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White House press briefings seem to elicit a full spectrum of emotions from the American public, including everything from frustration to hilarity (the latter prompted by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's recent retreat into the bushes in order to avoid journalists, of course). The amount of criticism the press briefings have received, however, hasn't made President Donald Trump too happy, and he recently threatened to cancel them altogether. But could Trump actually cancel White House press briefings?
This week, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 elections. Many are interpreting the move as a pretty serious sign that crimes were committed, but Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said it was not. So what exactly is a special counsel, and what does Mueller's involvement in the investigation mean?
Women often feel embarrassment, resentment, and frustration towards their partners for not upholding their end of a “power couple” dynamic, and those feelings spill over to affect the quality of their relationship. Since no one lives in a bubble, the dissatisfaction crosses over to their husbands as well, and before long couples find themselves facing marital instability.
Overall, a well-implemented checklist protocol is clearly a win-win for both employers and employees. Yet the biggest problem with checklists is that, despite their revenue-earning and life-saving potential, employees simply don’t use them voluntarily. So how can managers encourage employees to use checklists?
One could say that a bit of leak-ception has been taking place at the White House lately, with top administration officials' concerns about leaks being leaked to the press.
According to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office, moving forward with the American Health Care Act — also known as "Trumpcare" — could have a seriously scary side effect for many American women. Part of the AHCA includes removing Planned Parenthood's Medicaid support, which would deprive the organization of approximately $178 million in funding by the end of this year alone. Defunding Planned Parenthood would ensure more unintended pregnancies and could trap thousands of women in poverty.
On Tuesday evening, President Trump delivered his joint address to Congress — and the speech surprised the world, with many commenting on his dialed-back tone and message of optimism. It even garnered praise from speechwriters who had worked on State of the Union addresses in the past. But who actually wrote Trump's speech to Congress? Was it the president's own work, or was a speechwriter to thank for the much-praised address?
The European Parliament is playing an all-or-nothing game with the United States: On Thursday, European Union lawmakers voted to end Americans' visa waiver unless the United States grants privileged visa status to all 28 members of the European Union, according to The Washington Post. But does the vote mean Americans will need visas to visit Europe now?
A comprehensive breakdown of Trump's child-care plan.
Two new reports produced by the World Health Organization have unearthed a startling statistic about pollution: According to the United Nations' health arm, pollution causes 1.7 million child deaths a year. That means that over one in every four deaths of children under the age of 5 is due to environmental risks, such as air pollution, unsafe water, secondhand smoke, or inadequate hygiene and sanitation. For both environmentalists and parents alike, it's troubling.
On Sunday, Iowa Rep. Steve King tweeted out his support of the Netherlands' Geert Wilders, a far-right candidate with a strong anti-immigrant stance. In a rather incendiary tweet, King wrote, "Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies." The tweet raised several questions for some — whose babies are we talking about, exactly? — but it also drew praise from others: Kings "babies" tweet was applauded by white supremacists like former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
The recent report by Oxfam on wealth inequality certainly makes for a jarring headline: just eight people own the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. It’s an attention-grabbing statistic but looking deeper, says Bertrand Malsch of Smith School of Business, the Oxfam report misses the mark in several ways.
National Geographic has a history of unveiling covers that generate conversation: from the haunting picture of an Afghan refugee who graced the 1985 cover to its depiction of a sinking Statue of Liberty in 2013, the magazine has never shied away from controversy. But this January’s cover — of a young transgender girl — generated feedback like National Geographic has never seen before. It has been accused of “brainwashing,” and one follower wrote that he threw his copy out immediately. Several subscribers vowed that they would unsubscribe. But Nat Geo and the subjects of its gender issue can give dozens of reasons why parents should discuss gender identity with their children and be aware of the entire gender spectrum.
On his path to the presidency, President-elect Donald Trump developed a rather contentious relationship with the press — and it's one that hasn't exactly improved in the days and weeks leading up to Trump's inauguration. During his first press conference as president-elect, Trump refused a CNN reporter's question, labeling him "fake news," and called BuzzFeed a "failing pile of garbage." Needless to say, Trump's relationship with the press is off to a rocky start. So where, exactly, will it go from here? What will happen to the White House press briefings the public has grown used to?
With an incoming administration keen on repealing the Affordable Care Act, many insured Americans are hitting the panic button — including the parents of kids with chronic conditions. According to the Congressional Budget Office, Republicans' proposal for a partial repeal of Obamacare could leave up to 18 million uninsured in the first year after the proposal's enactment. So what does that mean for those with ongoing illness? The Obamacare repeal could affect kids with chronic conditions' coverage, which would be a huge financial and emotional strain for their parents.