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US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

WASHINGTON: A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional -- a ruling that opposition Democrats quickly vowed to appeal. US District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling came on the eve of the Saturday deadline to sign up for 2019 coverage in the federal health care program, known officially as the Affordable Care Act. The White House said it expects the case to be appealed to the Supreme Court. "Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place," it said in a…

Change ‘won’t come in one election cycle’: Obama

WASHINGTON: Former United States President Barack Obama spoke of his pride Wednesday over Democratic gains made in the midterm congressional elections -- but warned the battle for much-needed reforms had only just begun. Democrats won the House of Representatives on Tuesday but Republicans increased their majority in the Senate in an election which revealed a country still sharply divided along party lines. "Our work goes on. The change we need won't come from one election alone -- but it is a start. Last night, voters…

Suspected explosives sent to Obama, Clinton, CNN

WASHINGTON: Suspected explosive devices were sent to former president Barack Obama, defeated presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and to a building housing CNN's New York bureau less than 24 hours apart and less than two weeks before key US midterm elections, officials confirmed Wednesday. The targeted Democrats are among the most high-profile political figures in the United States, which goes to the polls on November 6 in elections seen as a referendum on Republican President Donald Trump. CNN has distinguished itself in…

Trump threatens to yank clearances from ex-officials

WASHINGTON: The White House on Monday threatened to strip six former US intelligence and law enforcement officials, including Obama-era CIA director John Brennan, of their security clearances as President Donald Trump considers striking back at critics of his summit meeting last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin. White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said Trump’s administration is also considering taking away the security clearances of former FBI Director James Comey, a vocal critic fired by Trump last year.…

Obama makes veiled attack on Trump in speech to remember Mandela

JOHANNESBURG: Former US president Barack Obama on Tuesday used a tribute to Nelson Mandela to warn that the world had plunged into “strange and uncertain times”, in what is likely to be seen as a veiled attack on Donald Trump. Obama made no direct reference to his successor but warned that “politics of fear and resentment” were spreading, driven by leaders who scorned facts and told lies with an “utter loss of shame”. He also blasted climate-change denial, race-based migration policies, unbridled capitalism and “strongman…

Barack and Michelle Obama sign Netflix production deal

LOS ANGELES: Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment service announced on Monday. The former first couple have launched Higher Ground Productions to produce a variety of content for the video streamer, possibly including scripted series, documentaries and features. "One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them…

Obamas pen heartfelt letter to Parkland school after shooting incident

The Obamas heartfelt letter to the students affected by the Parkland School shooting moved many to tears. Michelle and Barrack Obama penned down a letter to the students at the Parkland school showing their support and commending them for speaking out for gun control ahead of the huge "march for our lives" protest organized in Washington this weekend. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida witnessed the barbaric massacre which resulted in 17 students losing their lives. The students of the school…