Monday, February 19, 2018
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Health care to be focus of Republican lawsuit against Obama

Washington

Obama lawsuit to focus on Health care

House leaders announced Thursday that their planned lawsuit against President Barack Obama would focus on his failure to enforce provisions of the Affordable Care Act, renewing a fight over his landmark health law. The House Rules Committee scheduled a hearing on the resolution next week, with a House vote later this month. Obama has called the GOP effort a "stunt".

Washington

Plans to rescue highway differ

House and Senate tax-writing committees drafted competing plans Thursday to refill a highway trust fund running on empty, setting up a confrontation that could stop work on tens of thousands of infrastructure projects. Both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee plans defer the larger issue of finding a way to keep the trust fund solvent, and instead would provide $11 billion to keep money flowing until about May. The government is set to cut back its highway and infrastructure spending by 28 percent, starting Aug. 1.

Donetsk, Ukraine

Rifts appear with pro-Russia rebels

Deep strains emerged Thursday in the ranks of Ukraine's pro-Moscow insurgents as dozens turned in their weapons in disgust at Russian inaction and bickering broke out between rebel factions. Pushed back into Ukraine's eastern industrial city of Donetsk, the pro-Russia militias appear to be focusing their efforts now on hit-and-run operations, bombing transportation links and bracing for more assaults from government forces.

Baghdad

Kurd leaders urge al-Maliki to quit

The Kurdish regional government responded Thursday to harsh criticism from Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, announcing that its ministers would boycott Cabinet meetings, demanding an apology to the Iraqi people and calling on al-Maliki to step down.

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