The Week (314)

Floyd Mayweather doesn't think 'extremely heavy' Conor McGregor will make weight for Saturday's megafight

The highly anticipated fight between undefeated boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the current UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, could hit a snag if McGregor doesn't lose 10 pounds by Saturday, Mayweather warned FightHype.com on Tuesday. The limit for the light middleweight class ...

George and Amal Clooney donate $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center after Charlottesville

George and Amal Clooney's Clooney Foundation for Justice has donated $1 million to fight hate groups in the U.S. after violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Clooneys joined forces with the Southern Poverty Law Center to "increase ...

Trump expected to address immigration, border security at Phoenix rally

President Trump is holding a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday night, where he is expected to focus on immigration, border security, and national unity. Trump will meet with border patrol officers ahead of the event and could possibly visit the border as well, The New York Times ...

Ben Carson's family is bizarrely involved in HUD

No one can quite figure out why the family of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson keeps hanging out around HUD, New York and ProPublica report. Carson's wife, Candy, has "been spending far more time inside the department's headquarters at L'Enfant Plaza than anyone could recall a ...

Doctrinaire politicians are winning on social media

If you're a politician looking to build up your social media following, your best bet is to avoid the political center. That's the conclusion of a new analysis by Pew Research Center, which found that the closer a lawmaker is to the ideological extremes, the larger their social media presence tends ...

Katrina Pierson says slavery, Civil War history show America is 'special'

Trump campaign surrogate Katrina Pierson decided to defend retaining Confederate monuments in positions of public honor during a Fox & Friends segment Monday morning by arguing the history of slavery and the Civil War is "good history" that shows "how special and wonderful this country is." Pierson ...

The New York Times' Bret Stephens compares Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Pol Pot

The New York Times' conservative op-ed columnist Bret Stephens ruled Rex Tillerson "a nominee for worst secretary of state ever" on Morning Joe on Tuesday, throwing in a comparison to Cambodian dictator Pol Pot for good measure, Mediaite reports. "The State Department is also part of the machinery ...

Trump accused of breaking promise to coal industry CEO

The CEO of "the largest coal mining company in America" believes President Trump has broken his promises to miners, The Associated Press reports. Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray claims he told Trump that without the White House invoking an obscure emergency order to protect coal-fired power plants, ...

Mike Pence defends Confederate monuments, dismisses the Civil War as 'some contemporary political cause'

Vice President Mike Pence sat for an extensive interview with Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt on Tuesday, discussing everything from President Trump's newly announced military strategy in Afghanistan to the roiling national debate over appropriate historical statues. On the latter point, Pence ...

Super PAC ad skewers Trump-backed Arizona Senate candidate as 'embarrassing' conspiracy theorist

A super PAC "closely aligned" with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released an ad Tuesday that skewers Kelli Ward, the Republican primary challenger to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Politico reports. Ward has been publicly backed by President Trump. The ad is the latest move in an unfolding proxy ...

Democrats have started preparing for a 2020 election that doesn't include Trump

President Trump has been campaigning for his re-election since not long after his inauguration, but the Democratic National Committee, like Sen. Susan Collins and veteran GOP political consultant Mike Murphy, isn't so sure Trump will be the GOP standard-bearer in 2020. DNC research director Karen ...

Trump's speech on the Afghanistan War earns praise from Kabul

While President Trump's speech on his way forward in the Afghanistan War received mixed praise at home, the Afghanistan government deemed it a "10 out of 10" on Tuesday, The Associated Press reports. Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. Hamdullah Mohib said his fellow countrymen had heard "exactly what we ...

The daily business briefing: August 22, 2017

1. A California jury on Monday found Johnson & Johnson liable for failing to warn a woman over the alleged risk of ovarian cancer from the company's baby powder, and ordered it to pay $417 million. The verdict includes $347 million in punitive damages. Johnson & Johnson has lost four ...

10 things you need to know today: August 22, 2017

1. Americans gazed up wearing special protective glasses to watch a rare solar eclipse on Monday, with millions converging on the narrow "path of totality" to watch the moon completely blot out the sun. The 70-mile wide swath where the eclipse was total stretched from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, ...

Bodies of several missing sailors found after USS John S. McCain collision

The remains of several missing U.S. Navy sailors were discovered Tuesday after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and a tanker collided early Monday in the waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca, The Washington Post reports. Divers found the bodies of "some" of the missing ...

The number of Americans without ObamaCare exchange coverage has dropped to 334

As of Monday, only Paulding County, Ohio, does not have at least one insurance plan in place for individuals shopping for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act marketplace for 2018, the Kaiser Family Foundation reports. That affects 334 ACA enrollees out of more than 12.2 million nationwide. ...

If Trump plans to pardon Joe Arpaio today, he apparently hasn't told the Justice Department about it yet

President Trump is holding a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday night, and he mentioned on Fox News last week that he's "seriously considering" a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff recently convicted of criminal contempt for disregarding a federal judge's ...

Game of Thrones has become a terrible show

Game of Thrones has been coasting for some time now on two related strands of viewer goodwill. The first is that people will overlook plenty if the battle looks cool enough. The second is that viewers credit the show with complexity it no longer has, based on their memories of its better, more ...

Why Trump's Afghanistan plan will end in utter failure

Last night, President Trump gathered the national family together around the dinner table on the pretense that he would deliver urgent and sober news about America's strategy in Afghanistan, and instead basically sent us to bed without dinner. Rather than a detailed policy vision for extricating the ...

Making progress on race doesn't mean we've solved racism

If any good can be wrung from the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and President Trump's dismal response, perhaps they can serve as a much-needed reminder that the problem of racism might not be quite as solved as some Americans would like to believe. Yes, progress has been made. But ...

The fantasy of Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is often held up as the pinnacle of American achievement and the core driver of this country's future economic success. Silicon Valley "is probably the only big thing that has gone right in the American economy since the Great Recession," writes my colleague Jim Pethokoukis. "It is ...

Washington wants endless war. Trump just gave it to them.

If insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results, President Trump on Monday night committed the United States to a few more years of madness in Afghanistan. Don't be fooled by Trumpian bluster about a brand-spanking-new "plan for victory" that will ...

The deep roots of American racism

If there's one thing that unites liberal Americans at this fraught moment, it's disgust at the racism rooted in the South. A new breed of white leaders, many of them from wealthy Southern suburbs, have brought back explicit white supremacy — if not actual neo-Nazism — to American politics. But ...

Corporate America isn't woke

Mocking neoliberalism is a vicious, unsporting pastime, like bear baiting or fishing with dynamite. This is not because our woke capitalist elites and their echo chambers in the media don't deserve ridicule, but because they invite it so heedlessly. A case in point is the routine breathless ...

Why 'freedom of speech' is a cartoonish fantasy

Who still believes that Trump will build a big, beautiful wall and that Mexico will pay for it?

On Tuesday, fresh from a week of getting hammered over his belief that when neo-Nazis march into town and there's a terrorist attack you have to look for the nuance of "both sides," President Trump is going to Phoenix for what will surely be a lively rally. Whenever he feels beleaguered and ...

Paul Ryan said Trump 'messed up' in his post-Charlottesville comments, wishes he wouldn't tweet so much

At a CNN town hall forum in Racine, Wisconsin, on Monday, House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed President Trump's various comments in the wake of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the previous week. He told one constituent that he believes Trump was "pitch perfect" in his ...

Paul Ryan praises Trump's Afghanistan War speech, spars with a nun over poverty at CNN town hall

At a CNN town hall forum on Monday, House Speaker Paul Ryan faced some pointed questions from the home-district audience in Racine, Wisconsin. The town hall directly followed President Trump's speech on the Afghanistan War, and Ryan praised the address, saying he thinks he heard a new Trump ...

On Instagram, Steven Mnuchin's wife, Louise Linton, bemoans the sacrifices the couple must make

No one understands the struggles of self-sacrifice like Louise Linton, the #hermesscarf-wearing, high tax-paying wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Louise Linton, wife of US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, just turned her Instagram private after posting this pic.twitter.com/beakVnAhhu — ...

The Daily Show has some actually useful advice for white supremacists

On Monday's Daily Show, Trevor Noah took a quick look at what white supremacists actually believe, on the idea that many people have been using the term without understanding its meaning after the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville a week ago. It turns out, it's pretty self-evident: They ...

Republican hawks loved Trump's Afghanistan War speech. Breitbart hated it.

In President Trump's new Afghanistan War policy, laid out in a speech on Monday night, he pledged a deliberately unspecified troop surge, probably of about 4,000 extra troops, and declined to set a timetable for withdrawing the U.S. military from the country. Trump sided with the former generals in ...

Instead of wedding gifts, Utah teacher requests items for homeless students

When Rickee Stewart walks down the aisle next month, she won't have any wedding presents waiting for her to unwrap when the day is over — and that's exactly how she wants it. The West Jordan, Utah, high school teacher has registered for winter coats and tennis shoes to give to homeless students, ...

Report: It took urging from generals, photos of women in miniskirts for Trump to decide on Afghanistan strategy

When President Trump finally settled on a strategy for the war in Afghanistan last weekend at Camp David, he went with the plan pushed by generals who understand the complexities of the situation and have battlefield experience, not what the non-interventionist faction in the White House wanted, ...

Tucker Carlson praises Trump's naked-eye eclipse staring, partly fulfilling parody predictions

Given Fox News host Tucker Carlson's previous treatment of President Trump, the wags on Twitter had some fun predicting what he would say Monday night about Trump's decision to stare directly into the sun during the solar eclipse, without using the solar glasses in his hand, ignoring all the ...

McConnell and Trump have very different views on the news

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won't be bonding over a shared belief in fake news. Trump often talks about his dislike of most news organizations, Fox News being the main exception, tweeting on Monday morning that the "very dishonest Fake News Media is out of control!" ...

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417 million to woman in talcum lawsuit

A 63-year-old woman with terminal ovarian cancer was awarded $417 million on Monday after a jury in Los Angeles found Johnson & Johnson liable for not warning her about the risks of using the company's talcum products. Eva Echeverria's lawsuit is one of 4,500 in the United States that allege ...

Poll: 9 percent of Americans think it's acceptable to have white supremacist views

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that in the wake of the deadly Charlottesville white supremacist rally, 37 percent of Americans approve of President Trump's job performance while 58 percent disapprove. When it comes to how Trump responded to the incidents in Charlottesville, just 28 ...

Trump accuses Pakistan of being a safe haven for terrorist organizations

While discussing his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, President Trump on Monday had sharp words for Pakistan, saying the United States could "no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond." ...

Trump lays out Afghanistan strategy: 'We are not nation-building again'

In a televised address, President Trump on Monday shared his strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, saying the United States military is "not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists." Speaking in front of an audience of soldiers at Ft. Myer, Virginia, Trump said the American people are ...

McConnell and Trump have very different views on the news

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won't be bonding over a shared belief in fake news. Trump often talks about his dislike of most media, Fox News being the main exception, tweeting on Monday morning that the "very dishonest Fake News Media is out of control!" and telling the ...

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417 million to woman in talcum lawsuit

A 63-year-old woman with terminal ovarian cancer was awarded $417 million Monday after a jury in Los Angeles found Johnson & Johnson liable for not warning her about the risk of using the company's talcum products. Eva Echeverria's lawsuit is one of 4,500 in the United States, which allege that ...

Poll: 9 percent of Americans think it's acceptable to have white supremacist views

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds in the wake of the deadly Charlottesville white supremacist rally, 37 percent of Americans approve of President Trump's job performance while 58 percent disapprove. When it comes to how he responded to the incident in Charlottesville, just 28 percent approve ...

13 photos of Americans awed and overwhelmed by the total eclipse

On August 21, 2017, the sun gradually went dark from coast to coast across the United States for the first time in 99 years. As it did, millions of Americans turned their gaze upward to catch a glimpse of one of the planet's most spectacular natural wonders. A crowd gathers in front of the Hollywood ...

Start planning for the 2024 total eclipse with this handy map

To everyone who missed Monday's total eclipse: Don't worry, you've got another shot at seeing one on April 8, 2024. In exactly 6 years, 7 months, and 18 days, the moon will once again eclipse the sun. While Monday's eclipse spanned from Oregon to South Carolina, the 2024 eclipse will be visible from ...

Watch Trump stare directly at the sun during the eclipse

On Monday, President Trump stared directly at the sun during the solar eclipse and proceeded to give the moon a big thumbs up. As Trump snuck a peek sans glasses, defying common sense and the advice of scientists, a bystander reportedly shouted: "Don't look." The president watched the rare event ...

7 spectacular images of the eclipse

On Monday afternoon, portions of the United States fell dark as the moon eclipsed the sun. For those who missed the rare coast-to-coast event — or for those who simply want to relive its spectacular beauty — check out some photos and videos of the total solar eclipse below. #Eclipe2017 ...

7 hilarious eclipse-themed political cartoons

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Barcelona terror suspect shot and killed by Spanish police

Spanish police confirmed Monday that they shot and killed 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaquob, the man suspected to have driven the van down Barcelona's La Rambla on Thursday in a terrorist attack that killed 13 people in the city center. Police shot Abouyaaquob in the outskirts of Subirats, a region ...

Susan Collins isn't convinced Trump will be the GOP's 2020 nominee

GOP Sen. Susan Collins isn't so sure President Trump will be the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2020. While Trump apparently doesn't think it's too early to start campaigning for 2020 — he's holding a campaign-style rally Tuesday night in Phoenix, after all — Collins said in ...

Here's what The New York Times had to say about today's eclipse back in 1932

The New York Times has been talking about today's total eclipse since 1932. On Monday, ahead of the solar eclipse that will sweep the country from Oregon to South Carolina, the Times shared an archived clip from 85 years ago that accurately predicted the totality of today's eclipse: New York Times ...