Author: Mollie Reilly

Donald Trump Tightens Cuba Travel And Trade Restrictions

THE HUFFINGTON POST President Donald Trump announced in Miami on Friday that he will tighten rules governing travel to and trade with Cuba, marking a significant reversal of policies President Barack Obama implemented during his second term.  These rules also mark the fulfillment of Trump’s campaign promises to dismantle Obama’s executive orders and to put pressure on the Raúl Castro regime.  “A free Cuba is what we will soon achieve,” Trump said during his speech in Florida. “We now hold the cards. The previous administration’s easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people, they only...

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Kamala Harris Once Again Interrupted By Male Colleagues During Senate Hearing

THE HUFFINGTON POST Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was cut off by two of her male colleagues while questioning Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, just one week after they interrupted her during a different hearing.  During Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Harris asked him to explain what Justice Department policy prevented him from answering some questions from the committee’s members, and whether he had discussed that policy with his staff prior to the hearing.  But as Harris, a former prosecutor, pressed the attorney general to answer her questions, she was interrupted by the committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and...

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BREAKING NEWS: Trump Reportedly Revealed Classified Info During Meeting With Russian Officials

THE HUFFINGTON POST President Donald Trump revealed “highly classified information” last week during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, The Washington Post reported Monday. The Post, citing current and former U.S. officials with ties to the administration, reports that the information “jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.” The publication did not elaborate on what the president’s disclosure entailed due to the sensitive nature of the information.  A White House spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment. Read the Washington Post’s full report here. Trump met...

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Advertisers Boycotting Bill O’Reilly Ignored Years Of Offensive Comments

THE HUFFINGTON POST Advertisers are fleeing “The O’Reilly Factor” following revelations that several women received a collective $13 million in settlements after accusing host Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment. But O’Reilly, who has worked at Fox News since the network launched in 1996, was a source of controversy long before The New York Times published its bombshell report on the accusations against him. The anchor has a history of making racist, sexist or otherwise inflammatory remarks — none of which prompted companies to pull advertisements from his show. Here’s a look back at some of O’Reilly’s worst moments in his...

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Hillary Clinton: ‘Too Many Women’ Face The Same Sexism April Ryan And Maxine Waters Did

THE HUFFINGTON POST SAN FRANCISCO ― Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held up reporter April Ryan and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) as examples of how women face routine sexism in the workplace, arguing Tuesday afternoon that even women in the highest echelons of their fields face structural barriers to success.  Hours earlier, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told Ryan, the Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, to stop shaking her head as he answered her question during Tuesday’s press briefing. And during a segment on “Fox & Friends,” Fox commentator Bill O’Reilly mocked Waters’ hair. O’Reilly later apologized...

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Roger Stone Says His Conversation With DNC Hackers Was ‘Completely Innocuous’

  Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump’s and a former consultant on his 2016 campaign, told the Washington Times on Friday that his conversation with Guccifer 2.0, the person or persons believed to be responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee, was “completely innocuous.” U.S. government officials have concluded that Guccifer 2.0 is likely an alias for hackers directed by the Russian government, and that their hacks were carried out with the intent of interfering with the 2016 election. “It was so perfunctory, brief and banal I had forgotten it,” Stone said of his conversation with the hacker persona. “The content of the exchange is, as you can see completely innocuous and perfunctory.” The conversation between Stone and Guccifer 2.0, which took place via Twitter direct messages, was first reported on Wednesday by The Smoking Gun. The report did not include details on what the conversations were about. However, citing two sources, The Smoking Gun reported that FBI agents investigating the DNC hack have obtained “detailed records” on Guccifer 2.0’s Twitter account. Stone, saying The Smoking Gun report mischaracterized the conversation, then provided screenshots of at least some of his DMs with Guccifer 2.0 to the Washington Times and Salon. The conversations Stone provided took place in mid-August and early September, and do not indicate collusion between hackers and Stone. However, the fact alone that the conversations...

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Caitlyn Jenner Says Trump's Blow To Transgender Rights Is A 'Disaster'

Caitlyn Jenner broke her silence on President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse federal guidance on protections for transgender students against discrimination, calling the move a “disaster.”  Jenner, the Olympic gold medalist, tweeted a video Thursday evening in which she directly called out Trump and his team for rescinding the guidance issued by the Obama administration last year in which public schools were instructed to allow students to use the bathroom that matched their gender identity. The guidance was not legally binding.  “From one Republican to another, this is a disaster,” she said. “And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.”   Well @realDonaldTrump, from one Republican to another, this is a disaster. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me. pic.twitter.com/XwYe0LNUOq — Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 24, 2017 She offered words of encouragement to young transgender people and touted the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen whose fight to use the school bathroom that corresponds with his gender identity will be heard by the Supreme Court next month.  “Mr. President, we’ll see you in court,” Jenner said, referencing Grimm’s case.  She also took a dig at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an ardent opponent of LGBTQ rights. According to a New York Times report published earlier this week, Sessions pressed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to sign off...

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Torture Memo Author John Yoo Has 'Grave Concerns' Over Trump's Use Of Executive Power

Former Justice Department official John Yoo, best known for writing the memos authorizing the George W. Bush administration’s use of torture during interrogations, says even he thinks President Donald Trump is going too far with his executive orders.  In a New York Times op-ed titled “Executive Power Run Amok,” Yoo says while he supports a “robust vision” of the executive branch, he believes Trump fundamentally misunderstands the separation of powers laid out in the U.S. Constitution. “Even I have grave concerns about Mr. Trump’s uses of presidential power,” he writes. Yoo has long advocated for largely unchecked presidential power in times of crisis, such as the Bush administration’s war on terror. He wrote several legal opinions that were used to justify the CIA’s use of waterboarding and broad surveillance programs, and he even said presidential power protected the executive’s right to crush a child’s testicles if the president believed it would help him obtain information. He also defended former President Barack Obama’s use of armed drones. But in his op-ed, Yoo argues Trump lacks constitutional restraint.  He specifically questions Trump’s executive orders calling for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and renegotiating NAFTA, and his firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she said she wouldn’t defend his executive order on immigration. Yoo also criticizes Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, arguing...

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