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Obamacare to be considered by new-look  US Supreme Court after Texas judge rules it is unconstitutionalAmerica's new-look conservative-leaning US Supreme Court looks set to rule next year whether to overturn Barack Obama's flagship Obamacare policy. The highest court in America is expected to consider Mr Obama's signature political legacy after a judge in Texas declared it unconstitutional. Donald Trump, who tipped the balance in the court with controversial appointments, called the Texas ruling "Great news for America!" and said Obamacare was an "unconstitutional disaster". In Texas, Judge Reed O'Connor delivered his 55-page ruling on the eve of the deadline for Americans to sign up for 2019 health insurance coverage under Obamacare. Republicans have long opposed the health care system, officially introduced by the Affordable Care Act in 2010. President Barack Obama at his final press conference in January 2017  Credit: AFP Mr Trump made abolishing the programme one of his main campaign pledges in 2016, but an attempt to repeal it in Congress failed last year. Judge O'Connor said changes to the law introduced by Mr Trump's overhaul of the tax system in 2017 had affected the legality of  Obamacare. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated Obamacare's so-called "individual mandate" under which people who failed to sign up and pay for health insurance were subjected to a fine. Judge O'Connor ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act should now be struck down because the individual mandate had been the "keystone" of the programme. The law will remain in place pending an appeal process which is expected to reach the Supreme Court next year. Obamacare has been considered twice by the court before, in 2012 and 2015, and opponents lost. However, this will be the first time that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the new conservative Supreme Court justice nominated by Mr Trump this year, will have an input. Brett Kavanaugh at his Senate confirmation hearing in September Credit: AP Five judges on the nine-strong court who voted for Obamacare previously are still in place. The case in Texas was brought by the administrations of 20 Republican US states, and opposed by a host of Democrat states. Nancy Pelosi, the incoming Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives, said the ruling "exposes the monstrous endgame of Republicans' all-out assault" on people seeking affordable healthcare. She said: "This absurd ruling will be immediately appealed. Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision."


12/15/2018 11:10:53 AM

Florida tale of infidelity and homicide ends with convictionTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a spellbinding five-day trial that featured tales of infidelity and a multimillion dollar insurance payout, a jury on Friday convicted a Florida woman of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago.


12/14/2018 9:07:47 PM

Top Democrat Schiff Adds Call for Probe of Trump, Deutsche Bank LinksRepresentative Adam Schiff of California said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that any type of compromise needs to be investigated. Schiff’s comments came three days after Wall Street critic Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and fellow Senate Democrat Chris Van Hollen called for a Banking Committee investigation of Deutsche Bank’s compliance with U.S. money-laundering regulations.


12/16/2018 2:25:20 PM

Strasbourg attack victims honouredSeveral hundred people gathered in Strasbourg Sunday to honour the victims of an attack on the city's popular Christmas market that left four dead. The ceremony, organised by local rights associations with the approval of the city authorities, included music, singing and several readings. Earlier Sunday, police in the eastern French city, which is home to the European Parliament, released two close associates of the attacker, Cherif Chekatt who was on a French list of possible extremist security risks.


12/15/2018 6:34:03 PM

Father of 7-Year-Old Who Died in Border Patrol Custody Calls for 'Thorough Investigation' of Her Death“He’s been very clear, very consistent that his daughter was healthy"


12/16/2018 3:42:22 PM

Harvey Weinstein bragged about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence after another actress rejected his advances, lawsuit claimsFilm producer Harvey Weinstein is alleged to have bragged about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence when another actor rejected his advances. According to the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, Weinstein pushed the unnamed actress to the ground during a meeting at his office in 2013 before sexually assaulting her. Lawrence issued a statement on Friday denying she had had a sexual relationship with Weinstein.


12/15/2018 3:36:00 AM

Any decision on Brexit deal will happen in New Year - British trade ministerBritish trade minister Liam Fox said on Sunday talks with the European Union to secure "assurances" for parliament on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal will take time, with a decision expected in the New Year. "The prime minister is giving an update tomorrow, she will be talking to the cabinet on Tuesday, it is very clear that the EU understand what the problem is.


12/16/2018 10:20:25 AM

Fierce clashes in Hodeidah lead to delay of ceasefireFierce clashes broke out in Yemen’s crucial port city of Hodeidah on Sunday, leading UN and Yemeni officials to delay the "official" start of the hard-fought ceasefire agreed last week. Residents reported skirmishes on the outskirts of town with missiles and automatic gunfire heard near the city's eastern 7th July suburb.  Unconfirmed television reports said that the Saudi-led coalition had launched two airstrikes on Ras Isa, a port north of Hodeidah. On Thursday, the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels agreed to a UN-brokered truce in Hodeidah with the Saudi-led coalition that backs the official government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.  UN officials said it was necessary to delay the implementation of the ceasefire until December 18th to convey orders to troops on the ground.  On Sunday afternoon, UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths issued a plea to both to “respect their obligations as per the text and the spirit of the Stockholm Agreement” and “engage in the immediate representation of its provisions.” "Without peace, we will be facing in 2019 a much worse situation than today" as a result of food shortages, warned UN chief Antonio Guterres on Sunday. Hodeidah is almost completely controlled by the Houthis, and their withdrawal from key positions like the port is one of the central components of the UN-brokered deal reached last week in Sweden. By moving units away from the Red Sea port, international officials hope to get desperately needed food and aid into the country to ease Yemen’s festering humanitarian crisis. Under the deal, which could create the breathing space for meaningful peace talks, international monitors are to be deployed in Hodeidah to observe as all armed forces pull back completely within 21 days of the start of the ceasefire. Skirmishes and clashes like those seen in Hodeidah over the past two days are not in themselves a sign that the ceasefire is doomed, said independent Yemen analyst Hisham Al-Omeisy. “Even in previous ceasefires, there was a huge de-escalation infighting, but still sporadic fighting here and there, like we’ve seen over the past few days,” he told the Telegraph. He cited recent conversations with Houthi contacts where the atmosphere in Hodeidah was cited as “toxic” and characterised by a deep mistrust of the Saudi-led coalition. A rise in looting by Houthi forces, he said, showed "bad faith" ahead of the agreed withdrawal. 


12/16/2018 11:19:04 AM

Photos: Snow, freezing rain from Storm Deirdre causes disruptions across UKStorm Deirdre caused travel hazards, power outages and disruptions this weekend across the United Kingdom.


12/15/2018 5:32:56 PM

Jake Tapper Shuts Down Susan Collins' Attempt To Spin Trump Hush Money PaymentsSen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) thinks more information is needed before she can


12/16/2018 3:15:15 PM