President Trump’s executive order, signed hours after he was sworn in, roiled the already unstable Affordable Care Act marketplaces and could affect how many people enroll in plans and what benefits insurers must offer. One longtime critic of the health law called the order a “bomb” that signals it will be a “disorderly transition” to a replacement plan.
Sen. Marco Rubio has expressed significant reservations about Rex Tillerson, but the former presidential candidate is under intense pressure from Republican leaders to back the ExxonMobil chief executive, and backlash from the new White House would probably be intense.
The group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said that because Trump-owned buildings take in rent, room rentals and other payments from foreign governments, the president has breached the Emoluments Clause.
Sean Spicer’s remarks about the audience for Trump’s inauguration were full of falsehoods, and they should inspire journalists to dig in and pay far more attention to actions than sensational tweets or briefing-room lies.
After the president’s press secretary made easily disproved claims about the size of the inauguration crowd, chief counselor Kellyanne Conway sparred on “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd, who said, “Alternative facts are not facts.”
Thomas J. LeBlanc comes to George Washington University after nearly 12 years in South Florida at a school that has undergone a transformation similar to GW’s — from a regional commuter school to a national university with a broad research mission.
The largest devastation appeared to occur in the southern Georgia town of Adel, where officials said seven people died. The state’s governor declared a state of emergency in seven counties near the Florida border.