WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Across the country (and world) women and their allies answered President Donald Trump’s inauguration with a decisive call to action. The Women’s March on Washington was a peaceful, rousing rally and then march ― one that got so large that many marchers never even made it onto the official route. The Huffington Post spoke with 13 women of different ages, sexual identities, ethnicities and religious identities, who came to downtown D.C. on Saturday Jan. 21. Here’s why 12 women (and one wonderfully eloquent 8-year-old girl) joined the Women’s March on Washington:“I marched from Selma to Montgomery, and I truly believe in the energy and the spirit of mass protest.” ―Susan, 83
The biggest demonstration took place in Washington, where protesters filled Pennsylvania Avenue, the same street Trump walked down a day before during his inaugural parade. Some protesters eventually moved to streets parallel to the march so they could move and still feel like they were participating. Protests even in AntarcticaJUST WATCHED Trump protesters take to the streets in London Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Trump protesters take to the streets in London 01:14"Sister marches" happened outside the United States, too. (11am 1/20/13 = 317k, 11am 1/20/09 = 513k, 11am 1/20/05 = 197k) #wmata — Metro (@wmata) January 20, 2017Not everyone agrees. 'Strength in numbers'The protesters, which included many men, hit the streets for different reasons, among them health care, the future of the Affordable Care Act, the environment and income equality.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer angrily accused the media Saturday of “false reporting” on the inauguration as part of what he called a “shameful” attempt to minimize enthusiasm for President Trump, beginning his tenure as the administration’s top spokesman on a combative note. Spicer summoned the press to the briefing room at the end of Trump’s first full day in office to specifically condemn two pieces of reporting – a reporter’s erroneous claim, since retracted, that an MLK bust was removed from the Oval Office; and photos appearing to show light crowds at Friday’s inauguration. Spicer also pushed back on what he called inaccurate crowd estimates, stressing, “No one had numbers,” since the National Park Service, which oversees the National Mall where spectators stand, no longer makes public an official crowd count. Spicer also argued Trump visited the CIA without an agency director because Senate Democrats are slowing the confirmation of Kansas GOP Rep. Mike Pompeo. “That’s what you guys should be covering,” he said, adding Trump got a five-minute standing ovation at the agency’s headquarters.
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(Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures)The cast of the action/spy/thriller xXx: Return of Xander Cage. She tracks down extreme athlete-turned-government operative Xander Cage (Diesel) on the island of Santo Domingo. The task for screenwriter F. Scott Frazier was to come up with a framework that could support high-intensity, mind-blowing action scenes, and he did just that, nothing more. He chose international settings, created fiendish characters, developed an outline for crazy action scenes and made everything crescendo into an orgy of violence. It is written: Those who are looking for wall-to-wall giddy action scenes will come in throngs.
During a briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer accused members of the press on Saturday of "deliberately false" inaugural coverage, adding that "accountability goes both ways." (The Washington Post)President Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, on Saturday used his first media briefing to angrily lambaste the press for its coverage of the new administration, claiming reporters had deliberately sought to minimize the “enormous” crowd at Trump’s swearing-in on Friday. “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period — both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said. But Spicer said that “goes both ways.”“We’re going to hold the press accountable as well,” Spicer said. And he said that more people used the Metro system in Washington for Trump’s inaugural than for Obama’s 2013 swearing-in.
Organizers estimated the crowd Saturday at 250,000, about four times what had been expected, and some police officers said they thought it was larger. The soaring atrium of Grand Central Station was filled with balloons, signs and people in costume. “I’d been to big demonstrations before in New York, but nothing like this.’’The atmosphere was friendly. In front of Trump Tower, a march organizer balanced a loudspeaker on the roof of a police car to cheer on marchers while a police officer helped hold it in place. To a large extent, the march had the blessing of the city leadership under Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Roy Tabora is a third generation artist but says that the way he paints now is quite different from the way he was guided. Rythmic Dance by Roy TaboraKralik- The more I learn the clearer is my understanding that representational painting was surviving in little pockets all over the place. Ebb and Flow by Roy TaboraTabora- That early connection with the artists in my family was sort of short lived because my immediate family moved to Guam. Summer Embers by Roy TaboraTabora- A lot of people tell me that they or their kid is leaning toward art. Timeless Rythm by Roy TaboraTabora- Painting from the heart is most important.
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The Trump administration and its Republican allies in Congress billed the order as a first step in their push to repeal Obamacare. If the requirement is loosened, as the Trump administration appears to be contemplating, that system could begin to collapse. Caption Recap: Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017. Caption President Donald Trump's inaugural speech Donald Trump gave his first address as president of the United States at his inauguration Jan. 20, 2017. Caption Trump protesters demonstrate in Washington, D.C. Donald Trump protesters demonstrate in Washington, D.C. Donald Trump protesters demonstrate in Washington, D.C. Caption The Inauguration of Donald Trump The Inauguration of Donald Trump The Inauguration of Donald Trumpnoam.firstname.lastname@example.org@noamleveyALSO:Trump's approach might seem new, but Arnold Schwarzenegger tried it first.
Ratings for Mr. Trump’s inauguration were on par with former Presidents George W. Bush’s and Bill Clinton’s events in 2001 and 1993, respectively. “From this day forward it is going to be only America First, America First,” Mr. Trump said. The ratings for Mr. Trump were on par with George W. Bush ’s first inauguration in 2001 and Bill Clinton ’s first in 1993, which brought in 29 million and 29.7 million viewers, respectively. Ronald Reagan had 41.8 million viewers in 1981. The first battle between Mr. Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton brought in 84 million viewers, the most ever for a presidential debate.
Story highlights Two groups of Canadians say they were denied entry by US border agentUS Border Patrol and Customs has not responded to CNN request for comment(CNN) At least two Canadians say they were turned away at the US border after revealing that they intended to go to the Women's March. Joseph Decunha said he had driven to a border crossing between Champlain, New York and St. Bernard de Lacolle, Quebec, with his partner and friend who are both Americans, on Thursday night. "Upon arrival, we told the border patrol officer we're heading down to DC and will be attending the Women's March and will be in DC the day of the inauguration," he told CNN. Joseph Decunha said he was denied entry into the US after telling a border official he planned to participate in the Women's March in Washington DC. At the second border inspection, they were asked if they were pro- or anti-Trump, Decunha said.
Speaking at CIA headquarters in Virginia on Saturday, Trump challenged media characterizations of the crowd size at his inauguration a day earlier. It is very hard to judge crowd size from within a crowd, as we pointed out on Friday. The crowd size comparison, from 2009 and today. His implication is that the crowd looked more sparse as a result. Noting that there are no official estimates of crowd size, Spicer also walked through the capacities of various parts of the Mall, totaling 720,000 people.
President Obama's decision to commute the bulk of Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking classified military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks has been met with predictable outrage by hawks, and jubilation by the likes of WikiLeaks. Both reactions treat the move as a win for the leaking of state secrets. Obama's decision to commute Manning's sentence is a victory for decency, proportionality and empathy at a time when all three are in distressingly short supply. In compensation for the leak, she received only a 35-year prison sentence, including months on end in abusive solitary confinement in the now-shuttered brig at Quantico Marine Base in Virginia. "With hindsight we can see that the government's response, handing down a prison sentence far longer than any earlier whistleblower had received, was clearly an overreaction.
The Afghanistan war was forgotten during the 2016 presidential campaign although the war is the longest American war in US history. Needless to say, the American war must end by President Trump as it has no purpose to continue. The engagement of NATO members in Afghanistan was arguably unlawful. The United States pressured NATO members to participate in the invasion of Afghanistan plus several additional non-NATO members such as Korea. Besides the engagement of NATO in Afghanistan was arguably illegal as Afghanistan had not invaded any of the NATO member countries and therefore NATO's article 5 provisions did not apply in the particular case of Afghanistan.