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THE WORD | Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot meets with Ivanka Trump at White House

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot arrived at the White House Tuesday, kicking off three days of meetings in the nation’s capital.

She started by meeting with Ivanka Trump at the White House. Lightfoot and the president’s daughter, a senior White House adviser, discussed workforce development, vocational education, economic revitalization, parole reform and crime prevention, among other topics. Lightfoot also met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top congressional leaders.

Lightfoot was not scheduled to meet with the president.

On Wednesday…

The mayor-elect attended a meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus with her fundraiser at a government affairs group. Lightfoot encouraged the CBC’s members during a closed-door meeting to visit Chicago during next year’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

“Once I take office, my responsibility is to be the chief ambassador for our great city and make sure that people really know the true nature of what’s happening in Chicago and not just screaming headlines that may be tweeted out by a certain someone,” Lightfoot said at an evening news conference, making a clear reference to President Donald Trump.

Her last public meeting of the day was with DeFazio, the transportation chairman, at his office in the Rayburn building, where Lightfoot said she worked as a young staffer making $12,000 per year after college.

“Where I came from, being here in the big city and really being away from home for a lengthy period of time and being on my own was a very big deal,” Lightfoot said.

On Thursday she met with the Chicago and the rest of the Illinois congressional delegation at lunch and breakfast in addition to one-on-ones with Democratic Illinois Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin.

Donald Trump Signs First Bills Into Law Moments Into Presidency

Just minutes after taking the Oath of Office, President Trump took action to begin work repealing Obamacare. Vice President looks on as the Executive Orders are being signed.

Just minutes after taking the Oath of Office, President Trump took action to begin work repealing Obamacare. Vice President looks on as the Executive Orders are being signed.

Shortly after today's inauguration, President Donald Trump signed a few Executive Orders into law. Keeping true to one of his campaign promises, repealing Obamacare aka the Affordable Care Act. 

One of Obama's first priorities when taking office in 2009 was Obamacare and making healthcare available for all. 20 millions Americans are currently insured under the health care law. Now President Trump is taking immediate action to get rid of it, with no clear indication of what he will replace it with.

Steve Harvey Talk Urban Development With Donald Trump

Today's order had multiple parts but it essentially said Trump's administration will work to "promptly repeal" the Affordable Care Act. However, until then they must continue to follow the law until a change is made. It also provided more flexibility for states to reduce some of the requirements and allowed more authority for them to make health care decisions. In short, it allowed more states to have control over their health care markets.

Also today, the new laws cleared the way for his defense secretary to become official which is standard. Regarding the other laws signed today White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "the other papers Trump was signing included formal nominations for his Cabinet and a proclamation for a national day of patriotism."

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More of Trump's nominees still need to be confirmed through the Senate. Today only two of Trump's nominees for his Cabinet were confirmed: retired General John Kelly for Homeland Security and retired General James Mattis to serve as Defense Secretary.

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Steve Harvey Talks Urban Development With Donald Trump

Steve Harvey became the latest celebrity invited to meet with President Elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, Friday, Jan 13th. The comedian was asked by Barack Obama and Donald Trump’s transition teams to meet with the President-Elect. In a lobby appearance, Trump and Harvey told Press that important issues around housing and urban development were discussed in the days meeting. Harvey also discussed with the President-Elect ways he could help Dr. Ben Carson. May I remind you that Dr. Ben Carson is Trump’s nominee to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“This is just me following orders from my friend President Obama who said, Steve, you gotta. Just as he told everybody in his Farewell Address, stop tweeting and texting, and get out and sit down and talk.” - Steve Harvey

Remember the comedian was an advocate for Hillary Clinton during an interview with her on his morning show “ The Steve Harvey Morning Show”.   “She’s a mother, she’s a grandmother and we’re going to put her back in the White House, just flat out. Simply put.” - Steve Harvey, The Steve Harvey Morning Show

Responses from the meeting resulted in the entertainer saying that President- Elect Donald Trump is “genuine” and a “great guy”.  Advocating that the president-elect really wants to do something.  

However,  media backlash has ridiculed the entertainer as a result of the meeting. This was seen especially on social media. “They’re kinda beating me up on the internet right now for no reason. But you know that’s life ain’t it.” - Steve Harvey.  After the meeting, the entertainer went to twitter and tweeted that he found the President - Elect “congenial and sincere” and that he would “sit w/ him anytime.”

In a recent development,  a friend of Steve Harvey, comedian DL Hughley goes to social media to express his thoughts on the meeting with a clip going viral. In the video, the talk show host and comedian criticize Donald trump for his seemingly fake attempt at communicating with the African American community through the use of black celebrity figures.

“It amazes me that to convince Black people that Donald Trump cares about them, he takes pictures with celebrities. If Donald Trump cared about Black people, he would not have denigrated the President with those claims of ‘birthism.’ He would not have stoked fears and racist fears, saying that this man is less than, or not one of us to become President.”  - DL Hughley

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Trump tweets Chicago might need federal help on violence

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday where he drew attention to Chicago's struggles with surging violent crime, this time suggesting that perhaps Mayor Rahm Emanuel should seek help from the federal government. Homicides rose nearly 60 percent from 2015 to the highest levels in 20 years.

American Music Awards Jabs At The New First Family

The America Music Awards made great tv last night with stellar performances and memorable moments such as Drake's comment as he accepted his favorite rap album award. Green Day really stole the show with message on stage.

The band performed their new single, Bang Bang, and lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, modified the lyrics to express his opinion about controversial president-elect Donald Trump.

“No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA,” the band’s frontman repeatedly chanted.

This isn’t the first time Armstrong has spoken about against Trump. Through social media he communicated his disappointment with the outcome of the election.

“Our social progress got punched in the face. Hard,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “It's hard to tell if we made any progress at all.. the dark side of our better angels have spoken.. they gloat.. they cheer.. I pity them.”

Trump has yet to take to Twitter to express his feeling about the performance or of his wife, as Gigi Hadid mocks how she plagiarized Michele Obama speech early this.  

Russell Simmons sends letter to Our New President

Russell Simmons advises Donald Trump to end his campaign on hatred. In an open later published through the Huffington Post, Simmons shared his thoughts on the recent presidential election. In the letter, Simmons congratulates the Presidential elect on his success while addressing some of his concerns as a U.S. citizen. Although the two have been friends for over thirty years, Simmons was not an advocate throughout Trump's campaign. The hip hop mogul did state that he is willing to navigate positively with America's new president as long as his radical beliefs are addressed and conformed to a positive state that will morally benefit the United States of America.

"Since you were elected, Donald, we have already seen hundreds of incidents around the country of hate, whether swastikas spray-painted on buildings or students taunting children of color... it is terrifying. And many of them claim to do it in your name. As our president-elect, as a man, as a human being with children (who I have known since they were all born), it is your duty to denounce this kind of behavior immediately. This is not the legacy you want to leave behind." - Russell Simmons via Huffington Post.

A long time friend of the nation's 45th President, Russell Simmons seems extremely prominent about Donald Trump utilizing his hierarchy for the good of the nation. Simmons wants to ensure that the radical statements and "change" that Trump promised during his race for the oval office is that of great intentions for the United States of America. To read the full open letter to Donald Trump, click here. <- hyperlink

Ku Klux Klan's Trump victory parade in North Carolina


A chapter of the Ku Klux Klan says it will hold a victory parade in North Carolina to celebrate Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton this week.

The Loyal White Knights are planning the parade for December 3, according to a post on the Pelham, N.C., group’s website advertising a “Victory Klavalkade Klan Parade.”

No exact time or place is specified, just the date and the message, “TRUMP=TRUMP’S RACE UNITED MY PEOPLE.”

The Loyal White Knights number between 150 and 200 members, according to the Anti-Defamation League, and were behind a rally in South Carolina last year to protest the removal of the Confederate flag from the state Capitol building.