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WASHINGTON, D.C.  (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - News and social media were abuzz with video clips showing U.S. President Donal Trump mouthing what appeared like incorrect lyrics to the Star-spangled banner. (Trump has been very critical about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem at major sports events.) We asked our expert lip-readerto try…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - U.S. President Donald Trump continues to send mixed messaages to the American people in as far as his immigration policy is concerned. After public statementsw saying that 260,000 Salvadoran and 24,000 Haitian nationals now living in the United States must leave, he recently indicated that he was willing…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - Steve Bannon, once President Trump’s chief adviser, has stepped down from his role as executive chairman at Breitbart News, the conservative website that has been called the “platform for the alt-right,” Breitbart announced Tuesday. The move comes amid pressure from Rebekah Mercer, a major conservative donor, according to the…
SEOUL, South Korea (The Adobo  Chronicles, Tokyo Bureau) - The war of words over North Korea’s threat of a nuclear attack continues between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump. Kim’s latest salvo is his revelation that he has a nuclear button on his desk, ready to be pushed at a moment’s notice. But you can’t threaten…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - On the eve of New Year’s eve, President Donald Trump fired all the remaining members of the Presidential Council on HIV/AIDS, months after about half a deozen members resigned in protest of Trump’s position on health poilicies. At the same time, The White House announced that applications to…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - House Speaker Paul Ryan today categorically denied that he screwed an altar boy. Ryan was reacting to a statement by entertainment personality Rosie O’Donnel, who said that Ryan is going “straight to hell.”  O’Donnel was referring to the tax plan recently passed in Congress, courtesy of Ryan and…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau)- Melanie Trump went overboard decorating The White House for Donald’s first Christmas.  But it’s also going to be their last. Consistent with the President’s crusade to reverse many of the Obama administration’s policies — from Obamacare to DACA to Transgender bathrooms — he has signed an Executive Order on…
SILICON VALLEY, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Bureau) - Gone are the glory days of Mocha Uson, Thinking Pinoy and other major major bloggers. Their millions of followers will now be reduced to a maximum of 500 followers. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told The Adobo Chronicles that beginning January 1, 2018, the social media giant will impose…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - The Washington Post is reporting that the Trump administration has banned officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using these seven words in budget documents  evidence-based science-based vulnerable entitlement diversity transgender fetus So, before Trump permanently says “You’re fired!” to these seven words, The Adobo Chronicles would…
OTTAWA, Canada (The Adobo Chronicles, Toronto Bureau) - Canada’s House of Commons passed Bill C-45 which legalized cannibalism. It wasn’t meant to be that way. What it hoped to pass was a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana, or cannabis. But thanks to autocorrect, it is still illegal to smoke pot but now legal to eat humans.…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - U.S. President Donald Trump reacted with a lot of insecurity to the announcement from the Royal Palace in London that Prince Harry is now engaged to be married to American Actress Meghan Markle. That makes Markle a potential heir to the throne of the Queen. Trump said that…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) - Unknown to many, former U.S. President Barack Obama has filed an oral defamation lawsuit in a Virginia District Court against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Obama is suing Duterte for the latter’s very public cussing several years ago against the then incumbent American President. He called Obama ‘Son-of-a-b*tch.’ (In…
NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) - It’s that time of year when TIME magazine names its ‘Person of the Year.’  This year, however, it’s going to be ‘Persons of the Year.’ U.S. President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tied for the annual recognition for being the persons who most…
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) - Unconfirmed reports say that U.S. President Donald Trump called Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes a ‘Narco.’ The Pinoy Senator was recently in the U.S., meeting with American politicians including Florida Senator Marco Rubio. He supposedly asked their help to convince Trump to cancel his trip to the Philippines next…
KALINGA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Tattoo enthusiasts will easily recognize the name Whang-Od.  She’s the 100-year-old (and last remaining) Filipina tattoo artist (mambabatok) from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, Philippines.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – When the leaders of the member-nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meet for the annual summit in Manila next month, they will be donning the Philippine national attire for males.  It’s called as the Barong Tagalog.
SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) - An online survey asking people to name who they would choose to narrate their life story — other than Morgan Freeman — received a most shocking response among millennials. Overwhelmingly their choice was Siri. It was a survey gone awry.  
SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) - The database of one of the major credit reporting agencies has been hacked, exposing personal information of about 143 million people in the U.S., UK and Canada. The agency, Equifax, announced that hackers were able to acquire names, social security numbers, birth dates, home addresses and…
SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) - For many decades, San Francisco's skyline was ruled by the TransAmerica Building.  No tourist will leave the City by the Bay without a selfie in front of the obelisk-shaped tower. Not anymore. Here comes San Francisco's newest and future tourist attraction: The Millennium Condominium Tower.  It's…
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) - The Internet was abuzz with reports that ABS-CBN News TV journalist Karen Davila has said that the "Dutch and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a third child. She was referring to an announcement from the Royal Palace in London that Princess Kate is pregnant. Davila categorically denied that…