NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Barack Obama was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a gala in midtown Manhattan Wednesday evening.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A divided U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control.
Maine's incoming Democratic governor nominated a former senior White House health policy expert Friday to head the state's embattled health agency and its $3.4 billion budget. Gov.-elect Janet Mills said she will nominate former President Barack Obama administration staffer Jeanne Lambrew as the next commissioner of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services. Mills said Lambreau's policy experience, which includes rolling out Obama's signature health care law, will help her reinvigorate morale and rebuild the health and human services department. The state Senate, which returns in January, considers such gubernatorial nominations. Lambrew will head a department that has received scrutiny
THE FACTS: There was no $150 billion payout from the U.S. treasury to Iran, according to an AP Fact Check. The erroneous claim, which is circulating widely on social media, was made in a tweet Wednesday by President Donald Trump after a contentious meeting with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer about funding for a border wall. Trump has made the Iran claim before. An AP Fact Check published April 24, 2018, found that the money Trump refers to represents Iranian assets held abroad that were frozen until a deal was reached in 2015 to curb Iran's nuclear program and ease sanctions. Tehran was then allowed access to its funds. Trump is seeking $5 billion
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden initially refused to run with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a decade ago, but his family ultimately convinced him he had to support an African-American candidate with a real chance of winning, he said Thursday at the University of Utah. Biden, 76, was greeted with a standing ovation as he took the stage amid speculation about whether he will launch his own 2020 campaign for president. He did not directly address the possibility of another run in the speech that marks his final scheduled public event in 2018. Instead, he spoke about the pain of losing his son to brain cancer in 2015 and reminisced about his eight years serving with
Trump's presidential limo is an updated version of President Barack Obama's limo, which rolled out right before his inauguration in 2009.
A former top official in Barack Obama’s Justice Department has argued Donald Trump can be indicted as a sitting president, laying out a roadmap of how the controversial move could take place in a new interview. Speaking with Yahoo News “Skullduggery" podcast, former Deputy and Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal said there are no laws preventing a presidential indictment, adding that a prosecution could then occur upon Mr Trump leaving office. Mr Katyal noted the president could avoid prosecution by securing another victory in the 2020 election, as the statute of limitations for his possible crimes would expire while he was still in office.
NEW YORK (AP) — The publishing world made headlines in 2018, and not always by design. A wave of best-sellers offered damaging accounts of Donald Trump's White House, a million-selling memoir by Michelle Obama had readers longing for the previous administration and a political thriller by former President Bill Clinton had some taking a closer look at a White House scandal from the 1990s. Meanwhile, some of the country's top writers were called out for sexual harassment and a Dystopian novel written in the 1980s seemed ever more timely.
Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he's taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12. The move Wednesday gives the 44-year-old former San Antonio mayor an early start to what's shaping up as a crowded Democratic field without a clear front-runner to challenge President Donald Trump. Castro indicated in an AP interview that his mind was all but made up. "I know where I'm leaning, for sure," said Castro, who has said for weeks that it was likely he would seek the nomination. An exploratory committee usually is a formality before a candidate
Michelle Obama's new memoir "Becoming" will give readers their most intimate look yet at the life of the former first lady. Ahead of its release, take a look back at what she's already shared with us. Michelle Obama is bringing her book tour to Comerica Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 12. After a highly successful 12-event arena tour in 2018, Live Nation and Crown Publishing have announced 21 dates in 2019 for Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama is dedicated to ensuring that tickets are put in the hands of real fans and not resold on secondary websites. That is why Live Nation and European ticket agencies are implementing various methods to limit ticket scalpers on the
The latest: The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a major rollback over former President Barack Obama's “Waters of the United States” regulation. Environmentalists had hailed the Obama rule as a significant step in protecting water quality. Critics attacked it a federal government assault on state and landowner rights. Trump's rollback will give states more control in defining what waters should be subject to environmental oversight. Five-Year Farm Bill • The House on Dec. 12 voted, 369-47, to extend farm, nutrition and anti-hunger programs for five years at a projected cost of $87 billion annually. The bill (HR 2) would renew the federal sugar and food stamps programs without major
WASHINGTON - Federal authorities are investigating whether the president's inauguration committee misspent some of the millions of dollars it raked in, according to several media reports. The investigation is being led by federal prosecutors in Manhattan and is examining whether donors gave money in return for access to Donald Trump and his administration, the Wall Street Journal and CNN reported. The Journal, citing unnamed officials, reports the probe is in its early stages but aims to determine whether some of the donors to Trump's $107 million inauguration fund attempted to gain influence within the administration on policy decisions, something that could violate federal corruption laws.
Late on a Thursday morning in Eso Won Books in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, co-owner James Fugate was ready for a second cup of coffee. A spate of visitors on a city tour had just left the store, and Fugate's business partner, Tom Hamilton, arrived to man the register. Above his head,…