The mother of a woman convicted of murdering a black man laughed and smirked while the victim's daughter read a letter she submitted into record. The mother was ordered by the judge to serve 93 days in jail for her callous outburst. This judge is good with me. #NotIn502 ••• (video via @cherrellrene)
The White House blocked a number of news outlets from covering spokesman Sean Spicer’s question-and-answer session on Friday afternoon.
Spicer decided to hold an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters inside his West Wing office instead of the traditional on-camera briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.
Among the outlets not permitted to cover the gaggle were news organizations that President Trump has singled out for criticism, including CNN.
The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, BuzzFeed, the Daily Mail, BBC, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News were among the other news organizations not permitted to attend.
Several right-leaning outlets were allowed into Spicer’s office, including Breitbart, the Washington Times and One America News Network.
A number of major news organizations were also let in to cover the gaggle. That group included ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Reuters, Bloomberg and McClatchy.
The Associated Press and Time magazine were allowed into the gaggle but refused to attend.
The White House Correspondents’ Association sharply criticized the decision. “The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White House,” Jeff Mason, the association’s president, said in a statement. “We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not,” he added. “The board will be discussing this further with White House staff.” A White House spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment to explain their decision making.
It’s highly unusual for White House staff to hand pick outlets to attend daily briefings with official spokespeople, as they are typically open for all reporters to attend.
The White House circulated an updated schedule Friday afternoon saying that Spicer would gaggle with an “expanded pool” of reporters, instead of on-camera in the briefing room.
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Beltran Hernandez reportedly fled a domestic abuser in El Salvador before she was picked up trying to enter the U.S. near Hidalgo, Tex., in November 2015.
An immigration judge ordered her deportation last month.
Beltran Hernandez’s Queens-based relatives have been working feverishly on a petition for her asylum. Her sister rushed to Texas and was allowed an 80-minute visit with her late Thursday, family spokeswoman Melissa Zuniga told the Daily News. “Sara is worse than we thought,” Zuniga, a paralegal who accompanied the sister to the Texas detention facility, said. “Death may be imminent.” She said Beltran Hernandez is “very weak” and can barely walk. “I feel dizzy, with pain. Heavy eyes. Nausea. If I walk fast, I feel dizzy. Noise really bothers me. I have not eaten since yesterday . . . because I have no appetite. Sometimes, I forget things. The tongue is not always responsive,” Beltran Hernandez told an attorney who visited her at the detention center Thursday, according to The Associated Press.
She said a doctor told her she was suffering from a brain tumor. “We are in unchartered territory. We need very special help. We need compassion, but I’m not seeing any. I’m very nervous,” Zuniga said.
She said the woman’s legal team filed a successful motion to release her medical records, but other than that the family has no control over her care. “It’s not looking promising,” Zuniga said. (Read more at NYDailyNews.com)
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