Trump to call for substantial increase in military spending, cuts to several federal agencies

(CNN) President Donald Trump will call for a substantial increase in military spending and look to safeguard Social Security and Medicare from any cuts in his first major step toward compiling a budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, a senior administration official told CNN on Sunday. The White House on Monday will issue the outlines of a budget proposal to federal agencies, a document that has largely been drafted by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, the official said. The budget outline will also call for spending cuts to several federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump is first expected to address the budget outline when he meets at the White House on Monday with governors from around the country. The proposed cuts to agencies like the EPA also do not come as a surprise.

February 27, 2017 00:52 UTC

At the Oscars, Celebrities Wear Blue A.C.L.U. Ribbons

PhotoThe accessory of the night at the Oscars is not a shiny designer clutch or a strappy stiletto. Ruth Negga, nominated for the best actress award for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in “Loving,” wore the ribbon with a red floor-sweeping Valentino dress. PhotoLin-Manuel Miranda, nominated for best original song, wore a ribbon, too (as did his mother, Luz Towns-Miranda). The model Karlie Kloss attached the tiny blue accessory to her white Stella McCartney dress, and Barry Jenkins, nominated for best director for “Moonlight,” paired it with a Dior Homme tuxedo. PhotoThe ribbons are part of the “Stand With A.C.L.U.” initiative.

February 27, 2017 00:45 UTC

Protesters Gather to Support the Press, From Fox News to The New York Times

“When The New York Times is under attack, what do we do?” Michael Zorek, a stay-at-home father from the Upper West Side of Manhattan screamed to the crowd. Fight back!” The group boomed back, responding with the mantra as Mr. Zorek shouted again, listing names of news organizations from BuzzFeed to the Public Broadcasting Service. Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, praised the protesters’ efforts. Sign Up Receive occasional updates and special offers for The New York Times's products and services. View all New York Times newsletters.

February 27, 2017 00:44 UTC

Trump's choice to be secretary of the Navy withdraws nomination

President Trump's nominee to be secretary of the Navy said Sunday that he was withdrawing from consideration for the post. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement that he would make a recommendation to Trump for a nominee in the coming days. — Sean Spicer (@PressSec) February 18, 2017Rumors of Bilden's withdrawal had been widely reported in recent days, but were denied by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Bilden's withdrawal raises similar issues to that of Vincent Viola, Trump's nominee for Army secretary who stepped aside earlier this month. He also owns the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers and is a past chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

February 27, 2017 00:44 UTC

French Historian Says He Was Threatened With Deportation at Houston Airport

The issue, Mr. Rousso said, appeared to be an honorarium of $2,000 that he was being paid to participate in the conference. “With a tourist visa, I’m not allowed to work,” Mr. Rousso said. Mr. Rousso and those who helped him said he was lucky to have been able to reach out to leaders at the university. In France, where Mr. Rousso is a well-respected academic, his treatment was met with anger. Emmanuel Macron, a centrist candidate for France’s presidency, condemned the episode on Sunday on Twitter, saying there was “no excuse” for what happened to Mr. Rousso.

February 27, 2017 00:33 UTC

Dodgers prospects Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo go deep in 10-8 victory over Brewers

The Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-8, on Sunday at Maryvale Baseball Park and are now 2-0 in Cactus League play. Caption Dodgers FanFest: Take me out to the ball game Sights and sounds from Saturday's Dodgers FanFest at Dodger Stadium. Sights and sounds from Saturday's Dodgers FanFest at Dodger Stadium. Caption Dodgers FanFest: Take me out to the ball game Sights and sounds from Saturday's Dodgers FanFest at Dodger Stadium. Sights and sounds from Saturday's Dodgers FanFest at Dodger Stadium.

February 27, 2017 00:33 UTC

Residents fault landlord for problems at Sayles Place

That year, HUD moved to foreclose on Sayles Place, citing poor maintenance and repeated failed federal property inspections. To avoid foreclosure, the Sayles Place board members filed for bankruptcy and looked for an investor to purchase the mortgage. Sayles Place residents told The Washington Post that their landlord ignores complaints about broken air conditioners, sewage that flows into kitchens and bathrooms, vacant units that invite squatters, unsecured entrances and poor exterior lighting. The company agreed to an abatement plan for both properties, neither of which is Sayles Place. Michael Diamond directs Georgetown University law school’s housing and community development clinic, which represented the residents of Sayles Place in the mid-2000s.

February 27, 2017 00:33 UTC

MWC Leads The Way To 5G With New Technologies, Chips And Devices

While many companies have already made technology and product announcements leading up to MWC, there are many more to come. And just as the latest generation of smartphones are announced, the will be announcements on the technology enabling the next generation of chipsets. We expect to see many more announcements, especially around 5G radio technology and artificial intelligence. While 5G is not a new topic for the mobile industry, it is now moving from the drawing board to reality with many trails planned for later this year. It is a just a gut feeling, but there’s a good chance we will see more acquisition or merger announcements at MWC or soon afterwards.

February 27, 2017 00:32 UTC

3 Changes NATO Must Make To Remain A True Alliance

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis met with defense ministers from other NATO member countries in Brussels on Feb. 15. Source: Geopolitical FuturesNATO was created to be a defense alliance. This lack of capability can be attributed to three factors: the disproportionate level of NATO members’ defense spending, the decline in NATO members’ defense spending over the last seven years, and the unequal sharing of NATO’s burdens relative to individual members’ resources. NATO estimates that alliance members’ defense expenditures totaled $918.3 billion in 2016. For that reason, NATO is not currently a traditional military alliance.

February 27, 2017 00:30 UTC

Best original score composer Nicholas Britell talks 'Moonlight' chopped and screwed score

That's one of those things where I think it sounds cool, but you don't know if it's going to work, you know? And what's cool with film music is you don't know until you put it up against the picture if it's right. You really don't know. It felt like it was a way of evolving the music along with Chiron's own personal journey, and that was really exciting. I think it's very special for there to be a celebration that is really a celebration of the arts.

February 27, 2017 00:26 UTC

Trump faces a pivotal week ahead as he addresses jittery GOP lawmakers

President Trump speaks to a packed ballroom during the CPAC conference at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in Oxon Hill on Friday. “On many of these issues, President Trump will be the referee; he’ll be the tiebreaker,” said Rep. Luke Messer (Ind. [Perspective: President Trump wants to put on a show. On one hand, they are eager to fulfill seven years of promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act and lessen the federal government’s role in health care. “Health care can be a very stressful thing,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.

February 27, 2017 00:25 UTC

Tax dollars keep flowing to landlord D.C. is suing over housing conditions

I don’t think that’s fair,” said D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large), who chairs the council committee that oversees housing. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that apartment buildings meet building code requirements. [2008 Post Investigation: A failure in housing enforcement]“Those fines are a joke,” said Marc Borbely, a private housing attorney whose firm has represented several Sanford tenants. (Amanda Voisard/For The Washington Post)Trash is strewn across yards at a D.C. apartment building managed by Sanford Capital. LaCrecia Johnson, a 21-year-old mother of three, has been trying unsuccessfully to find an alternative to her Sanford apartment.

February 27, 2017 00:22 UTC

Blue ACLU ribbons make a statement on the Oscars red carpet

The 89th Academy Awards are underway in Hollywood. Stay with us for all the winners and reactions (and to review what happened on the red carpet.) “La La Land” is in the lead with 14 Oscar nominations including actor, actress, director and picture. That ties the record shared with "All About Eve" and "Titanic." Also in the running tonight is "Arrival" and "Moonlight," each with eight nominations.

February 27, 2017 00:19 UTC

Cracks Show in GOP Opposition to a Trump-Russia Probe

A call by a leading Republican lawmaker for a special counsel to investigate possible Russian interference in 2016 elections highlights the growing pressure facing lawmakers on the issue as they return this week from a recess. Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), an early supporter of President Donald Trump’s whose district narrowly voted for Hillary Clinton last year, said over the weekend that the Justice Department should consider...

February 27, 2017 00:18 UTC

US Navy active in South China Sea past month

The US Navy has seen plenty of activity in the disputed waters of the South China Sea in the past month. Late in February, the 97,000-ton aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson garnered headlines as it sailed into the area for what the Navy called "routine operations." Several other US vessels have been spending time in the South China Sea, according to photos posted on the US Navy's website. "The South China Sea is not the Caribbean. Click through the gallery to some of the US Navy units involved in the area in February.

February 27, 2017 00:15 UTC

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