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Former US presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton pledge to receive COVID-19 vaccine on TV to show its safety
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Former US presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton pledge to receive COVID-19 vaccine on TV to show its safety

Former US presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton have pledged to receive coronavirus vaccine on camera to help promote the safety of the vaccine.   The effort comes as the Food and Drug Administration prepares to meet next week to decide whether to authorize a Covid-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech.   In an interview with SiriusXM host Joe Madison, Obama said that he would trust Anthony Fauci if the infectious disease expert declares a coronavirus vaccine to be safe.   “People like Anthony Fauci, who I know, and I’ve worked with, I trust completely,” Obama said. “So, if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting Covid, absolutely, I’m going to take it.”   Obam...
Bush, Romney Won’t Support Trump Re-Election
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Bush, Romney Won’t Support Trump Re-Election

Former US President George W. Bush and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) will not support President Trump’s reelection, The New York Times reported Saturday. Several Republican leaders are struggling with whether to endorse the sitting president in his reelection campaign, with some are considering endorsing or voting for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Recent events involving Trump’s response to the protests against police treatment of minority populations and the coronavirus pandemic have inspired an urgency among Republicans to decide whether to publicly discuss their voting plans for November, according to the Times. People familiar with George W. Bush’s thinking told the newspaper he will not back the president’s reelection and that his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb ...
Late Senator John Mccain Bans President Trump From Attending His Funeral, Says Obama And Bush Should Give Eulogies
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Late Senator John Mccain Bans President Trump From Attending His Funeral, Says Obama And Bush Should Give Eulogies

The New York Times reports that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have been asked to give eulogies at Senator John McCain’s funeral, but President Donald Trump has been banned from attending the ceremony.   John McCain, who died on Saturday at the age of 81, will lie in state in the Capital Rotunda in Washington, D.C., and receive a full dress funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral. His death on Saturday triggered a flood of tributes and even from U.S. President Donald Trump that he greatly opposed. Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter, have also paid tributes in memory of the senator. Trump, in a tweet said: “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers a...
Trump Orders All Liberians In America To Vacate The Country Within 12 Months
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Trump Orders All Liberians In America To Vacate The Country Within 12 Months

President Trump said on Tuesday he will end a special immigration program that has allowed nearly 4,000 Liberians to legally live and work in the U.S. over the past 25 years. Liberians will now face a similar situation to thousands of people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan who had their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) terminated by the Trump administration. They either have to leave the country at the expiration of the deadline or risk becoming undocumented immigrants facing deportation. Liberians were first granted TPS in March 1991 under former President George H.W. Bush due to armed conflicts that were gripping the country, and starting in 1999, Liberians were transferred into a separate program called Deferred Enforced Departure, a classification that allowed th...
Trump Order To Keep Guantanamo Open Sheer Stupidity
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Trump Order To Keep Guantanamo Open Sheer Stupidity

Donald Trump confirmed this week that he would keep the Guantanamo Bay detention facility open, a move experts say is unsurprising yet will likely mean that several dozen remaining detainees will not be able to leave the infamous prison. Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday stating that detention at the US-run prison camp in Cuba would continue. “Donald Trump’s a moron if he thinks Guantanamo should remain open because it keeps us more safe or improves our standing in the world,” said Wells Dixon, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Justice, a US-based legal advocacy group. “It does exactly the opposite.” The decision is a break from the positions of Trump’s predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who both said they believed the facility should be shu...
US President Donald Trump Gets Dog Statue In China
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US President Donald Trump Gets Dog Statue In China

A mall in northern China has installed a larger-than-life canine statue with more than a passing resemblance to US President Donald Trump to welcome the coming Year of the Dog. The giant pooch towers above shoppers in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province, sporting a slick golden pompadour, angled brows and a red scarf with one index finger raised in a distinctly Trumpian manner. As he was born in 1946, Trump, who has been accused of having more bark than bite, is a dog under the Chinese zodiac — a trait which he shares with his predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Those born in the Year of the Dog, according to Chinese astrology, are forthright and extremely loyal, in addition to having a strong sense of justice. But they can also be stubborn, irritable and easily angered....
Kathy Griffin Is ‘Not Sorry’ For Infamous Trump Photo: ‘I Knew What I Was Doing’
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Kathy Griffin Is ‘Not Sorry’ For Infamous Trump Photo: ‘I Knew What I Was Doing’

Kathy Griffin is not sorry for her infamous photo with a mask of Donald Trump’s bloodied head. The 57-year-old comedian opened up about the controversy to BBC World News program HardTalk in an interview airing Wednesday. “I’m not sorry. I take the apology back 1,000 percent,” Griffin said. “The reason I made the apology is when the image went out, I thought people would just think, ‘That’s Kathy doing another shocking image.’ I’ve done many throughout my entire career, and I’ve done many shocking things. When I won my first Emmy I said, ‘Suck it, Jesus, because this award is my God now!’ And you know, the conservatives took ads out it the papers. That’s what they like to spend their time and money on. So yes, I knew what I was doing.” Griffin explained that she felt motivated to apologi...
THIS Hollywood Star Is Completely Unrecognisable On The Set Of His Latest Film
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THIS Hollywood Star Is Completely Unrecognisable On The Set Of His Latest Film

The 43-year-old has transformed himself into one of the best known US politicians of our time. He’s so dedicated to the role, the Oscar winner has even piled on the pounds to make his look more authentic. Speaking about his diet for the film, he told reporters he’d been eating “lots of pies”. While he’s previously taken on massive parts in epics including The Fighter, American Hustle and American Psycho, this is one of the actor’s most challenging roles to date. And if you hadn’t already guessed, then you may be surprised to know that the 'elderly' gent in these snaps is in fact Batman star Christian Bale. In the new biopic, which is still untitled, Christian plays George W Bush’s second in command Dick Cheney. Hollywood beauty Amy Adams has been cast in the role of Cheney's wife Lyn...
Barack Obama Called For Jury Duty In Illinois
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Barack Obama Called For Jury Duty In Illinois

Barack Obama has fulfilled his civic duty as president. Now comes another role as a citizen: jury duty. Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans told county commissioners Friday that Obama has been summoned for jury duty next month in Illinois, according to CNN affiliate WLS. Obama plans to serve as juror, according to WLS. CNN has reached out to Evans and Obama's representative, but has not heard back. The former president lives in Washington, but maintains a home in Chicago. With a Harvard Law School degree, experience teaching law and eight years as commander in chief, he is a pretty decent candidate for jury duty. Obama is not the first former president to receive a notice for jury duty. In 2015, former President George W. Bush reported for jury duty at a Dallas courthouse. While Bush...
UNESCO: Palestine Accuses United States Of Bias
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UNESCO: Palestine Accuses United States Of Bias

Palestine has accused the U.S of withdrawing from UNESCO over “anti-Israel bias,” and noted that the organization will keep operating. With a mounting debt clocking six years, Washington gave notice of withdrawal from the United Nation’s body by 2018. According to Sputnik, Palestine lamented the move which it described as highly political. Palestine said as an organization, UNESCO limited its scope of operation and focuses on the cultural, educational and heritage dimensions. “We are confident that the organization can survive such behaviour, in the same way, it survived previous similar intimidations in the past. “We will maintain protecting the total independence and professionalism of the organization” The country slammed Washington for using its membership in the orga...
Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall In Texas As Category 4
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Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall In Texas As Category 4

A mammoth storm off the coast of Texas strenghtened to a category four hurricane on Friday as the US state and surrounding areas braced for what officials warned would be a “major disaster”. Hurricane Harvey is expected to be the most powerful to hit the US mainland since 2005. Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked President Donald Trump to preemptively declare Harvey a “major disaster” in order to speed federal assistance, issuing disaster declarations for 30 counties. “We can obviously tell already at this stage this is going to be a very major disaster,” Abbot said, as more than 1,000 National Guardsmen were activated. “We’re going to be dealing with really record-setting flooding in multiple regions.” Forecasters said Harvey could hit land near Corpus Christi, a major oil hub...
Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Between Two
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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Between Two

President Donald Trump is set to unveil his pick for a lifetime job on the US Supreme Court, likely choosing a conservative judge to try to shape the court on issues like abortion and gun and religious rights. Democrats, still fuming over the Republican-led Senate's refusal to act on former President Barack Obama's court nominee last year, are girding for a fight. Trump has announced he will reveal his choice to replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last February, at the White House on Tuesday night. "We'll be announcing a Supreme Court justice who I think everybody's going to be impressed with," Trump told reporters at a cyber security event in the White House. The court is ideologically split with four conservative justices and four liberals and Trump's ...
Trump’s Talk On Terror And Iraq Has Experts Worried About A Coming Backlash
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Trump’s Talk On Terror And Iraq Has Experts Worried About A Coming Backlash

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s comments about the state of the war on terror, along with the policies his administration is rolling out in his first week in office, have left longtime analysts alarmed over the possibility that the very groups he wants defeated will instead be further emboldened. “It’s not probably enough to dramatically expand their relatively minuscule base of support in the Muslim world, but for a group like [the Islamic State], they don’t have to mobilize 1,000 people,” J.M. Berger, fellow at the International Centre for Counter-terrorism in The Hague, Netherlands, and author of ISIS: The State of Terror, wrote in a Tuesday email. “If they mobilize an extra 10 so-called ‘lone wolf’ attackers in the course of a year, that’s a big deal for them.” Trump has lo...
Trump’s War On Media Undermines Trust
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Trump’s War On Media Undermines Trust

Donald Trump's "running war" on the media is continuing into his presidency, with statements over the weekend calling into question the extent to which information from the White House can be trusted. White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday will hold his first daily press briefing, at which he could face questions about a statement on Saturday night that included demonstrably false assertions about the crowd size at Trump's inauguration and a promise by the new administration that "we're going to hold the press accountable." Some Trump supporters will no doubt cheer the continued antagonism toward the media that was central to the Republican's campaign for president. Now the stakes are higher. Press secretaries have been lied to by their bosses, or misled reporters...
Al Gore Sets Standing Ovation At Sundance
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Al Gore Sets Standing Ovation At Sundance

On the night before Donald Trump was inaugurated as US president, former vice president Al Gore was applauded for his skill as a film-maker. "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" kicked off the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Thursday night, bringing a strongly positive response from an audience of 1,200 at the Eccles Centre Theater. Many stood at the end of the film to applaud Gore, who compared the cause of slowing climate change to other great moral causes of the modern era - like women's suffrage and civil rights. Robert Redford introduced the festival's kick-off film saying that Gore was a "good friend." "There was a moment in politics when the Supreme Court was not very kind to Al," Redford said, referring to the court's halt of a recount in Florida, which left Georg...
Hillary Among Dignitaries At Inauguration
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Hillary Among Dignitaries At Inauguration

Hillary Clinton has arrived to witness the inauguration of the man who defeated her for the presidency of the United States, Donald Trump. Clinton accompanied her husband, Bill, the 42nd president of the US. Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in a brutal and bitter campaign, says she's attending Trump's inauguration to "honor our democracy." "I'm here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values. I will never stop believing in our country & its future," she tweeted. Trump and Clinton were last face to face at a charity dinner in New York in October. The Democratic nominee and former secretary of state waved to reporters when she arrived for the ceremony on Friday morning, but did not answer questions. Former presidents George W Bush and Jimmy Carter ar...
Donald Trump Being Sworn In As President
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Donald Trump Being Sworn In As President

The official ceremony to swear in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States has begun in Washington DC. The controversial Republican will take the oath of office at midday at the Capitol building. Among the dignitaries are his family, and former presidents Jimmy Carter, George W Bush, Bill Clinton - and Hillary Clinton the woman he defeated at the November election. Trump, in a dark suit, white shirt and red tie, arrived at the podium at 11.30am, greeting his wife Melania with a kiss. He also kissed outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama before he was warmly welcomed by Barack Obama. He will take power at midday over a divided country after a savage campaign and set the country on a new, uncertain path at home and abroad. Trump, 70, enters the Wh...
Obama Blames Congress For Guantanamo
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Obama Blames Congress For Guantanamo

US President Barack Obama has sent a letter to Congress blaming the politicians for his failure to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Obama leaves office with 41 detainees remaining at the facility used to detain terrorist suspects in 2002 as the George W Bush administration grappled with the fallout of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the start of the US war in Afghanistan. Obama had pledged to shutter the facility, ordering its closure just days after taking office in 2009. His administration however has run up against frequent road blocks, including public opposition, difficulty in finding third countries to accept detainees and legal prohibitions put in place by Congress. The Obama administration transferred 196 detainees. "History will cast a ...
Elder Bush Suffered ‘Shortness Of Breath’
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Elder Bush Suffered ‘Shortness Of Breath’

Former President George HW Bush has been admitted to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, while his wife, Barbara, was hospitalised as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing. The 92-year-old former president, who had been hospitalised since Saturday, underwent a procedure "to protect and clear his airway that required sedation," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. Bush was stable and resting comfortably at Houston Methodist Hospital, where he was to stay for observation, the statement said. The 41st president was placed in the ICU to address "an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia," McGrath said. He later told The Associated Press that doctors were happy with how the procedure went. Bush was first admitted to...
Ivanka Trump Heads To Washington
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Ivanka Trump Heads To Washington

Ivanka Trump plans to step aside from her executive roles at the Trump Organisation and her lifestyle brand, but says she is confident both businesses will continue to "thrive". In a post on her Facebook page on Wednesday, Ivanka Trump said she would take a "formal leave of absence" from her executive positions at the Trump Organisation and her lifestyle brand - which offers shoes, clothes and messages of female empowerment. President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he would put control of his company in the hands of his sons and an executive, put his business assets in a trust and take other steps to isolate himself from his business. Ivanka Trump said her company will be run by the current president and a board of trustees. For now, she is not taking a role in...
Kanye West’s Endorsement Of Donald Trump Infuriates Fans
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Kanye West’s Endorsement Of Donald Trump Infuriates Fans

Kanye West has a long habit of making outrageous remarks. But last night he reportedly interrupted his own concert several times on Thursday night to tell the crowd that he would have voted for Donald Trump and that African-Americans should “stop focusing on racism.” The megastar rapper also reiterated his own plans to make a bid for the White House in 2020 during his concert in San Jose, Calif. West’s comments were captured in video that Twitter users uploaded online, showing the rapper drawing boos from the crowd after he explained that, while he did not vote on Election Day, he would have voted for Trump. “If I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted [for] Trump,” West told the crowd. West expanded on that comment by calling Trump a “genius” because the billionaire won the election, repo...
Conflict Of Interest? How Will President Trump Manage His Business Empire?
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Conflict Of Interest? How Will President Trump Manage His Business Empire?

When President-elect Donald Trump moves into the White House, he'll be the most conflict-of-interest-prone president in modern history, thanks to the sprawling empire he's built over the last several decades. He controls more than 500 companies across many industries. "The sheer scale and private nature of his business suggest it would be an unprecedented and potentially thorny situation for a president," said Ari Melber, MSNBC's chief legal correspondent. While on the campaign trail, Trump said that if he were elected to the nation's highest office, he would hand the reins of his businesses to his children and not "discuss it with them." And Trump declared he would "absolutely get out in some form" if there were sanctions placed on countries where the Trump Organization operates. ...
Many Of Trump’s Sweeping Promises Will Be Hard, If Not Impossible, To Fulfill
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Many Of Trump’s Sweeping Promises Will Be Hard, If Not Impossible, To Fulfill

President-elect Donald Trump is set to take office under immense pressure to quickly deliver on a list of audacious campaign promises that served as the cornerstone of his bid to disrupt Washington and undo pieces of President Obama’s agenda. Some of Trump’s most dramatic undertakings — such as canceling Obama’s “illegal” executive actions — can be done in his first hours as president. Other priorities, such as repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act or building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, will require the approval of Congress, which will be controlled by Republicans but could still squabble over details. Others still could run into political or legal obstacles that may be difficult to overcome. For Trump, the transition from proposing severe changes on the campaign tra...
Former US President George W. Bush Officials Endorse Hillary Clinton in Open Letter
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Former US President George W. Bush Officials Endorse Hillary Clinton in Open Letter

Republicans who served top roles in President George W. Bush's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) have endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. The 13 former officials backed the Democrat in an open letter Wednesday, led by former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman and former Transportation Secretary Mary Peters. The letter read in part: "We believe in effective government, a society of hope and optimism balanced with realism, and a politics of civility and honesty. None of these values are present in Donald Trump's campaign," the ex-officials wrote. The Wednesday letter follows an open declaration in August from 50 foreign policy experts who served in GOP administrations and are also denouncing Trump while backing Clinton. Clinton has also garne...

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