In his first speech to a joint session of Congress, President Trump on Tuesday challenged divided lawmakers and a polarized nation to look past his turbulent early days in office and rally behind the “America First” vision of his history-making campaign. “A new national pride is sweeping across our nation,” Trump declared to a packed House of Representatives at the outset of the hourlong address. The entrepreneur stayed true to many of the core messages of his insurgent and profoundly nationalist candidacy — blaming immigration and global trade for a range of ills, expressing resentment at the burdens of America’s post-World War II global leadership, pushing for dismantling Obamacare — while dropping some of his most inflammatory rhetoric.
Heralding a “new chapter of American greatness,” President Donald Trump stood before Congress for the first time Tuesday night and issued a broad call for overhauling the nation’s health care system, significantly boosting military spending and plunging $1 trillion into upgrading crumbling infrastructure. Trump, who typically relishes flouting political convention, embraced the pomp and tradition of a presidential address to Congress. The president was greeted by enthusiastic applause as he entered the House chamber, though it was filled with Democrats who vigorously oppose his policies and many Republicans who never expected him to be elected.
As debate continues to swirl over the mission’s results, President Trump’s acknowledgment of a fallen soldier’s wife was the most emotional moment of his first congressional address. Carryn Owens, whose husband, Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, was killed in a Yemen raid last month, was moved to tears as Trump praised her husband’s sacrifice. “Ryan died as he lived,” said Trump.
The United Nations’ Human Rights Council opened its annual session in Geneva Monday amid chatter that the United States was weighing withdrawal from the world’s top rights watchdog body. Now reports have surfaced that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is questioning the council’s value to the US and considering a range of options – including simply pulling out. On Monday, a White House budget outline proposed as much as a 30 percent cut in State Department spending to help offset a $54 billion increase in military spending.
On Tuesday night, President Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress, and the Democrats issued their response from former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. Follow along for analysis of the speech and post-address commentary from Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and Yahoo News National Political Columnist Matt Bai.
Red-hot, sparkling lava is shooting into the sky in eastern Sicily. Italy's Mount Etna volcano first became active on Jan. 23 and has experienced a series of eruptions ever since. The latest lava-spewing event began on Monday evening. SEE ALSO: India's only active volcano is back from the dead after 150 years In the video below, posted by Storyful, orange explosions of lava are seen spewing from the southeast crater. Residents in the nearby cities of Catania and Toarmina could see the lava show in the distance. Authorities reported no dangers to communities along the mountain’s slopes, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. At 10,900 feet high, Mount Etna is Europe's largest active volcano. The "stratavolcano" has a conical shape and is made from many layers of hardened lava, tephra, pumice and volcanic ash. This Sicilian landmark also has one of the world's longest documented records of historical eruptions, dating back to at least 1,500 B.C.E. Smaller bursts have occurred regularly in recent years, though the last major event was in 1992. Plumes of smoke and ash erupt from Mount Etna on Oct. 30, 2002. Image: ISS/NASA/Getty Images During that eruption, as lava threatened to overtake a Sicilian village, U.S. marines lent a hand during the aptly named Operation Volcano Buster. A team flew helicopters over Etna and dropped concrete blocks at the edge of the lava tunnel to plug the hole. The marines apparently didn't sweat it. "Everything is easier when no one is shooting at you," Comdr. John Carpenter of the Navy told the
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from Sicily in 1992. Luckily, no soldiers were needed this time around. BONUS: Exploring volcanoes with robots: a day in the life of Carolyn Parcheta
South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-se said the murder of Kim Jong Nam should be a “wake-up call” to the international community, calling for the United Nations to punish North Korea for what it describes as the North Korea-authored assassination of ruler Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother. “North Korea is reported to have not just grams but thousands of tonnes of chemical weapons, including VX, all over the country,” said Yun at the UN Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva on Tuesday, according to Reuters. Recommended: Kim 101: How well do you know North Korea’s leaders?