Top News Stories for Today – March 1, 2017
Trump’s first address to Congress
During his first address to Congress as president, President Trump described in broad strokes his vision for the country. He began his speech by denouncing the recent bomb threats against Jewish community centers and the toppling of gravestones in Jewish cemeteries, and went on to call on lawmakers to come up with a “better” health care plan than ObamaCare and to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the country’s infrastructure.
A majority of people who watched President Donald Trump’s congressional speech approved of Trump’s message, according to an instant CNN/ORC poll Tuesday night. He ended his speech by imploring Americans to “seize the moment and believe in yourselves, believe in your future, and believe, once more, in America.”
Here is where Trump’s speech performed best among viewers polled by CNN: Economy: 72% said Trump’s proposals were right for the US. Terrorism: 70% of viewers agreed to the same question on the issue. Taxes: 64% of people who watched had a positive reaction to Trump’s comments. Immigration: 62% of viewers agreed with the president’s reform agenda. Healthcare: 61% of viewers polled said Trump’s remarks on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act were on point. The speech was expected to provide Trump with an overall boost in his approval ratings, which have languished in the first weeks of his presidency. Business Insider, The New York Times
Trump will drop Iraq from travel ban
Following pressure from the Pentagon and State Department, President Trump’s next executive order on immigration will take Iraq off the list of countries whose citizens are temporarily barred from entering the United States, several US officials told The Associated Press. The officials said that Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will stay on the list, but Iraq was removed because the country is a crucial partner in the fight against the Islamic State.
This new order is designed to replace Trump’s earlier order that has been blocked several times by multiple courts, and while it was originally going to be signed on Wednesday, NBC News reports that after Trump’s speech to Congress on Tuesday night, it was decided the signing should be postponed until later this week. The Associated Press
Americans born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer than those born around 1950, a new study suggests. The study found that colorectal cancer is on the rise among young and middle-aged adults in their early 50s. Rectal cancer is growing particularly fast among people younger than 55, with 30 percent of diagnoses in people under 55.
Researchers note that rates of colorectal cancer have been falling since the 1980s with an even steeper decline in the past decade, which has been caused by more screening. VOA
Obamas agree book deal with Penguin
Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have agreed a book deal with Penguin Random House. “The company has acquired world publication rights for two books, to be written by President and Mrs Obama respectively,” the publisher said. Titles and other details have not been disclosed but the deal is believed to be worth over $60m, a record sum for US presidential memoirs.
Mr Obama is the author of the bestsellers Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope. Mrs Obama has written American Grown – a book about food and gardening. “With their words and their leadership, they changed the world, and every day, with the books we publish at Penguin Random House, we strive to do the same,” Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle said.
According to the publishers announcement, the Obamas “plan to donate a significant portion of their author proceeds to charity, including the Obama Foundation.” Additionally, Penguin Random House will donate one million books “in the Obama family’s name.” BBC
Uber CEO caught on camera argue with driver
Uber’s bad February ended on a sour note Tuesday when Bloomberg released a dashboard video of CEO Travis Kalanick getting into a fight with his Uber Black driver, Fawzi Kamel, on Super Bowl Sunday. Most of the 6-minute video is pretty boring, but as Kalanick was preparing to get out at his destination, Kamel decided he wanted to talk shop, complaining about changes to Uber’s business model he says are hurting drivers.
Kalanick cordially argued with Kamel then lost his temper. “Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own sh-t,” he said. “They blame everything in their life on somebody else. Good luck!” In an email to Uber staff on Tuesday, Kalanick said he’s “ashamed” of his actions and called them “a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up.” The New York Times