A Hawaii lawmaker who says she was pressured to give up her leadership post at the statehouse after criticizing President Trump resigned Wednesday from the Republican Party. Rep. Beth Fukumoto said members of the GOP refused to oppose racism and sexism including a suggestion by Trump to create a Muslim registry during his campaign. "As a Japanese-American whose grandparents had to destroy all of their Japanese artifacts and items and bury them in the backyard to avoid getting taken and interned, how could I not have said anything?" Fukumoto asked. "And how could my party have not said anything?" ... With Fukumoto's departure, Hawaii has just five Republican state representatives and no Republican state senators. read more
Like many Washington lobby groups, the U.S. Travel Association was quick to congratulate the new president on his victory last November.
"We are encouraged that Mr. Trump's extensive business and hospitality background ... will make him a ready and receptive ear," the trade organization said. On the Republican's inauguration, the USTA's chief executive officer, Roger Dow, pledged the industry as a "capable, willing partner."
But almost immediately, things started to go sideways. A steady drumbeat of news and policy proclamations seemed likely to damage America's $250-billion travel industry and its roughly 15 million U.S. employees. read more
A restaurant owner who came to the U.S. from Mexico 19 years ago is scheduled to be deported to Mexico Friday, weeks after a routine check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials landed him in detention. Roberto Beristain, a father of four, is the owner of Eddie's Steak Shed in Granger, Indiana, where he lived with his wife Helen and their American-born children, CBS affiliate WSBT reports. Helen Beristain told local media she voted for President Trump and supported his immigration policy directing federal law enforcement to step up deportation of undocumented immigrants. However, Helen Beristain didn't believe that policy should apply to someone like her husband, who owns a business, pays taxes and stays out of trouble with the law. "We were for Mr. Trump," she told the station. "We were very happy he became the president. Whatever he says, he is right. But, like he said, the good people have a chance to become citizens of the United States."
The House intelligence committee investigation of the Trump campaign's alleged links with Moscow looks in danger of unraveling as a result of the unexplained behavior of its chairman, Devin Nunes, a former Trump adviser. Such behavior reportedly includes an unexplained disappearance from an Uber ride with a staffer on Tuesday night, described by his Democratic counterpart as a "peculiar midnight run." The investigation subsequently appeared to stall, with Nunes calling off a critical hearing scheduled for Tuesday at a time when his Democratic counterpart on the committee, Adam Schiff, said he had seen more than circumstantial evidence of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia. At an extraordinary committee hearing last Monday, the FBI director, James Comey, confirmed for the first time that the bureau was investigating Trump associates for possible collusion with Moscow. read more
A number of studies have shown that seeing a peer behave unethically increases people's dishonesty in laboratory tests. What is much harder to investigate is how this kind of influence operates at a societal level. But that is exactly what behavioral economists Simon Gächter of the University of Nottingham in England and Jonathan Schulz of Yale University set out to do in a study published in March 2016 in Nature. Their findings suggest that corruption not only harms a nation's prosperity but also shapes the moral behavior of its citizens. read more