The Texas prison system on Wednesday sued the Food and Drug Administration, demanding the return of 1,000 vials of the execution drug sodium thiopental seized by federal authorities in 2015.
The federal lawsuit challenges the FDA’s formal ruling, issued Friday, that prohibits the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from importing the drug. Texas purchased the substance from a man in India, but the shipment was seized in July 2015 at Houston Intercontinental Airport, ac
- Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening!The entire Senate took coach buses over to the White House, and even money says Ted Cruz was the only person to raise his hand when the driver asked if anyone wanted to watch the movie. Ivanka Trump is starting up her own Clinton Foundation, but don’t expect your Facebook feed to fill up with posts from your aunt about how Ivanka is hiding a Parkinson’s diagnosis or runs a child
- WASHINGTON ― While House Republicans have reanimated their push to repeal the Affordable Care Act by crafting a plan to appease conservatives, Senate moderates on Wednesday were already expressing serious doubts about the new proposal.
The new idea that has won praise from members of the House Freedom Caucus involves allowing states to let insurers ignore essential health benefits guaranteed under Obamacare, as well as protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions.
- WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump promised to create an office that would help victims of crimes committed by immigrants. The Department of Homeland Security followed through quickly and opened the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office Wednesday.But so far the main thing that’s new about the office — which will use an existing call center and staff to provide services that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has offered for years — is the message that accompani
- Video has surfaced showing a North Carolina police officer put a gun to the head of an unarmed man he threatened to shoot.
“I will kill you, you understand,” said the officer, who can be seen in the video holding a gun to the head of 40-year-old James Yarborough.
Another officer can be heard suggesting officers use a stun gun on Yarborough.
“Light him up, he don’t want to do it,” the officer said.
The video, which was obtained by Charlotte’s WBTV News, was ca
- WASHINGTON ― The chief justice of the United States has broken the law.
John Roberts made the unexpected confession Wednesday as he and his Supreme Court colleagues considered a case that tests some of the circumstances the federal government may use to strip naturalized Americans of citizenship rights.
“Some time ago, outside the statute of limitations, I drove 60 miles an hour in a 55-mile-an-hour zone,” said Roberts, drawing laughter from those in the courtroom. But the chie
- Donald Trump’s barrage of angry tweets and insults against members of the “disgusting,” “incompetent,” “irrelevant,” “worthless,” “nasty,” “failing,” “pure scum,” “boring,” “dumb,” “total disaster,” “sick,” “garbage,” “fake news” media has already caused press freedom in America to suffer, according to Reporters Without Borders.
- WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s first lower court appointment, Amul Thapar, got his Senate hearing on Wednesday and was asked what he thinks about Trump routinely condemning federal judges who rule against him.
He’s cool with it.
“What I will say about me and my colleagues is, we don’t pay ― it doesn’t matter to us,” Thapar told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that Thapar, Trump’s pick for a seat
- Can people with drastically opposing political views still find common ground?
That’s the question behind Heineken’s new advertisement, “Worlds Apart,” in which strangers participate in a social experiment, meeting to build some furniture and get to know each other. The hitch is: They don’t know that they have fundamentally opposing political views.
“I would describe my political views as the new right,” says one man, before he meets his partner in
- Patagonia on Wednesday threatened to sue the White House over an executive order that instructs the Department of the Interior to review any national monuments designated since 1996.
The high-end outdoor apparel retailer, which has been embroiled in a bitter fight over the future of two monuments declared in the waning days of Barack Obama’s presidency, slammed President Donald Trump, insisting that he lacks the authority to rescind designations by his predecessors.
- WASHINGTON ― Members of Congress have paid no mind to a Trump administration request calling for an array of cuts in a stopgap spending bill that must be passed this week to avoid a government shutdown.
Lawmakers had already basically hashed out an agreement on spending earlier this year, before the Trump administration started looking for ways to offset the cost of a new border wall with cuts that were like a mini version of the broader Trump 2018 budget proposal from March.&nb
- It should come as no surprise that Americans hold strong opinions about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, colloquially known as “food stamps.” But there appears to be more of a bipartisan consensus on the matter than heated rhetoric on the matter might suggest.
According to a study released Wednesday by the Voice of the People, a nonpartisan polling group, and conducted by University of Maryland researchers, an overwhelming majority of American voters of both parties fav
- Congressional Republicans have privately proposed a funding bill that does not include money for the border wall, a Congressional source told CNN on Tuesday, a sign congressional Republicans are willing to buck the President to avoid a government shutdown.
- President Donald Trump is all about bucking precedent, and he's doing it again when it comes to public lands.
- When Pennsylvania House Rep. Brian Sims (D-PA) woke up Wednesday morning, he followed his usual morning routine: checking the news, and then deleting the hate speech left on his Facebook by trolls overnight.
An openly gay politician, Sims is used to having to go through these motions. However, this morning one comment stuck out to him: it read “n****r faggot.”
When Sims checked the poster’s Facebook page, he didn’t find much info or a clear-cut motive for the troll&rsquo
- Roy Moore, who was suspended last year from his position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to follow federal law, announced Wednesday that he is running for U.S. Senate.“As United States senator, I will continue to stand for rights and liberties not only of this state, but of the people as well,” Moore said during an announcement at the Alabama State Capitol on Wednesday, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.
He also linked himself to the president, sa
- WASHINGTON ―Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and White House adviser, plans to start a fund to help female entrepreneurs worldwide, using money from private-sector donors and foreign governments.According to Axios, the first to report the first daughter’s plan, the fund will be run by the World Bank. “Canadians, Germans and a few Middle Eastern countries have already made quiet commitments, as have several corporations,” Axios previously reported. The fun
- The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday unveiled a new office to focus on victims of crimes linked to immigrants -- the fulfillment of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.
- Despite a positive public front, congressional Republicans are quietly voicing frustration that President Donald Trump's big tax announcement Wednesday contains all cuts and no real reform, lacking the crucial components of a way to pay for the plan as well as sufficient congressional involvement.
- Maine Gov. Paul LePage flew to Washington Wednesday, and all he got was teased by President Donald Trump.
- Over the space of the last five days, President Trump has gone back and forth and back again on whether funding for his proposed border wall should be included in a spending bill aimed at keeping the government open past midnight on Friday.
- Moderate Republicans in the House are suddenly feeling a whole lot of heat.
- The US Air Force test-fired an unarmed long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, Wednesday, according to the Air Force Global Strike Command.
- WASHINGTON ― A pair of Democratic lawmakers are introducing legislation that aims to prevent incidents like the one that occurred in Chicago, where a passenger was violently removed from a United Airlines flight after he refused to give up his seat for an airline employee.
A viral video of 69-year-old David Dao kicking and screaming as he was dragged off an overbooked flight by police set off a national firestorm earlier this month. Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United Airlines, eventually apolo
- President Donald Trump could be just weeks away from fulfilling his threat to explode the Obamacare market by halting crucial payments to health insurance companies, and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has declared he’s not planning to do anything about it.
During a telephone call Tuesday evening, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that the Trump administration may withhold next month’s dist
- The Trump administration unveiled a sweeping tax reform package Wednesday that simplifies the tax code, slashes rates across the board for individuals and dramatically lowers the corporate rate. "This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to do something really big," said Gary Cohn, director of the president's National Economic Council, who presented ...
- The White House is considering withdrawing from NAFTA in the coming days, though President Donald Trump has not yet decided how to proceed, two senior administration officials confirmed to CNN Wednesday.
- Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn are beloved by gay audiences, and they both want those fans to know that the love is reciprocated.
As they gear up for the May 11 release of their road-trip comedy, “Snatched,” the two actresses opened up about their respective LGBTQ followings in a candid interview with PrideSource. In it, Schumer, 35, said she “can’t remember a time” when she didn’t feel compelled to “fight to the death” to defend the queer commun
- Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham used some colorful language to lead a chorus of GOP criticism Wednesday against Democratic demands to add Obamacare cost savings subsidies to a giant must-pass government funding bill that is now stalled over the issue.
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CORPORATIONS WIN MOST IN TRUMP’S TAX PLAN President Donald Trump’s proposal includes a cut in the income tax rate on public corporations to 15 percent from 35 percent. There are not currently plans in place to offset the lost revenue, so it could add billions to the federal deficit. [Reuters]
ABANDONING FUNDING FOR A BORDER WALL COULD PREVENT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN “Republicans, facin
- Former Attorney General Eric Holder says it’s “shameful” Republicans are seeking to implement photo ID laws and other measures that make it more difficult to vote.
Holder, who is leading a national redistricting reform effort, accused Republicans of trying to suppress potential voters who are less likely to support them. He made the remarks during the National Action Network’s annual convention in New York City on Wednesday.
“Some Republicans have declare
- Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel said Wednesday that failing to fulfill Donald Trump's campaign promise to build a wall along the Mexican border will hurt the party in the 2018 midterm elections.
- A draft executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement is under consideration, a senior Trump administration official said on Wednesday, confirming an earlier report from Politico.
It was unclear whether the order would be enacted by President Donald Trump, who has vowed to pull out from NAFTA - a U.S., Mexico and Canada trade pact - if he cannot win better terms for America.
Trump has accused Mexico of destroying U.S. jobs, and this week he set 20 per
- Former Vice President Joe Biden stopped by George Mason University Wednesday morning to speak to students about sexual assault prevention on college campuses.
The event, held by Biden’s sexual assault awareness organization It’s On Us, was live streamed on George Mason’s website and featured faculty and student speakers, along with “13 Reasons Why” actress Alisha Boe and producer Joy Gorman.
Boe said that playing her character Jessica, who gets raped in
- House Republicans are floating an amendment to their health care bill that would weaken Obamacare's protections for those with pre-existing conditions -- for everyone but themselves.
- Ellen Page and her best friend Ian Daniel are back with another episode of their VICE series “GAYCATION,” this time featuring a look at a day of resistance in Washington, D.C.
“GAYCATION” is a VICE mini-documentary series that first aired in 2016 in which Page and Daniel travel to different countries around the world and examine the state of life for the LGBTQ community there. During the first two seasons they confronted hate and prejudice, challenged Ted Cruz on hi
- WASHINGTON ― In a major win for the labor union-backed Fight for $15 movement and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are introducing a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Sanders, who caucuses with Democrats, introduced a similar $15 minimum wage bill in July 2015, but it garnered the support of just six senators, including himself.
With a more gradual phase-in period, the new legislation already has the
- Caitlyn Jenner says she may run for the U.S. Senate in California when longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, decides to retire. The revelation by the Olympic decathlete, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, came in an interview talk with the Daily Beast published Wednesday. Ms. Jenner, a generally ...
- President Donald Trump seems to have spent his first 97 days in near-constant motion.
- A bill expected this week in the U.S. House of Representatives would weaken a Food and Drug Administration rule governing e-cigarettes and represent a major victory for the $4.4 billion U.S. vaping industry.
The bill, from Republican Representative Duncan Hunter of California, would reverse the Obama administration’s “Deeming Rule” which deems e-cigarettes to be tobacco products, subject to the same strict regulations governing traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes heat nicotine
- Here's the full clip of Jesse Watters saying he liked how Ivanka "was speaking into that microphone." pic.twitter.com/hwfJl3jil5— David Mack (@davidmackau) April 26, 2017
Fox News host Jesse Watters made what appeared to be an oral sex joke about Ivanka Trump, at a time when the network is desperate to shed its reputation as a hotbed for sexual harassment, sexism and misogyny.
On a segment of Fox’s The Five on Tuesday night, Watters criticized attendees at a women’s
- President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to start pulling the federal government out of K-12 education, following through on a campaign promise to return school control to state and local officials. The order, dubbed the "Education Federalism Executive Order," will launch a 300-day review of Obama-era regulations and guidance ...
- A children’s clothing line is encouraging kids to develop a social awareness that leads to action.
In January, Kim Lieb and Tia Clarida launched Little Activists, a socially conscious kid’s apparel company. Little Activists features clothes with empowering messages about love and tolerance for infants, toddlers and kids. The company’s founders drew inspiration for the project from their children. Clarida has a 6-year-old-son named Ryder, while Lieb has have 2-ye
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- If you’re old enough to be learning to write, you’re old enough to be learning how to make a difference.
Since women are still underrepresented in politics, nonprofit Ignite National provides education and training to high-school and college-aged women who are interested in running for political office. To that end, they’ve recently created the “Writing Our Rights” workbook to help foster political ambition in girls while they practice their handwriting.
- It is often hailed as the beacon of a civilized society -- but is democracy in danger of failing the very people it is supposed to protect?
- Prepare to be wowed.
- Written in 1985, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has never been out of print. So to call renewed interested in the beloved dystopian story a “resurgence” might be disingenuous ― the book’s popularity was never in question.
Nonetheless, as President Donald Trump has ascended to the highest public office and policymakers have suggested revoking basic women’s rights, the story of Gilead ― a militant and theocratic future-version of t
- The new leader of the House Russia investigation asked House Democrats to cool their barrage of criticism as part of a reset for the House intelligence committee that both sides hope will hold.
- The House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday officially endorsed a plan designed to slash premiums for healthy people getting socked by Obamacare, giving the GOP's replacement effort a much-needed boost and heaping pressure on centrists to push the effort across the finish line. Hard-line conservatives in the 30-plus-member faction said a ...
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