NEW YORK—U.S. stocks edged lower on Monday, Jan. 23, as early moves by President Donald Trump highlighting a protectionist stance on trade gave investors cause to rethink the post-election rally. In his latest executive order, Trump signed to formally withdraw the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific partnership trade deal. Trump has also vowed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with leaders of Canada and Mexico.
WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio reluctantly backed President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, in a move that all but secures Senate confirmation of the former Exxon Mobil Corp chief executive as the nation's top diplomat later on Monday, Jan. 23. Rubio said he was troubled by Tillerson's recent responses before lawmakers regarding Russia as well as other countries, but that he ultimately decided he would vote to approve the nominee in deference to Trump, as well as to fill a critical top job.
HOUSTON - The health of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 92, has improved and on Monday, Jan. 23, he is moving out of the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital where he has been treated for more than a week for bacterial pneumonia, doctors said. Former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, has been discharged from the same hospital after being treated for bronchitis, doctors at Houston Methodist Hospital said at a news conference.
NEW YORK - President Donald Trump on Monday, Jan. 23, reinstated a global gag rule that bans U.S.-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion, a move that was widely expected but nonetheless dismayed women's rights advocates. The rule, which affects American non-governmental organizations working abroad, is one that incoming presidents have used to signal their positions on abortion rights. It was created under U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, Jan. 23, distancing America from its Asian allies as China's influence in the region rises. Fulfilling a campaign pledge to end American involvement in the 2015 pact, Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office pulling the United States from the 12-nation TPP.
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban has called on President Donald Trump to withdraw U.S. forces from the "quagmire" of Afghanistan, saying that nothing has been achieved in 15 years of war except bloodshed and destruction. In an open letter to the new U.S. president published on one of its official web pages, the insurgent movement said the United States had lost credibility after spending a trillion dollars on a fruitless entanglement. "So, the responsibility to bring to an end this war also rests on your shoulders," it said.
Pop singer Madonna, who said in a profanity-laced speech at the Women's March in Washington, D.C. that she had thought about "blowing up the White House," said on Sunday, Jan. 22, that she was speaking metaphorically. Madonna's speech, which was criticized on social media, led some television networks to abruptly stop their live feeds of the march, which drew hundreds of thousands of people in demonstrations across the United States to protest the election of Donald Trump as president.
CALGARY, Alberta - A top adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump plans to hold talks in Canada on Tuesday, Jan. 24, with members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's team, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, will travel to Calgary, Alberta, where Trudeau and his cabinet are holding a two-day retreat focused largely on the new U.S. administration.
WASHINGTON - In the blocks surrounding the White House, signs reading "Love Trumps Hate" and "Build Bridges Not Walls" littered the sidewalks on Sunday, the detritus of the Women's March protesting the policies of President Donald Trump. Both Trump's supporters and women and men who took part in the massive march against him in Washington on Saturday contemplated the vestiges of protest and ruminated about the convulsive first 48 hours under the Republican president.
HOUSTON - Doctors may move former U.S. President George H.W. Bush out of the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital in the next day or two, with his vital signs returning to normal after a week-long bout with pneumonia, a spokesman said on Sunday. Bush's wife, Barbara, who had also been admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital last week with bronchitis, has elected to stay one more evening to be closer to her husband, spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. Barbara Bush, 91, had the option to be discharged on Sunday,