LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In a victory for abortion-rights supporters, a federal judge struck down a Kentucky law that had put the state's last abortion clinic at risk of closing when Gov. Matt Bevin's administration cited it in a licensing fight with the facility. U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers, in a long-awaited ruling, said Friday that the two-decade-old law violates constitutionally protected due process rights. The law required Kentucky's abortion clinics to have written agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service in case of medical emergencies. Stivers said the so-called transfer agreements "do not advance a legitimate interest" in promoting the health of women seeking abortions. "The court has carefully reviewed the evidence presented in this case and concludes that the record is devoid of any credible proof that the challenged regulations have any tangible benefit to women's health," Stivers wrote in his 60-page ruling. "On the other hand, the regulations effectively … [Read more...] about Judge’s ruling enables Kentucky’s last abortion clinic to stay open
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Bipartisan momentum is building in the Senate to crack down on Russia, even as President Donald Trump prepares to bring Vladimir Putin to Washington. It’s a remarkable split-screen moment, with lawmakers pressing not only for new penalties against the Kremlin but for Trump to use more of the sanctions power Congress overwhelmingly approved one year ago. The effort is still something of a long shot — Trump himself fumed over the sanctions measure he signed into law and might resist — but the possibility of a follow-up Russia sanctions package remains very much alive despite the intense partisan pressure ahead of November’s midterms. That’s largely because of Trump’s jaw-dropping performance in Helsinki next to the Russian president, which will be a major focus of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. “I understand why members would want to respond to what happened in … [Read more...] about Senate eyes hitting Russia in slap to Trump
opinion The Editorial Board, USA TODAY Published 7:39 p.m. UTC Jun 14, 2018 Ask Americans whether the federal government should require health insurers to provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, and a vast majority — 92% of Democrats and 79% of Republicans — say yes. So what part of Obamacare is the Trump administration trying to kill? The mandate to cover pre-existing conditions, which has been a blessing for people who buy insurance on the individual market. This would harm those people, and politically it’s not very smart, either. It hands Democrats another issue to use in their battle to win back the House and the Senate in November's elections. OPPOSING VIEW: All of Obamacare should be set aside Even Trump — who has been cheerleader in chief for killing Obamacare — has previously defended this core provision. In February 2017, he told a joint session of Congress: … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s pre-existing condition
The chaos among House Republicans this past week on immigration shows just how problematic and risky the issue is for a party that badly needs unity heading into the elections in November that will decide control of Congress. GOP leaders thought they had found a way by Friday morning to make the party's warring conservative and moderate wings happy on an issue that has bedeviled them for years. Conservatives would get a vote by late June on an immigration bill that parrots many of President Trump's hard-right immigration views, including reductions on legal immigration and opening the door to his proposed wall with Mexico. Centrists would have a chance to craft a more moderate alternative with the White House and Democrats and get a vote on that, too. But it all blew up as conservatives decided they didn't like that offer and rebelled. By lunchtime Friday, many were among the 30 Republicans who joined Democrats and scuttled a sweeping farm and food bill, a humiliating setback for the … [Read more...] about Is immigration a land mine for GOP ahead of midterms?
John Travolta channelled his inner Vincent Vega at a Cannes Film Festival party, joining 50 Cent on stage for a rendition of one of the rapper's tracks. The Pulp Fiction actor, who has danced on screen in films Grease and Saturday Night Fever, accompanied the hip-hop star as he performed “Just A Lil Bit” following the premiere of Travolta's new film Gotti. A video of the actor's moves was initially posted to Instagram by Jeremy Bettis, an executive at 50 Cent's record label. The rapper himself later posted a clip to his Twitter account with the caption: “Me and John Travolta partying - l swear l only came out here because of him.” Read more New Lars Von Trier film sees both ovation and walkouts at Cannes New Spike Lee film receives the longest Cannes standing ovation yet Cate Blanchett's impassioned speech for gender equality at Cannes The crowd cheered along as the duo entertained with 50 Cent spitting lyrics including: “Rotate … [Read more...] about John Travolta filmed dancing with 50 Cent at Cannes after-party