Leaders of the most prominent Muslim American groups have released an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump to "express serious concerns" about his policy proposals and upcoming administration and ask him to protect their community.
The letter, published Monday at MuslimLetterToTrump.com with 291 signatures, is endorsed by top officials from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Society of North America, Muslim Public Affairs Council and Islamic Circle of North America, as well as dozens of imams, professors, activists and leaders of campus Islamic groups.
Muslim groups have strongly opposed many of Trump's pronouncements and advisor picks since the election, though the letter is one among the first unified responses to the president-elect from members of the faith.
The son of Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump's national security advisor, is pushing a conspiracy theory that prompted an armed man to venture into a Washington restaurant Sunday.
Michael Flynn Jr. promoted a theory that erupted about a month ago. The falsehood, dubbed by some as "PizzaGate," claimed that a pizzeria, Comet Ping Pong, and its owner were at the center of a child sex trafficking operation involving top Democrats, including Hillary Clinton's campaign chair, John Podesta.
As the rumor spun up on extremist websites, the restaurant began fending off threats, peaking Sunday when a man with an assault-style rifle walked into the restaurant and fired at least one shot, prompting a lockdown and evacuation, according to police.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the governor's race Monday, clearing the way for Democrat Roy Cooper to be declared the winner nearly four weeks after election day.
The win by Cooper, the state's outgoing attorney general, gives Democrats an important consolation prize after a disappointing election across the country. However, Republicans retain super majorities in both legislative chambers.
In a video message from his office posted to YouTube, McCrory said, "Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken, and we now should do everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper."
The victims — some as young as 17 — were found “throughout the entire square footage” of the warehouse.
President Obama mourned the deaths in last weekend's warehouse fire in Oakland that killed at least 36, saying in a statement Monday that his administration was in close contact with local and state officials to monitor the response.
"While we still don't know the full toll of this disaster, we do know that an American community has been devastated, and many people — including young men and women with their whole futures ahead of them — have tragically lost their lives," Obama said.
Most of the victims were in their 20s and 30s, police have said, attending a secret electronic music show late Friday at the "Ghost Ship," a piano factory that was being used as an art space.
The Republican drive to repeal President Obama's healthcare law just as soon as President-elect Donald Trump takes office already has hit snags, and new state-by-state data help show why.
Of the five states whose residents receive the most in subsidies to help them buy insurance, four — Florida, Texas, North Carolina and Georgia — have Republican-controlled congressional delegations.
Florida has the most to lose: Its residents will receive an estimated $5.2 billion in Obamacare tax credits this year, about one-sixth of the money that the federal government distributes to help people with their insurance premiums. That's even more than California, the nation's most populous state and the one Democratic bastion on the top-five list.
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Ben Carson, a rival in the GOP presidential primary who became a top supporter, to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Trump chose Carson despite the pediatric neurosurgeon’s protestations that he lacked the experience to run a federal agency. The announcement Monday that Carson has been picked for the post came after weeks of negotiations during which Carson said publicly he had little interest in serving in Trump’s Cabinet, but then expressed more openness to the idea as Trump publicly courted him.
“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Trump said in a statement. “We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up.”
President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday blamed China for militarizing the South China Sea, taxing U.S. imports and devaluing its currency — even though the Chinese Renminbi has appreciated rapidly for the last 10 years.
“Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so!” he wrote on Twitter.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized U.S. lawmakers on Sunday for, in his view, undermining a landmark nuclear agreement, but he said Tehran had no intention of abandoning the deal.
In a speech to parliament, Rouhani slammed a Senate vote last week to extend for 10 years a longstanding package of trade, energy, defense and banking sanctions against Iran.
The unilateral U.S. restrictions were not rescinded by the agreement that Iran signed last year with six world powers — including the United States — to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for an easing of international sanctions.
Hillary Clinton had already made up her mind to concede to President-elect Donald Trump before she talked with President Obama on election night, her campaign manager said.
“She made that decision on her own before she spoke to the president,” campaign manager Robby Mook said in a taped interview that aired on CNN on Sunday morning.
“And she made it because she believed, and she had said during the campaign, that it is important to our democracy that whoever wins, that their opponent concede the election and be supportive of them becoming president-elect,” Mook said. “And so she acted in good faith.”