CHICAGO - Last month, when hundreds of people showed up at a downtown convention center to hear plans for the Obama Presidential Center, a campus dedicated to the legacy of Barack Obama, the former president himself arrived unannounced and in full campaign mode to do some hard selling. "This could anchor a transformation of the South Side to create more jobs, more business opportunities, more educational opportunities, more hope. This is our gift. This is us wanting to give back," he said.
To the delight of many of his Twitter followers, Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk on Friday, March 23, followed through on a promise to delete the Facebook pages of both companies, flushing more than 5 million combined "likes" down the digital drain on a whim. The Facebook pages for the automaker and aerospace innovator have been replaced by a default page noting that "content isn't available right now."
Just hours after threatening a veto , President Donald Trump said Friday afternoon that he had signed the sweeping $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress early Friday and averted a government shutdown.
At least 26,000 children and teenagers under age 18 were killed by gunfire in the United States between 1999 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control mortality data. Firearm injuries are the third leading cause of death among children age 1 through 17 in the United States, according to a 2017 study published in the journal Pediatrics. Among the world's wealthy nations, the United States accounts for 91 percent of all firearm deaths of children under the age of 15, according to a 2010 study published in The American Journal of Medicine.
If gun control becomes the gateway issue that entices distrustful millennials into the voting booth, America is in for a makeover. Never before has this country produced a generation with political views and demographic traits so different from those of its elders. On nearly every important issue - immigration, health care, climate change, gender equality, racial disparity, sexual identity, economic inequality, size of government, use of military force, presidential disapproval - millennials are by far our most liberal adult generation.
Wayne Huizenga, a billionaire who made Waste Management Inc. and Blockbuster Video the leaders in their industries and used his wealth to buy professional baseball, football and hockey teams, has died. He was 80. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Pamela Huizenga Alexander, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Huizenga was a longtime resident of South Florida.
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain, whose experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam has established him as Congress's moral conscience on torture, asked CIA director nominee Gina Haspel to detail her role in the agency's enhanced interrogation program.
Demonstrators protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man blocked entrances to Golden 1 Center Thursday night amid chants of "black lives matter," prompting police to shut down admission to the Sacramento Kings' game. The police department tweeted at 10:39 p.m. Eastern Time that no one else would be allowed into the game "due to unforeseen circumstances around Golden 1 Center."
Amtrak's recent move to eliminate special discount programs - including those for veterans - is raising the ire of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. In a letter sent this week to Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson, Blumenthal said getting rid of the veteran's benefits is "inexcusable." "I urge you to cease these efforts and reaffirm that veterans will always be welcomed and encouraged to use the nation's railroad with a discount program that recognizes and rewards their service to our country," he wrote.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said he might veto the sweeping $1.3 trillion spending bill passed early Friday - a move that would likely lead to a government shutdown - because it does nothing to address the fate of young undocumented immigrants and does not fully fund his border wall.