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Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 2:52 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — First lady Melania Trump, along with second lady Karen Pence, traveled to Texas on Wednesday to visit with first responders and check on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. And if there’s anything politicians (or in this case, politicians’ spouses) love to do when they’re on a visit, it’s make a stop at a purveyor of local cuisine. Trump and Pence flew through Corpus Christi, which means Whataburger.
According to social media reports (including tweets from reporters along for the trip, as well as a White House official), the first and second lady stopped by the venerable Texas burger chain and walked out with at least some of those famous fries. The rest of their order is unknown (so far), but the tweets about the pit stop are quite a journey.
Reporters in the press pool said the first and second lady treated them to fries.
... yes! fries for the press van tho 🍟 pic.twitter.com/ENUyEiN0cf— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) December 6, 2017
Officials in Texas approved. The orange and the white, as ever, proved to be a unifying force.
Looks like @FLOTUS is Texas savvy. She & Karen Pence dined at @Whataburger today with my wife the First Lady of Texas. They are here for ongoing help for #HurricaneHarvey. @TexasFLCA #txlege #TexasStrong. https://t.co/QjnDgxbTdD— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 6, 2017
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:53 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Danica Patrick is dating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The NASCAR driver confirmed the two were an item to The Associated Press Monday.
“Yes, Aaron and I are dating,” she said.
“Entertainment Tonight” reported that rumors were swirling at the start of the new year that Patrick, 35, was dating Rodgers, 34, after being seen having dinner with him on two occasions.
Paparazzi cameras caught up with Patrick Jan. 4. Although she was chatty, she quickly clammed up when asked if she was dating Rodgers.
She put those rumors to rest with her statement, which was also confirmed by her representative.
According to the race car driver, she first met Rodgers at the 2012 ESPYS.
“I told him a long time ago I’d always root for him as a player,” Patrick, a Chicago Bears fan, told The AP.
“Now I am probably going to cheer for the whole team,” she said. “Take out the word ‘probably.’ Now I’m going to cheer for the whole team.”
Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 8:24 PM
— President Donald Trump answered several questions while entering Trump International Golf Course with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Sunday evening, telling reporters that he is not racist and he is working on a DACA deal.
Trump claimed to reporters he didn’t make the offensive remark at the Oval Office meeting last week.
“No. I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” he said.
He also said he was trying to get a DACA deal done, but Democrats were not helping. “A lot of things to talk about. We’re going to talk DACA,” he said.
When asked if he could make a deal, he said, “Honestly, I don’t think the Democrats want to make a deal... there are a lot of sticking points.”
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:10 PM
— Five Democratic members of Congress have said they will not attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address set for the end of the month, boycotting the speech, they say, because of an alleged racial slur over immigration by the president.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), announced Monday she will not attend the speech. Four other Democrats had previously said they will not be attending. When Trump gives the speech in front of a joint session of Congress on Jan. 30 he will see the female Democrats attending the speech, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), dressed in black to show solidarity with the “Me Too” movement which gives voice to those who have been sexually harassed or assaulted.
While this will be Trump’s first State of the Union address, it is not the first time he has addressed a joint session of Congress. Trump spoke before Congress last February.
Check back here on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. for live updates from the speech and reaction afterward.
Here’s how to watch the speech.
When is the speech: Tuesday, Jan. 30
What time: 9 p.m. ET
What channel: The speech will be carried live on all the major cable and news networks.
Livestream: on YouTube from the White House YouTube channel
Where is it taking place: President Trump will deliver the speech from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Why he does it: Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution says, the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The speech was first called the Annual Message, then in the 1940s, the address became known as the “state of the union.” Since 1947, the speech has been known as the “State of the Union Address.”
Firsts for State of the Union speeches
First radio broadcast of the address: President Calvin Coolidge, 1923.
First television broadcast of address: President Harry Truman, 1947.
First televised evening delivery of address: President Lyndon Johnson, 1965.
First live webcast on Internet: President George W. Bush, 2002.
First high definition television broadcast of the address came with President George W. Bush’s State of the Union message in 2004.
Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), said she will give her guest ticket to the speech to a person involved in the “Me Too” movement.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other female Democrats have said they plan to wear black to the speech in solidarity with the “Me Too” movement.
Who is not coming:
More than 60 members of Congress boycotted Trump’s inauguration. So far, five Democrats have said that they will not attend the State of the Union address. They are:
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