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Nation briefs: Hawaii judge says grandparents exempt from Trump travel ban

July 15. 2017 1:53AM
An international passenger, left, arrives in the U.S. at Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., July 14, 2017, after a federal judge ruled July 13 that President Trump's temporary ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries cannot stop grandparents and other relatives of U.S. citizens from entering the country. (REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan)

Judge: Grandparents exempt from Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON — Grandparents and other extended relatives are exempt from President Donald Trump’s travel ban, a federal judge in Hawaii declared Thursday, again stopping the administration from implementing the President’s executive order in the way that it wants.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson wrote that the government’s “narrowly defined list” of who might be exempt was not supported by either the Supreme Court decision partially unfreezing the ban or by the law.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Friday that the Justice Department would “reluctantly return directly to the Supreme Court to again vindicate the rule of law and the executive branch’s duty to protect the nation.”

Kasich joins GOP governors opposed to new Senate health bill

Ohio Gov. John Kasich called the revised Senate plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act “still unacceptable,” underscoring the challenge GOP leaders face as they try to persuade moderates to support the proposal.

Top administration officials and congressional leaders are hoping to persuade a handful of key Republican governors to mute their criticism of the legislation, which would cut $772 billion from Medicaid over the next decade by phasing out the program’s coverage of able-bodied, childless adults under the 2010 law known as Obamacare. The plan would make even deeper cuts into federal Medicaid spending starting in 2025.

Kasich and other GOP governors from states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the ACA — such as Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Doug Ducey of Arizona and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas — have expressed concern that the measure’s proposed cuts could leave tens of thousands uninsured.

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