States, Cities Sue to Block Health Care ‘Conscience’ Rule

Posted: May 21, 2019, 5:11 pm

States, Cities Sue to Block Health Care ‘Conscience’ Rule FILE – Attorney General of New York Letitia James speaks during an inauguration ceremony in New York, Jan. 6, 2019. NEW YORK — A coalition of 23 U.S. states and municipalities sued the Trump administration Tuesday to stop it from enforcing a rule that would make it easier for doctors and nurses to avoid performing abortions on religious or moral grounds.
The lawsuit led by New York Attorney General Letitia James said the expanded “conscience” protections could undermine the ability of states and cities to provide effective health care without jeopardizing billions of dollars a year in federal aid.
It also said the rule would upset legislative efforts to accommodate workers’ beliefs while ensuring that hospitals, other businesses and staff treat patients effectively.
Sterilizations and assisted suicide are among other medical procedures that might be affected, according to the complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan.

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Trump Returns to ‘Spygate’ to Rally Supporters

Posted: May 21, 2019, 2:38 pm

Gearing up towards re-election in 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies are amplifying claims that President Obama ordered the FBI to spy on his 2016 campaign. Last month, Trump renewed calls to “investigate the investigators”, and last week his attorney general launched a review of the decision by the nation's intelligence agencies to investigate alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this report.

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Trump Appeals Ruling Allowing Congress to See His Financial Records

Posted: May 21, 2019, 10:33 am

Trump Appeals Ruling Allowing Congress to See His Financial Records People pass the Trump World Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, April 30, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday appealed a federal judge's ruling against his attempt to block a House of Representatives committee from seeking his financial records, according to a court filing.
Lawyers for Trump and his company filed the appeal in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia one day after a U.S. district judge backed the House Oversight Committee's subpoena for Trump's financial records from his accounting firm Mazars LLP.
The lower court's decision on Monday handed an early setback for the Republican president in his legal battle with congressional Democrats as lawmakers investigate various aspects of his administration.
The House Oversight Committee has said it needs Trump's financial records to examine whether he has conflicts of interest or broke the law by not disentang..

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House Committee Warns of ‘Serious Consequences’ as Trump Tells Former Counsel to Ignore Subpoena

Posted: May 21, 2019, 1:33 am

House Committee Warns of 'Serious Consequences' as Trump Tells Former Counsel to Ignore Subpoena House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., leads his panel on a hearing about executive privilege and congressional oversight, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. WHITE HOUSE — Patsy Widakuswara at the White House contributed to this report.
U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says the committee is “prepared to use all enforcement mechanisms at its disposal” if former White House Counsel Don McGahn does not comply with an order to show up for testimony Tuesday.
In a letter to McGahn released late Monday, Nadler objected to an order from the White House instructing McGahn not to testify, and to a Justice Department legal opinion stating that Congress cannot force him to appear.
“The committee has made clear that you risk serious consequences if you do not appear tomorrow,” Nadler wrote.
He said President Donald Trump was se..

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DOJ: Trump’s Former Senior Adviser Not Legally Obliged to Testify Before Congress

Posted: May 20, 2019, 9:58 pm

The Trump administration has instructed former White House counsel Don McGahn to defy a subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Lawmakers want to question McGahn, a key figure in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation or Russia's interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The Department of Justice agrees that as a former senior adviser to U.S. President Trump, McGahn is not legally required to appear before Congress. VOA'S Zlatica Hoke reports.

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Conservative States Push Abortion Restrictions, Prompting Backlash

Posted: May 20, 2019, 7:23 pm

Recent moves by several U.S. states to impose strict new limits on abortion have encouraged abortion opponents that they might eventually be able to challenge a 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right for women to seek an abortion. The effort has sparked a furious pushback from abortion rights supporters and could elevate the issue ahead of next year’s U.S. presidential election. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

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Trump Loses Lawsuit Challenging Subpoena for Financial Records

Posted: May 20, 2019, 6:02 pm

Trump Loses Lawsuit Challenging Subpoena for Financial Records President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn before leaving the White House in Washington, May 20, 2019. A U.S. judge on Monday ruled in favor of a U.S. House of Representatives committee seeking President Donald Trump's financial records from his accounting firm, dealing an early setback to the Trump administration in its legal battle with Congress.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington also denied a request by Trump to stay his decision pending an appeal.
Last Tuesday, Mehta heard oral arguments on whether Mazars LLP must comply with a House of Representatives Oversight Committee subpoena.
Mehta said in Monday's ruling that the committee “has shown that it is not engaged in a pure fishing expedition for the President's financial records” and that the Mazars documents might assist Congress in passing laws and performing other core functions.
FILE – Lawyer Amit Mehta speaks during a..

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Republican Lawmaker Calling for Trump’s Impeachment Draws Backlash   

Posted: May 20, 2019, 5:51 pm

Republican Lawmaker Calling for Trump's Impeachment Draws Backlash FILE – This March 28, 2017, file photo shows Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., followed by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, leaving a closed-door strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington. WASHINGTON — A Michigan congressman who was the first Republican to call for President Donald Trump's impeachment defended himself Monday against attacks from other Republicans supporting Trump.
Rep. Justin Amash, a five-term member of the House of Representatives, said his critics employed “several falsehoods” in claiming that Trump did not obstruct justice by trying to thwart the lengthy investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
/**/ /**/ /**/ SEE ALSO: White House to Congress: No 'Do-Over' of Mueller Probe Critics of the Mueller probe, including the president, have claimed that Trump could not obstruct justice because there was no underlying crime to o..

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Trump Tells Former Counsel to Ignore Congressional Subpoena

Posted: May 20, 2019, 4:04 pm

Trump Tells Former Counsel to Ignore Congressional Subpoena FILE – White House Counsel Don McGahn sits behind U.S. President Donald Trump as the president holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, June 21, 2018. WHITE HOUSE — The White House, acting on a legal opinion from the Justice Department, has instructed its former counsel not to testify before Congress.
Lawyer Don McGahn, facing a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee, had been scheduled to appear before lawmakers Tuesday morning.
“The Department of Justice has provided a legal opinion stating that, based on long-standing, bipartisan, and Constitutional precedent, the former Counsel to the President cannot be forced to give such testimony, and Mr. McGahn has been directed to act accordingly,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Monday afternoon. “This action has been taken in order to ensure that future Presidents can effectively execute the responsibilities of the Office of t..

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US Senator Convening Meetings to Warn Business, Academia of China Threat

Posted: May 19, 2019, 10:49 pm

US Senator Convening Meetings to Warn Business, Academia of China Threat FILE – Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., speaks after hearing some of the testimony from Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, before a closed door hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Feb. 26, 2019, in Washington. U.S. Senator Mark Warner said on Sunday that he has been organizing meetings between U.S. intelligence officials and the country's business and academic communities to urge caution in their relationships with China.
“I have been convening meetings between the intelligence community and outside stakeholders in business and academia to ensure they have the full threat picture and hopefully, make different decisions about Chinese partnerships,” Warner said in a statement.
Accusing China of undermining U.S. security, Warner, a Democrat, said the meetings were aimed at increasing awareness about tactics used by China against the United States.
In a series of clas..

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