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Trump defends NFL tweets amid Puerto Rico crisis: 'I have plenty of time on my hands'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump defended sending a barrage of tweets berating professional athletes as Puerto Rico reels in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Hurricane Maria coverage revives old questions about Puerto Rico’s status
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The U.S. media coverage of Hurricane Maria has resurrected old conversations about Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States.
Trump says Puerto Rico aid is ‘doing well’ as island faces crisis
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Abi de la Paz de la Cruz, 3, holds a gas can as she waits in line with her family, to get fuel from a gas station, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. The U.S. ramped up its response Monday to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico while the Trump administration sought to blunt criticism that its response to Hurricane Maria has fallen short of it efforts in Texas and Florida after the recent hurricanes there. President Trump took time out from his ongoing Twitter tirade against the NFL on Monday night to tweet about the crisis in Puerto Rico, but his message struck some people as tone deaf.
Roger Stone: Manafort's mood 'amazingly good' despite coming indictment
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Yahoo News interviews Roger Stone, President Trump’s longtime political adviser, about the expected indictment of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Stone’s upcoming appearance before the House Intelligence Committee.
Hillary Clinton: I'm not sure Trump knows that Puerto Ricans are American citizens
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In a town hall event Monday night, the former presidential candidate took issue with Trump’s priorities as he devoted more attention to protesting athletes than to the condition of millions on Puerto Rico.
Roger Stone accuses House intel panel of 'cowardice' for insisting on closed
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In a feisty statement to be delivered to the House Intelligence Committee, Roger Stone, President Trump’s longtime political adviser, denies any collusion with Russia during last year’s presidential election and accuses panel members of “cowardice” for insisting that he testify behind closed doors rather than in a public session.
Locals take on China's invasion of Africa's biggest economy: 'They're like Goliath, we're David'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In Nigeria, a scrappy local company is trying to crack the smartphone market, which is dominated by a foreign behemoth. This is the story of the upstart AfriOne and the Chinese-based Tecno.
Looking back at the 'Hitler diaries' in an age of fake news
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Last week there was a memorial service for Russell Watson, a much-admired writer and editor at Newsweek magazine, where he and I both worked for sizable chunks of our lives. Hoping to capitalize on the publicity about the sensational find without actually committing either cash or its editorial imprimatur, the editors decided to run a cover story on the “controversy” over the diaries, based mainly on what other people were saying about them.
Roger Stone: Manafort’s mood 'amazingly good' despite coming indictment
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Yahoo News interviews Roger Stone about Paul Manafort's looming indictment.
Will Barcelona secede from Spain? Catalan independence is up for a vote — and Russia is stirring the pot.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
At issue is a wave of Catalan nationalism culminating in a referendum on secession, scheduled for Oct. 1.
White House: If NFL protests are about police brutality, players 'should protest the officers on the field'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders suggested Monday that if NFL players who kneel during the national anthem at games are doing so because of police brutality, they should protest the officers instead of the song.
Health care bill protesters descend on Senate hearing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The typically hushed corridors of the Russell Senate Building echoed with noise Monday as protesters, upset by the Senate Republicans’ health care bill, descended on lawmakers’ offices to let their displeasure be known ― part of several such demonstrations around the U.S. Capitol.
As Puerto Rico reels from hurricane, Trump focuses on football
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Puerto Rico’s governor, its mayors, and its representative to Congress have all called attention to the island territory’s desperate situation, but the president hasn’t mentioned Puerto Rico on Twitter since the middle of last week. He has largely focused on NFL players instead.
Photos: NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday that a wave of protests held by National Football League players during the US anthem before games had “nothing to do with race”.
White House officials defend Trump, say athletes 'can do free speech on their own time'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defended Trump’s call for NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to be suspended or fired. “It’s not about free speech,” Mnucin said Sunday. “They can do free speech on their own time.”
'Amen sister': Clinton agrees with interviewer that authenticity is a 'bulls*** concept'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hillary Clinton pushed back against one of the most frequent criticisms she faced as a candidate last year — a lack of “authenticity” — agreeing with an interviewer that it amounted to a “bulls***” and sexist double standard.
As Russia probe turns to fake Facebook ads, Trump follows with a tweet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump continued his efforts to belittle accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Friday, turning to the latest set of charges, involving targeted political ads placed on Facebook by accounts linked to the Kremlin.
In wake of U.N. speech, Kim calls Trump a ‘dotard.’ Trump fires back at ‘madman.’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have unleashed personal attacks on one another after the U.S. commander in chief’s speech at the United Nations. “Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!” Trump wrote Friday morning.
Gab, the social network of the 'alt
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A social networking website popular with white supremacists faced a fresh round of controversies this week after it banned the former system administrator of the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer from using its services. It also faced a deadline from its domain registrar in Australia, which said it would delist the site over its controversial content.
Iraqi Kurds to vote on independence
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The outcome of the vote, almost certain to be "yes," is likely to further rattle a region still engulfed in the fight against the Islamic State group. Baghdad and Iraq's neighbors Iran and Turkey — which worry it will encourage their own sizable Kurdish populations — have all demanded it be called off.
Kurds to vote on independence, potentially splitting Iraq
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Kurdish people are taking an enormous step to claim their own country in northern Iraq. A referendum vote to secede from the country and become an independent Kurdistan will take place on September 25.
Lead in Flint's water linked to decline in birth rate, study finds
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The lead contamination of the Flint, Mich., water system that began in 2014 has shown up in the blood of thousands of children across the city, and public health officials are keeping a watch out for possible health and behavioral effects. According to the research of health economics professors Daniel Grossman of West Virginia University and David Slusky of the University of Kansas, after the city’s water source was switched to the Flint river in 2014, fertility rates among Flint residents decreased by 12 percent, while fetal death rates increased by 58 percent.
Gab, the social network of the ‘alt
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A social networking website popular with white supremacists faced a fresh round of controversies this week after it banned the former system administrator of the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer from using its services. It also faced a deadline from its domain registrar in Australia, which said it would delist the site over its controversial content.
Trump unveils new sanctions targeting North Korea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Following up the forceful statement he made at the U.N. on Tuesday, the president announced a new executive order applying further restrictions on North Korea and firms that do business with the country.
Kimmel takes a second shot at Cassidy over health care bill
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
For the second straight night, Jimmy Kimmel used his monologue Wednesday to rail against Sen. Bill Cassidy and other critics who say he should stick to comedy.
Trump jokes about 'deplorable' North Korea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
"I'm happy you used the world 'deplorable,’” Trump told South Korean President Moon Jae-in. “That's been a very lucky word for me and many millions of people."
Bipartisan health care fix dies in Senate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
The Senate’s rejection of bipartisan health bill is a dispiriting moment for world’s greatest deliberative body.
Will Barcelona secede from Spain? Catalan independence is up for a vote — and Russia is stirring the pot
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Here in Spain’s second-largest city, long a magnet for American tourists, life on the surface appears as festive as ever, from the beach terraces laden with pitchers of sangria to the crowds browsing the kiosks on the pedestrian median of La Rambla, which almost immediately returned to normal after last month’s terror attack. But the tension brewing just below the surface of Catalonia, the wealthy northeast region of 7.5 million of which Barcelona is capital, burst into the open Wednesday morning with a series of raids by national police on the regional ministry of finance, leading to at least a dozen arrests of senior officials, followed by hours of flag-waving marches and demonstrations. At issue is a wave of Catalan nationalism culminating in a referendum on secession, scheduled for October 1.
Pence presses Myanmar, U.N. to end Rohingya violence
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Vice President Mike Pence pressed Myanmar’s military to end its violent campaign against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority and urged the U.N. Security Council to respond forcefully to the resulting humanitarian crisis in Southeast Asia.
Obama blasts 'aggravating' GOP plans to repeal Obamacare
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former President Barack Obama mocked Republicans in a speech on Wednesday for repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law also known as Obamacare.
Friend of slain Georgia Tech student: 'If Scout was more gender
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Scout Schultz, a Georgia Tech student, was shot by campus police on Saturday night, and a protest two days later led to arrests. In the aftermath of those events, Yahoo Lifestyle talked to a friend of Schultz’s to gain some perspective on what happened and why.
White House says Trump didn't apologize to Turkey's Erdogan for D.C. clash with protesters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
"President Trump … said that he was sorry, and he told me that he was going to follow up on this issue,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told PBS in reference to the incident, which resulted in charges against 15 Turkish security officers.
Kimmel: Cassidy 'lied to my face' on health care; Cassidy: 'I'm sorry he does not understand'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., says Jimmy Kimmel “does not understand” the new health care legislation he and Sen. Lindsey Graham are co-sponsoring after the late-night host blasted their proposal and accused Cassidy of lying to his face.
Presidential paranoia: Does Mueller have a mole in the White House?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump has long spoken in conspiratorial terms about a range of topics. It appears this is partly responsible for fostering a culture of distrust and paranoia in the White House.
Trump fires back after Clinton calls U.N. speech 'dangerous'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump lashed out at Hillary Clinton on Twitter after his former election opponent called his speech to the United Nations General Assembly “very dark” and “dangerous.”
White House says Trump didn’t apologize to Turkey’s Erdogan for D.C. clash with protesters
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In this frame grab from video provided by Voice of America, members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganâ s security detail are shown violently reacting to peaceful protesters during Erdogan’s trip last month to Washington. House Republican and Democratic lawmakers are expected to approve overwhelmingly a resolution that calls for members of Erdoganâ s security detail who were involved in the incident to be brought to justice. WASHINGTON — The White House is rejecting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s claim that President Trump said he was “sorry” for a May incident in which security personnel from Turkey attacked protesters in Washington, D.C.
Gillespie and Northam play it safe in second gubernatorial debate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Republican Ed Gillespie and and Democrat Ralph Northam meet in second gubernatorial debate in Virginia.
All eyes on Murkowski, McCain as Obamacare repeal and replace returns
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Without support from the GOP holdouts, it is difficult to see how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., can whip 50 votes for the new health care bill before Sept. 30, the deadline to use the reconciliation process that requires a simple majority to push through the legislation.
Buildings sway, collapse as powerful earthquake hits Mexico City
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City. Stunning videos posted on Twitter showed buildings swaying and in some cases collapsing, as people poured into the streets.
New riots over police shooting raise the question: What is it about St. Louis?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
In St. Louis, protests over the acquittal of a former police officer in the fatal shooting of a black motorist have degenerated into violent clashes with police. Problems between police and the black community exist well beyond St. Louis and nearby Ferguson. But this week’s clashes suggest that racial problems run deep here.
Confront Trump or try to work with him? California Dems are at the forefront of the debate.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Deep-blue California boasts of how it’s resisting the Trump agenda, but the Democrats are divided between “protesters” and “pragmatists.” Some of the opposition is more rhetorical than substantive, and the most ambitious item on the anti-Trump agenda, a statewide single-payer health care plan, went down in flames.
World leaders' faces react to Trump's U.N. speech
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
As Trump made his announcements, country by country, photographers documented how the world leaders reacted to the U.S. commander in chief’s address. Click through the slideshow to see their faces.
Hillary Clinton: Media got 'played' by the Russians
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hillary Clinton, promoting her new book, "What Happened," criticized the press's role in the 2016 election and said the media got “played” by the Russians by promoting the WikiLeaks dumps.
Trump threatens to 'totally destroy North Korea' in U.N. address
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump threatened to “totally destroy North Korea” his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
Trump warns U.S. may have to 'totally destroy' North Korea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Condemning the “depraved” North Korean regime, the president mocked Kim Jong Un, saying: “’Rocket Man’ is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime." Trump’s stark message came in a speech in which he also sharply criticized China, mildly rebuked Russia, condemned Venezuela’s government, and suggested he might scrap the Iran nuclear deal.
Confront Trump or try to work with him? California Dems are at the forefront of the debate
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Deep-blue California boasts of how it’s resisting the Trump agenda, but the Democrats are divided between “protesters” and “pragmatists.” Some of the opposition is more rhetorical than substantive, and the most ambitious item on the anti-Trump agenda, a statewide single-payer health-care plan, went down in flames.
'What a class act!' Chaffetz says he'll pass on reading Clinton's book
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) listens to testimony during a committee hearing about the private email server of then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, used during her tenure as Secretary of State, September 13, 2016. Jason Chaffetz, the former Utah Republican congressman, said he knows he is the subject of a widely-circulated anecdote in  Hillary Clinton’s newly-released memoir of the 2016 campaign, “What Happened.” But he doesn’t intend to read it. “There is no possible way you could get me to read that book,” Chaffetz said Monday.
Island owner Richard Branson: Hurricanes 'start of things to come'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Virgin’s billionaire founder blasts Trump on climate change: “The whole world knows it’s real except for maybe one person in the White House.”
Hillary Clinton: Media got ‘played’ by the Russians
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hillary Clinton, promoting her new book "What Happened," criticized the press's role in the 2016 election and said the media got played by the Russians by promoting the WikiLeaks dumps.
Trump takes 'America First' to wary U.N. audience
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump will use his maiden speech to the U.N. General Assembly to condemn Iran, call for global action on North Korea, and unapologetically defend his nationalistic “America First” stance before wary world leaders, administration officials said. Chinese President Xi Jinping is skipping the annual diplomatic crush in New York, but Trump will at least implicitly criticize Beijing in his Tuesday speech for not doing enough to tighten an economic vise on North Korea.