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Slavery is not good, and health care reform is not easy. Seemingly obvious? Maybe not, according to President Trump, who has said multiple times in speeches and interviews over the last year that “nobody knows” or “people don’t realize” certain facts that are, in fact, widely known. While this may be little more than a verbal tic, Trump has gotten some criticism from the remarks. On the other hand, he’s not entirely wrong, since there is evidence that a lot ...
When President Donald Trump met with House Republicans earlier this week in a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill ahead of Friday’s vote on the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s healthcare overhaul, the meeting was apparently not exactly friendly. “If you don’t pass the bill there could be political costs,” he told the members of his party, according to Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., who was paraphrasing Trump’s warning to lawmakers. Failure to pass the bill w...
(WASHINGTON) — In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose. House Speaker Paul Ryan set the showdown for Friday, following a nighttime Capitol meeting at which top White House officials told GOP lawmakers that Trump had decided the time for talk was over. “We ...
How will Donald Trump‘s new administration actually affect companies? That’s the question investors are asking now that the President’s policies are actually beginning to take shape. And a new tracker is hoping to provide the answer in real time. In the months following Trump’s election, most investors wagered that Trump would be able to enact his promised pro-economic growth policies. So they threw billions of dollars into the stock market, with the Dow Jones industrial ...
The GOP’s long-promised legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare” stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support,GOP leaders looked to President Donald Trump to close the deal with a crucial bloc of conservatives, in the first major legislative test of his young presidency. The stakes could hardly be higher for a party that gained monopoly control of Washington largely on promises to get r...
There’s momentous debate about healthcare going in the United States—but little attention is being paid to protecting Americans from preventable threats. Unfortunately, as Rep. Tom Cole, a Republican from Oklahoma and chairman of the subcommittee that oversees CDC’s budget, says, “You’re much more likely to die in a pandemic than in a terrorist attack, and so that’s part of the defense of the country as well. The CDC … protects you.” The budget ...
Although President Donald Trump signed a bill Tuesday that updates NASA’s mission to include exploration on Mars, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says it is not enough. “This bill changes almost nothing about what NASA is doing,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “Existing programs stay in place and there is no added funding for Mars.” Musk continued: “Perhaps there will be some future bill that makes a difference for Mars, but this is not it.” The bill enables NASA to spend ...
Ivanka Trump will have her own office in the West Wing of the White House that comes with a security clearance for classified information, although she will not have an official title, according to a White House official. Trump will still comply with the ethics rules for government appointees though, even if she technically isn’t one, Trump’s attorney Jamie Gorelick told the Associated Press. “Our view is that the conservative approach is for Ivanka to voluntarily comply with ...
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited the White House Monday, and managed to get a jab in to President Donald Trump about his unsubstantiated claims that President Obama had ordered a wiretap on Trump Tower during the 2016 election. According to a report from a pool reporter, the press asked the President a question about wiretapping, to which he did not respond. But al-Abadi grabbed Trump’s arm and joked, “we had nothing to do with the wiretap.” Earlier this month, Pres...
(WASHINGTON)—Thirteen months after Antonin Scalia’s death created a vacancy on the Supreme Court, hearings get underway on President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace him. Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, is a respected, highly credentialed and conservative member of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. His nomination has been cheered by Republicans and praised by some left-leaning legal scholars, and Democrats head into the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Monda...
The White House has filed papers in court giving notice it will appeal a Maryland Judge’s decision that blocked the portion of President Trump’s executive order banning people from certain countries entering the United States.   The Department of Justice filed papers notifying the court of an appeal on behalf of the Trump administration in the southern division of the Maryland District court. The notice of appeal comes two days after Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii and Maryland ...
If you feel Obamacare has let you down, the White House wants to hear from you. President Trump held a meeting on Monday with what the White House called “victims of Obamacare” — businesses and individuals it said was negatively impacted by the law. Those in attendance, per descriptions on the White House website, cited Obamacare as the reason for increasing health care costs. Those not at the meeting who still have grievances about Obamacare are invited to share their stories...
About 10% of the construction firms interested in building the first stage of President Donald Trump’s proposed Mexico border wall are Hispanic-owned, according to a new report from the Guardian. In a review of the more than 600 companies that submitted proposals to the Department of Homeland Security, 62 were Hispanic-American businesses, the Guardian found. "I think the wall is a waste of time and money," Patrick Balcazar, a Puerto Rican-based firm owner that was listed of as one of the ...
Washington, D.C., is a networking culture, where deals are transacted over cocktails and appetizers at the city’s happy hours. But according to one wine bar, business at many of DC’s establishments has dropped because the city’s power-brokers are trying to earn points with the president and his allies. In a lawsuit filed earlier this week against President Donald Trump and his namesake DC hotel, Cork Wine Bar claims that they’ve lost business as foreign dignitaries and ...
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — President Donald Trump’s travel ban could keep out more international travelers than he bargained for. International airline bookings to the United States, which measure future travel plans, have fallen substantially since the first travel ban went into effect — even from countries that are not identified in the ban. “This is all about perception now,” said Mike McCormick, executive director of the Global Business Travel Association. He and oth...
Two industries that President Donald Trump repeatedly vowed to revitalize during his campaign, coal mining and manufacturing, saw employment gains in the February jobs report. But one analyst says his nascent presidency is not necessarily responsible for those gains. “There’s a perception that just because things are happening now that it’s associated with other events that are happening now and that’s not at all the case,” said Tara Sinclair, an Associate Profess...
Starbucks is disputing claims that the coffee giant’s brand has been tarnished in the wake of a politically charged pledge to hire 10,000 refugees globally over the next five years. On Friday, Starbucks sbux issued a letter sent by market research firm Kantar Millward Brown that claims that in the wake of the coffee company’s refugee pledge, “we did not observe any substantive impact on customer consideration, future visitation intent or ...
President Donald Trump’s green “Make America Great Again” hats prepared for Saint Patrick’s Day, which caught flack for featuring a four-leaf clover instead of a shamrock, were nowhere to be found on his joint fundraising committee website on Wednesday. A link to the section that previously showcased the hats leads to a page with the following message: “We’re sorry, but the page you’re looking for could not be found. Go back to our homepage and check out...
Ivanka Trump may have found herself at the center of controversy over Ivanka HQ, her fashion business that she separated from before moving to the nation’s capitol. However, the company’s new president, Abigail Klem, is confident the brand will not only succeed, but also stay above the political fray. "We are really committed to having the brand be separate, even from [Ivanka], so certainly her dad is even more distant from that,” Abigail Klem told Refinery 29 in her first inte...
Senator Elizabeth Warren is not impressed with President Donald Trump’s Tweet honoring International Women’s Day. Early Wednesday morning, the President Tweeted: “I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy. On International Women’s Day, join me in honoring the critical role of women here in America & around the world.” Warren later appeared on MSNBC’s Live with Stephanie Ruh...