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Time reveals its 100 most influential people for 2017

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 7:47 AM

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What do President Donald Trump, John Legend, Emma Stone, LeBron James and U.S. Rep. John Lewis have in common? They're all on Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people of 2017.

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This year's list includes "the titans, pioneers, artists, leaders and icons who are changing the world today," the publication said on its website.

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9-year-old Trump fan, 'Pickle,' gets response of a lifetime to letter he sent president

Published: Sunday, July 30, 2017 @ 7:56 AM

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A 9-year-old boy from Stockton, California, who is essentially President Donald Trump’s biggest littlest fan, wrote a letter to the president, asked to be his friend and has gotten a huge yes in response.

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Dylan “Pickle” Harbin got a special shout-out from new White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday when she read the letter he wrote to Trump.

>> See the letter here

In an interview with KTXL, Harbin said, “I sent him a letter and asked if he could be my friend, and he said, ‘Yes.’ I want him to tell me I can be president.”

Sanders confirmed this Wednesday, saying she forwarded the letter to the president, who accepted the offer of friendship and extended an invite for a tour.

Harbin likes Trump so much that he had a “Make America Great Again” birthday cake in the shape of a campaign hat with a campaign poster that says, “Trump Pickle ’17,” on it, KTXL reported.

When asked why he looked up to the president, he said, “Because he’s a smart businessman, and I like all of his suits.”

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SuAnn Harbin, Dylan’s mom, said her son’s reading up on Trump and his interest in politics isn’t something she forced, as some have suggested. She also said they found out 20 minutes before Sanders read the letter.

They were at a baseball game in San Francisco.

“It was all him. He did everything,” she said. 

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“It was a complete surprise. We were at a Giants game, and they had called right before we went in to the stadium, and they said, ‘Hi, this is so and so from the White House and we’re calling to let you know that we received Pickle’s letter and that they’re going to read it at the press conference in about 20 minutes.’”

(H/t New York Daily News)

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Vladimir Putin to expel hundreds of U.S. diplomats from Russia

Published: Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 3:27 AM

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Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly will require the U.S. embassy in Moscow to cut its staff by 755 in response to Congress’ vote Thursday to increase sanctions on Russia, North Korea and Iran.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that the U.S. had it coming.

“I think retaliation is long, long overdue,” he said. “We have a very rich toolbox at our disposal.”

He added: “If the U.S. side decides to move further towards further deterioration, we will answer, we will respond in kind. We will mirror this. We will retaliate. ... But my whole point is, don’t do this, it is to the detriment of the interests of the US.”

Putin gave a TV interview with Rossiya 1 and said he doesn’t see things changing soon.

“We waited for quite some time that maybe something will change for the better, had such hope that the situation will somehow change, but, judging by everything, if it changes, it will not be soon,” he said.

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Russian’s Foreign Ministry on Friday ordered a reduction by Sept. 1 in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia. It said it is ordering the U.S. Embassy to limit the number of embassy and consular employees in the country to 455 in response to the U.S. Senate’s approval of a new package of sanctions.

Putin said the response would be “painful” for the U.S., but he opposes further measures at this time.

“We certainly have something to respond with and restrict those areas of joint cooperation that will be painful for the American side but I don’t think we need to do it,” he said.

In December, in former President Barack Obama’s final days in office, 35 Russian diplomats were expelled from buildings in New York and Maryland.

“These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior,” then-President Obama said in a letter, explaining sanctions.

Obama said the sanctions were a response to “a global campaign of malicious cyber activities” conducted by Russia.

It is now up to President Donald Trump to sign the sanctions into law or veto, and the White House says he will sign it.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Donald Trump's Boy Scouts of America speech sparks social media firestorm

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 3:02 AM

President Trump Speaks at the National Scouts Jamboree

On Monday, President Donald Trump ventured to West Virginia to speak at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree, which drew tens of thousands of scouts.

>> Read the transcript of President Trump’s speech to the 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree

During his speech, Trump bashed the media and former President Barack Obama and boasted about his election victory, calling Nov. 8, 2016, “a beautiful date.” At one point, Trump mentioned meeting New York developer William Levitt at a cocktail party.

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Trump seemed to win the support of the crowd from the beginning. He arrived to riotous applause and got the scouts to boo Obama when he asked, “Did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?” Obama never spoke at a jamboree while he was president, but he did record a video message for the scouts on one occasion.

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The Boy Scouts of America Facebook page was flooded with comments by parents who blasted Trump’s appearance, even on posts unrelated to the rally. One woman wrote, “Done with scouts after you felt the need to have my kid listen to a liar stroke his ego on our time.” Another said, “I can’t believe the Boy Scouts booed a living American president.” There were a number of comments calling the speech “propaganda,” and some even made comparisons to Adolf Hitler’s infamous rallies in Nuremberg.

John McLaughlin, who led the CIA under George Bush, tweeted that the jamboree “had the feel of a third world authoritarian’s youth rally.” CNN’s Chris Cillizza published a list of “The 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Donald Trump’s hyper-political speech to the Boy Scouts.” The piece included included statements such as “You know we have a tremendous disadvantage in the Electoral College — popular vote is much easier” and “I went to Maine four times, because it’s one vote, and we won. But we won — one vote. I went there because I kept hearing we’re at 269.” New York Magazine published a similar list, though they only included 14 “inappropriate moments.”

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However, Trump’s supporters backed the president’s appearance and branded the backlash as another attack by the mainstream media and “leftists.”

The Boy Scouts released the following statement after the backlash to Trump’s speech:

“The Boy Scouts of America is wholly non-partisan and does not promote any one position, product, service, political candidate or philosophy. The invitation for the sitting U.S. President to visit the National Jamboree is a long-standing tradition and is in no way an endorsement of any political party or specific policies.”

Rep. Blake Farenthold calls out 'female senators' on health care, suggests he would duel them

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 2:02 AM

FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)(Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

In an interview with a Corpus Christi radio station, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican, called out “female senators from the Northeast” for the latest snag in the GOP's effort to repeal Obamacare, adding that he “might” challenge them to a duel if they were men.

Farenthold spoke to KEYS host Bob Jones on Friday morning, according to the Houston Chronicle.

While he didn’t name names, the only Republican female senator from the Northeast to oppose the bill is Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is a Republican from West Virginia, not normally considered part of the Northeast. The third female GOP senator to oppose the bill is Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, also not considered part of the Northeast.  

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“If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” Farenthold told Jones, referring to the infamous 1804 duel between Vice President Aaron Burr and Treasury Secretary Andrew Hamilton. Hamilton was mortally wounded in the Weehawken, New Jersey, duel and died the next day.

According to The Associated Press, Collins later responded: "As far as I know, dueling is illegal in every state. He'll be disappointed, I guess."

Farenthold clarified his comments in a statement Monday, the AP reported.

"This was clearly tongue-in-cheek," he said. "That being said, I'm extremely frustrated with Senate Republicans who are breaking their promise to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare."

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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