The Week (292)

Federal judge orders Trump administration release legal rationale for DACA repeal

On Tuesday, a federal judge acted in a lawsuit filed by the Regents of the University of California and former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, ordering the Trump administration to hand over documents related to its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration ...

Mother of slain Green Beret: 'President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter'

The mother of a Green Beret killed in Niger this month told The Washington Post on Wednesday: "President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband." Cowanda Jones-Johnson, the mother of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, made her comments after Rep. Frederica S. Wilson claimed ...

Ford recalls 1.3 million trucks over a door latch issue

Ford is recalling 1.3 million trucks due to issues with their side door latches, the company announced Wednesday. Right now, doors on 2015-2017 models of F-150 trucks, as well as doors on 2017 Super Duty pickups, may not latch all the way even if the door appears to be closed. That means they might ...

Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney pens powerful, disturbing letter describing 'disgusting' abuse she allegedly endured from the Team USA doctor

Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, 21, joined the #MeToo movement on Wednesday to allege that she had been molested by the team doctor for the U.S. Women's National Gymnastics Team and Olympic Team beginning when she was 13 years old. "It didn't end until I left the sport," she ...

Trump's condolences to military families come under scrutiny after his boast that he's called 'every family of someone who's died'

President Trump invited scrutiny of his condolences after erroneously claiming Monday that presidents before him did not call the bereaved families of fallen troops. "I think I've called every family of someone who's died," Trump said, although The Associated Press found that isn't true. Critics ...

Rep. Frederica Wilson stands by claim Trump made soldier's widow cry, calls Trump 'a sick man'

Rep. Frederica Wilson stood by her claim that President Trump made the widow of a Green Beret killed in Niger break down in tears, even after the commander in chief denied the allegations on Twitter on Wednesday morning: Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier ...

The daily business briefing: October 18, 2017

1. The Dow Jones Industrial Average pierced the 23,000 mark for the first time on Tuesday, before edging back and closing just below it. The Dow got a lift from strong earnings from UnitedHealth and Johnson & Johnson that sent their stocks surging. The blue-chip index has gained 2.6 percent this ...

In morning Twitter rant, Trump denies making 'insensitive' comments to widow of slain Green Beret

President Trump went on a wide-ranging Twitter rant on Wednesday morning, touching on subjects as disparate as Hillary Clinton, taxes, the NFL, and reports that he made the widow of a Green Beret killed in Niger cry: Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who ...

10 things you need to know today: October 18, 2017

1. Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray have reached a bipartisan deal aiming to extend subsidy payments to insurers to help low-income Americans pay out-of-pocket costs, Alexander said Tuesday. The deal struck by Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health Committee, and Murray, the panel's ...

Ex-Russian oligarch says there's a 90 percent chance Putin 'personally' tried to collude with Trump campaign

Two new reports suggest that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top associates were directly involved with attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election, including an interview with exiled former oil oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, whom Putin jailed on iffy charges for a decade. "I am almost ...

Weinstein and the women who 'benefited'

There's an awkward question orbiting the Harvey Weinstein scandal: Who benefited? Who prospered thanks to the culture of silence surrounding years of rumors of sexual assault? Recently, a person I was talking about the case with suggested that Weinstein's alleged targets — the ones who didn't ...

Jimmy Kimmel has some good news and bad news about Brooklyn's rogue cow

On Tuesday, lucky Brooklynites got to witness the rare spectacle of a rogue cow running around the Prospect Park area. On Tuesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel had an update on the situation, and it is happier than you might think, given the animal's provenance. "So this cow — which is not ...

Our collective failure on opioids

President Trump's nominee to be "drug czar," Tom Marino, withdrew his name from consideration on Tuesday. The reason, as explained by a joint 60 Minutes/Washington Post investigation, was that Marino had connived with the pharmaceutical industry and Sen. Orrin Hatch to pass a bill making it easier ...

The ballad of Mitch and Donald

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held a remarkable press conference on Monday in the White House Rose Garden. After months of sniping at each other over the failure to repeal ObamaCare, and warnings from the president that he would target Senate Republican incumbents in ...

America the polluted

Before the Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970, environmental disasters were the norm. Rivers regularly caught on fire, major cities were blanketed in a choking smog, and oil clogged the nation's waterways. The George Washington Bridge in heavy smog, May 1973. | While the regularity ...

John McCain's abstract America

John McCain is being applauded for delivering a fiery speech denouncing "half-baked, spurious nationalism" as he accepted the National Constitution Center Liberty Medal in Philadelphia on Monday. The cheers are understandable. Whatever your views of his Senate voting record, McCain is an American ...

The quiet charms of tiny Liechtenstein

Each week, we spotlight a dream vacation recommended by some of the industry's top travel writers. This week's pick is Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein "shouldn't really exist," said Mark Richardson at The Globe and Mail. The tiny mountainous country covers just 62 square miles — about the same as ...

What Trump's spurious claim about fallen troops suggests about his future military decisions

If you woke up Monday asking, "What utterly classless thing will the president of the United States do today?" it took all the way until the afternoon for you to get your answer. Asked at a press conference why he had said nothing publicly about the four American soldiers who were killed in Niger ...

5 weird pieces of vintage parenting advice

There's a lot of weird parenting advice out there. And new or expectant mothers know that everyone — from in-laws to strangers on the street — have their own recommendations to share, whether they're invited to do so or not. Parents of the 19th and early 20th centuries had to deal with this ...

The silver lining of Trump's rank cynicism

In her lengthy profile of Vice President Mike Pence, The New Yorker's Jane Mayer makes the case that liberals shouldn't necessarily welcome the prospect of a fanatical Koch-connected conservative becoming president just because he's less likely to start a nuclear war. Trading President Trump for ...

Trump's decision to use fallen troops 'for his own momentary personal gain' isn't normal, Anderson Cooper says

On Tuesday, President Trump dragged White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's son Robert Kelly, a Marine lieutenant killed in Afghanistan in 2010, into his evolving explanation for why it took him 12 days to acknowledge the deaths of four Green Berets in Niger or contact their families. On Tuesday ...

Top Trump trade adviser suggests link between NAFTA and abortion, infertility, opioid abuse

Peter Navarro, one of President Trump's top White House trade advisers, has been circulating internally a two-page document that claims the loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. has led to "socioeconomic costs" like increases in abortion, divorce, spousal abuse, "drug/opioid use," mortality, and ...

Trevor Noah isn't buying the Trump-McConnell bromance, probably

President Trump has zero major legislative accomplishments due in part to his crummy relationship with the Republican-led Congress, "but they don't want people knowing that," Trevor Noah said on Tuesday's Daily Show. So on Monday, Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "came out to say ...

David Letterman tells Jimmy Kimmel that the crazy gift horse he sent Conan O'Brien was just a joke

It took four late-night talk show hosts to tell the story of Conan O'Brien's gift horse. O'Brien kicked it off on Friday's Late Show, and Letterman told his version Tuesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live, on tour in Brooklyn. Letterman approached the horse story indirectly, describing his penchant for giving ...

New report says Myanmar security forces have killed hundreds of Rohingya Muslims

In the process of forcing Rohingya Muslims to leave Myanmar, the country's military has killed hundreds of men, women, and children and burned down villages, a report out Wednesday by Amnesty International says. Since 1982, Myanmar has denied citizenship to the Rohingya, and they are not one of the ...

Trump, White House try to score political points with John Kelly's son, killed in action

President Trump surprised White House officials Tuesday morning when he invoked one of Chief of Staff John Kelly's sons, Marine 1st Lt. Robert M. Kelly, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, The Washington Post reports. Trump was speaking on Fox News Radio, responding to criticism over his untrue ...

Congresswoman: Trump's comments to soldier's widow made her cry

Rep. Frederica Wilson is revealing more about the conversation President Trump had with the widow of La David Johnson Tuesday afternoon, saying he made Myeshia Johnson cry. Had an Army sergeant not been holding the phone, Wilson said, she would have grabbed it and "cursed him out." Army Sgt. La ...

Brave rescue dog saves family from rattlesnake

They rescued her, and on Sunday, Nala returned the favor. CANINE HERO: Dog saves 10-year-old boy, his mom from rattlesnake in Lancaster https://t.co/LK7u8IzTEo pic.twitter.com/ATGXQe2Bo2 — ABC7 Eyewitness News October 17, 2017 Nala, a boxer dog, was walking with her owners in their Lancaster, ...

Congresswoman accuses Trump of making an 'insensitive' remark to widow of fallen soldier

A Florida congresswoman is upset over a comment President Trump made to the widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four troops killed earlier this month when they were ambushed by Islamist militants in Niger. Rep. Frederica Wilson told Local 10 News that Trump called Myeshia Johnson on ...

Philando Castile memorial fund is wiping out student lunch debts in Minnesota

Philando Castile would often reach into his own pocket to pay for student lunches when the children didn't have enough money to cover the cost, and in remembrance of the nutrition services supervisor, a memorial fund has been set up that aims to wipe out all student lunch debt in Minnesota. Philando ...

Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigns following sexual harassment claims

On Tuesday, less than a week after he was accused of sexually harassing a producer he worked with and suspended by the company, Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigned, the studio confirmed to USA Today. The Man in the High Castle producer Isa Hackett says that in 2015, Price repeatedly harassed and ...

Sean Spicer has reportedly been interviewed by Mueller's team

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer spent most of Monday being interviewed by members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, several people familiar with the meeting told Politico Tuesday. One person with knowledge of the interview said Spicer was asked about President Trump's firing ...

Trump says he's the reason ISIS is 'giving up'

President Trump gave himself a pat on the back during an interview Tuesday, taking credit for the Islamic State "giving up." U.S.-backed forces liberated Raqqa, Syria, on Tuesday, seizing ISIS's de facto capital, and Trump declared his strong leadership was the reason. During the interview on The ...

Google Maps pulls calorie-counting feature after backlash

Google Maps received swift social media backlash for a test feature that showed you how many calories you'd burn if you walked to your destination. The feature was pulled Monday night, and Google confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it was removed in direct response to the negative feedback. The feature, ...

Trump drops 92 places on Forbes' richest Americans list after losing almost $600 million

President Trump tumbled 92 places on Forbes' 2017 list of the richest Americans, released Tuesday, due to a $600 million loss since the last ranking, Deutsche Welle reports. Forbes, which credited Trump with $3.1 billion , said that the drop was due to the "tough New York real estate market, ...

Hawaii judge blocks most of Trump's latest travel ban

A federal judge blocked most of the newest iteration of President Trump's travel ban Tuesday, declaring that the administration cannot restrict the travel of people from six of the eight blacklisted countries, Politico reports. The order was set to kick in at midnight Wednesday. The third version of ...

New York City is about to get its first self-driving cars

Starting in early 2018, Manhattan's usual gridlock traffic will have something new to contend with: self-driving cars. A fleet of Chevy Bolts will be led by Cruise Automation, the self-driving unit of General Motors, within a 5-mile area in New York City — a major change from the Empire State's ...

Sens. Alexander, Murray reach bipartisan deal on stabilizing ObamaCare

Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have reached a bipartisan deal to stabilize the Affordable Care Act, The New York Times reports. Alexander said Tuesday that the deal would "extend federal subsidies for two years and provide states with flexibility," Reuters writes. The subsidies lower costs ...

Las Vegas just got another sports team

The San Antonio Stars are headed to Las Vegas, thanks to MGM Resorts. The hospitality company purchased the WNBA team, which will play home games at the Mandalay Bay Events Center beginning in May 2018, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. "Mandalay Bay is a smaller, more intimate arena with about ...

City leaders present list of demands to Amazon

When Amazon announced that it was looking for a second city to call home, officials across the country immediately jumped at the chance to snag the new headquarters, dubbed HQ2. But while the wooing has hit a fever pitch in cities from Boston to Phoenix, some groups are asking their cities to slow ...

A cow is loose in Brooklyn. And everyone is losing their minds.

Aside from the occasional bodega cat, you don't typically get to see much wildlife living in New York City. Brooklynites minding their own business Tuesday afternoon, however, got a special treat in the form of an inexplicably loose cow: It was unclear where the cow came from, or how it ended up on ...

FCC chairman shoots down Trump's threats to revoke NBC's license

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, rejected President Trump's claim that the FCC could shut down a network that broadcasts "fake news." "Under the law, the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on the content," Pai said at an AT&T ...

Soon, you'll be able to pay with Venmo at 2 million online stores

More than two million U.S. retailers will accept Venmo payments online starting this week. Shoppers will be able to use Venmo, the mobile app that makes person-to-person payments, to pay for purchases made on participating retailers' mobile websites. The funds can be deducted from either their ...

Pet shop owner claims he was tricked into standing behind Trump for health-care photo op

A Massachusetts pet supply company owner claims he was "duped" by the White House into appearing in the background of a photo of President Trump signing an executive order on health care. "I want to say strongly and clearly: I do not support this executive order," wrote Dave's Soda & Pet City owner ...

10 things you need to know today: October 17, 2017

1. President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell met in a private lunch at the White House on Monday in a bid to end months of feuding. In a show of unity afterwards, Trump said, "The relationship is good. We're fighting for the same thing." He cited tax cuts as a shared priority. ...

Tillerson allegedly routinely rolls his eyes at Trump in meetings

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has had a tough go of it in eight months as America's top diplomat, Jason Zengerle wrote for The New York Times Magazine. As the boss at Exxon Mobil, Tillerson was the "ultimate decision-maker," as he told reporters in July — a post quite different from the one he ...

Pet shop owner claims he was tricked into standing behind Trump for health-care photo op

A Massachusetts pet supply owner claims he was "duped" by the White House into appearing in the background of a photo of President Trump signing an executive order on health care. "I want to say strongly and clearly: I do not support this executive order," wrote Dave's Soda & Pet City owner Dave ...

Officials in Portugal and Spain suspect arson in fires that left 41 dead

Portugal began three days of national mourning Tuesday for the victims of the wildfires that have spread across the Iberian Peninsula. At least 37 have died in Portugal, as well as four across the border in Spain. Monday night rain and cooler temperatures helped to bring fires under control, but ...

The FBI reportedly kept mum about an extensive Russian nuclear bribery scheme

The FBI had already uncovered evidence of bribery and kickbacks in the United States that benefited the Russian nuclear industry prior to a controversial 2010 uranium deal between the Obama administration and Moscow, The Hill reported Tuesday, citing FBI and court documents. The 2010 Uranium One ...

Trump's travel ban is back in court

When President Trump issued the third version of his travel ban in late September, the Supreme Court canceled oral arguments for two challenges to the policy's second iteration. But this week the ban is back in court as a federal judge in Maryland has held hearings to determine whether the new ban ...