<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego Politics and Political News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usThu, 08 Dec 2016 20:26:27 -0800Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:26:27 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Warns Against 'Epidemic' of Fake News]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:19:13 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-628630764.jpg

Hillary Clinton appealed Thursday for a bipartisan fight against an "epidemic of malicious, fake news," calling the dissemination of false propaganda a threat with "real-world consequences."

"It's now clear that so-called fake news can have real world consequences. This isn't about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, contribute to their communities. It's a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly," Clinton told lawmakers at the Capitol during a portrait unveiling in honor of retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

"It's imperative that leaders in both the private and public sector step up to protect our democracy and innocent lives," she added.

The former secretary of state sounded the alarm one month after her presidential election loss to Donald Trump in a race that was beset by the public spread of misinformation on social media.

Clinton's reference to the "real-world consequences" of fake news comes days after a man fired an assault rifle at a Washington D.C. pizza parlor. Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, said he went to investigate a fake online news story about a child sex trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton and prominent Democrats operating out of the restaurant.

Clinton received sustained applause as she stood to speak, ruefully remarking, "This is not exactly the speech at the Capitol I hoped to give" after the election.

She joked that after spending several weeks in the woods taking selfies, she thought it would be a good idea to emerge.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.



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<![CDATA[Moore Tweets Inauguration Protest Petition to 3.4M Followers]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:27:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/miketrump.jpg

Michael Moore doesn't plan on taking Donald Trump's upcoming inauguration sitting down... or quietly.

The outspoken film director tweeted to his followers an online petition encouraging critics of the president-elect to gather in Washington D.C. on Jan 20th and disrupt the Inauguration.

"Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken - by nearly 2.7 million votes and counting!" Moore wrote. "Silence is not an option."

It is unclear if Moore is involved in the actual planning of the inauguration protests, or if he's simply forwarding the information to his 3.4M Twitter followers. Calls to Moore's representatives were not returned. 

Appearing on Late Night with Seth Myers Wednesday, Moore made a direct appeal to Trump following reports the President-elect had turned away some opportunities to receive intelligence briefings.

"With all due respect, Mr. President-elect. On our behalf, you have to pay attention. You have to attend these briefings. This is our country. This is our security. This is our safety. You're horsing around with all this nonsense. And you're not doing your no. 1 job, and the no. 1 job of the president is to make sure that the country is safe."

Moore added, "And I beg you, seriously, there's not right or left, Republican-Democrat going on here. I'm asking you to do your job for the sake of the people who may end up dead because you didn't do you job. "



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<![CDATA[Watch: Senators Pay Tribute to Joe Biden With Speeches]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:45:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NA54W_1200x675_827720259868.jpg Vice President Joe Biden was honored with an emotional bi-partisan tribute on the Senate chamber floor on Dec. 7. 2016. Senators on both sides of the aisle were on the same page as they stepped up to express their admiration and gratitude to the outgoing vice president. An emotional Biden sat in the presiding chair during the moving tribute, which latest for more than two hours as lawmakers celebrated their colleague.]]> <![CDATA[Michelle Obama on Election Night: 'I Went to Bed']]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:36:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/michellevogue.jpg

Michelle Obama did not stay out of bed long enough on election night to see Donald Trump pass 270 electoral votes, she said in a recent interview with People magazine. 

“I went to bed. I don’t like to watch the political discourse; I never have,” Obama told People in the joint interview with her husband. “I barely did with him,” she added, referring to her husband. 

“Once you do what you can do, then you rest easy. It was in the hands of the American people,” she said.

Obama stood by her passionate support of Hillary Clinton during the election, telling the magazine, "anything that I felt about the election I said and I stand by.”

But she reinforced her commitment to help a smooth transition to the new administration so they could be "as successful as they can be."

“This is our democracy, and this is how it works,” she said. 



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<![CDATA[Trump: Alec Baldwin 'SNL' Imitation Doesn't Get Me at All]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:53:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/NUP_175509_0055_opt.jpg

For weeks, "Saturday Night Live" has been lampooning Donald Trump, and for weeks Trump has been reacting with bad reviews. 

"Unwatchable!" he tweeted after this week's episode, which had just mocked his habit of tweeting. The president-elect saved particular ire for Alec Baldwin's Trump impression, which "just can't get any worse."

But the newly minted the Time Person of the Year wouldn't answer Matt Lauer's questions on whether it would probably be better for him to just stop watching. 

Trump avoided the question a couple of times in a "Today" show interview early Wednesday, instead bashing the satirical sketch show and Baldwin, who's taken the mantle as late-night TV's impersonator-in-chief. 

"I mean Alec, I like Alec, but his imitation of me is really mean-spirited and not very good," Trump said. "I don't think that his imitation of me gets me at all, and it's meant to be very mean-spirited which is very biased and I don't like it so I can tweet that out."

Trump has been tweeting his feelings about "SNL" since Baldwin started playing the real estate magnate this season, aping the way he walks, talks and holds himself in re-enactments of presidential debates and more. While Trump called an episode that made fun of his appearance in an October debate a boring "hit job," Baldwin has helped the show to its best ratings in nearly a decade.

Trump hosted the show just a year ago — prompting protests outside Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, where it's filmed — and Trump told Lauer the show was good back then.

Not so much anymore. "There's nothing funny about it, the skits are terrible," he said.

Trump didn't answer when Lauer asked, "So why do you keep watching it?"

Baldwin hasn't responded to the interview yet, but he has suggested a way for Trump to get the impressions to stop. He just has to release his tax returns, Baldwin tweeted in reply to Trump's "SNL" criticism Sunday morning.

"Saturday Night Live" and this station are both owned by NBCUniversal.



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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Transition to the Presidency]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:52:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-624646258.jpg

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<![CDATA[Biden Emotional at Cancer Funding Bill Partly Named for Son]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:34:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16341007670452.jpg

A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for outgoing Vice President Joe Biden, NBC News reported. 

The overwhelming 85-13 vote put the measure on track for final legislative approval by the Senate as early as Tuesday. President Barack Obama has promised to sign the measure, one of the last for the president and the 114th Congress, whose leaders hope to adjourn by week's end after a two-year session that has seen them clash frequently with the president. 

The bill envisions providing $6.3 billion over the next decade, including $1.8 billion for cancer research. Obama had placed Biden in charge of a "moonshot" to find ways to cure and treat the disease, which killed his son Beau, 46, last year. 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sought approval for renaming a portion of the bill after Beau Biden. The Senate agreed, and lawmakers of both parties applauded and lined up to share quiet words and pats on the shoulder with the vice president, who sat teary-eyed in the presiding officer's chair of the chamber where he served as senator for 36 years. A clerk handed Biden a tissue.



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<![CDATA[Al Gore Has 'Extremely Interesting Conversation' With Trump]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:57:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16340594702500.jpg

Former Vice President Al Gore met Monday with president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower. Gore described the interaction as “an extremely interesting conversation,” NBC News reports.

Gore didn’t say exactly what he and Trump discussed during the meeting. He also met with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who reportedly wants to make climate change a priority. The former vice president has an influential voice in the fight against human-caused climate change.

Before his electoral victory, Donald Trump called climate change a hoax “created by and for the Chinese.” Since then, he’s said he has an “open mind” about humans' effect on the climate.



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<![CDATA[SMART Program Aims to Help Repeat Misdemeanor Offenders]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:55:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Court-generic-031.jpg

The City of San Diego is set to begin a new program offering a different approach to handling those with chronic misdemeanor offenses who may suffer mental illness or substance abuse.

The San Diego Misdemeanants At-Risk Track (SMART) is aimed at people who repeatedly face misdemeanor charges, who may be homeless or in need of drug rehabilitation or psychiatric treatment. 

An eligible participant has committed one or more drug offenses in the last two years and has been arrested at least twice in the past six months for a quality-of-life offense, according to the program's website.

“Because each individual can have a different story, we need a tailored treatment to best intervene and to help each individual person,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

The pilot program offers more than one night in a bed. With participation from the defendant, the program can provide up to two years of housing.

“Our part is to provide a consistency of a bed. Their part is to provide participation in treatment,” said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.

The program will roll out with 10 beds, just a small number of participants. If it proves successful, the program will be expanded.

City Attorney-elect Mara Elliott said the City of San Diego and San Diego County are seeking an initial grant of $3 million over three years to offer mental health and drug treatment programs.

Participants will get needed counseling, substance abuse and mental health services with a Deputy City Attorney assigned to Neighborhood Prosecution and Collaborative Courts will serve as case manager overseeing the housing and treatment.

“There are no real programs at the misdemeanor level that address the problems these clients have,” said Michael Ruiz, Supervising Attorney with the Public Defender’s Office. “This is really the smartest way to deal with it.”

The program launched with the help of the City Attorney's Office, the San Diego Police Department, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, the Office of the Public Defender, Family Health Centers of San Diego, the ACLU, and the housing provider - the San Diego Second Chance Program under a contract administered by the San Diego Housing Commission.

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<![CDATA[California Considers Bills to Protect Immigrants Under Trump]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:35:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/inmigrantes-indocumentados-deportaciones-victoria-donald-trump.jpg

California lawmakers are planning bills to help protect immigrants from an expected increase in immigration enforcement under President-elect Donald Trump.

Lawmakers on Monday are expected to introduce a resolution committing the state to protecting its immigrant population. They are also expected to introduce bills to provide attorneys to immigrants in deportation proceedings and help public defenders weigh the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

The moves come as the nation’s most populous state prepares for tougher immigration enforcement promised by Trump during the presidential campaign.

Immigrant advocates say state bills are also being considered to limit federal immigration enforcement and protect immigrants’ information in state databases.

U.S. Census Bureau data shows California has more than 10 million foreign-born residents.

Both houses of the California legislature have Democratic supermajorities.



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<![CDATA[Sarah Palin Warns of ‘Crony Capitalism’ After Trump Deal ]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:22:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/el-factor-palin.jpg

An unexpected dissenting voice came out Friday against a Trump administration brokered deal to keep a Carrier plant in Indiana and save around 1,000 jobs, NBC News reported.

Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in an op-ed for the Young Conservatives website called the deal, which was reportedly negotiated by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, an example of government intervention that could lead to "crony capitalism."

"Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember?" Palin wrote. "Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail."



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<![CDATA[Who's Who in Trump's Brain Trust]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:18:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/223*120/trump-cab-adv-th.jpg
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<![CDATA[Trump Names Panel of Executives to Advise on Private Sector]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:22:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Donald-Trump-cancela-reunion-con-The-New-York-Times.jpg

The CEOs of General Motors, Disney and Wal-Mart are among those who will have Donald Trump's ear during his presidency.

They are all part of the President's Strategic and Policy Forum, a group of CEOs, business executives and thinkers announced Friday who are to regularly meet with Trump to discuss the best ways to create jobs.

The group will be led by the chairman and CEO of investment group Blackstone, Stephen A. Schwarzman. The Trump transition team said in a statement that it believes the forum will help the president-elect better understand how government policy affects the private sector.

“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth,” Trump said in a statement. “My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating, and expanding right here in America.”

President-elect Trump is not the first to create a team of this sort. President Obama created a similar group in his first term, the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which provided non-partisan advice on job creation and the economy. Unlike Trump's group, it included union leaders.

Other members of Trump's forum include:
Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC, Former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors
Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic
Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JP Morgan Chase & Co
Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company 
Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group 
Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Jim McNerney, Former Chairman, President, and CEO, Boeing
Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM
Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY
Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric
Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit



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<![CDATA['It's Fun to Shoot Some People': Mattis in 2005 Appearance]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:24:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mattis-Fun-to-Shoot-Some-People.jpg

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis has been selected by President-elect Donald Trump to be the first career officer to lead the Pentagon since just after World War II.

In 2005, Mattis was chastised by his superiors for saying in a public speech in San Diego that it was "fun to shoot some people." It was also during that appearance that Mattis said some Afghans deserved to die.

Mattis, 66, retired in 2013 after serving as commander of the U.S. Central Command, responsible for directing America's wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Trump, who has referred to Mattis by his nickname "Mad Dog," made the announcement of his choice for Secretary of Defense at a post-election victory rally Thursday night in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mattis has been known to speak bluntly and off-the-cuff.

In 2005, the then-three-star general was stationed in Quantico, Virginia when he spoke to a group of about 200 people gathered at the San Diego Convention Center.

"Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight," he said. "You know, it's a hell of a hoot. . . . It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you. I like brawling."

"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis continued. "You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."

While many military members laughed at the comments, a military expert interviewed by NBC 7 immediately after the event called the comments "flippant."

"I was a little surprised," said Retired Vice Adm. Edward H. Martin at the time. "I don't think any of us who have ever fought in wars liked to kill anybody."

At the time, Mattis was in charge of Camp Pendleton's 1st Marine Division.

His boss at the time, Gen. Mike Hagee, said that the comments reflected the "unfortunate and harsh realities of war" but that Mattis had been asked to watch his words in public.



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<![CDATA[Trump Starts Victory Tour At Indiana Factory ]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:05:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_trump161201_1500x845.jpg President-elect Donald Trump starts his victory tour at a Carrier plant in Indiana on Dec. 1, 2016, celebrating Carrier's decision to keep a thousand jobs slated for Mexico within the United States. ]]> <![CDATA[$750K Grant Helps San Diego Become Greener]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:49:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Faulconer-Trees-1201.jpg

The City of San Diego will soon be looking a little greener thanks to funds from a $750,000 grant.

The city plans to plant 1,800 new trees using funds from the CAL FIRE Urban & Community Forestry Program. The project may help San Diego reach its Climate Action Plan goal.

A new study shows that 13 percent of San Diego is covered with trees. The goal is to increase that number to 15 percent by the year 2020.

Sherman Heights resident Peter Smith supported the project.

“Trees are always good for the air, so it’s definitely a good thing. We need more trees instead of cutting them down,” Smith said.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer was on hand Thursday as he announced the project and then helped to plant a Modesto Ash.

Five hundred trees will be planted in Sherman Heights, Lincoln Park, Grantville and other neighboring communities. Residents will see the trees along Market Street, Imperial Avenue, Ocean View Boulevard, 25th Street and 47th Street.

“Trees help to reduce our carbon footprint, but more importantly they contribute to beautiful, walkable neighborhoods and communities,” Cody Hooven, the City’s Chief Sustainability Officer said in a city news release.

“The fact that they're going to you know take the initiative to plant some trees and make it a little greener it a really, really good idea,” said resident Carla Zuniga.

The funds will also be used to hire consultants to look at current trees lining San Diego streets.



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