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Michelle Obama for US President in 2020?

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michelle-obama.jpgFour years is not really a long time, and before you know it, the next US elections for President in 2020 will be just around the corner.

The potential first shots of the next campaign were fired online in the hours after Donald Trump's victory became clear when hundreds of thousands took to social media to urge the current first lady to run for President in 2020.

"Perfect conditions for Michelle Obama to win 2020 elections," read one comment. Another said simply: "Michelle Obama 2020 please Michelle Obama 2020 please Michelle Obama 2020 please".

Mrs Obama is that extreme rarity, a popular figure in America's political landscape. Her favourability rating, pegged by Gallup at 64 percent, is significantly higher than that of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or even her husband.

There's one small problem for the first lady's supporters, however. In March, she said she had no interest in the top job.





 

Anti-Trump protests in the US

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trump-protests-photo-1.jpgtrump-protests-photo-2.jpgDespite Mr Obama's calls for unity and Mrs Clinton telling supporters Mr Trump must be given a "chance to lead," his victory has sparked protests in several US states.

Hundreds of Anti-Trump demonstrators in New York staged a march on Trump Tower in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, waving placards declaring "Not my president" and other slogans.

Police earlier erected concrete barriers and other security measures outside the 5th Avenue skyscraper, which is likely to be Mr Trump's headquarters during the transition to power.





Obama to welcome Trump to the White House

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trump-and-obama.jpgUS President Barack Obama is set to meet his successor Donald Trump in the Oval Office for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition of power.

Mr Trump will become the 45th US president after securing a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.

Mr Obama mounted a fierce campaign to prevent Mr Trump from winning the White House, branding him "unfit" for office.

But the president has now urged all Americans to accept the result of Tuesday's election.

"We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country," Barack Obama said of Mr Trump.





Cubans concerned over Trump win

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HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) - Just when Cuba was starting to warm up to the United States, Americans elected Donald Trump president, throwing the countries' rapprochement into doubt and causing stunned reactions in Havana.

The brash Republican billionaire's shock victory cast uncertainty over two years of moves by President Barack Obama to end more than a half-century of Cold War enmity with the communist island.

Trump has sent mixed messages about the thaw. He gave it a lukewarm welcome at first, saying "50 years is enough" - although he characteristically insisted the Democratic president should have struck a "better deal".

Then as the Republican primary heated up, he vowed to reverse the new policies unless the Raul Castro regime agrees to democratic reforms and other demands.

"I'm afraid," said Marcos Creach, a 27-year-old cellphone repairman in Havana.

"Obama did a lot" for US-Cuban relations, he added, and now Trump "can come in as president of the United States and put up a wall, an obstacle to make sure it never becomes reality."

Creach counts himself among those Cubans who stand to benefit from resumed ties between Havana and Washington and a softening of trade and tourism restrictions - part of a new generation of entrepreneurs Obama said the thaw aims to help thrive.

Droves of Cubans descended on the capital's few Wi-Fi hotspots from the early hours Wednesday, trying to contact relatives in the United States to help make sense of the shock result.





PNP congratulates Trump on victory

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pnp-headquarters.jpgJamaica's Parliamentary Opposition has congratulated Donald Trump on his victory.

In a statement Wednesday morning, the People's National Party (PNP) said it looks forward to hearing and seeing how Mr. Trump's administration will take shape.

However, it noted that throughout his campaign, Mr. Trump offered policy solutions that may affect immigrant communities in the United States.

The Opposition said it is concerned since Jamaicans are a big part of the immigrant community in the U.S.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgCelebrities have been reacting to the election of Donald Trump as the 45th US president, with many in show business shocked at the outcome of the vote.

Singer Cher said "the world will never be the same", while pop star Ariana Grande said she was "in tears".

Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones said it was a "dark day", while fellow actress Christina Applegate said she was "heartbroken".

Singer Katy Perry, who had also campaigned for a Clinton victory, wrote a series of Tweets, including one saying: "We will never be silenced. #LOVETRUMPSHATE."

Rapper Macklemore wrote on Instagram: "I am disappointed, shocked and shaken at my core by what has transpired tonight."

Snoop Dogg posted a picture of Marvin Gaye's album What's Going On, saying it reflected his mood.

Others remained more upbeat, with Madonna tweeting: "We never give up."

But his supporters were celebrating, including actor Stephen Baldwin, who tweeted that he was "proud to have been part of such amazing history."

Actor Steven Seagal wrote: "Congratulations @realDonaldTrump for your stunning victory over your opponent! Looking forward to making America great again!"

Actress Stacey Dash, best known for the film Clueless, another Trump fan, said: "America will be great again. Stand together."

However, those celebrities who stood with Trump were in the minority.





hillary-clinton-photo-1.jpg(Reuters) - The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she had promised to let the agency review new or significantly increased support from foreign governments.

Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011 to mark the 65th birthday of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton's husband, and sought to meet the former U.S. president in person the following year to present him the check, according to an email from a foundation official to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta. The email, among thousands hacked from Podesta's account, was published last month by WikiLeaks.

Clinton signed an ethics agreement governing her family's globe-straddling foundation in order to become secretary of state in 2009. The agreement was designed to increase transparency to avoid appearances that U.S. foreign policy could be swayed by wealthy donors.

If a new foreign government wished to donate or if an existing foreign-government donor, such as Qatar, wanted to "increase materially" its support of ongoing programs, Clinton promised that the State Department's ethics official would be notified and given a chance to raise any concerns.

Clinton Foundation officials last month declined to confirm the Qatar donation. In response to additional questions, a foundation spokesman, Brian Cookstra, this week said that it accepted the $1 million gift from Qatar, but this did not amount to a "material increase" in the Gulf country's support for the charity. Cookstra declined to say whether Qatari officials received their requested meeting with Bill Clinton.

Officials at Qatar's embassy in Washington and in its Council of Ministers in the capital, Doha, declined to discuss the donation.

The State Department has said it has no record of the foundation submitting the Qatar gift for review, and that it was incumbent on the foundation to notify the department about donations that needed attention.





Attorney General Loretta Lynch is facing a federal lawsuit to give details of a meeting she had with Bill Clinton days before she was to decide on his wife's fate. The meeting in June was barely a week before the Justice Department which she heads dropped its probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed the lawsuit against the Department of Justice in Washington on Wednesday demanding more information about the meeting, which led to Lynch stepping aside from the server investigation.

As head of the Department of Justice, Lynch was supposed to be deciding whether to proceed with charging Hillary Clinton over her unauthorized server arrangements while she was secretary of state.But she met with the Democrat's husband on June 27 on the tarmac of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport, Arizona. Bill Clinton delayed his flight's departure in order to grab face time with Lynch.

'Don't take off!' the former president shouted after a Secret Service agent told him Lynch was about to land, according to Ed Klein in his book Guilty as Sin, who writes that Clinton wanted to 'bushwhack' Lynch in order to discredit the server investigation.

Lynch was subsequently spotted leaving her jet and local media, who knew Clinton was at the airport, put two and two together. Despite Lynch's insistence that the half-hour meeting was a social call, a political firestorm ensued in which the DOJ's independence was questioned.

'Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,' she told CNN affiliate KNXV/ABC15 shortly afterwards.

But the ACLJ is demanding more information about the meeting and is suing the Obama administration, which it slammed for its 'arrogance and inappropriate actions'.





 

Obama to welcome Trump to the White House

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trump-and-obama.jpgUS President Barack Obama is set to meet his successor Donald Trump in the Oval Office for talks aimed at ensuring a smooth transition of power.

Mr Trump will become the 45th US president after securing a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton.

Mr Obama mounted a fierce campaign to prevent Mr Trump from winning the White House, branding him "unfit" for office.

But the president has now urged all Americans to accept the result of Tuesday's election.

"We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country," Barack Obama said of Mr Trump.





Cubans concerned over Trump win

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HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) - Just when Cuba was starting to warm up to the United States, Americans elected Donald Trump president, throwing the countries' rapprochement into doubt and causing stunned reactions in Havana.

The brash Republican billionaire's shock victory cast uncertainty over two years of moves by President Barack Obama to end more than a half-century of Cold War enmity with the communist island.

Trump has sent mixed messages about the thaw. He gave it a lukewarm welcome at first, saying "50 years is enough" - although he characteristically insisted the Democratic president should have struck a "better deal".

Then as the Republican primary heated up, he vowed to reverse the new policies unless the Raul Castro regime agrees to democratic reforms and other demands.

"I'm afraid," said Marcos Creach, a 27-year-old cellphone repairman in Havana.

"Obama did a lot" for US-Cuban relations, he added, and now Trump "can come in as president of the United States and put up a wall, an obstacle to make sure it never becomes reality."

Creach counts himself among those Cubans who stand to benefit from resumed ties between Havana and Washington and a softening of trade and tourism restrictions - part of a new generation of entrepreneurs Obama said the thaw aims to help thrive.

Droves of Cubans descended on the capital's few Wi-Fi hotspots from the early hours Wednesday, trying to contact relatives in the United States to help make sense of the shock result.





PNP congratulates Trump on victory

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pnp-headquarters.jpgJamaica's Parliamentary Opposition has congratulated Donald Trump on his victory.

In a statement Wednesday morning, the People's National Party (PNP) said it looks forward to hearing and seeing how Mr. Trump's administration will take shape.

However, it noted that throughout his campaign, Mr. Trump offered policy solutions that may affect immigrant communities in the United States.

The Opposition said it is concerned since Jamaicans are a big part of the immigrant community in the U.S.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgCelebrities have been reacting to the election of Donald Trump as the 45th US president, with many in show business shocked at the outcome of the vote.

Singer Cher said "the world will never be the same", while pop star Ariana Grande said she was "in tears".

Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones said it was a "dark day", while fellow actress Christina Applegate said she was "heartbroken".

Singer Katy Perry, who had also campaigned for a Clinton victory, wrote a series of Tweets, including one saying: "We will never be silenced. #LOVETRUMPSHATE."

Rapper Macklemore wrote on Instagram: "I am disappointed, shocked and shaken at my core by what has transpired tonight."

Snoop Dogg posted a picture of Marvin Gaye's album What's Going On, saying it reflected his mood.

Others remained more upbeat, with Madonna tweeting: "We never give up."

But his supporters were celebrating, including actor Stephen Baldwin, who tweeted that he was "proud to have been part of such amazing history."

Actor Steven Seagal wrote: "Congratulations @realDonaldTrump for your stunning victory over your opponent! Looking forward to making America great again!"

Actress Stacey Dash, best known for the film Clueless, another Trump fan, said: "America will be great again. Stand together."

However, those celebrities who stood with Trump were in the minority.





hillary-clinton-photo-1.jpg(Reuters) - The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she had promised to let the agency review new or significantly increased support from foreign governments.

Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011 to mark the 65th birthday of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton's husband, and sought to meet the former U.S. president in person the following year to present him the check, according to an email from a foundation official to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta. The email, among thousands hacked from Podesta's account, was published last month by WikiLeaks.

Clinton signed an ethics agreement governing her family's globe-straddling foundation in order to become secretary of state in 2009. The agreement was designed to increase transparency to avoid appearances that U.S. foreign policy could be swayed by wealthy donors.

If a new foreign government wished to donate or if an existing foreign-government donor, such as Qatar, wanted to "increase materially" its support of ongoing programs, Clinton promised that the State Department's ethics official would be notified and given a chance to raise any concerns.

Clinton Foundation officials last month declined to confirm the Qatar donation. In response to additional questions, a foundation spokesman, Brian Cookstra, this week said that it accepted the $1 million gift from Qatar, but this did not amount to a "material increase" in the Gulf country's support for the charity. Cookstra declined to say whether Qatari officials received their requested meeting with Bill Clinton.

Officials at Qatar's embassy in Washington and in its Council of Ministers in the capital, Doha, declined to discuss the donation.

The State Department has said it has no record of the foundation submitting the Qatar gift for review, and that it was incumbent on the foundation to notify the department about donations that needed attention.





Attorney General Loretta Lynch is facing a federal lawsuit to give details of a meeting she had with Bill Clinton days before she was to decide on his wife's fate. The meeting in June was barely a week before the Justice Department which she heads dropped its probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed the lawsuit against the Department of Justice in Washington on Wednesday demanding more information about the meeting, which led to Lynch stepping aside from the server investigation.

As head of the Department of Justice, Lynch was supposed to be deciding whether to proceed with charging Hillary Clinton over her unauthorized server arrangements while she was secretary of state.But she met with the Democrat's husband on June 27 on the tarmac of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport, Arizona. Bill Clinton delayed his flight's departure in order to grab face time with Lynch.

'Don't take off!' the former president shouted after a Secret Service agent told him Lynch was about to land, according to Ed Klein in his book Guilty as Sin, who writes that Clinton wanted to 'bushwhack' Lynch in order to discredit the server investigation.

Lynch was subsequently spotted leaving her jet and local media, who knew Clinton was at the airport, put two and two together. Despite Lynch's insistence that the half-hour meeting was a social call, a political firestorm ensued in which the DOJ's independence was questioned.

'Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,' she told CNN affiliate KNXV/ABC15 shortly afterwards.

But the ACLJ is demanding more information about the meeting and is suing the Obama administration, which it slammed for its 'arrogance and inappropriate actions'.





 

Cubans concerned over Trump win

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HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) - Just when Cuba was starting to warm up to the United States, Americans elected Donald Trump president, throwing the countries' rapprochement into doubt and causing stunned reactions in Havana.

The brash Republican billionaire's shock victory cast uncertainty over two years of moves by President Barack Obama to end more than a half-century of Cold War enmity with the communist island.

Trump has sent mixed messages about the thaw. He gave it a lukewarm welcome at first, saying "50 years is enough" - although he characteristically insisted the Democratic president should have struck a "better deal".

Then as the Republican primary heated up, he vowed to reverse the new policies unless the Raul Castro regime agrees to democratic reforms and other demands.

"I'm afraid," said Marcos Creach, a 27-year-old cellphone repairman in Havana.

"Obama did a lot" for US-Cuban relations, he added, and now Trump "can come in as president of the United States and put up a wall, an obstacle to make sure it never becomes reality."

Creach counts himself among those Cubans who stand to benefit from resumed ties between Havana and Washington and a softening of trade and tourism restrictions - part of a new generation of entrepreneurs Obama said the thaw aims to help thrive.

Droves of Cubans descended on the capital's few Wi-Fi hotspots from the early hours Wednesday, trying to contact relatives in the United States to help make sense of the shock result.





PNP congratulates Trump on victory

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pnp-headquarters.jpgJamaica's Parliamentary Opposition has congratulated Donald Trump on his victory.

In a statement Wednesday morning, the People's National Party (PNP) said it looks forward to hearing and seeing how Mr. Trump's administration will take shape.

However, it noted that throughout his campaign, Mr. Trump offered policy solutions that may affect immigrant communities in the United States.

The Opposition said it is concerned since Jamaicans are a big part of the immigrant community in the U.S.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgCelebrities have been reacting to the election of Donald Trump as the 45th US president, with many in show business shocked at the outcome of the vote.

Singer Cher said "the world will never be the same", while pop star Ariana Grande said she was "in tears".

Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones said it was a "dark day", while fellow actress Christina Applegate said she was "heartbroken".

Singer Katy Perry, who had also campaigned for a Clinton victory, wrote a series of Tweets, including one saying: "We will never be silenced. #LOVETRUMPSHATE."

Rapper Macklemore wrote on Instagram: "I am disappointed, shocked and shaken at my core by what has transpired tonight."

Snoop Dogg posted a picture of Marvin Gaye's album What's Going On, saying it reflected his mood.

Others remained more upbeat, with Madonna tweeting: "We never give up."

But his supporters were celebrating, including actor Stephen Baldwin, who tweeted that he was "proud to have been part of such amazing history."

Actor Steven Seagal wrote: "Congratulations @realDonaldTrump for your stunning victory over your opponent! Looking forward to making America great again!"

Actress Stacey Dash, best known for the film Clueless, another Trump fan, said: "America will be great again. Stand together."

However, those celebrities who stood with Trump were in the minority.





hillary-clinton-photo-1.jpg(Reuters) - The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she had promised to let the agency review new or significantly increased support from foreign governments.

Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011 to mark the 65th birthday of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton's husband, and sought to meet the former U.S. president in person the following year to present him the check, according to an email from a foundation official to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta. The email, among thousands hacked from Podesta's account, was published last month by WikiLeaks.

Clinton signed an ethics agreement governing her family's globe-straddling foundation in order to become secretary of state in 2009. The agreement was designed to increase transparency to avoid appearances that U.S. foreign policy could be swayed by wealthy donors.

If a new foreign government wished to donate or if an existing foreign-government donor, such as Qatar, wanted to "increase materially" its support of ongoing programs, Clinton promised that the State Department's ethics official would be notified and given a chance to raise any concerns.

Clinton Foundation officials last month declined to confirm the Qatar donation. In response to additional questions, a foundation spokesman, Brian Cookstra, this week said that it accepted the $1 million gift from Qatar, but this did not amount to a "material increase" in the Gulf country's support for the charity. Cookstra declined to say whether Qatari officials received their requested meeting with Bill Clinton.

Officials at Qatar's embassy in Washington and in its Council of Ministers in the capital, Doha, declined to discuss the donation.

The State Department has said it has no record of the foundation submitting the Qatar gift for review, and that it was incumbent on the foundation to notify the department about donations that needed attention.





Attorney General Loretta Lynch is facing a federal lawsuit to give details of a meeting she had with Bill Clinton days before she was to decide on his wife's fate. The meeting in June was barely a week before the Justice Department which she heads dropped its probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed the lawsuit against the Department of Justice in Washington on Wednesday demanding more information about the meeting, which led to Lynch stepping aside from the server investigation.

As head of the Department of Justice, Lynch was supposed to be deciding whether to proceed with charging Hillary Clinton over her unauthorized server arrangements while she was secretary of state.But she met with the Democrat's husband on June 27 on the tarmac of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport, Arizona. Bill Clinton delayed his flight's departure in order to grab face time with Lynch.

'Don't take off!' the former president shouted after a Secret Service agent told him Lynch was about to land, according to Ed Klein in his book Guilty as Sin, who writes that Clinton wanted to 'bushwhack' Lynch in order to discredit the server investigation.

Lynch was subsequently spotted leaving her jet and local media, who knew Clinton was at the airport, put two and two together. Despite Lynch's insistence that the half-hour meeting was a social call, a political firestorm ensued in which the DOJ's independence was questioned.

'Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix,' she told CNN affiliate KNXV/ABC15 shortly afterwards.

But the ACLJ is demanding more information about the meeting and is suing the Obama administration, which it slammed for its 'arrogance and inappropriate actions'.





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