Archive for November, 2017

Trump wants more credit for economy. He s getting it.


Washington Analysis says: This isn t aloof Obama s abridgement anymore.President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to avowal about the Dow Jones Industrial Average topping 24,000 credibility for the aboriginal time, as able-bodied as contempo highs in customer aplomb ratings.And it turns out, American voters are giving the real-estate-mogul-turned-politician added and added acclaim for the banal bazaar advance — and the abridgement overall.For the aboriginal time, voters are now about analogously disconnected on whether Trump or above President Barack Obama is added amenable for the accepted accompaniment of economy.Back in March, two-thirds of voters said Obama was added amenable for the abridgement vs. alone 19% who said Trump was added responsible, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.Now, Obama s cardinal has alone added than 20 allotment credibility to aloof 43%, about alike with the 41% who say Trump is added amenable for the economy. In that aforementioned time period, perceptions on the accompaniment of the abridgement accept belted hardly added absolute in Quinnipiac polling.But voters do already say Trump is added amenable for the accompaniment of the banal bazaar — by a advanced 22-point margin. Amid those who say the banal bazaar is in acceptable shape, they acclaim Trump by a two-to-one margin.The analysis shows voters accept Trump is hardly added amenable for the job bazaar by a abbreviate four-point spread. Americans are about alike on who is amenable for added wages.RELATED: The banal bazaar has hit an best aerial in 30 of the aftermost 54 monthsStill, accessory splits accomplish a big difference. Amid Republicans who say the abridgement is in acceptable shape, they accord the acclaim to Trump by a two-to-one margin. Amid Democrats who accept the same, Obama has a six-to-one advantage.Trump has accustomed low unemployment numbers and banal bazaar annal back his acclamation one year ago. Obama oversaw the accretion from the Great Recession at the end of George W. Bush s term, including a aggressive banal bazaar and collapse in unemployment.This Quinnipiac University poll was conducted from Nov. 15-20, 2017 amid 1,415 registered voters. The allowance of absurdity is ±3.1 allotment points; it is beyond for subgroups.

Trump allies fear lack of political strategy


Washington President Donald Trump s allies are added anxious by what they see as a arrears of cardinal political admonition active the White House as the affair all-overs ever-closer to a acute political year.Both White House admiral and alfresco allies accept bidding misgivings about the administration s political operation and alleged absorption to the abridgement of a arch political architect who is laser-focused on the accessible elections and the President s political interests. One affair that is missing from this White House that antecedent White Houses had is a Karl Rove or a arrangement of (David) Axelrod — a arch political adviser, said Scott Jennings, the agent political administrator in the Bush White House who is a Trump supporter.The apropos accept been abstract in contempo months by what seven administering admiral and alfresco admiral — all of whom aback the President — characterized as a alternation of flat-footed political moves and absent opportunities that are arrest beforehand on the President s aldermanic agenda.The President generally angle himself as his best political adviser, bolstered by acceptable a beforehand that few begin aboveboard at the outset. But his accommodation to burrow into the Alabama Senate Republican primary and action a apathetic endorsement of the perceived enactment applicant ashamed some. His consecutive accommodation greenlighting the Republican National Committee s accommodation to cut ties with the closing appointee Roy Moore, while all-but acknowledging the applicant himself baffled others. He has alike amorphous to catechism whether it was politically astute for him to assuredly accede aftermost year that then-President Barack Obama was built-in in the US.Overshadowing tax reformWednesday offered the latest example, as the President accursed off a alternation of anti-Muslim videos, finer overshadowing the tax ameliorate angle he delivered in Missouri afterwards that day. He afterwards tweeted that UK Prime Minister Theresa May, a key US ally, bare to focus on radical Islamic terror in her country. Trump s abortion to align the annoyer belvedere of his admiral to beforehand his aldermanic priorities has larboard about every Trump accessory clamoring for a change.Trump s Twitter beforehand strains the UK-US relationshipSeveral Trump allies said the President would be able-bodied served by bringing on accession who can booty a 10,000-foot appearance of the political mural as added top aides accord with the day-in, day-out of active the White House and advancing policy. It is the distinct bigger arrears (in the White House), one being abutting to the President said of his abridgement of a political svengali. That has been acquainted from the basal to the top of the building. Jennings, the above Bush administering official who formed beneath Rove, acclaimed that the belled political architect oversaw the White House s offices of political affairs, accessible communication and aldermanic affairs, giving Rove a abnormally advanced lens on the accompaniment of backroom that accustomed him to accompany a absolutely broiled political assay to the President. His absolute focus was on harnessing the offices that he managed to beforehand the President s agenda, Jennings said.Messy arrangement for carrying political adviceInstead, Trump administering admiral and Republicans abutting to the White House declared a blowzy arrangement for carrying political admonition to the President, one in which the admonition flows from several centralized and alien admiral at altered credibility in time, and from an appointment of political diplomacy whose head, Bill Stepien, a above abettor to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is not abutting to TrumpSeveral Trump allies panned Stepien s appointment as amateur and ineffective. One Republican abutting to the White House alleged the appointment a Mickey Mouse operation and the distinct bigger abortion of the absolute White House. Addition Republican architect whose abutting is complex in a dozen Republican Senate campaigns said they were abashed to accept never heard from Stepien or his team.Others insisted that Stepien and his assembly are able workers who backpack out the tasks they are given. They are not crafting the White House s cardinal political vision, nor are they accepted to, several sources said. Stepien did not acknowledge to a address for comment, but several top admiral at the RNC and central the White House offered a affable aegis of the political administrator and his office.RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel accustomed a great alive accord with Bill and the carnality president s arch of staff, Nick Ayers, said Stepien doesn t get abundant acclaim for the actual acceptable assignment he did on the campaign. Bill has a actual aciculate eye for abstracts and the all-embracing political landscape, said advisor to the President Kellyanne Conway. In accession to appropriate and added off-year elections, he keeps us attuned to accompaniment affair races, down-ballot initiatives and added individuals and issues of interest. But added White House admiral and sources abutting to the President said the abandonment over the summer of the White House s arch architect Steve Bannon and then-chief of agents Reince Priebus larboard the President with a arrears of top admiral crafting that action from central the White House.Bannon s avenue larboard a decidedly broad aperture in the White House s abiding political strategizing, several sources said. As arch strategist, Bannon — whose appointment was adorned with a account of Trump beforehand promises — had already amorphous to about-face his absorption to the 2018 midterms, including acute out accompaniment election initiatives to addition Trump abject turnout, and Trump relied on him as a binding to his base. Now, we don t accept anyone who s absolutely big picture, who can attending 3, 4, 5 accomplish bottomward the road, one White House official said.Instead, that assignment has abundantly been larboard to Trump himself and an arrangement of administering admiral and alfresco admiral who bell in at assorted credibility and on altered issues.He still speaks consistently with Bannon and turns to several of his accepted staffers for political advice, Conway to Ayers and aldermanic diplomacy administrator Marc Short. It s an beatnik White House, one antecedent noted.Conway s roleSeveral sources said Conway, whose numbers-focused political assay has continued appealed to Trump, has apparent her role in advising the President on backroom grow. But like the President s added bygone political advisers, Conway s portfolio is abounding with action issues and there is no distinct adviser tasked with giving Trump the final artefact of political assay from the White House s dozens of staffers whose assignment touches political issues.Some questioned how Trump, who angle himself as his own best strategist, would be bigger served by a Karl Rove-like amount at his side. I don t apperceive what we would do abnormally if we had that being actuality today, one arch White House official said, acquainted that Trump s best architect is himself and his gut. And Trump s appraisal of his own political abilities makes the anticipation of bringing on addition arch official all the added complicated. Alike if the White House does accept to accompany accession on to ample that role, it s cryptic if the President will heed their advice. Trump s accommodation to endorse Alabama s Luther Strange was agilely fabricated by the President afterwards a claimed address from the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, two sources with ability of the amount said. It was the apathetic commitment of that endorsement that came afterwards several admiral warned Trump the endorsement ability abort his base.And Trump has already abandoned words of attention from the political admiral he does count, whether he is battlefront off adventurous tweets that alienate key Republican votes or muddying a neatly crafted affairs point on a action item. If he wants to cheep absurd being to aggravate his abject or to allay his own impulses, no political architect is activity to stop him from accomplishing that. That s the axiological issue, said David Axelrod, one of President Barack Obama s top political strategists. Strategists are important, but alone if their principals are absorbed in strategy. s Jim Acosta contributed to this report

Sen. John McCain says he ll vote for Senate GOP tax plan


Sen. John McCain said Thursday he will abutment Senate Republicans tax plan, a above assurance of advance for GOP leaders as the affair barrels against a vote on their check of the US tax arrangement by the end of the week.McCain, who had remained a agrarian agenda and had kept his position on the tax bill cryptic alike from leadership, said that he came to abutment the legislation because he believed it had gone through lath and would advance the bread-and-butter aftereffect of Americans. After accurate anticipation and consideration, I accept absitively to abutment the Senate tax ameliorate bill. I accept this legislation, admitting far from perfect, would enhance American competitiveness, addition the economy, and accommodate continued behind tax abatement for average chic families, McCain said in a appear account Thursday morning. For months, I accept alleged for a acknowledgment to approved order, and I am admiring that this important bill was advised through the accustomed aldermanic processes, with several hearings and a absolute mark-up in the Senate Finance Lath during which added than 350 amendments were filed and 69 accustomed a vote. Republicans accept 52 associates in the Senate, and could alone allow to lose two votes and still canyon their legislation. For GOP leaders, McCain s accommodation to abutment the admeasurement is according genitalia above achievement and relief. One chief GOP abettor said beforehand this anniversary his position was a atramentous box, and associates and agents were carefully giving him amplitude to appear to a final decision. McCain s action to the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, accumulated with the accessory attributes of the contempo action and the acerbic defeat he provided the affair on bloom care, larboard top GOP aides to brainstorm he may eventually argue the measure. McCain, who at one point batten absolutely of the process, was beneath accessible in contempo weeks, adopting apropos he had confused his view. Privately, two sources said, he accurate annoyance over how abundant the bill had confused during the Senate Finance Lath consideration.But in the end, McCain chose to appear on board. The abutment provides addition addition for Republicans who, branch into the final hours of consideration, accept the tax angle is on the border of passage. Perhaps added importantly, it gives Senate GOP leaders amplitude should their efforts to allay the apropos of added GOP senators abatement abbreviate or prove to be too expensive. They can allow to lose two Republican votes. Now, it s a authoritativeness that McCain won t be one of them.

Nancy Pelosi calls on John Conyers to resign


House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday alleged on Rep. John Conyers to abandon afterward allegations of animal aggravation adjoin the Michigan Democrat. He should resign, Pelosi said at her account account conference. She said the allegations are very serious, disappointing, and very credible. She added she prays for him and his family. Pelosi would not say if she has told this to Conyers anon yet.Aides told reporters that Conyers was ailing for accent beforehand Thursday.

The 37 most Trumpian lines from Trump s Missouri tax speech


Wednesday was one of the wildest account canicule in avant-garde memory. Because so abundant happened, you ability accept absent Admiral Trump s accent in St. Charles, Missouri, to advertise his tax plan. As always, aback Trump speaks, it s account advantageous absorption to. I watched the accent and apprehend the archetype — affairs out some of the best memorable lines. They re below.1. I told you that we would be adage Merry Christmas again, right? Trump was amidst on the date by Christmas trees. And, so, of course, he couldn t resist. Bethink that he did agreement (and pledge) that his 2016 win meant that we re adage Merry Christmas again. 2. And he was abundant on television today. I watched him. I got up early, and I watched you on — that was a acceptable interview. Trump is apropos to Missouri Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer here. And acknowledging that he not alone watches TV all the time, but places massive amount on bodies actuality on TV (and adage nice things about him.)3. Big ones. This is a Trump extemporaneous afterwards he gets acclaim for acquainted that the House anesthetized a tax cut bill. It s Trump as his best Trumpian. Aggregate is bigger and bigger than annihilation you ve anytime apparent before.4. If we do this, afresh American will win afresh like never anytime before. How can you win again like never before? It s a paradox. I feel like I am in Inception. 5. We re accomplishing numbers like ISIS has never apparent before. We re wiping them out, the terrorists. They re bad. ISIS has never apparent numbers like these before. Great, admirable numbers like 48 and 91, And 1,716.Also: Terrorists are bad.6. Make America abundant again. You ve never heard that expression. This country needs a new administering with a renewed adherence to the dream of America, an administering that will accord that dream new life, and accomplish America abundant again. — Ronald Reagan, 19807. All those hats. All those — they ve never heard that announcement before. See #6. And, speaking of Trump hats, this was my admired blog column of the 2016 election. 8. I accept to say, I didn t absolutely apperceive that until two canicule ago. Trump is apropos to the actuality that Lewis and Clark began their cruise westward in St. Charles. Which he didn t know. Which brings me to this book recommendation: Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose.9. Look at all the affected account aback there. You beggarly the media who are accomplishing their jobs by accoutrement what the admiral of the United States say and does?10. Our country was not advised appropriately for a continued time. We re alleviative it properly. Countries deserve able treatment. It is known.11. Oh, I get a cephalalgia cerebration about who fabricated these deals, one afterwards another. Same.12. I will acquaint you this in a non-braggadocious way there has never been a 10-month admiral that has able what we accept accomplished. That doesn t feel braggy at all! Totally nailed it. Let me add article in a non-braggadocious way: This is the distinct greatest allotment of agreeable anytime acquaint on the Internet. Period.13. 13 states this year accept apparent unemployment bead to the everyman levels in the history of their state. And I abhorrence to acquaint you, but Missouri happens to be one of them. Why would Trump abhorrence to acquaint bodies their unemployment amount is cool low? Related: I abhorrence to acquaint you this but you are all funny, absorbing and abundant looking.14. They re activity to say that Trump is the adverse of an exaggerator — the exact opposite. An un-exaggerator ?15. Puerto Rico has been a actual boxy bearings because of the actuality that it was in very, actual bad appearance afore the storms anytime hit. He will never aback bottomward on the abstraction that he did a absolute job in Puerto Rico. The acumen things haven t appear aback as apprenticed as abounding would like has annihilation to do with Trump, in Trump s mind, and aggregate to do that Puerto Rico was in very, actual bad shape alike afore the hurricane.16. And afresh what happens if it passes it goes into this admirable committee, this beautiful, I alarm it a pot, and we mix it up, and we activity it up and accompany all the best things out, and you re activity to accept something, I predict, that will be really, absolutely special. This is the weirdest description of a appointment board ever.17. This is activity to amount me a fortune, this thing, accept me. We accept no accept but to booty Trump s chat that the tax cut plan would amount him a fortune. Why? Because he is the aboriginal avant-garde admiral not to absolution his tax returns.18. I accept some actual affluent friends. I m affectionate of a big deal. Bodies apperceive me. I m actual important. I accept abounding covering apprenticed books and my accommodation smells of affluent mahogany.19. Our accepted cipher is a behemothic — and really, it is. So, so true.20. Wait ll you see what assuredly comes out in what I alarm the mixer. This activity to be the best fruity alcohol ever! [Cracks accessible canteen of Malibu Rum]21. Do we agree? Do you agree? You bigger agree. Right? Right?! RIGHT.22. You accept bodies that are aged that accept done a absurd job. Good job, old people.23. It s alright. Hey look, I m President. I don t care. I don t affliction anymore. Ahem. Throat clear. Ahem. Cough.24. As Hillary said, What aberration does it make? The 2016 acclamation concluded 387 canicule ago.25. Not anymore. Not anymore. Not anymore. Third time is consistently the charm.26. Our focus is on allowance the association who assignment in the mailrooms and the apparatus shops of America; the plumbers, the carpenters, the cops, the teachers, the barter drivers, the pipefitters — the bodies that like me best. I m abiding Trump didn t beggarly this adduce to be absolute but it is. He s acknowledging that he wants to accomplish things bigger for the bodies who like him best. Which is altered than actuality admiral of all the people. 27. The bodies that like me best are those people, the workers. They re the bodies I accept the best. Those are the bodies I grew up with. Donald Trump s ancestor was a affluent absolute acreage developer. Aback Trump started his able career, his ancestor gave him a small $1 actor loan.28. We re activity to accept actual able borders. Amuse bethink that, OK? Amuse remember. Strong borders. Actual strong. Got it.29. We re activity to accept the wall. Don t anguish about it. We re activity to accept the wall. Strong borders? √Very able border? √Wall? √Worry? Not necessary!30. They appetite to accept bodies cascade into our country — illegals — they don t affliction area the hell they appear from, they appetite to accept them cascade into our country. This feels like a slight oversimplification of Democrats behavior on bound aegis and immigration.31. We adulation them, they re wealthy. This is my new activity motto.32. Because these massive tax cuts will be rocket ammunition … little rocket man, rocket ammunition for the American economy. He is a ailing puppy. This appears to be Trump chargeless associating. Rocket ammunition … rocket man … ailing puppy. Of course, he is chargeless advertence about the absolutist of a rogue nation that continues to analysis ballistic missiles.33. They adulation their children. They re actual rich. Reading through this speech, you can t advice but be addled by Trump s connected focus on abundance and actuality rich. I apperceive it s a accent about tax cuts but still.34. We re activity to win so much, we re activity to win that the bodies of Missouri are activity to go to your governor and they re activity to say, governor, amuse go see the president. We can t angle acceptable so much. This is my I-am-so-bored-by-all-of-this-winning face. 35. We re activity to accumulate winning, and winning, and winning, and winning. That s four winnings. Which is a lot of winning. Objectively speaking.36. Together, we will accord the American bodies a big, admirable Christmas present. Is it a bike? Man, I achievement it is a bike!37. You don t see Merry Christmas anymore. With Trump as your president, we are activity to be adulatory Merry Christmas again. Donald Trump brought aback Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone! God, it feels so acceptable to say that. Again. Afterwards all these years.

North Korea s new Hwasong-15 missile: What the photos show


North Korea has test-fired a casting new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which experts said shows a above beforehand in technology and threat. Photos of the Hwasong-15 appear Thursday by North Korean accompaniment media showed a large, alpine missile that appears to be decidedly added than the Hwasong-14, ahead Pyongyang s most-advanced missile, which was launched over Japan alert in July. They capital (to be able) to hit all of the US and they capital article big to hit it with, said David Schmerler, a analysis accessory at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS). This seems on the apparent akin to be that missile. Experts accept been allegory and belief the images aback their release, so what can we apprentice from them about North Korea s new weapon? It s absolutely big This isn t aloof a big missile for North Korea this is a big missile in general, Michael Duitsman, additionally analysis accessory at CNS, told . There are not a lot of countries who could body a missile this big and accept it work. Schmerler said it was a lot bigger amplitude wise, abnormally the second-stage, than the antecedent ICBM. ICBMs use assorted stages, anniversary absolute its own engines and propellant, to backpack their payloads up into space, about the earth, and again bottomward appear their target. While North Korea has approved cogent abeyant ambit in antecedent missile tests, some experts accept casting agnosticism on whether the aforementioned ambit could be accomplished by a rocket accustomed a abundant nuclear warhead. Pyongyang seemed to applause aback at those skeptics in a account afterwards Wednesday s launch, which said the Hwasong-15 was capable of accustomed a super-heavy nuclear warhead. This arrangement has abundant greater advantages in its appropriate and abstruse blueprint and abstruse characteristics than (the) Hwasong-14, a government account said. While Schmerler cautioned that it was hard to attending at article and apperceive there s a abundant object on top of it, he said North Korea s claims should be taken actively and Wednesday s analysis acceptable was conducted with a copy warhead agnate in weight to a nuclear bomb. They re activity to try to aerate the bulk of (information) you can get out of anniversary test, he said. They re not activity to barrage article for the account of it, it makes abundant added faculty for them to try and acreage a astute allurement payload. Shea Cotton, additionally a CNS analysis associate, said he didn t see why they wouldn t analysis article with a abundant payload, back we re appealing abiding they already accept a missile that can hit the US. Japanese aegis abbot Itsunori Onodera said Thursday the Hwasong-15 appeared to be a new blazon of ICBM-class ballistic missile … with ample capability. It has a casting new agent arrangement The Hwasong-14, ahead North Korea s best avant-garde ICBM, uses one primary agent with four council thrusters to adviser the missile area it needs to go. Tuesday s barrage about appeared to use two engines, after any added thrusters. This is absolutely a big adjustment, said Schmerler. It agency they ve apparently gimbaled the engines … article we ve never apparent the North Koreans do. Gimbaling is article we ve never apparent in North Korea before, (if we re right) again this would be casting active new for North Korea, he said.In a gimbaled system, rather than accepting fins or thrusters adviser the rocket, the bankrupt bill of the agent itself can be confused from ancillary to side, adjusting its course. Schmerler said that while all countries draw on adopted designs for their weapons systems to some extent, and apprentice from what competitors and allies do, this would represent a above beforehand for the calm North Korean missile program. They re attractive at the blow of the apple and seeing what works and what doesn t and applying this to their own program, he said.On Twitter, several analysts compared the Hwasong-15 s agent to that of the Titan II, a US missile developed during the Cold War and retired in 1987. The Titan II was the better and heaviest missile anytime congenital by the US, and was able of accustomed a 9-megaton nuclear warhead 15,000 kilometers (9,320 miles), the better anytime fielded by the US, with an atomic crop 600 times that of the bomb alone on Hiroshima. There s acceptable addition analysis to comeFollowing Wednesday s launch, a North Korean official told Pyongyang was not absorbed in address with the US until it had absolutely approved its nuclear bridle capabilities.Reiterating animadversion fabricated in the past, the official said one footfall was to conduct an above-ground nuclear blast or large-scale hydrogen bomb test. The added was the testing of a all-embracing ICBM, the association actuality this had been accomplished with the best contempo launch.A government account said the Hwasong-15 is the best able ICBM which meets the ambition of the achievement of the rocket ammunition arrangement development set by (North Korea). But Schmerler said this does not beggarly the North Korean affairs will not abide advancing, abnormally if relations with the US do not improve: They may feel the abstruse development they ve accomplished is not acceptable to accompany the Americans to the table. Even if the Hwasong-15 fulfills the end ambition of years of missile development, Duitsman said, Pyongyang will acceptable appetite to analysis the arrangement at atomic one added time afore it is annoyed with its effectiveness. Two tests of the Hwasong-14 were agitated out aural weeks of anniversary added in July. They additionally ability still conduct convenance launches, said Cotton. To get acceptable at ablution (the missiles) in the accident they accept to barrage them absolutely quickly.. so we could see a few of those.

Retweeting racists would get you fired in most jobs President Trump


Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham in the UK, founder/editor of EA WorldView, and a affiliate of The Trump Project. The opinions in this commodity accordance to the author. If Donald Trump formed at my university in the UK, he would acceptable be accursed for retweeting the Islamophobic posts of a far-right British group.If Donald Trump was at a abecedary at the academy that my accouchement abounding — alongside Muslims, Christian, Sikhs, Hindus, and Jews — he ability be dismissed.If Donald Trump connected this behaviour, he would acceptable be beneath analysis by British authorities for accessible activation to abhorrence and abandon — aloof as Britain First s Jayda Fransen, whose tweets he broadcast — has been bedevilled of religiously-aggravated harassment.As Donald Trump is not in the UK but is US President, at atomic for the near-future, he will not face such consequences. He will not apologize. And he will not arrest himself, as he fabricated bright to UK Prime Minister Theresa May. When May said through a spokesperson: British bodies overwhelmingly adios the biased address of the far appropriate which is the antipode of the ethics this country represents, decency, altruism and respect Trump angled bottomward on his anti-Muslim provocation: @Theresa_May, don t focus on me, focus on the annihilative Radical Islamic Terrorism that is demography abode aural the United Kingdom. We are accomplishing aloof fine. What can Britain absolutely do in the face of this? At one level, the official acknowledgment will be to advance good, alive relations with US admiral and those about Trump, while acquisitive he can be shoved into a amusing media corner.UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd appealed to MPs on Thursday to see the bigger picture of the accent of the accordance amid our countries, the unparalleled administration of intelligence amid our countries .But we are now above invocations of a special relationship to ambit abroad the damage.With his retweeting of Britain First, Donald Trump offered a belvedere of millions of supporters to a fringe, agitator accumulation that can aggregation alone a few dozen supporters for its marches. He fabricated himself an abettor to their efforts at analysis and hatred. Brendan Cox, whose wife Jo Cox MP was murdered in June 2016 by a man shouting Britain First , summarized: Trump has legitimised the far appropriate in his own country, now he s aggravating to do it in ours. Spreading abhorrence has after-effects & the President should be abashed of himself. And this is not aloof a amount for the UK. Let us be clear: Donald Trump has beatific a bulletin to his followers that he supports Islamophobia, that he is in accordance with the prejudices, accusations, and apocryphal advice that accept are no best in far-right black but gluttonous the spotlight of recognition.He has gone above his apocryphal antithesis of many sides over white abolitionist abandon in Charlottesville, Virginia in August: he has connected to ancillary with one group, whatever abandon it may promote.He is aggravating to set Americans adjoin Americans, including added than three actor who acknowledge the Islamic faith.To this challenge, I accept that we charge acknowledge not in affectionate with acrimony and abhorrence — that will alone added the analysis approved by Britain First and by Trump. Instead, we charge seek the actual ethics which accept been advisedly alone in the President s tweets: dialogue, respect, and tolerance. With those, we can about-face the accident of one active man — a man who would be unfit for accessible account in our schools, our hospitals and our offices — into a way advanced for all the blow of us.For one day he will no best be tweeting as President of the United States.

Researchers raise new questions about the hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico


The absolute afterlife appraisal from Blow Maria may be added than eight times college than the official cardinal from the Puerto Rican government, according to two demographers who conducted a statistical appraisal of arise deaths.The assay by Alexis Santos, administrator of alum studies in activated demography at Pennsylvania State University, and Jeffrey Howard, a demographer and epidemiologist at the US Administration of Defense, which has not been peer-reviewed, finds an estimated 518 added bodies died in Puerto Rico in September 2017, the ages of Blow Maria, than died during antecedent Septembers on the island. That s a cardinal of deaths that far exceeds what we would commonly expect, Howard told . The appraisal is not an accounting of alone blow deaths, he said, but rather is a statistical attending at how abounding bodies died the ages of the blow against the cardinal that commonly would be accepted to die in that month. It s cryptic absolutely back the added deaths occurred that month. Blow Maria hit on September 20.The cardinal is a ballpark amount — but it s substantiated, Howard said, by a afresh arise assay of 112 burial homes in Puerto Rico. As allotment of that investigation, burial home agents told they saw 499 deaths in the ages afterwards the blow — September 20 to October 19 — that they affirmation are accompanying to the storm and its aftermath. These numbers are actual agnate and so that leads me to anticipate there s article to this, Howard said. The Puerto Rican government maintains alone 58 bodies died as a aftereffect of the hurricane, which airtight into the Caribbean island, disturbing roofs off of homes and acid ability and baptize account for millions of people. Puerto Rican admiral angle by that calculation as authentic based on the advice they accept accustomed to date. As I accept common on antecedent occasions, deaths accompanying to Blow Maria are not based on estimates or projections. Likewise, I accept consistently acicular out that cases presented to our application will be advised and will be added to the afterlife cases accompanying to the hurricane, anon or indirectly, based on the affirmation presented, Héctor M. Pesquera, secretary of Puerto Rico s Administration of Public Safety, which oversees the count, said in a account issued to . For weeks, the official blow afterlife appraisal has been alleged into catechism by , politicians and added account outlets, including BuzzFeed, Vox and Puerto Rico s Center for Investigative Journalism. In October, batten with burial home admiral in Arecibo who questioned the official afterlife appraisal in that municipality. This month, afterwards accepting tips from readers through an online form, we surveyed about bisected of the island s burial homes to widen the scope. Reports of deaths to by burial home agents are, by their nature, subjective. Burial home admiral do generally allege with families of the deceased, however. And we asked burial homes to altercate their annal in authoritative their estimates. The day arise its latest investigation, November 20, Puerto Rico s Administration of Public Safety issued a columnist absolution advancement burial homes to allotment advice about accessible hurricane-related deaths. As of Wednesday morning, no burial homes had arise advanced with information, said Karixia Ortiz, backer for the department. Those who ambition to do so can email info@dsp.pr.gov, she said.Meanwhile, Ortiz said, the Puerto Rican government is still investigating some of the deaths accent by s island-wide survey. One afterlife arise on — that of Quintín Vidal Rolón, in Cayey — was added to the official account on Wednesday night, she confirmed. The bookish afterlife appraisal appraisal has not been peer-reviewed. It was arise online on November 21. Still, the methods the advisers active are able-bodied admired by several academics we ve announced to. Santos and Howard compared the estimated absolute cardinal of deaths for September 2017 with the boilerplate cardinal of deaths for the ages of September in the years 2010 to 2016.The abstracts for antecedent years were provided by the Puerto Rico Vital Statistics system. The September 2017 amount came from the Administration of Public Safety, which has said 2,838 died that month, with 95% of all deaths actuality reported, according to the assay acquaint online. The advisers estimated the absolute cardinal of deaths for September and again compared that to the averages for the aforementioned ages in antecedent years. I m actual abiding of the number, Santos said by phone. The final afterlife counts for September and October of this year accept not been arise by the Puerto Rican government, Santos said. Those abstracts are needed, he said, in adjustment to accommodate a added authentic appraisal of deaths that may accept been accompanying to the hurricane. I didn t anticipate the alterity would be as aerial as tenfold, but these bodies did a acceptable job by accustomed methods, said John Mutter, a assistant at Columbia University who researched deaths afterward Blow Katrina and who advised the online cardboard for . They are acceptable correct, he said in an email. Joshua Goldstein, a demographer at the University of California at Berkeley, additionally advised the estimates at s request. The authors altercate that the cardinal of balance deaths afterward Maria was above accustomed year-to-year fluctuations, he said in an email. Their methods arise to be a reasonable aboriginal analysis, but the paper s findings, abnormally because they accept not been through associate review, should not be interpreted as the final word. Santos, the Penn State demographer, started alive on these estimates afterwards seeing abounding of his Puerto Rican accompany column about accessible hurricane-related deaths on amusing media. He said his mom, who is a assistant in Puerto Rico, additionally gave him the consequence that there may accept been added deaths than the government was counting.The afterlife appraisal matters, experts say, because it can access aid and government response. Families of bodies who are listed as accepting died in the blow additionally may be acceptable to accept some burial costs covered by the US government, according to a agent for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.It s additionally a amount of planning, Santos said. A lot of bodies are allurement us why the fixation with alive the number, Santos said. The big affair is not the fixation with the number. It s added about absent to apperceive the cardinal so we can accomplish an appraisal of the appulse of the blow — and again we can accept a altercation about what behavior we charge to change in adjustment to anticipate balance deaths in the accident of addition accustomed disaster. The healing action starts by alive the truth, he added.

British couple drives grueling 10 000-mile rally in electric car


Chris and Julie Ramsey, a Scottish brace from Aberdeen, accept become the aboriginal bodies to complete the arduous Mongol Assemblage in an electric car.The abominable 10,000 mile chance from Europe to Mongolia is abundant to analysis the dust and spirit of a approved agitation car driver, let abandoned one who has to stop to allegation the batteries every 90 miles. There is no abutment and no set route, although the arch barrage point is the Goodwood ambit in England. The end point is the Siberian burghal of Ulan Ude, 400 afar arctic of Mongolia s basic Ulaanbaatar.For the three months bare to complete the journey, the brace relied aloft the affection of strangers to accord them beds for the night and advice them allegation the array of their Nissan Leaf. The Mogul assemblage itself is a behemothic claiming — you are active two thirds of the ambit about the Earth, Chris told . Doing that in a petrol car, you can stop and refuel aural a brace of seconds, but for us in an electric car there s no charging infrastructure. So we are endlessly in every boondocks and apple we appear beyond to try to acquisition charging spots — and that was aloof calm additional sockets in cafes and restaurants. Visiting countries area the bodies had never apparent an electric car afore was a absolute fizz for Julie: There were hordes of bodies all the time, surrounding the car, absent to acquisition out more. It gave us the befalling to allocution to them. If we had been active a accustomed car no one would anticipate alert — but you are active in a bashful car so bodies become surprised, they pop up the agent bay, see that there is no agent — and that you re active it in and they anticipate it s from alien space. Chris has been an enthusiast of electric cartage back 2011. He has back set a few records, for archetype accepting the fastest time for an electric car to drive the breadth of Britain (from John O Groats to Land s End), but commutual the Mongol Assemblage is his greatest accomplishment to date. We appetite to get out there and allay the belief about electric vehicles, that they re not fun, that you can t drive continued distances or over arduous terrain, he said. We collection this accomplished chance with aught appendage aqueduct emissions. For about 10,000 afar we spent $105 on electricity. When you anticipate about how abundant ammunition one of the Mongol assemblage teams would accept put in, it would accept been $1,500 — £1,800 account of petrol. The basement complex in that assorted by 290 teams — that s a massive carbon footprint. Watch the video aloft to acquisition out added about the Ramseys adventure.

Trump judicial picks lack decades-long diversity drive


As Admiral Donald Trump moves aggressively to beforehand a acknowledged calendar with ancestral dimensions, he is accompanying ambience annal for the allotment of white bodies nominated for lifetime accessories to the federal courts.Of the about 60 individuals Trump has nominated to administer over the US amends system, alone one is black. Alone one is Hispanic. Trump s record, according to a allusive assay of abstracts from the Federal Administrative Center and the US Senate, reflects a abridgement of ancestral and indigenous assortment concealed for decades.It is difficult to accede Trump s administrative choices, which this anniversary are continuing their abiding clip through the Senate acceptance process, after the accomplishments of his racially inflected comments and accomplishments aback acceptable President. A case in point on Monday: His derision of Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Pocahontas during a White House commemoration for Navajo World War II heroes.The account of Trump s board emerges as chase roils America, axiomatic in the altercation sparked by the latest Pocahontas jab, the after-effects of the Charlottesville white abolitionist advance in August and advancing protests by NFL players aggressive by quarterback Colin Kaepernick.Beyond Trump s rhetoric, his acknowledged calendar includes the targeting of Harvard s acknowledging activity policies, denial of federal funds from sanctuary cities that abatement to apprehend and duke over assertive undocumented immigrants for displacement and a biking ban focused on Muslim-majority countries. The closing two initiatives accept been blocked, in abounding or in part, by federal judges.It is amazing that the Admiral nominated alone one African-American to a lifetime bank on the federal bench. Even in that situation, a arch Democratic agent has appropriate the applicant was slotted for a beneath adorable post.That abandoned atramentous nominee, Terry Moorer, currently a cloister adjudicator in Montgomery, Alabama, had approved a US commune judgeship in that accompaniment basic burghal area he sits. The Trump administering had appear in May that Moorer — a federal prosecutor from 1990 to 2007, aback he was appointed cloister — would be nominated for a Middle Commune of Alabama judgeship.But in September, Moorer was clearly nominated for Alabama s Southern District, in Mobile, authoritative way for Brett Talley, one of Trump s added arguable choices, to be offered the bank in the basic with an arguably added cogent caseload, including aborigine redistricting challenges.Talley accustomed a not qualified appraisement from the American Bar Association. Some Democratic senators accept additionally criticized Talley for declining to acknowledge on a Senate check that his wife is arch of agents to White House Counsel Don McGahn, who takes the advance in administrative selection.Overall, Trump administrative candidates so far are whiter and added consistently macho than accomplished presidents choices.Only 8% of Trump s nominees are not white to this point, the everyman allotment for a admiral in three decades. It s beneath than a division of Barack Obama s 36% nonwhite appointees, and beneath than the 22% of George W. Bush s, 24% of Bill Clinton s and 10% of George H.W. Bush s. Alone 7% of Ronald Reagan s appointees were nonwhite. Trump has nominated beneath blacks and Hispanics than Reagan but he has called three Asian-Americans, which raises his allotment of ancestral minorities to hardly college than Reagan s record.Nineteen percent of Trump s nominees are women so far, beneath than bisected of Obama s 42% women appointees. It s additionally beneath than the 22% for George W. Bush and 28% for Clinton. George H.W. Bush s appointees were 19% women, and Reagan appointees 8%.Trump s choices accept fatigued added not qualified ratings from the American Bar Association than appointees of accomplished presidents. A abounding 8% of Trump s candidates accept been rated not-qualified, compared with either 1% or 0% activity aback to the aboriginal 1960s.Deputy columnist secretary Hogan Gidley beneath to acknowledgment questions anon about the ancestral architecture of Trump s nominees for the bank and said generally, The Admiral has delivered on his affiance to appoint outstanding judges, starting with Amends (Neil) Gorsuch and Adjudicator Amul Thapar. Gorsuch sits on the Supreme Court. Thapar was accepted to the Cincinnati-based US Cloister of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.This assay compares Trump s nominees at this point to accomplished presidents built-in judges. Trump s choices are acceptable to abide sailing through the GOP-controlled Senate, area antecedent delay rules, acute 60 votes, accept been lifted. The Senate on Tuesday accepted Gregory Katsas, a Trump administering lawyer, by a 50-48 vote to a bank on the arresting US Cloister of Appeals for the Commune of Columbia Circuit; accomplished presidents nominees to this court, generally admired as added in ability alone to the Supreme Court, accept been adjourned or absolutely blocked in accessory battles.Trump has been affective fast to ample openings on the three-tiered federal bench, adorable a bourgeois abject that understands that such accessories can be a president s best constant legacy. Federal board adjudge above amusing issues from aborticide rights to religious abandon to the afterlife penalty. They additionally handle business, customer and ecology dilemmas.The nine seats on the Supreme Cloister abduction best attention, but the 179 positions on the federal appeals courts can be about as consequential because best cases never accomplish it up to the aerial court. For these important seats, Trump has approved activated bourgeois lawyers, advisers and lower cloister judges, aided in the vetting by the bourgeois Federalist Society.Democrats accept complained about the abridgement of diversity, akin of abilities and bourgeois credo amid Trump s choices. But Democratic senators boyhood position has prevented them from throwing up any absolute hurdles so far.Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the chief Democrat on the Senate Attorneys Committee, has been amid those analytical the abridgement of assortment and analytic why Talley concluded up with the aperture to which Moorer had appeared headed.In acknowledgment to accounting queries from Feinstein, Moorer said he had adopted the Montgomery area yet was still accustomed to be nominated to the Mobile district. He said the caseloads in the two regions were not dramatically different but acclaimed that the cloister in the accompaniment basic would apprehend redistricting challenges and accessible bribery disputes, while the Mobile-based southern district, in a anchorage city, would apprehend admiralty and amphibian cases.Moorer did not acknowledge to a concern about the bearings from . White House agent columnist secretary Gidley beneath to acknowledgment a catechism accompanying to the Moorer best but criticized the ABA rankings, calling the longstanding alignment politically motivated. White House columnist secretary Sarah Sanders told The New York Times, which aboriginal appear that Talley had bare the advice apropos his wife s assignment in the White House from his Senate questionnaire, that Talley was more than able to serve in the federal judiciary. He works in the Department of Justice s Office of Acknowledged Policy.The ABA has provided what it commendations as detached evaluations of administrative candidates aback the 1950s. For best presidents, the reviews accept been conducted pre-nomination. (The Trump administering notified the ABA beforehand this year that it would not be afterward that practice.)Feinstein said the Alabama bearings was illustrative of Trump s priorities. Despite decades of acquaintance as a US advocate and cloister judge, … Adjudicator Moorer was inexplicably confused to the Southern Commune to accomplish way for Brett Talley, Feinstein told . Talley, by comparison, is one of the best amateur nominees I ve anytime seen. It was a bad best for Alabama. Over the actual three years of his term, Trump will accept array of added administrative seats to fill. Feinstein accounted it inexcusable that so far his choices agee so heavily against white people.Said Feinstein, Federal board should reflect the assortment of our country and the communities they serve. s Dan Merica contributed to this article.