Trump offers deals where only he can win

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s ambitious plans to fix the immigration system, forge Middle East peace and coax Iran to the table might work — but only if his negotiating partners agree to utter capitulation. Iran tensions spotlight Trump’s questionable credibility And the plans adopt an unrealistic assessment of the starting point for any talks — in some cases just ignoring impediments that do not fit the White House vision of a solution to these problems and conflicts — some of the most intractable issues that previous administrations have failed to solve. So the prospects for success on any of these fronts are hardly promising, if Trump is looking for political victories to showcase to voters in the 2020 election. The …

Lawmakers rush to introduce bipartisan measures to combat surprise medical bills

(CNN)Less than a week after President Donald Trump called on Congress to address surprise medical bills, lawmakers in both the House and Senate unveiled bipartisan measures to protect Americans from this costly and frustrating issue. “We must ensure that patients are not responsible for these outrageous bills, which is why our discussion draft removes patients from the middle,” said Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., Democrat of New Jersey, and Republican Leader Greg Walden of Oregon, in a joint statement. Trump, who has made health care a top political issue, has turned his sights on surprise medical billing, which he also mentioned in the State of the Union. Along with lowering drug prices, it’s seen as an area of potential bipartisan …

Chelsea Manning released from Virginia jail after 62 days

(CNN)Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been released from federal custody after spending about two months in jail for refusing to testify about her disclosure of military and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks in 2010, according to a statement from her legal team. The second subpoena would have her appear before a different grand jury next week, “but for (the) same questions,” according to a tweet posted on Manning’s Twitter account Thursday night. “It is therefore conceivable that she will once again be held in contempt of court, and be returned to the custody of the Alexandria Detention Center, possibly as soon as next Thursday, May 16,” Manning’s team said in the statement. “Chelsea will continue to refuse to answer …

Hillary Clinton says economy isn’t the only reason to elect a president ‘or in this case retire one’

(CNN)Hillary Clinton on Saturday acknowledged the state of the economy is good, but cautioned that other factors should go into selecting a president. The comments come in the wake of new CNN polling last week that showed 56% of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of the economy. The previous high-water mark for Trump on this issue came in March 2017 when 55% approved. “A good economy is not the be-all and end-all to elections,” Princeton political historian Julian Zelizer said when asked about the 1960s vs. today. “That was a period when the economy was still doing very well — even better than today in many ways.” Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, also weighed in on …

How the Trump administration won a major policy shift from the Chinese on fentanyl

Washington (CNN)Officials from the Office of National Drug Control Policy were preparing a briefing for President Donald Trump late last year ahead of his meeting with the Chinese President at the G20 summit when they decided they needed a visual aid to drive home their point. The move, which came as the two countries grappled in an escalating trade war, was the product of months of lobbying by the Trump administration after a turn towards a harder line on the topic in 2017, multiple officials involved in the process told CNN. Over the next year and a half, negotiators chipped away at Chinese recalcitrance towards policy change to their drug market, and their belief that fentanyl enforcement was only a …

A 16-year-old immigrant boy died in US custody. Officials are investigating

(CNN)A 16-year-old Guatemalan immigrant has died in US custody, days after arriving at an Office of Refugee Resettlement shelter. Guatemala’s foreign ministry said Wednesday the boy had undergone an emergency operation at the hospital after presenting with a severe infection in his frontal lobe. The infection did not improve, the foreign ministry said, even after surgery to relieve pressure in the boy’s skull. The boy’s death comes months after the deaths of two other immigrant children who fell ill in government custody: 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin and 8-year-old Felipe Gómez Alonzo, who both died in December in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection. Those cases spurred sharp criticism from immigrant rights advocates over the care children receive while …

Trump now says parents must vaccinate children in face of measles outbreak

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump weighed in on the recent measles outbreak in the United States, appearing to do an about-face on his previous claims linking child vaccinations to autism. Gupta fact-checks vaccine comments by Trump, Carson Wednesday evening, the CDC confirmed the milestone. In a statement the agency said that as of 3 p.m., it counted 695 cases of the illness this year. A UNICEF study found that measles deaths were up by 22% in 2017, and complacency and fear of vaccines were among the factors leading to less vaccinations. A recently published study tracking the health of over 650,000 children found that the MMR vaccine did not increase the risk of autism in children who were not considered at …

Hillary Clinton: Congress must be ‘deliberate, fair and fearless’ in addressing Mueller report

(CNN)Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton urged Congress to thoroughly and fairly follow up on the Mueller report — while simultaneously advancing non-Mueller-related legislation central to Democrats’ platform — in a Washington Post op-ed published Wednesday. This should take the form of Congress holding “substantive hearings that build on the Mueller report and fill in its gaps” featuring key players such as Mueller and former White House counsel Don McGahn, Clinton added. On Tuesday, CNN reported that the White House may try to keep McGahn from complying with a subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Later that day, Trump said that he did not wants current or former aides talking to House investigators because “there is no reason …

State senator receives about 1,700 decks of cards after saying nurses ‘play cards’ at work

Washington (CNN)About 1,700 decks of cards have been deliveredto the office of a Washington state senator who said nurses “probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day,” the senator said in a statement Wednesday. The letter reads, “I don’t know any nurses who play cards, Senator Walsh. I know nurses who care for babies who were born with their spines on the outside of their bodies and brains that won’t stop bleeding. I know nurses who hold infants that can’t stop crying because they were born addicted to heroin and methamphetamines.” The letter is signed, “One of the millions of people who love a nurse.” Walsh issued a lengthy statement on Monday apologizing and said, “I was tired, …

Bernie Sanders in 1970s Senate race called millionaire senators ‘immoral’

(CNN)Bernie Sanders harshly criticized the wealth of US senators during his first campaign for office in 1971, calling it “immoral” that half the members of the Senate were millionaires. Sanders defended his newfound wealth in an interview with the New York Times. “I wrote a bestselling book,” Sanders said. “If you write a bestselling book, you can be a millionaire too.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, taking inflation into account, $1 million in 1971 is nearly $6.2 million in 2019. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group that tracks money in politics, more than 70% of senators were millionaires as recently as 2015. Sanders made the comments when he was running for US Senate …

The shocking rape trial that galvanised Spains feminists and the far right

The long read: The wolf pack case inspired widespread anger and protests against sexual assault laws in Spain. But the anti-feminist backlash that followed has helped propel the far right to its biggest gains since Franco In the early hours of 7 July 2016, surrounded by throngs of revellers dancing and drinking, an 18-year-old woman suddenly found herself alone. She was standing on Plaza del Castillo, a square in the centre of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, which was hosting its annual festival, the running of the bulls. The weeklong festival combines a religious celebration of the citys patron saint, San Fermin, with the eponymous bull run and copious amounts of alcohol. Every morning at the stroke of 8am, …

New Hampshire senator to call on 2020 Democrats to support repeal of voter residency law

Washington (CNN)Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, plans to send 2020 Democratic presidential candidates a letter Monday, urging them to sign a petition condemning a state law that would require college students to be a permanent resident of the state to vote. In her letter, which CNN obtained ahead of its publication, Shaheen argues that the law effectively creates a “poll tax” for college students. “They are being disenfranchised by photo ID requirements, arbitrary challenges to residency, and unfounded allegations of fraud,” Shaheen writes. President Donald Trump has claimed, without evidence, that thousands of people were bused from Massachusetts to vote illegally in New Hampshire, which he narrowly lost in the 2016 state primary. New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner …

Trump wants radically less government. Here’s what that looks like.

(CNN)In President Donald Trump’s Washington, regulation is the enemy and smaller government is the ultimate goal, but recent lapses involving baby sleepers and long-range jets underline the positive role regulators can play in everyday life. The commission issued an alert on the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper seat last week but did not force a recall despite 32 infant deaths linked to the product, according to Consumer Reports. The American Academy of Pediatrics responded, urging an immediate recall. On Friday, the commission and Fisher-Price announced they were recalling all models of the sleeper. And in a settlement of its administrative complaint against the company, the commission let Britax, the manufacturer of the popular BOB Gear jogging stroller, issue an instructional …

5Gs Potential Health Hazard, Zucks Deleted Posts, and More News

Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: 5G: Cool for your cellphone, terrible for your health? 5G, the cell phone network that promises to exponentially increase data speeds for all, might help load a web page faster but could also hurt your health. It turns out your sweat glands act kind of like antennas in response to the high frequency waves planned to be used in the service, and funding for research on the health effects is relatively slim. 5G is still in its infancy in the US though, so here's to hoping research about its potential health hazards catch up with the technology itself. Facebook had a hell of a weekend Over the weekend, Facebook poked …

DeVos blasted again for proposing cuts to the Special Olympics

Washington (CNN)For the third year in a row, Democrats dinged Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday for proposing to cut funds from the Special Olympics, after-school programs and support for students from low-income families. Overall, DeVos proposed a 12% decrease in funding for her department for fiscal year 2020. Lawmakers have rejected the Trump administration’s previous efforts, increasing the Education Department budget instead, even when Republicans controlled both the Senate and House. Even though the secretary’s budget has even less of a chance of being adopted this year, it lays out a set of priorities for the administration — and gives advocacy groups plenty to complain about. One proposal that has repeatedly gotten attention from lawmakers is DeVos’ suggestion to …

Trump administration allows Utah to curtail voter-approved Medicaid expansion

(CNN)The Trump administration on Friday granted a Utah request for a more limited Medicaid expansion, effectively short-circuiting a ballot measure approved by voters in November. The approval is the latest step in a busy health care week for the Trump administration. On Monday, the Justice Department said the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down in a filing with a federal appeals court, a dramatic reversal of a stance it took last year. Two days later, a federal district court judge blocked the administration’s efforts to allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. And on Thursday, another judge blocked its effort to make it easier for small businesses to band together to buy health insurance in so-called …