Michael Martin

Trump wants to reclassify nuclear waste as less dangerous

The Trump administration wants to reclassify radioactive waste resulting from the production of nuclear weapons, so it will be cheaper to dispose of, the Associated Press reported. The Department of Energy has proposed relabeling high-level nuclear waste as "low-level." High-level...

Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:42 PM

Trump administration making school lunches less healthy

The Trump administration is rolling back school-lunch guidelines enacted by the Obama administration, allowing more processed foods, salt and sugar. Starting in July, cafeterias will be allowed to serve 1% chocolate and flavored milks, instead of just skim varieties. They are no longer required to...

Friday, December 14, 2018, 5:19 PM

New Facebook bug exposed private photos of 6.8 million, company says

Facebook announced Friday that a bug had exposed the private photos of 6.8 million users without their permission. The bug enabled third-party app developers to access photos that Facebook users had uploaded but not yet shared, the company said. Images shared over Facebook Stories were also...

Friday, December 14, 2018, 4:40 PM

Trump to deport group of previously protected Vietnam refugees

President Trump plans to deport Vietnam War refugees who had previously been protected, The Atlantic reported Wednesday. His administration's new policy — originally scheduled to be effected in August — is that Vietnam refugees who came to the U.S. before official diplomatic...

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:01 PM

Trump criticized Obama for having 3 chiefs of staff; now he's on his third

There is still a tweet for everything. In 2012, Donald Trump criticized then-President Obama for having three chiefs of staff in three years. Now Trump is looking for his third after just 23 months. "3 Chief of Staffs in less than 3 years of being President: Part of the reason why @...

Monday, December 10, 2018, 5:27 PM

Trump tariffs push U.S. trade deficit to 10-year high

President Trump's tariffs, which have sparked a trade war he said would reduce the U.S. trade deficit, have expanded it instead — to the highest level in a decade. On Thursday, the Commerce Department reported that the country's trade deficit had hit a 10-year high at $55.5 billion....

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 11:00 PM

Pelosi: Funding for 'immoral, ineffective' border wall off the table

Nancy Pelosi, presumptive Speaker of the House in January, says President Trump can forget about funding his long-promised border wall. Trump has threatened to shut down the government on Dec. 21 if Democrats don't assent to $5 billion in funding for the wall. A year-end spending deal that...

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:38 PM

Trump's 2020 campaign has funneled $1 million to his businesses: Report

President Trump has shifted $1.1 million from his 2020 re-election campaign into his own pocket by charging the campaign for rent at Trump Tower, rooms at Trump-owned hotels and mysterious legal expenses, Forbes reported Thursday. Federal filings show that Trump Tower Commercial LLC, an entity 100...

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 11:36 PM

Big updates expected Friday in Mueller probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to file updates Friday on two major figures in the Russia investigation, which could provide new information on the direction of the probe. Friday is the deadline for Mueller to detail why he has asked a judge to cancel the plea deal the government struck...

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:20 PM

FCC head Ajit Pai admits Russians interfered in net neutrality process

Federal Communications Commission head Ajit Pai admitted that Russia interfered in the public comments process before the FCC's controversial vote to overturn net neutrality, Gizmodo reports. Pai made the admission in response to a lawsuit filed by the New York Times, which is investigating...

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:06 PM

What is a national day of mourning?

President Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning to commemorate former President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30 at the age of 94. It will coincide with the state funeral for the 41st president, which will be held at the Washington National Cathedral beginning at 11am. It's...

Monday, December 3, 2018, 4:19 PM

Trump's threatened iPhone tariffs could raise prices by this much

President Trump has threatened to slap a 10 percent tariff on iPhones unless they're made in the U.S., which could raise consumer prices much more than that, experts say. Apple's flagship product is manufactured in China. Trump wants the iPhone made domestically, a massive supply-chain...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 8:08 PM

President Trump says Manafort pardon 'not off the table'

President Trump said he still might pardon his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who just had his plea deal revoked by special counsel Robert Mueller for lying to the federal government. In an interview with the New York Post, Trump said a presidential pardon for Manafort — who last...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 6:35 PM

Trump retweets image of Mueller, Clinton behind bars 'for treason'

President Trump retweeted a photo illustration of several of his political adversaries and critics behind bars "for treason," including special counsel Robert Mueller, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, former President Barack Obama and his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton. Its caption...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 4:48 PM

Trump wants to launch his own version of Russia Today

President Trump has proposed that the U.S. launch a government-run news network. On Tuesday, the president tweeted his pitch for a propagandistic version of CNN. "Throughout the world, CNN has a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair and false way," wrote Trump. "...

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 5:20 PM

White House Christmas decorations draw comparisons to 'The Shining', 'Handmaid's Tale'

For the second conservative year, Melania Trump's White House Christmas decor is being roasted on the open fire that is Twitter. Unveiled today, the decorations drew immediate comparisons to the "blood hallway" sequence in the iconic horror film "The Shining," as well as at...

Monday, November 26, 2018, 10:11 PM

Tear gas is 'natural, you could actually put it on your nachos,' says Fox News guest

Responding to news that U.S. authorities had fired tear gas on migrants and asylum-seekers at the southern border, a Fox News guest said, “It’s natural. You could actually put it on your nachos and eat it." The guest was Ron Colburn, the former national chief of the U.S. Border...

Monday, November 26, 2018, 6:31 PM

Climate change will kill thousands, tank economy, government report warns

A new government report has stark warnings about the effects of climate change: Warming of the earth could kill thousands of people and capsize the economy, potentially reducing the GDP by more than 10 percent. The study was supposed to come out in December, but the Trump administration released...

Monday, November 26, 2018, 6:24 PM

In Thanksgiving message, President Trump says he's most thankful for himself

In a Thanksgiving call with members of the military and the media, President Trump said he was most thankful for himself. The president made the call Thursday from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Newsweek noted that when one reporter asked Trump what he was "most thankful for," Trump...

Friday, November 23, 2018, 5:03 PM

Black Friday surprise: Amazon data breach exposes customer email addresses

It was not the Black Friday event Amazon customers were expecting. Two days before the biggest shopping day of the year, Amazon suffered a major data breach: The names and email addresses of hundreds of customers were accidentally published on the site. Spokespeople for the online retail giant...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 10:06 PM