Mark Green withdraws as Trump’s Army secretary nominee, citing ‘false and misleading attacks’

The Trump administration’s second Army secretary nominee withdrew from consideration Friday amid mounting opposition to past comments he made about Islam, evolution and gender issues.

Mark E. Green, a firebrand Republican state senator in Tennessee and veteran of the Iraq War, said there can be no distractions in overseeing the military and blamed “false and misleading attacks against him” in a statement provided to the media. The Pentagon and the White House had no immediate reaction to his announcement, but it came hours after a Defense Department spokesman declined during a meeting with journalists to say whether Defense Secretary Jim Mattis still supported him for the job.

Green pulled out after a month of calls for the Trump administration to choose someone else. Advocacy groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people immediately launched an effort on Capitol Hill to block his nomination after it was announced April 7, saying his history of antagonism toward them made him an unacceptable choice.

Read Entire Story Here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/05/05/mark-green-withdraws-as-trumps-army-secretary-nominee-citing-false-and-misleading-attacks/

What Do Presidents Listen To?

With all that’s going on in politics nowadays, it’s easy to forget that presidents, kings, queens, prime ministers and other authority are people too. It’s kind of hard to imagine a president rocking out to some tune before his bedroom mirror after a long day of work. But some of them do.

Donald Trump

One of the most scandalous presidents likes to talk about the music he listens to.  He claims to be a fan of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Elton John, Eminem and … Toots & The Maytals. The president says that listening to music helps him to relax.

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Fox News’ Bill Shine Comes Under Pressure Following Sean Hannity Tweets

Bill Shine has long been given credit as being a driving force behind Fox News Channel. He was a longtime guiding hand behind veteran anchors like Sean Hannity and Greta van Susteren, and is said to be a key determinant of how the network’s anchors present the issues on air each broadcast day.

But now a series of press stories and fiery tweets from Hannity himself have put Shine in a spotlight he would probably like to avoid.

Sean Hannity, the only remaining Fox News primetime anchor who has ties back to the network’s earliest days, on Thursday used Twitter to vent his frustration about a New York magazine report suggesting that Shine, currently a co-president of Fox News, had sought public support from the Murdoch family, the controlling shareholders of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox. “Somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC is trying to get an innocent person fired,” Hannity said. He also tweeted: “I pray this is NOT true because if it is, that’s the total end of the FNC as we know it. Done.”

Read Entire Story Here: http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/fox-news-bill-shine-sean-hannity-rupert-murdoch-1202402671/

Sales manager who tried to send Facebook birthday message while driving killed pensioner

A sales manager has been jailed for more than two years for ploughing into a stationary car and killing a pensioner as she tried to send a happy birthday message on Facebook.

Wendy Thompson, 53, of Barnetby, north Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to causing the death of Rodney Lewis, 84, by dangerous driving and causing serious injury to his 77-year-old wife Marlene.

Read Entire Story Here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/24/sales-manager-tried-send-facebook-birthday-message-driving-killed/TELEMMGLPICT000126787083-large_trans_NvBQzQNjv4Bq9wTzj-h9f1N4VbgS5zuL4TSAdullKo8SFzpANfig-jo

Young man is 9th fatality in Venezuela protests this month

CARACAS, Venezuela — Authorities in Venezuela say a young man has been shot and killed in a street protest, becoming the ninth person to die this month during demonstrations in the South American country.

Vicente Paez, a city council member, said Friday that victim Melvin Guitan was wounded in Petare community east of Caracas when he was struck by a bullet during a protest being broken up Thursday by National Guard members deploying tear gas. Guitan was taken to a hospital, where he died Thursday night.

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Is Donald Trump’s Unpredictability an Advantage in Handling North Korea?

The increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula—with the Trump administration threatening to get tough with the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un (sometimes via Twitter) and the North Korean nuclear program progressing apace—has engendered fear from Seoul to Washington. President Obama told his successor that North Korea was likely to be the most serious foreign policy threat of the next several years; Trump himself even admitted to listening to the Chinese leader discourse on the subject and has spoken of offering China more favorable trade terms in exchange for cooperation in limiting North Korean action.

Read Entire Story Here:  http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/interrogation/2017/04/is_donald_trump_s_unpredictability_an_advantage_in_handling_north_korea.html

Doctor Dragged off United Plane Has Broken Nose and ‘Significant’ Concussion: Lawyer

he bruised and bloodied passenger who was forcibly removed this week from an United Airlines flight lost two front teeth and suffered a broken nose and “significant concussion” in the ordeal, his lawyers said Thursday.

Dr. David Dao, who fled Saigon amid war before immigrating to America in the 1970s, was released from the hospital Wednesday, but will need reconstructive surgery and remains “shaken” by the experience, attorney Thomas Demetrio told reporters in Chicago.

“He said that being dragged down the aisle was more horrifying and harrowing than what he experienced in leaving Vietnam,” Demetrio said.

Read Entire Story Here: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/doctor-dragged-united-plane-has-broken-nose-significant-concussion-lawyer-n746056

Janet Jackson splits from husband months after giving birth

Just months after giving birth to her first child at age 50, Janet

Jackson has split with billionaire husband Wissam Al Mana.

According to the New York Post while one source said the split is amicable and the couple will co-parent their son, others said trouble had been brewing for months.

Read Entire Story Here: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/04/09/janet-jackson-splits-from-husband-months-after-giving-birth.html

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