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WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump met Friday and Reuters is reporting that their first face-to-face encounter "started awkwardly" and "ended even more oddly." The Adobo Chronicles was there at The White House to capture Merkel's reaction to the meeting. Pictures don't lie, although we do,…
HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles, Honolulu Bureau) - A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order Wednesday that bars the implementation of President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on immigration and refugees. This is the second blow to the president's bid to restrict U.S. entry for people from six Muslim-majority countries. Well, Mr. Trump…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - If there is one thing Donald Trump isn't willing to give up even as president, it is his Twitter account.  He continues to use Twitter to post cryptic messages and to attack those who criticize him -- 140 characters at a time. Today, Trump formally asked Twitter to…
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) - IKEA, the popular ready-to-assemble furniture and home appliances giant, will soon open its very first store in the Philippines, as confirmed by Swedish Ambassador Harald Fries. But Fries said the Philippine store will be like no other. In an effort to utilize indigenous materials and promote products that reflect…
CUPERTINO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) - In its most recent quarterly report, Apple said it sold 231 million iPhones in the past 12 months. That's almost 20 million power month or 667,000 per day. Alas, in just the last 24 hours, iPhone sales dropped by almost 80 percent, mostly in the American market. Thanks to…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has confirmed that President Donald Trump is the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Spicer made this announcement earier today in an official tweet: The Senate confirmed Trump along mostly party lines. Democrats who opposed the nomination said that Trump…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - It seems that Donald Trump is done with his tirades against the news media, calling some of them 'fake news.' Now he has turned to The Oscars, the biggest single event of the year in Hollywood. 'From the Red Carpet to the actual awards ceremony, everything is fake,"…
Boxer-turned-Senator quotes bible to argue against discrimination based on gender identity.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) - Whenever one hears the name Manny Pacquiao, boxing always comes to mind.  Like a fist fight. And that's exactly the challenge hurled at the boxer-turned-senator by a Philippine transgender congresswoman. Geraldine Roman of the first district of Bataan and the first transgender legislator in the Philippines,…
WASILLA, Alaska (The Adobo Chroniclers, San Francisco Bureau) - Canadians can now relax.  Former VP candidate Sarah Palin will not be the U.S. Ambassador to Canada after all. It was heavily rumored that Palin was under consideration by President Trump  to fill the coveted top diplomatic position north of the U.S. border. It turns out that…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - After a stinging loss at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, President Donald Trump announced that he is going back to the drawing board and will issue a new travel ban Executive Order shortly. While Trump's announcement is not surprising -- considering the fact that…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - President Donald Trump abruptly withdrew his nomination for Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 3 a.m. tweet in which he tagged Gorsuch, the president said, "You're fired!" Trump was apparently enraged that his SC nominee called his tweets about…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington, D.C.) - You may have seen the last of President Donald Trump, Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Sarah Palin on television -- at least on 'Saturday Night Live' (SNL). Or Hillary Clinton for that matter. Today, Trump signed his latest Executive Order, this one banning actors from impersonating public officials…
HOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Los Angeles Bureau) - Americans know that President Donald Trump gets upset so easily, especially on things like news reports on the number of people who attended his inauguration, or the fact that he lost the popular vote in the last election to Hillary Clinton.  But nothing has upset him more…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - President Donald Trump today signed a new Executive Order abolishing the White House Press Office and creating a new Department of Alternative Facts (DAF). Senior Aide Kellyanne Conway was appointed head of the new Department  with a Cabinet rank. The Department will oversee all communications emanating from the…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - While  President Donald Trump announced that the White House Press Briefing Room will remain at its current location -- The James S. Brady Room in the West Wing --  he said he gets to pick which reporters and news outlets will occupy each of the 49 seats. In past…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - Donald Trump has called CNN "fake news." He accused the news media of lying about the number of people who attended his inauguration.  He even has a few things to say about The Adobo Chronicles. Trump used the platform he knows best -- Twitter -- to fire away his…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - At his swearing (pun intended) today as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump forged new ties with the Philippines without saying a single word. All he did was raise his clenched first in the fashion that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his supporters have…