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Official photographs suggest Donald Trump is avoiding the White House photographer

The former TV reality star has apparently gone camera shy, now that he’s president of the United States.

Former president Barack Obama’s photographer Pete Souza has been trolling US president Donald Trump on Instagram with intimate, nostalgic shots of Obama on the job. But even if Souza’s successor, White House photographer Shealah Craighead, wanted to hit back, there wouldn’t be much to offer. She and her team don’t seem to be getting much access to their boss, and certainly not more than press pool photographers.

Trump hired Craighead, a former staff photographer for president George W. Bush, as chief White House photographer in January. Several other photographers and videographers work under her at the White House, including Jonathan Gallegos, Ben Tuck, Ben Applebaum, and Paul Williams. While Souza’s work charmed the public with intimate and humane moments of president Obama and his family, Craighead’s photographs are confined only to Trump’s public face.

So far, the White House official Flickr album has remained empty. Its Instagram account totals 33 photos, consisting mostly of bland, official photo ops taken in the Oval Office where Trump is in the company of visitors, or where he is speaking to an audience behind a podium. Most White House photos of the president are housed in an album called “The First 50 days” posted on the POTUS Facebook account, which amounts to 50 images.



Quite a contrast

Big Pharma's anti-marijuana stance aims to squash the competition, activists say

As marijuana legalization swept the US in November, Arizona was alone in its rejection of legal weed. There, a pharmaceutical company called Insys was a major backer of the successful campaign to stop the state’s recreational cannabis measure, publicly arguing that pot businesses would be bad for public health and endanger children.

But to marijuana activists, the motive of Insys was clear – to squash the competition.

Confirming those suspicions, Insys has now received approval from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to develop its own synthetic marijuana, the latest case of Big Pharma battling small cannabis growers.

With marijuana now legal in more than half of the US, the budding cannabis industry and longtime underground players have grown increasingly concerned about the threat posed by powerful pharmaceutical manufacturers, which have simultaneously helped fight legalization while seeking to develop their own synthetic cannabis.

“I really don’t have a lot of hope for the small guy in this country,” said Dr Gina Berman, medical director of the Giving Tree Wellness Center, a cannabis dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona. “Pharmaceuticals are going to run me down. We have a small business, and we can’t afford to fight Big Pharma.”


Bennet says he won't try to block Gorsuch

Senator Michael Bennet says he will not join Democratic efforts to block a full-Senate vote on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The Colorado Democrat has been under pressure to support Gorsuch in part because the nominee is also from Colorado. Bennet doesn't say whether he will ultimately vote in favor of Gorsuch. But he says he will not try to block a vote.

If Democrats successfully block a vote on Gorsuch, Senate Republicans are threatening to change Senate rules to enable them to confirm a Supreme Court nominee with a simple majority of 51 votes.

Under current rules, the need 60 votes to end debate.

Bennet says, "Changing the Senate rules now will only further politicize the Supreme Court."


Roll over and play dead Bennet.

The Latest: Feinstein to vote No on Gorsuch Nomination

Source: AP

Senator Dianne Feinstein says she will vote against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The California Democrat cited two cases in which, she says, Gorsuch inserted his own view of what the law should be. In one case Gorsuch sided with a trucking company over a fired trucker who refused to drive a disabled truck in subzero weather. In the other case, Gorsuch sided with a school district that denied services to a student with autism.

Feinstein also says she is troubled that Gorsuch refused to say whether he supports the outcome of Brown v. Board of Education, the court decision that ended racial segregation in public schools.

Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is voting Monday on Gorsuch's nomination.

Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SENATE_SUPREME_COURT_THE_LATEST_COOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-04-03-10-48-44

Poland accuses Russian air traffic controllers over Smolensk plane crash

Source: Reuters

By Marcin Goettig | WARSAW
Polish prosecutors said on Monday they would press charges against two Russian air traffic controllers of deliberately contributing to a 2010 plane crash that killed Poland's president and 95 other people.

The crash near Smolensk in western Russia killed the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, as well as the central bank chief, top army commanders and several lawmakers.

An inquiry by the previous government returned a verdict of pilot error, but the ruling right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party led by Kaczynski's twin brother Jaroslaw, has said the crash may have been caused by an explosion on board.

The prosecutors said on Monday that a new analysis of recordings of conversations between the pilots and Russian controllers justified pressing the charges.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-poland-smolensk-kaczynski-idUSKBN175152?il=0

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