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Posted November 22, 2016

Team Trump project continues at Trump Towers; The Donald also rethinking campaign promises 

   NEW YORK — Inauguration day is still 59 days away, but President-Elect Donald Trump is already indicating Tuesday that he my break some campaign promises. That was the big news of the day as his offices at New York's Trump Towers continue to be a busy place with Trump interviewing  potential cabinet members and potential key members of his administration.

   A tweet Tuesday indicated that the latest top cabinet pick may go to Detroit native Dr. Ben Carson. Trump's tweet read:  "I am seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD. I've gotten to know him well — he's a greatly talented person who loves people!"

   The New York Times also reported that Trump did an interview with the newspaper and indicated that he may not appoint a special prosecutor to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton as a result of her e-mail scandal. Trump told Clinton he would do it during the third and final debate in front of a TV audience of millions. "Lock her up" was also a battle cry at Trump rallies that attracted thousands during the campaign. "I don't want to hurt her," Trump said. "The Clintons have suffered enough."


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Posted December 9, 2016

President Barack Obama wants answers about Russian hackers 

   WASHINGTON D.C. — President Barack Obama has ordered United States intelligence agencies to review cyber attacks and possible foreign intervention into the 2016 presidential election. He also ordered a report to be completed before he leaves office on Jan. 20.

   The announcement was made by Lisa Monaco, a homeland security adviser with the Obama administration. Monaco told reporters Friday that the results of the report would be made public and shared with members of the United States Congress.

Posted  November 14, 2016

School bus tragedy kills 5 kids in Tennessee; Driver to be charged

    TENNESSEE — A tragic school bus accident in Tennessee has killed five children. The driver, a 24-year-old who had an accident while driving a bus last month, will likely be charged in the case, according to authorities. A blood test has been ordered to determine if he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, but authorities say he was speeding when losing control and leaving the road to strike a tree.

   President-Elect Donald Trump went to twitter to offer his condolences, tweeting: "Bus crash in Tennessee so sad & so terrible. Condolences to all family members and loved ones. These beautiful children will be remembered!"

Posted November 21, 2016

Four police officers shot Sunday in cities across USA; 2 targeted 

  Four police officers were shot in cities across America on Sunday, and one has died in San Antonio, Texas. He was shot from the passenger's side window by a man who pulled up behind the officer as he was sitting inside his cruiser writing a ticket to a motorist he had pulled over in front of the police station.

   Sunday’s fatal shooting in San Antonio came less than five months after five law enforcement officers in nearby Dallas were shot by a gunman while working at a protest by members of Black Lives Matter about the fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.

   While the San Antonio officer died from his injuries, Sunday's other victims are expected to recover and one officer shot in Florida was already out of the hospital.

   A police officer in St. Louis was shot twice Sunday in the face during a traffic stop. In another Missouri incident near Kansas City, an officer with the Gladstone Police department was shot during another traffic stop. The fourth shooting happened in Sanibel, Florida, when an officer was shot in the shoulder during a traffic stop.

   an Antonio Police Chief William McManus identified the officer killed from his department as Benjamin Marconi, 50. He was a 20-year veteran of the force.

   KMOV CBS TV in St. Louis reported that the officer shot there is in critical condition despite being shot twice in the face, but is expected to live. The suspect in that shooting was later killed in a Sunday night shootout with police, according to the station.


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Posted November 14, 2016

President Obama won't weigh in on Trump appointees during first press conference since election

  WASHINGTON D.C. — President Barack Obama held his first press conference since election day, telling the Washington D.C. press corps on Monday that he won't make comments on top appointees announced during the weekend by President-Elect Donald Trump.

   “Without copping out, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on every decision the President-elect starts making,” President Obama said when CNN's Athena Jones asked about Obama’s past statements about Trump not being fit for office and about the weekend news that Steve Bannon has been named as Trump’s Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor.

   Liberals have blasted Bannon as displaying racist views while building Breitbart News Network into a popular conservative web site for news and opinions during his leadership as chairman since 2012. He went to work as Chief Executive on Trump's campaign team after leaving Breitbart last August. Bannon is also the executive chairman and co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute where he helped orchestrate the publication of the controversial book "Clinton Cash"  which investigated foreign benefactors of Bill and Hillary Clinton and alleged connections between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton’s work at the State Department under President Obama's administration.

   "Look, the people have spoken," President Obama said. "Donald Trump will be the next president — the 45th president of the United States and it will be up to him to set up a team that he thinks will serve him well and reflect his policies, and those who didn’t vote for him.”

   ABC’s Martha Raddatz asked the president if anything concerns about a Trump presidency, and President Obama said: "I don’t think he is ideological. I think he is pragmatic. Do I have concerns? Of course I have concerns. He and I differ on a whole bunch of issues. But the federal government and our democracy is not a speedboat. It’s an ocean liner.” 

Posted  November 14, 2016

Veteran newswoman Gwen Ifill loses battle with cancer at age 61

    Former PBS and NBC news anchor Gwen Ifill has lost her battle with cancer, She was 61.

    Ifill was also the author of a best-selling book and worked as a reporter for both the New York Times and Washington Post, in addition to her work as an award-winning television journalist. She was a moderator for debates in 2004 and 2008 involving the nation's candidates for vice president, and served as co-moderator with Judy Woodruff in February when Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders faced off in Milwaukee at the "PBS Democratic Debate." 

   Ifill's death at a hospice facility was announced by Sara Just, executive producer of “PBS NewsHour.”

   A tribute to Ifill was also given by President Barack Obama on Monday at his first press conference since election day. He praised her career as an inspiration for young women.

   Her journalism career began in 1981 as a reporter at the Baltimore Evening Sun.  She went on to cover the United States Congress, presidential campaigns and national political conventions while working at the New York Times and Washington Post — two of America's biggest newspapers.

   Ifill was named managing editor of "PBS NewsHour" in 2013 when named as co-anchor with Woodruff. Ifill had served as the managing editor and moderator on "Washington Week in Review" since 1999. She had switched from newspapers to television earlier in the 1990's when taking a job at NBC News to cover politics and the United States Congress.

   She served on the Board of Directors at the Harvard Institute of Politics and served on the Committee to Protect Journalists. She was also involved with the Museum of Television and Radio and the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

   President Obama's tribute to Ifell came at the beginning of his press conference Monday in Washington D.C. at the White House.

   President Obama said, "I want to offer our deepest condolences to Gwen Ifill’s family and all of you, her colleagues, on her passing. Gwen was a friend of ours. She was an extraordinary journalist. She always kept faith with the fundamental responsibilities of her profession, asking tough questions, holding people in power accountable and defending a strong and free press that makes our democracy work. I always appreciated Gwen’s reporting, even when I was at the receiving end of one of her tough and thorough interviews. Whether she reported from a convention floor or from the field, whether she sat at the debate moderator’s table or at the anchor’s deck, she not only informed today’s citizens but she also inspired tomorrow’s journalists. She was an especially powerful role model for young women and girls who admired her integrity, tenacity and intellect and for whom she blazed a trail as one-half of the first all-female anchor team on network news. Gwen did her country a great service. Michelle and I join her family and her colleagues and everybody else who loved her in remembering her fondly today."