"Station, this is your president, do you hear me?”
President Trump spoke live for about 20 minutes Monday morning with a pair of astronauts at the International Space Station, including commander Peggy Whitson, who set a new record for accumulated time in space at more than 534 days.
Trump -- asking questions from the Oval Office with his daughter Ivanka by his side, and with astronaut Kate Rubins and top advisers filling out the room -- clearly relished the drama of the unusual call. He mentioned several times that it was being streamed live in classrooms across the country, and asked the astronauts about their daily routine and how they successfully did their jobs.
Astronaut Peggy Whitson has another record under her space belt.
Early Monday, the International Space Station commander surpassed the record of 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes for most accumulated time in orbit by an American. That record was set last year by Jeffrey Williams.
Whitson already was the world's most experienced spacewoman and female spacewalker and, at 57, the oldest woman in space. By the time she returns to Earth in September, she'll have logged 666 days in orbit over three flights.
The White House budget director, Mick Mulvaney, says he thinks a government shutdown can be averted before the Friday deadline.
Congressional Republicans and Democrats are negotiating a temporary funding measure to keep the federal government from running out of money on Friday. Mulvaney said in an TV interview aired Sunday that there could be an accord in place soon to ensure a shutdown won't occur.
“The negotiations are ongoing, and there’s no reason we can’t have an agreement there as early as today,” Mulvaney said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Scientists and their supporters took to the streets of Washington and other cities around the world Saturday, with many expressing worries about a diminishing role for fact-based research under the Trump administration.
Waving signs with slogans like “Science is Real” and “Ask for Evidence!” the marchers in the nation’s capital gathered under drizzly skies at the base of the Washington Monument, a short distance from the White House. The crowd swelled by the thousands even as the light rain turned to a downpour.
The event, timed to coincide with Earth Day, was billed as nonpartisan, with scientists, students, researchers and advocates worldwide seeking to promote the role of science in policymaking and public life.
The New York City mayor and police commissioner held an emergency press conference and fired off tweets to contest a letter sent Friday by the U.S. Justice Department saying that the city is soft on crime.
"It’s unacceptable,’’ said Mayor Bill De Blasio. "It's outrageous and it's absurd."
New York City’s past three months were among the safest on record, city officials said.
A San Francisco-based federal appeals court declined Friday to convene an 11-judge panel to consider President Trump’s moratorium on admitting refugees and travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries.
In a brief order, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the judges voted to reject a request by Hawaii to skip the standard first step of review by a three-judge panel and move directly to an “en banc” panel.
The order did not provide any details about the judges’ vote or reasoning.
Federal officials on Friday filed charges against an 18-year-old Israeli American in connection with hundreds of hoax bomb threats this year that had put U.S. Jewish institutions on edge.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court in Orlando, Fla., said Michael Ron David Kadar was behind at least 245 "threatening telephone calls involving bomb threats and active shooter threats" from Jan. 4 to March 7.
In another complaint filed in federal court in Macon, Ga., Kadar was also charged with a series of calls to public schools and residences that either threatened attacks or made false reports about attacks to trick police into showing up, an illegal prank known as "swatting." The calls began in 2015 and continued through this year.
A previously canceled House Intelligence Committee hearing to receive testimony from three former top Obama administration officials about Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election is back on for next month.
The panel said Friday it had invited Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general fired by President Trump, former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan, to testify sometime after May 2 in an open hearing after their original testimony was abruptly canceled in March by Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Tulare).
The announcement indicates that the panel’s Russia investigation, which was thrown into turmoil last month after Nunes stepped aside as head of the probe following allegations he may have improperly disclosed classified information, is getting back on track.