Stories by Michael Sykes

Stephanie Grisham confirms Trump wants to read Ukraine call on TV "fireside chat"

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham in an interview with Fox News on Friday did not rule out the possibility of President Trump appearing on national TV for a "fireside chat" wherein he would read a rough transcript of his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky aloud.

Why it matters: Trump suggested he might revive "fireside chats" — made popular by President Franklin D. Roosevelt — in an interview with the Washington Examiner this Thursday. Grisham said such an event was under "serious consideration," but she couldn't confirm "what the logistics of it would look like just yet."

African Americans question Trump's inaction on menthol cigarettes

Menthol Cigarettes
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President Trump recently vowed to ban all e-cigarettes as part of a greater strategy to prevent nicotine addiction in adolescents, but some African Americans are questioning why he hasn't done the same with menthol cigarettes, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Menthol cigarettes have long been a health threat in African American communities but, unlike with vaping, the current presidential administration hasn't come down hard on the cigarette industry.

Astros fire assistant GM after finding tirade was aimed at reporters

Roberto Osuna
Roberto Osuna. Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

The Houston Astros have fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman after a joint investigation with Major League Baseball revealed that insensitive comments he made in the clubhouse were aimed at female reporters, according to a team statement.

Why it matters: The team's decision to fire Taubman comes after the league stepped in to investigate the situation on Wednesday. The Astro's initial ruling was that Taubman's comments were not aimed at a specific reporter.