Donald Trump has not always been a hero at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering that’s something of a Woodstock for the right-leaning faithful. On Friday President Trump was welcomed to CPAC 2017 as a conqueror home from the political wars. “Big thing Trump proved with his unlikely wins is that ideology doesn’t matter anymore in politics.
Before Maggie Loredo left her home in Georgia’s Dalton County for her grandfather’s house in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, she called the office of the Mexican public education secretariat. If I want to apply to a public university, she asked, but I grew up in the United States, which documents am I going to need? At the time, in 2008, that sounded alluringly simple to Ms. Loredo, who had lived without legal status in the US since she was a toddler.
The challenge is unprecedented. Twenty million people in four countries face famine in the next six months, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned this week, unless the world steps in with $4.4 billion. “Millions of people are barely surviving in the space between malnutrition and death” in war-wracked Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria.
Thus far into his presidency, President Trump has largely ignored the legalization of recreational marijuana. “I do believe you’ll see greater enforcement of it,” said Mr. Spicer. Eight states – Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Maine – and Washington, D.C. have legalized both medicinal and recreational marijuana.
Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima has been one of the harshest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Now, she herself has been charged with receiving bribes from drug dealers. Senator de Lima has announced that she will submit to arrest and face the charges.
After vandals damaged nearly 200 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis last weekend, it wasn’t only Jews who rose up to denounce the act of hate. Muslim groups helped raised more than $120,000 to repair the damage and offered a reward to catch those responsible. Some 2,000 people – Jews, Christians, and Muslims – helped clean up the mess.
Richard Spencer, a white nationalist and a leader of the so-called "alt-right" movement, says he has been booted from the Conservative Police Action Committee (CPAC) by organizers who disagree with his views. A controversial figure, Spencer is credited with coining the term alt-right, which refers to a branch of the right-wing that has roots in white supremacy. Spencer has also addressed crowds where his cry of "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!" was met with what looked like Nazi salutes.
Across the United States, Republican representatives have been enduring unruly "town hall" meetings, facing down angry questions from constituents unhappy with their handling of President Trump's new administration. Some GOP lawmakers have even canceled town hall appearances or opted for teleconferences in order to avoid the outpouring of protests. Town halls, especially in smaller districts, can be poorly attended, even dull events.
The immense, golden-domed St. Isaac's Cathedral dominates the skyline of historic St. Petersburg, occupies a special place in the hearts of its citizens, and is a main tourist attraction. It's been a state museum for 80-plus years, is a UNESCO heritage site, and receives 4 million paying visitors per year.