A doctor has been fired from practice at a hospital. A not-guilty plea has been entered for a Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilation on two Minnesota girls in a first-of-its-kind case in the United States. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala appeared in Detroit federal court Thursday, a day after being indicted. She's charged with six crimes, including conspiracy to bring the girls across state lines. It carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Nagarwala is charged with performing genital mutilation on the two 7-year-old girls in February at a suburban Detroit clinic owned by another doctor, who also is charged. Nagarwala and the Minnesota girls' families belong to a Muslim sect called Dawoodi Bohra. Defense attorney Shannon Smith says she performed a religious ritual, not genital mutilation.
An attorney is calling an execution “horrifying.” The last of four Arkansas executions over an eight-day period has prompted calls for investigations after the inmate lurched and convulsed while strapped to the gurney. An Associated Press reporter who witnessed Kenneth Williams' execution Thursday said that about three minutes into the lethal injection, his body jerked 15 times in quick succession. He lurched violently against the leather chest restraint, then the rate slowed for a final five movements. One of Williams' attorneys called the execution 'horrifying.' A spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson called it 'an involuntary muscular reaction.' The compressed lethal injection timeline could attract more scrutiny after Williams' death. Arkansas sought to carry out as many lethal injections as possible before one of its drugs expires Sunday.
When Judge James Robart of Seattle blocked his travel ban: His reactions to news reports about alleged Russian interference in the elections, and possible Trump business ties to Russia: He clearly didn’t like how coverage of his campaign was handled on the FOX NEWS show “The O’Reilly Factor” in early 2016: He used the official POTUS Twitter account to blast the media: In March, Trump Tweeted the claim that former President Obama had his “wires tapped” in Trump Tower: He used the POTUS account to Tweet about FBI Director James Comey, literally while Comey was testifying before Congress: This POTUS Tweet was incorrect - 113 of those Jihadists were actually released by the Bush administration: Not accurate, the MS-13 gang has been around since the 1980s: His response to protesters who want him to release his tax returns:
The public can be going in style in the Big Apple. In a park amid New York City skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000. It has freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. The free-of-charge facility was inspired by visits to the city's priciest hotels. It's open to everyone, even homeless New Yorkers. On Thursday, officials cut bathroom tissue as the inaugural ribbon for the toilets housed in a landmarked Beaux-Arts building behind the New York Public Library. The toilets - divided between the women's and men's sides - are reopening after a two-month renovation. The eye-popping elegance is a surprise in a city where public toilets are scarce and generally grungy. The public luxury was funded privately by the Bryant Park Corp., a not-for-profit that manages the city-owned park.
A dog attack is fatal for its owner. Police say a pit bull mix killed its owner during an attack on the deck of the woman's Pennsylvania home. Police say they were called to the home in Upper Macungie Township Thursday afternoon by neighbors who reported hearing screaming and a dog barking. Police say the dog was still attacking the woman when officers arrived. They managed to put the dog in the home so responders could treat the woman's severe injuries. She was taken to a hospital where she later died. The name of the woman, who was in her 30s, is being withheld until family members are notified. Police say the 3-year-old male pit bull-boxer mix was tranquilized on the scene and taken to the Lehigh County Humane Society where it will be euthanized.
As the next open enrollment period began on Sunday for the Obama health law, the Obama Administration was trying again to use this signup period to move on from previous troubles that have dogged the healthcare.gov website and prompted repeated efforts by Republicans to repeal the President’s signature legislative achievement.
“That’s right – November 1 marks the start of our third Open Enrollment,” said Health Secretary Sylvia Burwell, who spent much of the last week on the road urging Americans to “Get Covered” in the enrollment period that will last from November 1 to January 15, 2016.
“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 17.6 million Americans who were uninsured now have health coverage,” Burwell said.
There were no early signs of trouble with the healthcare.gov site on Sunday morning, unlike when the site crashed at the start of the first enrollment period back in 2013.
That was also true of the few states which are still running their own signup websites – like Maryland – as many have struggled to keep their internet portals working properly.
For Republicans, the mere mention of ObamaCare still raises GOP blood pressure readings, as the RNC sent out an email on Sunday morning to reporters reminding them of “FLASHBACK: ObamaCare’s Rollout Disaster.”
“When Obamacare enrollment began in 2013 it was a complete disaster,” the GOP headline read.
While Republicans in Congress have tried to repeal part or all of the Obama health law, the GOP still has not brought an actual replacement plan up for a vote in either the House or Senate on what would supplant the Obama health law – despite repeated promises to do so.
And even the issue of repealing the health law has divided Republicans, as recently three GOP Senators vowed to block a plan approved by the House, which would force the President to veto a bill that gets rid of some parts of the health law.
“This simply isn’t good enough,” said Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).
“Each of us campaigned on a promise to fully repeal Obamacare and a reconciliation bill is the best way to send such legislation to President Obama’s desk,” the GOP trio said.
The problem is that you can’t use the ‘budget reconciliation’ process to fully repeal the Obama health law, which used that fast-track procedure to pass only parts of that law back in early 2010.
A bill recently passed by the House – using reconciliation – would repeal the individual and employer mandates, the medical device tax, the so-called “Cadillac tax” on expensive health plans, and the Independent Payment Advisory Board under the health law.
But for now, that may be going nowhere in the Senate.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.