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Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 @ 10:49 PM
Updated: Friday, March 25, 2016 @ 10:04 AM
WASHINGTON — An anti-Trump group has run ads in a pointed effort to take down GOP candidate Donald Trump. But this time, the ads weren't taking aim at just the Donald.
BuzzFeed reported Monday that Liz Mair launched a Facebook campaign that features ads that have a bold font and a few lines of text. One of them features Melania Trump posing nude.
Mair is a Republican strategist who is a part of the anti-Trump super PAC Make America Awesome. BuzzFeed News reported that the goal of the ads was to reach Mormons voting in Utah on Tuesday, and to increase their turnout.
Trump blamed GOP rival Ted Cruz, and reacted to the ad in a tweet:
We're not sure what "beans" Trump is referring to. However, Cruz stepped in to defend his wife, Heidi, after Trump's threat.
Of course, the spat only escalated from there. Trump retweeted an internet meme that compared Heidi Cruz to Melania Trump, side by side.
Cruz doubled down, calling Trump a "sniveling coward."
Friday, tabloid allegations of multiple Cruz affairs went viral on social media.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:39 PM
WASHINGTON — The Navy says it is filing negligent homicide charges against the commanders of two ships involved in fatal collisions last year.
The USS John S. McCain collision resulted in the death of Champaign County sailor Jacob Drake. Drake was a Petty Officer 2nd class.
The charges are to be presented at what the military calls an Article 32 hearing, which will determine whether the accused are court-martialed.
The actions, including charges against several lower-ranking officers, were announced Tuesday by the Navy's chief spokesman, Capt. Greg Hicks.
Hicks says the decision to file charges was made by Adm. Frank Caldwell, head of the Navy's nuclear reactors program, who reviewed evidence of what caused the collisions. The USS Fitzgerald collided with a commercial ship in waters off Japan in June, killing seven sailors. Ten sailors were killed when the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asia in August.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:16 PM
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is in excellent health and likely to finish his term in office without any medical issues, a presidential doctor said Tuesday at a news conference, four days after the president underwent a physical exam.
“The president's overall health is excellent," White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson said Tuesday.
Here are six things to know about the results of the president’s physical:
Jackson: ‘He had great findings across the board’
Trump is in “very, very good health,” Jackson said Tuesday.
“(I have) no concerns for his heart health,” the presidential physician said. “There are many good things that came from his exam, I think he had great findings across the board. “
Jackson said Trump’s good health is likely to last through “the remainder of this tern, and even for the remainder of another term, if he’s elected.” He said he based his assessment on the president’s cardiac results.
“He falls into a category that portends years of event-free living,” Jackson said. “He has incredibly good genes, and that’s just the way God made him.”
White House doctor says despite President Trump's fast food habit and lack of exercise, he's in "excellent" condition; "He has incredibly good genes, and it's just the way God made him" https://t.co/fpNP3Hpnco pic.twitter.com/VGoTFSgp7C— CNN (@CNN) January 16, 2018
Cognitive screening showed no issues
Jackson said he conducted a cognitive screening on Trump at the president’s request, although he felt the test was unnecessary.
“I’ve spent almost every day in the president’s presence,” said Jackson, whose office is near Trump’s. “I’ve got to know him pretty well and I had absolutely no concerns about his cognitive ability or neurological functions.”
He said that in all his conversations with Trump, the president has been “very articulate.”
“I’ve never known him to repeat himself around me,” Jackson said. “He says what he wants to say and speaks his mind.”
Infamous slurred speech incident might have been caused by medication
A December incident in which the president sounded as though he was slurring his speech while announcing a policy shift in Israel was probably due to a medication, Jackson said.
“We evaluated him, we checked everything out and everything was normal,” Jackson said, adding that the incident was likely caused because the president needed water.
He said prior to the Dec. 7 incident, he gave Trump Sudafed, which might have “inadvertently dried up his secretions.”
Trump working to lose 10-15 pounds
At 6-foot-3 and 239 pounds, the president has a body mass index of 29.9, just under the number that would designate him as obese, according to information released Tuesday.
“The president, he and I talked and... I think a reasonable goal over the next year or so is (to lose) 10 or 15 pounds,” Jackson said, adding that a nutritionist would be meeting with White House chefs in the coming weeks and that Trump would be put on an exercise routine.
“He’s more enthusiastic about the diet,” Jackson said.
Jackson not concerned about Trump’s stress levels
Despite concerns from the public and reports that have painted a chaotic White House, Jackson said that he has no concerns about the president’s stress levels.
“I talk to him sometimes about stress just because I think it’s my job as his physician to bring it up on occasion,” he said. “I’ve never seen the president stressed out too much. ... He has a unique ability to push the reset button and he just gets up and he starts a new day. (I think it’s) made him healthier from a stress standpoint.”
Jackson did not test Trump’s hearing
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:57 AM
WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
SCOOP: Mueller has subpoenaed Steve Bannon to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing Russia investigation. First person in Trump's inner circle known to have received a grand jury subpoena. https://t.co/dbKWuDjdMp— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) January 16, 2018
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 8:05 AM
Still battling over what President Donald Trump did – or didn’t – say during a tense White House immigration meeting last week with lawmakers, Senators used a hearing with the Homeland Security Secretary on Tuesday to publicly appeal for compromise on DACA and a series of politically difficult immigration issues, as one Republican urged the President to “close this deal.”
“This has turned into a S-show,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), as Graham blamed aides at the White House “who have an irrational view on immigration” for the current impasse.
“If the President is watching, I’m still in the phone book,” Graham added, as he told both parties and Mr. Trump must give a little in order to reach a deal.
Questioning Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Graham voiced frustration at the “Tuesday Trump” and the “Thursday Trump” from last week, indicating that he believes more conservative Republicans had intervened to scuttle a bipartisan immigration compromise that had been worked out by a group of six Senators.
Other Republicans on Tuesday echoed Graham’s call for compromise on the nearly 700,000 Dreamers, who were spared the threat of deportation under the Obama Administration, but saw that rescinded in September by President Trump.
“We should push for the best deal we can get, but we shouldn’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), as he warned Democrats they would not get a ‘clean’ DACA bill to help illegal immigrant Dreamers.
But Hatch also warned Republicans they couldn’t ask for everything as well.
The hearing provided new details on how the President had suddenly raised the amount of money he wanted to build a border wall in the heated immigration talks last Thursday – as the original request had been for $1.6 billion.
“Is the President realistic when he says he wants $20 billion so he can build the wall in one year?” asked Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I think the President is encouraging us to go as quickly as we can,” answered Secretary Nielsen, who said Mr. Trump also wanted to close a variety of loopholes in immigration law, to dissuade people to come to the U.S. illegally.
While Durbin said a bipartisan agreement presented to the President last week fulfilled Mr. Trump’s demands on a number of fronts, Nielsen made clear it was not acceptable to the Trump Administration.
“I cannot agree to a deal that does not give the tools and resources to the men and women of Homeland Security to do the job you have asked them to do,” Nielsen told Durbin at a different point in their ten minute back and forth.
“We gave you every penny you asked for,” Durbin countered.
“We need the wall, too. The wall works,” Nielsen. “It’s part of border security.”
Durbin also explored the details of the meeting from last week on what exactly the President had said, pressing Nielsen – who was under oath – on what she heard.
In exchanges with several Democratic Senators, Nielsen repeatedly said she had not heard the words, “shithole” or “shithouse,” as she said lawmakers and the President were expressing very passionate feelings about the immigration negotiations.
“Other profane words – I don’t think they were appropriate either, and they were not used by the President,” Nielsen told Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
“I actually was struck more by the fact that the conversation – although passionate and appropriately so – had gotten to a place where many people in the room were using inappropriate language in the Oval Office in front of the President. That’s what struck me,” Nielsen said.
After over two hours of testimony – and being asked about the issue repeatedly – Nielsen deflected questions from other Democrats on the matter, saying she had said all that should could about the matter.
In other immigration news, Nielsen told lawmakers there is an ongoing surge in illegal crossings of the Mexican border in recent months, as the feds have noted a definite increase in both unaccompanied children and families trying to make it into the United States.
“It’s a big problem,” Nielsen said, as the surge is a turn around from a big drop that occurred during the early months of the Trump Administration.
As for the unfinished DACA deal, Nielsen said her staffers had still been working with Senators to try and bridge the gap on a possible deal, as one veteran Republican urged all sides to compromise.
But the chances for a deal seemed to be much worse now than a week ago, when the President in a Tuesday meeting had told lawmakers to do all they could to reach an immigration agreement.