Republican House majority leader Kevin McCarthy is dubbing the third week of June “health care week.” It is then the House of Representatives will bring up a series of health care-related bills as the Supreme Court prepares to issue its ruling on a major provision of the Affordable Care Act at the end of the month.
Bill Clinton, no stranger to controversy, raised eyebrows again with a Clinton Global Initiative gathering last month, as ABC News put it, "at a five-star luxury hotel in Morocco [hosted] by one of the world's most controversial mining companies, criticized for 'serious human rights violations' by the Robert F.
A Saudi fair was being held at the Gaylord National Resort outside Washington, D.C. so David Keyes, the executive director of Advancing Human Rights, tried to throw "an awesome gay party at the exact same time." Keyes uploaded video of the event:
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is running for president of the United States. The New York Times reports:
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday returned to the neighborhood where he was raised and announced that he is running for president, injecting a hawkish foreign policy voice into a crowded field of Republican contenders.
Hillary Clinton told a New Hampshire supporter looking for an autograph to "go to the end of the line."
In video captured by a tracker for the conservative opposition firm America Rising, Clinton, a Democratic candidate for president, is seen greeting voters on the campaign trail outside Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton, New Hampshire. One supporter of the former first lady, senator, and secretary of state asked Clinton for her signature.
Over the weekend, Lally Weymouth, a senior associate editor at The Washington Post, interviewed Naftali Bennett, Israel's new education minister and a notable tech entrepreneur. Bennett wants to annex the part if the West Bank known as Area C and, in the words of the Post, "offer full Israeli citizenship to those Palestinians who live in Area C.
On Sunday night, the Senate voted 77-17 to advance the USA Freedom Act. The bill, which already passed the House 338-88, amends the Patriot Act by ending the NSA's practice of storing U.S. phone records (the date, time, duration and numbers dialed--but not the content or identity of the caller--of all calls) in a database that may be searched during national security investigations. Under the USA Freedom Act, the phone records will remain with the phone companies.
After ensuring that key sections of the Patriot Act will expire at midnight Sunday, Kentucky senator Rand Paul said that some of his critics "secretly want" a terrorist attack in the United States while those anti-terror surveillance programs are shut down. "People here in town think I'm making a huge mistake," Paul said. "Some of them I think secretly want there to be an attack on the United States so they can blame it on me."