News@noon: Trump's ethics; acts of love
Another day, another day of drama for President Donald Trump's administration: National security adviser Michael Flynn resigned following reports he misled Vice President Mike Pence about contacts with a Russian diplomat, up-ending President Donald Trump’s White House team less than a month since his inauguration.
In a resignation letter, Flynn said he gave Pence and others “incomplete information” about his calls with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.
And as a result, Democrats demanded a special investigation into possible links between the administration and Russia.
Closer to home, Trump’s executive order mandating federal penalties for crimes against police officers is being praised by Detroit’s top cop, who believes the edict will help lower crime and improve police morale. However, some have been critical of the order, saying it creates new penalties that could lead to over-charging suspects.
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, and here's what else is making news today:
Acts of love
- Most people know Feb. 14 as Valentine’s Day. But today is also National Donor Day, and for Mary Pearsall — a kidney transplant recipient — that’s far more significant. Late last May, her son Matthew was visiting from Nashville, Tennessee, and over dinner, he told his mother and the rest of his family that he was going to change her life.
- There are times when making a decision to help does not require weighing options, mulling outcomes, or thinking about yourself. Sometimes, it is automatic, a leap of faith, and a matter of survival. Aidan Falk, a junior first baseman on Michigan’s softball team, took that leap for her sister, who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Mike Ilitch will be remembered this week for his big visions and his even bigger contributions, particularly in Detroit. Yet, some 600 miles to the southwest, in a little town called Paducah, Kentucky, he’s being remembered for his big heart. In 2004, Ilitch read an article about a soldier who had lost both of his legs in the Iraq war and he wanted to do something. In typical Ilitch style, he did something big.
- General Motors Co. and PSA Group, the French maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, said today that PSA is exploring an acquisition of GM’s European Opel business, though the companies said it had “no assurance that an agreement will be reached.”
- Mazda is recalling about 174,000 small cars in the U.S. because the seats can change angles suddenly, making the vehicles hard to drive. Here are details on which models are affected.
Separating business and pleasure
- President Trump’s South Florida estate is no longer just the place where he goes to escape. He has described the sprawling Mar-a-Lago property as the Winter White House and has spent two weekends there so far this month. But it’s also become a magnet for anti-Trump protesters and the subject of an ethics debate.
- The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department has racked up $1.5 million in overtime costs while assisting the Secret Service since Trump was elected in November. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said he is confident the money will be reimbursed by the federal government.
- Doing official business at Mar-a-Lago resort resulted in club members snapping photos of Trump and posting them to Facebook with detailed narratives about what they were seeing unfold before their eyes.
- Speaking of a "social media presidency," Ivanka Trump is getting a strong reaction online after posting a photo of herself seated at the Oval Office desk while her father and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood on either side of her.
- And finally, the way Trump handled his latest news conference has people bringing up more ethics questions. Trump managed to avoid questions about hot-button issues facing the White House — such as the future of national security adviser Michael Flynn and a North Korean missile launch — in a news conference Monday where selected reporters asked non-challenging questions and other, shouted-out inquiries were ignored.
Acts on the way
- Multiple Grammy winner Chance the Rapper has a Valentine’s Day treat in store for his fans: the Chicago rapper will play the Palace of Auburn Hills on May 18, promoters announced early today. Get the details on tickets here.
- Rapper Future is coming to DTE Energy Music Theatre on May 28 on the “Nobody Safe” tour. Get those details here.
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