More than 100 members of the University of Chicago faculty are asking the Obama Foundation to move the proposed library honoring the 44th president to a new location because the plan as currently constituted is “socially regressive.”
The Obama Presidential Center will not provide the “promised development or economic benefits” to surrounding neighborhoods, the professors write and could cost more than $100 million in state funds.
“We are concerned that these are not the best ways to use public funds to invest in the future of Chicago,” the letter reads.
The library will also take over large sections of two historic public parks, Jackson Park and Midway Plaisance, and force the closure of a major South Side thoroughfare, Cornell Avenue. The professors argue it’s a “traffic-jam in the making.”
An Obama Foundation spokesperson said the library will bring hundreds of thousands of people to the South Side every year and will ”strengthen the economic climate in the region.”
President Trump kicked CNN star Jim Acosta out of the Oval Office Tuesday after the network’s senior White House correspondent badgered him with racially charged questions.
Acosta has made a habit of grandstanding and interrupting when Trump and his surrogates are available to the media. Tuesday was no exception, as Acosta yelled, “Mr. President,” three times before finally getting Trump’s attention.
“Did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway? Did you say that you wanted more people from Norway? Is that true Mr. President?” Acosta frantically shouted.
“I want them to come in from everywhere… everywhere. Thank you very much everybody,” Trump responded as Acosta continued to bark questions.
“Just Caucasian or white countries, sir? Or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world… people of color,” Acosta shouted.
Trump then pointed directly at Acosta and simply said, “Out!”
Los Angeles city and county have the most chronically homeless people in the country, and nearly all of them sleep on the streets, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department.
L.A.'s chronically homeless population has grown 55%, to 12,536, since 2013, accounting for almost 15% of all people in that category, HUD reported. More than one-third of the nation's chronically homeless live in California, the agency added.
Luis Bracamontes made it 12 minutes through his trial Wednesday before exploding into another tirade of profanity and threats, leading Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White to order him removed from the courtroom.
Bracamontes, accused of killing two Sacramento-area deputies in 2014, erupted as his brother began testifying in the second day of his trial.
With Bracamontes shouting in Spanish and English, the judge immediately barked, “Be quiet.”
“F--- you,” Bracamontes replied, then began shouting threats at the two juries in the case and at family members of the slain deputies.
“I’m going to kill one of you motherf-------,” Bracamontes said as jurors were escorted out on White’s orders.
The judge warned Bracamontes that he would be removed if he refused to halt his outbursts, and his public defenders renewed their request to allow him to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
As the UAW, Fiat Chrysler and federal investigators unravel a scandal over the misappropriation of millions of dollars meant for worker training, federal records show that embezzling from union offices is endemic around the country.
U.S. Department of Labor documents obtained by the Free Press show embezzlement from hundreds of union offices nationwide over the past decade. In just the past two years, more than 300 union locations have discovered theft, often resulting in more than one person charged in each instance, the records show.
Two UAW incidents uncovered in 2017, one in Michigan and the other in New Jersey, exceed the $1-million mark, among the biggest labor theft cases in a decade.
Cases involved unions representing nurses, aerospace engineers, firefighters, teachers, film and TV artists, air traffic controllers, musicians, bus inspectors, bakery workers, roofers, postal workers, machinists, ironworkers, steelworkers, dairy workers, plasterers, train operators, plumbers, stagehands, engineers, electricians, heat insulators, missile range workers and bricklayers.
Individual cases compiled by the Office of Labor-Management Standards last year cite theft and fraud ranging from $1,051 to nearly $6.5 million.
“Unions are not unique,” said Peter Henning, a former federal prosecutor who teaches law at Wayne State University. “Another group hit hard by embezzlement are churches. You can’t train people to be ethical. It’s just access to money.”
Dozens of companies across America are offering bonuses, pay raises and other benefits to employees following the passing of the Republican tax overhaul.
Spellex Corporation, a Tampa-based software developer, gave employees a $1,000 bonus check, and the company made sure President Trump received credit for the tax cut bonus.
On Spellex's bonus checks, it read in the “Memo” section: “Trump Tax Cut and Jobs Act.”
Spellex Corporation founder and CEO Sheldon Wolf said on "Fox & Friends" that he was inspired when he saw bigger companies like AT&T and Bank of America giving out bonuses and sharing the tax cut savings with employees.
Pete Hegseth: What does a thousand dollar bonus mean to real people?
Sue: Well, for one thing it’s a very, very big deal. When you work for a company and they want to give you a thousand dollar check just because our president gave us a tax break to me it’s a big deal. We’ve been called deplorables and everything. But this deplorable appreciates those bread crumbs.
“I hurt,” Booker cried. “When Dick Durbin called me I had tears of rage when I heard about this experience in this meeting.
“For you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss some of the questions of my colleagues saying, ‘I’ve already answered that line of questions’ when tens of millions of Americans are hurting right now because of what they’re worried about right now in the White House — that’s unacceptable to me,” Booker yelled at Nielsen.
Booker claimed that he receives “enough death threats” and sees enough “people plotting” that Trump’s comments cause him to become enraged.
“Your silence and your amnesia is complicity,” he concluded.
Residents of southeast Michigan were left a bit shaken Tuesday night after a big bright flash lit up the sky and the ground beneath them shook.
A flying saucer? No. A shooting star? Not quite.
The National Weather Service eventually solved the mystery, tweeting "USGS confirms meteor occurred around 810 pm, causing a magnitude 2.0 earthquake."
President Trump’s efforts to distance the United States from Pakistan have earned him a gold medal from an Afghan community thrilled to see a tougher American stance toward a difficult neighbor.
Stars and Stripes reported residents of Logar province in Afghanistan raised about $650 to pay for a handcrafted gold medallion to honor Trump. The inscription reads, “For bravery, from the Afghan people to Donald Trump, president of the United States of America.”
Logar province is located just south of Kabul, near the country’s eastern border with Pakistan.
Earlier this month, Trump accused Pakistan of only giving “lies and deceit” in return for more than $33 billion in aid since 2002. Pakistan has played an important role as an ally in the war in Afghanistan, but has often proved to be a difficult partner and has been accused of harboring terrorists fleeing Afghanistan.
The White House also announced earlier this month the U.S. wouldn’t pay $2 billion in military aid to Pakistan until it stepped up its efforts to fight terrorism.
Gregg Jarrett: What you can’t do is pay a foreign national or a foreign national can’t contribute to a campaign. Here the DNC and Hillary Clinton paid money to two foreign nationals and that’s a violation of the law. It is a crime. It’s a felony and people have been prosecuted and put behind bars for it. These people need to be prosecuted for this.
The adult son of Arizona’s outgoing junior senator has filed a lawsuit against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Austin Flake is suing Arpaio over a 2014 felony prosecution against Flake and his ex-wife, Logan Kindt. The younger Flake claims that Arpaio slapped him and his wife with animal cruelty charges in a bid to politically harm his father, Republican Senator Jeff Flake.
In June, 2014, 23 dogs died at the Green Acre Dog Boarding kennel when the air conditioning failed overnight. Flake and his then-wife were in charge of the dogs but left them at the kennel when they went on vacation in Florida.
Eventually, the case against the couple was dropped by the district attorney’s office after multiple flaws in the investigation became apparent.
But not before Arpaio conducted surveillance on the Flake family home and examined Austin Flake’s phone records, the malicious prosecution lawsuit alleges, all in an attempt to damage the senior Flake’s political career.
The owners of the kennel pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and were ordered to serve a day in jail for each of the dogs who died–23 days total–and perform 230 hours of community service on top of three years’ probation.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., ramped up his rhetoric toward President Trump Wednesday in a call for congressional Republicans and Democrats to begin publicly denouncing the untruths Trump speaks and tweets from his position of authority.
Flake said Trump's first year in office saw the truth "more battered and abused than at any time in the history of our country" by its very leader.
"No longer can we turn a blind eye or deaf ear to those assaults on our institutions, and ... an American president who cannot take criticism, who must constantly deflect and distort and distract, who must find someone else to blame, is charting a very dangerous path. And a Congress that fails to act as a check on the president adds to that danger. Now we're told via Twitter that today the president intends to announce his choice for the, quote, 'most corrupt and dishonest media awards,'" Flake said during a Senate floor speech Wednesday morning.
"[This] must be the year in which the truth takes a stand against power that would weaken it. In this effort, the choice is quite simple. In this effort, the truth needs as many allies as possible. Together, my colleagues, we're powerful. Together, we have it within us to turn back these attacks, to right these wrongs, and repair this damage and restore reverence for institutions and prevent further moral vandalism. Together, united in this purpose to do our jobs under the Constitution, without regard to party or party loyalty, let us resolve to be allies of the truth and not partners in its destruction," he added.
Rodney Howard-Brown, Pastor at the River at Tampa Bay church in Florida, says a senior Republican congressman told him of a plan to “take out” President Donald Trump.
According to Infowars, Pastor Howard-Brown told the audience during an appearance on Revival Ministries International he spent three hours with the congressman who hinted at a plot to “remove Trump suddenly from office.”
“He said there is a plot on Capitol Hill to take the president out, I said you mean by impeachment or by indictment – he said no, to take him out, he will be removed suddenly from office,” said Pastor Howard-Browne.
Pastor Howard-Browne added that he asked if the Congressman meant remove by impeachment or indictment and the Congressman replied that “you can read between the lines”.
According to Pastor Howard-Browne the Congressman, who he said has been in office since 1996, told him there was nothing they could do to stop the plot from going forward. And he added that the deep state was t war with Pres. Trump because of his support to the evangelical community.
Dr Mukuzi Muhereza, from the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), has warned action must be taken over reports of growing numbers of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) cases.
He warned the disease is “highly contagious” and said the people “must be protected” to prevent it spreading.
The infection causes victims to suffer from a burning fever before beginning to bleed from orifices including their eyes, anuses and mouths.
It comes amid a growing war of words between the UMA and Uganda’s health ministry, who have said there is no CCHF in the country – despite confirming a case.
World Health Organisation (WHO) officials label any outbreak of CCHF as a major threat to public health.
CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta declared President Trump likely has heart disease, disputing findings made public by the official White House physician.
Speaking Wednesday on CNN, Gupta said the test results made public the previous day by Dr. Ronny Jackson, the president's physician and a Navy rear admiral, demonstrated a heart malady.
"A few years ago, dating back to 2009 President Trump started having these tests that are actually looking for the presence of calcium in the blood vessels that lead to the heart … and steadily, up until just this past week, when he had them performed again, those numbers have gone up," Gupta said. "Well, when they get to a certain range, and his number is in the 130s, that means he has heart disease."
He added there was "no question" that "by all standards, by all metrics, any way a doctor or cardiologist would look at it, the president does have heart disease."
He said, however, that it could be controlled by medication and diet.
NBC reporter Ken Dilanian called on President Trump to step on a scale in public to prove his weight to the nation.
Seeing a lot of skepticism over the idea that @realDonaldTrump weighs only 239 pounds. Would he step on a scale in public to prove it?
MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski expressed concern Wednesday over Donald Trump getting a clean cognitive bill of health, saying "the word evil comes to mind" to explain the president's behavior.
White House doctor Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson addressed the media on Tuesday about Trump's health, which he declared to be "excellent," and he also said he aced a cognitive test given at the president's request.
In the wake of the controversy over Trump's reported slur on African countries as "s—hole" nations, Brzezinski said she was worried.
"If he wasn't healthy, that would be a great excuse for this behavior. Now he has none, which you can then deduce other things that are far more nefarious and frightening," Brzezinski said.
Former Obama administration official Steve Rattner said he had a similar thought in that he wasn't sure if it would be better if Trump had mental issues.
"I'm disturbed that they say he's cognitively healthy," Brzezinski said. "I think the word evil comes to mind."
During a press briefing with White House physician Ronny Jackson on Tuesday, one member of the White House press corps asked if President Donald Trump was addicted to drugs.
Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, said Trump is in "excellent" health and spent about an hour fielding a wide range of questions about his medical exam. One reporter standing behind the back row of chairs inquired about Trump's possible drug use.
"You said he doesn't drink and he doesn't smoke and other than the diet issue—did you address drug addiction?" the reporter asked.
"Drug addiction?" Jackson replied with a laugh.
"Any other drugs?" she asked.
"Yeah, no, no, he has no drug addiction," Jackson said.
"How about sexual?" another reporter joked, prompting laughter.
Jackson also faced questions on whether Trump had dementia, OCD, diabetes, dentures, or heart problems. Jackson's answer to each of these was negative.
Jackson became the White House physician in 2006 in the George W. Bush administration, and he remained in that position with the administrations of Barack Obama and now Trump.
A mum-of-two has been left shaken after a stranger followed her to her door and allegedly sexually assaulted her before saying "I had to do it".
Jesse Ratu, 24, was on a morning walk in Queensland, Australia, when the man approached her.
CCTV footage from her block of flats shows him slapping her bottom several times before she turns around and looks at him.
The pair are seen having an exchange before she goes inside and he attempts to grab her again.
Speaking about the incident afterwards, Jesse said she rushed inside to inform her partner, Brendon Wilson, about the incident, prompting him to run downstairs to confront the man.
But after trying to look for him, Brendon was unsuccessful and the two went to the police and gave a statement.
Speaking to 9 News Gold Coast, Jesse said: "So I just buzzed in and that's when he grabbed my bum five times and I pushed the door open and think I said 'Don't touch me'.
"I shouldn't really be worried walking in my own street, but I probably won't do that anymore.
"[It] was disgusting to say the least. He said to me, 'Sorry I just had to do that, you have the best bum' or something like that, and that's when I just pushed the door and ran in as quick as I could. I freaked out."
Brendan Wiblen of Queensland Police said: "This was a very disturbing incident for the young woman.
"Fortunately for us, such incidents of an unprovoked assault in the street, are very rare."
A 40-year-old man has now been charged on two counts of sexual assault and is due to appear in court on February 6.
Venezuelan authorities said Monday they had surrounded and captured members of a rebel group whose leader Oscar Perez a rogue police pilot hijacked a helicopter in June and dropped grenades on the Supreme Court and Interior Ministry.
His fate was unclear, but rumors swirl that he was reportedly killed. According to an Interior Ministry press release, police surrounded a house in the impoverished El Junquito area of western Caracas and exchanged gunfire with the rebels, leaving two police dead and five wounded.
An unspecified number of rebels were killed and five captured, according to the statement.
President Donald Trump's recent medical examination showed no indication of cognitive impairment or dementia, according to the physician who conducted and supervised it.
His White House physician, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, added what he called 'a screening assessment for cognitive impairment' to Trump's annual health assessment. It resulted in a perfect score.
Based on his daily observations of the president, Jackson said, a mental screening would not normally be recommended.
But Trump himself asked for the test, he told reporters Tuesday at the White House.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.
“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Her confirmation came after California’s new sanctuary law went into effect Jan. 1, severely restricting cooperation the state or any of its localities could offer.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan says those policies put his officers and local communities at more risk because they have to arrest illegal immigrants out in the community.
Mr. Homan told The Washington Times last July that he wanted to see local officials charged as complicit in human smuggling if they shielded illegal immigrants through sanctuary policies.
Japanese national broadcaster NHK issued an on-air apology Tuesday after issuing an alert incorrectly claiming that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile.
The message, received by phone users with the NHK app installed on their devices, read: “NHK news alert. North Korea likely to have launched missile. The government J alert: evacuate inside the building or underground. “
The broadcaster apologized for the error, adding “the news alert sent earlier about NK missile was a mistake. No government J alert was issued.” The mistake was corrected within minutes.
Doug Wead: This is outrageous. This is an insult to your intelligence. It’s an insult to the millions of people who died at the hands of that butcher. It’s outrageous! And I saw another comment comparing him (Trump) to Hitler. Both Hitler and Stalin dominated their governments. They dominated the motion picture industry… If anybody thinks that Donald Trump controls the media the way Stalin and Hitler did, they’re crazy.
Native German kids must learn to pray to Allah, a soap opera recommended.
A segment from Lindenstraße, a state-funded TV show, shows a young German woman telling a boy that there’s “another name for God,” and that name is Allah.
“Allah, say it, Allah,” she says, translated from German. “And from today on I would like that God, which we today call Allah, to become much more important in our lives, and that we pray to Allah and are grateful for all that we have…”
Jesse Jackson thinks Donald Trump is a champion of minority empowerment.
Or at least he used to before the turn of the millennium.
In both 1998 and 1999, Trump was an honored guest at the annual Wall Street Conference hosted by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Jackson’ DC-based “multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change.”
“We need your building skills, your gusto,” Jackson told the Donlestate mogul before stating Trump is a model for “people on Wall Street to represent diversity.”
A twitter employee who was caught red-handed bragging on camera that he was not only viewing private messages that contained naked pictures, but also capable of seeing "anything" he wanted to, has officially deleted his entire twitter account after attempting to rename himself in order to avoid the publicity.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average broke past 26,000 on Tuesday as economic optimism over corporate earnings continues to rise.
The latest round-number hit comes just 12 days after the Dow hit 25,000 -- the fastest run between 1,000-point milestones in history.
The S&P 500 also traded above 2,800 for the first time while the Nasdaq advanced to a record.
"The boring stock market of 2017 has turned on the burners two weeks into the new year," Frank Cappelleri, executive director at Instinet, said to CNBC.
Earnings are off to a strong start so far in 2018. Of the S&P 500 companies that had reported as of last week, 69 percent have surpassed earnings-per-share estimates while 85 percent have beaten expectations.
Surging shale production is poised to push U.S. oil output to more than 10 million barrels per day - toppling a record set in 1970 and crossing a threshold few could have imagined even a decade ago.
And this new record, expected within days, likely won’t last long. The U.S. government forecasts that the nation’s production will climb to 11 million barrels a day by late 2019, a level that would rival Russia, the world’s top producer.
The economic and political impacts of soaring U.S. output are breathtaking, cutting the nation’s oil imports by a fifth over a decade, providing high-paying jobs in rural communities and lowering consumer prices for domestic gasoline by 37 percent from a 2008 peak.
Fears of dire energy shortages that gripped the country in the 1970s have been replaced by a presidential policy of global “energy dominance.”
Seal is under criminal investigation for sexual battery, just one week after he publicly encouraged sexual abuse victims to come forward ... but the singer denies any wrongdoing.
Actress Tracey Birdsall tells us she and Seal were neighbors in Los Angeles in the fall of 2016. She says the two developed a close friendship -- and only that -- until an incident at Seal's home. Tracey says she was in Seal's kitchen to retrieve a salad spinner she'd lent him when all of a sudden, he lunged at her.
Tracey tells us Seal forced himself on her, attempting to kiss her. She says she shouted, "What are you doing?!" and the singer replied, "I'm kissing you!"
Birdsall claims Seal then began to belittle her for what she was wearing (a tank top and shorts) -- insinuating she was asking for it -- and he began to grope her breasts. She says she demanded he stop.
Tracey tells us Seal then invited her to sit on the couch next to him ... she says she was in shock and complied. Birdsall claims Seal once again began to make fun of what she was wearing and groped her again. Tracey says she left shortly after that and did not have contact with Seal again.
On Sunday, conservative commentator and Daily Wire Editor in Chief Ben Shapiro dismantled a line Oprah Winfrey used for her Golden Globes address.
During her acceptance speech Sunday at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, Winfrey was one of many who used her time on the mic to make subtle jabs at President Donald Trump and give a nod to progressive talking points.
However, when the media mogul issued a line about “your truth,” Shapiro had a strong retort.
“I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because we all know the press is under siege these days, but we also know that it is the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and injustice, to tyrants and victims and secrets and lies,” Winfrey remarked during her speech, according to The Washington Post.
“I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”