Spanning The Country 

Today Spanning The Country makes stops in Richmond, Va. & San Francisco, California. Much like yesterday, most of the headlines across the country were the same, the big news of the day was the Woman’s March. All across the country in cities small & big, the marches were extremely large, and successful. It is estimated in Washington D.C. that nearly twice as many turned out for the march, than for the inauguration of Donald Trump. It is being reported that over 500,000 showed up in D.C., amazing.  Considering the enormity of the marches, they remained very peaceful, with only sporadic reports of protests turning violent. 

Indeed, for members of The Resistance & the opposition party, yesterday was a humongous success. For the newly elected President Trump, yesterday was another embarrassing chapter in his extremely short tenure. 
http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/politics/article/Women-s-marches-attract-masses-across-the-globe-10873821.php?t=1faf312887

Spanning The Country 

Spanning The Country makes stops today in New York City & Cleveland, Ohio.  For most of the papers in the country the news of the day was the inauguration of President Trump, and his uber weird speech that spoke of an America, that wasn’t accurate, and didn’t exist.  Nonetheless, Trump vowed to be this America’s savior, naturally. Trump’s speech was very divisive, and no where in it was a call for unification of a nation that he has helped divide over the last year and a half. This was the first bad speech given by Trump, and guess what, it won’t be his last. 

Taking a look at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, the headlines were a classy farewell to President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama. The Obama’s will be sorely missed. Their message of hope & unity was always an uplifting one, and you don’t have to look any further than yesterday to understand the vast contrast between Obama & Trump. God help us all, it will a long 4 years, or however long Trump serves. 

President Trump takes oath of office before a divided nation http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trumps-obamas-share-ride-capitol-article-1.2951384

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Taking a look at the headlines around the country, the big news on just about every newspaper is the inauguration of Donald Trump. This is a day many are looking at with great dread, can’t speak for everyone, but at least 65 million or so. After 8 years in office President Obama will peacefully transfer the power to Trump, in a tradition that dates back to George Washington.  

Usually an Inauguration is a joyous occasion, one that usually fills the nation with hope. There are many adjectives to describe this day, however hope isn’t one of them. Even as Trump prepares to take office, he does amid a sea of questions about his legitimacy, and mandate. The FBI & CIA according to The New York Times are actively investigating links between his campaign & Russia.  Like many today, I will not watch.  I will stand with the record number of congressmen & women who are boycotting the inauguration today. To Donald Trump, I say enjoy this day, because We The People are going to hold you accountable the next 4 years or however long your in office. 

Spanning The Country 

Spanning The Country today makes stops in two of the biggest cities in the country, New York City & Los Angles.  We find in both cities the headlines of the day revolves around the findings that for third year in a row, Earth has broken heat records. The timing of this record is great, as we are 24 hours away from swearing in a president who doesn’t believe in climate change. Trump was famously quoted as saying it “was a hoax, created by the Chinese.”  Additionally when this news was breaking, Trump’s EPA pick, Scott Pruitt was in the middle of his confirmation hearings. Pruitt, testified he believed in climate change, but his record & actions over the years indicates otherwise.   It is extremely troublesome, that we continue to see heat records broken & we are ushering in an administration that has a Neanderthal approach to climate change.  Trump’s administration most likely will set this country back decades when it comes to improvements made by the Obama government. Only time will tell, but judging from the latest data, we can’t afford to have a liaise faire attitude towards climate change. 

Spanning The Country 

Spanning The Country today there were several big stories driving the headlines today. The big news of the day was President Obama shortening the sentence of Chelsea Manning. From a political standpoint I’m not sure why the right is up in arms. Just two weeks ago Donald Trump praised Julian Assange on Twitter. So the move by Obama should have pleased Trump. Another big story is the House Democrats numbers continuing to grow for boycotting the inauguration on Friday. At last count 59 members of Congress were boycotting. 

Of course the big concern for many across the country, and in Houston & Charlotte was the march forward to repeal Obamacare, and the concerns about what or if it will be replaced with.  As the Republicans get closer to repeal, there has been quantifiable replacement presented to the American people. One thing the people are short on these days, rightfully, is trust in the government to do the right thing. 


http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article124957964.html

Spanning The Country 

Spanning The Country today makes stops in the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest, in Alaska, taking a look at the Alaska Dispatch News & we also take a look at the Washington Post. 

Both newspapers find that many of our European neighbors are concerned about Trump’s comments to the Times of London over the weekend about dissolving of NATO .  Conveniently this is the same extreme position held by Trump’s new best friend, Vladimir Putin.   Trump, who hasn’t even taken office yet, has caused quite a stir with several countries already with his cavalier attitude to long standing agreements & relationships.  His comments on NATO bears watching in the U.S. as well as Europe.  This will be a story that we will follow up on. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/01/17/will-donald-trump-abandon-europe/

Spanning The Country 

Spanning The Country’s headlines today we make stops in Grand Rapids, Michigan & New Orleans, Louisiana.  In Grand Rapids, the news of the day, like many of the newspapers, is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday & various celebrations across the country. It is a special day that celebrates the life of a American hero & civil rights icon. 

In New Orleans, the headline like many newspapers across the country today, is discussing the feud between John Lewis & Donald Trump over the weekend. The article touches on the distrust that the African-American communities have with Trump. The timing of this dust up, along with Trump canceling his visit to the African American Museum in Washington, also was another chasm with the communities across the country. 

http://s.nola.com/u9PEUzC

Spanning The Country 

Spanning The Country & the nations headlines makes stops in Tampa Bay, Florida & Washington, D.C.  Taking a look at the Tampa Bay Times, the headline there is President Elect Trump’s many campaign promises, and the article questions whether he can keep many or any. Judging from his actions so far, and in his own words at the press conference this week, there is little chance of Trump keeping many or most of them. On the campaign trail, he promised to lock Hillary Clinton up, build a wall & have Mexico pay for it & he also said he would put his many business holdings in a blind trust. That’s a pretty big list, and so far he is going to fulfill any of those. 

Taking a look at The Washington Post, the headlines there are Trump’s many worrisome & troubling overseas business connections & dealings. As President, Trump will be dealing with many foreign governments & he has always shown that he curries favor with people & companies that kiss the ring so to speak. There will much more on this topic throughout his time as president. 

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/introducing-politifacts-trump-o-meter-tracking-the-campaign-promises-of/2309441

Spanning The Country 

Spanning The Country today makes stops in Kansas City, Missouri & Hartford, Connecticut. The headlines of the day for both papers were The House & Senate beginning the process of repealing & replacing “Obamacare”.  We are pretty deep in the process, and as of yet, no Republican nor President Elect Trump has come remotely close to laying out a plan for a successful replacement. There has been much talk of the replacement process being smooth, however not one piece of the new plan has been introduced or revealed. It’s still early in the process, but it’s getting late. We have reached a point where someone in the Republican leadership should have had a real conversation with We The People. 

http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/national-international/article126585689.html

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Spanning The Country makes stops on the left coast at the Los Angeles Times & on the east cost at the Washington Post. Two big headlines dominated most of the country’s headlines today. One being The Department of Justice investigation of the F.B.I. and Director James Comey. The investigation comes at the urging of both members of Congress & the Senate, so its politically driven in nature. With that being said, the so called Comey Letter, and how the investigation was handled in those critical, extremely important 11 days before the election needs to be thoroughly examined & explained to the American people. 

The other dominant headlines across the country was the major contradictions of many of President Elect Trumps nominees the last few days. Obviously many of Trump’s positions are so ludicrous in nature & so ridiculous that many of the nominees felt they couldn’t agree with Trump on the record in a confirmation hearing. At any rate it has been great political theater & quite embarrassing for Trump. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/us/politics/trump-cabinet-mattis-tillerson.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share