A California lawmaker, already noted for her pointed and well-informed questioning of officials representing President Donald Trump’s administration, said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin can expect to answer for a lot when he appears efore a Democratic-controlled House committee on Tuesday.
Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) — a Harvard and Yale-educated attorney who recently taught law at UC-Irvine — said she will come prepared to put Mnuchin, who is refusing to turn over Trump’s tax returns in defiance of the law, on the spot.
Referring to a previous contentious appearance by Mnuchin who complained that committee was wasting his time, the House Financial Services Committee member said she had no interest in bowing to his demands.
“I hope the tone will be different,” Porter explained. “I think we need to try to calm things down and allow Congress to do its work and I hope Secretary Mnuchin arrives with that kind of attitude — a real willingness to his job.”
She then delivered a warning to the Trump appointee.
“It’s not Congress’s duty to kowtow to the president or his appointed secretary — it’s our job to conduct appropriate oversight,” she asserted. “So I plan to try and be professional, but I am going to ask hard questions because that’s my duty as a member of Congress.”
She then took a pointed jab at Trump, stating, “It’s a co-equal branch of government to the presidency, and I think this president is struggling with that concept.”
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Angela Merkel suffers new trembling spell on eve of G20
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday suffered another episode of uncontrolled trembling, a week after a similar incident that sparked questions about her health.
The latest lapse came hours before Merkel was due to board a plane for the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
The German leader began to tremble as she stood next to President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was giving a speech at a ceremony to formally appoint a new justice minister.
The shaking went on for two minutes, according to a DPA photographer who was present at the event.
Merkel folded her arms visibly in a bid to stop the trembling.
LGBTQ representation on TV ticking up, but barriers remain
Back in the era of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, the LGBTQ community was practically non-existent on the small screen.
And even if obstacles remain, significant strides have been made since then, especially in the past two decades.
In past fictional series gay characters were often ridiculed or caricatured, and sometimes portrayed as deviant or dangerous.
The 1967 television documentary "The Homosexuals" lays bare how television treated the community, says Robert Thompson, a media scholar at Syracuse University.
"Essentially it was still treating the idea of homosexuality as a disorder, that it was something that gone wrong," he said.
‘Deepfakes’ pose conundrum for Facebook, Zuckerberg says
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday the leading social network is struggling to find ways to deal with "deepfake" videos which have the potential to deceive and manipulate users on a massive scale.
Zuckerberg said Facebook is trying to determine whether deepfakes are "a completely different category" of misinformation and added, "there's a very good case that they are."
Speaking at an on-stage interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, Zuckerberg said Facebook and others will face a challenge in dealing with deepfakes as they ramp up efforts to eliminate misinformation and that his company is still evaluating what to do.