en-US White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Continues To Leave The Press And Public In The Dark function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrackHPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Continuing an alarming pattern of the White House shutting out the press and the public and curtailing transparency, White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday will answer questions from reporters in a restricted setting.  TV networks will not be allowed to broadcast Monday’s press briefing and will be able to air only audio of Spicer’s responses to reporters. Previously, the White House did not even allow audio of the off-camera “gaggles,” but relented last week after protest from the press. Spicer has given only two public briefings in the past two weeks. The last time Spicer briefed reporters on camera was Tuesday. That followed more than a week of no public briefings. Instead, he and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have increasingly opted for off-camera “gaggles,” answering questions from reporters in private — and leaving the public in the dark. “We have a tremendous respect for the First Amendment,” Spicer said during his last on-camera briefing last Tuesday. He then defended the decision to restrict press access, saying the daily briefing is just “one aspect of what we do.” Some reporters have called for greater pushback and more collective action from the press, such as boycotting the briefings. “It just doesn’t make any sense to me,” CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta said last week. “It just feels like we’re sort of slowly but surely being dragged into a new normal in this country where the president of the United States is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions.” Reuters’ Jeff Mason, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, said Friday that he had raised the issue with Spicer and Sanders. In a memo to WHCA members, Mason wrote that “gaggles are not a substitute for the open back-and-forth between reporters and administration officials that regular televised briefings allow” and that reporters “need video and sound to tell Americans what the government is doing in their name.” “We believe strongly that Americans should be able to watch and listen to senior government officials face questions from an independent news media,” Mason wrote. “We are not satisfied with the current state of play, and we will work hard to change it.” The White House’s restricted press briefings follow a broader pattern of hostility and reduced transparency toward the press. Trump himself has given relatively few press conferences and interviews while in office, mostly taking questions from friendly news outlets such as Fox News. In response to a question about the off-camera briefings, and amid reports that Spicer is searching for his own replacement, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon last week offered this explanation: “Sean got fatter.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Mon, 26 2017 13:02:03 GMT Crowd catches teenage girl who falls 25 feet from a theme park gondola ride This is the moment a teenager fell around 25 feet from a gondola ride in upstate New York. The 14-year-old girl managed to slip under the safety bars of the ride, where she was left hanging for more than 3 minutes before being caught by a crowd who gathered below her.  She was taken to hospital in a stable condition and had no serious injuries, but did hit tree branches on the fall down. Officials at the Six Flags Amusement Park - where the incident happened - said that there did not appear to be "any malfunction of the ride". It was shut as a precaution. It is currently unclear how she managed to slip under the safety bars. Produced by David IbekweJoin the conversation about this story » Mon, 26 2017 11:28:30 GMT Kylian Mbappe Plan Reportedly Explained to Player#039;s Father by Florentino Perez Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has reportedly spoken to Kylian Mbappe's father to explain the role the Monaco striker would have at the Santiago Bernabeu in a bid to convince him to sign off on a move. According to Telefoot (h/t Marca's Jose Felix Diaz), while the decision will ultimately be Mbappe's, his father will represent him in talks regarding his future, and he has been concerned the 18-year-old will not receive the playing time he needs with Los Blancos. To that end, Perez has told him what to expect and "how he could progress up the pecking order in the coming years," as he wants Mbappe's camp to be eager for him to join before they approach Monaco with a "concrete" bid. While the report does not detail what role Mbappe would be handed, if Perez is trying to assuage his concerns, it would seem likely he is offering a reasonably significant role. The teenager is a key player at Monaco. He firmly established himself in the side over the course of last season, netting 26 goals and creating a further 14 for his team-mates. However, Mbappe's father was vocal about his son's lack of game time early in the campaign, per football writer Andrew Gibney: The Ligue 1 side are now doing their part to try to keep him, per Journal du Dimanche (h/t football writer and broadcaster Matt Spiro): Real have a great deal of firepower, but Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata have all been linked with moves away from the Bernabeu this summer. Should one of them leave, manager Zinedine Zidane would have much less of a problem fitting Mbappe into the side next season, not to mention offloading one would also help fund any deal for the youngster. Mbappe's father's concern is understandable, though. The forward may have had a magnificent campaign, but he still needs plenty more game time during his formative years to continue his development into the world-class talent he has potential to be. Real aren't above leaving an in-form striker on the bench, having done so with Morata last year. However, given the size of any deal bringing Mbappe to the Spanish capital, it is unlikely the Frenchman would receive the same treatment. Mon, 26 2017 11:48:22 GMT Battle Resumes to Extinguish Fire Near Spain National Park Spanish authorities are hopeful that dropping temperature and favorable winds will help firefighters battling to extinguish a forest fire on the fringes of the Donana National Park. Mon, 26 2017 12:15:45 GMT Can You Survive A 25-Foot Fall? Witness A Stunning Save By The Crowd At A New York Amusement Park A teenage girl who was hanging from a skyride at the Six Flags Great Escape Park in Lake George, New York, was rescued by a group of park goers Saturday evening when they formed a human safety net to cushion her fall. Mon, 26 2017 10:00:00 GMT Ethereum price drops 20% after a pile of fake and old news reports Ethereum has quickly recovered from a flash crash last week, in which the cryptocurrency went from the price of $317 to $0.10 in a few seconds.  But now, after several unsubstantiated — or just plain old — news reports over the weekend, Ethereum seems to be experiencing a real correction.  SEE ALSO: This ethereum-based project could change how we think about digital art Ethereum is a cryptocurrency and a payment system, just like the better-known Bitcoin, but it's also a decentralized platform that allows developers to build and run applications. Its currency, ETH or Ether, soared in value in the last six months or so, jumping from about $10 per ETH token to about $380 last week.  Read more...More about Ether, Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, Tech, and Sharing Economy Mon, 26 2017 09:18:46 GMT Top Republican to Press for $705 Billion Defense Budget A powerful House Republican is set to press his case for $705 billion in military spending next year. Mon, 26 2017 07:21:01 GMT Giancarlo Stanton to Participate in 2017 MLB Home Run Derby at Marlins Park Major League Baseball announced Sunday that Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will compete in the 2017 Home Run Derby. Stanton will look to defend his home run crown on home turf with the 2017 All-Star Game at Marlins Park in Miami. He defeated Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier in the finals of last year's event.      This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.   Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game. Sun, 25 2017 23:59:34 GMT Teen saved in fall from Six Flags amusement park ride – video A teenager fell about seven metres from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park on Saturday night, tumbling into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered below to catch her before she hit the ground. The girl dangled for several minutes, while park customers looked on in horror, before she lost her grip and fell onto the group below her. The ride has been closed while a safety review is completed. Continue reading... Sun, 25 2017 23:36:11 GMT U.S. lawmakers urge Trump to press India#39;s Modi on trade, investment By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leading U.S. congressmen have called on President Donald Trump to press Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove barriers to U.S. trade and investment when they meet for the first time on Monday. The lawmakers, from the Republican and Democratic parties, said in a letter to Trump that high-level engagement with India had failed to eliminate major trade and investment barriers and had not deterred India from imposing new ones. "Many sectors of the Indian economy remain highly and unjustifiably protected, and India continues to be a difficult place for American companies to do business," they wrote, noting that a 2017 World Bank report ranked India 130th out of 190 countries for ease of doing business. Sat, 24 2017 21:25:40 GMT