Can Trump stick to a script beyond the State of the Union?

WASHINGTON /January 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — No natural orator, President Donald Trump has nonetheless shown at times that he can deliver a powerful speech that effectively outlines his vision, strikes an emotional chord and moves commentators to declare that he, at last, looks presidential. And then the teleprompter gets turned off. Time and again, Trump … Continue reading Can Trump stick to a script beyond the State of the Union?

Aid groups feel heat as sanctions on North Korea intensify

WASHINGTON /January 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Two shipping containers full of hygiene kits languish for weeks in a Chinese port, unable to reach North Korea. They’re intended for people with tuberculosis or hepatitis, not to advance nuclear or missile programs, but Chinese customs officers see something objectionable in the cargo: nail clippers. As sanctions on … Continue reading Aid groups feel heat as sanctions on North Korea intensify

GOP senators call on Trump to show restraint in Russia probe

WASHINGTON  /January 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Two Republican senators say President Donald Trump would be wise to keep a public silence on an independent investigation into his 2016 campaign’s contacts with Russia. That’s in the wake of news reports that he sought to fire the special counsel. The senators, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and … Continue reading GOP senators call on Trump to show restraint in Russia probe

Grammy Awards serve up white roses and more subdued fashion

NEW YORK  /January 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The fashion accessory of the Grammy Awards: A single white rose, either pinned or conveniently left with a long stem for red carpet vamping. The message, of course, is a serious one as the music industry looked to follow up the anti-sexual misconduct show of black looks at … Continue reading Grammy Awards serve up white roses and more subdued fashion

Kochs warm to Trump policies, not behavior

INDIAN WELLS, Calif.  /January 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — For the Koch brothers and their powerful donor network, the trouble with President Donald Trump isn’t what he’s doing. It’s how he’s doing it. Huddled at a private retreat in the California desert, the conservative movement’s elite money men worried aloud this weekend that the Republican president’s … Continue reading Kochs warm to Trump policies, not behavior

Clinton, Cabello and Monae provide Grammys political moments

NEW YORK   /January 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — One-time Grammy winner Hillary Clinton made it back to the awards show Sunday night in a role she no doubt relished. She was a surprise guest in a skit by host James Corden, supposedly auditioning for the spoken word recording of Michael Wolff’s best-seller on President Donald Trump’s … Continue reading Clinton, Cabello and Monae provide Grammys political moments

Tillerson aims to sell ‘America First’ to wary allies

WARSAW, Poland  /January 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — As President Donald Trump declared that “America First does not mean America alone” at a global economic forum in Switzerland, his top diplomat was on a European trip of his own, trying to convince skeptical allies that the oft-repeated phrase is more than just lip service. Yet a … Continue reading Tillerson aims to sell ‘America First’ to wary allies

‘It’s such a loss’ _ Tom Petty mourned at Grammy Awards

NEW YORK /January 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — With song and words, Tom Petty was mourned at the Grammys, with artists as diverse as a children’s music writer and one of the most successful contemporary songwriters of all time both calling his music the soundtrack of their lives. During the Grammy telecast, a separate tribute to … Continue reading ‘It’s such a loss’ _ Tom Petty mourned at Grammy Awards