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Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 8:55 AM
In the run-up to the inauguration of Donald Trump as America’s 45th president, more than 40 Congressional Democrats have said that they will not attend the ceremony on Friday.
While many said earlier that they did not plan to attend the inauguration, more legislators joined the list after a dust-up this weekend between Trump and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).
Lewis said in an interview last week that he did not plan to attend the inauguration because he did not see Trump’s victory in November as “legitimate” due to “interference by the Russian government.”
Trump countered on Twitter saying Lewis was "all talk" and "no action," and that the metro Atlanta-area district he represents is "crime-infested."
Lewis came to prominence during the civil rights era when he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. Lewis was among the protesters in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965 who was beaten by Alabama State Troopers when they clashed at the Edmund Pettis Bridge near Selma.
Lewis also boycotted the inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001. He told The Washington Post then that it would be “hypocritical to attend Bush's swearing-in because he doesn't believe Bush is the true elected president."
According to inauguration organizers and District of Columbia officials, more than 800,000 people are expected to be in Washington for Friday’s ceremony.
Here is a current list of legislators who have confirmed they will not be there.
• Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.)
• Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.)
• Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)
• Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)
• Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.)
• Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.)
• Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.)
• Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.)
• Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas)
• Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D-Mass.)
• Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.)
• Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.)
• Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)
• Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.)
• Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich)
• Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.)
• Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas)
• Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.)
• Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
• Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.)
• Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.)
• Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio)
• Rep. Al Green (D-Texas)
• Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.)
• Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.)
• Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.)
• Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.)
• Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)
• Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
• Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)
• Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.)
• Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.)
• Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.)
• Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.)
• Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
• Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.)
• Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)
• Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.)
• Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.)
• Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) (due to wife’s hospitalization)
• Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
• Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.)
• Rep. José E. Serrano (D-N.Y.)
• Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.)
• Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.)
• Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.)
• Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-Ala.)
• Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)
• Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)
• Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.)
• Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Kty.)
• Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.)
• Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.)
• Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)
• Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.)
• Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.)
• Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Kty.)
Here are some others who have announced they would be skipping the ceremony.
• Former President George H.W. Bush, (he is hospitalized in Texas)
• Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
• Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
• Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner
• Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Here are some others who have announced they will attend the ceremony.
• Former President George W. Bush
• Former First Lady Laura Bush
• Former President Jimmy Carter
• Anson Chan, Hong Kong’s former chief secretary
• Former President Bill Clinton
• Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
• Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
• Former United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage
• The Rev. Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse and son of Billy Graham
• Rabbi Marvin Hier, the leader of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
• Ohio Gov. John Kasich
• Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the United States
• Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, (D-Mass.)
• New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
• Sen. Ed Markey, (D-Mass.)
• Rep. Jim McGovern, (D-Mass.)
• Rep. Seth Moulton, (D-Mass.)
• The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
• Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the leader of Great Faith Ministries International in Detroit
• Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D-Mass.)
• Paula White, a televangelist
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:41 AM
EUSTIS, Fla. — A young boy died of rabies after being scratched by a bat, according to Christian Academy school officials in Eustis, Florida.
The school posted about the boy’s death on its website, saying that he attended the school in 2016.
The post said Ryker Roque “was a quiet boy adored by teachers and classmates.”
Henry Roque, Ryker's father, took a video of the two on a fishing trip and said they were as close as father and son could be.
He shared pictures and videos of his son with WFTV to share with the world how much he loved his son.
As Ryker underwent an experimental procedure for the rabies infection, Henry held out hope, even as doctors told the family he had virtually no chance of surviving.
"I've seen huge miracles before. And I went back on the bed and laid with him and held him and said, 'Ryker, miracles happen every day. I know you hear me,'" Henry said.
Several weeks ago, Henry said he found a sick bat, which he did not know had rabies, and put it in a bucket, telling Ryker not to touch it.
But Ryker did touch it and was scratched by the bat – but seemed fine, school officials said.
A week later, the child lost use of his legs and “experienced confusion,” having hallucinations and convulsions.
Ryker was hospitalized and an experimental treatment was used, but he died Sunday.
The school held a fundraiser to help the family with medical expenses.
"He was a very sweet boy. Everything he did was nice. The kids loved to play with him because he was the kindest kid," said Connor Jenkins, with the Christian Academy preschool.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:13 AM
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Incredible video captured firefighters rescuing a child from a burning building in DeKalb County, Georgia.
The helmet camera video, posted by DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, was taken at the Avondale Forest Apartments on Jan. 3.
The video shows a person on top of a ladder drop a child down to a firefighter as the flames roar around them.
The firefighter catches the child and quickly runs to safety.
"Third-generation DCFR firefighter Capt. Scott Stroup can be seen catching one of the children that was dropped from the third-floor balcony. Great job by all hands operating on this fire as several lifesaving grabs were made that night," the department posted on Facebook.
An estimated 50 people were left without a place to live after the massive fire at the Decatur apartment complex.
Capt. Eric Jackson, with DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, told WSB-TV that four adults and eight children were hurt in the fire.
He said their injuries were minor and mostly related to smoke inhalation.
Firefighters kicked in doors and ushered out residents when they arrived on the scene, Jackson said.
One of the victims told WSB-TV's Steve Gehlbach hearing the screams coming from the people trapped was the most frightening part of the fire for them.
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 4:10 PM
With a temporary funding plan for Uncle Sam set to run out Friday night, there was no clear path forward as yet for Congress and the White House, as the President and Democrats remained on a collision course over efforts to secure a deal on spending levels for the 2018 federal budget, as well as an agreement on the status of certain illegal immigrants brought here as children, raising the possibility of a government shutdown at the end of the week.
After arriving back at the White House on Monday night, President Donald Trump re-tweeted four of his own Twitter posts from recent days, as he bluntly criticized Democrats in Congress over immigration and the budget.
“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it,” the President said, as he charged that Democrats “just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military.”
Let’s take a look at some of legislative sore spots that might come up this week:
1. Budget caps and the military – When you hear about talks on a spending deal, this has to do with the regular budget that the Congress works on each year, covering the funding for government programs like the military, various government departments, the Congress and the Judiciary. President Trump has been calling for a $54 billion increase this year in money for defense – Democrats say they’ll back that if they also get an equal increase in non-defense programs, something GOP leaders don’t want to do. One overall problem with funding levels for this year is simple – until you figure out how much money the feds will spend in 2018, you can’t finish the spending bills for this year. It’s one reason why another short term budget might be needed.
2. Hurricane and wildfire disaster aid – Officials from Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been making noise for weeks that more aid is overdue to areas hit by major hurricanes in 2017. They also agree that the emergency aid offered up by the President has not been enough. That’s why the $44 billion plan proposed by the White House in December quickly grew into an $81 billion package – and why some lawmakers think it should be even larger. Is it possible that Congress approves that extra aid this week as one way to get a short term funding plan through the House and Senate? Stay tuned.
3. No deadline right now on DACA & Dreamers – The most important thing to remember about the back and forth over the DACA program is timing – it does not have to be solved this week. When President Trump moved to end the Obama Administration program, he set a six month deadline for the Congress to act. That runs out March 5. Democrats don’t want to wait for early March, and have tried to tie any deal on the Dreamers to a plan that funds the federal government – that’s why they want to do it now, at the January 19 shutdown deadline. It still seems like a long shot for the DACA/Dreamers matter to get done in the next three days, simply because the fight over it has so intensified since last Thursday, and immigration remains a very controversial topic.
4. Children’s health insurance – Back at the end of September, the legal authorization expired for a federal-state program which helps about 9 million children get health care coverage. When Congress approved a short term funding plan for the government in December, the House and Senate also kicked in some extra money for the CHIP program – now lawmakers have reached another point where funding is in question for some states, which might have to ratchet back on services if nothing is done this week on Capitol Hill. One recent study said 20 states might have to cut off CHIP coverage. It’s one more thing in the mix this week.
5. Who has more leverage? – This is an interesting argument in Washington, D.C. Democrats believe they have the edge on the DACA issue, especially if the President uses it as the basis for arguing that Democrats are to blame for any government shutdown. Many GOP lawmakers contend they will be sticking up for national defense and a strong border, not for illegal immigrants. My rule of thumb on fights between the Congress and the President usually boils down to one simple idea – never underestimate the power of the President, and his bully pulpit to drive home his arguments. Democrats though think the country will rise up in opposition if Dreamers start being deported en masse. President Trump has the veto pen – he can use it, if he wants to do that.
Stay tuned. This could be a very interesting week in the halls of Congress.
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 9:59 AM
PITTSBURGH — There was a slight scare ahead of Sunday’s Steelers game at Heinz Field after police arrested a man who allegedly threatened to kill players and fans at the game.
Authorities arrested Yuttana Choochongkol, 40, who is from San Antonio, in Texas.
Investigators said the man made several threats online, sending them to the director of security at Heinz Field.
“The Steelers game will be packed, and that's when I plan on killing Steelers football players and fans before taking my own pitiful life," Choochongkol wrote.
The Steelers issued a statement regarding the threats.