A video made by a black activist asking the president and other leaders to denounce the #BlackLivesMatter movement has gone viral on Facebook. He calls the movement “a racist movement,” one that is “racist to the core.” He says the movement has only caused more disunion and hate among Americans. Continue reading…
Monday on Fox News, White House correspondent Ed Henry reported the State Department has found another 150 of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s emails from her tenure as secretary of state with classified information in them. Henry reported, “First of all, we’re now learning from State Department officials that number is increasing, beyond 6,000 — more than likely going to be 7,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s official email spilling out. When? It was supposed to be midday and then it was moved back to 6 p.m. Eastern. We just learned in the last minute it will be about 9 p.m. Eastern now. Why all these delays? Well, one reason may be, as we’ve seen in the past with the document dumps — we’re now learning the most important piece of information of all is about 150 of these Clinton emails that will be released in this batch have some classified information in them, so Continue reading…
In an appearance on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was asked by host Andrea Mitchell if there were any similarities in his presidential campaign and that of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Although both he and Trump have exceeded expectations in the early going of the 2016 cycle, Sanders rejected that the two campaigns were similar. “No, I don’t accept that for one moment,” Sanders said. “We are not engaged here in demagoguery. We’re not engaged here in racist attacks, outrageous attacks against Mexicans. What we are trying to do is talk about the reality facing the American people.” Sanders went on to suggest Trump’s campaign was based on his personality, whereas his was more substantive. “Donald Trump is a very strong TV personality,” Sanders added. “He’s very good at what he does. He’s funny, he’s articulate, but I think Continue reading…
Today, the President is traveling to Alaska to meet with some of the Alaskans who are on the frontlines of climate change, one of the greatest challenges facing our nation. Follow along with the President’s trip at WhiteHouse.gov/Alaska.
“The state’s God-given natural treasures are all at risk.”
But just how did this treasure trove of national resources and beauty become a part of our union? While the President is en route, let’s do a quick historical recap.
March 30, 1867
Secretary of State William H. Seward signed a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska for $7.2 million. Despite the bargain deal (roughly two cents an acre), the purchase was ridiculed in Congress and in the press as “Seward’s folly,” and President Andrew Johnson’s “polar bear garden.” Nevertheless, the Senate ratified the purchase, adding a tremendous landmass (one-fifth the size of the rest of the U.S.) to America.
Despite a slow start in settlement, the discovery of gold in the late 19th century prompted thousands of Americans to migrate to the territory hoping to strike it rich. Alaska, rich in natural resources and beauty, has been contributing to American prosperity ever since.
September 14, 1901
From the day of his inauguration, 26th President Theodore Roosevelt was brought into discussions on then-territory Alaska, as disputes over boundary lines ensued through 1902.
Protecting our lands and wildlife was one of the chief concerns of President “Teddy” Roosevelt. Known as our “Conservationist President,” Roosevelt used his authority to protect wildlife and public lands by creating the U.S. Forest Service and establishing 51 Federal Bird Reservations, 4 National Game Preserves, and 150 National Forests, including the Tongass and the Chugach in Alaska.
Working with longtime friend and famous preservationist John Muir, he also created five National Parks – and added land to Yosemite National Park.
He eventually enabled the 1906 American Antiquities Act, which gave the President authority to restrict the use of particular public lands in America. It gave the President the power to protect “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest” on federal land by designations. President Roosevelt declared Grand Canyon, Devil’s Tower, and many more national monuments during his time in office.
With this conservation mindset, President Roosevelt knew that Alaska – a land filled with a wealth of natural resources, particularly those being discovered by gold rush enthusiasts – needed to be protected and well-managed. In a speech to the 57th Congress in 1902, President Roosevelt stated the following:
No country has a more valuable possession – in mineral wealth, in fisheries, furs, forests, and also in land available for certain kinds of farming and stock growing. The forests of Alaska should be protected and as a secondary but still important matter, the game also….Laws should be enacted to protect the Alaskan salmon fisheries against the greed which would destroy them.
President Theodore Roosevelt
At his persuasion, Congress passed a series of acts designed to regulate the harvesting of Alaskan wildlife, including the Alaska Game Act, which was strengthened by an act amending the Alaska Game Act in 1908. In 1909, President Roosevelt also first protected the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.
August 3, 1944
In early August 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) journeyed to Alaska for a six-day inspection and fishing trip, the second President to make the trip north. While in Alaska, FDR made stops at Adak, Kodiak, and Auke Bay, visiting with soldiers as part of a trip across the Pacific during World War II.
January 3, 1959
On this day, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a special proclamation admitting the territory of Alaska into the Union as the 49th and largest state.
Today, President Obama becomes the first President to visit America’s Arctic, witnessing firsthand the impacts of climate change on this region on the frontlines. The President, along with Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers, will discuss the challenges of how to best manage the future of this region, and the people and natural resources that reside there.
The Black Lives Matter protesters advocated for violence against police officers at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday, just one day after a sheriff in Houston, Texas was murdered by a black man. The group chanted, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon.” Continue reading…
There was no shortage of pot-smoking and weed-related jokes during Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards – and host Miley Cyrus apparently kept the party going after the show wrapped by passing a lit joint around the VMA press room. Continue reading…