More than 670,000 people signed up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, marking the busiest single enrollment day since the healthcare law’s coverage expansion began three years ago.
The record tally, announced by President Obama at his year-end news conference Friday, continues the strong enrollment this fall following Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 election victory.
And it underscored again the challenge that Trump and his Republican congressional allies face in repealing Obamacare, as the law is often called.
Several American Jewish groups Friday expressed dismay at Donald Trump's choice for U.S. ambassador to Israel, a hard-liner who supports expanded West Bank settlements and opposes the traditional two-state solution seen by many as the best hope to resolve the region's decades-old conflict.
The President-elect said Thursday that he would nominate his longtime friend, bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman, as U.S. envoy to Israel.
Friedman, who advised Trump during the presidential campaign, has taken numerous positions that contradict longstanding U.S. policy under both Democratic and Republican administrations.
President Obama said the U.S. must retaliate against Russia for the election-season hack into Democrats’ emails and that his administration will do so on its own time frame -- perhaps in secret.
“Some of it may be explicit and publicized, some of it may not be,” Obama said during an interview that aired on National Public Radio on Friday morning.
“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections … we need to take action,” Obama told NPR host Steve Inskeep. “And we will, at a time and place of our own choosing.”
The Pentagon on Friday demanded the return of a U.S. Navy underwater drone that was seized by a Chinese military vessel in the South China Sea, an incident that also triggered a formal diplomatic complaint from the U.S government.
U.S. officials say the seized device was collecting data on water salinity, surveying the ocean bottom and gathering other scientific information.
The U.S. State Department issued a formal demarche with Beijing about the incident, involving the unarmed torpedo-like vehicle known as an autonomous underwater glider.
For eight years, many of President Obama’s critics denounced what they saw as excessive caution in dealing with foreign governments.
No need to worry about that anymore.
President-elect Donald Trump has already begun obliterating the current administration’s “no drama” approach. He sees unpredictability as a valuable tool, which keeps adversaries off guard, softening them up to cut good deals.
Gaby Pacheco strode into Trump Tower’s gilded lobby on a mission to convince the businessman to back immigration reform and help young people like her who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Back in that summer of 2013, Donald Trump was just beginning to flirt with a presidential run, and others warned her that he might be using the visit for publicity. But she and other Dreamers, as the young immigrants are called, coveted the star power he might bring to the cause.
Almost an hour later, she and a few colleagues departed the surreal encounter with doubts about Trump’s understanding of the issue, an inkling of his future political ambitions and, most oddly, parting gifts of chocolates, jewelry and neckties from his famous brands.
Donald Trump called Josh Earnest “a foolish guy” Thursday after the White House press secretary said the president-elect should stop attacking U.S. intelligence agencies for their conclusion that Russia tried to help Trump win the election.
The back-and-forth reflected rising tension between the incoming and outgoing presidents over Trump’s friendly posture toward Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“This foolish guy, Josh Earnest, I don’t know if he’s talking to President Obama,” Trump told thousands of supporters at his latest postelection campaign rally, in Hershey, Pa.
President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday that he plans to nominate as ambassador to Israel his lawyer, a hard-liner on the Middle East who has voiced opposition to decades of U.S. policy in the region.
David Friedman, who served as one of Trump's main advisors on Israel during the campaign, vowed to perform as a "rock-solid partner" to Israel's conservative leadership.
He has been quoted recently expressing doubt about the so-called two-state solution, the existence of an Israeli and a Palestinian state living side by side in peace, which has been the basis of U.S. policy for decades and the framework for peace negotiations in that part of the world.
As chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp., Rex Tillerson has led a vast energy juggernaut, roaming the globe in search of multibillion-dollar deals, working with despots as well as democrats.
The brash Texas oilman has helped forge or supervise exploration, production and refinery projects in 50 countries on six continents, from Africa to the Arctic. The company was widely seen as a quasi-state, with more influence in some parts of the world than the U.S. government.
If Tillerson is confirmed as Donald Trump’s secretary of State, however, he may find that his 41-year career at the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company could hamper his ability to freely conduct foreign policy as America’s top diplomat.