Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. He was 25. Ventura, who set an MLB rookie record with an 103 mph fastball, pitched his last game in a cap that paid tribute to friends and fellow Major Leaguers Jose Fernandez and Oscar Taveras, who both also died tragically in crashes in recent years.
Former CIA Director John Brennan is "deeply saddened and angered" at President Donald Trump after the commander in chief addressed CIA employees at their headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on Saturday, Brennan's former deputy chief of staff says. Trump spent much of his speech -- which he gave in front of a memorial wall that honors the 117 CIA officers who have fallen in the line of duty -- focusing on the size of the crowd size at his inauguration, his appearance on magazine covers and saying he "has a running war with the media." "Former CIA Director Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump's despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA's Memorial Wall of Agency heroes," Nick Shapiro said in a statement. "Brennan says that Trump should be ashamed of himself." read more
The Trump Administration spent its first full day in office taking shots at the media and arguing about crowd sizes at Friday's inauguration. Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered a fiery broadside against the Fourth Estate from the White House Briefing Room Saturday evening, claiming that reporters had engaged in "deliberately false reporting" in the past 24 hours since President Trump took the oath of office. And, after berating the press, he walked away without taking any questions. "Photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall," Spicer claimed. read more
Friday's Metro ridership was the lowest in at least two presidential Inaugurations, and also was lower than that of an average weekday, the agency said Saturday. Metro said 570,557 people took trips in the system between its early 4 a .m. Friday opening through midnight closing. The figures are significantly lower than those from the 2009 and 2013 Inaugurations of President Barack Obama; 1.1 million trips in 2009 and 782,000 in 2013, according to Metro. The numbers were also significantly lower than Saturday, when thousands of people overwhelmed the rail system to get to the Women's March on Washington.
"Shia LaBeouf is no stranger to curious uses of streaming video -- this is the guy, after all, who livestreamed himself watching his entire filmography in reverse chronological order in 2015. But the Beef is taking his internet ambitions to new heights today with the launch of a caps-locked piece of performance art entitled HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US, co-created by frequent collaborators Nastja Sade Ronkko and Luke Turner. It consists of a stationary webcam placed on an exterior wall of New York's Museum of the Moving Image, in front of which people are invited to place themselves and intone the words "he will not divide us." The footage will be broadcast live on the web at hewillnotdivide.us, and the piece will be in operation 24 hours a day for the duration of Donald Trump's time in office." -- Vulture
During his first remarks from the podium of the press briefing room, White House spokesman Sean Spicer read an angry statement about the media's crowd size estimates of President Donald Trump's inauguration. "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," Spicer said, a claim that's contradicted by aerial photos and all other available data. President Barack Obama's first inauguration attracted a much larger crowd in 2009. read more
Wayne Barrett, the muckraking Village Voice columnist who carved out a four-decade career tilting at developers, landlords and politicians, among them Donald J. Trump and Rudolph W. Giuliani, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 71. His wife, Fran Barrett, said the cause was complications of interstitial lung disease. Barrett himself had called his condition ironic, noting that he had never been a drinker or a smoker. A self-proclaimed country boy from Virginia and a lapsed seminarian, Barrett spent 37 years at the Voice, the alternative newsweekly started in Greenwich Village. read more
It's Donald Trump's first full day as the 45th President of the United States, and people across the world are taking to the streets to protest against the incoming administration. Thousands are expected to participate Saturday in the Women's March on Washington and more than 600 sister marches are planned, according to organizers, to send a message to Trump "that women's rights are human rights." The slogan "We shall overcomb," a reference to President Trump's hair, has been spotted on placards, posters and banners at marches in London, Edinburgh and beyond. -- CNN read more
Paul Krugman: It was obvious to anyone paying attention that the incoming administration would be blatantly corrupt. But would it at least be efficient in its corruption? Many Trump voters certainly thought they were choosing a smart businessman who would get things done. And even those who knew better may have hoped that the president-elect, his ego finally sated, would settle down to running the country -- or at least delegate the boring business of governing America to people actually capable of doing the job. But it's not happening. Trump hasn't pivoted, matured, whatever term you prefer. He's still the insecure, short-attention-span egomaniac he always was. Worse, he is surrounding himself with people who share many of his flaws -- perhaps because they're the sort of people with whom he is comfortable. read more
Liz Spayd, New York Times: Late fall was a frantic period for New York Times reporters covering the country's secretive national security apparatus. Working sources at the FBI, the CIA, Capitol Hill and various intelligence agencies, the team chased several bizarre but provocative leads that, if true, could upend the presidential race. The most serious question raised by the material was this: Did a covert connection exist between Donald Trump and Russian officials trying to influence an American election? One vein of reporting centered on a possible channel of communication between a Trump organization computer server and a Russian bank with ties to Vladimir Putin. Another source was offering the Times salacious material describing an odd cross-continental dance between Trump and Moscow. The most damning claim was that Trump was aware of Russia's efforts to hack Democratic computers, an allegation with implications of treason. read more
At a news conference last week, Donald Trump said he and his daughter, Ivanka, had signed paperwork relinquishing control of all Trump-branded companies. Next to him were stacks of papers in manila envelopes -- documents he said transferred "complete and total control" of his businesses to his two sons and another longtime employee. Sheri Dillon, the Trump attorney who presented the plan, said that Trump "has relinquished leadership and management of the Trump Organization." Everything would be placed in a family trust by Jan. 20, she said. That hasn't happened. To transfer ownership of his biggest companies, Trump has to file a long list of documents in Florida, Delaware and New York. We asked officials in each of those states whether they have received the paperwork. As of 3:15 p.m. today (Jan. 20), the officials said they have not. read more
Donald John Trump today became the 45th president of the United States, as unlikely an ascent to power as the United States has seen in the presidency. Trump was sworn in around noon today. "We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, and in every foreign capital and in every hall of power," Trump said. "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land, from this day forward it's going to be only 'America first! America first!'" Here's the full schedule of the day's events. read more
The former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan tweeted "we did it" during Donald Trump's inauguration. David Duke, who served one term as the Louisiana State Representative, also "hailed" Trump and praised him for "declaring war" on the "Jewish establishment". Duke, who once led the neo-Nazi white-supremacist organization, had endorsed Trump from the start of the presidential campaign. He had previously said Trump's presidency would be a "real opportunity" for white nationalists.
During Barack Obama's presidency, if you typed whitehouse.gov/lgbt into your browser, you reached a page highlighting the administration's victories and policy changes regarding LGBT rights. It outlined historic court victories and even featured campaigns like the It Gets Better Project to help LGBT youth. Today, however -- just hours after President Donald J. Trump took the oath of office as the United States' 45th president -- if you type in whitehouse.gov/lgbt, you are redirected to a new "transitionsplash" page. The new page simply invites people to "sign up for updates from President Donald J. Trump." It makes no mention of LGBT rights. In fact, it appears the White House's LGBT rights feed has disappeared completely. read more