The Hottest Stories on the Internet Today (Tuesday January 16)

January 16, 2018

On this Tuesday, these are the stories making global headlines.

Trump: ‘I am not a racist’

In remarks to reporters at a dinner photo opportunity with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in West Palm Beach, Florida, Trump said when asked if he is a racist, “No, I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”

Airbus built a lot of planes for China last year – but can’t deliver them

The company wanted to sell nearly 200 more Airbus jets to China this week. But Chinese airlines have yet to take delivery of many airliners they’ve ordered from the company even though the planesare built. That’s because China’s aviationregulator has yet to allow deliveries of key Airbus models.

Jeff Flake floor speech is expected to compare Trump’s attacks on media to Stalin’s

According to an excerpt of the speech, Flake will criticize the President for calling the news media the “enemy of the people,” calling it “an assault as unprecedented as it is unwarranted.” “Mr. President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own President uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies,” reads the excerpt.

What lawmakers said after immigration meeting with Trump

Sen. Lindsey Graham The Republican from South Carolina issued a statement: “Following comments by the President, I said my piece directly to him yesterday (Thursday). The President and all those attending the meeting know what I said and how I feel. “I’ve always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals.”

Condoleezza Rice: Kim Jong Un is ‘actually pretty clever’

Rice, who served under former President George W. Bush, made the remarks in response to a question about President Donald Trump’s tweets on North Korea’s nuclear program in a wide-ranging conversation with David Axelrod on “The Axe Files” Saturday night on CNN.

Floor collapses at Jakarta stock exchange

Valentina Simon, Head of Institutional Relations at the exchange, told CNN that the collapse happened on the second floor of Tower Two, at around 12:30 p.m. local time. She described it as an open space where tourists would gather and a coffee shop is located.

What went wrong with Hawaii’s emergency alert

How did it happen? Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency provided a bit more detail Sunday on what went wrong. The mishap took place during a routine drill run after a shift change, Vern Miyagi, the agency’s administrator, said. During the drill, an officer in the emergency operation center mistakenly selected an incorrect “template,” which shows what message is going to be sent, Miyagi said.

Big game hunters: We’re the answer to preventing extinction

Tens of thousands of them have come from all over the world to the annual Dallas Safari Club Convention & Sporting Expo. Everywhere you look in this sprawling 800,000-square-foot convention you see weapons, gear and just about every type of hunting paraphernalia available. There are also lots of animals — none of them alive.

Here’s What The FBI Lovers’ Secret Texts Actually Say About Trump, Clinton And Leaks

WASHINGTON ― Last week, a story by The Hill’s John Solomon set off another firestorm in the conservative media about the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Twin Suicide Bombing In Central Baghdad Kills At Least 16

BAGHDAD, Jan 15 (Reuters) – At least 16 people were killed and 65 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi interior ministry said. The toll could rise as more bodies were being recovered from the site at Aviation Square, the ministry said in a statement.

Plane Skids Off Turkish Runway And Nearly Plunges Into Black Sea

Terrifying images captured Saturday night at Trabzon airport on Turkey’s northeast coast showed a passenger plane teetering precariously on a steep slope, its nose pointing toward the waters of the Black Sea below, after the jet skidded off the runway as it was attempting to land.

Search For California Mudslide Survivors Continues As Death Toll Rises To 20

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The search for survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California’s Santa Barbara County continued Sunday even as hopes dwindled to find anyone alive, officials said. “We’re still in rescue mode and we still hope to find someone alive, although the chances of that are becoming slim,” said Justin Cooper, a spokesperson for the multi-agency response team.

Aziz Ansari Responds To Sexual Assault Allegations: ‘I Took Her Words To Heart’

Aziz Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual assault made against him in a piece appearing on the website babe on Saturday. In a statement emailed to HuffPost through his representative, the comedian confirmed several of the details mentioned in the babe piece, but said he believed a sexual encounter between the two was “completely consensual.”

Projector Lights Up Trump’s D.C. Hotel With ‘Shithole’ And Poop Emojis

If you took a look at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night, you might think it was a real shithole. An artist with a video projector gave the Trump family’s D.C. hotel a makeover using President Donald Trump’s very own and very racist words.

Chelsea Manning confirmed it: She’s running for Senate in 2018

WeGotThis In a five-word Twitter statement on Sunday, Chelsea Manning formally announced her intention to run for a Senate seat in Maryland. Manning’s candidacy was the subject of much speculation on Saturday when a Federal Election Commission filing in her name surfaced.

‘This place is a shithole’ projection appears on Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel

“This place is a shithole.” The five-word proclamation appeared as a projection above the entryway at Washington, D.C.’s Trump International Hotel on Saturday night. The projection also included an arrow pointing directly at the hotel’s entrance and a crowd of poop emoji.

Dude discovers genius way to get some rest and relaxation at the airport

Finding a moment of peace and relaxation before a flight or during a layover at the airport may seem impossible, but people have figured out some pretty inventive ways to tune out while traveling. Sure, some people dive for the noise-cancelling headphones, or maybe a large hood to keep as much of the outside away.

The Japanese porn star who taught China about sex

When Japanese actress and former porn star Sora Aoi announced her marriage online, it set off a frenzy on Chinese social media. That’s because she has played a surprisingly significant role in the lives of a generation of young Chinese internet users.

Trump plan ‘slap of the century’ – Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has described US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century”. At a meeting of Palestinian leaders, he stressed he would not accept any peace plan from the US after it recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

President Trump: ‘I am not a racist’

President Trump has denied that he is racist, after a row broke out over his alleged use of the word “shithole” to describe African nations. Mr Trump reportedly used the term last week during a bipartisan Oval Office meeting on immigration reform. He has now told reporters: “I am not a racist.

How can you measure what makes a country great?

For almost a hundred years, two measurements have been used to get a sense of how well a country is doing. One is GDP, or gross domestic product, the amount a country earns. The other is its unemployment rate.

Chile says World Bank is unfair

Chilean officials have accused the World Bank of treating the country unfairly for several years. Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz, tweeted “fake news was becoming fake statistics”. He was responding to an interview given by the bank’s chief economist, Paul Romer who said indicators for Chile may have been manipulated for political reasons to show a decline in Chile’s business conditions.

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