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Washington – Son Of Former New York City Mayor To Work In White House

March 6, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Washington - Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is joining President Donald Trump's White House to work as a public liaison. The White House says Andrew Giuliani will serve as associate director for the Office of Public Liaison. He was a volunteer for Trump's 2016 campaign. Rudy Giuliani was under consideration for secretary of state before withdrawing his...

New York – Unusually Tense Interview Between ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Trump Aide

March 6, 2017 at 11:30 PM
New York - George Stephanopoulos' "Good Morning America" interview with White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday is an instant milestone in the hostile relationship between the Trump administration and the media. In the discussion about President Donald Trump's weekend accusations — offered without proof — that former President Obama ordered Trump's New York home...

New York – Fitbit Tracks Your Steps; Now It Wants To Chart Your Zs, Too

March 6, 2017 at 11:17 PM
New York - Fitbit, whose devices encourage people to walk 10,000 steps each day, now wants to put them to sleep as well. The company said data collected by the millions of Fitbit trackers in use show that people are averaging less than seven hours of sleep a night, the amount recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the Zs people do get aren't necessarily the right...

Pyongyang – N. Korea Bans Malaysians From Leaving Country

March 6, 2017 at 10:42 PM
North Korea - Pyongyang says it will ban Malaysians from leaving North Korea amid diplomatic disputes over the death of leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother. The North's state media said Tuesday that its Foreign Ministry had notified the Malaysian Embassy in the country of its decision, saying the ban will be valid until safety of North Korean nationals in Malaysia is guaranteed. It...

United Nations – NKorea: US-SKorea Exercises Leading To ‘Nuclear Disaster’

March 6, 2017 at 10:15 PM
United Nations - North Korea warned Monday that U.S.-South Korean military exercises, which it called "the most undisguised nuclear war maneuvers," are driving the Korean Peninsula and northeast Asia toward "nuclear disaster." The North Korean ambassador to the United Nations, Ja Song Nam, said in a letter to the U.N. Security Council that the U.S. is using nuclear-propelled aircraft...

Washington – GOP Grapples As It Shifts From Opposition Party To Governing

March 6, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Republican ranks in Congress are thick with hard-right lawmakers elected to thwart former President Barack Obama and light on nuts-and-bolts legislators, especially those experienced in working with a GOP president. That could prove to be a formidable challenge as Republicans transition from an opposition party to a governing one. Tea party lawmakers who are used to fighting...

Norfolk, VA – Father Of Slain Soldier Who Criticized Trump Says Travel Rights Reviewed

March 6, 2017 at 09:28 PM
Norfolk, VA - The father of an American soldier killed in Iraq who came under criticism last year from then-candidate Donald Trump said he has canceled a speaking engagement in Toronto after being notified that his U.S. travel privileges were under review. Khizr Khan, an American citizen born in Pakistan, had planned to speak at a luncheon in Toronto on Tuesday in a discussion about President...

Raanana, Israel – Why Former US Envoy Dan Shapiro Keeps Staying In Israel

March 6, 2017 at 09:00 PM
Raanana, Israel - Dan Shapiro can’t seem to leave Israel. Before stepping down as the U.S. ambassador to the country in January, he said he would stay long enough for his daughters to finish the school year. On Sunday, he announced he would be sticking around even longer to join the Institute for National Security Studies, a top think tank in Tel Aviv. He and his wife, along with their three...

Washington – New Travel Ban Eases Some Legal Questions, Ignores Others

March 6, 2017 at 08:27 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's revised travel ban eases some of the legal questions surrounding the previous order, but critics said it does not answer all of them, including accusations that the measure is a thinly veiled attempt to discriminate against Muslims. Opponents promised to challenge the president again in court. The new, narrower ban announced Monday temporarily bars new...

Washington – As President, Trump Seeks Answers On His Own Wiretap Mystery

March 6, 2017 at 08:15 PM
Washington - If Donald Trump wants to know whether he was the subject of surveillance by the U.S. government, he may be uniquely positioned to get an answer. A series of weekend tweets by the president focused public attention on intelligence collection efforts long shrouded in secrecy. He accused former President Barack Obama of ordering wiretaps on his phones but offered no proof to back...

Washington – Zap Map: Satellite Tracks Lightning For Better Heads Up

March 6, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Washington - A new U.S. satellite is mapping lightning flashes worldwide from above, which should provide better warning about dangerous strikes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday released the first images from a satellite launched last November that had the first lightning detector in stationary orbit. It includes bright flashes from a storm that spawned tornadoes...

Washington – Trump Uncertainty Slowing U.S. Travel Bookings: Report

March 6, 2017 at 07:30 PM
Washington - Demand for travel to the United States over the coming months has flattened out following a positive start to the year, with uncertainty over a possible new travel order likely deterring visitors, travel analysis company ForwardKeys said on Monday. ForwardKeys, which analyses 16 million flight reservations a day from major global reservation systems, also said that travel from...

Washington – Senators Push Trump To Release White House, Mar-a-Lago Visitor Logs

March 6, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Monday urged President Donald Trump to release logs of visitors to the White House and Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida under a policy that made public the names of nearly six million visitors to the White House during the administration of Barack Obama. If Trump continues the policy, under which visitor logs were released 90 to 120 days after they...

Washington – House GOP Releases Bill Replacing Obama Health Care Overhaul

March 6, 2017 at 06:45 PM
Washington - House Republicans have released their long-awaited bill dismantling much of former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The measure would roll back the government's health care role and is expected to result in fewer people having insurance coverage. House committees planned votes on the legislation Wednesday. That will launch perhaps the year's defining battle in...

Washington – Carson Draws Criticism For Comparing Immigration To America To Slavery

March 6, 2017 at 06:36 PM
Washington - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is comparing slavery to immigration in the United States, a view that one slavery expert calls "inappropriate and wildly inaccurate." Carson was talking about the work ethic of immigrants who came through Ellis Island during his first speech to the department on Monday. He said, "There were other immigrants who came here on the...

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