A partial government shutdown looms before Christmas as a last ditch meeting on Tuesday between President Donald Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is hoped to break a budget deadlock. Read more: What stopgap funding to avert shutdown means for Trump's border wallSchumer says Trump should accept $1.6 billion in border funding but this is well short of the $5 billion the president is demanding. In a joint statement, Pelosi and Schumer said the country cannot afford "a Trump Shutdown," adding that the president "knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate, and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement." John Lawrence, a former chief of staff to Pelosi, told NPR: "[Pelosi] is going to be, and I think Democrats in the House are going to be, concerned with proving that they...
The Latest: Virgin Galactic sending rocket to edge of spaceMOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on scheduled test flight of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship (all times local):Virgin Galactic plans to fly a rocket ship Thursday to the edge of space. The company says two test pilots will fly the craft early Thursday above the Mojave Desert at an altitude of more than 50 miles (80.4 kilometers), which it regards as the boundary of space. A company statement says the...
(WASHINGTON) — The head of the government agency that monitors climate change says that in nearly two years he has never discussed the issue with President Donald Trump. Acting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Adm. Timothy Gallaudet said in a press conference at a scientific meeting this week, "I personally have not briefed the president on climate change." By contrast, Oregon State University marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco, who served as NOAA chief in the first four years of the...
And it's not just the uber-contentious Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump, likely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday that broadcast to the country just how far apart the two sides are when it comes to funding for the border and/or Trump's much ballyhooed wall. 1) Trump believes his political success was built on the border wall promise. There are dozens and dozens of House Republicans who blame Trump -- and rightly so...
Mark Green, an emergency physician who has just been elected to Congress from Tennessee, said at a town hall on Tuesday that he wants to use his new position to question the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about vaccine safety. There is no evidence at all that vaccines or the preservatives in them night cause autism, despite many studies, both national and international, that have been done to try and find any possible link. Vaccine makers have also removed...
UFC President Dana White said the performance could help him jump the queue to fight Woodley (19-3-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC), and those comments may bear fruit. The obvious fight for the title at 170 pounds was thought to be Woodley vs. former interim champ Colby Covington (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC). Usman today posted a signed bout agreement for a five-round title fight against Woodley (which MMAjunkie verified with a person close to the situation to be legitimate), and called for...
The video shows Green, a Republican from Tennessee, saying he'll confront the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about autism and vaccines. But, in separate comments Wednesday to The Tennessean, Green appeared to reiterate his previous comments, but adding that vaccines are "essential to good population health." "There appears to be some evidence that as vaccine numbers increase, rates of autism increase," Green told The Tennessean. The alleged correlation between vaccines and autism has been widely debunked, and has been...
(CNN) Fast food often gets the blame for calorific meals, but new research has found that your favorite chain restaurants are dishing up meals with even more excessive calories, worsening the global obesity epidemic. One UK study analyzed the calories in 13,500 main meals served in 27 UK restaurant chains, of which 21 were full-service restaurants and the remainder serving fast food. A US study measured calories in the most frequently ordered meals in 116 restaurants across five countries --...
After seeing her new biopic three times, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has issued an opinion, the film's director, Mimi Leder, said on Wednesday. Actors Felicity Jones, who stars as Ginsburg, Justin Theroux, who plays constitutional lawyer Melvin Wulf and Armie Hammer, who plays Ginsburg's late husband, Martin Ginsburg, all posed for pictures with the Supreme Court justice Tuesday night. Theroux, appearing with Leder on MSNBC on Wednesday, described meeting Ginsburg at the premiere for the first time. Ginsburg...
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