Friday, January 27, 2017

5 things you need to know now

President Trump signed two more executive orders Friday, one focused on "the protection of the nation from foreign terrorist entry" and the other mandating "a great rebuilding" of the military. The first, Trump said, will establish "new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists" out of the U.S. "We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas," Trump said. "We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people." The second order regarding the military outlines a plan for "new planes, new ships, new resources, and new tools for our men and women in uniform," the president said.
Source: Talking Points Memo, CNN
President Trump applauded Brexit during his joint press conference Friday with British Prime Minister Theresa May, following their meeting at the White House. He predicted Brexit would be "a wonderful thing" for Britain, because "you're going to have the people you want in your country," and he vowed that "today the U.S. renews our deep bond with Britain." May later announced that Trump has accepted a state visit invitation from the Queen for later this year, and she also said Trump has indicated he is "100 percent behind NATO." "I'm delighted to be able to congratulate you on what was a stunning election victory," she said. May was the first world leader Trump has hosted; he was scheduled to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto next Tuesday, but Peña Nieto canceled after Trump expedited plans to build a Mexico border wall.
Source: The Guardian
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have not spoken since Trump won the election and Putin called to congratulate him. That will all change Saturday, when Putin will speak with Trump over the phone, the Kremlin announced Friday. Putin's spokesperson said the two leaders will "exchange views about main parameters of current bilateral relations." It is unclear what specifically will be discussed or if the two will agree to meet in person during their call. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Trump's call to Russia, while Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Friday released a statement reminding Trump that "the man on the other end of the line is a murderer and a thug" and urging the president not to drop U.S. sanctions on Russia. Trump will also speak with the leaders of Germany and France on Saturday.
Source: The Associated Press, The White House
Vice President Mike Pence became the highest political official to ever address the annual March for Life on Friday as thousands of abortion opponents arrived in Washington, D.C., to protest the 1973 Supreme Courtdecision legalizing the practice. "This administration will work with the Congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers," Pence said Friday. Top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway also joined Pence at the demonstrations. The march will unavoidably draw comparisons to last weekend's Women's March, which drew half a million people to Washington; organizers for the March for Life expect a more modest 50,000. But "I don't think that these numbers are the most important," March for Life president Jeanne Mancini said. " The number most important for us is 58 million, which is the number of Americans that have been lost to abortion."
Source: ABC News, The New York Times

Longtime rivals Roger Federer, the No. 17 seed, and Rafael Nadal, the No. 9 seed, will face off Sunday in the Australian Open singles finals. Nadal made it to his first Grand Slam final since 2014 after a nearly five-hour-long semifinal match against Grigor Dimitrov that began in Melbourne on Friday evening and didn't wrap up until 12:44 a.m. local time Saturday. Federer and Nadal haven't faced each other in a Grand Slam final since the 2011 French Open, where Nadal beat Federer in four sets. Though Nadal has beat Federer in 9 out of their 11 Grand Slam matchups, he has been sidelined in recent years because of injuries. Nadal will be fighting for his 15th major title, while Federer will be battling for his 18th. The match starts Sunday at 7:30 p.m. local time, or 3:30 a.m. ET.

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