They are members of one of the world's most exclusive clubs: The five former living presidents. On Saturday night, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter will make a rare, joint appearance at a concert benefitting hurricane relief efforts at Texas A&M University. Security will be very tight for the event at Reed Arena. ... residential historian Jeffrey Engel says the benefit concert is not only for a good cause, but sends a unifying message. "It's really remarkable to have that many together and it really shows the nation whether you're Republican or Democrat can come together for national causes." read more
A federal judge on Tuesday largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of the president's controversial travel ban ... The decision from Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii is sure to be appealed, but for now, it means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries that officials said were either unable or unwilling to provide information that the United States wanted to vet their citizens. "The ban, like its predecessors, delivers on the President's longstanding promise to exclude Muslims from the United States, striking at the very core of our Nation's founding values of religious freedom and equality," those suing in a separate case in federal court in Maryland wrote. "Unlike its predecessors, the new ban is indefinite, and potentially permanent."
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said he will pay back the U.S. government for the expenses associated with his private jet travels and no longer take chartered flights.
"It is clear to me that in this case, I was not sensitive enough to my concern for the taxpayer," Price said in a statement on Thursday. "I know as well as anyone that the American people want to know that their hard-earned dollars are being spent wisely by government officials." read more
WASHINGTON -- In a major setback, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell yanked the latest GOP Obamacare overhaul plan from Senate consideration Tuesday, conceding that Republicans did not have the votes for the GOP's last-ditch push to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The Kentucky Republican had planned to bring the bill, crafted by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, to the floor for a vote this week as Republicans raced to beat a Sept. 30 deadline. But the bill did not have enough GOP support to pass, with Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, and Rand Paul of Kentucky all announcing their opposition.
Kim Jong-Un has called Donald Trump's UN speech "a declaration of war" and branded the US president "mentally deranged" in a rare address. ... "His remarks remind me of such words as 'political layman' and political heretic' which were in vogue in reference to Trump during his presidential election campaign," Kim said. "Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history that he would destroy the DPRK, we will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding highest level of hard line counter measure in history."