With U.S. midterm elections barely a year away, lawmakers on Thursday unveiled a bipartisan proposal to regulate online political advertising in the United States, an effort prompted by revelations that Russian elements spent large sums on internet ads targeting Americans ahead of the 2016 U.S. election.
"Our entire democracy was founded on the simple idea that the people in our country should be self-governing," said Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the ranking Democrat on the Rules Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal elections, at a news conference.
Tillerson to Attend First Meeting Between Saudi Arabia, Iraq
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is heading to the Middle East on Friday, attending the first meeting between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and exploring ways of improving relations between the two countries.
The inaugural Coordination Council meeting comes amid a warming of relations between Riyadh and Baghdad. The gathering is seen as part of U.S. efforts to reduce Iran's increasing influence in Iraq by encouraging Baghdad to align more closely with Riyadh.
Raqqa Celebrates Victory Over IS Amid Destruction and Uncertain Future
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab troops, announced earlier this week that they had captured Raqqa, an Islamic State stronghold and the terror group's former de facto capital.
While the recapture Tuesday of Raqqa is a significant blow to the Islamic State terror group, images emerging from the city show that the cost of four months of grueling battle to oust IS militants has been enormous, with most of the buildings reduced to rubble and tens of thousands of its residents displaced.
LA Police Department Investigates Disgraced Producer Harvey Weinstein
The Los Angeles Police department says it has opened an investigation into movie producer Harvey Weinstein after someone made allegations of sexual assault.
The LAPD announced the news via Twitter Thursday.
A police spokesman told the Associated Press that the department interviewed a possible sexual assault victim who reported an incident that occurred in 2013. The investigation is ongoing, and he could not answer any questions about when the interview or incident took place.
Two More Republican Senators Back Bipartisan Obamacare Deal
A bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare by restoring billions of dollars of federal subsidies to health insurers picked up Republican support in the Senate on Thursday despite President Donald Trump's opposition but still faced an uphill battle.
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty Murray formally introduced legislation to shore up the insurance markets created under the 2010 healthcare law by reviving the subsidies, which Trump has discontinued, for two years to help lower-income Americans obtain medical coverage.
Trump Celebrates Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights
U.S. President Donald Trump has celebrated the Hindu holiday of Diwali, known as the festival of lights, in a lamp-lighting ceremony in the Oval Office.
Indian-American members of the Trump administration, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, gathered with the president Tuesday as he read an official statement and lit the ceremonial oil lamp known as the diya.
In his statement, Trump said, "We especially remember the people of India, the home of the Hindu faith, who have built the world's largest democracy.
White Nationalist Richard Spencer Shouted Down at University of Florida Speech
White separatist leader Richard Spencer gave up trying to speak Thursday at the University of Florida in Gainesville when protesters shouted him down.
"You are cowardly trying to shut down a movement that is growing and it's going to stand up for white people," Spencer hollered as the crowd chanted "No more Spencer."
He accused the crowd of not believing in free speech and being unwilling to have a debate.