Friday, June 23, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. The Senate Republicans released their new healthcare plan Thursday where it proved to have issues with both sides of the aisle. Conservatives, like Senator Rand Paul stated that the bill is just another Affordable Care Act, aka, Obamacare but more moderate Republicans like Senator Susan Collins believes it takes too much away from the poor. There is also the debate that the bill will eliminate funding to Planned Parenthood, which in some areas of the nation, the only health clinic available. If the bill were to be voted on today, the votes would not be there for it to pass.
2. Thursday, a lawsuit was filed against President Trump and the Executive Office of the President by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the National Security Archive which accuses the White House of deleting records that have occurred during the Trump presidency. The suit focuses on an “auto-delete” app reportedly being used for messages sent from the White House that erase messages after they’re read. CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement that “The American people not only deserve to know how their government is making important decisions, it’s the law, by deleting these records, the White House is destroying essential historical records.” Tweets created by the President or those in the administration are part of a “historical record” that belongs to the public and must be preserved, as mandated by the Presidential Records Act of 2014, notes the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The lawsuit points out that President Trump has deleted tweets throughout his presidency.
3. It was the question that President Trump had everyone guessing. Did he record his conversation with former Director of the FBI James Comey as Trump hinted to in a tweet on May 12? Thursday the president ended the speculation tweeting that “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are “tapes” or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.” Although the tweet was supposed to end the question of recording within the White House it still left the door open that some conversations are regarded but that the President may not be aware of it.
4. The United States Supreme Court decided Thursday that the government may not strip someone’s citizenship for lying during the naturalization process without proving the falsehood is relevant is to the case for citizenship. The court unanimously rejected the government’s view that simply proving that someone lied during the process was enough. The case heard before the court was of Bosnian native, Divna Maslenjak who was stripped of citizenship after it was learned she lied about her husband being in the Bosnian unit which was then implicated in war crimes. When the lie was exposed, the Obama Administration deported Maslenjak but court stated the lie should not have influenced the decision of citizenship because Maslenjak was an ethnic Serb and said she and her family faced persecution.
5. Thursday, North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of its program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile. North Korea’s state media, which is normally quick to publicize successful missile-related developments, did not carry any reports on the engine test. US officials speaking anonymously to several news agencies said the latest engine test, on Thursday, could be one stage of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) engine that would be able to reach the US.
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