Monthly Archives: January 2017

How President Trump found his Supreme Court nominee

How President Trump found his Supreme Court nomineeTrue to form, President Donald Trump’s first Supreme Court nomination was presented as prime-time drama. The media frenzy and secret missions came to an end Tuesday night when Trump announced his decision to nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch to the nation’s highest court. The new president tapped Gorsuch to fill the seat that was left vacant when Justice Antonin Scalia died last February.

Trump picks conservative judge Gorsuch for U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Neil Gorsuch after nominating him to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Neil Gorsuch for a lifetime job on the U.S. Supreme Court, picking the 49-year-old federal appeals court judge to restore the court's conservative majority and help shape rulings on divisive issues such as abortion, gun control, the death penalty and religious rights. The Colorado native faces a potentially contentious confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate after Republicans last year refused to consider Democratic President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy caused by the February 2016 death of conservative justice Antonin Scalia. The Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, indicated his party would mount a procedural hurdle requiring 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate rather than a simple majority to approve Gorsuch, and expressed "very serious doubts" about the nominee.

Pelosi torches SCOTUS pick Gorsuch in CNN town hall right after Trump announcement

Pelosi torches SCOTUS pick Gorsuch in CNN town hall right after Trump announcementHouse Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi torched President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, as “a very hostile appointment” and someone who is “well outside the mainstream of American legal thought” in a televised town hall on Tuesday. During the live event on CNN, Pelosi painted Gorsuch as a judge who is “hostile to women’s reproductive rights,” chooses to side with “felons over gun safety” and has handed down rulings that strip the rights of autistic children.

Trump pushes drugmakers for lower prices, more U.S. production

President Donald Trump meets with Pharma industry representativesWASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump in a meeting on Tuesday with pharmaceutical executives called on them to manufacture more of their drugs in the United States and cut prices, while vowing to speed approval of new medicines and ease regulation. "We’re going to streamline the FDA," Trump said in a statement, referring to the regulatory agency responsible for vetting that new drugs are safe and effective. The meeting between Trump and the pharmaceutical executives signaled a defusing of tensions that have kept drug stock prices in check since the presidential election.

Warren Buffett: I bought $12 billion of stock after Trump won

Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, smiles before speaking with Bill Gates (not pictured), at Columbia University in New YorkBuffett revealed that he has bought $12 billion of stock for his company Berkshire Hathaway Inc since the Republican Donald Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. In an interview with talk show host Charlie Rose that aired on Friday night, Buffett suggested that Berkshire's post-election stock purchases overall were even higher, reflecting stocks that his deputies Todd Combs and Ted Weschler bought.

Schumer: I have ‘serious doubts’ about Neil Gorsuch

Schumer: I have ‘serious doubts’ about Neil GorsuchSen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he has “serious doubts” about whether Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, should be confirmed. Schumer, the leader of the Senate Democrats, made the statement shortly after the announcement Tuesday night and suggested that he’s willing to filibuster Trump’s choice for the high court. “Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated a hostility toward women’s rights, and most troubling, hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent Justice on the Court,” Schumer said in a statement.

Colin Hanks’ new film chronicles Eagles of Death Metal’s return to Paris after deadly attacks

On Nov. 13, 2015, terrorist attacks around the city of Paris claimed the lives of 130 people, 89 of them at the Eagles of Death Metal rock concert at the Bataclan Theatre. The new HBO documentary Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) chronicles the experiences of the American rock band before and after that tragic night and examines the deep bond between the band’s co-founders, Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, who is also a member of Queens of the Stone Age. The film’s director, Colin Hanks, spoke to Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric about this emotional and intense documentary, which debuts on HBO on Feb. 13.

Trump’s Supreme Court pick, and his (in)famous mother

Trump’s Supreme Court pick, and his (in)famous motherNeil Gorsuch, nominated by President Trump to the Supreme Court, bears a name many Republicans would just as soon forget: that of his late mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, a controversial administrator of the Environmental Protection Administration under President Ronald Reagan, and the first Cabinet-level official to be cited for contempt of Congress. Anne Gorsuch, who died in 2004, was a little-known Colorado state legislator when she was tapped by Reagan in 1981 to head the EPA.

Apple defies Wall Street with strong revival in iPhone sales

The Apple logo is seen on the facade of the new Apple Store in ParisBy Narottam Medhora and Stephen Nellis SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc reclaimed the throne as the world's top smartphone seller for the first time in five years on Tuesday, beating out rival Samsung in units shipped for the holiday quarter and boosting revenues with a strong showing for its new, top-of-the-line iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone sales numbers, and a profit of almost $18 billion, both handily beat Wall Street expectations, sending its shares up 3 percent in after-hours trading. Apple sold 78.29 million iPhones in the fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 31, up from 74.78 million the year before.

Trump picks Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court vacancy

Trump picks Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court vacancyPresident Trump announced Tuesday night that Neil Gorsuch, a conservative federal judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, is his pick to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia died last February, and congressional Republicans blocked President Barack Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland as Scalia’s replacement.