White nationalist Richard Spencer punched in the face on camera

- Richard Spencer, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, was punched in the face while giving a television interview on Jan. 20. The punch happened during protests against President Trump's inauguration.

January 21, 2017 02:48 UTC

2017 NFL Playoff Picks: Against the Spread and Prop Bets For AFC Championship and NFC Championship

Football fans are treated to 2016's four best NFL quarterbacks battling to get their teams to Super Bowl 51 this week. I am a Tom Brady fan, and it is undeniable that he will go down as one of the best to ever play the game. Tom has not looked his best in recent weeks, and the Texans smacked him around quite a bit. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, couldn’t even score a touchdown but still managed to pull off the win thanks to their kicker. Ignore all the locker room gossip coming out of Steel Town, and bet the Steelers +8 and the UNDER."

January 21, 2017 02:42 UTC

California Aims for 40% Reduction in Greenhouse Gases by 2030

SAN FRANCISCO—California on Friday released a blueprint for meeting an aggressive climate-change goal: a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. The plan, released by the California Air Resources Board, is “designed to continue to shift the California economy away from dependence on fossil fuels to a thriving sustainable future,” according to the plan’s executive summary. By extending the state’s...

January 21, 2017 02:36 UTC

Trump Embraces the Look of the Presidency

Mr. Trump is resisting it, the friend said. At the congressional luncheon, Mr. Trump basked in the ritualized speeches and formalized bonhomie of the city he had pilloried in his inaugural address. “I’d like you to stand up.”VideoLater, Mr. Trump got about the business of erasing etchings of Mr. Obama on government and in the White House. He restored to the office a bust of Winston Churchill, controversially moved by Mr. Obama in the early days of his presidency. He built some buildings, he ran some casinos, but Trump was all about the Trump brand, and I think this is a brand job.”But the presidency, as Mr. Trump himself emphasized on Friday, is a job where performance matters.

January 21, 2017 02:22 UTC

Obama Poll Watch -- January, 2017

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the final Obama monthly average poll ratings. Obama’s monthly job approval rose a half a point to end up at 54.3 percent. Obama’s monthly job disapproval rating fell an even larger 0.9 percent, to end up at only 41.1 percent. Since the end of 2015, Obama has gained 10.6 percent in job approval and seen his job disapproval fall by 10.3 percent. My final thought on Obama’s completed job approval chart is that Obama truly lived up to the “No Drama Obama” label.

January 21, 2017 02:16 UTC

Many Left. Many Arrived. All Felt the Mood of a New Era.

“This is our right to stand here,” said Mica Reel, 21, who took part in an attempted midmorning human blockade near an entrance to President Trump’s ceremony. It wafted from the mall, where raindrops seemed to fall just as Mr. Trump began his address. Jonas Williams, 43, of Greensboro, N.C., made a temporary office of his Silver Line train, hawking Trump buttons, Trump hats, Trump bumper stickers. And even among some Democratic lawmakers who attended the inauguration, a silent challenge to Mr. Trump was pinned to their lapels. Three hours later, Mr. Trump raised his right hand.

January 21, 2017 02:13 UTC

What President Trump Doesn’t Get About America

Instead of summoning the best in America’s ideals, Mr. Trump offered a fantastical version of America losing its promise, military dominance and middle-class wealth to “the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.”With sweeping exaggeration, Mr. Trump spoke of “carnage” in the inner cities. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyOne longed, as Mr. Trump spoke, for a special kind of simultaneous translation, one that would convert Trumpian myth into concrete fact. Mr. Trump portrayed the nation’s closed factories as having needlessly hemorrhaged jobs to overseas companies. Mr. Trump waxed apocalyptic in imagining the prevalence of crime in the nation’s cities. It was great before Mr. Trump became president, and with his help — or, if necessary, in spite of his folly — Americans will find ways to make it greater in years to come.

January 21, 2017 02:12 UTC

Talladega marching band performs at Trump inaugural parade

Story highlights The band performs despite criticismThe Great Tornado band was created just five years ago(CNN) It was the moment they said they never imagined: The nearly 230 members of the Great Tornado marching band from Talladega College, dressed in crimson and blue, performing in the inaugural parade in front of the President. Band members played a rendition of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" as they stepped in time past President Donald Trump and his family. But members of the band said it was a chance to showcase their talent to the world. Few at the Alabama school could have dreamed, when the band was created five years ago, that it would have the opportunity. Talladega College was founded in 1867 by former slaves, and the band was an attempt to boost flagging enrollment and advertise the school.

January 21, 2017 02:08 UTC

Donald Trump Already Redecorated The Oval Office, And Of Course The Curtains Are Gold

His love of gold is well known, so this comes as no surprise. President Donald Trump has already redecorated the Oval Office at the White House, CNN reported Friday night, and photos show the room’s reddish curtains have been replaced with gold-hued drapes.

January 21, 2017 02:02 UTC

Hillary Clinton Is Stoic at Her Rival’s Inauguration

On Friday morning, Mrs. Clinton wrote on Twitter: “I’m here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values. As her husband and daughter, Chelsea Clinton, dive into their efforts at the Clinton Foundation, Mrs. Clinton has given no signal about what she will do next. Mrs. Clinton has pointed to the decision by the F.B.I. Half a dozen elected officials who campaigned aggressively for Mrs. Clinton declined to comment when asked about her attendance on Friday. The decision not to honor Mrs. Clinton, who is not expected to attend the march, spurred a backlash.

January 21, 2017 02:02 UTC

Many Critical National Issues Go Missing On New Trump White House Website

For a new administration, the issues emphasized can be critical. Lambda Legal, an LGBTQ civil rights organization, noted on Twitter that the new White House website showed no results for certain search terms such as "LGBT," "Lesbian," "Gay," "Bisexual" and "Transgender". A link from a Google search leads to the main White House page. In that spirit, and recognizing the potential limitations of the analysis, it's worth looking at the new White House website and compare it to the archived version of the Obama administration. Many of the topics address inequality, whether poverty, mobility, taxes, seniors, the economy, education, civil rights, rural issues, or disabilities.

January 21, 2017 02:00 UTC

Text of President Trump's ObamaCare executive order

Below is the full text of President Donald Trump's executive order directing federal agencies to "ease the burden" of ObamaCare:MINIMIZING THE ECONOMIC BURDEN OF THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PENDING REPEALBy the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:Section 1. It is the policy of my Administration to seek the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), as amended (the "Act"). To the extent that carrying out the directives in this order would require revision of regulations issued through notice-and-comment rulemaking, the heads of agencies shall comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable statutes in considering or promulgating such regulatory revisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals. (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

January 21, 2017 01:58 UTC

How 'Always Sunny' Owns Funny On FXX

The current season of the cult classic has already sparked 8,394 Emotional Reactions (ERs) on Twitter (out of 20,561 total tweets captured by Nielsen), with 42.1% of ERs expressing love, according to Canvs, the language analytics company. The episode prompted 5,260 ERs, with 45.9% of tweets captured by Nielsen expressing some sort of emotion. The top emotion was love, accounting for 43.6% of ERs, with fans expressing their adoration for the unexpected format that pushed the boundaries. Love still dominated, generating over 42% of ERs, with funny also accounting for 14.5%. Another top emotion was brilliant, which generated 8.7% of ERs, and mainly referenced the show’s cast and creators.

January 21, 2017 01:54 UTC

With Trump in Charge, Climate Change References Purged From Website

PhotoWASHINGTON — Within moments of the inauguration of President Trump, the official White House website on Friday deleted nearly all mentions of climate change. At the same time, the official White House Twitter handles also changed over, allowing Mr. Trump to now post on Twitter as @POTUS. And for advocates of climate change policy, it presented the first concrete sign that Mr. Trump remains, as he was on the campaign trail, skeptical and dismissive of the established science of human-caused climate change, and committed to blocking policies to curb it. Climate change data gathered and stored by the United States government is considered among the most authoritative in the world. It’s a lot easier to deny climate change when you don’t have data.”As of Friday afternoon, no major changes could be found on other major government websites associated with climate change.

January 21, 2017 01:48 UTC

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to be honored when high-scoring UCLA takes on stifling Arizona

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be honored at halftime of UCLA’s game against Arizona on Saturday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion for recently receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. UCLA is scoring 93.3 points per game, putting it on pace to break the school record of 92.3 points set during the 1967-68 season. The Bruins opened their game against Arizona State by scoring 21 points in less than five minutes. “It’s just another game,” Leaf said. Arizona point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright has missed all 10 three-pointers he’s taken since returning from a sprained ankle late last month.

January 21, 2017 01:46 UTC

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