Trump’s Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao resigns after Capitol riot
President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao speaks during an event celebrating American truckers, at the White House, Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is resigning from her position within the Trump administration, saying the events of Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol have left her “deeply troubled.”Chao issued a resignation statement on Thursday:It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the U.S. Department of Transportation. Elaine Chao (@SecElaineChao) January 7, 2021“As I am sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside,” reads the statement from Chao. Chao assumed her position as U.S. Secretary of Transportation on Jan. 31, 2017, right at the beginning of President Donald Trump’s term. Chao is married to Sen. Mitch McConnell, who refused to play along with Trump’s effort to overthrow the election results in the final weeks.
McConnell congratulates Joe Biden as president-elect: ‘The Electoral College has spoken’
BREAKING: Senate Majority Leader McConnell: "The Electoral College has spoken ... Today, I want to congratulate President-elect Biden." The Electoral College has spoke,” said McConnell. I also want to congratulate the vice president-elect, our colleague from California, Senator Harris. Beyond our differences, all Americans can take pride that our nation has a female vice president-elect for the very first time. The results will be sent to Washington and tallied in a Jan. 6 joint session of Congress over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside.
Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still 'far apart'
Theres a handful of very big issues that we are still very far apart" on, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He talked ofimpasses on aid to states and local governments and renewing supplemental unemployment benefits in the Thursday night meetings. Both sides said the future of the talks is uncertain. President Donald Trump is considering executive orders to address evictions and on unemployment insurance, but they appear unlikely to have much impact. Both sides have adopted a hard line in the talks, though the Trump team is more open in disclosing a handful of its proposed compromises.
Trump contributes foreword to paperback of McConnell book
The paperback edition of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnells The Long Game includes a foreword from a well-placed fellow Republican: President Donald Trump. Transforming the federal judiciary is the ultimate long game! Trump writes. The Long Game was first published in May 2016, soon after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. McConnell famously refused to let then-President Barack Obama fill the seat, now held by Gorsuch, whom Trump nominated in 2017. In an afterword for the paperback, McConnell writes of his long friendship with Scalia and defends his decision to keep the seat open.
Hotel collapse: From rescue mode to recovery mode
A Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans collapses, killing two and injuring at least 18. NEW ORLEANS - Further movement from the unstable crane is causing problems, and additional rainfall will only make the situation worse. With that, it is approaching the time to move out of rescue mode and into recovery mode. Going from, you know, you say you'll risk a life to save a life, but we can't say the same for recovery. But I want to assure everyone, we will take every action to recover the remains for these families," said McConnell.
Transgender man who gave birth loses court battle to be registered as father
(CNN) - A transgender man who gave birth with the help of fertility treatment lost his legal fight to be registered as the child's father, rather than its mother, in the UK High Court on Wednesday. Born female, Freddy McConnell transitioned to become a man and was legally recognized as male when he became pregnant in 2017, giving birth in 2018. The 32-year-old took legal action after a registrar told him that UK law required people who give birth to be registered as mothers on birth certificates. Whilst that person's gender is 'male,' their parental status, which derives from their biological role in giving birth, is that of 'mother.'" Existing legislation and UK and European human rights case law, McFarlane said, did not directly engage with the central question.