Congressional Republicans have introduced a federal heartbeat bill, a controversial measure that would ban abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into the pregnancy.
U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who introduced the bill last week, did not respond to a request for comment about why fetal heartbeats are at the center of the proposed law.
Even setting aside the serious reproductive health implications of such a ban, bills that use a “fetal heartbeat&
- Zoe Saldana is planning to give Donald Trump a chance.
Shortly after her controversial comments on why she feels Hollywood has “bullied” the president-elect, the actress spoke with Univision’s Jorge Ramos about why she’s going to give Trump the “respect he deserves.”
Saldana appeared on Ramos’ Sunday show “Al Punto” to discuss her new movie “Live By Night.” During the interview the host asked her about how she’d previously
- Singer Jackie Evancho called performing the National Anthem at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday an “honor,” saying it is “not political at all.”
The 16-year-old runner-up of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” isn’t letting the criticism she’s received on social media over her upcoming Inauguration Day performance affect her.
“I don’t really hear much about it, which is great. But I know there are some pe
- Following Betsy DeVos’ troubling confirmation hearing, a Long Island teacher and father performed a song for Donald Trump’s controversial nominee for education secretary.
Alan C. Schwartz aka “Bald Piano Guy” posted a video on Facebook that shows him singing, dancing and playing the piano in a parody of Cole Porter’s “It’s De-Lovely.”
“The kids are young. Their future’s clear. Their public schooling will disappear. It&
- In mid 2010, Colin Wambsgans needed to find new health insurance. The small software company he worked for was sold to a larger company, and because he was a part-time employee, he didn’t qualify for the new company’s insurance plan. Getting coverage was especially urgent because his wife was pregnant.
But at that time, the newly passed Affordable Care Act hadn’t yet gone into effect. So Wambsgans, now 39, still had to navigate the old marketplace, where pregnancy ―
- Donald Trump will enter the White House this week accompanied by a throng of advisers with equal authority and, often, warring worldviews. It's a structure old hands in Washington warn is bound to lead to chaos in the West Wing.
- WASHINGTON ― Just shy of eight years after President Barack Obama signed an executive order directing the closure of the military detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the outgoing president said Congress chose politics over security and “abdicated their responsibility to the American people” by imposing restrictions on his administration’s ability to shutter the facility.
“They have placed politics above the ongoing costs to taxpayers, our relationship
- WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama shortened the sentences of 330 federal prisoners on Thursday, less than 24 hours before Donald Trump takes office.
With Thursday’s announcement, Obama has now granted commutations to 1,715 federal prisoners. A HuffPost review of Thursday’s list indicates that all of those 330 clemency cases were for drug or drug-related cases.
Obama’s announcement followed the Tuesday commutations of the sentences of Chelsea Manning and of&nbs
- Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Thursday that Democrats would clear the way for confirmation votes on some of President-elect Donald Trump's national security team on Inauguration Day, but threatened to hold up most of the other nominees. For the rest of the nominees, the New York Democrat said ...
- US B-2 bombers struck ISIS camps in southern Libya overnight, several US officials told CNN Thursday.
- One song has threaded together the biggest moments in President Barack Obama’s career: “City of Blinding Lights” by U2, featured on the group’s 2004 album “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.”
Obama first used the music when he announced his presidential campaign at a rally in Springfield, Illinois, in February 2007.
The distorted guitar, heavy bass and four piano notes at the start of the song quickly became synonymous with the then-senator’s campaign
- It was one of those rainy days, when nothing seems to be going the way it’s supposed to go, when Barack Obama first heard the chant “Fired up, ready to go.”
He was speaking to a small crowd along the primary campaign trail in Greenwood, South Carolina, in 2007. Not yet the 44th president of the United States, he was feeling exhausted and disheartened when a woman with a flashy hat and gold tooth cried out from the back of the room.
“Fired up, ready to go!” the
- President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he has selected New York Jets' owner Woody Johnson, one of the top fundraisers of his presidential campaign, to serve as US ambassador to the United Kingdom.
- Two telephone helplines that offer counseling and support to Muslims in North America were flooded with calls during and after the U.S. presidential election, according to NBC News.
The Canada-based organizations, Naseeha Muslim Youth Helpline and NISA Helpline, say there’s been an uptick in calls from American Muslims, some of whom are worried about their future under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Leaders at both Naseeha and NISA expect this upward trend to con
- You may already know that “The Simpsons” predicted a President Trump back in 2000. But a recently surfaced clip suggests that TV was bizarrely prescient as early as the 1950s.
“Trackdown,” an American Western series that ran from 1957 to 1959, featured a character named Walter Trump in a 1958 episode called “End of the World.” This show’s Trump was a con artist who said he could prevent the end of the world by … building a wall.
- On the eve of the Donald Trump inauguration, Gorillaz has returned from a six-year hiatus to deliver a single questioning the spread of power and corruption.
In the accompanying music video for the song ― titled “Hallelujah Money” ― English musician Benjamin Clementine sings in front of various imagery including a lobby resembling Trump Tower’s and (a bit confusingly) a march by the La Candelaria brotherhood, a Spanish group that dresses in white robes similar to t
- Although the presidential election ended 71 days ago, more than 1 in 3 Americans continue to experience inner turmoil over the outcome.According to a new Washington Post-ABC News Poll, 35 percent of those polled say Trump’s election has increased their normal stress level. Only 12 percent say it has reduced their stress. The majority, 52 percent, say it’s made no difference.The groups most likely to say their stress has increased after the election include Democrats, Hillary Clinton
- Well, having art and culture sure was cool while it lasted!
President-elect Donald Trump plans to dramatically slash funding for the humanities when he takes office, according to a new report from The Hill. In meetings with White House staff, Trump transition officials have reportedly indicated that the administration will shutter the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
The Hill report notes
- President Barack Obama penned an emotional public letter, published Thursday, thanking Americans and encouraging them to participate into "daily acts of citizenship."
- For at least the third time this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pressed a nominee of President-elect Donald Trump to admit global warming is a crisis.
But Rick Perry, nominated to lead the Department of Energy, wouldn’t budge.“Let’s get beyond the rhetoric,” Sanders said. “The majority of scientists who study this issue feel that climate change is a global crisis. It’s not a question of balancing this and balancing that. It’s a global crisis, which r
- After about two years' worth of campaigning, a wild election and a tumultuous transition period, this Friday Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States.
- Rep. Filemon Vela claimed Thursday afternoon that dozens of migrant students visiting Washington, D.C., for the inauguration were called "beaners" and "wetbacks" by pro-Donald Trump attendees. Mr. Vela, a Texas Democrat, issued a series of tweets explaining his decision for joining the growing number of Democrats boycotting the ...
- President-elect Donald Trump made another pitch Thursday for the Senate to speed his Cabinet picks through, saying he's assembled the smartest team in history. "We have by far the highest IQ of any Cabinet ever," he said at a pre-inauguration lunch. His nominees are moving slowly — even those who ...
- Rick Santorum says he doesn't believe Russia was behind the hack into Democratic National Committee emails last year that US intelligence agencies say was an effort by Moscow to throw the election to Donald Trump.
- Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, marking the official beginning of his administration.
The swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol is just one of many events surrounding the inauguration. Here’s a guide to the key events over the next few days. (All times are Eastern.)
Thursday, January 19
3:30 p.m. — Trump and Vice President-elect Mice Pence attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
4 p.m. —
- This 6-year-old would probably do anything to keep President Barack Obama in the White House.
Linzy Ramos submitted a video to EllenTube and Newsflare of her 6-year-old daughter crying while watching Obama’s farewell speech. When Ramos asked her daughter why she was so sad, the little Obama fan said she was crying “because he’s never gonna be the president no more.”
Ramos’ daughter joins the company of two other heartbroken Obama supporters. In August 2016, a
- WASHINGTON ― Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that Latinos shouldn’t be worried that President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet will be the first in decades to lack a Latino member ― they should be more concerned with whether he’s picking “the best and the brightest.”Trump announced his pick for the next agriculture secretary, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R), Thursday morning. It was the last open spot in his largely w
- Incoming White House spokesman Sean Spicer defended President-elect Donald Trump's commitment to diversity, saying that highlight the fact that the new Cabinet will be the first in 30 years without a Latino is "a very narrow way to look at it."
- Friday is Donald Trump’s inauguration. It’s also the eve of the Women’s March ― a massive protest in D.C. dedicated to opposing Trump’s upcoming presidency.
Donna Carpenter, the CEO and co-owner of Burton Snowboards, told Cosmopolitan that she plans to be at the Women’s March this weekend. And she’ll be there with an entourage.
The 53-year-old businesswoman offered her Vermont-based employees two nights in a hotel room and airfare (up to $250) if th
- In an effort to organize counter-programming during President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities, a bevy of bands big and small will perform protest concerts benefiting organizations such as Planned Parenthood this weekend.
One such group, a self-described “feminist hardcore punk band” aptly called War on Women, will perform an acoustic show Sunday in Washington, D.C.
Their lyrics ― bluntly worded, logically argued dismissals of the patriarchy ― also appare
- The University of Texas at Austin will host a "Twerk the Inauguration" event Friday as a response to Donald Trump assuming the presidency, Campus Reform reported Wednesday. Exotic dancer Shakia Williams of the local Her Sins Burlesque and Cabaret will be the featured performer/instructor, teaching participants how to ...
- Donald Trump has arrived in Washington -- and he's going to be here for at least four years.
- In an exchange that might as well have been lifted from a late-night comedy sketch, former Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Al Franken shared an uncomfortable laugh Thursday morning about the "fun" they recently had on the senator's couch. Mr. Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Energy secretary, answered questions ...
- Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has no intention of attending Donald Trump’s inauguration. In fact, she never did.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Tamron Hall on Tuesday, Waters said she's one of the more than 50 Democratic lawmakers boycotting the ceremony, but she artfully dragged the president-elect for his conduct over the course of the election.
“I never planned, I never contemplated even going near any of those activities or those events,” she told Hall. “I don&
- It was another “Oops!” moment for Rick Perry.
Senators grilled the former Texas governor on Thursday during his confirmation hearing for energy secretary. The lawmakers questioned Perry on climate science and renewable energy, and brought up his threats to actually cut the department during the 2012 presidential campaign ― a threat he famously made while forgetting the name of the agency itself. But when it was Sen. Al Franken’s turn to question Perry, things went a
- A global coalition of governments, health specialists and philanthropists will launch a new plan on Thursday to “outsmart” future disease epidemics with a fund to prepare and create new vaccines.
Stung by the devastation of West Africa’s 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, which killed more than 11,300 people before an effective vaccine was developed, the coalition is aiming to ensure such deadly outbreaks can’t happen again.
John-Arne Rottingen, interim chief executive officer of
- Famed singer Frank Sinatra's eldest daughter, Nancy Sinatra, has never been a fan of President-elect Donald Trump.
- WASHINGTON ― Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he no longer wants to eliminate the Cabinet department he now wants to lead.
At his confirmation hearing Thursday, Perry said the remarks he made while running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2011 ― which included vowing to abolish the Energy Department and forgetting its name ― “do not reflect my current thinking.”
“After bring briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I
- Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R-Kansas) attempt to break the ice at a hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Treasury backfired on Thursday.
The Kansas senator opened the hearing by offering anti-anxiety drug valium to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), after he delivered a lengthy opening statement detailing the shady business history of Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s pick to lead the Treasury.
Wyden wasn’t game for the joke. He reminded Roberts that there were many senators on
- LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lloyds Banking Group was named on Thursday as Britain’s best employer for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in a nationwide workplace equality index, followed by law firm Pinsent Masons and J.P. Morgan bank.
The Top 100 Employers list by the rights charity Stonewall ranks organizations in Britain based on answers from employees about culture, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Stonewall praised Lloyds, which came second in th
- #Repost @natters555 ・・・ A little preview of what to expect from We Make America at the women's march on Washington and NYC. #wemakeamerica #statueofliberty #dumptrump #art #notmypresident #nyc A photo posted by We Make America (@wemakeamerica) on Jan 18, 2017 at 11:14am PST
Now that we’re all painfully familiar with the slogan “Make America Great Again,” a group artists has come together to show Trump who’s actually doing the making in this country.&
- In his last interview as president, President Barack Obama advised Democrats to embrace audacious solutions to the country’s coming economic challenges, including automation.
There is room for debate about how to approach trade relations with countries such as China and Mexico, “but the fact is and the data just shows this, the jobs that are going away are primarily going away because of automation,” Obama told “Pod Save America,” a podcast created and hosted by fou
- President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the U.S. Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, denied on Thursday that a bank he owned had profited at the expense of vulnerable homeowners in the aftermath of the 2007-2009 housing crash.
In prepared testimony for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, the Wall Street veteran said accusations his OneWest Bank had operated as a “foreclosure machine” were untrue and politically motivated.
“Since I was first nominated
- Singer Chrisette Michele has confirmed via an “Open Letter” on Twitter that she will be performing at President-elect Trump’s inauguration on Friday.
Without directly referencing the ceremony, Michele confirmed speculation that began circulating on Wednesday that she’d be performing at the inauguration of a president-elect who’s been vocal about his racism, xenophobia and misogyny.
In the letter ― that begins “we can’t be present i
- Vice President-elect Mike Pence certainly had a full plate during his time as Indiana governor, but he apparently managed to squeeze in time to schmooze with his constituents — even the youngest ones. State Rep. Randy Frye said that in April, his 11-year-old grandson Silas picked Mr. Pence to write ...
- Some members in the federal workforce are voicing concerns about the incoming Trump administration's readiness to assume control of the federal bureaucracy on Friday, citing unread transition memos, vacant administration posts and a host of appointees with scant government experience.
- Sen. Chuck Grassley, a top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, warned Thursday that President-elect Donald Trump's choice for budget director could face "problems" getting confirmed to the post because of his failure to pay taxes on a household employee.
- The Monica Lewinsky affair will be the subject of a forthcoming season of FX's "American Crime Story," according to the Hollywood Reporter. "American Crime Story producers Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions have optioned author Jeffrey Toobin's 2000 best-seller A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That ...
- Hundreds of queer people stormed the streets surrounding Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s home last night to engage in a classically queer form of resistance: dancing.
Queer dance party outside Mike Pence's house pic.twitter.com/sQvlha4uGW— Infantry Snowflake (@CrappyMovies) January 19, 2017
Roughly 200 LGBTQ people and their allies gathered for the event, which took place in Pence’s Chevy Chase, D.C. neighborhood, less than 48 hours before the Trump administration officially
- President Barack Obama isn’t just saying goodbye to the White House ― he’s also taking time to revisit many of those who were there for the journey to the top.
Obama kicked off his farewell tour in December 2016 with an appearance on “The Axe Files,” a podcast hosted by David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to the president. Axelrod first met Obama in the early 1990s and went on to help run his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.On the podcast, Obama reflect
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