Daughter's bedside ceremony grants dad dying wish

Published: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 1:56 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 1:56 PM

It has always been one Missouri father’s dream to walk his daughter down the aisle.

But when Johnny Wells was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, he was told he wouldn’t live to see 10-year-old Nakeol’s wedding day. (Via KETV)

Nakeol is obviously too young to get married, but the family came up with a way to grant Johnny’s dying wish.

“They came up with the idea to have a little ceremony where she could make promises to be faithful to the man she would be married.” (Via KCTV)

During a bedside ceremony in Johnny’s hospital room, Nakeol donned a white dress and a bouquet of flowers and promised to search until she found the perfect man to marry. (Via KSPR)

“Do you promise your dad that you will search until you find a godly man to marry?” “Yes.” “Do you promise you will save yourself until you find a man that loves you as much as your daddy loves you?” “Yes.” (Via YouTube / Gena Hedgpeth)

And Johnny gave his daughter something very special to mark the occasion.

“He gave me a ring. And it’s a diamond ring with two hearts.” (Via KMEG)

Nakeol promised her father that she will wear the ring until her wedding day.

Nakeol’s special day with her dad sparked positive feedback online and beyond, with many people wishing they had done the same thing. (Via YouTube / Gena Hedgpeth)

Nakeol says she is going to watch the video of the special ceremony before her real wedding and will have her flower girl wear the same dress she wore that day.

- See more at newsy.com.  

Trump quickly finds voice on Twitter after returning from foreign trip

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:34 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:36 PM

Back after a nine day overseas trip, President Donald Trump returned to a familiar plan of operations on Sunday, as he used Twitter to jab at his critics and the news media, vowing to push ahead on his legislative agenda in the Congress, and making clear he wants a crack down on leaks from the U.S. Government.

“Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!” the President said early on Sunday morning.

Here are some things to look for with Mr. Trump back at the White House:

1. The President isn’t going silent on Twitter. Despite some news reports while he was gone that aides have tried to limit Mr. Trump’s time on social media, @realDonaldTrump was doing more than just highlighting White House talking points, as he issued a series of tweets on Sunday morning and later in the evening that plowed familiar ground. The Twitter barrage started softly – “Big win in Montana for Republicans!” the President tweeted about Thursday’s special election victory for the GOP – but then the President revved his engines. “Fake News is the enemy,” Mr. Trump said, as he took aim at the news media.

2. Will the President be firing White House leakers? Another story that broke while Mr. Trump was gone was one that said three leakers inside the White House had been identified, and that the President would be getting rid of them once he returned to the U.S. No names were revealed, but it has resulted in plenty of rumors across the political spectrum, especially more from conservative figures on social media, who publicly pointed the finger at aides whom they argued are not reliably supportive of the President. While those stories have circulated, Mr. Trump floated a different possibility – that maybe there aren’t leaks after all.

3. Don’t forget the Trump Agenda in Congress. The President on Sunday pressed two of his biggest agenda items, tax cuts and overhaul of the Obama health law. One interesting note was that Mr. Trump seemed to argue for more spending in a GOP health plan that is now before the Senate. “I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere,” the President tweeted. “ObamaCare is dead – the Republicans will do much better!” For now, Senators still haven’t forged a deal that can get a majority – that will be their focus when they return to work on June 5. Asking the Republicans to spend more government money on health care does not seem to be a GOP priority, as Mr. Trump tweeted.

4. The President presses for tax reform. In his Sunday tweets, Mr. Trump also used the bully pulpit to call for action in the Congress on tax cuts and tax reform. While both the House and Senate have held some introductory hearings, no real details have been handed out – other than one page of bullet points from the White House. While the President says it is “ahead of schedule,” Congress cannot act on a tax package until lawmakers finish action on health care overhaul. Despite his tweet, Mr. Trump’s tax plan has a lot of details that are TBD – and it’s not even clear that Congress can act on tax reform this year.

5. Is the White House readying a “War Room” While the President jabbed at the press over leaks, he didn’t give any hints on whether there would a shakeup in his own communications team, which has been reported by a number of news organizations, saying the White House is ready to set up a rapid response team to deal with stories about the Russia investigation, and other matters for top staffers. The Russia story didn’t go away with Mr. Trump in Europe, and it won’t be easy to sidestep once he is back at the White House.

6. Will Spicer be out? Or just to the side? While the President was overseas, there were reports that Mr. Trump was ready to make major changes in how the communications team deals with the press. The White House has denied that Press Secretary Sean Spicer will be pushed out, but his job security has been the subject of roller coaster rumors for the past four months; we could see more of Sarah Sanders at briefings. There have also been rumblings about making major changes in the White House briefings, maybe even doing away with the televised daily briefing. That would certainly make some news.

Eighth-graders on DC class trip snub House Speaker Paul Ryan 

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 7:47 PM

About 100 8th grade students refused to take a photo with House Speaker Paul Ryan. (Photo: Screengrab via Paul Ryan/Instagram)

When 200 eighth-grade students from New Jersey’s South Orange Middle School took a class trip to Washington, D.C., last week and were offered a chance to be in a picture with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, about half of them said no.

ABC7 New York caught up with some of the 100 or so students who decided to stand out of the picture on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Matthew Malespina, one student who sat out, called it “much more than a picture.” He objected to “being associated with a person who puts his party before his country,” and texted his mother to ask how to handle it. She recommended he say, politely, that he’d rather not participate. So he did.

>> Read more trending news

“I’m just not going to do it,” he said.

When interviewed by New York’s FOX5, he said: “First thing I said was, ‘I can’t take a picture with him. I don’t want to.’”

Malespina, who was evidently a go-to South Orange student for interviews, told the Village Green, “I can’t take a picture with someone who supports a budget that would destroy public education and would leave 23 million people without health care.”

Plenty of students, however, felt just fine joining the speaker of the House for a photograph, even if they didn’t agree with his agenda.

Student Alex Klint said it would be “interesting” to get close to “one of the nation’s lawmakers in person even if I strongly disagree with many of his views.”

Other students and parents had similarly nuanced stances, noting that while some of his policies are unpopular, Speaker Ryan might still be worth meeting.

Got that #FridayFeeling 👊

A post shared by Speaker Paul Ryan (@speakerryan) on

Report: Jared Kushner a focus of Russia probe

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:26 PM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 8:05 PM

(Photo by Brooks Kraft/ Getty Images)
Brooks Kraft/Getty Images

UPDATE May 26, 8:00 p.m. The Washington Post reported Friday that in December Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak told his superiors that Kushner discussed setting a up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin.

Kushner, according to the report, asked Kislyak about using Russia’s diplomatic facilities to prevent monitoring of the discussions. Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, also attended the meeting, which was not under U.S. surveillance, according to officials.

The White House disclosed the meeting in March, but people familiar with the matter told The Post the meeting is of investigative interest.

The White House has not returned requests for comment, nor has the Russian Embassy or a lawyer for Flynn.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Is Jared Kushner, the senior White House official, a person of interest in the investigation into ties between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign?

Thursday, The Post reported that Jared Kushner is under investigation “because of the extent and nature of his interactions with the Russians,” citing unnamed people familiar with the investigation.

>> Read more trending news 

Investigators are looking specifically at meetings held by Kushner, who is also the president’s son-in-law as well as an adviser, as part of their investigation into Russia’s pull in the 2016 election, The Post reported.

Kushner has said that he will cooperate with the federal investigators, The Associated Press reported.

In a statement released by attorney Jamie Gorelick, “Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.”

>> RELATED: Who are the key players in the Russia/Trump saga?

The FBI and the Congressional oversight committee, in addition to other Congressional panels, are looking into what role, if any, Russia had in the 2016 presidential election.

The Post and the AP said that the investigation does not mean that Kushner himself is a suspect of a crime.

Last week, The Washington Post has reported that Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are current Trump administration officials who have acknowledged contact with Russian officials, according to the report.

The source was not named, but was described as someone close to Trump in the story that was originally released minutes after Trump and his advisors departed for his first overseas trip as president.

South Korea calls emergency meeting after latest North Korea missile test

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 7:29 PM

North Korea has conducted a successful ballistic missile test, firing a projectile into the Sea of Japan early Monday morning, CNBC and other media report, citing South Korea’s Yonhap news network.

Three previous similar tests happened a week ago.

The latest missile test is at least the eighth such test this year alone. North Korea has been working on new anti-aircraft weaponry as well, according to Reuters.

>> Read more trending news

The Korea Herald reports that South Koreans scrambled in response, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in assembling an emergency meeting of the country’s security council.

The test comes during a period of heightened tensions with North Korea.

This morning, in an interview on “Face the Nation”, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said a war with North Korea would be “probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetime” and a “catastrophic war if this turns into a combat.”