Trump fires back at Pelosi: ?We?re soon going to have a one-party system?
After House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed him in an interview over the weekend, President Trump responded by accusing her of undermining the Democratic Party. In a ?Fox & Friends? interview that aired Tuesday ahead of his address to a joint session of Congress, Trump branded Pelosi ?incompetent? and said she?s ?done a terrible job? as a party leader. ?You know, if you look at what?s going on with the Democrats and the party, it?s getting smaller and smaller,? Trump said.
GOP intelligence panel chair: Flynn did U.S. a ?big favor?
House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said today that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the national security adviser fired by President Trump, may have done the country a ?big favor? if he signaled to the Russian ambassador that sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama after the Russian cyberattack on Democratic Party officials would be lifted once President Trump took office. The comments by Nunes, a vocal defender of the Trump White House, seemed to be the strongest indication to date that Flynn may have sought to undercut Obama?s actions, giving private assurances to Russia?s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, that punitive measures just imposed by the then-president would go away under Trump.
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Two hurt in police gun accident at Hollande event
A policeman providing security for Francois Hollande accidentally fired his gun as the French president was giving a speech, injuring two people in the VIP area of the crowd, an official said. "It was an accidental shot by a police officer which injured two waiters, or at least one waiter and an (event) employee. The injuries aren't life threatening," local government chief Pierre N'Gahane said.
Saudi king signs range of deals in Indonesia at start of visit
By Darren Whiteside BOGOR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman held talks with Indonesia's president on Wednesday and signed a range of cooperation agreements at the beginning of a 12-day visit to the world's largest Muslim-majority country. The royal visit is the first by a Saudi monarch in nearly five decades. The leaders oversaw, among 11 pacts, the signing of agreements to take down trade barriers and a new agreement between state energy companies Saudi Aramco and Pertamina, building on an existing $6 billion plan to expand Indonesia's biggest refinery.
Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal, agrees to pay $1B
DETROIT (AP) ? Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay $1 billion in penalties for concealing an air bag defect blamed for at least 16 deaths, most of them in the U.S.
George Takei cleverly tore through Trump's address to Congress using the power of tweets
Sulu has things to say. Last night President Trump held his first major address to a joint session of Congress. It was his first major speech since his inauguration and, as usual, there was a lot of trolling done by both the internet and the Democratic women of Congress. SEE ALSO: George Takei Reading Erotic Fan Fiction Will Blow Your Trekkie Mind However, once Trump's speech started, no one was laughing. The hour long address featured his future policies on everything from immigration to education. Many celebrities voiced their outrage on Twitter, but the loudest voice seemed to be that of George Takei, Star Trek veteran and activist. In a series of tweets, Takei managed to not only share his feelings about the joint session but call Trump out on many of his hypocrisies. You can't be "a country united against hate" when your AG is a racist, your VP attacks LGBTs, and your top advisor is a White Nationalist. ? George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 1, 2017 You're not making "communities safer for everyone" by doing the NRA's bidding and making it easier for mentally ill folks to buy guns. ? George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 1, 2017 You're not "draining the swamp" by appointing a billionaire dimwit as head of Education and an oilman CEO as head of State. ? George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 1, 2017 They say repeal and replace. You know what I want to see replaced? The GOP Congress. ? George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 1, 2017 "We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism form inside America." Yes. And let's start by putting a stop to Radical White Supremacist Terror. ? George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 1, 2017 Takei may have been speaking out about important issues but he also injected his trademark sense of humor into some of his tweets. Pay attention: "Access to healthcare" is not healthcare. I have "access" to Ryan Reynolds. But he's not covering me. ? George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 1, 2017 Rebuke and Replace. #2018Midterms ? George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 1, 2017 Towards the middle of the address, the Star Trek star had to take a quick break to take care of himself. Sorry, just had to get up to go throw up. ? George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 1, 2017 But, he was back to call out Trump's claim that education is the "civil rights issue of our time" and rename the Supreme Court. Since education is the "civil rights issue of our time," Betsy DeVos will be handing out vouchers for the back of the bus. ? George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 1, 2017 After this first Joint Session, I worry about what the SOTUs will be like. Maybe we'll just call them STFUs. ? George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 1, 2017 In the end, Takei summed up how everyone felt about the session. The Democrats cleared out like someone had just passed some nasty gas in Congress. Oh wait... ? George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 1, 2017 Oh my, we can only hope Takei narrates all of Trump's speeches. BONUS: George Takei Talks Facebook and EdgeRank Sharing in New Book
SpaceX will fly two very rich passengers around the Moon next year
At a press conference today, prospective fallout shelter owner Elon Musk told reporters that SpaceX, Musk's solar space travel company, will be sending a pair of paying passengers around the Moon next year. The unnamed pair reportedly paid a "significant deposit" for the trip, which will be conducted using SpaceX's existing launch vehicles and spacecraft.
The trip will mark a new milestone for paid space travel. Although paid passengers have been into space before, it's normally either a short, peripheral flight, or piggybacking on a larger operation. Sending a spacecraft around the Moon would be a recent landmark for spacetravel if it was done by NASA; the fact that a pair of presumably inexperienced, paying customers are going to be the next to see the dark side of the Moon is a genuine game-changer.
?This is a really thing that?s happened,? Musk told reporters. ?We?ve been approached to do a crewed mission beyond the Moon ...[and these passengers] are very serious about it. We plan to do that probably Dragon 2 spacecraft with the Falcon Heavy rocket.?
The trip will reportedly take around a week, as it will take mostly the same course as you're familiar with from Apollo 13: out to the Moon, slingshot around, and come back.
SpaceX has talked about manned space travel and space tourism before -- including an ambition to send paying clients to Mars! -- but this trip is sooner and more ambitious than most people had imagined. According to Gizmodo and Musk, these kind of paid missions look to be a part of SpaceX's broader ambitions, allowing SpaceX the funds and experience to build out its Mars plans, and allowing billionaires one hell of a vacation.
Victim quits pope's abuse panel, slams 'shameful' Vatican
Marie Collins, an Irish survivor of clerical sex abuse, resigned Wednesday from Pope Francis's child protection panel, accusing senior Vatican officials of "shameful" blocking of reforms approved by the pontiff. The 70-year-old, who was raped by a hospital chaplain at 13, explained her decision in an article for the National Catholic Reporter (NCR). Collins's departure leaves the Pontifical Commission on the Protection of Minors with no abuse survivors working for it.
U.S. top court backs review of Virginia voting districts in race case
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday told a lower court in a voting rights case to reassess whether Virginia's Republican-led legislature unlawfully tried to dilute the clout of black voters when it drew a series of state legislative districts. A group of voters who filed the legal challenge said the lawmakers improperly considered race as a factor when mapping boundaries of state House of Delegates voting districts. A federal district court in 2015 upheld 12 districts, but the justices directed a three-judge panel of the lower court to take a fresh look at the propriety of 11 of those.