The Trump administration is separating an average of two children from their families every single hour at the border, MSNBC's David Gura tweeted Friday, using data obtained by The Associated Press. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's statistics show that 1,995 minors have been separated from 1,940 adults in the six-week period between April 19 and May 31 as part of the administration's new "zero tolerance" policy for immigrants illegally trying to enter the U.S., as announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in May.
Sessions has defended the administration's policy by citing the Bible, leading frustrated reporters to confront White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday. In addition to the nearly 2,000 children separated at the border, another 35 minors were separated at ports of entry in May and early June, and more than 50 were separated at official designated border crossings in March and April.
President Trump has attempted to pin his administration's heavily criticized policy on Democrats. "The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda," he tweeted Friday, although that is a lie. Jeva Lange
North Korea has released its footage of President Trump and Kim Jong Un's Singapore summit, and it contains a particularly eyebrow-raising gaffe from the U.S. president.
After entering a hallway apparently following the initial handshake between the two leaders, Trump is seen in the footage greeting a number of North Korean officials alongside Kim. When Trump reaches a uniformed officer of the North Korean military and extends his hand for a handshake, the officer salutes the president. Trump then salutes the North Korean officer in return.
While the moment appears to be an honest mistake by Trump, who has confessed he hadn't slept for 25 hours in the run-up to the meeting, it is also a stunning blunder from an American commander in chief. After all, former President Barack Obama was excoriated for bowing to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah in the first year of his presidency, including by Trump. In a particularly apt comparison of how times have changed, Time's Ryan Teague Beckwith recalled the outrage that followed Obama once saluting a U.S. Marine with a coffee cup in-hand:
— ryan teague beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) June 14, 2018
Many, though, were in fact outraged by Trump's salute:
This is much worse than National Anthem kneeling pic.twitter.com/IIllCfS6zp
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) June 14, 2018
My brother is stationed in South Korea.
This week, his Commander in Chief saluted the enemy on the other side of the lines. pic.twitter.com/xU9SwTF7nV
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) June 14, 2018
Watch the moment below. Jeva Lange
Here's the president of the United States saluting a uniformed officer of the North Korean military, recorded by Korean Central Television to be broadcast in North Korea. pic.twitter.com/MsuoNi0Tan
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) June 14, 2018
Over the span of just a few days, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell set a record for fastest climb up the Nose route of El Capitan, then broke that record, then broke that record.
On Wednesday, Honnold, 32, and Caldwell, 39, were able to scale up the Yosemite National Park rock formation in just 1 hour, 58 minutes, and seven seconds. On May 30, they had set a new record of 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 15 seconds, and on Monday, shaved off even more time, climbing it in 2 hours, 1 minute, and 53 seconds. Honnold told The Associated Press he was astonished when he realized they were about to set another record on Wednesday, and said he was "pretty proud we saw it through."
El Capitan has 54 routes, and it often takes accomplished climbers about four to five days to go up the Nose route. It's a "very complicated route," Daniel Duane, author of El Capitan: Historic Feats and Radical Routes, told AP. "It meanders all over the place and it has pendulum swings and bolt ladders and there are little variations where you can go this way and instead of that way, so there's a ton of trickery involved in shaving off time." Catherine Garcia
Last week's meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has had a radical effect on the people of South Korea, Bloomberg reports. Just over a month ago, Gallup found that just 10 percent of South Koreans approved of Kim, but in a new poll by the Korea Research Center released Tuesday, 78 percent of respondents said they trusted the controversial ruler.
Moon is enthusiastically liked in South Korea, where he has an 86 percent approval rating. Respondents to the Korea Research Center poll found a number of moments in the summit between the leaders impressive, including the pledge to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. Thirty percent of respondents said Moon's decision to cross the border was the most impressive part. Nearly 90 percent of South Koreans said the summit was a productive step forward.
The poll reached 1,023 respondents and has a margin or error of 3.1 percent. Read how U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton could potentially sabotage the peace process here at The Week. Jeva Lange
It will take more than 500 workers a combined 450,000 hours to complete what Silversea Cruises says is a first-of-its-kind project: The lengthening of a luxury cruise ship.
The 642-foot-long Silver Spirit, which first set sail in 2009, was cut in half earlier this month while in a dry dock in Palermo, Sicily. A new 49-foot segment is being built for the ship's midsection, which will include a large pool area, restaurants, spa, and more cabins. It will take 846 tons of steel, 360,892 feet of cabling, and 26,247 feet of piping to complete the addition, which increases the Silver Spirit's passenger capacity by about 12 percent to 608, USA Today reports.
This massive undertaking is expected to be completed in early May, and the longer ship will make its debut as it sails out of Civitavecchia, Italy. Catherine Garcia
Activists leave 7,000 pairs of children's shoes outside the U.S. Capitol in memory of gun violence victims
About 7,000 pairs of children's shoes overtook the U.S. Capitol's lawn Tuesday morning.
The shoes were empty, but they carried a loaded message: Each pair represents a child killed by gun violence since the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012, claims Avaaz, the activist group that arranged the protest. The New York Times reported last month that in 239 school shootings since Sandy Hook, 138 people have been killed.
— Joseph Huff-Hannon (@JoeHuffHannon) March 13, 2018
After the protest wraps up at 2 p.m. ET Tuesday, the shoes will head to homeless shelters in Washington, D.C. On March 24, the March For Our Lives, organized by the student survivors of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last month, will bring its gun reform message to the nation's capital. Watch the video below to see the massive display. Kathryn Krawczyk
Así ha amanecido el césped delante del Capitolio, con 7.000 pares de zapatitos esparcidos, tantos como niños han muerto en incidentes con armas desde la (horrible) masacre escolar de Sandy Hook, según los activistas de @Avaaz #shoes #memorial #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/NOAn4CeptQ
— Beatriz Navarro (@beanavarro) March 13, 2018
Some people might argue that the greatest accomplishment of John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, is the fact that 156 years after his death, he still has living grandsons.
Tyler was born in 1790, and after his first wife and mother to eight of his children died during his presidency, Tyler married his second wife, the much younger Julia, with whom he had seven more kids. Their son Lyon was born when Tyler was 63, and after Lyon's first wife died in 1921, he married a woman 35 years younger than him, named Sue. They had three children, and two are still alive today — Lyon Jr., born in 1924, and Harrison Tyler, born in 1928, when his father was 75.
Harrison Tyler maintains his grandfather's Sherwood Forest Plantation in Virginia, where the president and his second wife enjoyed entertaining guests, and he believes it's haunted — there's an image of a young girl clearly visible on a wall, and it's still there despite being painted over. He has absolutely no interest in politics, he told CBS News, and doesn't boast about being the grandson of a president. When his son, William Tyler, was asked if people are surprised when they find out his dad's close connection to John Tyler, he joked, "I find it hard to believe." Catherine Garcia
Hundreds of people arrived at Florida's Capitol Building on Wednesday to demand gun control reform in the wake of the shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students and teachers dead. The rally was led by teen survivors, while parents chanted "no more guns, save our daughters, save our sons," WCTV reports.
Florida police estimated the crowd in Tallahassee could swell to as many as 2,500 people by noon, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
A huge crowd of teens exiting Union Station and heading to the Capitol to call for action on gun violence pic.twitter.com/5VVWGFTGij
— Zoë Carpenter (@ZoeSCarpenter) February 21, 2018
The scene at the Capitol in Tallahassee pic.twitter.com/lcJJgRzPA3
— Steve Bousquet (@stevebousquet) February 21, 2018
A tandem protest, at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., also saw students march in demand of action on gun control, with one student telling Mother Jones' Kara Voght, "I feel unsafe at school."
Uriel Zeitz, Winston Churchill High School in Montgomery County, Maryland: “I feel unsafe at school.” pic.twitter.com/oJguoFRhOm
— Kara Voght (@karavoght) February 21, 2018
President Trump will meet with survivors of shootings including Parkland, Newtown, and Columbine for a "listening session" Wednesday afternoon. Jeva Lange