LOOK: LeBron shouts out PH fans for sprawling mural in Taguig

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LOOK: LeBron James ‘honored’ to have mural at Tenement court“S/O to all my fans in the Philippines for this mural as well as all the other countries around that allow myself to be an INSPIRATION to the youth and beyond! Thanks you!”This wasn’t the first time that James’ image dressed up one of the outdoor courts in Metro Manila.READ: Return of the king: LeBron wows Manila fans anew The Taguig Tenement court had featured James’ larger-than-life illustration several times during The King’s visits to the country.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim James’ last trip to Manila was last September for the Strive for Greatness Tour.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021center_img LATEST STORIES After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “Just wanna inspire and influence as many people in this 🌎 [world] as possible while I live!” he said in his post on Instagram. Malditas save PH from shutout Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ NBA: Leonard’s rehab going slower than Parker’s, coach Popovich says LeBron James gave his Filipino fans a special mention after a breathtaking artwork of the Cleveland star at Titan Love Court in Bonifacio Global City caught his eye.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe murals spanning two basketball courts featured images of James about to take flight for a tomahawk slam and one of his signature reactions.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 months agoAndros Townsend in line for new Crystal Palace deal

first_imgAndros Townsend in line for new Crystal Palace dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndros Townsend is in line for a new deal at Crystal Palace.The Sun says Townsend will be handed a contract extension to reward his stunning form.The 27-year-old has started every Premier League game this season and scored a goal-of-the-season contender with a screamer in the win at Manchester City.Townsend has two full-seasons on his current deal but Roy Hodgson, who handed him his England debut in 2013, views him as a key player for the future.The Palace winger wants his future secured as he is pushing for an England recall after missing out on the World Cup last summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

At least 34 wounded as large explosion rocks Kabul official

first_imgKabul: At least 34 people were wounded when a large explosion rocked Kabul on Wednesday morning, sending a massive plume of smoke over the capital and shattering windows far from the blast site, officials and witnesses said. Violence is surging across Afghanistan and in Kabul as the US and the Taliban negotiate a peace deal ahead of elections planned for September 28. The blast occurred around 9:00 am (local time) in western Kabul, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said at least 34 people had been taken to hospital. “I heard a big bang and all the windows of my shop broke with glass flying everywhere,” shopkeeper Ahmad Saleh told AFP. “My head is spinning and still I don’t know what has happened but the windows of about 20 shops around one kilometre from the blast site are broken.” According to video on social media and witnesses, small-arms fire could be heard following the blast. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls A common insurgent tactic is to use a suicide bomber to hit a target and then follow up with gunmen storming the area. According to the UN, more than 1,500 civilians were killed or wounded in the Afghan conflict in July alone, the highest monthly toll so far this year and the worst single month since May 2017. Overnight Tuesday-Wednesday, Afghan commandos stormed a safe house for Islamic State fighters, officials said. Details of that operation were still emerging. At least five people were killed and seven wounded in Kabul on Tuesday when a vehicle carrying workers from the counter-narcotics directorate was bombed, the interior ministry said.last_img read more

Oppn unhappy with me over Indias rapid global strides Modi

first_imgTheni(TN): Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a broadside against the Opposition Saturday, saying the DMK, Congress and their ‘mahamilavati’ friends cannot accept strides India has made and therefore were “unhappy” with him. Taking a swipe at the DMK-Congress combine, he said those who were “sworn enemies” have joined hands, despite the national party having “humiliated” its southern ally in the past. “Today India is rapidly making a mark in the world. The Congress, DMK and their mahamilavati friends cannot accept this. That is why they are unhappy with me,” he said at an election rally here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Prime Minister has been describing the opposition ‘mahagatbandhan’ (mega alliance) as ‘mahamilavati,’ meaning adulterated. Taking pot shots at DMK President MK Stalin’s proposal naming Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as Prime Ministerial candidate, Modi said there were no takers for this among the opposition “because they are in line to be PM and dream of the post.” “Some days ago, DMK supremo (Stalin) projected the Naamdar (dynast–Gandhi) as PM (candidate) but no one was ready to accept it, not even their mahamilavati friends, because they are in line to be PM and dream of the post,” he said, without naming anyone. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Despite past “bitterness,” the Congress and DMK have joined hands, he said and recalled that the national party had “humiliated” the southern ally earlier, apparently referring to the dismissal of the DMK government in the past. Even during the 2G spectrum allocation scam, centered around then Telecom Minster A Raja of DMK, the Dravidian party’s leaders were criticising the national party, which was leading the ruling UPA, he pointed out. “In an attempt to mislead the people, all the corrupt have ganged up in an attempt to defeat Modi,” he added.last_img read more

Commentary Former Lantern sports editor not sure if inner sports fan still

For nearly a year-and-a-half as the sports editor of The Lantern, I suppressed my inner sports fan out of professional obligation. Having come out the other side and attempted to rekindle my love of sports this past weekend for the first time since resigning from my post in January, I’m not sure how much of a sports fan still resides in me. The times I spent as the sports editor of The Lantern were some of the best of my life. I had the privilege of roaming sidelines and locker rooms all over America while bearing witness to the Ohio State athletic department’s many teams and student-athletes. The price of admission for this rare opportunity was shelving the sports fan in me. Upon taking the position in the summer 2011, I was all too happy to abide by that stipulation, which all sports writers must do, of course. I didn’t stop to realize what I was looking at during my editorship, but there were times when covering the OSU athletic department went far beyond the chalk on the field. In truth, the editorship was a lot like walking in on your parents having sex. By this, I mean that you also bear witness to the ugly side of things – things that are burned into your memory forever. It is the kind of stuff that is obviously taking place but you’d rather not see. In the case of the sports writer, it is the kind of thing you’d prefer not to report on or witness, but must. It is the things you read while sifting through hefty documents after Freedom of Information Act open records requests are fulfilled. It is the stories you hear about coaches and athletes being jerks when the bright lights aren’t shining their way. Of course, it is also the public relations person that argues you have misrepresented the truth about their team or their department. There is no ugly side to the true sports fan, though. Fandom, in its purest form, is innocent and unassuming. Men, women and children of all ages commit themselves to their chosen team and make an emotional investment with no promise of a return. The team’s success can be the daily metric of a fan’s happiness or despair. This can be a cruel way to live, but it’s the chosen way of life for so many. When I attempted to awaken my inner sports fan for the occasion of the OSU men’s basketball team’s game against Indiana on Sunday at the Schottenstein Center, my inner sports fan didn’t wake up. I don’t know if he ever will. With only a vague recollection of the game day rituals OSU fans partake in, I did my best to recreate an authentic fan experience. To gain admittance to the stadium, I pulled a crumbled ticket from my coat pocket and held my breath as an usher scanned the barcode – I had purchased the ticket for an exorbitant price from a scalper just five minutes earlier. This, of course, was a departure from flashing a press badge to get inside. Once inside, I didn’t have a free meal with unlimited Coca-Cola products provided for me. Rather, I had to pay for a hot dog and a pop like the other 18,808 fans in attendance. And my seat wasn’t arm’s length from the court. I was up in Section 332, Row “R,” Seat 12. It is not as posh as press row, but true fans take pride in simply being present for the big event, proximity to the playing surface aside. I even perused the souvenir shop on the lower level and wore an OSU T-shirt to the game – to the untrained eye I was just another nameless, ticket-bearing, die-hard member of Buckeye Nation. This die-hard died quickly, though, and I quickly had to concede that my experience was anything but authentic. I observed the game with the submissive silence and shifty eyes of a deadline reporter. No time or cause for cheering as far as I could see. Of course, silence in the presence of two top-10-ranked basketball teams playing in sold-out arenas was beginning to make me stick out. The media resist emotional reaction to game play, but the wild crowing and bellowing of the sports fan – let us call those reactions “fangasms” – is accepted bleacher etiquette in most stadiums. In a desperate attempt to participate and gain the approval of the people I was sitting near, I began to curse and cry out loudly during the second half of the game. Having not attended an OSU game of any kind as a fan in about a year-and-a-half, I had all but forgotten how to cheer. I was crying out at inappropriate moments, or too long after the play was over. My reactions were a forgery. I was a fraud. I was faking my fangasms. The embarrassment of my fraudulent fangasms arrived midway through the second half, and Indiana was in control of the game by that point. The Hoosiers went on to coast to an 81-68 win. I stayed until the final buzzer, but I knew I had spent each second of the 40 minutes of game action occupying a seat that would have been better suited for someone eager to twirl a Homage rally towel and root hard for OSU. If there was a way for me to realize I wasn’t fan enough anymore that didn’t involve handing a fistful of cash to a ticket scalper, surely I would have pursued that action. For all that I gained as sports editor of The Lantern, and I promise you that I gained greatly, I lost the fan in me, for now at least. Sports are my lifeblood, so shelving my fandom and my passion for sports writing simultaneously is out of the question. I suppose it is really a win-win situation because, as I did during my editorship, I’m sure to continue meeting interesting people and seeing things that true fans can only dream of seeing. There are more good days ahead. Perhaps I came into the field of sports writing too naive about how things really work. Maybe my view of sports fans is more of an idealistic hope than a reality. In any event, the path of the sports writer, and not that of the sports fan, is the path I will continue down. That is to say, I’ll stay on this path as long as I can continue to stomach a job that occasionally requires me to witness things that we don’t always want to see. read more

Ferdinand questions Chelseas attitude against Spurs

first_imgRio Ferdinand has questioned the mentality of Chelsea players after their unbeaten run was brought to an end by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.Maurizio Sarri’s men were outclassed from the first minute to the last as Tottenham recorded victory in the London derby thanks to goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Son Heung-Min.However, former Manchester United defender Ferdinand admitted he was shocked by Chelsea’s lackluster performance and accused their players of failing to stick to a game plan.“Tottenham approached this game as if it was a derby, Chelsea approached it as if it was a testimonial,” he told Daily Mail.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Tottenham have this in their locker, it’s not a surprise, what was a surprise was how Sarri’s team played.“I just think when you come away from home you want to make sure you’re compact and they have done everything but that. In the first half, they went against everything that would have been said in the team talk.“That’s a performance as a player and a manager especially, you’re fearful of off the back of an international football: Lackadaisical, jaded, the air miles are playing a part in it, too.“It feels like they have not focused on what the job in hand was here today and that was to come here and especially in the first 10, 15 minutes away from home in a massive game like this is to quiet the crowd and to get your foot in the game and they did everything but that.”last_img read more

KCHS Student Helps City Purchase Magnetic Rake For Dip Net Fishery

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on June 25th, 2018 at 08:34 amKenai Central High School Freshman Riley Graves placed 6th in this years Caring For the Kenai competition. Riley: “A man is walking on the beach barefoot and suddenly feels a sharp pain as he steps on a piece of metal underneath him. He screams with sounds of agony as he sees a nail; then screaming again as he sees rust on a nail, wincing as he pulls out the nail, and knowing he better get a tetanus shot soon. This is why I believe we should spend some money on some metal detectors and magnetic sweepers for our beach cleanup.” Riley’s answer to that question was for the City of Kenai to purchase a magnetic attachment for their beach raking equipment utilized on Kenai beaches during dip net season. Shortly after CFK,  Riley made a presentation to the Kenai City Council about the need for a magnetic rake. If approved, Riley will have raised a total of $2,500 to purchase the equipment, which was quoted at $2,632. According to council members there wasn’t any funding for the magnet in this year’s budget. So, Riley applied for a new CFK Project Development Grant, sponsored by ENSTAR, requesting $2,000 to help the City purchase the equipment.center_img The Kenai City Council will review the mini-grant application during their meeting on July 5, when an ordinance appropriating the CFK-ENSTAR Grant will also be introduced. His application was selected by ENSTAR and CFK staff on June 20 to receive $2,000. Riley also applied for a $500 City of Kenai mini-grant. CFK asks Kenai Peninsula high school students to answer the question, ‘What can I do, invent, or create to better care for the environment on the Kenai Peninsula, or to help improve the area’s preparedness for a natural disaster?’last_img read more

BTS Wrap Up Successful US Tour on Ellen

first_imgPop group continues U.S. tour with a stop on the comedian’s daytime talk showPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 27, 2017 – 4:43 pm On Nov. 27 BTS band members J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Suga, and V introduced themselves to Ellen DeGeneres during their American daytime debut on “Ellen.” As one could tell from the audience’s shouts, BTS won new friends as a band.. That was part of the colorful message their hit “DNA” was all about.Leader RM shared the details of how mothers in South Korea made English mandatory viewing. His mother’s gift of “Friends” on DVD felt like an imposition at first but the show became the gateway for BTS to forge  new friendships in the U.S. that look likely to last.In addition to “Ellen,” their U.S. tour of stops also included appearances on James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel’s talk shows.For new fans and the semi-converted who are just K-pop curious for now, the multitude of impressions from this BTS U.S. visit have certainly garnered new interest.BTS, UNICEF Join Forces Against Violence With Love Myself CampaignRead more Twitter Catch BTS On “Ellen” bts-wrap-successful-us-tour-ellen BTS Wrap Up Successful U.S. Tour on “Ellen” News Email Facebook last_img read more

Finance Committee Requests Town Posts Employment Contracts Online To Increase Transparency

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At December’s Finance Committee meeting, Chair John Doherty made a request of Town Manager Jeff Hull to post all of the town’s employment contracts on the town’s website.Doherty pointed out that many municipalities are voluntarily posting their contracts online in the name of transparency. He’d like to see Wilmington follow suit. Doherty noted that such contracts are considered “public” documents.Town Manager Jeff Hull recently notified Superintendent Glenn Brand of the Finance Committee’s desire to see collective bargaining and individual employee contracts posted on the town’s website.According to a memo from Brand to the School Committee, Andrew Waugh, the school district’s attorney Andrew Waugh, has advised that “while it is customary for districts to post collective bargaining agreements online, it would be prudent to consult the School Committee members regarding the posting of individual employee contracts, as the decision about whether or not to post may be viewed as a policy decision; therefore it is ultimately a decision that the School Committee and Superintendent would need to make.”The School Committee will have a discussion surrounding Doherty’s request at their meeting this Wednesday night.(NOTE: Cover photo from Jamie Boudreau’s Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE & SUPERINTENDENT: We Have Building Needs That Must Be AddressedIn “Education”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (August 13)In “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Week Ahead Trump Aims To Dismiss Russia Probe As Partisan Can He

first_imgPool/Getty ImagesPresident Trump, seen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, lashed out in a series of tweets at the FBI after the guilty plea of his former national security adviser in the Russia probe.A day after Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, was ensnared — and apparently flipped — in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, another story leaked: “Mueller Removed FBI Agent From Russia Probe Over Anti-Trump Messages.”Coincidence?In a week when Republicans are trying to get a tax overhaul bill to the president’s desk for the first piece of major legislation he would sign (more on that below), that story gives the White House a much-needed talking point, as the president is again being threatened by the Russia investigation. In response, Trump and his allies are undertaking an all-out effort to undermine Mueller’s work — and the FBI itself.The Russia investigationMentioning the anti-Trump texts on ABC’s This Week Sunday, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of the conservative site Newsmax and a Trump friend, said Mueller represents an “existential threat” and is racking up charges at “lightning speed. … You get a picture that this group is out to get the president.” (Remember, Ruddy told PBS NewsHour back in June that Trump was considering firing Mueller, which the White House denied at the time.)The president took up the charge during a weekend tweetstorm. He criticized the FBI, saying its “reputation is in tatters,” and he painted a conspiratorial picture of the anti-Trump texts: “Now it all starts to make sense!”Report: “ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE” Now it all starts to make sense!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017He even defended Flynn, alleging a “double standard.” Expect Trump supporters this week to dig in and claim the texts are just the tip of the iceberg, that they prove the sentiment is endemic among Mueller’s team.Serving its political purpose: Of course, the irony here is that Mueller removed the investigator months ago upon learning of the texts. But that pro-Trump talking point is already serving a critical purpose — to muddy the waters, keep Trump’s base on board and insulate the president from further political damage.Building a case of obstruction: Democrats are moving in another direction this week, raising a big charge against the president: “I think what we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on NBC’s Meet the Press.“I think we see this in the indictments, the four indictments and pleas that have just taken place, and some of the comments that are being made. I see it in the hyper-frenetic attitude of the White House: the comments every day, the continual tweets. And I see it, most importantly, in what happened with the firing of Director Comey, and it is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to lift the cloud of the Russia investigation. That’s obstruction of justice.”What did the president know and when did he know it? Another weekend Trump tweet raised new questions about obstruction when he indicated he knew Flynn lied to the FBI before he fired then-Director James Comey.I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017Remember that Trump fired then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates (the stated reason was because she wouldn’t defend his travel ban) after she told White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn had lied to the vice president about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.And remember that after Comey was fired some months later, he submitted in testimony — under oath — that Trump asked him to let “Flynn go” in a Feb. 14 meeting. Perhaps realizing the potential damage of Trump’s tweet, his personal lawyer, John Dowd, took ownership of it. “My mistake,” he claimed in an interview with Axios. “I’m out of the tweeting business.”Yates testified before Congress that she told McGahn that the FBI interviewed Flynn Feb. 24, but declined to tell him how Flynn did. Dowd told NPR’s Tamara Keith in an email Sunday that in Yates’ meeting with McGahn:“No accusation of lying had been lodged or conveyed to WHC [White House counsel] by Yates, Justice or FBI. Just that F [Flynn] told the agents what he told VP.”Dowd said in the email that there was “no accusation of lying.” But, let’s follow the logic: if Yates told McGahn that Flynn had said something untrue to the vice president, and Yates told McGahn that Flynn said the same untruth to the FBI, how does it follow that McGahn didn’t know that Flynn made false statements to the FBI?In response to a follow-up question seeking clarification, Dowd replied:“No, it does follow. Yates NEVER said he lied. That’s the point.”That’s not much more clarifying. For the record, Trump hotly denies that he “asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn.” He claimed in a tweet Sunday was Comey who was lying:I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017Well, someone’s not telling the truth. And we haven’t heard the last of the Mueller investigation.Can Trump get his win on taxes?Evan Vucci/APPresident Trump holds an example of what a new tax form may look like during a tax-policy meeting at the White House with Republican lawmakers.Now that the House and Senate have each passed their own versions of a tax bill, they have to be reconciled. Republicans plan to set up a conference committee, where differences in the two bills will be worked out. And there are some significant differences:-First, the Senate bill makes tax cuts for individuals expire after 2025 to comply with requirements to keep the deficit under control. The House bill makes them permanent;-The bills have entirely different tax brackets;-The House bill eliminates the estate tax and alternative minimum taxes, while the Senate bill just rolls those back;-The Senate bill officially ends enforcement of the Obamacare requirement that most Americans carry health insurance.Those are just the highlights. However, Republican leaders promise they will move quickly to work things out and get President Trump the final tax bill, with a bow on it just in time to tuck under his Christmas tree.‘Conference in name only’? Democrats have blasted Republicans for voting on the Senate bill just hours after the final text was worked out late Friday, which followed a closed-door meeting where the bill was changed to win over holdouts. Some revisions were literally written out long-hand in the margins, affecting major policy like how small businesses are treated in the tax code.Any handwriting experts out there? I’d like to know what this says before they call for a vote. This is absurd. pic.twitter.com/6UkiJmuY9T— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) December 1, 2017Democrats warn that the GOP will race through this final part of the legislative process, too. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden was quoted by the New York Times predicting “a conference in name only.”Sexual harassment allegations keep piling upAlex Wong/Getty ImagesRep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is expected to decide this week if he will resign from Congress amid a sexual harassment settlement agreement and other harassment allegations.Heading into the weekend, another Democrat came under scrutiny. Nevada freshman Rep. Ruben Kihuen was accused by a 2016 campaign aide of making sexual advances that forced her to quit her job, as reported by BuzzFeed. House Democrats’ campaign chair, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have called on him to resign.Does Conyers resign? Party leaders’ reaction to Kihuen was a sharp contrast to how much slower they were to call on Rep. John Conyers to resign. And his future could be decided this week. (The Michigan Democrat settled with a woman who said she was fired for refusing his sexual advances, and there have been accusations of verbal abuse and unwanted physical contact.) The 88-year-old Conyers went into the hospital last week for stress as his original accuser went public. Conyers’ lawyer said he would decide his future in the next few days, while also saying that his client is facing a double-standard.What about Franken? Conyers’ lawyer asked why Pelosi and others have called on Conyers to resign, but not Minnesota Democrat Al Franken, a white Democrat. Franken is accused of groping by several women and forcibly kissing at least one. Franken has apologized, but says he doesn’t remember many of the alleged incidents. Conyers continues to deny all wrongdoing. House lawmakers will further examine questions about taxpayer-funded secret settlements this week.Trump goes to “Floribama” to campaign for MooreScott Olson/Getty ImagesRoy Moore, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, is getting a boost from President Trump, who unlike other Republicans, is backing his Senate bid despite sexual assault allegations.Republican leaders look wearily to Alabama, just over a week before voters will decide whether to send Roy Moore to the Senate, as he faces numerous allegations including sexual assault against teenage girls. President Trump is going to all but campaign for Moore on Friday, four days before the Dec. 12 special election. Trump’s holding a rally in Pensacola, Fla., and while it won’t officially be a rally for Moore, it’s in the Mobile, Ala., media market. Trump has given voice to Moore’s denials, while thrashing his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones.Could Trump lay the groundwork to undo protections for federal lands — and open them up to development?President Trump is expected to shrink the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments Monday during a trip to Utah. Depending on what side of the Trump administration’s review of public lands national monuments you fall on, this is either the latest example of the U.S. government breaking a promise to Native American tribes, many of whom supported the 1.3 million Bears Ears National Monument, or it’s one about an overreaching federal government.Many conservative counties in rural Utah opposed both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monument designations, because they restricted future development like mining on federal public land.The law is grey at best when it comes to whether the president has the authority to shrink or abolish a large, protected national monument. Under the Antiquities Act of 1906, only Congress can do that. But when the administration started its review, officials suggested the law needs to be tested. Sixteen presidents — from Obama to George W. Bush — have used the act to create public-lands monuments. Trump’s decision in Utah today could very well set a precedent for future presidents to undo protections for public lands and other wild areas.— Kirk Siegler, NPR national desk reporterHow’s this for a stocking stuffer?Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the annual national Christmas tree lighting ceremony Thursday.Congress needs to come up with funding by Friday to avoid a government shutdown. Expect another short term, likely two-week, continuing resolution that expires Dec. 22. That could mean quite the pre-Christmas week between government funding and taxes.The Washington Post reports that Trump has told allies that a shutdown could be good for him politically.Flashback: “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’….”either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix mess!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. 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