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Time magazine presses Trump on his slew of evidence-free and false claims President Trump says he doesnât necessarily need facts before making such evidence-free claims as, say, former President Barack Obamaâs wiretapping the phones at Trump Tower, because theyâve later been proved right. âIâm a very instinctual person,â Trump told Time magazineâs Michael Scherer in a phone interview from the Oval Office on Wednesday. The president offered a list things he says he âpredictedâ would happen, including Brexit, Anthony Weinerâs sexting scandal, Bernie Sandersâ loss in the Democratic primary â even his false suggestion that a terror attack had occurred in Sweden the night before.
Follow live: Gorsuch Supreme Court confirmation hearings Confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, President Trumpâs nominee for the Supreme Court, continue Wednesday, with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioning the federal judge from Colorado for the second straight day. Yahoo News Senior National Affairs Reporter Liz Goodwin is in Washington, D.C., covering the hearings on Capitol Hill. Follow her instant analysis in the liveblog below.
White House âconfidentâ about health care vote despite delay The White House said a House floor vote on the GOP health care bill was postponed simply for scheduling reasons on Thursday and officials remain âconfidentâ it will pass. Shortly after news of the delay broke, White House principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the vote was put off to avoid holding it in the wee hours of Friday morning. âWe are going to start the debate tonight on the vote as planned,â Sanders said.
As Gorsuch is testifying, Supreme Court undermines his decision in school disabilities case Senate Democrats seized on a Supreme Court ruling handed down Wednesday morning â less than an hour into the third day of the confirmation hearing for nominee Neil Gorsuch â to question the judgment of President Trumpâs choice to fill the empty seat on the high court. The unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District expanded the obligations of public-school districts to provide an adequate education to disabled students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a standard that Gorsuch had used to decide a similar case in 2008, Thompson School District v. Luke P.
Biden rallies Democrats against GOP health care bill Former Vice President Joe Biden rallied Democrats Wednesday against the Republican attempt to pass a health care bill that would replace former President Barack Obamaâs signature legislative accomplishment. Biden had been keeping a relatively low public profile since Trumpâs January inauguration. âThis is not going to pass,â Biden said on the steps of the Capitol, standing in front of a large group of House Democrats.
Spicer scolds wary GOP over âfree votesâ to repeal Obamacare Shortly before Republican leaders postponed a vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare, the White House on Thursday scolded Republicans who took âfree votesâ to roll back the law while President Barack Obama was in office, but who now balk at supporting President Trumpâs health care plan. âYouâve taken a bunch of these free votes when it didnât matter, because you didnât have a Republican president. âWell, this is a live ball now, and this is for real, and weâre going to do what we pledged to the American people â and keep our word,â Spicer told reporters at his daily briefing.
McCain: Nunesâ action as intelligence committee chair âvery disturbingâ Nunes, the California Republican who heads the House intelligence committee, called a press conference Wednesday to announce that he had informed the White House that Trump transition communications may have been subject to âincidental collectionâ in the course of surveillance of other targets, possibly foreign. Nunes faced severe criticism from both sides of the aisle for making the information available to the press and the White House before briefing other members of his own committee, which is currently investigating suspicions of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Senator Tim Kaine: Nunes intel disclosure a âdistractionâ from Russia investigation Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., said Wednesday that the announcement by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., stating that intelligence agencies had swept up incidental communications from the Trump campaign was intended to distract attention from the FBIâs investigation. âI think itâs an attempt to distract from something that clearly makes the administration â and many members of the GOP â very, very nervous: the ongoing investigation that the FBI has acknowledged into contacts between the Trump campaign â and possibly the transition and administration â and the Russian government,â Kaine, who ran as Hillary Clintonâs nominee for vice president against Trump in 2016, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.
Billionaire raises questions about Putin criticâs mysterious fall A U.K.-based billionaire is raising pointed questions about the most recent in aÂ series of mysterious accidents, illnesses and muggings to befall critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin: lawyer Nikolai Gorokhovâs fall from a window of his fourth-floor apartment near Moscow earlier this week. âPeople donât just go falling out of their apartments,â Bill Browder, the American-born CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga Wednesday. Browder, whose net worth is estimated at around $4 billion, is the grandson of longtime American Communist Party leader Earl Browder, and a former ally turned vocal critic of Putin.
âAmerica is strongerâ: Obama defends Affordable Care Act ahead of GOP House vote President Barack Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington seven years ago. Former President Barack Obama released a statement on the seventh anniversary of having signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law â providing an impassioned defense of his landmark health care bill as itâs under fierce attack. The statement from the Office of Barack and Michelle Obama was sent out Thursday morning, ahead of an expected House Republicans vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would essentially repeal and replace the 2010 law commonly known as Obamacare.
Gorsuch frustrates Democrats at confirmation hearing During a 10-hour grilling from senators Tuesday, Judge Neil Gorsuch offered few hints as to his judicial philosophy, frustrating the Judiciary Committeeâs Democrats in a polished and calm performance. Gorsuch â sprinkling his answers to the committeeâs questions with âgoshâ and âgollyâ and âgoodnessâ â deftly dodged Democratic senatorsâ attempts to pin him down on abortion, the scope of the Second Amendment and the Citizens United campaign finance decision. The 49-year-old Colorado judge also repeatedly insisted he would maintain his independence from President Trump and said no one in the administration had asked him to promise to rule a certain way on cases once he got to the courtâneutralizing one of Democratsâ main lines of attack against him.
GOP Sen. Roberts: I âdeeply regretâ quip about insurance coverage for mammograms Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., speaks at Secretary of Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdueâs confirmation hearing. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., expressed remorse Thursday for making a sarcastic comment implying that coverage for mammograms shouldnât be a requirement for the GOPâsÂ insurance plan. Mammograms are essential to womenâs health & I never intended to indicate otherwise,â he tweeted.