<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.pngNBC4 Washingtonhttp://www.nbcwashington.comen-usSun, 22 Jan 2017 05:25:35 -0500Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:25:35 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[White House Slams Coverage of Inaugural Crowd Size]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:21:04 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/spicer-slams-size-inauguration.jpg

The new White House press secretary used his first press briefing to launch a furious tirade against media coverage of President Donald Trump's inauguration, calling it "shameful and wrong" for focusing on the fact that it was noticeably smaller than Barack Obama's in 2009.

Sean Spicer harangued the media for not taking the administration's point of view on how to cover Trump's inauguration, and claimed that the National Mall was full during the president's oath of office when photographs from multiple vantage points showed that it wasn't. 

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe," Spicer said. "These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong."

There is no evidence to suggest it was the largest ever, by Spicer's own admission that "no one had numbers" for official crowd size estimates, and Nielsen released data Saturday saying about 7 million fewer people watched Trump’s inauguration than Obama’s first in 2009. Ronald Reagan's 1981 inauguration remains the most-watched in American history, with 41.8 million viewers.

Spicer took no questions at the briefing, which came hours after Trump told CIA officials at Langley that the media was inventing a feud between him and the intelligence community, despite suggesting the intel community leaked information to the press and comparing it to something that would be done in Nazi Germany. Trump also said the crowd "looked like a million, million and a half people" to him.

It's the latest bump in a rocky relationship between the Trump team and the national press corps, but the first to take place in the White House press briefing room. And it came as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators filled the streets in Washington and many cities both in America and abroad, all aimed at showing Trump that they will not be silent during his time in office. 

Spicer did not comment on the Women's March on Washington and it's "sister marches" other than to stipulate there are no official estimates about crowd sizes at the rallies. 

Trump had promised an "unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout" for his inauguration, but various planning groups predicted between 700,000 and 900,000 people would attend the swearing-in and parade. Obama drew an estimated 1.8 million people to the National Mall in 2009, though The Washington Post later questioned whether it was too high.

Spicer claimed that spaces on the national mall with a total capacity of 720,000 were full. He also said that images were distorted by protective plastic lawn coverings, and incorrectly claimed they had never been used before — they were used during the 2013 inauguration as well.

The turf covering Spicer referred to has been used in multiple events on the Mall, a National Park Service representative confirmed in a statement. It was not in use in 2009, before restoration began in 2011.

Spicer did not provide any pictorial evidence backing up his claim that the inaugural crowd was the largest ever, though ahead of the briefing, TV screens on either side of the podium showed pictures from behind the president. There were large crowds in the foreground, while the Washington Monument, where crowds appeared to be sparse in other shots, was far in the distance.

D.C. Metro released ridership numbers for 11 a.m. on the most recent inauguration days showing a marked drop in rides between Obama's 2009 inaugural (513,000) and Trump's (193,000).

Crowd sizes are notoriously hard to estimate, and the National Park Service has not offered official estimates since it was threatened with a defamation lawsuit by organizers of the Million Man March in 1995.

Spicer also singled out a reporter's tweet that said a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. was missing from the Oval Office. It was incorrect — the bust is still in the office — and the reporter corrected the report and apologized.

Spicer called that tweet "irresponsible and reckless." But less than 24 hours before, Spicer tweeted that he accepted the reporter's apology. 

Hillary Clinton's former campaign spokesman, Brian Fallon, tweeted that Spicer was "a failure in this job on his first full day" for not refusing to lie to the press.

Ari Fleischer, the press secretarty for George W. Bush, noted on Twitter that it was the kind of statement "you're told to make by the President," who you know is watching. 

"So, while press is stunned & can't believe it, Sean is getting praised by his boss & co-workers now. MSM is from Venus. WH is from Mars," he said. 



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<![CDATA[From Antarctica to Europe: Women's Marches Around the World]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:01:20 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/London_England_1_March1.jpgFrom Antarctica to the Netherlands, global marches and rallies for women's right were held around the world in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the Women's March in Washington, as well as the 600 "sister marches" held across the United States, on Jan. 21, 2017. See the photos.

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<![CDATA['American Justice' for 'El Chapo']]>Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:39:58 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/el+chapo+ready+court+police.jpeg

It was a long time coming, but notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman finally walked into an American courtroom Friday to face charges that he was the murderous architect of a three-decade-long web of violence, corruption and drug addiction in the United States.

As he was taken before a federal judge, prosecutors announced they were seeking a $14 billion forfeiture from Guzman, who arrived overnight after the sudden decision by Mexican authorities to grant his extradition to the United States.

"Today marks a milestone in our pursuit of Chapo Guzman,'' said Robert Capers, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn. "He's a man known for a life of crime, violence, death and destruction, and now he'll have to answer for that.''

As boss of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Guzman presided over a syndicate that shipped tons of heroin and cocaine to the U.S., using tanker trucks, planes with secret landing strips, container ships, speedboats and even submarines, prosecutors said. Perhaps most famously, Guzman's cartel built elaborate tunnels under the U.S. border to transport drugs, according to Wifredo Ferrer, the U.S. attorney in Miami.

The cartel made billions of dollars in profits -- hence prosecutors' bid for a $14 billion forfeiture -- and employed hit men who carried out murders, kidnappings and acts of torture, according to prosecutors. The Sinaloa smugglers also helped fuel an epidemic of drug abuse in the U.S. in the 1980s and '90s, the prosecutors said.

Guzman was recaptured a year ago in Mexico after escaping from a maximum-security prison for a second time. The episode was highly embarrassing for President Enrique Pena Nieto's government, and Mexican officials were seen as eager to hand him off to the U.S.

By finally bringing their case in the Eastern District of New York, prosecutors chose that city over Chicago and other jurisdictions that have long hoped to put Guzman on trial.

“After the tunneling into a maximum security prison which had to have the involvement of government officials, that was a huge embarrassment for the government of Mexico,” said Thomas Shakeshaft, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago. “There was still a chance that he was running the cartel behind bars, but this is a symbolic victory both for the government of Mexico, and the United States.”

The Chicago case did carry a big plus, or perhaps more accurately, two of them. Two brothers, Pedro and Margarito Flores, who had been the prime distributors for Guzman’s Sinoloa cartel in Chicago, had agreed to cooperate with authorities and would have been the chief witnesses in a Chicago trial. It isn’t clear if the two will still be called in the New York case.

“It took ten years to get Osama bin Laden,” notes Shakeshaft, who spent years developing the Chicago prosecution. “It took more than that to get to Chapo, but ultimately we did!”

The Drug Enforcement Administration flew Guzman to New York from the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday, hours before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who has criticized Mexico for sending the U.S. "criminals and rapists'' and vowed to build a wall at the Mexican border.

When Guzman got off the plane, "as you looked into his eyes, you could see the surprise, you could see the shock, and to a certain extent, you could see the fear, as the realization kicked in that he's about to face American justice,'' said Angel Melendez, who leads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's homeland security investigations in New York.

The U.S. has been trying to obtain custody of Guzman since he was first indicted in California in the early 1990s. Now in his late 50s, he faces the possibility of life in a U.S. prison.

Prosecutors had to agree to not seek the death penalty as a condition of the extradition. While he faces federal charges in several U.S. states, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn won the jockeying to get the case. The U.S. attorney's office there has substantial experience prosecuting international drug cartel cases and was once led by outgoing U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

After breaking out of prison the first time in 2001, Guzman spent more than a decade at large, becoming something of a folk legend among some Mexicans for his defiance of authorities. He was immortalized in ballads known as "narco-corridos."

Captured in 2014, Guzman then made an even more audacious escape, coolly stepping into a hole in the floor of his prison cell shower and whizzing to freedom on a motorcycle modified to run on tracks laid the length of the tunnel.

While on the run, he secretly met with actors Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo in a fall 2015 encounter that Penn later chronicled in Rolling Stone magazine.

In Penn's article, Guzman was unapologetic about his criminal activities, saying he had turned to drug trafficking at age 15 because it was "the only way to have money to buy food, to survive.''

The piece was published shortly after Mexican marines rearrested Guzman in a January 2016 shootout that killed five of his associates and wounded one marine.



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<![CDATA[Inauguration Weekend in Photos ]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:55:54 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632223148.jpg

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<![CDATA[Compare the Crowds: Obama and Trump Inaugurations]]>Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:41:45 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/inaug-aerial-th.jpg

President Donald Trump promised an “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout” for his inauguration, but it appears he fell short of a record.

Photos taken from the same vantage point at roughly the same time during the inaugurations of Trump and Barack Obama show far fewer people on the National Mall on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Subway ridership figures released Friday also show a drop between 2009 and 2017.

Various groups involved with the planning of Friday’s ceremonies — the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Activities, the D.C. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the U.S. Armed Forces Joint Task Force-National Capital Region — predicted 700,000 to 900,000 would attend Trump’s swearing-in and parade.

His predecessor drew what was originally estimated to be a record 1.8 million people to the National Mall for his inauguration in 2009. That estimate was provided by Washington D.C. officials, though The Washington Post later questioned whether it was too high.

On Friday, ridership numbers from the Washington D.C. Metro showed a drop from the 2009 inaugural. As of 11 a.m. on Friday, it recorded 193,000 rides, compared to 513,000 at that time in 2009.

Meanwhile, an expert told The New York Times the crowd on the National Mall on Friday was about one-third the size of the crowd for Obama in 2009. 

The Joint Congressional Committee for Inaugural Ceremonies distributed about 250,000 tickets for Trump’s inauguration on Friday, 1,600 on platforms and 1,000 on bleachers, which it said was on par for previous ceremonies. But most people attending the festival watch from elsewhere.



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<![CDATA[Best Moments of the Presidential Inaugural Balls ]]>Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:19:20 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632249496.jpgSee some of the best moments at the presidential inaugural balls held in honor of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States.

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<![CDATA[A History of the Presidential Inaugural Procession]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:53:29 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Clinton---1993-Inauguration-USSS-0001.jpgFrom the horse and buggy to reinforced limousines, see the century-long history of Secret Service agents - and their rides - at the side of newly elected presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama. ]]><![CDATA[Analysis: How Russia Plans to Trump US as Superpower]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:54:17 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Putin.jpg

This week, Moscow hosted a summit of divided Palestinian factions that yielded a fresh unity agreement. And on Sunday, Russian diplomats will again unite prominent Syrian rebel groups and regime negotiators in Kazakhstan for a peace summit.

Promoting Russia's status as a major global power is part of Putin's push to compensate for domestic failures, Alexey Malashenko, a Russia analyst with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Moscow Center, told NBC News.

Russia's ambitions may get another boost following Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday.

"I think the common thread is [Putin] positioning in view of a deal with Trump," said said Mattia Toaldo, a Middle East analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations. "The interesting thing is that in most cases, Russia is in the driving seat and Trump will simply react."



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<![CDATA[Who's Who in Trump's Brain Trust]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:48:52 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/223*120/trump-cab-adv-th.jpgHere's a look at the people who will be closest to Donald Trump in the White House, his advisers and his picks for the top jobs in his administration. The nominees for Cabinet positions will need Senate approval.
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<![CDATA[Presidential Children: Post-White House Years ]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:56:45 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/HarrySTruman.jpgThe sons and daughters of United States presidents, most of whom were children and teenagers when they followed their parents into the White House, each made a life for themselves away from the shadow of their famous fathers. See how the former first children lived post-White House.

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<![CDATA[Trump Inaugural Cake Is Replica of Obama's: Baker]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:16:44 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Cakecakecake.jpg

President Donald Trump has promised to get rid of many of Barack Obama's policies, issuing an executive order within hours of being sworn in that seeks to minimize the economic impact of the Affordable Care Act.

But a star-spangled cake Trump cut with Vice President Mike Pence at one of his inaugural balls appeared to be a direct copy a cake at one of Obama's — something its baker has confirmed on Instagram. 

The apparent copy was noticed by Food Network personality Duff Goldman, of the show "Ace of Cakes." He said Trump's cake at the Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball looked exactly like one he made for former President Barack Obama back in 2013. 

Goldman posted side-by-side photos of the two cakes. Both six-level confections featurie the presidential seal under bunting, stars shooting out of the top on sticks and a similar color scheme and patterns.

"The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama's inauguration 4 years ago. The one on the right is Trumps. I didn't make it," he wrote on Twitter early Saturday. 

Soon, Washington bakery Buttercream Bake Shop took to the internet to say this year's inauguration committee commissioned them to re-create it. 

"While we most love creating original designs, when we are asked to replicate someone else's work we are thrilled when it is a masterpiece like this one," the bakeshop posted on Instagram later Saturday. 

"Best part is all the profits are being donated to [LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign], one of our favorite charities who we have loved working with over the years. Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve!," the post continued. 

Most of the cake, except a three-inch slice at the bottom, was reportedly inedible.

“It’s just a Styrofoam cake. It’s not for eating,” Tiffany MacIsaac, owner of Buttercream Bakeshop, told The Washington Post. “I wasn’t expecting it to be seen on TV.”

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

The commitee and Donald Trump's press team didn't respond to the Post's request for comment.



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<![CDATA[Trump's Cabinet Picks In Their Own Words]]>Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:41:48 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16345069714951-Trump-Wisc-win.jpg

President-elect Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare, defeat ISIS, withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, create 25 million jobs over the next decade and "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C. How well do his Cabinet nominees reflect his governing philosophy? Here they are in their own words. 

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The retired neurosurgeon and unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination grew up in Detroit and has no experience in elected office or in running a large bureaucracy.

"These government-engineered attempts to legislate racial equality create consequences that often make matters worse. There are reasonable ways to use housing policy to enhance the opportunities available to lower-income citizens, but based on the history of failed socialist experiments in this country, entrusting the government to get it right can prove downright dangerous."The Washington Times, 2015

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Former secretary of labor under President George W. Bush, deputy transportation secretary under President George H.W. Bush, Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"If vehicles already meet an acceptable level of safety on a particular aspect of vehicle performance without being required to do so by regulation, I believe the Department should devote its resources to other issues rather than engage in rulemaking simply to affirm the existing level of safety."Statement before DOT deputy secretary confirmation hearing, 1989

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A keen advocate for school vouchers and charter schools, influential in Detroit, where charter schools have a poor record and state legislators rejected calls for more oversight, she engages in political battles to help advance God's kingdom, she told a religious gathering in 2001.

"We are stuck in a partisan rut. The political parties are dead-enders when it comes to education revolution. As long as we think political parties might solve the problem it will never be solved. Oddly enough education choice is very unique in that some conservative Republicans and some liberal Democrats are actually on the same wavelength….But those are exceptions. The vast majority of the political class is committed to defending and protecting the status quo." — SXSW in Austin, 2015

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The governor of South Carolina and the daughter of immigrants from India, Haley led the drive to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse and during the Republican primary accused Donald Trump of "irresponsible talk."

"During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation." -- Speaking of Donald Trump and others in the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, 2016

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A retired four-star Marine general, he oversaw the Guantanamo Bay military prison and efforts to stop drug trafficking and other smuggling into the United States.

"In my opinion, the relative ease with which human smugglers move tens of thousands of people to our nation’s doorstep also serves as another warning sign: These smuggling routes are a potential vulnerability to our homeland. As I stated last year, terrorist organizations could seek to leverage those same smuggling routes to move operatives with intent to cause grave harm to our citizens or even bring weapons of mass destruction into the United States."Testimony to the Senate Armed Forces Committee, 2015

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Nicknamed "Mad Dog," the retired Marine Corps general and former commander of U.S. Central Command blames President Barack Obama's policy in the Middle East for adding to the rise of extremism.

"Is political Islam in the best interest of the United States? I suggest the answer is no but then we need to have the discussion. If we won't even ask the question, then how to we ever get to the point of recognizing which is our side in the fight. And if we don't take our own side in this fight we're leaving others adrift."— The Heritage Foundation, 2015

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Donald Trump's campaign finance chairman, a former partner at Goldman Sachs, and Hollywood financier, he and partners took over failed mortgage lender IndyMac Bank and operated it under the name, OneWest Bank. He pledged to tackle mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

"It makes no sense that these are owned by the government and have been controlled by the government for as long as they have. In many cases this displaces private lending in the mortgage markets, and we need these entities that will be safe. So let me just be clear— we'll make sure that when they're restructured, they're absolutely safe and they don't get taken over again. But we've got to get them out of government control." — Fox Business, November

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Perry, the former governor of Texas, has promoted the state's oil industry and has questioned climate change. He has advocated eliminating the department he would head though famously could not name it during a presidential debate in 2012.

"I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized. I think there are a substantial number or scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. I think we're seeing, almost weekly or daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that manmade global warming is what is causing the climate to change. Yes, our climate has changed. They've been changing ever since the earth was formed." -- Town Hall in Bedford, N.H., 2011

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Republican congressman from Georgia, an orthopedic surgeon and persistent critic of Obamacare, he has repeatedly introduced his own legislation for replacing it.

"It's a fundamental philosophical difference that we have with the other side …. They believe that government ought to be in control of health care. We believe that patients and families ought to be in control of health care. And sadly what we're seeing right now is that government control that we've seen ramped up over the past six or seven years has resulted in a decrease in quality that's being seen by patients. People have coverage, but they don't have care. They're priced out of the market." American Enterprise Institute, June

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Attorney general of Oklahoma, one of the Republicans leading the legal fight against President Barack Obama's attempts to curb carbon emissions, Pruitt questions how much human actions are contributing to climate change, a point disputed by the vast majority of the world's climate scientists.

"Healthy debate is the lifeblood of American democracy, and global warming has inspired one of the major policy debates of our time. That debate is far from settled. Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind. That debate should be encouraged — in classrooms, public forums, and the halls of Congress. It should not be silenced with threats of prosecution. Dissent is not a crime." — with Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, Tulsa World, May

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The CEO of CKE Restaurants, the fast-food company that owns burger chains Carl's Jr and Hardee's, Puzder is an opponent of the Affordable Care Act, which he said created a "government-mandated restaurant recession" and of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, which he argues would lead to fewer jobs.

"I like our ads. I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it's very American. I used to hear, brands take on the personality of the CEO. And I rarely thought that was true, but I think this one, in this case, it kind of did take on my personality." Entrepreneur, 2015

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Turnaround specialist who became rich buying struggling steel, textile, coal and other companies and restructuring them, Ross came under criticism for a deadly explosion at a mine his company had bought.

"Clinton will raise taxes. Trump will cut taxes. Clinton will increase regulation. Trump will decrease regulation. Clinton has vowed to kill the coal industry. Trump will leverage America's energy resources to create new jobs and growth." — with Trump adviser Peter Navarro, CNBC, August

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U.S. senator and former U.S. attorney from Alabama who failed to win confirmation to a federal judgeship because of concerns about racially charged comments he was accused of making, he has opposed immigration reform and the legalization of marijuana.

"You have to have leadership from Washington. You can't have the president of the United States of America talking about marijuana like it is no different than taking a drink, saying I used marijuana when I was in high school and it is no different than smoking. It is different. And you are sending a message to young people that there is no danger in this process. It is false that marijuana use doesn't lead people to more drug use. It is already causing a disturbance in the states that have made it legal. I think we need to be careful about this."Senate floor speech, April 2016

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Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, has what he has called "a very close relationship" with Russia's Vladimir Putin, which could be problematic during his confirmation hearing. Although he does not have a political or diplomatic background, he has broad experience negotiating deals for ExxonMobil in troubled spots around the world.

"We do not support sanctions, generally, because we don't find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensively and that's a very hard thing to do," he said, adding, "We always encourage the people who are making those decisions to consider the very broad collateral damage of who are they really harming with sanctions."ExxonMobil shareholders' meeting, 2014.

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Montana's sole representative in the House, Zinke would end a moratorium on federal coal leases on public lands. He is also a hunter and fisherman who opposes transferring public lands to the states.

"It's not a hoax, but it's not proven science either. But you don't dismantle America's power and energy on a maybe. We need to be energy independent first. We need to do it better, which we can, but it is not a settled science."Campaign debate, 2014

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<![CDATA['In God We Trust': World Newspapers React to Trump]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:29:56 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP17021357654857_opt.jpg

Newspapers around the world led with the news Saturday of Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States and his bold declaration that "from this moment on it's going to be America first."

His vow made headlines from Denver and Dallas to the United Kingdom where it was featured on the front pages of both the Scotsman and the Guardian, which declared in a separate headline that "in pledging to put 'America first', Trump holds the world at his mercy."

"The president's inaugural address put the rest of the planet on notice on Friday that it would, from now on, have to deal with a United States that is far less willing to do things for other countries, buy their products or protect their borders," the article said.

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Germany's Der Spiegel perhaps went further, declaring on its cover, "a New World Order." Featuring a billiards table that shows the United States as the cue ball about to break things up, the weekly magazine went with the headline "Trump's Game."

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The Times of London also described Trump's presidency as a "new era," while the Sydney Morning Herald said that the new president would now "unleash his shock and awe agenda."

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China's official Global Times newspaper said in a commentary that Trump had made a number of "lofty promises" but offered few details on how he intended to carry them out, The Associated Press reported. 

Other governments that have had strained relationships with the Obama administration welcomed the change in Washington, including Turkey. The country's pro-government Daily Sabah went with a straightforward headline for Saturday's cover that said: "Turkey sees Trump as a force to correct US’s misguided policy in fight against [ISIS]."

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<![CDATA[Madonna at DC Women's March: 'Good Will Win in the End']]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:24:36 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017486134_1200x675_859858499864.jpgMadonna joined the Women's March in Washington, DC. She spoke about love. "It seems as though we had all slipped into a false sense of comfort. That justice would prevail and that good would win in the end," Madonna said. "Good did not win this election. But good will win in the end." ]]><![CDATA[Women's March Mosaic: Social Posts from Washington, DC]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:16:19 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dc-social-mosaic.jpg

The day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in rallies and marches across the globe in support of women's rights. The largest such march was in Washington, D.C., where authorities estimated 500,000 gathered. The above mosaic shows social posts from people at the march, overlaid on a photo of the crowd itself. Were you there tweeting? Use the 'Find Yourself' tool to find your post or click on the faces to see posts by others. 

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<![CDATA[Alicia Keys Speaks at DC Women's Rally: 'I Rise']]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:42:57 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017485984_1200x675_859839043982.jpgAlicia Keys spoke on stage at the Women's March in Washington, DC, on Jan. 21, thanking the crowd. "Our potential is unlimited," she said. "We will not allow our bodies to be owned and controlled by men in government, or men anywhere." ]]><![CDATA[Thousands Flood Chicago Streets for Women's March]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:23:27 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000021722262_1200x675_859804227770.jpgAn estimated 250,000 people descended on the city for the Women's March on Chicago Saturday. Sky5 caught the view from above of the massive crowd at the rally. ]]><![CDATA[Scarlett Johansson Touts Planned Parenthood at DC Rally ]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:33:27 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017485872_1200x675_859821635590.jpgSpeaking at the Women’s March in Washington, DC, actress Scarlett Johansson shared a personal anecdote about Planned Parenthood, on Jan. 21. ]]><![CDATA[Inauguration Fashion: Best Looks]]>Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:57:16 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/Inaug_Fashion5.jpgFrom first lady Melania Trump's Ralph Lauren set to Kellyanne Conway's "Trump Revolutionary Wear," see some of the styles from Friday's presidential inauguration.

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<![CDATA[Maxine Waters to Trump: 'You Don't Respect Us']]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:35:19 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MaxineWaters-sm-148502213336600001.jpg"We are here rallying and protesting against your presidency," said Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district, at the Washington, DC, Women's March. "Your words, your actions have shown us that you don't respect us," she said to President Donald Trump. ]]><![CDATA['We Shall Over-Comb': The Best Signs of the Women's March]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:55:12 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/overcombfeuerherd.jpg

Protesters attitudes toward President Trump were on display on handmade signs at women's marches around the globe Saturday. 

Many of the signs were playful and whimsical, but conveyed a protest message. 

One of them showed recently-deceased actress Carrie Fisher dressed as her Star Wars character Princess Leia with the title, "RESISTER." 

Another Instagram photo captioned with #womensmarch showed a sign that poked fun at Trump's speech. "Trump has the best misogyny, it's very big misogyny. Sad!" the sign reads.  

In Washington, where crowds are expected to reach 500,000 people, one marcher held a sign that read, "we shall over-comb," with a drawing of Trump's notorious hairstyle. 

A girl at the march held a sign that read, "girl's just want to have fundamental human rights." 



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<![CDATA[Judd Recites Teen's Poem: 'I am a Nasty Woman']]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:24:53 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ASHLEY_JUDDS_POWERFUL_INTRO_IM_NASTY_BUT_NOT_AS_NASTY_AS-148501833055700001.jpgAshley Judd recited a spoken-word poem written by Nina, a 19-year-old woman in Tennessee, at the Women's March in Washington, DC, on Jan. 21. ]]><![CDATA['I Can't Even See the End of the Crowd!': Michael Moore]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:38:09 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/Screen+Shot+2017-01-21+at+12.17.46+PM.pngMichael Moore spoke at the Women's March in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, with a dual message of the accomplishment at the number of people who were in attendance -- hundreds of thousands across the city -- and of resistance towards the Trump presidency. ]]><![CDATA[250K Estimated at Women's March on Chicago]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:18:23 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ashhar+march+pic+1.jpg

Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Chicago to join the Women's March Saturday, one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Attendance for the Chicago event more than tripled initial expectations, organizers said, to the point where city streets were so flooded, the march itself was canceled. 

At least 75,000 were expected to be part of the event, organizers said early Saturday. But that number grew to roughly 250,000 as groups descended on the rally site at Columbus and Jackson. [[411405935, C]]

The event was said to be the largest women's march outside of the March on Washington, organizers said. 

Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications and Chicago police said organizers transitioned the march into a rally as the city's Grant Park reached capacity.

Still, some demonstrators were seen moving down city streets despite organizers canceling the planned march to Federal Plaza.

Michigan Avenue was closed from Congress Parkway to Randolph Street throughout the rally, officials said. Columbus Drive, Jackson and Van Buren were also closed for demonstrators to exit. [[411409145, C]]

Speakers took to the stage around 10 a.m., sharing their rallying cries as crowds took over Michigan Street, State Street and even Wabash. The rally was met with unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny skies during what is traditionally one of the coldest months in the city. 

The event began with musical performances at 9:15 a.m., followed by dozens of speakers including aldermen, activists and more. Members from the cast of "Hamilton" serenaded the massive, yet peaceful group with their rendition of "Let It Be." [[411413815, C]]

The rally was scheduled to continue until 12:30 p.m. By 1 p.m., authorities said crowds had begun dispersing, roads were reopening and the event had remained "peaceful."

The Chicago rally and march was one of many around the country and the world being held in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington.

"This march is just one moment in time but it’s a moment that will hopefully ignite a powerful message," said Donna Miller with Planned Parenthood. "Women are taking action and will continue to take action."

The marches nationwide drew hundreds of thousands of people on Saturday, one day after President Donald Trump's inauguration. 

The group noted it was not an anti-Trump event, but that many marchers were marching for political reasons. 

"The incoming administration and president have promised an assault on women’s rights, we are prepared to fight back," said organizer Ann Scholhamer.



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<![CDATA[DC Mayor Welcomes Marchers to Washington]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:36:41 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/Screen+Shot+2017-01-21+at+12.18.46+PM.png“I’m here to speak for all women elected officials,” said Muriel Bowser, DC's mayor, speaking from the Women's March stage. Women in government are more harshly and wrongly criticized in all levels, she said. “We need every woman and every man to speak up for us." ]]><![CDATA['Do Not Try to Divide Us': Steinem at DC Women's March]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:38:33 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017485488_1200x675_859781187600.jpgGloria Steinem spoke at the Women's March in Washington, DC, amidst a foggy sky and thousands of people wearing pink hats. "This is the upside of the downside," she said gesturing to the crowd. "This is an outpouring of energy and democracy like I have never seen in my very long life." ]]><![CDATA[Metro Stations Jam-Packed as Women's Marchers Disperse]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:12:46 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/175*120/GettyImages-632291180_master.jpg

Massive crowds packed into D.C. Metro stations Saturday night as thousands of participants in the Women's March on Washington headed toward the White House and dispersed from the National Mall.

Metro urged people to consider waiting before riding to allow the crowds to ease. Fairfax County police also advised riders to follow police direction.

Metrorail has seen more riders on Saturday than it did for former President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013, reports News4's Mark Segraves.

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Stations were packed and more than a dozen parking facilities were full before noon Saturday as hundreds of thousands of participants headed to downtown D.C. for the Women's March on Washington.

Trains briefly bypassed the L'Enfant Plaza station due to crowding. They began serving the station again shortly before 1:10 p.m. Officials recommended riders use other stations to get to the march, such as Gallery Place or Metro Center. 

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Posts on social media Saturday showed long lines of people waiting for access to Metro stations. Multiple people shared images and videos of the scene outside the Shady Grove, where Philip Lewis of the Huffington Post reported earlier Saturday that he was hearing riders were waiting an hour to board trains.

March organizers said they've increased turnout estimates to 500,000 participants, said D.C. Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue. "Be patient & kind!" he posted on Twitter.

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It's been a busy day for Metro. Officials said 275,000 rides had been taken as of 11 a.m. "For comparison, that's more than 8 [times] a normal Sat[urday] & even busier than most weekdays," Metro posted on Twitter.

As of the same time on Friday, Inauguration Day, 193,000 trips had been taken.

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Metro station personnel were making adjustments to try to accommodate the large crowds. At the Ballston and Stadium-Armory stations, would-be Metro riders were stopped before the escalators because too many people were already on the platform Saturday morning, reported News4's Adam Tuss, who said it "cannot be overstated how heavy the crowds are."

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Melissa Zieve of Baltimore said she had to let the first two trains at Tenleytown pass by because they were too full. She was able to board a third train and rode to Union Station.

"I've never been on a subway in any city packed quite like that," Zieve said, but added that everyone was respectful and no one was pushing.

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Parking facilities all stations in Fairfax County and several others are full, according to Metro officials and Fairfax County Police. Those are:

Orange, Silver, or Orange/Silver Lines:

  • East Falls Church
  • West Falls Church
  • Dunn Loring
  • Vienna
  • McLean
  • Tysons Corner
  • Greensboro
  • Spring Hill
  • Wiehle-Reston East
  • New Carrollton, lot 2 (lots 1 & 3 have limited capacity)

Green Line:

  • Greenbelt

Red Line:

  • Forest Glen
  • Fort Totten
  • Glenmont
  • Rhode Island Avenue
  • Rockville
  • Shady Grove, west/south (north has limited capacity)

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As of 10 a.m., Metro was recommending the following stations with available parking: Branch Avenue, Grosvenor, Prince George's Plaza, Southern Avenue, Suitland, Twinbrook and White Flint.

Outside the filled Greenbelt and New Carrollton lots, drivers have been illegally parking on the shoulders of the ramps leading to the Metro stations, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration.

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Metro had initially planned to keep the Federal Triangle station closed throughout Saturday, but reversed their decision and reopened the station about 9:20 a.m.

Riders may also consider exiting at the Federal Center SW or Capitol South stations.

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Margaret Warpeha from Minnesota flew in Friday night and described her Metro experience as wonderful Saturday morning. She boarded at Silver Spring about 9 a.m. and said it wasn't too crowded. 

Warpeha said she wanted to come to D.C. because she was "quite upset" about the election and didn't want to remain silent. 

Outside Union Station, Lisa Legrand of Minneapolis said she flew into Philadelphia, drove to the Tenleytown station and rode the Metro downtown.

"It was really crowded" but had a very positive energy, Legrand said.

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<![CDATA[Women's March on Washington Takes Over DC]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:40:15 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170121+WomensMarchThumb.jpgThe Women's March on Washington took over the nation's capital on Saturday, with hundreds of thousands of women pouring into the National Mall.

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<![CDATA[Protester Punches White Nationalist Richard Spencer]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:39:44 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/richardspencerfeuerherdIBIB.jpg

White nationalist Richard Spencer was punched in the face during an on-camera interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation News not far from President Trump's inauguration, NBC News reported.



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<![CDATA[Watch Women's Marches From Across US]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:05:30 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/marches-streams-th.jpgHundreds of thousands of people massed in the nation's capital for the Women's March on Washington Saturday and more than 600 "sister marches" were underway across country. Other rallies in solidarity were taking place in cities across the globe. Here are live streams from Washington, D.C., and other cities.
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<![CDATA[The Women's March on Washington: Full Coverage]]>Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:16:09 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/March-GettyImages-632296518-%281%29%5B2%5D.jpg

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<![CDATA[217 Arrested as Police, Protesters Clash in DC]]>Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:06:01 -0500http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20170120+Limo+Fire.jpg

Demonstrations turned violent in the nation's capital as protesters clashed with police, damaged vehicles, destroyed property and set small fires in a chaotic confrontation blocks from Donald Trump's inauguration Friday. At least 217 people were arrested.

The majority of the day's protests were peaceful, but police clad in riot gear faced off against hundreds of demonstrators downtown near 12th and K streets, about six blocks from where Trump would soon hold his inaugural parade, D.C. police said.

Police charged with batons, pepper spray and concussion grenades to disperse crowds. MPD Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham denied claims his agency used tear gas on demonstrators, telling NBC Washington, "We have not deployed tear gas."

The 217 people arrested have been charged with rioting, Newsham said.

Later in the evening, a crowd surrounded a bonfire near 14th and K streets NW, burning newspapers and furniture. Some protesters sat in the middle of intersections to block traffic.

"We're here to protest out of compassion and to be here and to show that, you know, we're all in this together," protester Savannah Ingall told News4.

President Trump supporters and protesters screamed when they came face-to-face along 14th St.

Protests eventually died down and there appeared to be no incidents involving protesters outside of the three inaugural balls.

Before nightfall, a limousine was set on fire a few blocks away from where Trump made his way down Constitution Avenue with a military escort. The fire sent a plume of black smoke into the sky and Fox News crew SUV parked behind the limo also caught fire, officials tell NBC News.

While several peaceful demonstrations unfolded near the Captiol, about a mile away police gave chase to a group of about 300 protesters, who smashed windows of downtown businesses during a pre-inauguration march.

Police dressed in riot gear used pepper spray to quell the disturbance and eventually cordoned off the large crowd near Franklin Square. As protesters fled the scene, six officers suffered "minor injuries" in what Newsham called "coordinated attacks."

Several hours later, the crowd of protesters still at the scene had grown to about 1,000, The Associated Press reported. Some wore gas masks, and had arms chained together.

During the height of the clash, some in the crowd threw newspaper boxes in an attempt to block police and smashed windows of cars, police cruisers and businesses in the area, including along K Street NW. 

As officers tried to surround them, protesters hurled rocks and bottles at them. Flash-bang devices could be heard exploding, but it was not immediately clear whether protesters or officers had set them off.

By about 11:30 a.m., police had successfully surrounded about 20 to 30 protesters at the corner of 12th and L streets NW. Police brought in several transport vans and appeared to be preparing to make the first mass arrests of the day.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser condemned the vandalism, saying at a news conference, "We will not tolerate the destruction of our neighborhoods and we absolutely will not tolerate violence against our police officers and the thousands who have joined us to help with the peaceful inauguration."

This raw video from the protests may contain graphic language.

In a series of coordinated demonstrations designed to cut off spectator access, protesters blocked or caused bottlenecks in front of several security checkpoints outside the National Mall in the hours ahead of the swearing in.

Dozens of protesters lined up at the entrance to a seating area on the West Front of the Capitol, holding signs that said "Free Palestine" and "Let Freedom ring." 

Some protesters wore orange jumpsuits with black hoods over their faces, showing their disapproval of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

Another group of about 10 protesters tied themselves together to block an entrance for ticket holders at 10th and E streets NW. As they sat on the ground, a larger group cheered them on, chanting phrases such as, "We won't be silent." 

Eventually, police used pepper spray after things got physical between protesters and supporters. News4's Mark Segraves said "you can taste the pepper spray in the air."

Ticket holders were allowed to make their way through the gate despite the protests. On the other side of the Capitol, things were quiet and orderly at a second gate.

No arrests were made in those incidents, Segraves reported.

Meanwhile, at Union Station, supporters and protesters arriving in the District were able to find some common ground.  

Linwood Yarborough, a Trump supporter from South Carolina, spent some time Friday chatting with a man who traveled from California to protest the inauguration. 

"I just think it is wonderful to see people pro and con. Freedom is great and we are so fortunate in this country that we can have freedom of speech and we can have a difference of opinion," Yarborough said. "But we should all come together as a nation and move forward, and I hope to see some of that." 

In another exchange, a group of Trump supporters from Tennessee asked a protester from New York to take a picture with them. The group laughed and talked as the supporters gave a thumbs-up and the protester gave a thumbs-down. 

Officials estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 people will attend Inauguration Day festivities, a celebration that takes over the city, closing roads and taxing the city's Metro transit system.

The ceremony began at about 11:30 a.m. ET with a musical prelude.

Just after noon, Trump took the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Trump then delivered his inaugural address, calling for an "new vision" of "America first."

Stay with NBC Washington for more.

Daniel Barnes contributed to this report.



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