Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) faced angry questions over his refusal to demand an independent investigation into President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia during a Saturday town hall packed with hundreds of constituents.
Most of a 900-seat auditorium at Raritan Valley Community College was filled on Saturday, according to NJ.com. Lance, the only Republican member of Congress to hold a town hall in the state this week, drew shouting from the audience when he repeatedly declined to support
- President Donald Trump would like the US to be "at the top of the pack" when it comes to having nuclear weapons.
- ATLANTA ― Democratic National Committee members on Saturday voted down a resolution that would have reinstated former President Barack Obama’s ban on corporate political action committee donations to the party.
Resolution 33, introduced by California DNC member Christine Pelosi, would also have forbidden “registered, federal corporate lobbyists” from serving as “DNC chair-appointed, at-large members.”
A majority of the 442 eligible DNC members rejected the re
- He’s back!
Former President Barack Obama has finally returned from his post-presidency vacation, where he got some much-deserved R&R in Palm Springs, California, and on Richard Branson’s private escape in the British Virgin Islands.
While Obama’s vacation style consisted of a backward hat and flip-flops, he looked seriously dapper in New York City on Friday in a black suit and a white collared shirt. No tie necessary.
Twitter took notice. He
- Many federal government desks sit empty as the Trump administration has yet to fill large swaths of appointment jobs.
- New national security adviser H.R. McMaster is already setting a strikingly different tone than his ousted predecessor, Michael Flynn, and President Donald Trump, saying the term "radical Islamic terrorism" isn't helpful for US goals.
- Democrats are set to choose a new chair to lead their battered party as it tries to channel the anti-Donald Trump energy of its base into an electoral rebound.
- A draft of the House Republicans' bill to repeal Obamacare would replace its subsidies with less generous tax credits, increase the amount insurers could charge older Americans and effectively eliminate Medicaid for low-income adults.
- WASHINGTON ― If you’re just paying attention now to the race to chair the Democratic National Committee, you could be forgiven for thinking it is an election for a much bigger office.
The race that has lasted well over three months is finally coming to a close on Saturday. The candidates have participated in more than half a dozen public forums or televised debates.
And the two top contenders, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, each raised nearly $1 mi
- Translators of the world, Jimmy Fallon has your back.
Amid reports that interpreters are struggling to understand President Donald Trump because “it sounds like he’s speaking his own language,” the “Tonight Show” host unveiled a new (spoof) Rosetta Stone program on Friday.
The “Trumpese” edition of the language learning software helps people get to grips with what the commander in chief is really trying to say. So now there’s no excuse.
- In October 2009, as the Obama White House felt besieged by what it viewed as advocacy journalism masquerading as “fair and balanced” news coverage, top aides to the president declared a de facto war on Fox News.On the morning of Oct. 18, David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, said that Fox would no longer be treated like other news organizations inside the walls of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. That same morning, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said the networ
- Stephen Colbert picked apart President Donald Trump’s desire to ramp up America’s nuclear arsenal on Friday.
The “Late Show” host first poked fun at the way in which the commander in chief said Thursday that he wanted to make the U.S. the “top of the pack” when it came to nukes.
“Not sure if he means top dog or leader of the pack,” quipped Colbert, “but either way, he is not the sharpest knife on the Christmas tree.”
Taking on a more s
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the last minute is barring a young Syrian cinematographer from entering the country to attend the Oscars. The compelling civil-war documentary he risked his life to work on has been nominated for an award.
Khaled Khatib, 21, was set to fly to Los Angeles via Istanbul Saturday, and had obtained a visa to do so. But U.S. officials suddenly found unspecified “derogatory information” linked to Khatib, reports The Associated Press. Khatib w
- Seth MacFarlane voiced his fears over the future of the Democratic Party on Friday.
On “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the “Family Guy” creator said he was worried that the party would “take a trip from the Trump rulebook” and pick a liberal celebrity to be its next leader.
“‘They came up with Trump, we got Kanye,’” he imagined party leaders as saying. “I guess that wouldn’t be it, but you know, a celebrity. Take your pick of
- Bill Maher says it’s time for the media to step up and prove its trustworthiness.
On Friday’s broadcast of “Real Time,” the host referenced the results of a recent Fox News poll which suggested that more people currently think they can trust President Donald Trump than they can the press.
Maher praised various outlets for already pushing back against the Trump administration’s falsehoods — such as NBC’s Chuck Todd for taking on Trump’s
- Vice President Mike Pence delivered an ode on Friday evening to the Republican Jewish establishment that once was deeply skeptical of his boss, effusively praising several GOP luminaries such as billionaire Sheldon Adelson.
- After the White House blocked several major media organizations from attending an off-camera press briefing known as a gaggle, journalists, both invited to the presser and not, stood up for the media.
Among them was Fox News’ Shepard Smith.
During a Friday news segment, the anchor explained the White House’s gaggle debacle and discussed Trump bashing media as “fake news” during the president’s Conservative Political Action Conference speech earlier that day.
- Donald Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway should face sanctions for “professional misconduct,” which include repeated lies and ethics breaches, according to a formal complaint filed by 15 law professors across the nation.
“We do not file this complaint lightly,” states the letter filed earlier this week by legal ethics professors from such prestigious universities as Yale, Georgetown, Fordham and Duke. “We believe that, at one time, Ms. Conway understood
- President Donald Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway should face sanctions for “professional misconduct,” which include repeated lies and ethics breaches, according to a formal complaint filed by 15 law professors across the nation.
“We do not file this complaint lightly,” states the letter, which legal ethics professors from leading universities such as Yale, Georgetown, Fordham and Duke filed this week. “We believe that, at one time, Ms. Conway understood her
- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said during an interview on “Real Time With Bill Maher” on Friday night that the investigation into Russia’s ties to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the U.S. election hacking needs a special prosecutor ― not Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The conservative congressman, who supported Trump during his 2016 campaign, also seemed to agree with host Bill Maher that Sessions should recuse himself from the investigation.
- Hate crimes in New York City have skyrocketed, especially against Jews, in the last three months, and police officials are blaming it on the vitriolic rhetoric of the presidential campaign.
“Based on the timing and the extraordinary increase we’ve been seeing, not only in New York but around the nation, you have to conclude that the presidential campaign was the major factor,” NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis told Bloomberg.
Since the election that put Donald Trump in the
- The FBI rejected a request from White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus last week to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to multiple US officials briefed on the matter.
- The White House on Friday blocked several major media organizations, including The New York Times, CNN and The Huffington Post, from attending an off-camera press briefing, held in lieu of the daily televised news conference.
And CNN anchor Jake Tapper did not take the unprecedented move lightly.
Before his report on President Donald Trump’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Tapper took some time on CNN’s “The Lead” to break down why it’s
- A pair of progressive moles with a sense of humor were apparently responsible for a grand — although short-lived — prank at the Conservative Political Action Conference that had members proudly waving tiny banners emblazoned with the name “Trump” that were actually Russian flags.
The pranksters passed 1,000 red-white-and-blue Russian flags before Donald Trump’s speech at the conservative confab in Maryland on Friday. Audience members scooped them up and wa
- The 114th U.S. House of Representatives was the most anti-environmental in history, according to the League of Conservation Voters’ annual scorecard. The 2016 report found a House and Senate deeply divided along party lines on issues such as climate change and environmental protection.
The environmental group released its latest scorecard Thursday, documenting the environmental voting records of all members of Congress. Each member is given a score based on their votes, whi
- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said on Friday it will accept proposals next month for the design of a wall to be built near the U.S.-Mexican frontier, a first step in picking vendors for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.
In a document on the federal government’s website for business opportunities, the CPB said it would release a request on or about March 6 asking companies for prototype ideas for a wall to be built near the U.S.-Mexican border.
- President Donald Trump says he plans to crack down on illegal immigration.
- Gun-control advocate and former astronaut Mark Kelly said Friday that Republicans should meet with their constituents even in the face of uproar or unspecified security concerns.
- SAN FRANCISCO ― Protesters upset with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for not hosting a public town hall meeting during this week’s congressional recess demonstrated at her appearance at the Public Policy Institute of California on Friday, pressing the longtime senator to face her constituents in person.
The event, billed as “a conversation” with Feinstein, was open to the public, but tickets were lapped up quickly due to the relatively small venue. Demonstrators, many
- While President Donald Trump has suggested that the United States must expand its nuclear arsenal, many experts say U.S. nuclear forces are unrivaled and will remain so as they undergo a modernization program that could cost more than $1 trillion.
In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, Trump said the United States has “fallen behind on nuclear weapon capacity.” He pledged to ensure that, “We’re going to be at the top of the pack.”
While Moscow currently deploys 2
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich worked to repair ties with President Donald Trump on Friday, offering what he said were candid views on topics like foreign policy and health care during a 30-minute sit down in the Oval Office.
- WASHINGTON ― An internal Department of Homeland Security assessment throws cold water on President Donald Trump’s justification for attempting to ban citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.
The draft report, first uncovered by the Associated Press on Friday, states that citizenship is “likely an unreliable indicator of terrorist threat to the United States.” It was prepared after Trump issued the ban and saw it blocked by the 9th Circuit
- WASHINGTON ― A draft version of a House Republican bill to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act shows how the move would weaken or eliminate coverage for an untold number of people on Medicaid and private health insurance.
House Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), appear to be putting the finishing touches on the legislative vehicle with which they intend to eliminate former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law and put in place a new syst
- It was early Friday afternoon on the ground floor of the Conservative Political Action Conference here, just hours after President Donald Trump had stoked the faithful, and the "art therapy lounge" was quietly abuzz.
- WASHINGTON — If it meant escaping the current political atmosphere, nearly 1 in 3 Americans say they’d be willing to leave Earth altogether.
That’s according to a SurveyMonkey poll conducted Thursday, which found that 29 percent of U.S. adults would consider temporarily moving to one of the newly discovered Earth-like planets to avoid the next four years under President Donald Trump.
The journey wouldn’t be easy. Those seven planets are orbiting a dwarf star som
- CNN's Jake Tapper said there's one word to describe the White House's decision to block several news organizations from a press briefing: "un-American."
- Sometimes, a game of golf is just a game of golf. At least according to golf champion Rory McIlroy, who on Friday defended his weekend outing with President Donald Trump.The four-time major champion from Northern Ireland joined Trump Sunday for a round of golf at the Trump International Golf Club in Florida, prompting a flood of criticism on Twitter. McIlroy said he’d been called a bigot and a fascist.“This wasn’t an endorsement or a political statement of any kind,”
- Authorities in Florida say arson is to blame for a fire at a mosque early Friday morning, marking the third time in less than a year that a Tampa-area Islamic center has been set ablaze.
Corey Dierdorff, spokesman for the Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue, told The Huffington Post that firefighters responded to an automatic fire alarm call at the Daarus Salaam Mosque, also known as the Islamic Society of New Tampa, shortly after 2 a.m. Friday.
Firefighters extinguished flames on the
- This story was originally published by The Texas Tribune.
Barbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, will headline a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in North Texas on Wednesday.
She will be the keynote speaker at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ annual Fort Worth luncheon, helping to raise money for an organization that provides an array of reproductive and sexual health services, including abortions.
Bush’s public appearance before the group is st
- For HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened. What will you stand up for? Tell us with #LoveTakesAction.
Freelance photographer David Moriya is documenting the resistance to President Donald Trump’s administration ― and donating the photos to groups that are part of the movement.
Moriya started the Resistance Photography Project on Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s inaugur
- Congressional Democrats sharply criticized President Donald Trump Friday over a CNN report that the FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign.
- Many black men and women throughout history have used their voices to speak out against racism and inequality in America.
In fact, it's the ways these activists have used their voices and their platforms that have helped to amplify the black experience, in addition to cementing their own status as legendary figures throughout history. Through their outspoken ways and relentless fight for justice, people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Rosa Parks and Elizabeth Heckford a
- WASHINGTON ― Pennsylvania Democrats would like to dig themselves out of a huge deficit in the state’s House of Representatives, where Republicans hold 121 out of 203 seats. That could be slightly more difficult now that their candidate for a special election in a heavily Democratic district has just been kicked off the ballot for allegedly not living in the district.
A Commonwealth Court judge ruled Thursday that Frederick Ramirez, the Democratic candidate for the 197th House Distric
- “I love the First Amendment,” President Donald Trump proclaimed on Friday at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference. “Nobody loves it better than me,” he added.
The effusive remark comes from the same person who called venerable media outlets like The New York Times and NBC News ― long considered pillars of the same free press protected by the First Amendment ― “the enemy of the American people.” Other phrases he and his staff have
- Since January, Jewish community centers have been terrorized by anonymous bomb threats.
There have been at least 69 bomb threats called into 55 centers across the country as of Feb. 24. The majority of the threats have come in waves and often feature a disguised, robotic voice. One of those calls warned of “slaughter” by explosion. So far all the calls have been deemed hoaxes.
Below is a map showing the centers that have received confirmed bomb threats so far. The caller or call
- Donald Trump says things that can defy description—and that’s proving a challenge for translators around the globe.
Tokyo-based translator Chikako Tsuruta told the Japan Times that translating the president into Japanese is a challenge, what with the lack of logic or concern for facts.
“[Trump] rarely speaks logically, and he only emphasizes one side of things as if it were the absolute truth,” Tsuruta said. “There are lots of moments when I suspected his
- Hundreds of cheering onlookers got a glimpse of former President Barack Obama Friday in New York City as he left a Fifth Avenue building after grabbing coffee.
- WASHINGTON ― The Montana Senate has passed a bill that would effectively ban abortions at 24 weeks, even if the mother’s life is in danger, by requiring doctors to try to deliver the fetus alive.
The legislation, approved by senators on Thursday, establishes fetal viability at 24 weeks and threatens doctors with a felony if they perform an abortion for any reason after that point in a woman’s pregnancy. If abortion is necessary to save a woman’s life, doctors are re
- ISIL has been vanquished -- at least as an acronym in the administration of President Donald Trump.
- A top U.S. art school is investigating an act of anti-Semitism on campus that may make some stomachs turn.
A swastika drawn in human waste was recently discovered in a gender-neutral bathroom in a dormitory at the Rhode Island School of Design.
“This level of disrespect and vitriol is completely unacceptable and RISD Public Safety is investigating this isolated incident as both an act of vandalism and potentially a crime of hate,” Jaime Marland, director of RISD public relations, sai
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