Donald Trump signed a law Thursday that allows states to deny certain federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
The measure overturns a regulation finalized at the end of President Obama's administration that explicitly prevented states from denying federal Title X family planning funds to clinics, like Planned Parenthood, that also provide abortion services.
Under longstanding practices, federal funds could not be used for abortions, but they could go to abortion clinics that provided other healthcare services. As of 2014, roughly 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood were abortion-related.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo denounced WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a "narcissist" who works in concert with Russia, relying on "the dirty work of others to make him famous."
Pompeo's speech on Thursday at a preeminent Washington think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was marked by harsh accusations against the group's leaks of classified documents and other materials in what it touts as a campaign for transparency.
"It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia," said Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman who was tapped by President Trump to lead the CIA.
The U.S. military dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal on a cave and tunnel complex that it said was used by Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan.
This is from March 13, 2003.
The U.S. military dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal Thursday on a cave and tunnel complex that it said was used by Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, a stark reminder of a U.S. war now in its 16th grinding year.
The behemoth bomb, officially called the Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB, is also known as the "mother of all bombs." It is 30 feet long, weighs nearly 11 tons and produces a devastating above-ground explosion that sends a mushroom cloud roiling high in the sky.
Originally developed for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the MOAB has never been used in combat before.
Paul Manafort, facing mounting questions about his work for pro-Russian interests in the Ukraine, may be belatedly registering as a foreign agent.
Manafort, a onetime campaign manager for Donald Trump, has been in talks with the government about registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act for some of his past political work, according to a statement from his spokesman, Jason Maloni.
“Mr. Manafort received formal guidance recently from the authorities and he is taking appropriate steps in response to the guidance,” the statement said. “The work in question was widely known, concluded before Mr. Manafort began working with the Trump campaign and was not conducted on behalf of the Russian government.”
The state of Hawaii wants an 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to consider whether to lift a hold on President Trump’s revised travel ban.
Normally, an appeal first goes to a three-judge panel. The losing party can then appeal the decision directly to the U.S. Supreme Court or to an “en banc” panel, which in the 9th Circuit includes the chief judge and 10 randomly selected judges.
Hawaii’s request followed a decision by the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a similar hold “en banc” instead of before three judges.