JUSTIN ORDOÑEZ, SEATTLE -- I'm 35 years old. I didn't go to college after high school. Instead I got a job in insurance, and I've spent half my life on the business side of keeping people healthy. Only once have I felt that the industry took positive steps toward insuring America, and that was when Obamacare mandated it.
I assumed Donald Trump's presidency would doom the law. A Republican replacement, which could cut off insurance for millions of people, could pass the Senate as soon as next week. And I fear that most Americans, who don't really worry about their health until they get sick, won't be willing to fight against it.
Only when you've done what I've done will you understand what will happen if the Republicans destroy Obamacare.
Mythili Sampathkumar, Independent: Donald Trump has seemingly defended his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement by saying that scientists "can't even get the weather report right, so how come they think they can get that right" when discussing the issue of climate change
The comment was overheard at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia after the President played a round of golf.
He and his officials, including White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, have refused to answer the simple question of whether Mr Trump believes in climate change or not.
The overheard comment - reported by Politico - may have answered that. read more
Alexandra Berzon and Rob Barry, The Washington Street Journal: The hacking spree that upended the presidential election wasn't limited to Democratic National Committee memos and Clinton-aide emails posted on websites. The hacker also privately sent Democratic voter-turnout analyses to a Republican political operative in Florida named Aaron Nevins.
The Wall Street Journal reported that hacked information was posted on a blog run by Aaron Nevins, the political operative, and then passed along to top Trump adviser Roger Stone during the campaign. The Republican operative in Florida received a trove of Democratic documents from the allegedly Kremlin-linked hacker, Guccifer 2.0. For months, both Congress and the FBI have been scrutinizing evidence that associates of Trump may have colluded with Russia during the campaign. read more
LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement fanned out across Los Angeles in pre-dawn sweeps, serving arrest and search warrants as part of a three-year investigation into the ultra-violent street gang MS-13. [...]
Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra Brown said the 127-page anti-racketeering indictment targets 44 members and associates of the gang, including the one-time leader of a Los Angeles faction of MS-13.
Twenty-one people named in the indictment were arrested in pre-dawn raids across Los Angeles and Brown said warrants were served at more than 50 locations. Jail officials around the region also conducted cell searches, as some of those indicted were already in custody on unrelated charges. About a dozen of those arrested were so-called "shot callers" for the gang. At least three people were still at large Wednesday.
"It's one of the largest and most entrenched gangs in Los Angeles," Brown said. "Today's actions will deal a critical blow to the top leadership." read more
The Independent: All of the necessary things to support life have been found on one of the moons that orbits Saturn. Enceladus has chemicals that when found on Earth tend to indicate life, suggesting that there might be living things under its icy shell. Scientists have long thought of Enceladus as one of the prime candidates for life within our solar system, in large part because of its subsurface ocean that covers its entire body. But the new research gives the best look yet at that moon, showing that it has a chemical energy source capable of supporting life. read more