President Donald Trump is being very sensitive about the crowd size at his inauguration, and his political opponents are wasting no time rubbing it in.
During the confirmation hearing for Rep. Mike Mulvaney (R-SC), President Trump’s pick for director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) held up a comparison photo that showed the two inaugurations of former President Barack Obama in 2009 and Trump in 2017.
Merkley then asked Mulvaney to comment on whether the crowd shown in the Obama inauguration was bigger than the crowd showed in the Trump inauguration.
Mulvaney conceded that, from the photos shown, it appeared that Obama had the bigger inauguration crowd size.
Merkley then went on to explain that there was a real point behind this apparent trolling of the president.
“The reason I’m raising this is because budgets often contain varied deceptions,” Merkley explained. “You and I talked in my office about the ‘magic asterisk.’ This is an example of something where the president’s team, on something very simple and straightforward, wants to embrace a fantasy rather than a reality.”
To reemphasize his point, Merkley then went on Twitter to implore Mulvaney to deliver actual budgets with real numbers — and not fantasy papers filled with “alternative facts.”
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) January 24, 2017
Watch Merkley grill Mulvaney in the Senate below.
Fifty years after Moon mission, Apollo astronauts meet at historic launchpad
Fifty years ago on Tuesday, three American astronauts set off from Florida for the Moon on a mission that would change the way we see humanity's place in the universe.
The crew's surviving members, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, are set to reunite at the same launchpad on Tuesday, the start of a week-long series of events commemorating Apollo 11.
Their commander and the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, passed away in 2012.
But Aldrin and Collins, 89 and 88 respectively, will meet Tuesday at precisely 9:32 am (1332 GMT) at the Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A to kick off the festivities.
Training journalists in the era of fake news
As uncannily realistic "deep fake" videos proliferate online, including one recently retweeted by Donald Trump, journalism schools are scrambling to adapt to an era of misinformation -- or fake news.
Experts discussed how to train tomorrow's reporters for these new challenges at the World Journalism Education Congress in Paris last week.
The three-day event -- "Teaching Journalism During a Disruptive Age" -- was attended by 600 educators and researchers from 70 countries.
"We have journalism educators from places as different as Bangladesh and Uganda, but essentially we all face the same challenges," congress organizer Pascal Guenee, head of IPJ Dauphine journalism school in Paris, told AFP.
Amazon workers strike as ‘Prime’ shopping frenzy hits
Amazon workers walked out of a main distribution center in Minnesota on Monday, protesting for improved working conditions during the e-commerce titan's major "Prime" shopping event.
Amazon workers picketed outside the facility, briefly delaying a few trucks and waving signs with messages along the lines of "We're human, not robots."
"We know Prime Day is a big day for Amazon, so we hope this strike will help executives understand how serious we are about wanting real change that will uplift the workers in Amazon's warehouses," striker Safiyo Mohamed said in a release.