Apr 29, 2019

Judge blocks Trump administration abortion rule, calling it "madness"

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue demonstrating outside the U.S. Supreme Court in January. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

A federal judge in Oregon on Monday issued a national injunction sought by 20 states and the District of Columbia against the Trump's administration’s so-called "gag rule", calling the measure seeking to cut off federal funding for providers that offer abortions or abortion referrals "madness."

Details: The Title X overhaul rule, which is also being challenged by Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association, would have taken effect on May 3. But in striking down the policy, U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane wrote that it is "a solution in search of a problem." This is the second injunction against the measure after a federal judge in Washington state blocked it on Friday.

"At worst, it is a ham-fisted approach to health policy that recklessly disregards the health outcomes of women, families, and communities. In the guise of 'program integrity,' the Gag Rule prevents doctors from behaving like informed professionals. It prevents counselors from providing comprehensive counseling. It prevents low-income women from making an informed and independent medical decision. ... This is madness."

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Peter Navarro defends hydroxychloroquine use in heated CNN interview

White House economic adviser Peter Navarro defended the use of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus during a CNN interview Monday, highlighting "the possibility" that it has therapeutic efficacy.

Why it matters: Navarro did not deny reporting from Axios' Jonathan Swan that he got into a heated exchange in the White House Situation Room over the weekend with infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci about the drug's prospects against the illness.

Special report: Health care workers vs. coronavirus

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Health care workers are at an especially high risk of catching the coronavirus, because of their prolonged exposure to patients who have it. Making matters worse, the U.S. doesn't have enough of the protective equipment, like masks and gloves, that keeps them safe.

  • And yet these workers, with loved ones of their own, keep showing up at hospitals across the country, knowing that more Americans than they can possibly care for are depending on them.
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Backed by the Fed, bond investors get bullish

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The Fed's massive injections of liquidity have reopened much of the bond market, and after back-to-back weeks in which more than $100 billion flowed out of bond funds, investors have regained their bearings and now see opportunity.

What's happening: But after the hemorrhaging outflows relented last week, bulls may now be sticking their heads out a bit too far. Junk bond funds took in more than $7 billion for the week ended April 1, according to Refinitiv Lipper, setting a new weekly record.