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Paul becomes 4th Republican senator to oppose Trump emergency declaration
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over the weekend became the fourth Republican to say he would vote to disapprove of President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. Paul’s vote appeared to clinch enough votes to pass the Democrats’ disapproval resolution, which already cleared the House, although it is still not enough to override Trump’s promised veto. Trump declared the emergency to get access to several billion dollars to help build his promised border wall. “We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it,” Paul said at an event in Kentucky on Saturday, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. “If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing.”
Roger Stone late Monday took down an Instagram post with a crosshairs symbol next to the head of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the judge overseeing his criminal case in Washington, D.C., and filed a notice of apology with the court. The photo and comment were “improper,” he acknowledged, and he “recognizes the impropriety and had it removed.” In the post’s caption, Stone, a longtime Republican operative and adviser to President Trump, wrote that Special Counsel Robert Mueller used “legal trickery” to ensure that his criminal trial for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction went before Berman Jackson. He said in a subsequent post that he did not intend to threaten the judge.
Last year was the hottest year ever for Earth’s oceans, a new report says. 2018 was the hottest year since scientists started keeping records about ocean temperatures 60 years ago. The grim news comes from a study in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. And it points out a disturbing trend: The hottest five years for ocean temps have all occurred since 2014. The report’s authors say changing ocean temperatures are the best indicators of climate change. Warmer oceans lead to a variety of problems, such as sea level rise, more intense storms with heavier rainfall, coral bleaching and melting polar ice.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday unveiled a $100 million plan to provide affordable “health care for all” city residents. The “NYC Care” plan would offer public health insurance on a sliding price scale based on income to the estimated 600,000 people in the city who don’t have insurance, including undocumented immigrants and low-income residents not enrolled in Medicaid. The plan is schedule to launch later this year and reach all New Yorkers by 2021. De Blasio said it would be funded through the city’s public health budget, but would be cost-effective because it would reduce hospital emergency room visits by uninsured patients, and help improve public health. “It involves taking the money we’re spending right now and using it a lot better,” de Blasio said.
The Internal Revenue Service will pay tax refunds despite the partial federal government shutdown, the White House Office of Management and Budget announced Monday. “Tax refunds will go out,” the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, told reporters. The decision came after reports that if the shutdown, now in its third week, dragged into filing season then taxpayers would have to wait for their refunds. The decision to send refund checks even though the IRS is affected by the shutdown would remove a key incentive for both sides to reach a spending deal to reopen the quarter of the government now closed.
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President Trump’s medical exemption from military service during the Vietnam War came under renewed scrutiny on Wednesday when The New York Times reported that the daughters of a New York City foot doctor said their father was the one who diagnosed Trump with bone spurs. They said their father, the late Dr. Larry Braunstein, did it as a favor to Trump’s father, who was his landlord. “I know it was a favor,” said one daughter, Dr. Elysa Braunstein, 56. “But did he examine him? I don’t know.” The women said that in exchange their father got access to Trump’s father, developer Fred Trump. “If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately,” Elysa Braunstein said. “That was the small favor that he got.”
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The Maryland Province Jesuits on Monday released a list of Catholic priests in the order who have been “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children since the 1950s. The clergy members accused of abuse worked in high schools, colleges, churches, and other institutions in eight states and the Washington, D.C., area. One Jesuit priest, Neil P. McLaughlin, is believed to have committed abuse from the 1950s to the 1980s. He was not removed from the ministry until 2007. The revelations by the Jesuits, known for educating young people, come as many Catholic institutions are facing intense pressure to increase transparency regarding sexual abuse allegations.