May 18, 2018

Trump to cut funding for facilities that give or mention abortions

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The Trump administration is planning to announce a new policy on Friday, the New York Times reports, that would cut government funding for facilities that provide or mention abortions.

Why it matters: Per the Times, facilities that use abortions are already banned from directly receiving federal funding, but there have been calls for Secretary of Health and Human Services to make it so "abortions could not occur in the same place, or be performed by the same staff, where federally funded reproductive health services were provided." The policy, a "top priority of social conservatives," would also keep facilities that are funded by the government from giving patients information about abortions or where to get them.

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Trump again nominates Rep. John Ratcliffe for intelligence chief

Ratcliffe at CPAC on Feb. 27. Photo: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

President Trump again nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as Director of National Intelligence (DNI), in a tweet on Friday.

Catch up quick: If confirmed, Ratcliffe would eventually replace Richard Grenell, a staunch defender of Trump and former U.S. ambassador to Germany who was installed as the acting DNI only a few weeks ago. Grenell would have had to leave the post on March 11 unless Trump formally nominated someone else to oversee the U.S. intelligence community, the New York Times reports.

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House Democrats lose appeal to force McGahn testimony

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Democrats in the House lost an appeal to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to comply with a subpoena, Politico was the first to report.

Why it matters: McGahn was seen as a crucial witness in the House investigation into whether President Trump tried to obstruct the Mueller inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election . The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 on Friday that it did not have the authority to resolve the dispute between the executive and legislative branches.

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