President-elect Donald Trump is trying to remake the American economy one business at a time. The strategy? Cajole and scold until companies everywhere decide to make more things in America.
In just the past week, Trump used some of his newfound political capital and some taxpayer dollars to keep Carrier Corp. from moving manufacturing jobs to Mexico from Indiana, then over the weekend he threatened to apply a 35 percent tax to every US company that shifts operations overseas.
Can it work? Well, a targeted, tough-minded approach like this raises two big concerns.
One is that it cant actually accomplish much. Trump saved about 800 at the Indiana pl
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Comedian Bill Maher told Donald Trumps campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Friday that she was enabling pure evil.
I must say I have mixed emotions. First of all, you are enabling pure evil, Maher said, when Conway, a longtime guest of Real Time, appeared via satellite on the show.
Come on, Bill, you can do better than that, she responded.
Maher went on to compliment Conway, who became Trumps campaign manager in August after a shake-up, for managing to tame the Republican presidential nominee.
Now youre perhaps the most important person in the world because you seem to be the only person whos been able to tame Donald Trump, Maher said. Many have tried, but only you were able to pull that sword out of the stone. How did you do it?
Conway repeatedly defended Trump, as Maher criticized him for lying and making offensive statements.
I actually think were going to win, Bill. You know it, you feel it, Conway said. The Democrats may not like thatI know youre stuck with a lemon here with 53 days to go and were surging, and Im sorry for that, because she has never been somebody who recaptures the momentum.
Story highlightsHastert has pleaded guilty to a financial violationInvestigators said he paid $3.5 million in hush money to one of his accusers In documents released Friday, prosecutors detailed stunning allegations against Hastert, the longest-running Republican speaker of the House. The revelation comes days before his April 27 sentencing in a financial violation case. He pleaded guilty last year to structuring money transactions to evade reporting where he took massive amounts of funds he was withdrawing. Investigators said the transactions involved $3.5 million he paid in hush money to one of his accusers. Prosecutors listed four boys Hastert allegedly abused when he coached at a high school in Yorkville, Illinois.An additional one -- a fifth student -- died years after the abuse, according to the document. Accuser allegedly paid off The accusations came to light after investigators found out he was paying an ex-student to stay quiet about sexual abuse allegations, prosecutors allege. The student was among four others who told investigators he abused them, including one who was 14 at the time, the documents allege. The allegations date to the 1960s and 1970s, according to the prosecutors' court filing.Hastert will not face sexual abuse charges because the statutes of limitation have expired. Massages, sex acts alleged All those who accused him of sexual abuse were wrestlers at the high school, according to the documents. In two separate cases, Hastert massaged one boy each in a locker room and performed unspecified sexual acts on them, prosecutors allege. In another instance, he allegedly massaged a boy's groin area and singled him out to stay in his hotel room during a wrestling camp.Another accuser said Hastert touched him inappropriately in a "very weird" way while he was a student, prosecutors said. "The actions at the core of this case took place not on the defendant's national public stage but in his private one-on-one encounters in an empty locker room and a motel room with minors that violated the special trust between those young boys and their coach," prosecutors said. During his time at Yorkville High School, Hastert was a beloved coach. He was named Illinois Coach of the Year after leading the wrestling team to the state championship.CNN has reached out to Hastert's attorneys, but has not heard back. Before details of the sexual abuse allegations came to light, Hastert apologized this week for an unspecified misconduct. "Mr. Hastert is deeply sorry and apologizes for his misconduct that occurred decades ago and the resulting harm he caused to others," his attorneys wrote. "He will stand before the court having deteriorated both physically and emotionally, undoubtedly in part due to public shaming and humiliation of an unprecedented degree."As he awaits sentencing in the financial misconduct, Hastert was hospitalized with various ailments late last year, including a stroke and sepsis. His attorneys have asked for probation instead of jail time in the financial case. Hastert served as the Republican speaker of the House between 1999-2007. Follow @faithcnn CNN's Theodore Schleifer, Chris Frates, Joe Sutton and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.
The mass shooting in San Bernardino has state lawmakers looking again at new gun control legislation for California, while leading advocates for restrictions called Friday for the state to close a loophole that allows detachable ammunition magazines like one used by the killers.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Len(D-Los Angeles) said he will revisit some proposals that previously stalled, andan assemblyman proposed banning the sale of guns to those on a federal "no-fly" list.
Now more than ever, we have to be working aggressively with law enforcement and crime prevention experts to better protect our communities, De Lensaid in a statement Friday. Ill be coordinating with the
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said again on Saturday that he didnt mock a New York Times reporter with physical disabilities, but this time called for an apology from the newspaper and said the reporter is taking advantage of the allegation to a horrible degree.
I don't mock people that have problems, believe me, Trump said at a campaign rally in Sarasota, Fla.
The controversy began last weekend when Trump said at a rally in Alabama that thousands of people in New Jersey celebrated terrorist-hijacked airplanes on Sept. 11, 2001, toppling of the World Trade Center towers across the Hudson River in Manhattan.
Trump used a story by the reporter, Serge Kovaleski, then at The Washington Post, that included details about authorities detaining people for such alleged activity.
After Kovaleski essentially said his reporting didnt justify Trumps claims, Trump attack him at a rally in South Carolina, apparently imitating Kovaleski by using awkward arm motions and saying, Uhh, I dont remember.
The front-running Trump has since said he never met, or at least doesnt recall meeting Kovaleski, even after the New York Daily News published a story Friday that appeared to show they met in the late 1980s.
The reporter took back what he said 14 years ago, Trump continued Saturday. Everybody knows it's true that Muslims were cheering. The Muslims worldwide were celebrating during 9/11. And all of sudden I was mocking somebody?
To be sure, this is not the first time Trump has faced accusations of mocking people, which now appears to have the Republican establishment and fellow 2016 GOP candidates concerned enough to mount a concerted ad-campaign effort to stop Trump from winning the nomination.
Since announcing his campaign this summer, Trump has in part suggested that the Mexican government is sending rapists and drug dealers across the border and has called primary rivals Jeb Bush and Ben Carson low energy.
Still, the billionaire businessman leads the GOP primary with 27.5 percent of the vote, according to the most recent averaging of polls by the nonpartisan website RealClearPolitics.com. His closest primary challenger, Carson, trails by 7.7 percentage points, according to the website.
After meeting today with bishops, prisoners and victims of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis is ending his final day in the U.S. with Mass on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
As many as 1 million people were expected to attend, according to ABC station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.
This Mass concludes the World Meeting of Families Festival as well as Francis' historic U.S. trip. Francis arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday. He celebrated Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, addressed a group of immigrants at Independence Mall, and later attended the World Meeting of Families Festival.
Francis is scheduled to fly back to Rome tonight.
During his f