Texas Police Dept Fires Officer Who Shot Jordan Edwards
TIME – Police in suburban Dallas fired the officer Tuesday who shot and killed a black 15-year-old boy riding in a vehicle leaving a chaotic house party, taking the swift action sought by the teenager’s family and protesters who link the case to other deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement.
The Balch Springs, Texas, officer, identified as Roy Oliver, was terminated for violating department policies in the shooting death of Jordan Edwards, police chief Jonathan Haber said.
Edwards, a high school freshman, was leaving the party with his two brothers and two other teenagers Saturday night. Police arrived at the scene to investigate an underage drinking complaint and spotted the vehicle leaving. Oliver opened fire as the teenagers were driving away.
Shots from his rifle pierced the front side passenger window, hitting Edwards in the front seat, according to Edwards’ family attorneys, Lee Merritt and Jasmine Crockett. His 16-year-old brother was driving.
Duterte Says Chat with Xi was at Trump’s Request
Reuters – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday his telephone conversation this week with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to discuss the Korean peninsula crisis was at the behest of his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.
Duterte said he spoke with Xi on Wednesday to convince him to play a bigger role in defusing tension on the Korean peninsula after North Korea test-fired another missile early on Saturday.
Duterte discussed the North’s test with Trump later on Saturday, at the end of a summit in Manila of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which he is chairman this year.
“So, I called President Xi Jinping, ‘I am calling you at the behest of the president of the United States’,” he said in a speech in his hometown of Davao City,
“‘We have all agreed in the ASEAN and even President Trump that you can do something. Actually, the biggest contribution of all other is your intervention’,” he said, recalling the conversation.
House GOP Leaders Confident Obamacare Repeal Will Pass
CBS News – The House will make a second attempt Thursday to repeal Obamacare. This time, Republican leaders say it will not fail. After weeks of uncertainty and cajoling and negotiating, they say they now have the requisite votes from within their own party to pass their plan.
President Trump and his congressional allies agreed to add billions of dollars in funding to the bill, CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes reports. That change persuaded some Republican moderates to shift from “no” to “yes.” Those members say the added money will protect patients with pre-existing conditions.
But it did not persuade House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who calls the measure a “moral monstrosity.” Democrats say it’s being rushed through without key details about the cost of the impact on Americans with pre-existing conditions, or a score from the Congressional Budget Office.
GOP leaders and the vice president have spent the past three days leaning hard on undecided Republicans. Some holdouts were swayed by last minute tweaks and talks with the president.
Spicer Responds to Kimmel’s Emotional Plea With Lame GOP Talking Points
HuffPo – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reacted Wednesday to Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night monologue, saying babies in need of care is why the president is “fighting so hard” to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The only problem is that the revised American Health Care Act that Republicans are rushing to vote on still has fundamental problems, and just this week Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) unveiled an amendment to the bill that would gut the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
“We’ve got a health care system that’s not doing what it’s supposed to,” Spicer said in response to a question about Kimmel’s comments.