What has a scaly-looking head of gold? Well, Donald Trump, of course... but also a moth. The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, a new species of tiny moth, has been named after the president-elect due to the striking physical resemblance between the moth's yellow and white scales and Trump's hair. The centimeter-wide moth, discovered by Canadian biologist and researcher, Vazrick Nazari, may have been named after Trump “to bring wider public attention to the need to continue protecting fragile habitats in ...
Bill Maher had strong words for President Donald Trump and his administration following Friday’s announcement that the GOP had pulled their replacement healthcare plan from the floor of the House. “The Trump approach to health care was never going to be repeal and replace,” Maher said during Friday’s episode of Real Time. “It was always bait and switch. “The last version, they had cut hospitalization, doctor visits, maternity, mental health, lab tests, prescr...
Lena Yelagina, owner of an apartment in Trump Tower that was listed for rental on Airbnb until early this month, has received a summons from the city of New York seeking a $1,000 fine for illegally advertising the unit. The fine, as reported by the New York Times, was levied under rules issued last year that ban not only short-term apartment rentals, but even the advertising of such opportunities. That rule hasn't yet had its intended effect, as many full New York apartments are still listed on ...
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner‘s new neighbors in Washington, D.C. are not happy with the couple’s presence. After an initially welcoming reception, residents of D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood have taken to writing emails to city officials protesting the installation of several “No Parking” signs that have extended past Trump and Kushner’s house to the fronts of their own homes to accommodate Secret Service vehicles, according to the Washington Post. “I st...
(DENVER) — Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs. It’s the boldest attempt yet by a U.S. marijuana state to avoid federal intervention in its weed market...
California’s government agency responsible for maintaining healthy air quality voted on Friday to adopt stricter emissions standards for automobiles, essentially daring President Donald Trump to confront the state in a legal battle over climate change. The unanimous vote by the California Air Resources Board has the support of a number of top politicians in the state, including Gov. Jerry Brown and several mayors, all of whom have pledged to resist the President’s potentially damagin...
(WASHINGTON) — House Republicans’ failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump’s agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code in more than 30 years. But they will have to do it without the momentum of victory on health care. Just as important, the loss on health care will deprive Republicans of $1 t...
(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump‘s accusation that his predecessor ordered snooping of his communications has fallen apart, slapped down by the FBI chief and again by the Republican leading the House intelligence committee, a Trump ally. The president gave up on arguing that Barack Obama tapped his phones, and he doesn’t give up on anything easily. A look at how that sensational charge and a variety of other statements by the president — on the failed “Obama...
While doors are opening all over the White House for Goldman Sachs alumni, another one is being closed by one of its former shooting stars. Eton Park Capital Management, helmed by Eric Mindich, is shutting down and returning its capital to investors, the hedge fund told its clients in a letter Thursday. It’s a disappointing end for the hedge fund, which opened in 2004, riding on Mindich’s financial pedigree and reputation as a wunderkind. At the time, Eton Park was said to be the big...
A member of President Donald Trump’s transition team says he needs to do more to roll back climate regulations — and fast. Myron Ebell, Trump’s former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition chief, said Friday at a conference held by the Heartland Institute that he was “anxious” for Trump to fulfill his promise to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and undo the scientific and legal basis for regulating carbon dioxide emissions. Trump has barely been in off...
President Donald Trump blamed Democrats on Friday for the failure of the GOP health care bill that would have replaced the Affordable Care Act. House Republicans withdrew the bill on Friday after it became clear they lacked the votes for it to pass, a development that served a major setback to their consistent promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The GOP has majorities in both the House and Senate. “Perhaps the best thing that could happen is exactly what happened today...
President Donald Trump faulted Democrats on Friday over the failure of the Republican health care bill. House Republicans withdrew the bill Friday, when it became clear they lacked the votes for it to pass — a blow to their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “Perhaps the best thing that could happen is exactly what happened today, because we’ll end up with a truly great health care bill in the future after this mess known as Obamacare explodes,” Trum...
After continuously denying any communication to his father about the Trump business empire, Eric Trump now says he will give the President financial updates on the business every quarter. The President's son, who now runs the Trump Organization with his brother, Donald Jr., told Forbes about his plans to communicate with President Donald Trump about the financial status of the business immediately after denying he would do so. Trump told Forbes he would update the president "on the bottom line,...
The Republican Congress and the Trump White House faced the first test of their new relationship Friday and it ended in such dismal failure, they probably qualify for Marriage Boot Camp. The American Health Care Act was pulled from a vote at the last second by both Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House, as it became clear Friday afternoon that there was no way the bill would pass. It’s not immediately clear who made the final call. Rep. Paul Ryan made the trip down to the White House from...
On Wednesday, Rep. Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence Committee said that he believed a special commission was needed to look into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Republican Sen. John McCain and former Vice President Joe Biden have also called for a special committee, while the New York Times editorial board and others have called for a special prosecutor. But as calls mount for such an investigation, it’s worth remembering that those two suggestions serve differe...
The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, abruptly canceled the committee’s open session on Friday, saying that major players within the NSA had requested to testify a second time on anti-Russian surveillance efforts —but would do so only behind closed doors. Although he says it’s something the public ought to know, Nunes is keeping his information under tighter wraps than a celebrity Snapchat account. According to Nunes, former National Intelligence Commi...
The dispute between the two ranking members of the House Intelligence Community intensified on Friday, after a week in which the Republican chairman received information and bypassed the committee before sharing it with the the White House. Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the committee, announced on Friday that the scheduled March 28 open intelligence hearing with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former CIA D...
Stock markets fell this week along with U.S. President Donald Trump’s popularity and Republican legislative hopes as Watergate 2.0 unfolds. The testimony by The Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey confirmed an investigation is under way to assess whether the Trump team colluded with the Russians. This is eerily similar to 1972 when U.S. President Richard Nixon operatives undertook dirty tricks, then broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate off...
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday touted Charter Communications‘s decision to invest $25 billion in the United States and its previously disclosed plan to hire 20,000 workers over four years. At a White House event with the second-largest U.S. cable company’s Chief Executive Thomas Rutledge and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Trump praised Charter for planning to close its offshore call centers and move them to the United States. On a number of occasions, Trump has touted job announc...
The U.S. State Department’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday concludes a bitter political battle that stretched on for more than eight years. Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. first filed its application to build the project in 2008. Since then, the proposal was met with a slew of lawsuits, regulatory snags, protests and political jockeying. The project still has several hurdles to clear before the company can actually move ahead with construction. It will need to secure several st...