President Trump presents Purple Heart to Army solider injured in Afghanistan

President Trump on Saturday presented a Purple Heart medal to an Army sergeant during a visit to nearby Walter Reed National Medical Center, in suburban Maryland. “Looking forward to seeing our bravest and greatest Americans!,” Trump tweeted before visiting the premier military rehabilitation facility with first lady Melania Trump. The soldier who received the Purple Heart -- awarded in the name of the president to military members wounded or killed while serving -- is Army Sgt. Barrietos suffered a serve leg injury while serving in Afghanistan. Trump thanks Barrietos and said that when he heard Barrietos would receive the medal he went to Walter Reed because “I wanted to do this myself.”The medal is the oldest, continuous military award, dating back on 1917.

April 22, 2017 18:33 UTC

The Week Ahead: Bullish Evidence Building

It is important to evaluate all of the major A/D lines to get a clear picture of the market's health. The daily Dow A/D line broke through resistance in February (line a) confirming the earlier bullish signals from the other A/D lines. While the Dow A/D line has been declining the NYSE A/D line has been in a steady uptrend, line d, since the middle of March. The weekly Nasdaq 100 A/D line made a new high last week as did the daily A/D line (not shown). The weekly A/D line has again moved back above its WMA and is close to its recent highs.

April 22, 2017 18:33 UTC

United And Now American Airlines Incidents Show It's Time To Improve Flying Conditions

U.S.-based airplane conditions have been getting progressively worse, and recently a series of on-board incidents on U.S.-based airlines have gone viral. You probably have seen the video of 69-year old Dr. David Dao being literally dragged off a United Airlines flight. Maybe American Airlines learned from United Airlines' handling of the handling of Dr. Dao, which reportedly left Dao with a bloodied face, teeth missing, a concussion, and public humiliation. Meanwhile, United Airlines has continued to make gaffes in its response to the situation with the latest summarized by the title of Sebastian Murdock's piece for the Huffington Post, "United Airlines Skips Senate Deadline To Explain Passenger-Dragging Incident." U.S.-based airlines made three of Travel and Leisure's nine "World’s Worst Airlines for Customer Service" with United Airlines being the largest carrier on the list.

April 22, 2017 18:31 UTC

Trump Thinks This Is Pro-Life?

The latest is that Trump just cut every penny the U.S. provides the United Nations Population Fund. Republicans pushed to cut off the money because they think the fund colludes with China’s government in forced abortions there. The U.N. Population Fund initially was oblivious, and in 1983 it stupidly gave a gold medal to the Chinese official overseeing forced abortions. The birth control provided by the U.N. Population Fund averted more than 3.7 million abortions last year alone, health advocates say. So if you’re against abortion, you should support the U.N. Population Fund, not try to destroy it.

April 22, 2017 18:25 UTC

Destiny's Child Gives The Fans What They Want With Cute Reunion Photo

Beyoncé may be about to give birth to twins any minute now, but she still made time to reunite with her fellow independent women. On Friday, the singer shared a series of photos on Instagram from Kelly Rowland’s Whoa, Baby! The first three photos show Bey, dressed in an oversized blush-pink dress with flowing sleeves and a pair of tight over-the-knee boots. Bey was, of course, there with fellow Destiny’s Child members Rowland and Michelle Williams. The trio made sure to satisfy fans’ thirst for the supergroup and pose for a cute photo, complete with a Whoa Baby!

April 22, 2017 18:22 UTC

Is It Time to Break Up Google?

It is impossible to deny that Facebook, Google and Amazon have stymied innovation on a broad scale. To begin with, the platforms of Google and Facebook are the point of access to all media for the majority of Americans. While profits at Google, Facebook and Amazon have soared, revenues in media businesses like newspaper publishing or the music business have, since 2001, fallen by 70 percent. All content creators dependent on advertising must negotiate with Google or Facebook as aggregator, the sole lifeline between themselves and the vast internet cloud. Facebook, Google and Twitter claim that policing their networks would be too onerous.

April 22, 2017 18:22 UTC

See the view from SpaceX's historic mission

SpaceX celebrated Earth Day by revealing a stunning photograph of the Earth captured during the company's historic launch last month. The company -- which is headed by Tesla's Elon Musk -- made a massive leap toward making spaceflight more affordable when it sent the same first-stage rocket booster to space on a second mission. Not only did the used rocket deliver on that promise, the rocket was also again guided to a safe landing back on Earth. The SES10 mission proved the same first-stage rocket booster -- which Musk says accounts for about 70% of the cost of building a rocket -- can survive the strain of spaceflight and be used again. Musk said he plans to donate it to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where the historic mission launched.

April 22, 2017 18:22 UTC

Our Costly Addiction to Health Care Jobs

Hiring rose even more as coverage expanded in 2014 under the health care law and new federal dollars flowed in. Their American Health Care Act sought to roll back the current health law’s Medicaid expansion and cut federal subsidies for private health insurance. Labor accounts for more than half of the $3.4 trillion spent on American health care, and medical professionals like health aides and nurse practitioners are in high demand. America spent $631 for every man, woman and child on health insurance administration for 2012, compared with $54 in Japan. America’s huge investment in health care and related jobs hasn’t always led to better results for patients, data show.

April 22, 2017 18:22 UTC

For Women, It’s Not Just the O’Reilly Problem

On average, women today make 22 percent less per hour than men, even after controlling for experience, education and location. Women not only make less than similarly educated men, but the gap tends to widen as the education level rises. “Tipped” workers, two thirds of whom are women, are still paid the federal subminimum tipped” wage of $2.13 an hour in most states, a level unchanged since 1991. If highly paid women in glamorous media jobs feel that way, imagine what it’s like for women living paycheck to paycheck. Currently, for example, a handful of states do not have a separate subminimum tipped wage.

April 22, 2017 18:22 UTC

Mommy Juice

And it’s time we talk about one of the most pervasive archetypes in modern mom culture...Wine Drinking Mom. You may know exactly what I’m talking about, but just in case here’s what she looks like:(and let’s be clear, I’m talking about a persona, not a person. Wine Drinking Mom probably owns this . Wine Drinking Mom is here in the hilarious ladies of the “I Mom So Hard” videos, who almost always have a drink in hand. Wine Drinking Mom makes a lot of jokes about parenting, and complains a lot about how hard it is.

April 22, 2017 18:22 UTC

The Amateur Abortionists

They were troubled by the male abortionists’ tendency to shame patients and the procedure’s high cost ($500 to $1,000). Then, in 1971, the group discovered that one of the abortionists was not, as he’d claimed, a doctor. The Janes were able to cut ties with back alley abortionists, dispense with blindfolds and lower the price to $100, with poor women paying less. No woman is known to have died at the hands of the Jane abortion providers. I might.”Groups like the National Network of Abortion Funds already offer financial and logistical assistance to women seeking abortions.

April 22, 2017 18:22 UTC

Seeking More Voices, Even if Some Don’t Want to Hear Them

What I do support — fully — is Bennet’s aim of hiring people who don’t conform to a liberal orthodoxy of thought. And I hope he is right in his unflinching belief that readers will want to hear what Stephens has to say. Gray has black lung, and you can hear him struggling to breathe as he defends the Appalachian coal industry against what he sees as efforts by environmentalists to shut it down. Thinking about that question, Barbaro chokes with emotion, and listeners hear several seconds of silence before the host speaks again. “So much focus is on the two coasts that their voices aren’t as relevant,” Nottage said.

April 22, 2017 18:22 UTC

The Latest: Venezuelan protesters cross into western Caracas

Opposition lawmaker Freddy Guevara likened the march toward some of the city's more humble neighborhoods as "crossing the Berlin wall." Opposition leaders marched with their arms wrapped around each other into western Caracas Saturday, vowing to continue protesting until new elections are granted. Walking with black bands tied around their arms and carrying signs denouncing President Nicolas Maduro, protesters in Caracas Saturday were heading toward the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference, where they were expecting to pray for those killed. The protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators press for new elections. Those killed include protesters and bystanders struck by gunfire and a dozen dead Friday in overnight clashes and looting that destroyed more than two dozen businesses.

April 22, 2017 18:20 UTC

Trump marking 100th day with 'big rally'

Story highlights The rally will take place on the same day as the annual White House correspondents' dinnerThe 100 days measure is linked to President Franklin Roosevelt, who signed 15 major pieces of legislation early in his presidency(CNN) President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that he will mark his 100th day in office on April 29 by "holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania." — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2017The rally will take place on the same day as the annual White House correspondents' dinner, which the President has declined to attend. The announcement comes just a day after Trump tweeted about the "ridiculous standard" of the 100-day construct for measuring the achievements of a new administration. No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill! Trump himself talked repeatedly about his first 100 days when he was campaigning last year.

April 22, 2017 18:11 UTC

It’s more of the same for the Clippers, who lose Blake Griffin for the playoffs

Clippers forward Blake Griffin was all business as he arrived Friday for Game 3 of his team’s series against Utah. Now Griffin is out for the playoffs with a toe injury he suffered in Los Angeles’ win. Both Griffin and Paul will be free agents, as will starting shooting guard J.J. Redick. In the short term, the Clippers must find a way past Utah without their star forward. Of course, even if the Clippers do manage to get past the Jazz, they will almost certainly have to face the Warriors without Griffin in the second round.

April 22, 2017 18:11 UTC

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