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Associated Press
White House warns Syria’s Assad
against chemical attack
WASHINGTON — The White House issued a stern warning
to Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday night as it claimed
“potential” evidence that Syria was preparing for another chem-
ical weapons attack.
In an ominous statement issued with no supporting evidence
or further explanation, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the U.S.
had “identified potential preparations for another chemical weap-
ons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the
mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.”
He said the activities were similar to preparations taken before
an April 2017 attack that killed dozens of men, women and chil-
dren, and warned that if “Mr. Assad conducts another mass mur-
der attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay
a heavy price.”
The White House offered no details on what prompted the
warning and spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said she had no addi-
tional information Monday night.
Several State Department officials typically involved in coor-
dinating such announcements said they were caught completely
off guard by the warning, which didn’t appear to be discussed
in advance with other national security agencies. Typically, the
State Department, the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies
would all be consulted before the White House issued a declara-
tion sure to ricochet across foreign capitals.
Ruling in travel ban leaves
myriad questions unanswered
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to par-
tially reinstate President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban
has left the effort to keep some foreigners out of the United
States in a murky middle ground, with unanswered questions
and possibly more litigation ahead.
The justices ruled Monday in an unsigned opinion they
would hold a full hearing on the case in October. In the mean-
time, the administration can bar travelers from six majori-
ty-Muslim countries from the U.S. if they don’t have a “credible
claim of a bona fide relationship” with someone or some entity
in the country.
It’s unclear what will ultimately constitute a “bona fide rela-
tionship,” though the ruling suggested that an American job,
school enrollment or a close relative could meet that threshold.
Equally unclear is how many foreigners will be affected from
the six countries: Syria, Sudan, Iran, Yemen, Libya and Somalia.
The ruling was seen as at least a partial victory for Trump
in the biggest court case of his presidency. Trump claims the
temporary ban is needed to prevent terrorist attacks. Opponents
reject that and argue it’s a backdoor way to bar Muslims from
entering the United States, as Trump promised in his campaign.
The early indications are that the administration will use the
decision to take a tough line on travelers from those countries.
A senior U.S. official familiar with the situation said the Trump
administration has plans in place to relaunch the stalled ban and
tourists will be among those kept out.
These senators will make or
break the GOP’s health care push
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s campaign
promise to repeal and replace “Obamacare” is now in the hands
of a key group of GOP senators who are opposing —or not yet
supporting — legislation Senate Majority Leader Mitch McCon-
nell is pushing to bring to a vote this week.
These lawmakers range from moderate to conservative
Republicans, and include senators who were just re-elected and
a couple facing tough re-election fights. Their concerns about the
legislation vary along with their ideology, from those who say
it’s overly punitive in ejecting people from the insurance rolls,
to others who say it doesn’t go far enough in dismantling former
President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Satisfying one
group risks alienating another.
Trump spent part of the weekend placing phone calls to a
handful of these lawmakers, focusing on senators who supported
his candidacy — Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Shelley Moore
Capito of West Virginia, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of
Kentucky. The next several days will show whether the presi-
dent’s efforts pay off and if those lawmakers and the others will
ultimately fall in line on legislation that would impact health care
for millions of Americans, while allowing Trump and GOP lead-
ers to boast of fulfilling a campaign promise seven years in the
McConnell has scant margin for error given united Demo-
cratic opposition, and can afford to lose only two Republicans
from his 52-member caucus.
AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo
A 6-foot-tall privately funded Ten Commandments monument
is seen on the Arkansas Capitol grounds in Little Rock today,
after it was installed by workers two years after lawmakers
approved a measure allowing the statue on state property.
Ten Commandments monument
installed at Arkansas Capitol
Workers have installed a Ten Commandments monument out-
side Arkansas’ Capitol, two years after lawmakers approved a
measure permitting the statue on state grounds.
The 6-foot-tall monument was placed on the Capitol grounds
early today. Opponents of the monument have said it amounts to
an unconstitutional endorsement of religion and have threatened
to sue.
Plans for Arkansas’ monument sparked a push by the Satanic
Temple for a competing statue of Baphomet, a goat-headed, angel-
winged creature accompanied by two children smiling at it. Efforts
to install that display, however, were blocked by a law enacted this
year requiring legislative approval before the commission could
consider a monument proposal.
Medicaid mission creep threatens
GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ repeal
WASHINGTON — Somewhere along the way, the Republican
crusade to repeal “Obamacare” also turned into an effort to limit
the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is compli-
cating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock.
The federal-state program for low-income people has long
been stigmatized as substandard. But over time it has grown and
changed to become a mainstay for hospitals, nursing homes, insur-
ers, and now drug treatment centers confronting the opioid epi-
demic. With about 70 million enrolled, Medicaid covers more peo-
ple than Medicare, from newborns to nursing home residents.
Republicans including Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Dean
Heller of Nevada, and Govs. John Kasich of Ohio, Charlie Baker
of Massachusetts, and Doug Ducey of Arizona have all expressed
misgivings about the Senate’s GOP health care bill. On Monday, the
National Association of Medicaid Directors, a nonpartisan group
that represents state administrators of the program, said in a state-
ment from its board that the legislation is unworkable, and called it
“a transfer of risk, responsibility, and cost...of historic proportions.”
“We would see dramatic reductions in federal Medicaid fund-
ing, which would result in large budget gaps for the states,” said
analyst Caroline Pearson of the consulting firm Avalere Health.
A Congressional Budget Office estimate released Monday said
the Senate bill’s biggest impacts on spending would come from
Medicaid. In 2026, the federal contribution would be $160 billion
lower than under current law, and 15 million fewer people would
be covered through the program.
6 PM
NEW DELHI — President Donald Trump should have been
ready as he met with India’s prime minister, an unabashed hugger.
Smiling widely at a news conference Monday during a visit to
Washington, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the president’s
outstretched arm not as an invitation for a handshake, but as a pull
toward an embrace. Then he did it again in the White House Rose
Garden. Then once more before leaving.
Trump appeared stiff and uncomfortable with the first hug,
smiling thinly and patting Modi on the back a couple of times.
But it was the same folksy, effusive greeting Modi has used with
Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, and a host of foreign dig-
nitaries and celebrities, from former French President Francois
Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Hol-
lywood’s Hugh Jackman.
“Modi doesn’t hug just anyone,” said political scientist Sreeram
Chaulia, dean of the Jindal School of International Affairs in New
Delhi. “If you look at the list of people he’s hugged, these are peo-
ple who matter for India’s interest.”
Inmate details 4 prison killings:
‘I did it for nothing’
COLUMBIA, S.C. — One by one, Denver Simmons recalled,
he and his partner lured inmates into his cell. William Scruggs
was promised cookies in exchange for doing some laundry;
Jimmy Ham thought he was coming to snort some crushed pills.
Over the course of about a half-hour, four men accepted Sim-
mons’ hospitality. None of them made it out alive.
Calmly, matter-of-factly, the 35-year-old inmate told The
Associated Press how he and Jacob Philip strangled and beat
their blockmates to death and hid their bodies to avoid spooking
the next victims. They had nothing against the men; one of them
was even a friend, Simmons admitted.
Why did they do it?
Convicted in the cold-blooded shootings of a mother and her
teenage son, Simmons knew he would never leave prison alive.
Tired of life behind bars, a failure at suicide, he hoped killing
these criminals would land him on death row.
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WASHINGTON — Democrats are out to capitalize on what
they believe is growing public sentiment that President Donald
Trump, the richest man to call the White House home, is turning
his back on the people who got him elected in favor of his wealthy
peers. The party is hoping that pitch will pack extra oomph at a
time when even some Republicans are raising concerns that the
GOP health-care plan could hurt the poor.
Though stung by a series of defeats in special congressional
elections, Democrats believe they can make inroads with some
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Modi meets Trump with his
usual greeting — bear hugs
Democrats aim to blast
Trump for favoring wealthy
of Trump’s most loyal supporters by driving home the combined
potential impact of proposed tax cuts that would largely benefit the
wealthy and pending health care legislation that would fail to cover
tens of millions of Americans enrolled in “Obamacare.”
In a polling memo circulated by the Democratic group Priori-
ties USA, Democrats say they have seen a significant shift in the
last two months in the number of people that believe the president
sides with the wealthy and big corporations over average Ameri-
cans. Democrats plan to turn that message into a prominent sales
pitch for their candidates and surrogates, and could make it the
theme of ads as well.
Guy Cecil, the group’s chairman, said that for the president’s
first three months in office, voters who backed President Barack
Obama then switched to Trump believed that the new president
represented middle-class workers more than he represented the
wealthy. But he said that has changed since April.
“People are taking a second look,” says Cecil. “The reason that
health care is so powerful is because it directly affects people’s
lives and there’s a clear trade-off: You’re giving tax cuts to the rich;
you’re taking health care away from everybody else.”
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