'L.A. Times' is a spiky portrait of romance in contemporary Los Angeles (and not the L.A. Times)

Times.” No, it does not have anything to do with this here media organization of the Los Angeles Times. The first feature film directed by Michelle Morgan, who also wrote the screenplay and plays the lead role, “L.A. — Michelle Morgan on the Los Angeles of 'L.A. Nicholas Wiesnet Michelle Morgan and Jorma Taccone (and a house party game of Twister) in the movie "L.A. Michelle Morgan and Jorma Taccone (and a house party game of Twister) in the movie "L.A.

January 21, 2017 01:43 UTC

Trump signs executive order that could effectively gut Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate

However, some of these are embedded in the law, so it is unclear what latitude the executive branch will have. In addition, he said, the order suggests that insurers may have new flexibility on the benefits they must provide. The order, several paragraphs long, does not identify which of the many federal rules that exist under the ACA the new administration intends to rewrite or eliminate. In general, federal rules cannot be undone with a pen stroke but require a new ­rulemaking process to replace or delete them. Without the waiver, federal law would have prohibited Mattis from serving as defense secretary until he had been retired from the military for at least seven years.

January 21, 2017 01:37 UTC

How to stay safe at the Women's March

But Saturday's Women's March on Washington is resolutely aimed at being a peaceful and meaningful demonstration against discrimination and hatred. Preparedness and a planFor those going to the nation's capital, the FAQ page on the Women's March on Washington website has some very helpful information. These steps may seem minor, but they will make what is sure to be a long day more manageable. Stay focused and stay positive. Stick to the march and stay on message.

January 21, 2017 01:35 UTC

Gambia’s president agrees to step down, following threat of military intervention

After weeks of negotiations and facing the threat of a regional military intervention, Gambia’s defeated president agreed to step down on Saturday morning. Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the tiny West African country for 23 years and lost in an election last month, gave a brief speech on state television announcing that he would finally step down. But as members of his administration and security forces resigned, and West African troops amassed at Gambia’s borders, he was given little choice but to step down. The possibility of a sustained military conflict between Gambian and other West African troops had appeared unlikely, especially after the Gambian chief of defense forces, Ousman Badjie, said Friday that he would not support Jammeh. Read more:Senegalese troops enter Gambia to force longtime leader to step downGambian president said he would rule for a ‘billion years.’ He just lost reelection.

January 21, 2017 01:34 UTC

Austin Area Becomes Immigrant 'Sanctuary' As Trump Inaugurated

Greg Abbott threatened to cut state funding to Travis County. The governor’s office controls $1.8 million in state grants dedicated to Travis County, according to The Austin American-Statesman. The Governor's Office will cut funding for Travis County adopting sanctuary policies. “This sends a really loud and clear message that Travis County is against the mass deportation of our community members,” Libal told The Huffington Post. No standard definition exists to describe a “sanctuary” jurisdiction, though declining to reflexively honor ICE detainers would be a baseline.

January 21, 2017 01:25 UTC

Inaugural Balls: How the Trumps partied

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump shared their inaugural dance to "My Way" by Frank Sinatra. “God bless America.”Travis Greene and Chrisette Michele perform at the Liberty Inaugural Ball. The Radio City Rockettes perform at the Liberty Inaugural Ball. — ThePianoGuys (@PianoGuys) January 21, 2017Michael Flatley, “the Lord of the Dance,” took the stage to celebrate Trump’s inauguration. Guests at the Liberty Ball each received four, $5 drink tickets — all of which were needed for just one glass of champagne.

January 21, 2017 01:24 UTC

Trump starts his presidency with a theme similar to Reagan's, but a tone far more negative

Thematically, Trump was delivering a very similar argument to the one that Ronald Reagan had put forward 36 years earlier. Like Trump, Reagan critiqued the political establishment, announcing in his first inaugural address that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”But Reagan used far more elegant and, most important, more inclusive language. Trump’s pitch was far more emphatic and more divisively stated: There’s a war between Washington and ordinary Americans, he argued. Trump tried that approach in the early morning hours of Nov. 9 when he first claimed the presidency. Not forgotten anymore.”For more on politics »A second challenge for Trump is finding allies.

January 21, 2017 01:22 UTC

Protesters vowed to shut down the city. Police vowed to protect the inauguration. They clashed.

Protesters chant “Not my president!” at the entrance to a security checkpoint before the inauguration ceremony began. Protesters chant “Not my president!” at the entrance to a security checkpoint before the inauguration ceremony began. Protesters vowed to shut down the city on Inauguration Day. Work and intelligence-gathering had begun long before the inauguration as groups such as DistruptJ20 vowed to wreak havoc across the city. Anticipating confrontation between police and protesters, the D.C. Office of Police Complaints had representatives on the streets watching as well.

January 21, 2017 01:12 UTC

Another Day at a Monument to Democracy

“I voted for him,” Mr. Rich said of Donald J. Trump, at this point still the president-elect. A couple from Utah who voted for Mr. Trump because their community depends on natural gas and oil. No longer president-elect, he was now President Trump. While the pageantry unfolded, Mr. Rich, the debris collector, kept working. But for now Mr. Rich had what he called his mission, which was to keep the plaza beneath Lincoln’s gaze clean.

January 21, 2017 01:12 UTC

On Trump's White House website, no more mention of climate change

Scientists, environmentalists and other concerned citizens were quick to notice that there is no longer any mention of climate change on the new White House website. A screenshot of President Obama's whitehouse.gov page on climate change. A screenshot of President Obama's whitehouse.gov page on climate change. It is not surprising that the Trump administration removed the former president’s policy pages from the White House website. “It’s truly disturbing that one of the first actions by the Trump administration is to remove nearly all references to climate change from the White House website,” he said in a statement.

January 21, 2017 01:10 UTC

Trump brings many different personas to Washington

As Trump became the 45th president of the United States on Friday, the world saw glimpses of all three. (The Washington Post)All day long, Trump was in and out of heavily armored vehicles, in and out of Washington landmarks, visiting the turf of others and trying to figure out where exactly to stand. Melania Trump presented Michelle Obama with a gift in a turquoise box with a white ribbon, the signature look of Tiffany & Co. (Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post)As Trump waited for his moment, he fidgeted in his seat, nearly as much as his youngest son in the row behind him. Trump!” and “USA!

January 21, 2017 00:57 UTC

Richard Spencer, white nationalist spokesman, was punched in the face on camera in D.C.

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 Donald Trump's inauguration. (Facebook/ABC News via Storyful)Richard Spencer, a spokesman for the white nationalist movement, was punched in the face on camera while doing an interview on Inauguration Day. https://twitter.com/bakedalaska/status/822586868504129544[‘Let’s party like it’s 1933’: Inside the alt-right world of Richard Spencer]Spencer was being interviewed near Franklin Square in downtown Washington about inauguration protests when passersby began to ask him questions. “I don’t know what exactly I’m going to do now that I’m a target,” he said.

January 21, 2017 00:54 UTC

Inaugural Balls: The Trumps’ First Dance

Both acts performed at a welcome concert for Mr. Trump on Thursday. “Trump’s going to be here, it’s a great day, let’s enjoy it,” a woman said as she joined the line of people waiting to get into the Freedom Ball. He opened the show by heralding a “landslide victory and an amazing time for our president.” (Mr. Trump has also called his victory a landslide, despite losing the popular vote.) PhotoThe Rockettes are at the Freedom Ball now, in Uncle Sam outfits. The rain held off until the dignitaries had moved inside, Mr. Trump said.

January 21, 2017 00:48 UTC

In first executive order, Trump tells agencies to ease ObamaCare burden

In his first hours as president Friday, Donald Trump ordered federal agencies to "ease the burden" of ObamaCare while his chief of staff directed an immediate regulatory freeze. It also tells agencies to waive, defer or delay imposing any ObamaCare provisions that impose fiscal penalties on states, health care providers, families or individuals. Priebus' memo says that agencies shouldn't submit any regulations to be published in the Federal Register unless a Trump-selected agency head approves it. The memo is similar to one that Obama's chief of staff issued the day Obama was inaugurated in 2009. Asked about his first day as president, Trump described it as "busy but good -- a beautiful day."

January 21, 2017 00:48 UTC

Gun safety: Time to go on offense (Opinion)

We met some really interesting people along the way -- gun owners, law enforcement officers, veterans -- and we learned that they, too, are fed up with our nation's gun violence crisis. In tight congressional races like Nevada's 4th and Florida's 7th Congressional Districts, gun violence prevention candidates ran -- and won -- on strengthening gun laws. Third, we will elect more gun violence prevention champions and fight for gun safety policies in 2018 and 2020. Although the gun lobby spent a record $30 million supporting his campaign , Donald Trump has recognized and endorsed some new measures to reduce gun violence. Gabby and I returned to public service in the hopes that we could save lives by bringing Americans together around responsible, commonsense gun safety policies -- Americans who are Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and gun owners like us.

January 21, 2017 00:46 UTC

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