During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) tried to take off a pair of glasses. There was just one problem; he wasn't wearing any glasses.
WATCH: Sen. Orrin Hatch removes a pair of glasses he's not wearing pic.twitter.com/QXCCb4RHzn
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 16, 2018
Rather than point out, as some Twitter users did, that this reflexive motion is not uncommon for people who wear contacts, the soon-to-be retiree (or the staff who run his Twitter account at least) responded with a millennial-friendly witticism.
Oh you mean his invisible glasses from Warby Parker? They're new, you've probably never heard of them. pic.twitter.com/pygTRwbJl7
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) January 16, 2018
A spokesperson for Hatch later told The Hill that the senator left his reading glasses at home and simply succumbed to the Pavlovian instinct to take them off. It was a mistake, the spokesman said, that "many glasses and contact lens wearers can relate to." Kelly O'Meara Morales
Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, President Trump bashed the "fake news" media, reiterated his support of the Second Amendment, and joked about his "bald spot" during a freewheeling, high-energy address. Calling his speech boring and admitting to going off script, the president was frequently interrupted by chants of "USA," "lock her up," and "build the wall."
— ABC News (@ABC) February 23, 2018
In addition to discussing job growth and the border wall, Trump doubled down on his divisive proposal to arm schoolteachers. Addressing reports that the armed guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School didn't engage the shooter as the attack was unfolding, Trump claimed that a teacher "would have shot the hell out of [the gunman] before he knew it."
The president explained: "I'd rather have somebody that loves their students and wants to protect their students than somebody standing outside that … doesn't know the students." While he also called for stricter background checks, Trump warned the audience: "If [Democrats] get in they'll take away you're Second Amendment, which we will never allow that to happen."
President Trump touts armed teacher proposal and claims that armed educators would have “shot the hell out” of the Florida shooter if they had been armed https://t.co/KgdoH3Sfd5 pic.twitter.com/xpB0wcHhNh
— CNN (@CNN) February 23, 2018
Trump wrapped up his address with the recitation of an anti-immigration poem called "The Snake," a staple during his 2016 campaign rallies.
"We are going to make America great again," he said just before he walked off the stage. "And I will never, ever, ever let you down." Jeva Lange
The U.S. will reportedly move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem much sooner than previously anticipated.
Last month, Vice President Mike Pence told Israeli lawmakers that the move would occur by the end of 2019, but Israel's Channel 10 News reports that the date has been moved up to May 14, which marks the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence. The White House has yet to confirm the development, though Axios cited an anonymous U.S. official in its report.
Citing unnamed Israeli officials, Axios explains that the relocated embassy will first operate as an "interim embassy" at the U.S.'s consular annex in Jerusalem until the State Department decides on a new permanent location. Earlier Friday, The Associated Press reported that the State Department was considering paying for "some or all of the [new] embassy costs" via donations from Republican donors, including pro-Israel billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson.
The U.S. announced in December that it would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move its embassy to the contested city. Israeli lawmakers applauded the decision, but the announcement sparked immediate pushback from Arab states as Palestinians also lay claim to Jerusalem and say it should be their capital in a future state. Kelly O'Meara Morales
CNN's Alisyn Camerota confronts the NRA's Dana Loesch over her claim that reporters 'love mass shootings'
"Who loves mass shootings?"
CNN's Alisyn Camerota posed the improbable question to NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch on Friday, one day after Loesch declared at the Conservative Political Action Conference that "[many] in legacy media love mass shootings." Loesch additionally accused the media of milking "crying white mothers" for TV ratings, just one week after 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
After reading Loesch's quote back to her, Camerota asked: "Why would you make a statement like that?" The NRA spokeswoman replied: "Because it's true." Loesch claimed that she was not referring to everyone in the media — "I said 'many,' not 'all'" — and pointed to "wall-to-wall coverage" of the shootings, claiming that TV networks give more air time to the perpetrators of mass shootings than to the survivors.
"It's just malicious, actually, that you would say that," Camerota retorted. "I don't know anybody in the media who likes mass shootings. You're wrong on every single level. We pray that there's never another one." Loesch tried to get a word in, but Camerota continued: "Guess what? [Mass shootings] are not ratings gold because Americans have reached saturation level," she said. "It's so heartbreaking that they actually often turn away, and we still have the conversation trying to find solutions."
"You're saying that it's malicious, but yet on your network, you've allowed [gun owners] to be indicted as child-murderers," Loesch replied. Watch the tense exchange below. Kelly O'Meara Morales
Alisyn Camerota to NRA spokeswoman: "You think we love mass shootings? … It's just malicious, actually, that you would say that. I don't know anybody in the media who likes mass shootings… We pray that there's never another one." https://t.co/qzE1DxoncO https://t.co/a0QY03VTYU
— CNN (@CNN) February 23, 2018
Watch this CPAC live stream, featuring speeches by President Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Nigel Farage, and more
The second day of the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference has begun, with President Trump set to speak at 10:05 a.m. ET. The gathering in National Harbor, Maryland, is one of the biggest events of the year for conservative activists, with attendance known to top 10,000 people.
Following Trump's speech is a panel on "the new Trump Doctrine" at 11:15 a.m.; a conversation between White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and the administrator of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon, at 11:55 a.m.; a speech by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai at 12:30 p.m.; and a talk by British pro-Trump politician Nigel Farage at 3:35 p.m.
See the full schedule here and watch CPAC live below. Jeva Lange
Because tipplers and java fiends need good news, too, a new study from the University of California, Irvine, has found that drinking alcohol and coffee increases your chance of living past 90 by a statistically significant amount. The university's 90+ Study has followed about 1,700 nonagenarians since 2003, and those "who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained." "Moderate" means two glasses of beer or wine and two cups of coffee, which decrease your chances of premature death by 18 percent (alcohol) and 10 percent (coffee).
"I have no explanation for it, but I do firmly believe that modest drinking improves longevity," study lead researcher Dr. Claudia Kawas said at an American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Austin last weekend. But there's good news for more than just beverage aficionados in the study. "People who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did," the study found, even if the difference was just 3 percent. People with a hobby were 21 percent less likely to die early, and — sorry — exercising 15-45 minutes a day also reduced premature death chances by 11 percent.
So, pick your poison — in this case, a moderate amount may extend your life. Peter Weber
Do you ever stop and wonder, "What's Gary Johnson up to?" If it doesn't happen to be one of the two days a year he is being mobbed by fans at the Conservative Political Action Conference, then there is one probable answer: He's skiing.
Once upon a time, before serving as the governor of New Mexico and long before his Aleppo moment, Johnson even had aspirations to be a ski racer, Esquire reports. Since losing the 2016 election, he hasn't done much more than ski, actually. Last year, Johnson spent more than 100 days on the mountain, whether in Sun Valley, Jackson Hole, or Lake Louise.
It doesn't look like he plans to slow down anytime soon. "After CPAC, he has no immediate plans beyond skiing," Esquire writes. Watch Gary Johnson rip up the slope below. Jeva Lange
President Trump has made a determined push for arming school teachers after the Parkland, Florida, shooting last week, but voters appear divided on the issue, a new CBS News poll reveals. Half of Americans, 50 percent, are opposed to arming teachers, while 44 percent are in favor of the plan, the poll found.
"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly," the president said during a listening session at the White House on Wednesday. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten blasted the idea: "Teachers don't want to be armed, we want to teach," she said.
Sixty-five percent of Americans say gun laws should be stricter, up 8 points since December due to mounting support by Republicans and independents. Forty-one percent of Republicans said they would follow Trump's lead if he called for stricter laws, as he has suggested.
Overall, 87 percent of Americans want the country to spend more money on mental health screenings, 75 percent want to strengthen background checks, 56 want to ban bump stocks, and 53 percent want a nationwide ban on the AR-15, making arming teachers the least popular of the ideas being mulled.
The poll reached 1,012 adults nationwide between Feb. 20 and 22. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 points. See the full results here. Jeva Lange
Pres. Trump endorsed letting trained teachers carry weapons when he met with state & local officials. The idea has people split along party lines according to a CBS News poll. 50% of Americans are opposed to teachers carrying guns & 44% are in favor of it https://t.co/yE0OtFxDr9 pic.twitter.com/GcDK15kElz
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 23, 2018