A Duke University basketball star sprained his knee after one of his Nike shoes ripped apart Wednesday during the Blue Devils' rivalry game against North Carolina.
According to The Associated Press, the bizarre incident happened less than a minute into the widely watched game as famous faces, including former President Barack Obama, watched from the stands. Duke freshman Zion Williamson slipped, his shoe splitting as he fell to the ground.
No. 1 Duke eventually lost to No. 8 North Carolina, 88-72.
After the game, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Williamson had suffered a mild sprain. Krzyzewski wasn't sure how long Williamson would need to recover, the AP reported.
Nike released the following statement overnight, according to Des Bieler of the Washington Post:
"We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery," the statement read. "The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue."
"Zion Williamson seems like an outstanding young man as well as an outstanding basketball player," Obama wrote. "Wishing him a speedy recovery."
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
A bill passed in the Ohio Statehouse would inadvertently make a million gun owners in the state lawbreakers.
Right now, there’s an effort underway to fix the error before the law takes effect next month.
House Bill 228 was meant to expand stipulations in which shooting someone in self-defense is legally justified. But as it currently stands, when it becomes law on March 28, it also makes owning certain rifles, guns with pistol grips or a weapon longer than 26 inches a felony.
“It’s legally murky right now,” said state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miami Township. “It could prohibit the sale of some firearms, which we do not want to do. That was a mistake. Our hope right now is to fix that mistake by the effective date so that it never affects anyone.”
Second Amendment advocates, including Eva Silvers, said the law is unconstitutional.
“Hold up, this is wrong,” she said.
“You took a constitutional oath to protect the people of this country. Will you enforce an unconstitutional law against your own people?”
Antani said it would be up to each jurisdiction as to how they enforce the new law. And he said he doesn’t believe county prosecutors would enforce that portion of it.
But that’s not the point, said July Sparks of the Black Swamp Oath Keepters group.
“We’ll already be prosecuted by being picked up. We’ll already be considered guilty. We just became felons. It’s not if the law passes – it passed,” Sparks said.
A rally is planned for March 28 at the Statehouse.
While some want the law thrown out altogether, Antani said that’s not necessary to make a fix to the law.
“Our goal is to pass this before the March 28 deadline,” he said.
The amendment to the new bill would need to be introduced by March 20.
Antani said a plan to fix the mistake already was introduced Tuesday, and a hearing should be held soon.
President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fund his promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border after Congress passed a bipartisan border security bill that offered only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he had sought.
White House officials confirmed Friday afternoon that Trump also signed the spending compromise into law to avoid a partial government shutdown.
Update 3:25 p.m. EST Feb. 15:A lawsuit filed Friday by an ethics watchdog group aims to make public documents that could determine whether the president has the legal authority to invoke emergency powers to fund his promised border wall.
In a statement, officials with the nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the group requested documentation, including legal opinions from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, to determine whether the president wrongfully used his emergency powers.
“President Trump’s threatened declaration of a national emergency for these purposes raised some serious questions among the public and Congress that the president was considering actions of doubtful legality based on misstated facts and outright falsehoods to make an end-run round Congress’ constitutional authority to make laws and appropriate funds,” attorneys for CREW said in the lawsuit.
The group said it submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Office of Legal Counsel last month and that it got a response on Feb. 12 that indicated authorities would not be able to expedite the request or respond to it within the 20-day statutory deadline.
“Americans deserve to know the true basis for President Trump’s unprecedented decision to enact emergency powers to pay for a border wall,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement.
Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union said the group also plans to file suit.
Update 2:30 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump has signed a bill passed by Congress to fund several federal departments until September 30, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Friday afternoon to The Associated Press.
Update 12:35 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, accused Democrats of playing partisan politics in refusing to fund Trump’s border wall.
“President Trump’s decision to announce emergency action is the predictable and understandable consequence of Democrats’ decision to put partisan obstruction ahead of the national interest,” McConnell said.
Democrats have repeatedly voice opposition to the border wall, which critics say would not effectively address issues like drug trafficking and illegal immigration, which Trump purports such a wall would solve.
Update 11:25 a.m. EST Feb. 15: In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, condemned what they called “the president’s unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist.”
“This issue transcends partisan politics and goes to the core of the founders’ conception for America, which commands Congress to limit an overreaching executive. The president’s emergency declaration, if unchecked, would fundamentally alter the balance of powers, inconsistent with our founders’ vision,” the statement said. “We call upon our Republican colleagues to join us to defend the Constitution.”
Update 11:10 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump said he’s expecting the administration to be sued after he signs a national emergency declaration to fund the building of wall on the southern border.
“The order is signed and I'll sign the final papers as soon as I get into the Oval Office,” Trump said Friday while addressing reporters in the Rose Garden.
“I expect to be sued -- I shouldn’t be sued,” Trump said Friday while addressing reporters in the Rose Garden. “I think we’ll be very successful in court. I think it’s clear.”
He said he expects the case will likely make it to the Supreme Court, the nation’s highest court.
“It’ll go through a process and happily we’ll win, I think,” he said.
Update 10:50 a.m. EST Feb. 15: “I’m going to sign a national emergency,” Trump said. “We’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”
Update 10:25 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump will declare a national emergency and use executive actions to funnel over $6 billion in funds from the Treasury Department and the Pentagon for his border wall, Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree reported.
“With the declaration of a national emergency, the President will have access to roughly $8 billion worth of money that can be used to secure the southern border,” Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters in a call before the president’s announcement.
Update 10 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump is expected on Friday morning to deliver remarks from the Rose Garden on the southern border after White House officials said he plans to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall.
Update 10 p.m. EST Feb. 14: At 10 a.m. on Friday, President Donald Trump is expected to deliver remarks from the Rose Garden about the southern border.
The White House announced earlier that Trump will declare a national emergency that would enable him to transfer funding from other accounts for additional miles of border fencing.
Update 9 p.m. EST Feb. 14: The House easily approved border funding plan, as President Donald Trump prepared an emergency declaration to fund a border wall.
The bill also closes a chapter by preventing a second government shutdown at midnight Friday and by providing $333 billion to finance several Cabinet agencies through September.
Trump has indicated he’ll sign the measure though he is not happy with it, and for a few hours Thursday he was reportedly having second thoughts.
Update 4:30 p.m. EST Feb. 14: The government funding bill that includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of border wall, passed the Senate with a 83 - 16 vote.
The bill will go to the House for a final vote Thursday evening.
Update 4 p.m. EST Feb. 14: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the border he’s making an “end run around Congress.”
“The President is doing an end run around the Congress and the power of the purse,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who reserved the right to lead a legal challenge against any emergency declaration.
Pelosi said that there is no crisis at the border with Mexico that requires a national emergency order.
She did not say if House Democrats would legally challenge the president. But Pelosi said if Trump invokes an emergency declaration it should be met with “great unease and dismay” as an overreach of executive authority.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday afternoon that the White House is “very prepared” for a legal challenge following the declaration of a National Emergency.
Update 3:15 p.m. EST Feb. 14: Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that President Donald Trump is going to sign a border deal and at the same time issue a national emergency declaration.
The compromise will keep departments running through the fiscal year but without the $5.7 billion Trump wanted for the border wall with Mexico.
The House is also expected to vote on the bill later Thursday.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent a statement confirming that Trump intends to sign the bill and will issue “other executive action - including a national emergency.”
An emergency declaration to shift funding from other federal priorities to the border is expected to face swift legal challenge.
Update 12:40 p.m. EST Feb. 14: Trump said in a tweet Thursday that he and his team were reviewing the funding bill proposed by legislators.
Congress is expected to vote Thursday on the bipartisan accord to prevent another partial federal shutdown ahead of Friday's deadline.
Trump has not definitively said whether he’ll sign the bill if it passes the legislature. The bill would fund several departments, including Agriculture, Justice and State, until Sept. 30 but it includes only $1.4 billion to build new barriers on the border. Trump had asked Congress to provide $5.7 billion in funding.
Update 9:55 a.m. EST Feb. 14: The more than 1,600-page compromise, made up of seven different funding bills, was unveiled early Thursday. It includes $1.4 billion to build new barriers on the border and over $1 billion to fund other border security measures.
If passed, the bill would prevent a partial government shutdown like the 35-day closure that started after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise in December.
President Donald Trump has given mixed signals in recent days over whether he plans to sign the bill or not. He’s told reporters in recent days that a second government shutdown as federal workers continue to dig out from the last closure “would be a terrible thing.” However, Adam Kennedy, the deputy director of White House communications, told NPR that the president “doesn’t want his hands tied on border security.”
"I think the president is going to fully review the bill," Kennedy said. "I think he wants to review it before he signs it."
Original report: President Donald Trump is expected to sign the deal lawmakers have hammered out to avoid a second shutdown, CNN is reporting.
On Tuesday, Trump said he was “not happy” with the spending plan negotiators came up with Monday night, CNN reported. That deal includes $1.375 billion in funding for border barriers, but not a concrete wall, according to Cox Media Group Washington correspondent Jamie Dupree.
“It’s not doing the trick,” Trump said, adding that he is “considering everything” when asked whether a national emergency declaration was on the table.
He said that if there is another shutdown, it would be “the Democrats’ fault.”
Trump also took to Twitter later Tuesday, claiming that the wall is already being built.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
On Tuesday, Florida lawmakers discussed legislation that would allow teachers to be armed in the classrooms.
It’s a controversial topic many people have strong feelings about.
Senate Bill 7030 is related to school safety and security.
However, many parents and advocates believe if it becomes a law many students and staff are at risk for danger.
For any parent or educator, keeping children safe at school is a priority.
Cheryl Anderson is an advocate in Mothers Demand Action, and she’s against the bill because she believes it puts everyone’s safety at risk.
“There is no evidence that that works, that it is a good option. We are not comfortable with the entire idea," Anderson said.
On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Education was asked if there was any significant data that shows this method has been effective, considering the guardian program has already been implemented in some schools.
And senators, such as David Sikes, who is backing the bill, said there was no evidence.
“To my knowledge, there has been no changes regarding the schools that have implemented the guardian program,” Sikes said.
That’s why people like Anderson, who are against the bill, believe it should not be expanded before there is proven data to show it’s the best option for safety.
“Once there’s someone in a building with a firearm, a bad guy in a building with a firearm, we’ve already lost no matter how many teachers are armed, our kids have already lost. The danger is already in the building,” Anderson said.
Senators backing the bill said schools should have the option to choose if they want the guardian program or not.
“People who want that opportunity to protect their students should have the opportunity, so I opposed this amendment."
It would require teachers to undergo special testing and training to deal with firearms and active shooters.
Parents brought up questions like how the firearms would be stored, and there was no definitive answer given. Therefore, many parents and educators are not in favor of the bill.
“We want teachers to teach and we want security to be handled by security professionals,” Anderson said.
The bill passed out of the education committee by two votes. Now, it goes on to the next committee for review.
Two California singers made no secret of their political beliefs at Sunday's Grammy Awards, paying tribute to President Donald Trump with their red carpet looks.
In a show of support for Trump's border wall plans, Joy Villa wore a Desi Designs gown with the message "Build the Wall" and carried a "Make America Great Again" handbag. Meanwhile, Ricky Rebel donned a "Keep America Great" jacket.
"'Shut up!' They said. 'Stop talking politics!' They yelled. 'Sit down you don’t matter!' They insisted. I don’t listen to haters. I listen to truth," Villa wrote in an Instagram post. "Building the wall will cut down crime, protect children from being trafficked and stop the 1 in 3 women from being sexually assaulted tying to get through illegally. It’s a humanitarian crisis. I support life. I support protection. I SUPPORT THEWALK!"
Rebel also shared a photo of his look on Instagram, calling himself "a reflection of the 60 million+ Americans that voted for @realdonaldtrump."
This isn't the first time Villa has turned heads at the Grammys. Last year, she wore a white gown decorated with a painting of a fetus and carried a "Choose Life" handbag.
She also wore a pro-Trump dress in 2017.
"Saturday Night Live" has a message for Virginia government officials: Wearing blackface never is and never was OK.
In this week's episode hosted by Halsey, the comedy show addressed the recent controversy involving Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, who both admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s. Meanwhile, the state's lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, faced his own scandal as two women accused him of sexual assault.
In a sketch Saturday night, Kenan Thompson, playing a state ethics official, didn't hold back.
"As chair of the ethics committee, I have to ask: Has anybody else worn blackface in college? Anybody?" he asked his castmates, who were playing Virginia state representatives. "This is completely off the record, so tell me now so we can get ahead of this."
A character named Glen (Pete Davidson) was the first to come clean, saying he wore blackface while dressing up as Mr. T.
But many of the characters didn't seem to understand what the problem was.
"I have a question: What if the blackface was just part of your costume of a black person?" one man, played by Beck Bennett, asked Thompson.
"You see, Tom, that's the exact kind of thing that we're looking for here today," Thompson said.
A woman (Cecily Strong) then asked: "Does it count if you did it all the way back in the '80s?"
"No, of course not," another man (Mikey Day) interjected. "It was funny and cool in the '80s!"
"Nope, nope, I'm gonna stop you right there, Phil," Thompson said. "It does still count, and it was never funny or cool."
>> Watch the full sketch here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)
President Donald Trump was dismissive about the future political prospects of former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, saying in an Oval Office interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that the Democrat could not defeat incumbent U.S. Sen. David Perdue in a statewide battle.
Hours after Abrams delivered a well-received rebuttal to Trump’s State of the Union address on behalf of the Democratic Party, Trump said it would be a “mistake” for Abrams to run against Perdue, one of his top Georgia allies, in 2020.
“I think it’s a mistake for her to run against him because I don’t think she can win,” the president told the AJC and a group of regional reporters in a wide-ranging exclusive interview.
“David Perdue is an incredible senator, if you remember, and will be very hard to beat,” he added.
Top Democrats have been feverishly courting Abrams to run against Perdue, a first-term Republican and former Fortune 500 CEO. If she enters the race, it would instantly become a blockbuster contest that could help determine control of the U.S. Senate.
A political novice when he announced his 2014 Senate bid, Perdue leveraged his deep pockets and famous last name – former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is his first cousin – to defeat Democrat Michelle Nunn by nearly 8 percentage points. And he was an early acolyte of Trump, who ultimately carried Georgia by 5 percentage points in 2016. He’s been quietly laying the groundwork for his re-election battle for the better part of a year.
Abrams has met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about challenging Perdue and has given herself a March deadline to announce whether she’ll seek the seat. Other leading Democratic candidates for the position have essentially deferred to Abrams - or openly called for her to enter the race.
“I am running for office again,” Abrams recently told supporters. “I don’t know for what.”
Fresh off her rebuttal speech, Abrams on Wednesday aimed to capitalize on the publicity. Her Fair Fight Action voting rights group sent out several fundraising pitches to supporters and touted its work on social media.
And she announced three more stops on a “thank you” tour that kicked off last month in Albany – the same town where she launched her campaign for governor. On Thursday she’ll greet supporters in Savannah, followed by a Monday trip to Gwinnett. And in March she’s planning an Atlanta event.
Abrams narrowly lost last year’s gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp and refused to formally concede the race, citing what she saw as systematic voting issues and Kemp’s refusal to step down as secretary of state ahead of the election. She’s since launched Fair Fight Action to carry her message and challenge GOP policies in court and joined a D.C. think tank.
Tuesday’s prime-time address – by far the biggest stage of her career – was seen as a way of introducing Abrams to a national audience.
Her performance on Tuesday evening, in which she described her own working class background and detailed how she worked across the aisle in the Georgia Legislature, won praise from prominent Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden, and even prompted some calls for her to run for president.
Abrams is unlikely to run for the position in 2020. She’s done none of the early-state groundwork of other likely Democratic candidates, and her aides and allies say she’s focused on a potential run for Senate or perhaps a 2022 rematch against Kemp.
Trump smiled when asked about the prospect of Abrams making a White House run and took a dig at her and other Democrats before reminiscing about his own ascent to the presidency.
“I’d love for her to run for president,” he said of Abrams. “Why? Because so far I’m liking the candidates and she’d be another one I’d like. To run for president you’re supposed to have won, unless you’re a non-politician like me. I’d never ran. I’m one for one.”
Abrams has been on Trump’s radar for quite some time. Ahead of Election Day, Trump told reporters that the former Georgia House minority leader was “not qualified” to be governor and warned at a rally in Macon that she would turn Georgia “into Venezuela.”
– AJC staff writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this article.
In a recent interview with the Washington Post, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, apologized for identifying herself as Native American for almost two decades.
Her office did not dispute the card's authenticity, the paper reported.
In the interview Tuesday, while Warren acknowleged that she "can't go back." She said she's sorry "for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted."
Warren has been trying for the past year to get past the controversy as she considers a run for president in 2020.
The controversy surrounding Warren's ethnic heritage has long been an issue woven into her political career. In 2012, critics slammed her during her Senate race, claiming she identified as Cherokee to take advantage of affirmative action.
Despite claims that she is part Cherokee, Warren vehemently stood by her decision to represent herself as Native American for years. Warren has cited "family stories" as a basis for her Native American heritage.
The debate over the veracity of Warren's Native American heritage claims has been kept alive not only by Warren herself but also by right-wing opponents who constantly kept bringing the topic back into discussion. President Donald Trump has since nicknamed her Pocahontas, a gesture many find offensive and has been dubbed a racial slur.
Last year, Warren released a DNA test she took to refute Trump’s taunts about her claim of Native American heritage. An analysis of Warren's DNA sample showed she had a Native American ancestor in her family dating back six to 10 generations.
The Native American community derided her decision to take the test, claiming Warren mistook DNA for identity. She has since apologized.
Although Warren’s test revealed that she may have Cherokee blood, and although she was told her great-great-great-grandmother was Cherokee, “that doesn’t mean the woman was pure Cherokee,” Politifact reported.
“Different families and groups interacted in different ways with European settlers in the region," Deborah Bolnick, University of Connecticut professor and past president of the American Association of Anthropological Genetics, told Politifact. “When there was intermarriage, the offspring sometimes became part of indigenous communities, and sometimes they identified with nonindigenous groups.”
There aren’t any genetic markers specific to tribal nations, she added. “The genetic patterns don’t map onto tribal groups that we recognize today.”
Warren is expected to make a major announcement about her candidacy for president in 2020 later this week.
Apparently, there is something both parties can agree on.
Democratic congresswomen, wearing white as a tribute to the suffragette movement, sat stoically through much of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night. But his comments about women in the work force led to a striking moment of unity.
"No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the new jobs created in the last year," Trump said, ultimately drawing cheers and applause from the congresswomen.
"You weren't supposed to do that," he quipped, adding: "Don’t sit yet. You're going to like this. And exactly one century after Congress passed the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before."
The Democratic congresswomen again cheered, with many standing and shouting, "USA!"
During Tuesday's State of the Union address, it was hard to miss the dozens of Democratic congresswomen wearing white in the audience.
It was more than a simple wardrobe choice. According to CNN, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, chair of the House Democratic Women's Working Group, said last week that members would don the color as a tribute to the suffragette movement and the record number of women in Congress.
"I'm looking forward to wearing suffragette white to #SOTU next week with all @HouseDemWomen!" Frankel, D-Florida, tweeted Jan. 30. "We'll honor all those who came before us & send a message of solidarity that we're not going back on our hard-earned rights!"
On Tuesday night, photos of the women in white flooded Twitter:
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