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Trump, now president, pledges to put 'America First' in nationalist speech

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 07:20 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk along Pennsylvania Avenue during the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and pledged to end what he called an "American carnage" of rusted factories and crime in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry. Striking a defiant tone, Trump said American workers have been devastated by the outsourcing of jobs abroad. "From this day forward it’s going to be only America First,” the Republican told thousands of people gathered on the National Mall to see him take over from Democrat Barack Obama.


Violence flares in Washington during Trump inauguration

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 08:41 PM

An activist stands amid smoke from a stun grenade while protesting against U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the inauguration in WashingtonThe burst of civil disorder followed a fierce presidential campaign that ended in a stunning victory for Republican Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 and left the country divided. Many of Trump's supporters traveled to Washington to cheer their new president on Inauguration Day.


Trump, in Oval Office, signs first order on Obamacare

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 08:48 PM

President Donald Trump is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family before formally signing his cabinet nominations into law, in the President's Room of the Senate, at the CapitolBy Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump directed government agencies on Friday to freeze regulations and take steps to weaken Obamacare, using his first hours in the White House to make good on a campaign promise to start dismantling his predecessor's healthcare law. Heading into the Oval Office shortly after the conclusion of his inaugural parade, Trump signed an order on the Affordable Care Act that urged government departments to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation" of provisions that imposed fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals.


Trump is now president, but he still sees himself as leading an insurgency

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 05:11 PM

Donald Trump Is Sworn In As 45th President Of The United StatesBy James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump took over as U.S. president on Friday in the same way he conducted his upstart campaign, with a mixture of blustery salesmanship and naked contempt for the established political order. In doing so, he sent a clear signal to the country and the world: He plans to govern as he campaigned, refusing to align himself even with his own Republican Party and taking his message directly to the American people. A former reality TV star, Trump offered an apocalyptic vision of reality: an America besieged by crime, immigration, terrorism and unfair trade deals.


More than 200 people arrested as inauguration protests turn violent

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 11:15 PM

More than 200 people arrested as inauguration protests turn violentA car burned after being set on fire during protests against the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2017. WASHINGTON, D.C — More than 200 people have been arrested as of Friday evening in connection with protests that erupted during the inauguration of President Donald Trump, according to a spokesman for the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department.


Women's March on Washington: live updates

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 07:01 PM

Women's March on Washington: live updatesWomen wear their pink protest hats, symbols of the anti-Trump women’s march, prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Friday. A day after President Donald Trump was sworn into office, women are set to descend on the nation’s capital on Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington in protest of Trump’s election and some of the 45th president’s planned policies. Organizers say at least 200,000 people will attend the march in Washington, with tens of thousands of others expected at roughly 200 satellite marches at cities around the world.


Trump signs first executive order, targeting Obamacare with few specifics

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 06:32 PM

Live updates from the inauguration of Donald TrumpPresident Trump signed his first executive order in his redecorated Oval Office late Friday, targeting Obamacare, as his administration ordered an immediate freeze on new regulations just hours after his inauguration. Seated behind the iconic Resolute Desk, made from the timbers of a British exploration ship in the late 19th century, Trump also signed the commissions for his first two Cabinet nominees to win Senate confirmation: Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Trump was surrounded by senior aides and advisers, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Kellyanne Conway, Hope Hicks, National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, Stephen Miller and Marc Short.


In the era of Trump, learning to be an ‘active bystander’ to protect victims of harassment

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 06:21 PM

In the era of Trump, learning to be an "active bystander" to protect victims of harassmentJust a few hours after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, dozens of concerned D.C.-area residents took their own oath in a local church to become “active bystanders” in the Trump era, intervening to protect victims of harassment.


In Trump’s inaugural speech, a demand for unity and loyalty

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 04:59 PM

In Trump’s inaugural speech, a demand for unity and loyaltyPresident Trump’s talk of unity in his inaugural address sounded less like an appeal and more like an imperative, maybe even a command. “At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice,” Trump said.


Steve Mnuchin Failed to Reveal $100 Million in Assets, Links to Tax Haven Company

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 08:31 PM

Steve Mnuchin Failed to Reveal $100 Million in Assets, Links to Tax Haven CompanySteven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for treasury secretary, found himself on the defensive for failing to disclose $100 million in real estate assets on his financial disclosure forms before today’s confirmation hearing. She said Mnuchin, 53, also failed to include his position as a director of a Cayman Islands holding corporation. Regarding the omission about his position in a shell company, Mnuchin claimed the mistake was an oversight.


Inside the Massive Inauguration Security Effort

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 05:55 PM

Inside the Massive Inauguration Security EffortAs thousands of people descend on Washington D.C. for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, months of security planning, intelligence gathering and coordination are coming to fruition to protect lawmakers and the public. The event, like the pope’s visit and the Democratic and Republican national conventions, is designated as a national security event, which unlocks federal resources and allows Secret Service to assume the leadership role for security. While there are no specific or credible threats, almost every federal partner imaginable will be contributing to the security apparatus this weekend, including the FBI, ATF, Park Police, Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Energy.


Steve Mnuchin's Controversial History With the Foreclosure Crisis

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 03:59 PM

Steve Mnuchin's Controversial History With the Foreclosure CrisisDonald Trump’s pick for treasury secretary -- who previously ran a bank that has faced criticism over its foreclosure record. Although he rebuilt the bank into a thriving operation, Mnuchin's bank has been accused by housing advocates of seeking to kick people out of their homes quickly and discriminating against minorities. Senate Democrats who oppose his nomination have been soliciting personal stories from people who say they were victimized by OneWest’s practices ahead of Mnuchin’s hearing.


The Latest: Pence pledges US will take better care of vets

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 10:57 PM

President Donald Trump dances with first lady Melania Trump at the Liberty Ball, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States (all times EST):


Trump executive order first strike at ending at 'Obamacare'

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 10:05 PM

Vice President Mike Pence watches at left as President Donald Trump prepares to sign his first executive order, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — In an opening salvo against "Obamacare," President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday night that appears aimed squarely at undoing the health care law's unpopular requirement that individuals carry insurance or face fines.


On first day, Trump signs health care executive order

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 08:58 PM

President Donald Trump leaves the President's Room of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2107, after he formally signed his cabinet nominations into law. He is joined at far left by his wife, first lady Melania Trump and daughter Tiffany Trump. At far right is Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, with White House counsel Donald McGahn, second from right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump quickly assumed the mantle of the White House on Friday, making his first executive order one aimed at his predecessor's signature health care law and swearing-in members of his national security team to his Cabinet.


Panel delays vote on DeVos nomination as education secretary

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 08:55 PM

Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary-nominee Betsy DeVos has pledged to divest her interests in more than 100 companies and has resigned positions with school choice advocacy groups to avoid possible conflicts of interest, according to documents released Friday by the Office of Government Ethics.


Michigan says 38 underperforming public schools could close

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 08:55 PM

Students walk outside Pershing High School, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Detroit. Pershing is one of up to 38 schools in Detroit and other urban communities that the state hopes to close, potentially affecting 18,000 students and marking the first time that the state could close traditional public schools explicitly for academic reasons. Despite the announcement, some schools likely will remain open. State officials next will determine whether a closure would be an "unreasonable hardship" for children with no better schools to attend (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan announced Friday that it plans to close up to 38 underperforming schools in Detroit and other urban communities, potentially affecting 18,000 students and marking the first time that the state could close traditional public schools explicitly for academic reasons.


EPA works to remake troubled Office of Civil Rights

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 11:02 AM

In the final months of the Obama administration, the EPA took steps to repair the tattered image of the agency's Office of Civil Rights.

Trump's nominees face ethics, divestment challenges

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 06:00 AM

A cabinet conflicted in a myriad of ways.

With morale in tatters, Federal Election Commission eyes changes

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017 04:00 AM

A new 'ombudsman' office and better staff training are among agency Chairman Steven Walther's proposals.

Unsponsored Brit has Tsonga in his sights at Australian Open

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 11:05 PM

Tennis - Unsponsored Brit has Tsonga in his sightsSurprise package Dan Evans watched Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's matches growing up, and he now presents him with a very awkward challenge in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Evans stormed into the last 16 with a feisty, straight-sets win over Bernard Tomic Friday, after upsetting former US Open champion Marin Cilic in the previous round. Now the unsponsored Brit, who is making a name for himself despite going unrecognised by cricket star Kevin Pietersen in Melbourne, is preparing for his first-ever meeting with the former Australian Open finalist.


Melania Trump stuns in first lady fashion stakes

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 10:42 PM

First Lady Melania Trump's dress for the inaugural balls won praise for being fresh, modern, elegant and yet understatedFirst Lady Melania Trump stunned fashion watchers by donning a sleek, off-the-shoulder cream dress with a daring thigh-high slit to dance with President Donald Trump at the inaugural balls. The new first lady's sartorial picks for the inauguration went some way to silencing critics who have complained in the past that she favored high-end European clothes rather than American creations.


James Mattis sworn in as Trump's defense secretary

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 10:29 PM

US Vice President Mike Pence (R) swears in James Mattis as Secretary of DefenseRetired Marine general James Mattis was sworn in as US defense secretary, praising intelligence agencies and calling for stronger ties with allies in a break from positions taken by President Donald Trump. Mattis was confirmed by a 98-1 vote earlier Friday in the first action taken by US senators after Trump took the oath of office, and was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence. "Together with the intelligence community we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation," Mattis said in a statement to the Department of Defense -- tipping his cap to the agencies that Trump has sharply criticized as they investigate claims of Russian interference in the US election.


Violence mars anti-Trump protests in Washington

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 10:15 PM

A protest sign is pictured before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DCMasked, black-clad protesters carrying anarchist flags smashed windows, lit fires and scuffled with riot police Friday in downtown Washington, blocks from the parade in honor of newly sworn-in President Donald Trump. Just before the parade started, clashes broke out between 400 to 500 stone-throwing protesters and riot police, who responded with tear gas -- the second violent flare-up in the space of a few hours. As Trump's motorcade wound its way up Pennsylvania Avenue in the parade to the White House, protesters just a few blocks away set a parked limousine on fire after smashing its windows.


British PM says Trump 'recognises importance of NATO'

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 10:14 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated US President Donald Trump saying both were committed to "advancing the special relationship" between their countriesBritish Prime Minister Theresa May said she believed US President Donald Trump "recognises the importance and significance of NATO", despite him days earlier dubbing the military alliance obsolete. The British premier is expected to visit Trump in the spring, according to Downing Street, although the FT reported that she could go to Washington as early as next month. Meanwhile May congratulated Trump after he took office on Friday.


Le Pen headlines 'European counter-summit' in Germany

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 10:08 PM

French National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen said a gathering of eurosceptic and far-right leaders in Germany aimed to "outline the Europe of tomorrow"French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen will headline a European gathering of eurosceptic and far-right leaders in Germany on Saturday as they seek to put on a united front in a year of high-stakes elections. Billed as a "counter-summit", organisers said the parties would use the event in the historic Rhine river city of Koblenz to set out their joint "vision for a Europe of freedom". National Front (FN) leader Le Pen will share the stage with Frauke Petry of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), Geert Wilders of the Dutch anti-Islam Freedom Party and Matteo Salvini of Italy's anti-EU Northern League.


Austria 'foils potential terror attack'

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 09:48 PM

Austrian police also issued a public warning for people to be on the lookout at crowded public places and to inform police if they see any suspicious objectsAustria's interior minister said authorities had averted a potential "terror attack" in Vienna with the arrest by armed police of an 18-year-old suspected Islamist extremist. "Our police forces managed in quick time to arrest a suspect and so prevent a potential terror attack in the federal capital Vienna," Wolfgang Sobotka told reporters.


Who's who in the Syria conflict

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 09:43 PM

The government controls 34 percent of Syria's territory, including key cities such as Damascus and second city AleppoTalks aimed at ending Syria's nearly six-year war are set to open on Monday in the Kazakh capital, brokered by regime allies Russia and Iran and rebel backer Turkey. Key regime backer Russia began an air campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad in September 2015 and has helped Damascus recapture several key areas, including Aleppo city. Iran has also provided major financial and military support to Assad.


President Trump acts swiftly at dawn of new era

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 09:36 PM

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump dance at the Liberty Ball at the Washington DC Convention CenterPresident Donald Trump assumed power with a fiercely nationalistic vow to put "America first," taking a stinging swipe at the legacy of his predecessor hours after reciting the oath of office. "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land," Trump said, promising an end to business-as-usual in Washington. Adhering to his vow to immediately start dismantling the healthcare reforms passed by outgoing president Barack Obama, Trump signed his first executive order in the Oval Office, targeting Obamacare.


Years of failed efforts to end Syrian conflict

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 09:31 PM

Attempts to broker a solution to the Syria conflicts have stumbled over the future of President Bashar al-AssadSince the start of Syria's war in 2011, several diplomatic initiatives have stumbled over the future of President Bashar al-Assad. In January 2012, two months after an initial bid to end the violence, leading Arab diplomats adopt a fresh plan that would transfer power from Assad to a coalition cabinet. On June 30, 2012 in Geneva, global powers draw up a plan that would install a transition government, but which does not spell out what would happen to Assad.


US stocks rise, dollar falls as Trump era begins

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 09:15 PM

Former US President Barack Obama (right) greets President Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017US stocks rose and the dollar fell Friday as Donald Trump was officially sworn in as the president of the United States and Barack Obama's term ended. Trump's inauguration dominated a day that saw most major equity markets rise as the long-telegraphed transfer of power in the world's biggest economy finally took place. Trump's election sparked a massive US stock rally in the six weeks that followed, amid expectations the new US president would enact pro-growth measures, such as tax cuts, public works spending and regulatory rollbacks.


Gambia's Jammeh declares he will stand down

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 09:03 PM

People celebrate the inauguration of Gambia's new President Adama Barrow in BanjulGambian leader Yahya Jammeh said Saturday he would step down to keep peace in his country after 22 years in power, following last-chance talks with west African leaders before a military intervention. Jammeh spent hours with Guinea and Mauritania's presidents on Friday in Banjul, where agreement was reached that he would hand power to Adama Barrow, the declared winner of elections last month. "I have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation with infinite gratitude to all Gambians," Jammeh said in a statement broadcast on state television.


Syria regime, rebels set for first face-to-face at Astana

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 08:55 PM

The conflict in Syria has lasted nearly six years, killing more than 300,000 and displacing over half of the country's populationThe Syrian regime and rebel fighters will on Monday sit down at the negotiating table for the first time in nearly six years of war, the latest diplomatic push to end hostilities. Hosted in the Kazakh capital Astana, the talks will see an opposition delegation composed exclusively of rebel groups negotiating with the regime of Bashar al-Assad in an initiative sponsored by rebel backer Turkey and regime allies Russia and Iran. Although Assad said the talks would prioritise reaching a ceasefire, Damascus has insisted it will seek a "comprehensive" political solution to the conflict that has killed more than 300,000 and displaced over half of the country's population.


Trump's inauguration day of ritual upends tradition

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 08:29 PM

US President Donald Trump rocked tradition by delivering an inaugural address at times jarring for its staunchly nationalist tone and dark vision of the nationDonald Trump awoke as your everyday American billionaire. By noon he was sworn in as the nation's 45th president, on a whirlwind day that saw him thrust into the spotlight like never before. Trump, 70, began his Inauguration Day as many American leaders-to-be have done before him: with a visit to St John's Episcopal Church near the White House.


Turkish parliament backs bill boosting Erdogan powers

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 08:14 PM

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (C) accompanied by lawmakers votes following a parliament debate on proposed amendments to the country's constitutionTurkey's parliament early Saturday backed a controversial bill that would dramatically expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The parliament in a late-night session approved the seven final sections of the 18-article constitution and in a final vote the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) received 339 "yes" votes for the bill as a whole. The party needed at least 330 or more votes -- a three-fifths majority -- for the adoption of the constitutional change and to send it to a referendum for final approval.


Trump signs executive order against Obamacare health law

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 07:45 PM

US President Donald Trump signs an executive order as Vice President Mike Pence looks on at the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2017President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at limiting the "burden" of the Obamacare health law that the incoming US leader has vowed to repeal. Doing away with Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement is a top priority for Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and, since Trump's inauguration Friday, the White House.



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