranium supply in the U.S. 
Grassley wrote in his letters that he’s not “convinced” by previous “assurances” that there were no unresolved national security concerns. Grassley, in his hearing remarks and letters, raised two key issues.
It had been previously reported that figures tied to the transaction gave donations to Bill Clinton and his family foundation, but Grassley wrote that he has learned additional details about a $500,000 fee the former president got from a Russian investment bank for a June 2010 speech. He wrote that the bank’s senior officers include former Russian intelligence personnel, and sources had described the company as an “extension” of the Russian government.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., look to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., look to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
“Notably, in the same month as the Clinton speech, Uranium One and Rosatom notified CFIUS of the Russian government’s intent to acquire 20 percent of the United States’ uranium assets. The next month, in July 2010, Renaissance Bank reportedly assigned Uranium One a ‘buy’ rating, a move that would principally benefit its Russian investors,” Grassley wrote. “The donations raise concerns about potential conflicts of interest for Secretary Clinton and the Obama administration.”
Further, Grassley raised concerns about the FBI probe into “corruption and extortion” involving employees of a Rosatom subsidiary dating back to 2009 – before the 2010 approval.
As noted in The Hill, the feds did eventually go after Vadim Mikerin, a Russian nuclear industry official, in connection with the investigation. He was later sentenced, in 2015, to 48 months in prison in connection with money laundering allegations. 
But Grassley wants to know whether the committee that approved the transaction was aware of the ongoing criminal probe at the time.
When details of the Uranium One deal first emerged in 2015, Clinton’s campaign downplayed the allegations. 
"No one has produced a shred of evidence that Hillary Clinton ever took action as Secretary of State in order to support the interests of donors to the Clinton Foundation," a spokesman said at the time. "To suggest the State Department, under then-Secretary Clinton, exerted undue influence in the U.S. government's review of the sale of Uranium One is utterly baseless.” 
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