With his signature achievement on life support, former President Obama weighed in on the debate over a replacement for ObamaCare, invoking John F. Kennedy and saying it will take “courage” to craft a law that protects society’s most vulnerable.
Obama spoke at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, days after House Republicans shredded his controversial health care plan. While he did not criticize Republicans or attack President Trump in his 30-minute speech, defending the law was clearly foremost on his mind.CONTINUE READING HERE
President Trump’s revision of his controversial executive order imposing a travel and refugee ban on certain countries will get an important legal test on Monday, when a federal appeals court in Virginia weighs whether the administration overstepped its authority.
At issue is whether the ban violates the Religion Clause of the First Amendment, the Due Process Clause of the Fifth and 14th Amendments, and the ban on nationality discrimination in the issuance of immigrant visas contained in a 65-year-old congressional law.
The case will be a major test of presidential power, especially in the area of immigration.CONTINUE READING HERE
May 7, 2017
(Reuters) – U.S. equity index futures edged higher on Sunday in the wake of a victory by the centrist candidate in the closely watched presidential French election, suggesting the benchmark S&P 500 may push further into record territory when trading reopens on Monday morning.
S&P 500 emini futures <ESv1> were last up fractionally after electronic trading reopened for the week late on Sunday afternoon. Futures initially ticked about 0.2 percent higher but have since pared some of the gain.CONTINUE READING HERE
May 7, 2017
By John Whitesides and Sarah N. Lynch
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democrats on Sunday criticized the lack of women on a working group in the Republican-led Senate that will craft a plan to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.
As the Senate begins to wrestle with a Republican healthcare bill narrowly approved by the House of Representatives last week, senators questioned why the 13-member working group put together by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell does not include any of the chamber’s five Republican women.CONTINUE READING HERE
May 8, 2017
By Mathieu Rosemain and Matthias Blamont
PARIS (Reuters) – Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union.
The centrist’s emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France’s mainstream parties, will bring huge relief to European allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain’s vote to quit the EU and Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president.CONTINUE READING HERE
The head of ISIS in Afghanistan was killed in a raid by U.S. and Afghan forces last month that also resulted in the death of two American soliders, the military said Sunday.
A statement by U.S. Forces, Afghanistan confirmed that Sheikh Abdul Hasib, described as the Emir of ISIS in the Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), was killed in the April 27 raid in southern Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan.
The raid that killed Hasib was carried out in the same area where the U.S. dropped the so-called “Mother of all Bombs” last month.CONTINUE READING HERE
Two Massachusetts doctors were found in their luxury Boston condo Friday night with their throats slashed, police said.
Authorities in Boston identified the couple as Richard Field, 49, and Lina Bolanos, 38. They were found dead on the 11th floor of the Macallan Building in their residence, Fox 25 Boston reported.
Police arrested Bampumin Teixeira, 30, in connection with the murders. The station reported that police responded to a call of a man with a gun in the area. As police arrived, Teixeira began firing at the officers. Police returned fire and hit the man several times, but did not kill him.CONTINUE READING HERE