Catholic University of America has abruptly canceled a speech by a well-known, popular Jesuit priest because of protests over his support for gay and lesbian Catholics.
Father James Martin, at-large editor of the Jesuit-run America magazine and an oft-quoted commentator on Catholic affairs, was scheduled to speak at an alumni event at the university's Theological College on Oct. 4.
The college, based in Washington, revoked the invitation following protests from conservative Catholic groups over Martin's new book, "Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity."
Donald Trump’s tough talk on illegal immigration was a big part of the reason Dave Hagstrom and many others in this booming Phoenix suburb supported him for president. “Walls make good neighbors,” Hagstrom said.
So when the president moved this week to cut a deal — with Democrats no less — to block the expulsion of 800,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, was Hagstrom disappointed?
President Trump, with his second deal in as many weeks with Democratic leaders, has upended the political calculations of both of their parties: Many Republicans are left fuming of his betrayal, while some Democrats have begun cautioning party leaders against getting too cozy with a president they've vowed to resist.
Trump is betting that he can play the two sides against each other and finally notch some legislative achievements, in turn reassuring centrists and improving his dismal poll ratings. The risk, as the president’s nationalist allies already are warning, is that Trump will alienate some among his loyalists even as his opponents remain resolutely hostile, and he sinks further.
With the latest deal, Trump could not have chosen an issue more likely to test his core supporters. After winning election on an anti-immigration platform, he has agreed with Democrats to seek a law protecting from deportation roughly 800,000 young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children — a group of whom he formerly said flatly, “They have to go.”
President Trump signaled he would like his controversial travel ban expanded, writing on Twitter on Friday that his ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries "should be far larger, tougher and more specific" but complaining that enlarging it would not be "politically correct."
The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!
Just over a day after agreeing with Democratic leaders to make an immigration deal, President Trump on Friday took a hard line against allowing close family members to follow new immigrants, a position that could stymie bipartisan legislation.
Trump wrote on Twitter that any immigration bill cannot include "chain migration," a term used by advocates of limiting immigrants to criticize how new U.S. citizens can sponsor family members for legal status.
CHAIN MIGRATION cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on Immigration!
If Trump sticks to that position, it could sap Democrats' support for Wednesday's tentative agreement between Trump and the top two Democrats in Congress to seek a law giving legal status to roughly 800,000 so-called Dreamers. Those are mostly young people brought to the country illegally as children.
President Trump on Thursday renewed his widely condemned claim that people protesting white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., last month shared equal blame for the violence with the neo-Nazi groups who rallied there against the town's removal of a Confederate statue.
There are some "pretty bad dudes on the other side also," Trump told reporters on Air Force One, referring to anti-fascist demonstrators who faced-off with white supremacists.
Trump's revival of the controversy was all the more surprising given his context: He was describing his meeting at the White House on Wednesday with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the Senate's only black Republican, who confronted the president about his post-Charlottesville remarks.
President Trump told Florida hurricane victims his administration is “there for you 100%” as officials moved urgently to safeguard the state’s vulnerable elderly and restore power to millions of homes and businesses still without electricity.
The president and First Lady Melania Trump arrived aboard Air Force One in Fort Myers on the peninsula’s southwestern Gulf coast, then traveled by helicopter to Naples, 40 miles away. It was Trump’s third disaster-zone visit in less than three weeks.
In a Naples mobile home park, not far from where then-Hurricane Irma made its second landfall in Florida, Trump shook hands with residents, quizzed people about how they were faring and joined volunteers serving lunch.
In the last day,President Trump has alienated many conservatives — including some of his most prominent supporters — by working with Democrats and sowing confusion about where he stands on illegal immigration.
Throughout the campaign, Trump energized his base with promises that he would build a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and that Mexico would pay for it.
This month, he delighted his most ardent backers by announcing that he was canceling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which was created by President Obama and gives legal residence to 800,000 young people — known as "Dreamers" — who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
President Trump called Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday to offer condolences for last week's magnitude 8.1 earthquake, which toppled hundreds of buildings and killed dozens of people in southern Mexico.
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One after surveying damage from Hurricane Irma in Florida, Trump said he had just "had a good talk" with the Mexican leader.
Trump said it had been "impossible to reach" Peña Nieto for days because the Mexican president was in a remote part of the country with a bad phone connection.
Spoke to President of Mexico to give condolences on terrible earthquake. Unable to reach for 3 days b/c of his cell phone reception at site.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson added his voice Thursday to Trump administration skepticism of the nuclear disarmament deal with Iran, a month ahead of a congressional deadline for the White House to certify Tehran's compliance.
The administration separately extended waivers on economic sanctions against Iran, in keeping with another deadline. That means key sanctions that were lifted in exchange for Iran's agreement to give up its nuclear program remain suspended.
Iran has met its obligations so far under the 2015 accord, according to the latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations watchdog agency assigned to monitor the deal.