5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump taps Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as new national security adviser

  • Milo Yiannopoulos dropped by CPAC, loses book deal after videos surface

  • Protesters slam Trump at 'Not My Presidents Day' rallies across U.S.

  • Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian gets 18 months in prison

  • Plane crash in Australia kills 4 U.S. tourists, Australian pilot

President Donald Trump has named Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, The Associated Press reports. McMaster replaces Michael Flynn, who resigned from the post last week. The announcement came after Trump spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, interviewing four candidates for the position before settling on McMaster, whom he called "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience." McMaster is a respected military strategist known for his knowledge in counterterrorism, reports The New York Times. Flynn resigned after it was revealed that he discussed Russian sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump had been inaugurated. Flynn had told Vice President Mike Pence the discussions never happened.

Source: The Associated Press, The New York Times

On Monday, Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial editor of Breitbart News, was disinvited from speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference and had the upcoming publication of his book, Dangerous, canceled by Simon & Schuster. The news came after a weekend of uproar when video clips surfaced appearing to show Yiannopoulos condoning pedophilia. Yiannopoulos initially responded in a Facebook post titled "A note for idiots," in which he said, "I do not support pedophilia. Period." On Monday, the American Conservative Union, which sponsors the conference, released a statement saying Yiannopoulos' invitation had been rescinded, because "there is no disagreement among our attendees on the evils of sexual abuse of children." Dangerous was scheduled to be released in June, with Yiannopoulos receiving a reported $250,000 book deal from the conservative Threshold Editions imprint, but on Monday evening Simon & Schuster said that after "careful consideration," they decided to cancel the book.

Source: USA Today, Politico

Their signs said it all — "Not My President," "Happy Presidents Day, President Putin," and "Resist." In Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and more than two dozen other cities on Monday, thousands of people gathered for "Not My President's Day" rallies, sharing their messages for President Trump. This was the fifth day of protests in Manhattan, with demonstrators standing outside of the Trump International Hotel singing "We Shall Overcome" and chanting "No Ban, No Wall." One protester, Sayief Leshaw, 22, told NBC News he was "really concerned for where our country is headed. We've sold out to corporate interests, and Donald Trump's policies are downright offensive."

Source: NBC News

On Tuesday, an Israeli military court handed Sgt. Elor Azaria an 18-month prison sentence for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian knife attacker in Hebron last March, less than the 3-5 years sought by prosecutors. The shooting of the 21-year-old Palestinian man, captured on video, split opinion in Israel, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his far-right allies calling for Azaria to be pardoned and military officials arguing that a soldier shooting a disarmed, immobilized prisoner is contrary to Israeli military values. A three-judge military judicial panel had convicted Azaria of manslaughter in January.

Source: The Associated Press, BBC News

On Tuesday morning, four American tourists and their Australian pilot were killed when their twin-engine Beechcraft Super King airplane crashed into a shopping mall in suburban Melbourne, right after takeoff. The Direct Factory Outlet mall, adjacent to the airport, was not yet open, and nobody else was injured in the crash, said Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane. "Looking at the fireball, it is incredibly lucky that no one was at the back of those stores or in the car park of the stores, that no one was even hurt." The four Americans were on their way to a golfing vacation on King Island, 160 miles away. Family members have identified two of the American victims — Greg Reynolds De Haven and Russell Munsch, both from Texas — and the pilot was Max Quartermain, owner of the charter company. Quartermain reported "catastrophic engine failure" right after takeoff, police said.

Source: The Associated Press
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