This morning the office of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders introduced his Medicare for All Act of 2017, new universal healthcare legislation that so far claims 15 Democratic co-sponsors in the Senate, many of whom are considered contenders for the 2020 presidency.
Yesterday evening Sander’s office quoted Pope Francis in a tweet, saying: “Health is not a consumer good but a universal right, so access to health services cannot be a privilege.”
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr shut down a line of questioning from Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) at a hearing in which she asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein whether he planned to sign a letter allowing Special Counsel Robert Mueller complete independence from the Justice Department in his investigation of the Trump administration's Russian ties.
"Senator, I'm very sensitive about time and I'd like to have a very lengthy conversation and explain that all to you," Rosenstein said to Harris.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said yesterday that the police department has no plans to change its immigration policies despite president-elect Donald Trump's promises to strengthen the nation's immigration laws and deport millions who are living in the country illegally. Trump reiterated this stance in an interview with 60 Minutes, pledging to deport as many as 3 million people upon taking office. According to the Migration Policy Institute, more than 1 million of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the country reside in Los Angeles County.
"I don't intend on doing anything different," Beck said. "We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody's immigration status. We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will we make it our job."