Politics & Elections

Stephen Hawking fears he ‘may not be welcome in the U.S.’

(CNN) – British scientist Stephen Hawking fears he “may not be welcome” in the United States now that Donald Trump is President. In an interview with ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday, Hawking described President Trump’s election as “a definite swing to a right-wing” and a “more authoritarian approach.” He was especially critical of the appointment of Scott Pruitt, “a man…

Ivanka Trump gets her own office in the White House

Washington (CNN) – Ivanka Trump will work out of an office in the West Wing, a White House official told CNN on Monday. The official also confirmed Trump will seek a security clearance and government-provided communication devices, although she will not be a government employee. The move places President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter — long one of his closest advisers —…

U.K. could join U.S. airline electronics ban

Flying direct to the U.S. from major airports in the Middle East and North Africa just got a lot more complicated. The Trump administration has ordered nine airlines to stop passengers from bringing most electronic devices into the cabin for U.S.-bound flights. Instead, they’ll have to check them in. The sudden move, attributed to concerns about potential terrorist attacks, creates…

Bill proposes pension funds be divested from companies involved in building border wall

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A San Diego state legislator and two other Assembly members today introduced a bill that would require California’s pension funds to divest from companies involved in building the border wall championed by President Donald Trump. Assembly Bill 946 — the Resist the Wall Act — was co-authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, and Assemblymen…

LIVE: Trump’s wiretapping claim reaches climax with FBI testimony to House Intelligence Committee

(CNN) – The bizarre saga of President Donald Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama last year reaches a dramatic climax Monday with FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. It’s a moment of political theater that could end in humiliation for Trump, with Comey expected to say that there was no wiretapping, debunking allegations…

Science, medical research to suffer under Trump’s proposed budget cuts

(CNN) – Although the details are scarce, President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” (PDF), paints a dramatic picture for the American science and medical communities that is facing huge potential budget cuts. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a civics class, the Constitution states that it’s Congress that gets to…

President Trump releases a $1.1 trillion budget outline

(CNN) — President Donald Trump released a $1.1 trillion budget outline Thursday that proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending and corresponding cuts to non-defense spending at the State Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and the wholesale elimination of other federal programs. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s director of the Office of Management and…

Deported Veterans One Step Closer to Getting Help After Committing Crimes, Serving Time

Neda Iranpour speaks with a deported veteran, Hector Barajas in Tijuana who is one step closer to returning to the U.S.

Foreign-born U.S. veterans who have committed felonies and done time are often deported after their release. It’s a long-standing policy that has left some former servicemembers living in countries they barely know. Hector bajaras – currently in tijuana – is one of them. He said, “It was very difficult because even thought I was born here this is not my country,…

Trump paid $38M in taxes on an income of $150M, White House confirms

Washington (CNN) – President Donald Trump paid $38 million in taxes on income of more than $150 million in 2005, the White House confirmed on Tuesday. Trump made a “large-scale” write-off for construction losses in 2005, the White House said, in response to questions about a partial disclosure of his tax return from that year. He also paid “millions of dollars…

Trump pushes legislation that may leave 25 million uninsured by 2026

(CNN) – President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are pushing legislation that would repeal key aspects of the Affordable Care Act. Changing the heath insurance marketplace under Obamacare is complicated business, and there is no universal agreement on how any legislation would affect coverage. But the Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan scorekeeper on Capitol Hill, released its best guess…