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- International anti-Trump protests
- ‘Not My President’s Day’ protests in the U.S.
Thousands of people in cities around the country turned out to demonstrate against the policies of President Trump on Monday in a protest that organizers called “Not My President’s Day.” Yahoo News dispatched reporters to cover the major demonstrations in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. Follow our LIVE BLOG throughout the day for the latest updates. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr
- ‘Not My President’s Day’ protests pop up in NYC, D.C. and L.A.
Thousands of people in cities around the country turned out in protest of President Trump on Monday — a federal holiday that organizers have dubbed “Not My President’s Day.” Yahoo News dispatched reporters to cover the major demonstrations planned in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. For a recap of the day’s events, scroll through our coverage in the blog below.
- ‘Impeach President Bannon’ street art protest takes aim at Trump’s controversial chief strategist
A sign protesting “President Bannon” is seen in San Francisco. “Impeach President Bannon” posters were spotted in Washington, New York City and several other major cities on Sunday, part of a Presidents’ Day weekend demonstration against President Trump’s controversial White House chief strategist and senior adviser, Steve Bannon. “No one voted for Steve Bannon,” the California-based organizers of the protest wrote in an email to Yahoo News.
- ‘I am a Muslim too’ rally in Times Square
- ‘That’s how dictators get started’: McCain, critics blast Trump’s view of the media as ‘the enemy’
Critics on both sides of the aisle are blasting President Trump’s assertion that the media is “the enemy of the American people” — and comparing his escalated attack on the press to that of a dictator. “That’s how dictators get started,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said in an interview that aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. McCain stopped short of calling Trump one.
- Mourning the presidency: A mock funeral for Presidents’ Day
A New Orleans-style funeral in New York’s Washington Square Park hosted by Rise and Resist and GAG Is Watching on Saturday gave young New Yorkers the chance to grieve, march, sing, wail and ultimately “demand the rebirth of a presidency dedicated to the service of all peoples.”
- President Trump's post-campaign rally in Melbourne, Fla.
After weeks of negative press, controversies and missteps, Donald Trump is going back to where he’s comfortable: the campaign trail.The president will hold a “Making America Great Again” rally at 5:20 p.m. Saturday from Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida, just up the coast from his Mar-a-Lago retreat, where he is spending the weekend. Trump has mostly stuck to Twitter to disseminate his thoughts since taking office, content to allow surrogates such as Kellyanne Conway, Vice President Mike Pence, senior adviser Stephen Miller and press secretary Sean Spicer to make his case on TV and before the media. See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr
- ‘Now we have a bogeyman’: Trump helps immigration activists raise awareness of deportation issues
Demonstrators protest the immigration polices of President Trump on Feb. 11, 2017, in New York City. For many immigrants living in the United States, President Trump’s rhetoric and recent executive orders have become a source of confusion and fear. Undocumented immigrants, by definition, have a vested interest in keeping a low profile.
- One huge step: Trump’s plans to privatize ‘low Earth orbit’ and send NASA into deep space
In perhaps the most poetic passage from his inaugural address, President Trump said, “We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space.” So, how does Trump intend to do that? Former Congressman Robert Walker, R-Pa., who was tapped to draft Trump’s space policy during the campaign, spoke to Yahoo News about the administration’s plan to place “low Earth orbit” missions predominantly in the hands of the private sector, with exceptions for military and intelligence satellites. A number of private entities, such as Axiom Space and Bigelow Aerospace, are interested in creating commercial space stations and have technologies under development — such as constellations of satellites for Earth observation or new communications tools — that they believe can be profitable in low Earth orbit, the region of space up to an altitude of about 1,200 miles.
- Republicans take evasive maneuvers to avoid feisty town halls
With President Trump’s White House mired in controversy and his party’s legislative agenda initially stalled as a result, congressional Republicans are discovering a new outlet for their creative energies as they head home for next week’s recess: avoiding their constituents. As many observers have noted, rank-and-file progressives have recently taken a page from the tea party’s playbook, and begun to disrupt in-person town-hall events with their representatives, booing Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and prompting police to escort Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., to his car. Take Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who represents a district located in the coastal suburbs north of San Diego.
- Recap: President Trump’s rally in Florida
President Trump traveled back to Florida this weekend to hold a rally akin to the boisterous gatherings that were the hallmark of his 2016 presidential campaign. The event was in an airport hangar in Melbourne, Fla., where he tore into the media and touted his administration’s accomplishments.
- Besieged Trump lashes out at mainstream media: ‘The enemy of the American People!’
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” he declared from South Florida, where he is staying for the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate. The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! Trump’s latest attack against the press came after Thursday’s feisty marathon press conference, in which the president aired a host of grievances over how the media has been covering his White House.
- House committee probes Russia payment to Flynn
Citing a Yahoo News interview with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn last July, a House committee has opened an investigation into whether President Trump’s recently resigned national security adviser received an improper payment from the Russian government for a trip to Moscow in December 2015.
- If the GOP is suffering an identity crisis, so are the Koch brothers
When Republicans were out of power in the Obama era, the Republican National Committee often clashed with outside conservative groups who wanted to influence elections or legislation. Some of the RNC’s biggest fights were with the political operation run by Charles and David Koch, whose independent database of Republican voters was seen as a potential threat by party officials, as Yahoo News exclusively reported two years ago. The RNC believed the Kochs were trying to take over the party.
- ‘We are not thugs’: Rep. Correa defends Hispanic Caucus after dismissal from ICE meeting
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) were outraged after they were barred from a meeting with Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Thursday, at the request of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the speaker’s staffers asked CHC members to leave the meeting, which was about the execution of President Trump’s controversial immigration policy.
- Trump's media bias survey sparks online battle between fans and critics
A survey from President Trump’s campaign team meant to gather antimedia answers has turned into an online proxy war between those who support the president and those against him. On Thursday, moments after he completed an hour-plus press conference, in which much of the time was spent attacking reporters and “fake news,” Trump’s team emailed out a survey to all his supporters imploring them to help fight the mainstream media.
- Can Trump make good on his pledge to prosecute leaks?
President Trump vowed today to crack down on “low-life leakers” who set in motion the events that led to the firing of his national security adviser, Gen. Mike Flynn. The leakers — also known to journalists as sources — disclosed that Flynn had spoken to the Russian ambassador during the Trump transition about easing sanctions that had been imposed by then-President Barack Obama.
- Real leaks bring fake news, Trump says as he blasts media
Trump’s first four weeks have featured the firing of his national security adviser for misleading his vice president, the withdrawal of his labor secretary nominee for lack of Republican votes to confirm him, typo-filled official statements about terrorism, jarring telephone confrontations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia, the chaotic rollout of his order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, reports that the nation’s spies are spooked by his team’s alleged relations with Russia, a spat with China, and newly belligerent actions by Moscow. At the same time, Trump has forged ahead with some core campaign promises — like starting the process of repealing and replacing Obamacare, moving ahead with building a wall along the border with Mexico, removing undocumented immigrants from U.S. soil, formally pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and taking aim at government regulations.
- ‘I was given that information; I don’t know’: 12 standout quotes from Trump’s marathon press conference
On Thursday, President Trump held a press conference in the White House East Room that ran for more than an hour. Here are a few of the more memorable quotes from the president. This was the president’s defense of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who resigned Tuesday night.
- Michael Anton is the most interesting man in the White House
At left are Michael Flynn and K.T. McFarland. WASHINGTON — Sitting in a small office in the West Wing last Friday, White House senior national security staffer Michael Anton lamented that he wants to remain behind the scenes.
- Trump: Melania has been ‘unfairly maligned’ by media
In a lengthy, freewheeling press conference on Thursday, President Trump addressed his wife’s role in the White House and contended that she has been “unfairly maligned” by the news media. Speculation about Melania Trump’s willingness to take on the first lady role ramped up following the revelation that she would stay in New York with the couple’s son, Barron, so he could finish out the school year. Trump said his wife’s main focus as first lady would be “women’s issues, women’s difficulties” and noted that she had recently reopened the White House Visitor Center.
- 'Day Without Immigrants' protests across the U.S.
Immigrants across the United States stayed home from school and work on Thursday to show how critical they are to the nation’s economy and way of life. “A Day Without Immigrants” actions took place in a number of cities, including Philadelphia, Boston, Houston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. The protest gained momentum on social media and by word of mouth. It comes in response to the policies and proposals of President Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally.
- Trump vows to treat DACA recipients with ‘great heart’
Pressing forward in his plans to crack down on what he described as the nation’s loose immigration system, President Trump told reporters Thursday that he’s still struggling to formulate a policy on how to deal with so-called DREAMers, people who immigrated illegally to the U.S. but were given amnesty under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. “This is a very, very difficult for me, … one of the most difficult subjects,” Trump said when asked if he would continue the program, which was initiated by former President Barack Obama in 2012. Roughly 750,000 people have been approved for tentative legal status under DACA.
- Trump gives 25-minute statement insisting administration is ‘running like a fine-tuned machine’ (transcript and video)
President Trump called a press conference that was initially billed as an announcement of his new nominee for secretary of labor, Alexander Acosta, on Thursday in the East Room of the White House. Chaos!” Trump said. In his freewheeling statement, Trump addressed topics including but not limited to: Russia, ISIS, jobs, polls, the margin of his Electoral College victory, the price of street drugs, the “never Trump” movement, his conversations with world leaders, female entrepreneurs, his daughter Ivanka, military budgets, his planned border wall, lying politicians and the dishonest media.
- ‘Are they friends of yours?’: Trump asks African-American journalist to help set up meeting with Congressional Black Caucus
President Trump used part of his rambling news conference Thursday to reaffirm his campaign pledge to help revive the nation’s struggling inner cities, including Chicago. “Do you want to set up the meeting?” Trump asked Ryan, who is black. “I’m just a reporter,” Ryan replied, appearing flummoxed.
- Trump: ‘I’m the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen’
- Trump: ‘The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake.’
President Trump sparred with members of the press at the White House on Thursday, complaining about what he described as the media’s negative tone in its coverage of his administration — and, in particular, coverage of the recent leaks about the Trump campaign’s alleged contacts with Russia. “The leaks are absolutely real,” Trump said. Trump was asked by CNN’s Jim Acosta about the “disconnect” the president sees between the leaks and the news that comes out of them.
- Trump touts false claim about election victory
Earlier in the press conference, which took place in the White House East Room, Trump had stated that he had the largest Electoral College margin since Ronald Reagan. “I got 306 Electoral College votes,” said Trump, echoing comments he made in a Wednesday joint appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
- Trump: Drugs are ‘cheaper than candy bars’
- Trump announces Alexander Acosta as his new pick for secretary of labor
Donald Trump announces Alexander Acosta as his new nominee for secretary of labor after his first choice, Andy Puzder, withdrew from consideration. President Trump announced on Thursday that Alexander Acosta, a lawyer and former U.S. attorney, is his new nominee for secretary of labor. “I just wanted to begin by mentioning that the nominee for secretary of the Department of Labor will be Mr. Alex Acosta,” Trump said at a hastily called press conference in the East Room of the White House.
- WikiLeaks promoter Donald Trump now makes ‘low-life leakers’ his enemy
President Trump, joined by top advisers, speaks by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office last month. President Trump is continuing to assail those who leaked information about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s phone calls with Russia and the media for publishing it. The attacks against leaks are striking as Trump attempts to shift the focus of his administration’s controversies over to what he calls the “real scandal” of leaks.
- Trump’s in trouble. Is it Christie time already?
Somehow, on Valentine’s Day, while he was trying to find a new national security adviser to replace the one he’d just fired, and while he was staring down multiple investigations over potential collusion with Russia, and while he was dealing with the fallout from having conducted missile diplomacy with the Japanese in the public dining room at Mar-a-Lago as if it were one of those party games where everyone got to dress up as a country in World War II … somehow, with all this swirling around him, President Trump managed to lunch with his old friend Chris Christie. Because Trump needs a guy like Christie to come in and grab the wheel of this careening presidency, and he needs it to happen now. If he hadn’t decided to publicly disembowel Marco Rubio in that last debate in New Hampshire, as payback for a raft of negative ads, Trump would probably be back on the “Apprentice” set right now, ogling the interns.
- Watchdog blames Trump for spike in anti-Muslim hate groups
The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second consecutive year (from 892 in 2015 to 917 in 2016), according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which cited Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as one reason for the spike in activity among the radical right. The most dramatic change documented in the civil rights watchdog’s annual “Year in Hate and Extremism” report, published Wednesday, was the near-tripling of anti-Muslim hate groups — from 34 to 101.
- Trump breaks with old Middle East policy — and campaign positions
President Trump on Wednesday dropped the decades-old U.S. position that Middle East peace requires the creation of a viable Palestinian state. He also watered down campaign-trail pledges to move America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and dismantle the Iran nuclear deal.
- Andy Puzder abruptly withdraws as labor secretary nominee
Andy Puzder departs after a meeting with President-elect Trump in November. Andy Puzder, President Trump’s embattled nominee for secretary of labor, has withdrawn his name from consideration. “After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor,” Puzder said in a statement on Wednesday.
- Trump blames ‘unfair’ media for decision to oust Flynn
President Trump on Wednesday denounced “criminal” leaks of classified secrets and what he called the “very, very unfair” news media’s treatment of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn, a day after the White House said the mercurial retired general had to go because he misled colleagues and lost his unpredictable boss’s trust. “I think it’s very, very unfair what’s happened to General Flynn, the way he was treated and the documents and papers that were illegally — I stress that, illegally — leaked,” Trump said at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The president praised Flynn as “a wonderful man” targeted by “the fake media,” and he condemned leaks of information showing that the former Army general misled top officials including Vice President Mike Pence about potentially improper contacts with a top Russian diplomat.
- Trump touts Jewish friends, family members after Israeli reporter asks about anti-Semitic crime
“We are going to have peace in this country,” said the president in a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump then turned to highlight his daughter Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner, now a White House adviser. “I think one of the reasons I won the election is we have a very, very divided nation — very divided.
- Report: Trump offers national security post to retired admiral Bob Harward, who is mulling decision
According to Foreign Policy magazine, President Trump has offered retired Vice Adm. Bob Harward the position of national security adviser, left vacant after retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s resignation on Monday. Harward, 60, is chief executive in the United Arab Emirates for Lockheed Martin, the aerospace company.
- Clinton staffers on Times report about Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia: We told you!
Hillary Clinton’s former campaign staffers are are speaking out in the wake of the New York Times’ explosive report that members of President Trump’s campaign staff were in regular contact with Russian officials during the year leading up to the 2016 presidential election. “Everything we suspected during this campaign is proving true,” former Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon tweeted. The NYT story directly contradicts Trump and his staff who repeatedly said no contact occured between his campaign and Russian officials.
- Trump slams ‘un-American’ intelligence leaks: ‘Just like Russia’
President Trump accused U.S. intelligence agencies of “illegally” leaking information to the New York Times and Washington Post on Wednesday, following reports that members of his presidential campaign were in contact with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election. Amid a flurry of early morning tweets, Trump likened those leaking the information to the Kremlin. “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?),” Trump tweeted.
- In a Syrian refugee camp: I would tell President Trump ‘to come and see’ us
“What you see now is how we live every day,” says Hana Khalaf, surrounded by a half-dozen young children, her nephews, nieces and cousins, huddled together on the tent floor. There are 4.8 million refugees from Syria’s civil war. An estimated 1.6 million Syrians are in Lebanon, where most can’t get work permits due to onerous local regulations.
- If Trump wants to make America great again, he can start by fixing the Oroville Dam
Last November tens of millions of Americans voted for Donald Trump precisely because he wasn’t a normal politician — and so far, his presidency hasn’t proved them wrong. The Oroville Dam crisis in Northern California is a perfect test. The Oroville Dam is the tallest dam in the nation.
- Roses are red, violets are blue, for presidents and first ladies too
- Trump dumped Flynn over ‘trust issue,’ spokesman says
President Trump requested Michael Flynn’s resignation after a weekslong review of his contacts with a Russian diplomat led Trump to conclude he could no longer trust his national security adviser, the White House said Tuesday. “The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation and a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for Gen. Flynn’s resignation,” press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters. Spicer did not detail the nature of the “other questionable instances,” but officials pointed to news accounts of Flynn’s temper and of National Security Council dysfunction.
- Office of Government Ethics calls on White House to probe Conway’s ‘commercial’ for Ivanka Trump
The Trump administration has fielded calls for investigations on at least two fronts this week. In a letter dated Monday, the U.S. government’s top ethics chief called on the White House to investigate top President Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway over comments she made promoting Ivanka Trump’s brand at the White House. In a letter to Stefan Passantino, deputy counsel to President Trump, Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, said there is “strong reason to believe” that Conway violated a “standards of conduct” rule prohibiting presidential appointees from appearing in a television commercial to promote a product.
- Democratic leaders cite fake tweets while criticizing Flynn
In a statement criticizing the White House and President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, Democratic leaders in Congress cited tweets from a fake Flynn account. Tuesday afternoon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats in the House addressed the press with a joint statement regarding the resignation of Flynn and the lack of an immediate Republican-led investigation into the retired general’s contact with Russia. “Just this morning, Flynn tweeted and this is a quote, ‘scapegoat,’ end of quote,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings.
- Rep. Swalwell questions Trump’s loyalty: Is he with Russia or the U.S.?
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., delivered a scathing condemnation of President Trump in the aftermath of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation late Monday. In a conversation with Yahoo News on Tuesday morning, Swalwell, the lead Democrat on the CIA Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said there’s a wealth of evidence leading him to question whether Trump is loyal to the United States or Russia. “The Republicans may have the majorities in Congress and their candidate may have won the White House, but [the Democrats] are not helpless.
- No waffling as N.D. House votes for Sunday breakfast in bed
Reps. Vernon Laning, left, and Bernie Satrom. North Dakota husbands — or for that matter wives — worried they might be deprived of their Sunday breakfasts in bed can rest easy: A bill to repeal Sunday-closing blue laws was voted down by the state House of Representatives after a plea by one legislator to set aside the morning for pancakes and scrambled eggs instead of shopping. Arguing against repealing the law that requires most businesses to close between midnight Saturday and Sunday noon, Rep. Bernie Satrom recommended “spending time with your wife, your husband.