Top News Stories For Today – Jan 17, 2018
Physician claims Trump is in excellent health
On Tuesday, presidential physician Ronny Jackson declared that President Trump, 71, has “incredible genes” and is “in excellent health.” Trump underwent a routine physical examination on Friday in Bethesda, Maryland, and Jackson said Trump, who is 6’3″ and weighs 239 pounds, did “exceedingly well” on cognitive and neurological tests, which he personally requested.
Trump’s heart exam was normal, Jackson said, and his total cholesterol was 223. Trump takes Crestor for cholesterol, aspirin for his heart, Propecia for male pattern hair loss, cream for rosacea, and a multivitamin. Jackson added that Trump should lose 10 to 15 pounds, and he was “more excited about the diet part than the exercise part.” The Week
7 demonstrators shot death in Myanmar
Seven people have been shot dead by police in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state. Officials say at least 4,000 people surrounded a government building late Tuesday in the town of Mrauk U, shortly after an annual ceremony marking the end of the Arakan kingdom more than two centuries ago.
Tin Maung Swe, the regional governor, says police attempted to get the crowd to disperse by firing warning shots using rubber bullets. When they refused to comply, the crowd began attacking soldiers and the security forces opened fire again using real ammunition. VOA
Will Britain re-run Brexit vote
Pressure is growing on British Prime Minister Theresa May to hold a second Brexit referendum. She is holding a series of talks this month with ministers to try to hammer out an agreement about what kind of post-Brexit relationship she should try to negotiate with the EU. Her ministers are fundamentally divided, adding to public confusion and fear about Brexit – Britain’s exit from the European Union. But May has rejected allowing a second referendum, and Labor’s Jeremy Corbyn has also rejected the idea of doing referendum again.
BMG Research poll found 57 percent would support a re-run, a three percent increase from a similar survey conducted in December. The idea of holding a second referendum took off after Farage said last week on British television that “my mind is changing on this.” Farage, leader of the UK independence party, was a member of the European Parliament but campaigned to leave EU, was a prominent supporter of Brexit. VOA
Bannon facing 2 subpoenas in Russia probe
President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon faced angry lawmakers from both parties during a contentious interview that stretched more than 10 hours yesterday, as he was hit with subpoenas on multiple fronts and was accused by a top Democrat of agreeing to a White House “gag order.”
Bannon confirmed to the House Intelligence Committee that he was issued a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. He was also slapped with a new subpoena on Tuesday from the committee itself. Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee’s top Democrat, said after the hearing that Bannon was instructed by the White House in advance of the hearing not to respond to certain topics. CNN
DOJ asks Supreme Court to overturn DACA ruling
The Justice Department said Tuesday that it would take a “rare step” to bypass an appeals court and directly ask the Supreme Court to overturn a judge’s ruling blocking President Trump’s move to end an Obama-era program shielding hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Trump in September said he was unwinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, arguing that former President Barack Obama overstepped his authority when he started the program in 2012 to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.
A judge last week temporarily blocked Trump’s order, saying the immigrants should be allowed to stay until challenges work their way through the courts. Lawmakers are currently working on a deal to revive the program. Reuters
Trump and a porn star’s story
One month before the 2016 presidential election, Fox News had a story ready to go about an alleged affair between adult film actress Stormy Daniels and President Trump, but never published it, four people familiar with the matter told CNN. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that in October 2016, Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, arranged a $130,000 payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep quiet about the alleged sexual relationship.
Fox News reporter Diana Falzone had a completed story about Daniels and Trump, which included a statement confirming the relationship from Daniels’ manager, but “Fox killed it,” one person familiar with the matter told CNN. Noah Kotch, who became editor-in-chief and vice president of Fox News digital in 2017, said “in doing our due diligence, we were unable to verify all of the facts and publish a story.” Cohen and Daniels have both denied WSJ’s report.
US hold Palestinian aid
The US will hold back more than half the funding it gives to Palestinian refugees, making good on a threat President Trump tweeted out weeks ago. The US will release $60 million to the United Nations Relief Works Agency, which helps Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
The remaining $65 million will be held indefinitely. The State Department said this wasn’t punishment for the Palestinians pushing for a UN vote to condemn Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. CNN
21 States sue to keep net neutrality
A group of 21 US state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday, while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling.
The attorneys general filed a petition with a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., to challenge the action, calling it “arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion” and saying that it violated federal laws and regulations. The petition was filed as Senate Democrats said they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber for repeal. VOA
Temperature falls to – 88.6 F in Russia
In Russia’s remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas Tuesday. In Yakutia — a region of 1 million people about 3,300 miles (5,300 kilometers) east of Moscow — students routinely go to school even in minus 40 degrees. But school was canceled Tuesday throughout the region and police ordered parents to keep their children inside.
Over the weekend, two men froze to death when they tried to walk to a nearby farm after their car broke down. Three other men with them survived because they were wearing warmer clothes, investigators reported. AP
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