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American Rivers compiled a list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the United States for 2017. Threats range from water demand and global warming to fracking and open-pit sulfide mining. The organization is calling upon the Trump administration and Congress to prioritize and support innovative water management solutions to help protect rivers and clean water, calling it one of the most important conservation issues of our time.
Over two weeks, AP journalists Rodrigo Abd and Christopher Sherman logged 3,000 miles in a rented Jeep traveling from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, crisscrossing back and forth across the world’s 10th-longest border 22 times and blogging about the experience . All along the way they were looking for the right place for Abd to spend a day using his wooden box camera to make striking black-and-white portraits of the people who inhabit the frontier lands. On the last full day of the trip, they finally set it up on a sidewalk in Tijuana, Mexico, near where people enter and leave the Chaparral border crossing.
Neil Gorsuch was sworn in Monday as the newest member of the Supreme Court, filling the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch took took separate constitutional and judicial oaths — the latter at a public swearing-in ceremony at the White House Rose Garden — to become the nation’s 113th justice. “You’re now entrusted with the sacred duty of defending our Constitution,” a beaming President Trump said while introducing Gorsuch.
President Trump is briefed on the result of the Syria military strike by his National Security team, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6, 2017. Just hours after accusing Syrian dictator Bashar Assad of going “beyond a red line” with a poison gas attack that killed scores of civilians, President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike against the Syrian air base from which the attack was launched. Announcing the first U.S. military action against the Assad regime, Trump also stayed uncharacteristically on script, solemnly asking for “God’s wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world.
Just days before the New Hampshire primary last year, a must-win contest to keep his unlikely bid for the presidency alive, Donald Trump was doubling down on his opposition to admitting refugees from Syria and other countries known to be breeding grounds for terrorists when a supporter stood up and questioned how committed he really was to that pledge. Speaking at a town hall in Salem, N.H., the man asked if Trump could really look at Syrian children “aged 5, 8, 10, in the face” and say they couldn’t come to the U.S. Trump said he could. “I can look in their faces and say, ‘You can’t come here,’” he announced to cheers, arguing, as he would repeatedly throughout the campaign, that Syrian children could be used by their parents as a “Trojan horse” to get into the country to help perpetrate attacks on the homeland.
At the United Nations Friday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley reiterated the Trump administration’s position that the U.S. was “fully justified” in launching missile strikes on a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians, including children, earlier this week. “We are prepared to do more,” Haley told the U.N. Security Council.
CNN host Fareed Zakaria, who had called Trump a “cancer of American democracy,” praised him Friday morning following the strikes. “I think Donald Trump became president of the United States,” said Zakaria of the man who had legally assumed the office on January 20.
The United States on Thursday fired 59 missiles at an airbase in Syria in response to the chemical attack there that killed more than 80 civilians, including several children. Follow along for breaking updates and reactions from around the world in the aftermath of the strike, the first direct U.S. attack aimed at the government of Bashar Assad during Syria’s six-year civil war.
Sen. John McCain praised President Trump for the missile strikes launched against Syria on Thursday, saying the president “has an opportunity to reboot with the American people” after his tumultuous first months in office. Appearing on both MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and NBC’s “Today,” the senator, who has long advocated for military action in Syria — as well as for arming the Syrian rebel army and removing Assad from power — emphasized further action would have to be taken, and warned against any celebratory sentiments in Washington.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., asked Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to “immediately” call the House back into session and debate whether to authorize the use of force in Syria. “Congress must live up to its Constitutional responsibility to debate an Authorization of the Use of Military Force against a sovereign nation,” Pelosi wrote in the letter sent Friday morning. Congress is about to embark on a two-week recess, when Washington empties out and many members of Congress return to their home districts.
President Trump unleashed airstrikes on Syria on Thursday to punish its strongman, Bashar Assad, after a chemical attack this week that killed dozens of civilians, including children. The barrage amounted to the most significant military operation ordered by Trump, a newcomer to governing who had warned, before taking office, against escalating America’s involvement in the Middle East. “Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” Trump said in Palm Beach, Florida.
In her first interview since the presidential election, Hillary Clinton said Thursday that while she has mostly recovered from her devastating loss, she continues to feel apprehensive about the country’s direction under President Trump. The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof interviewed Clinton in front of a packed theater at New York’s Lincoln Center to close out Day 2 of the annual Women in the World Summit. Following a brief but affectionate introduction by comedian Samantha Bee (“It should have been you,” the “Full Frontal” host told Clinton), the former secretary of state unpacked her thoughts on her November defeat, reported Russian interference in the election, and the Trump administration’s chaotic kickoff. Urging a bipartisan investigation into the Kremlin’s role in the election, Clinton warned that Russia was probably emboldened by the outcome of its meddling.