President Obama touted his climate change policies during his farewell address Tuesday, and said we must keep the momentum going.
"In just eight years, we've halved our dependency on foreign oil, doubled our renewable energy, and led the world to an agreement that has the promise to save this planet," Obama said, referring to the Paris Agreement. "Without bolder action, our children won't have time to debate the existence of climate change; they'll be busy dealing with its effects — more environmental disasters, more economic disruptions, waves of climate refugees seeking sanctuary." While it's important to "argue about the best approach to solve this problem," Obama said, to "simply deny the problem not only betrays future generations, it betrays the essential spirit of this country, the essential spirit of innovation and practical problem-solving that guided our founders."
The president argued that American tenacity is what will help us solve climate change and other major issues, "that spirit born of the Enlightenment that made us an economic powerhouse. The spirit that took flight at Kitty Hawk and Cape Canaveral, the spirit that cures disease and put a computer in every pocket. It's that spirit, a faith in reason and enterprise and the primacy of right over might, that allowed us to resist the lure of fascism and tyranny during the Great Depression." This is the spirit that "allowed us to build a post-World War II order with other democracies," Obama continued, "an order based not on just military power or national affiliations, but built on principles of the rule of law, human rights, freedom of religion and speech and assembly, and an independent press." Catherine Garcia
The New York Times is accusing Fox & Friends of running a "malicious and inaccurate segment" regarding a story it published in 2015, and is requesting the Fox News morning show apologize on-air and in a tweet.
Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokeswoman for the Times, told The Associated Press Sunday that on Saturday, a host claimed that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was able to "sneak away under the cover of darkness" after the Times published a piece that tipped him off. The host went on to say the U.S. would "have had al-Baghdadi based on the intelligence that we had, except someone leaked information to the failing New York Times." The paper defended itself by saying that more than three weeks before the article appeared in print, the Pentagon issued a press release that al-Baghdadi could have seen, and the Pentagon "raised no objections" about the report, based on intelligence gathered from a raid, before it was published.
The segment was seemingly based on an interview Fox did with Gen. Tony Thomas, who was head of U.S. Special Operations Command. He said in 2015, they were "close" to al-Baghdadi, following a raid, but the "lead went dead" after it "was leaked in a prominent national newspaper." Caley Cronin, a spokeswoman for Fox, told AP in a statement that Fox & Friends will "provide an updated story to viewers tomorrow morning based on the FoxNews.com report." President Trump, a faithful viewer of Fox & Friends, tweeted on Saturday that the "failing" New York Times "foiled" the government's attempt to kill al-Baghdadi; the Times responded on Sunday with a story saying he was incorrect. Catherine Garcia
The oldest manatee living in captivity, Snooty, died two days after his 69th birthday in a "heartbreaking accident," the South Florida Museum said Sunday.
Officials said Snooty, who was also the first manatee born in captivity, in 1948, drowned after being trapped by a hatch door at the museum's Parker Manatee Aquarium. Jeff Rodgers, provost and chief operating officer of the museum, said the hatch was normally bolted shut, and they will investigate how it opened. It's believed that Snooty, who weighed 1,300 pounds and moved to the aquarium in 1949, was also the oldest captive manatee on record.
Rodgers said the staff is "heartbroken" and grieving alongside Snooty's fans, who have been leaving flowers for him outside the aquarium. The museum has a manatee rehabilitation program that takes care of manatees and prepares them to return to the wild, but Rodgers said the staff is "still processing Snooty's loss right now," and it's yet to be determined if they will have another resident manatee. Catherine Garcia
President Trump ended his weekend lamenting in the third person the lack of support he has from his fellow members of the GOP.
It's very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2017
In between messages about "the disastrous ObamaCare" and "the phony Russian Witch Hunt," Trump tweeted about his disappointment, saying, "It's very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President." In the replies, many people helpfully pointed out that elected Republicans are there to serve the voters in their states, not Trump.
He didn't call out any of the ungrateful Republicans by name, but the president must be really hurting, as there was nary an exclamation point in sight. Catherine Garcia
Donald Trump Jr.'s legal team is growing, with the hiring of Karina Lynch, a Washington, D.C., attorney who concentrates on legislative, regulatory, and oversight issues, ABC News reports.
Lynch, from the law firm Williams and Jensen, confirmed that she is now part of the Trump Jr. team, but did not say what she will be working on. Lynch once served as investigative counsel for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and counsel to the Senate Government Affairs Committee's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to interview Trump Jr. as part of the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election. Catherine Garcia
A shooting at the Israeli embassy in Amman, Jordan, on Sunday killed two Jordanians and wounded an Israeli, police said.
The Jordanians, employees of a furniture company sent to a residential building at the heavily guarded embassy to do repairs, arrived before the shooting started, authorities said. It is not clear what started the shooting. Thousands of Jordanians protested in Amman on Friday following the installation of metal detectors by Israel at the Temple Mount, a sacred place for both Muslims and Jews in East Jerusalem. The metal detectors were put in following the shooting of two Israeli policemen earlier this month, and sparked protests in Israel that left at least six people dead. Catherine Garcia
Kellyanne Conway says CNN 'made a business decision' to be 'incredibly unfair and systematically against' Trump
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway made a combative appearance on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday, leveling charges that the network "has been incredibly unfair and systematically against" President Trump because the outlet "made a business decision to do so."
"You said the company made a business decision to be unfair to the president," replied host Brian Stelter, "when in fact what we are trying to do is cover an unusual president and try to figure what the heck is going on in a White House that seems awfully dysfunctional."
Conway responded by again cheerily alleging the media is "unfair" and "incredibly disrespectful" to a "tough but humble" administration, "using words that are meant to deride and deny the president his due." "It's not our job to do your PR," Stelter shot back. "It's your job."
Watch two excerpts of the exchange below, including Conway's comments on the Friday resignation of outgoing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Bonnie Kristian
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 23, 2017
— CNN (@CNN) July 23, 2017
Americans don't know what Democrats represent, said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in an appearance on ABC's This Week Sunday, because of his party's failure of policy vision and messaging in 2016.
"When you lose an election with someone who has, say, 40 percent popularity, you look in the mirror and say, 'What did we do wrong?' And the number one thing that we did wrong is we didn't tell people what we stood for," Schumer told host George Stephanopoulos.
"We were too cautious. We were too namby-pamby," he continued, touting Democrats' forthcoming economic plan as "sharp, bold, and [appealing] to both the old Obama coalition, let's say the young lady who's just getting out of college, and the Democratic voters who deserted us for Trump, the blue-collar worker. Economics is our strength, and we are going to get at it."
The plan in question is called "A Better Deal," and it will be announced Monday at an event in Virginia. Schumer described the plan's three components as "higher wages, less costs [of living], tools for the 21st century." Watch a clip of his comments below, or read them in full via CBS. Bonnie Kristian
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 23, 2017