FROM Elise Viebeck
House Republicans Sue Obama Administration over Health Law House Republicans are already striking back at what they call abuse of executive power. Today, they sued the Obama Administration for presidential actions they say violated the Affordable Care Act. Elise Viebeck covers the politics of health care for The Hill , which focuses on the Senate and Congress.
The Politics and Legalities of Ebola Quarantines Nurse Kaci Hickox was put into a mandatory quarantine in New Jersey over the weekend after she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. Hickox says she was not showing symptoms and shouldn’t have been isolated, and charged that her civil rights were violated. What political pressures were at play in keeping her quarantined, and in her release? And what does the law say about quarantines?
Appeals Court Deals Major Blow to Obamacare Federal subsidies are crucial to making health insurance affordable under Obamacare, but are they legal in 34 states that refused to build their own health care exchanges? Today, one federal court said “no,” threatening some $36 billion in assistance for almost 5 million people… while another court said “yes.” Elise Viebeck covers health care for The Hill.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.