Top News Stories For Today – Oct 14, 2017
Trump tweets defense of health policy changes
President Trump tweeted Friday night and Saturday morning to defend his decision to end ObamaCare subsidy payments to insurance companies. “Money pouring into Insurance Companies profits, under the guise of ObamaCare, is over. They have made a fortune,” he wrote. “Health Insurance stocks, which have gone through the roof during the ObamaCare years, plunged yesterday after I ended their Dems windfall!” Trump continued Saturday morning, adding, “Very proud of my Executive Order which will allow greatly expanded access and far lower costs for HealthCare.
Millions of people benefit!” The decision to nix the payments, which subsidized low-cost policies mandated by the Affordable Care Act, has already come under legal challenge from 18 states. Donald J. Trump, The Hill, The Week
Trump announces decertification of the Iran deal
On Friday, President Trump largely washed his hands of the nuclear deal reached with Iran, Russia, China, and three European countries under former President Barack Obama. “Importantly, Iran is not living up to the spirit of the deal,” Trump said. Trump has long railed against “the worst deal ever” and on Friday, he announced he is not certifying the deal again; he will leave it up to Congress whether to amend the deal.
Trump also ordered the Treasury Department to sanction the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, an arm of the country’s military, “for its support for terrorism.” Iran expert Barbara Slavin called the decision “reckless beyond the extreme,” adding that “to designate the armed forces of another country as terrorists is to invite retaliation.” The New York Times, BuzzFeed News , The Week
Devastating fires rage on in Northern California
Over 8,000 firefighters are battling Northern California’s wind-fueled wildfires that have spread across the wine country north of San Francisco this week. The Tubbs Fire, the largest of more than 20 blazes in the area, was just 10 percent contained Friday morning. At least 32 people have died in the fires, and hundreds more are still missing.
“We had [a] series of statewide fires in 2003, 2007, 2008 that didn’t have anything close to this death count,” said California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection deputy director Daniel Berlant. At least 3,500 structures are believed to have been destroyed, and several wineries have burned to the ground. Search crews and cadaver dogs have started to go through debris in an attempt to find some of the missing. San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, The Week
Canadian-American family freed from Taliban
The Canadian-American family freed this week from a five-year captivity in Afghanistan spoke to reporters about their ordeal upon arriving in Toronto Friday night. Joshua Boyle, a Canadian citizen, said the Taliban raped his wife, Caitlan Coleman, an American, and killed their baby.
“The stupidity and the evil of the Haqqani network’s kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorizing the murder of my infant daughter, Martyr Boyle,” he said. The Haqqani network is an insurgent group with Taliban ties. The family’s goal now is to provide “a secure sanctuary for our three surviving children to call a home,” Boyle said. CNN, NBC News, The Week
Facebook launches embedded food-delivery service
Facebook on Friday rolled out an embedded food-delivery service, partnering with established companies like Delivery.com and DoorDash to make food options available to its users immediately within its app.
The social media behemoth has also partnered directly with restaurants like Chipotle and Papa John’s, as well as more local establishments, to ensure a variety of ingrained options. In Facebook’s Explore menu, users will now find an option marked Order Food. From there, hungry scrollers can browse featured options or search by location, cuisine, delivery or pickup, price, or hours. Facebook, Reuters, The Week
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