HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — President Obama sought on Wednesday to ease growing Asian worries about the raucous election campaign to succeed him which has been dominated by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
"I think other people sometimes look at our election system and say 'what a mess,'" Obama told a townhall meeting with young leaders in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon.
"But usually we end up doing okay because the American people are good people. ... Sometimes our politics doesn't express all the goodness of the people," he said, without referring specifically to any of the presidential candidates. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham says Target CEO Brian Cornell is in denial over the reason for the company's plunging stock prices, insisting that the conservative boycott against the retailer's transgender bathroom policies is playing a key role.
"Target stock is tumbling after they announced a pro-transgender restroom policy allowing men to use women's bathrooms and changing rooms. Stock value has fallen 20 percent and shareholder value has lost $10 billion since they began promoting this dangerous policy," Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
As the boycott against Target and its transgender bathroom policies continues, a pro-family group is warning parents that as summer season is approaching, they should not allow their young daughters to try on swimsuits in the retail giant's dressing rooms.
"We need more people to sign up for the boycott. We're launching something this week. We're now heading into bathing suit season. … Do not let your young girls and teen girls buy their summer clothes or bathing suits at Target," Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, told Breitbart News Daily with SiriusXM.
Well over 1.2 million people have signed a separate petition by the American Family Association pledging to boycott Target stores for their new bathroom policies, which allow people to use the restroom or changing facility that corresponds with their gender identity, instead of their birth sex. more >>
A shopper at a Ross Dress for Less department store in Texas was shocked as a man entered into the women's dressing room while she was there. She complained to the manager, who told her, "He was representing himself as a woman today."
"I was in the dressing room, when we heard a man's voice," Lisa Stickles described the incident at the Ross store in Mesquite, Texas, to CBSDFW.
After her complaint, the manager went inside the dressing room, "came right back out and called me to the side and told me… he was representing himself as a woman today," Stickles said. "He was in no way dressed as a woman. He had on jeans, a t-shirt, 5 o'clock shadow, very deep voice. He was a man." more >>
A lawmaker in the United States House of Representatives has introduced legislation to counter the Obama administration's public school transgender bathroom edict that would prohibit the federal government from being able to reduce school district's funding over bathroom policies.
As previously reported, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice issued a joint guidence on May 13 that instructs all public school districts in the U.S. to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with the sex in which they identify.
Although the Obama administration's guidance does not have the full force of law behind it to require compliance, schools that choose not to abide by the guidence run the risk of losing millions of dollars in federal education funding. more >>
Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell has recently declared that he rarely uses the term "American" anymore when describing himself or others.
In an interview with the popular digital publication Downpebbles, Bell said he preferred not using the term "American," believing that United States citizens should go beyond selfish titles.
"I don't actually use the word 'American,' because I think Amerigo Vespucci would be mortified that a country with very strong codes of in-and-out was started in his name," said Bell. more >>