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200 patient groups ask Price to keep protections for those with pre-existing conditions

Source: The Hill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) chided Senate Democrats on Monday, arguing they should apply the "Ginsburg standard" to Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination.

"No hints, no forecasts , no previews that is what has become known as the Ginsburg standard," he said from the Senate floor. "Supreme Court nominees of presidents of both parties have adhered to it."

McConnell pointed to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's opening statement during her 1993 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing outlining what kinds of questions she would not answer.

"A judge sworn to decide impartially can offer no forecast, no hints for that would show not only disregard for the specifics of a particular case it would display disdain for the entire judicial process," she said at the time.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/319282-mcconnell-dems-should-follow-ginsburg-standard-on-trumps-supreme

Mark Cuban on potential presidential run: 'We will see'

Source: The Hill

Billionaire Mark Cuban is leaving the door open for a potential presidential bid, according to a new report.

“We will see,” Cuban told Business Insider when the businessman and television personality was asked if he would run for president one day.

Cuban’s comments come after a Twitter battle with President Trump on Sunday morning over Cuban's fitness for the White House.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/319278-mark-cuban-on-potential-presidential-run-we-will-see

Native tribes to urge judge to block final link in Dakota pipeline

Source: Reuters

Native American tribes seeking a halt to construction of the final link in the Dakota Access Pipeline will argue in federal court on Monday that the project will prevent them from practicing religious ceremonies at a lake they say is surrounded by sacred ground.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week granted a final easement to Energy Transfer Partners LP, the company building the $3.8-billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), after President Donald Trump issued an order to advance the pipeline days after he took office in January.

Lawyers for the Cheyenne River Sioux and the Standing Rock Sioux will urge Judge James Boasberg in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. at 2:00 p.m. ET to block construction of the project with a temporary restraining order.

"We are contending that the waters of Lake Oahe are sacred to Cheyenne River and all of its members, and that the very presence of a pipeline, not only construction but possible oil flow through that pipeline, would obstruct the free exercise of our religious practices," Matthew Vogel, a legislative associate for the Cheyenne River Sioux, told reporters in a conference call ahead of the hearing.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-north-dakota-pipeline-idUSKBN15S22S?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

MAGA Grammys dress leads to sales spike

Source: The Hill

A singer who sported a President Trump-inspired dress to the Grammy Awards is seeing a sudden spike in sales.

Joy Villa posed in a blue gown bearing the commander in chief’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again!” — as well as his name — at the annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Shortly after she unveiled the pro-Trump frock, Villa’s record, “I Make the Static,” jumped to the top spot on Amazon’s list of top 100 digital paid albums. The collection of tunes also leapt to No. 7 on iTunes’ top album chart, according to Fox News.

Some reviews of the album noted the 25-year-old performer’s headline-making attire.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/319200-maga-grammys-dress-leads-to-sales-spike

Palm Beach hotelier says he's losing business as Trump visits, report says

Source: South Florida Business Journal

A Palm Beach business owner says he and others are being negatively impacted by land and air lockdowns caused by President Donald Trump's presence at Mar-a-Lago, according to a recent report from British Daily newspaper the Guardian.

“People will just say 'I’m not going to stay in the Palm Beaches, I don’t need the aggravation.' It’s going to grind our economy to a halt,” Jeff Greene, owner of the Tideline Ocean Resort, told the Guardian. The Secret Service requires roadways and airways around Mar-a-Lago to close when Trump visits.

Greene said he has lost bookings at the hotel, which is south of the private Mar-a-Lago resort where Trump hosted Japan's prime minister and spent the weekend. Greene is worried that restaurants and other hotels will be negatively impacted by what's expected to be regular closures in the area throughout Trump's presidency.

It has been widely reported that Trump and the First Family are living at Trump Tower in New York and will not be living full time at the White House.

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2017/02/13/palm-beach-hotelier-says-hes-losing-business-as.html?ana=twt

How ritual chicken sacrifices in Miami helped halt Trumps travel ban

In ruling against President Donald Trump’s “Muslim travel ban,” a trio of federal judges relied in part on a distinctly South Florida court case — one that granted religious protections for the ritual sacrifice of chickens and goats.

The unanimous ruling Thursday night upholding a halt to the White House executive order cited a famous 1993 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned a Hialeah law banning Santería animal sacrifices. Justices found that the city ordinance infringed on constitutionally protected freedoms.

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit court made clear that judges can consider outside statements made by elected leaders — in this case, President Donald Trump himself — in trying to figure out if the intent of a government action was to discriminate against a religious group.

“In Hialeah in the 1990s, it was Santería. With Trump, it’s Muslims,” said University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock, an expert on religious liberties who successfully argued the Hialeah case.

more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article131983429.html

Senate Dems want details on Trump's use of personal smartphone

Source: The Hill

A pair of Senate Democrats voiced concerns about reports that President Trump is using a unsecured personal smartphone, arguing it's a security risk.

Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Tom Carper (Del.) — two Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee — released a letter on Monday to Defense Secretary James Mattis asking for details on the president's phone.

"The national security risks of compromising a smartphone used by a senior government official, such as the President of the United States, are considerable," they wrote in the letter.

They added that "hackers are sometimes successful even when smartphone users take recommended precautions and restrict access to their personal information. These vulnerabilities are among the reasons why national security agencies discourage the use of personal devices."

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/319218-senate-dems-worried-about-trumps-use-of-personal-smartphone

Warren hammers Labor nominee with 83 questions ahead of hearing

Source: The Hill

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is grilling President Trump’s Labor secretary nominee, Andy Puzder, ahead of his confirmation hearing Thursday.

Warren sent a 28-page letter to the fast food CEO Monday with 83 questions that included queries about his opposition to minimum wage laws, his company’s history of labor and discrimination lawsuits, and his potential conflicts of interest.

"My staff's review of your 16-year tenure as CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc., the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., reveals that you've made your fortune by squeezing the very workers you'd be charged with protecting as Labor Secretary out of wages and benefits," Warren wrote.

"Your company's record of prolific labor law abuses and discrimination suits — the most of any major burger chain — gives me great pause given that as Labor Secretary you'd be charged with enforcing these very laws.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/regulation/labor/319220-sen-warren-hammers-puzder-with-83-questions-ahead-of-hearing

200 patient groups ask Price to keep protections for those with pre-existing conditions

Source: The Hill

More than 200 patient groups are asking the newly confirmed Health and Human Services secretary to preserve key ObamaCare protections, including one that guarantees coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

In a letter to Tom Price, I Am Essential, a coalition of patient and community organizations, says certain ObamaCare provisions have provided improved access to care to millions living with chronic and serious health conditions.

"If they lose access and coverage for even one day, their health and well-being can be immediately jeopardized," the letter reads.

"Therefore, providing them with continuous coverage and consistent care and treatment must be your number one priority."

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/319224-200-patient-groups-ask-price-to-keep-protections-for-those-with-pre

Former GOP rep to Trump: 'Stop complaining and do your job'

Source: The Hill

Former Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) is urging President Trump to stop complaining and focus instead on serving the country.

"He needs to stop complaining and do your job. Stop taking on fake news, stop taking on the judiciary, stop taking on senators, John McCain. Do your job," Jolly said on CNN's "New Day."

"You asked for this job. Stop complaining. Do your job, because Republicans should be proud to have a Republican president."

Over the weekend, the president claimed that the media wouldn't report on pro-Trump crowds outside his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, while his administration repeated Trump's claim, presented without evidence, that massive voter fraud cost him the popular vote.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/319191-former-gop-rep-to-trump-stop-complaining-and-do-your-job
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