Elections

  • With Donald Trump as President, Here's What Will Happen to the U.S. Economy

    Donald Trump has had a lot of success in business, but how will he be for the economy as president? Here's how his economic policies will play out.

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  • 'I hire people like that': Mark Cuban expresses support for Trump's Treasury pick

    Billionaire business mogul Mark Cuban on Thursday voiced his approval of President-elect Donald...

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  • Bonds, Clemens making slow gains with changing electorate

    Hall of Fame voters are still sharply divided on Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. The electorate is changing, however, and that could be good news for both. Bonds and Clemens inched past the 50-percent mark ...

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  • Trevor Hoffman misses Hall of Fame election by 5 votes

    Well, Hells Bells, Trevor Hoffman didn't make baseball's Hall of Fame for the second straight season. In his second year on the ballot, Hoffman received 327 votes, appearing on 74 percent of the ballots and just shy of the 75 percent needed to get a plaque in Cooperstown. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were voted in.

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  • Why didn't Vladimir Guerrero get into the Hall of Fame?

    Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez received the call on Wednesday after finishing above the 75-percent threshold needed for election. Not far behind though were a pair of hopefuls in Trevor Hoffman, who finished a mere five votes short of election, and first-timer Vladimir Guerrero, whose 71.7 percent finish put him just 15 votes shy. Guerrero’s election in particular would have made for a fun storyline for a few reasons, not the least of which being that he absolutely belongs. It would have been great to see a pair of first-ballot guys get in, but instead that distinction belonged solely to Pudge Rodriguez.

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  • $50 Million Gets You Seattle’s Top Marijuana Retail Stores

    Seattle's two top-ranked retail marijuana chains have joined forces and put their six retail outlets on the market for a cool $50 million.

    24/7 Wall St.
  • Nigeria says deploying troops to Gambia to uphold election result

    The Nigerian military said on Thursday it is deploying troops to Gambia as part of a West African coalition force, aiming to uphold the result of December's presidential elections. "The Nigerian military will deploy its assets as part of (a) standby force to protect the people of the Gambia and maintain sub regional peace and security," the armed forces said in a statement. Adama Barrow was sworn in as Gambia's president at its embassy in neighboring Senegal on Thursday, as regional troops prepared to back him in a showdown with incumbent Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to step down despite his December election loss.

    Reuters
  • White House Gifts Selling Hillary Clinton Inauguration Merch on Clearance

    ABC News' Maggie Rulli talks with gift shop owner Jim Warlick about the discounted Clinton inauguration merch.

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  • Balenciaga’s New Collection Is Feeling the Bern(ie Sanders Merch)

    The endless slog of this political season has taken its toll on us all no matter which side of the party line you’re on. The current climate has made navigating every type of social situation in your life a veritable minefield, from Thanksgiving dinner with your extended family to updating your Facebook status.

    People
  • 6 Agencies Were Investigating Trump's Russia Connections Before the Dossier

    Future historians will be amazed we inaugurated this man.

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  • A-listers join anti-Trump protest in hometown New York

    A-list celebrities joined several thousand protesters on the streets of New York on Thursday night to demonstrate against Donald Trump on the eve of the incoming Republican president's inauguration. Hollywood actors Robert de Niro and Alec Baldwin, Oscar-winning director Michael Moore and singer Cher were among those who joined the noisy gathering close to the Trump International Hotel on Central Park South. "Fight Trump every day" and "justice and civil rights for all," read placards at the rally in the president-elect's hometown, where a majority of people voted for his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in last year's election.

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  • What’s banned from Trump’s inauguration?

    Trump's transition team has drawn up a list of items banned from the inauguration.

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  • Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup

    First baseman Jeff Bagwell, outfielder Tim Raines and catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez on Wednesday were selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017. Bagwell (381 votes) received 86.2 percent of the vote, one year removed from falling just 15 votes shy of the 75 percent needed to gain entry into the exclusive club. Raines (380) garnered 86 percent on his final year on the ballot and Rodriguez (336) had 76 percent of the vote to become the second catcher in the history of the voting to be elected on his first year on the ballot.

    Reuters
  • CEO Pays for Employees to Go to Women's March

    "This election clarified our values and who we are."

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  • Protests erupt over Romanian govt's plan to pardon thousands

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Several thousand people marched through the Romanian capital on Wednesday night to protest the government's plan to pardon thousands of prisoners — a surprise move to allegedly reduce overcrowding in prisons that would also benefit some notable government supporters.

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  • Starting gun fired in race to succeed S. Africa's Zuma

    South Africa's ruling ANC party, which has dominated the country's politics since the end of apartheid, has begun its search for a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma. The contenders will face each other at the African National Congress' (ANC) 54th national elective conference in December when Zuma is expected to stand down as party chief. The likely frontrunners are outgoing African Union chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is Zuma's former wife, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

    AFP
  • Thai junta sets up military-led reconciliation panel ahead of election

    By Pracha Hariraksapitak and Aukkarapon Niyomyat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta is setting up a reconciliation panel of generals and experts to find common ground between political factions ahead of elections, the general named to lead the body said on Friday. The army overthrew Thailand's last elected prime minister in 2014, saying it had intervened to end street protests and years of political turmoil. General Chaichan Changmongkol, appointed by the junta to lead the panel, told reporters it would include the head of the armed forces, army specialists and civilian experts.

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  • Obama points to Jim Crow roots of restrictions to voting rights

    Speaking Wednesday at his final White House press conference, President Obama offered a reminder of the racist history behind some U.S. voting restrictions. President Obama speaks during his final presidential news conference. In recent years, a number of Republican-controlled state governments have instituted restrictions like those requiring voters to carry identification.

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  • Will Melania Trump Wear Ralph Lauren to the Inauguration?

    With the inauguration of President-Elect Trump just days away, many people have one big question on their minds — what is Melania going to wear? Well, worry no more! It is being reported that designer Ralph Lauren will be dressing the soon-to-be first lady.

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  • There's a serious danger to the soft climate denial pedaled by Trump's cabinet picks

    Going into the cabinet hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's nominees, the story was clear: Democrats were going to press his picks for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, secretary of state and energy secretary for past statements revealing their climate-denying views.  After all, they were chosen for their positions by a person who has called climate change a "hoax" orchestrated by the Chinese to damage the U.S. economy.  SEE ALSO: Trump's EPA nominee spars with Bernie Sanders over climate change In hearing after hearing, Trump's cabinet nominees slipped through Democrats' grasp by uttering reasonable enough statements that still significantly mischaracterized the state of climate science, which holds that global warming is largely human-caused and is an urgent threat — one that can only be addressed by making drastic cuts to greenhouse gas emissions.  Yet by being slightly more sensible than Trump on climate change, each nominee — from secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson to energy secretary nominee Rick Perry — was able to wiggle away from the hearings without clearing up whether and how he would use his prospective office to address global warming. They moved from outright climate denial to a more subtle, insidious and risky form. Visualization showing how 2016 was the warmest year on record for the globe. Image: ed hawkins Each nominee presented themselves as what Vox 's David Roberts and other climate advocates describe as "lukewarmers": people who acknowledge that carbon emissions are having some influence on the climate, but say that predicting climate change and climate impacts is extremely difficult, and acting based on the science we have right now could damage the economy.  In other words, lukewarmers say they see a problem, but they're not exactly jumping at the chance to solve it.   "No hoax" nominees One by one, each nominee walked back previous statements they had made on climate change. Let's take secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson as an example. On Jan. 11, Tillerson acknowledged that the climate is changing and that human activities are a factor, but made it known that he does not see global warming as an urgent threat. This puts him in opposition to the Pentagon and intelligence community, which views climate change as a threat multiplier and as a contributor to the devastating Syrian civil war. Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Image: J. Scott Applewhite/AP “I don’t see it as the imminent security threat that perhaps others do,” Tillerson said under dogged questioning from Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon).  Tillerson, who recently stepped down as CEO of ExxonMobil, the largest publicly held oil company in the U.S., also presented a personal view of climate science that is starkly out of step with the scientific consensus on this issue.  Climate researchers are increasingly warning that global warming is already nearing thresholds that would wreak havoc on plants, animals and modern human society. Yet Tillerson seemed satisfied with a go-slow approach, citing scientific uncertainty. "The increase in the greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are having an effect," Tillerson said during the hearing. "Our ability to predict that effect is very limited." Climate scientists told Mashable exactly why this take on global warming is incomplete at best, if not downright wrong. "To say that we don't understand the impacts or effects that a given scenario or amount of continued fossil fuel use will have on our planet was a correct statement to make in the 1800s," said Texas Tech University climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, in an email to Mashable .  "In 2017? Not so much," she said.  Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump's nominee for Interior Secretary, also espoused only partly accurate views on climate science during his Jan. 17 confirmation hearing. "The climate is changing; man is an influence," the Montana Republican told the Senate committee. "I think where there's debate is what that influence is and what can we do about it." Again, the science is clear that greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels are the main driver of global warming, and the best course of action to reduce the risks of widespread, damaging impacts is to cut those emissions dramatically. They're not scientists Next, there's Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma's attorney general and Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Pruitt has a long record of opposing the EPA's regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions. In fact, he's been suing the agency to prevent those regulations from going into effect. He too merely cleared the "It's not a hoax!" hurdle and little more, leaving open key questions about how he would run the agency tasked with implementing the government's programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "I do not believe that climate change is a hoax," Pruitt said in response to a direct question from Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts. During his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Pruitt sparred with Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over climate science.  Here's a partial transcript of their exchange: Later in the conversation with Sanders, Pruitt said, "Senator, I believe the administrator has a very important role to perform in regulating CO2."  He did not elaborate on what that role is, or how he would exercise it. Yet still he seemed to score points with some senators and media outlets for going against Trump in pronouncing climate change to be a real thing. That's an extraordinarily low bar to clear. At the same time Pruitt was testifying, NASA and other global science agencies announced that last year was Earth's warmest year on record — making 2016 the third consecutive year with record heat. The five warmest years worldwide have occurred since 2005. The scientific community is virtually unanimous: Climate change is a global crisis requiring bold action. Rick Perry? He doesn't agree. — Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 19, 2017 On Thursday, former Texas governor Rick Perry had his chance to walk back past comments that put him squarely in the climate denial camp.  He got this task out of the way right at the top of the hearing, shortly after saying he regrets campaigning for the presidency five years ago on a pledge to eliminate the Energy Department, among other parts of the federal government.  "I believe the climate is changing," Perry said during the Thursday hearing. "I believe some of it is naturally occurring, but some of it is also caused by manmade activity. The question is how do we address it in a thoughtful way that doesn’t compromise economic growth, the affordability of energy, or American jobs." Throughout the hearing, Perry hedged on climate by mentioning the potential economic ramifications of shifting to cleaner forms of energy, and had to be reminded by Sanders of the dramatic costs from climate change if too little action is taken too late.  “I’m committed to making decisions based on sound science but also taking into account the economic impact,” Perry said. In a humorous exchange with Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Perry declined to answer precisely how much of climate change is human-caused versus natural factors.  “Far from me to be sitting before you today and claiming to be a climate scientist,” he said, to which Franken shot back: “I don’t think you’re ever going to be a climate scientist." "But you are going to be the head of the Department of Energy,” Franken added. Franken had a similar back-and-forth with Zinke, the Interior secretary nominee. "I'm not an expert in this field," Zinke said during the hearing. "To me that's a cop-out," Franken retorted, adding, "I'm not a doctor, but I have to make healthcare decisions." The bottom line  Each of Trump's nominees moved themselves from the climate denier column to the fuzzier land of climate non-denial denial.  They may no longer be as easy to classify or dismiss with one phrase, but for the climate, they're no less dangerous than they were before they began the confirmation process.  Mashable science reporter Maria Gallucci contributed reporting. BONUS: 2016 was Earth's warmest year on record, continuing a three-year streak

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