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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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Trump, first lady make surprise visit to hospital where Scalise being treated

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 2:56 AM

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to their vehicle after visiting MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where House Majority Leader Steve Scalise of La. was taken after being shot in Alexandria, Va., during a Congressional baseball practice. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., is being treated for a gunshot wound, the Washington Post and other news outlets are reporting.

>> PHOTOS: Congressional baseball practice shooting

The president and first lady stopped by the hospital and brought two bouquets of flowers with them, according to the New York Post

>> Shooting at GOP event: Rep. Steve Scalise, aide shot in Virginia

"He entered the room, spoke with Scalise's family and sat by his bedside with Mrs. Trump," said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

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Earlier in the day, a man opened fire on Congressional Republicans as they were practicing for the upcoming baseball game. Scalise was among those injured and was first believed to be in stable condition. However, following surgery, the hospital announced that he was in critical condition. An update from The Associated Press indicates that he will need additional operations.

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Following his visit, Trump took to Twitter to give his own update on the congressman, writing, “Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape – but he is a real fighter. Pray for Steve!”

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Secret Service says it has no Trump 'tapes' of White House conversations

Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 7:21 AM

According to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed with the Secret Service by the Wall Street Journal, the Secret Service says it has no record of transcripts or recordings — “tapes” — having to do with President Donald Trump or the current administration.

>> Trump won’t say if tapes of Comey conversations exist

The news comes after Trump last month implied there may be “tapes” of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.

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A letter returned to the Wall Street Journal reads as follows: “In response to your request, the Secret Service has conducted a reasonable search for responsive records […] It appears, from a review of Secret Service’s main indices, that there are no records pertaining to your request that are referenced in these indices.”

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If they existed, those recordings — or merely their presence — would likely be subject to the Presidential Records Act, a 1981 law which requires the preservation of all presidential records unless the president and the Archivist of the United States deem them not to have “administrative, historical, informational, or evidentiary value.”

It’s possible that there are tapes that could not be accessed by filing a FOIA request, or that Trump’s tapes could be in the possession of another agency.

The Secret Service was asked because it has traditionally been the agency to maintain White House recording systems.

Congressman introduces ‘COVFEFE Act,’ law to make Trump’s tweets official record

Published: Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 5:40 PM

Remember “covfefe,” the now-deleted infamous presidential Twitter typo (he meant to type “press coverage”) that drove the internet into a craze last month?

Well, thanks to Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), the term is back and made its way to the House floor Monday as an acronym for new legislation that would nationally archive President Donald Trump’s personal tweets as official presidential record.

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Under the introduced legislation, presidential tweets would be sent straight to the National Archives and the deletion of tweets from the Twitter account would be a violation of the PRA subject to “disciplinary action.”

Related: Sean Spicer's simple response to Trump's ‘covfefe’ tweet

“President Trump’s frequent, unfiltered use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication is unprecedented,” Quigley said in a statement. “If the President is going to take to social media to make sudden public policy proclamations, we must ensure that these statements are documented and preserved for future reference. Tweets are powerful, and the President must be held accountable for every post.”

Related: What's a #covfefe? After late-night Trump tweet, social media weighs in

Though the current language of the PRA lists any form of “electronic communication” as worthy of officially documenting and archiving, social media isn’t explicitly spelled out in the law.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told the media last week the president’s tweets should be taken as official presidential statements.

Related: ‘Covfefe’ license tag ordered in Arizona

This is Quigley’s second bill with a tongue-in-cheek jab at the president. In March, he introduced the Make Access Records Available to Lead Government Openness Act (the MAR-A-LAGO Act), which would require public visitor logs for locations where either the president or vice president conduct official business, including logs at Trump’s resorts.

According to The Washington Post, Trump’s trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida cost taxpayers nearly $10 million in his first month in office.

John McCain says American leadership was better under Obama than Trump

Published: Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 5:25 AM

Longtime Arizona senator, former Republican presidential candidate and foreign policy hawk Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., whose line of questioning during former FBI director James Comey’s testimony last week raised some eyebrows, has said in an interview with the Guardian that the U.S. was better off with Barack Obama as president "as far as American leadership is concerned."

“What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” McCain replied to the news outlet, which described the senator as “visibly irked.”

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“[Other nations] are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica,” he added.

The response came to a question about President Donald Trump’s Twitter response to the London terror attacks, including his response to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and the world’s perception of it.

When asked if America’s status around the globe was better under Obama, McCain replied, “As far as American leadership is concerned, yes.”

The remark has caused a firestorm on social media.

McCain and Trump have been on-and-off feuding publicly for some time.

A few incidents that come to mind are Trump’s back and forth with the Khans — a Gold Star family — and McCain’s response; the president’s “I like people who weren’t captured” remark; McCain’s criticism of a deadly Yemen raid as a “failure.”