CBS News Logo Donald Trump’s transition team unveils official website, Twitter account

Donald Trump’s transition team unveiled an official website and -- naturally -- a Twitter account on Wednesday. gives short bios of the president elect and his vice president, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, along with brief descriptions of the next administration’s policy positions. The site says it’s meant to provide “public information about the Presidential transition and offers opportunities to participate in this important public endeavor.” Trump’s biography, however, has a couple unusual points, including noting that Trump is “a proud grandfather of seven.” Trump actually has seven grandchildren: Donald Trump Jr.’s five kids, and Ivanka’s three. It also notes that Trump is the owner of several international real estate properties: “Mr. Trump owns properties around the globe in locations such as Brazil, Canada, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Panama, Scotland, Ireland, and others.”  As CBS News investigative producer Laura Strickler points out, Brazil, Canada, Turkey and Panama are all branded properties that Trump has argued in court he does not own -- he just licenses his name and thereby reduces liability. The Azerbaijan property is neither branded or owned, as it has not been opened yet – Alan Garten, Trump’s attorney told the Associated Press in June that the project was on hold.  The transition team’s Twitter account, @transition2017, currently has just two messages -- one introducing the website and another soliciting ideas on how “to make America great”: The transition team, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, gave Trump his first internal briefing at Trump Tower on Wednesday. As CBS News’ Major Garrett reported, the transition will be carried out both in New York’s Trump Tower and in a Washington, D.C.-based office established for the team.  Continue Reading

Jim Parsons Is All Hopped-Up About John Oliver’s Bunny Book

"The Big Bang Theory" star says he's "honored beyond belief" to be part of "Last Week Tonight" host's project Tim Kenneally, provided by Published 12:45 pm, Monday, March 19, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Jim Parsons Is All Hopped-Up About John Oliver’s Bunny Book 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Jim Parsons apparently couldn’t be happier about hopping down the bunny trail with John Oliver. “The Big Bang Theory” star Parsons, who reads the audio version of Oliver’s new children’s book, “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” took to Instagram on Monday to gush about the project, saying he was “honored beyond belief” to be involved with it. Parsons, in particular, touted the book’s “story about tolerance and advocacy.” Also Read: See Jim Parsons Argue With Zac Efron's Ted Bundy in Court (Photo) Recommended Video: Now Playing: John Oliver came after Mike Pence with a surprise children’s book about a gay bunny Media: Entertainment Weekly “Am honored beyond belief to be a part of the audio book version of ‘A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,’ a children’s book with a story about tolerance and advocacy, dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different,” Parsons wrote. “All proceeds from book sales will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United. Thank you to @lastweektonight for including me in this.” Parsons isn’t the only one to enthuse about the book by “Last Week Tonight” host Oliver, released Sunday in reaction to a book by Vice President Mike Pence’s family about their pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo. While the Pence family offering was published Monday, Oliver got the jump on them, releasing his own version, which envisions a gay Marlon Bundo, on Sunday. On Monday, Oliver’s tome was No. 1 in audiobooks on Amazon, and it boasts a five-star Continue Reading

What happened between Adam Rippon and Vice President Mike Pence

U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon and Vice President Mike Pence haven't exactly been on the best of terms.The high-profile war of words over gay rights began in January, and continues now. Here's what you need to know about the tiff. Who is Adam Rippon?Rippon, 28, of Los Angeles, is the first openly gay athlete to qualify for a U.S. Winter Olympic squad, according to his Team USA bio. Rippon, who was bullied and teased growing up in Scranton, Pa., announced publicly he was gay in the October 2015 issue of Skating magazine.Rippon began his skating career at 9 years of age and is one of six children. Despite being born deaf, Rippon can almost hear perfectly after having a corrective surgery prior to his first birthday.Rippon received a bronze medal Feb. 11, helping Team USA place third in the  Olympic figure skating team competition at Pyeongchang in South Korea. How the spat beganIn an interview on Jan. 17, Rippon was asked by USA Today's Christine Brennan what he thought about Pence leading the 2018 U.S. Olympic delegation to South Korea.Rippon responded: "You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.”He told Brennan he didn't want to meet Pence as is customary with athletes prior to the Olympics, noting Pence had "gone out his way" to not befriend a gay person."I don’t think he has a real concept of reality,” Rippon told Brennan of Pence. “To stand by some of the things that Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he’s a devout Christian man is completely contradictory." The feudRippon's comments about Pence and conversion therapy drew a response from the vice president's press secretary, Alyssa Farah, claiming the Rippon's remarks had "no basis in fact" and even called some of his comments "totally false."Rippon continued to respond via Twitter posting quotes attributed to Pence's Continue Reading

Giants acquire Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen

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Congressman: Empower sexual harassment victims

  WRITING LETTERS OR OP-EDS: Letters of up to 200 words may be submitted by filling out the form at or emailing [email protected] Include name, address, community and daytime phone number. Op-eds are submitted the same way except they should be 500-600 words and also include a one-sentence bio and headshot.Recent reports of sexual harassment by members of Congress are disgraceful.  What's worse, we learned that taxpayer money has been used to silence these victims and prevent them from telling their stories.Rep. Luke Messer, Shelbyville, Ind. Shelbyville. Tax reform would be simple if all paid their fair shareI laughed out loud when I read Jimmy Gould's statement about legalizing pot for those over 21.  He said, "I think people want to have more control over their lives."  That's better than the funnies.  Pat Riedmatter, Miamiville True tax reform looks like a flat taxI am a strong advocate for tax reform, but the current bills in the congressional conference are not that. They are just re-arranging the special interest lobby chairs on the deck of the Titanic after it hit the $20 trillion national debt iceberg. True reform would be a simple flat tax for individual and corporate taxpayers, and the elimination of all subsidies, exemptions, credits, and deductions. Everyone with income would pay their fair share, even those on welfare, and tax policy would subsidize no business, farming, or social interests. This structure would save billions in tax preparation costs. But it must then be accompanied by massive budget cuts to eliminate non-essential, duplicate, or wasteful federal programs, plus serious entitlement reform. The debt flooding of our ship of state must be stopped before it sinks into insolvency and chaos. Mike Emerine, Cold Spring Plenty of Democrats have defective BiblesIn his Monday article, pseudo-Republican, part-time preacher and comedian Phil Heimlich criticized Continue Reading

‘The Book of Joe’ is newest guide to all things Biden

Malarkey and memes. Ice cream cones and finger guns. Sunglasses and Amtrak.It's all in there.While Joe Biden's new heart-tugging memoir "Promise Me, Dad" is on its way to being a bestseller, there's another more lighthearted book that has hit shelves in recent weeks: "The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental) Wisdom of Joe Biden" (Three Rivers Press, $18). STORY: Joe Biden's memoir offers diary entries of son Beau's last moments STORY: Phish's Trey Anastasio is headed to DelawareDestined to be a First State stocking stuffer, the compact, 205-page book is mostly a glowing biography, bringing readers through his life starting with a stuttering Biden as a boy in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.But interspersed with the Biden bio are short, break-out boxes filled with what makes Biden so charming, whether its his boy-like love of ice cream and muscle cars or his old-school disposition, armed with words and phrases from a prior era, such as "malarkey" and "backbone like a ramrod."So why release a book about a former vice president a full year after he left office? That's usually a recipe for naptime.Author Jeff Wilser, who spent a year researching Biden and interviewing people in his universe, thinks the Delaware political heavyweight is even more popular now that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are in The White House."It's almost like America didn't really fully appreciate him until after he left," says Wilser, who previously penned last year's "Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life." "It reminds you of an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend. After you break up, you realize, 'What a second. That was really good.' We kind of took him for granted during the White House years and there's a new appreciation for what a decent person he is."Especially in today's climate, I think we are hungry for people who are authentic, admirable, and this may sound kind of corny, but people who have really solid values."The combination of Biden's Continue Reading

What to know about Karen Handel, the first GOP woman to represent Georgia in Congress

The priciest congressional race in U.S. history gave Georgia its first female GOP representative in Congress. Karen Handel, 55, defeated 30-year-old political neophyte and documentarian Jon Ossoff by 3.8% in Wednesday’s runoff election — cementing a four-decade-long Republican stronghold in a district that seemed in danger of tilting blue. “We are facing real and serious issues — from terrorism, protecting our borders to curtailing government spending,” Handel said in a victory statement. “Tonight, voters recognized these are times that call for someone who brings real experience — in career and in life.” Here’s what to know about the woman who dealt Democrats their latest electoral blow: Handel, a lifelong Republican who grew up in Maryland, held private-sector gigs at CIBA Vision and the firm KPMG before her foray into politics — which included chairing the Fulton County Board of Commissioners from 2003 to 2006. She went on to serve from 2007 to 2009 as Georgia’s secretary of state, coming under fire for alleged voter suppression. (Handel boasts leading “the state’s implementation of photo ID for voting” in an online bio; the ACLU called the procedure “erroneous disenfranchisement” and filed a lawsuit.) The staunch pro-lifer’s tenure as a senior vice president at Susan G. Komen for the Cure also culminated in controversy: Handel resigned from her post in 2012 after the foundation backtracked on a decision to yank funding from Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions as one of its many services. Prior to Wednesday’s election, Handel mounted unsuccessful campaigns for Georgia governor — losing in the 2010 primary to current Gov. Nathan Deal — and the U.S. Senate, where she lost the Republican primary in 2014. Her bid to represent the historically red sixth district — a seat left empty by Continue Reading

Trump officially picks Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as running mate after France terror attack delays announcement

It's officially official. Donald Trump has selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, ending more than a day of speculation that he'd chosen the Indiana governor and repeated denials from his campaign. "I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate," Trump tweeted late Friday morning, just minutes before he was originally supposed to hold a campaign event announcing the pick. Trump was supposed to appear alongside his running mate at 11 a.m. on Friday in Manhattan, and Pence had already flown to New York City to hop onstage. But Trump canceled the event last-minute after Thursday's attacks in Nice, France. The move left some perplexed as to when the event would actually occur. Further complicating matters: Pence had to officially withdraw from his reelection campaign in Indiana by noon on Friday, making it all but impossible for Trump to delay his announcement any further, especially after multiple outlets had reported he'd picked Pence. The announcement came nearly 24 hours after news first leaked out that Pence was the pick — a stretch in which Trump and his advisers repeatedly insisted he hadn't made a “final, final decision” as he waffled on his choice. According to CNN, at about midnight Thursday Trump was still second-guessing his choice, asking advisers if it was too late to back out and choose someone else. The haphazard approach to unveiling his running mate is the latest sign that Trump refuses to embrace the normal blocking and tackling of a presidential campaign. It's unclear what Trump was hoping to accomplish with his seemingly impulsive decision to delay his 11 a.m. Friday event — which he then undercut with the announcement at virtually the exact same time. And when he officially announced the news via his favorite method of communication, Twitter, the rest of his campaign showed no signs of being ready for it. Continue Reading

Indy Twitter lost a beloved bro, so they toasted virtually

He was @ThatDickScott.And, as his Twitter handle suggests, he was a little on the profane side. No, he was a lot on the profane side. But to his 871 followers and countless others — including a number of local celebrities — he had pervasive presence online that bridged into meaningful real-life relationships."He was really funny," said Jake Query, co-host of WNDE-1260 AM's "Query and Schultz." "He was clearly very smart. When we would engage with debate and discussion, I learned something."On Twitter, @ThatDickScott barely had a face or a name. His avatar was a "South Park" character. But he most definitely had a voice. His bio refers to abortions, cults, Vice President Mike Pence, Jesus and the F word, not necessarily in that order."He was definitely the definition of politically incorrect," Query said. He tweeted — often debated — prolifically about politics, beer, the Buffalo Bills and what were and were not considered nachos with a group who dubbed themselves “the bros." He rarely tweeted something without a sharp, intelligent, sarcastic and often offensive wit"A lot of people knew him because he was on so many different threads on so many different topics," said Derek Schultz of "Query and Schultz." "There wasn’t a Twitter thread in the last five years that you weren’t connected to him in some way."Scott Swingle, 36, a deployment team account manager at Salesforce, died Monday after going into cardiac arrest Sunday morning."It was a gut punch," said Chris Love, owner of Love Heating and Cooling, @chris_love73 on Twitter, and one of the original bros when they began their unofficial club about three years ago. "It kind of just shattered everybody for a bit."His followers, stunned, responded the way they believed Swingle would have wanted them to: by holding up their favorite beverage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, snapping a photo of it, and tweeting their cheers. Nearly 50 Continue Reading

Tully: It’s time for Messer and Rokita to grow up

Memo to Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita:For goodness sakes, guys, it’s a United States Senate seat you’re seeking. Treat it with some respect. Show it some dignity.I know the Senate hasn’t been too impressive too often of late. But with its rules, powers and traditions, and its history of political giants and historic debates, it’s still worthy of at least your respect.So far, you’ve run your Senate campaigns (official or not) like contestants vying for airtime on a reality TV show. And while that might fit 2017 perfectly, it’s embarrassing for a couple of guys who now reside in the House of Representatives and are seeking to move up to the upper chamber — a place that has been called the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body, a chamber that has employed the likes of Richard Lugar and Birch Bayh, and a chamber that from time to time is asked to rise above politics and lead the nation through tremendous challenges. Senate slugfest: Rokita jabs Messer over spelling More Tully: Let me defend Mike Pence’s greatest achievement More Tully: Big-spending Carmel mayor’s carousel of dreams Seriously, show it some respect.I get it. Republicans desperately want to grab back the coveted Senate seat that Democrat Joe Donnelly won five years ago. They can taste it. They can smell it. They want it.They’ve wanted it since Donnelly won his 2012 election in this red state with the help of a Republican nominee whose views and statements scared off all but the most loyal of Republican voters. They’ve wanted it while watching in fear as Donnelly has emerged as one of the country’s most bipartisan and sensible senators.And they really want it now that the Senate majority is so narrow that as few as three rogue Republicans were able to kill a GOP health care bill that was as potentially disastrous as it was politically unpopular. So, yes, your party wants to grab this seat just as bad Continue Reading